August 13, 2020 | 5:25 PM IST
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The US confirms Iran’s top commander Soleimani dead in a drone strike

The Pentagon confirmed the death of Iran’s top commander General Qassim Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad. Soleimani led a special force unit of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and has been a key figure of Iranian and the Middle East politics.
Iran also confirmed Soleimani’s death and said that the US would now have to face the consequences.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Twitter said, “The US’ act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda, et al—is extremely dangerous and a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.”
Soleimani’s death exacerbated already-high tensions between Iran and the United States and triggered concerns of retaliation from Iranian forces.
The White House said that President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Soleimani in the early hours of Friday. Post the strike, the White House also issued a statement saying the strike was a ‘decisive defence action’ carried out ‘at the direction of the president.’
Later, the Pentagon said that the strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans and that the United States would continue to take all necessary action to protect its people and its interests wherever they are around the world.

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