Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named deputy Quds chief Esmail Qaani, who he described as one of the “most decorated commanders” of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, to replace Soleimani.
The Pentagon confirmed the death of Quds Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani in a statement late Thursday, saying the strike was launched, “at the direction” of U.S. President Donald Trump. It further described the strike as a “decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad.
General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the statement said. “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” it said.
The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”
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