The commander, , Iran’s top security and intelligence commander, who led the powerful , was killed along with several officials from Iraqi militias backed by Tehran in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport that was authorized by President Trump. It was an American MQ-9 Reaper drone that fired missiles into a convoy that was leaving the airport.
After the air strike Trump justified the action by saying that: "We took action last night to stop a war, we did not take action to start a war."Suleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terror plots as far away as New Delhi and London. His reign of terror is over.
"He was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and personnel but we caught him in the act and terminated him."
The huge step taken by the US government was a staggering blow for Iran at a time of sweeping geopolitical conflict as was the architect of almost every significant operation by Iranian intelligence and military forces over the past two decades.
Athermath of the Airstrike by the US.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif asked President Donald Trump whether he had ever seen "such a sea of humanity," by sharing photos of the thousands who had turned out to mourn Qasem Soleimani in Iran. He said that Trump cannot break the will of their region and its people and claimed that “End of malign US presence in West Asia has begun”.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned, a day after Iran announced it would no longer limit itself to the restrictions imposed by the pact that the killing of Soleimani could mark the “first step towards the end” of the Iran nuclear deal.
He said “What was announced is not in line with the nuclear agreement…[the situation] has not got easier, and this could be the first step towards the end of this agreement, which would be a big loss," Maas said in an interview with German public radio station Deutschlanfunk.
“We will now weigh this up very, very responsibly,” Maas added.
On other hand, the Iraqi parliament approves a resolution on expelling US troops after Suleimani’s killing from Iraqi soil . In response to that Trump asked to repay the amount required to build the military base in Iraq or else they will hold huge economic sanctions against Iraq. Iranian parliament has passed a Bill designating all the US military forces as terrorist.