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Iran Promises Retaliation After U.S. Kills General

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, Jan 3rd, 2020

Following the airstrike that killed the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the U.S. Embassy issued a statement saying that due to heightened tensions in the region, American citizens should depart Iraq immediately.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated that Iran and other freedom-seeking countries in the region will take revenge.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates released the below statement:

“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately.  U.S. citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land.  Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice.  U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy.  The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil is open for visa and American Citizen Services appointments, including passport issuance.  U.S. citizens in Iraq or those concerned about family in Iraq should contact the Department of State at +1-202-501-4444 or toll-free in the U.S. at 1-888-407-4747.

Actions to Take:

· Do not travel to Iraq

· Avoid the U.S. Embassy

· Monitor local and international media for updates”

Major General Qassim Suleimani, who led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was killed by an American drone strike in Baghdad.

The Pentagon confirmed in a statement that Trump had ordered the strike, saying Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”

In addition to a call for retaliation, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued three days of national mourning.

This airstrike could lead to a ripple effect in any number of countries across the Middle East where Iran and the United States compete for influence.

Large crowds gathered for Friday prayer in Iran with mass protests while officials met privately to plot strategy and how to avenge General Suleimani’s death. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter:

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif also released a statement calling the strike an “act of International terrorism”:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told his foreign counterparts that the United States was committed to de-escalation. Pompeo has posted several statements and a video on Twitter showcasing Iraqui’s ‘dancing in the street’ at the news of General Suleimani’s killing.


This act of aggression has generated different reactions across party lines – With Republicans praising Trump while Democrats expressed concerns about the legality and consequence of the attack.


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