BAGHDAD: In yet another case that may escalate hostilities between the United States and Iran, the US has killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, according to Iraq’s paramilitary force. Experts say, the US action against militia fighting terror groups in Iraq, was aimed to boost ISIS following Saudi Arabia and Israel’s influence.
The deputy head of the Hashed, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and head of the Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, were killed in a US strike that targeted their car on the Baghdad International Airport road,” the Hashed said in a statement.
In addition to Soleimani, one of the deputy heads of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force was also killed in a US offensive strike followed by the American attack on Hashed army faction which felled anger with many Iraqi nationals and Iran supports laid siege to the US embassy in Baghdad.
The Iraqi airport was hit by a volley of missiles after midnight, the military spokesperson said, and according to local reports, as many as eight people were killed in the US airstrike.
The Hashed is a network of armed units, having ties with Iran’s regime and have been incorporated into Iraq’s state security forces. The armed personnel have been aggressively fighting against ISIS in Iraq.
Experts, however, point out to the US president Donald J Trump’s close proximity with the Saudi monarchy, and influence by Israel to act against rival Iran despite the Iraq-Iran joint efforts to combat terror groups principally the ISIS.
“This is now open secret that the US together with allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia wanted to confront Iran-Iraq in a bid to destabilise the region and revive ISIS. This is a clear offensive against a legitimate government establishment,” a Middle-East expert on conditions of anonymity told the PageOneAsia.
The US continues with a bias against Iran, according to him, wanted to send strong signals to Russia and China.
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” the US Department of Defense said.