“As an Iranian, I want to thank you with all my heart”
Iranians and Iraqis are celebrating after the Pentagon, under the direction of President Trump, carried out an airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani.
The action came in response to an Iran-led attack on the US embassy in Iraq.
Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, a designated terror group since 2007, was despised by many in Iran, and by Iraqis who have been subject to a campaign of terror in their own country at the hands of forces operating in lockstep with the Iranian military.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had deemed Soleimani equally as dangerous as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
BREAKING: Pentagon confirms air strike:— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) January 3, 2020
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel by killing Qasem Soleimani.”
“Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members.” pic.twitter.com/PIdGtlPH2R
Footage of one of the vehicles struck by strike killing Iran military leader Qasem Soleimani tonight in Baghdad. pic.twitter.com/jkwydjH2pq— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) January 3, 2020
Iraqis were seen dancing in the streets at the news of Soleimani’s death:
Iraqis are celebrating the death of #QassemSoleimani.— 𝕍𝕒𝕙𝕚𝕕 𝕐𝕦𝕔𝕖𝕤𝕠𝕪 (@vahid_yucesoy) January 3, 2020
Let's not forget. When Iraqi pro-democracy activists were demonstrating Tahrir Square, forces propped up by Soleimani were terrorizing them.
Now, can you blame these Iraqis for celebrating the death of Soleimani? https://t.co/AMUGxqnlo9
Iranians who have been forced to live under ruthless military rule, took to Twitter to thank Trump with the hashtag #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani:
Who is breathing a sigh of relief that Gen Soleimani is dead? Dissidents, feminists & secularists from Iran, Iraq, Syria & Lebanon.— Asra Q. Nomani, PI (@AsraNomani) January 3, 2020
He was a Shia Osama bin Laden with a national treasury & flag.
Who is crying foul? Obama alum Ben Rhodes, CodePink & Squad cocreator Cenk Uyger🤷🏽♀️
Ghasem soleimani got smoked tonight, now world can take a breath. Thanks to anyone who did this great job#TnxPOTUS4Soleimani— Leila (@Leila44909296) January 3, 2020
A lot of Iranians are still mourning for their loved ones who were killed by IRGC and Soleimani's forces in the streets while protesting. This operation was really a relief for them! Thanks @realDonaldTrump#TnxPOTUS4Soleimani— Mehdi K (@mehdikkyu) January 3, 2020
The murderer of Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Israelis, Yemenis, Lebanese, US Soldiers & head of the IRGC's foreign wing, or Qods Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Killed in Iraq.— Saber Bostani-Asl (@S_BostaniAsl) January 3, 2020
As an Iranian, I want to thank you with all my heart President @realDonaldTrump 🙏🥂#TnxPOTUS4Soleimani pic.twitter.com/ZpgvwHle2L
We Iranians thank @realDonaldTrump for his decisive order. He made a promise and he kept it. Unlike under Obama era when Israelis wanted to kill terrorist Soleimani, but Obama stoped them because he wanted to make a broken deal with a terrorist regime. #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani— Sam (@SammyXCVIII) January 3, 2020
#TnxPOTUS4Soleimani— Goli_dar_goldan (@dar_goldan) January 3, 2020
Dear Mr. President, @realDonaldTrump , in last month Islamic Regime in Iran killed defenseless Iranian youth& children and then suppressed Iranian Ppl. But today we get hope to continuing the struggle with this bloody regime. Thank you.
This bloody hand belongs to Qasem Soleimani the top general in #IRGCTerrorists. This hand caused of death of thousands of Iranian, Syrian and Iraqi people and after years of killing, torturing the justice has been served.— Shawn (@BScoRpion0) January 3, 2020
There are thousands more tweets.
Some decried the total lack of coverage from Western media until now
At last 1500 killed in 2 days just recently in Iran by the hands of Islamic regime.— Madam Luna (@Madam__Luna) January 3, 2020
Not a single word from western media!
Now look at this comedy show they’ve started on twitter.
A terrorist dies,and people in western countries are worried about Worl War III
Others singled out those criticizing the US action, saying that they do not need uninformed Westerners speaking on their behalf:
The number of idiots under this tweet is an evidence of how uninformed Americans are.— Madam Luna (@Madam__Luna) January 3, 2020
In Persian, we call them “Kabk”😊
Fake news has truly done a great job in the states. 👏🏼
Reports also suggest that US marines captured high profile terrorist figures:
DEVELOPING: U.S. Marines have captured and arrested the following outside Baghdad:— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) January 3, 2020
Qais Khazali (Leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq)
Hadi al-Amiri (Head of Badr Organization)
President Trump tweeted an American flag without further comment: