The US carried out an airstrike in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 3 January, killing the head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis along with 10 other people. The airstrike was authorised by US President Donald Trump and was aimed at "deterring future Iranian attack plans".
The Iranian authorities pledged to exact "crushing vengeance" on Washington for killing its top military commander.
The strike came as the situation in Iraq escalated on 31 December when Shia protesters attempted to storm the gates of the US Embassy in Baghdad following airstrikes on an Iran-backed unit of Kataib Hezbollah operating in the country.
The prominent military leader’s assassination on 3 January in Baghdad skyrocketed tensions between the US and Iran. The act was condemned not only by Tehran, but also by some American politicians, who slammed the unnecessary escalation of tensions in the Middle East and considered limiting POTUS’ ability to order strikes against Iran.
In an eventful week, even by high Middle Eastern standards, the United States killed a powerful Iranian commander, and Iranian air defence systems unintentionally shot down a Ukraine-bound plane loaded mostly with Iranians and ethnically Iranian Canadian citizens.
Last week, Head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.
Qasem Soleimani's death became the trigger for the further escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran, say international observers. According to them, although neither side wants to go to war, the risk of miscalculation and falling into the trap of an all-out armed conflict is high.
It is unclear how Tehran will react to the US president’s address after Iran’s retaliation for Washington's operation that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, but netizens have already given their review of highlights of his speech with gifs and memes following a wave of the World War III memes in the wake of the standoff.
Iran has gone through with its promise to retaliate for the death of Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani by launching a massive missile attack on American military facilities in Iraq. While the US has not confirmed sustaining casualties, Iranian media reported that the strike claimed the lives of 80 people.
Commander of Iran’s elite Quds Forces Qasem Soleimani was killed in Iraq on 3 January in an airstrike by US forces. Washington claimed that Soleimani was planning attacks against American diplomatic personnel in Iraq. Iran slammed the attack as a "terrible crime" and an act of "terrorism", vowing to retaliate.
A top trend on social media has come amid fierce criticisms of the US president's actions in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by US forces.
The Turkish president's comments follow Wednesday's airstrikes on American military bases in Iraq by Iran. The bases house US military personnel.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. (GMT) on 7 January Iran launched ballistic missile strikes against US military and coalition forces in Iraq, the Pentagon reported later in the day. US military veteran and security analyst Mark Sleboda has outlined the possible scenarios in the wake of the attacks.
In retaliation for the US' killing of Iran's top-ranking elite force commander, Qasem Soleimani, late last week, in the early hours of Wednesday, Iran fired two missiles at US airbases in Iraq, targeting military personnel there. There are no exact details yet on the number of victims in the attack, with Iranian state television putting it at 80.
On 8 January, Iran carried out airstrikes against American military bases in Iraq housing US-led coalition forces, which was preceded by last week's assassination IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) fired dozens of missiles at US military targets in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the assassination of top Iranian general, commander of the elite Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani last week by the US. Washington is still assessing the damage and Donald Trump has promised to deliver a speech later today.
Two waves of airstrikes were launched against US military facilities in Erbil and the Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, housing US-led coalition forces on Wednesday morning following the assassination of the Commander of the IRGC's elite Quds Force Qasem Soleimani last week.
Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani was killed as a result of a US airstrike near Baghdad International Airport on 3 January. Washington justified the killing by claiming that he had prepared attacks against American personnel in Iraq. Tehran has retaliated for the general's murder by launching dozens of missiles at US bases in Iraq.
In the early hours of Wednesday, Iran launched two missile attacks on American targets in Iraq in response to the assassination of its top military commander, General Soleimani by the US. There is no official information on the number of casualties among US troops yet, while the Iraqi command has noted there were no fatalities among their ranks.
On 8 January, two waves of missile strikes were carried out by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) against US military facilities in Erbil and Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Iraq.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Financial markets across Asia witnessed a sharp decline on Wednesday after Iran launched a missile attack on US forces in Iraq as investors fear the conflict may escalate further.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The US decision to assassinate top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, last week has flared up the security situation in the Gulf Region, with Tehran vowing to avenge the killing. On Wednesday morning, Iran attacked two US military facilities in Iraq with more than a dozen ballistic missiles.
The reports come on the heels of Wednesday's Iranian missile attacks on two airbases in Iraq housing US troops in response to the killing of Iranian Quds General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad by the US.