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Qasem Soleimani, the son of a laborer who became Iran’s most revered military commander, was assassinated Friday in a targeted US drone air strike at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq. "Iranian politicians said, after his death, it would have been Soleimani’s dream to be 'martyred' by the US, Iran’s 'arch foe,' which he had relentlessly battled in the Middle East for the more than the two decades that he led the elite Quds force," the Financial Times reported. One of the fiercest military commanders in Iran in recent decades, the 62-year-old had long masterminded Iran’s support for Shia militant groups. "He was so close to Iran’s supreme leader that he saw him as a son. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the death was 'bitter' for Iran but he vowed revenge, which would make it 'more bitter' for the US," the Times reported. What does all of this represent and mean?
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US airstrike that killed Soleimani was aimed at stopping an "imminent attack" from the Iranian official that could have killed Americans in the Middle East. "I can't talk too much about the nature of the threats. But the American people should know that the President's decision to remove Soleimani from the battlefield saved American lives," Pompeo said Friday on CNN's "New Day." We have been lied to before. Why wouldn't they be lying to us again?
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