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The killing of Qasem Suleimani: How the world reacted

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The killing of Qasem Suleimani: How the world reacted

After General Qasem Suleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Revolutionary Guards Corp and Iran’s top general, was assassinated by a US drone strike on Friday 3rd January, President Donald Trump said he took action “to stop a war” and that the general’s “reign of terror is over”.

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After General Qasem Suleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Revolutionary Guards Corp and Iran’s top general, was assassinated by a US drone strike on Friday 3rd January, President Donald Trump said he took action “to stop a war” and that the general’s “reign of terror is over”.

The White House insisted that it acted in response to clear threats against Americans.

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Iran vowed to retaliate. Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif said the attack was a “foolish escalation” and an “act of terrorism”, promising consequences.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei vowed “harsh retaliation” and declared three days of mourning for the general.

Iranian state television called Trump’s order to kill Suleimani “the biggest miscalculation by the US” since World War II, and stated that the people of the region will no longer allow Americans to stay.

Extremely large crowds gathered in Iran commemorating the death of the general. State TV said that millions of people turned up for Suleimani’s funeral.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that the attack would spark a “devastating war”. He added that the attack was a “flagrant violation of the conditions authorising the presence of US troops”. On Sunday, Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country.

The strike also killed Abu Mahdi Al-Mahandis, who is deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a militia group formed to battle ISIS after its invasion of Iraq.

Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren called Suleimani a terrorist and a murderer, but questioned the recklessness of the strike.

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was joined other senators in saying that “Congress must reassert its constitutional responsibility over war”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Trump “deserves all the credit for acting swiftly, forcefully and decisively.”

Syria condemned the killing, calling it “treacherous American criminal aggression”.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry also condemned the killing, saying it would increase tensions throughout the Middle East.

China’s Foreign Ministry said it was “highly concerned” and called for restraint on all sides. China participated in joint drills in the Indian Ocean last month with Russia and Iran.

French President Emmanuel Macron also called for restraint, saying he wants to avoid “new dangerous escalation”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced criticism for not flying back from his holiday sooner, and after returning said that the UK “won’t lament” Suleimani’s death, but urged de-escalation.

Edward Snowden said “the political consequences will cost the government far more presence in the region than any Iranian  response”.

Activist Shaun King said what Trump did what an “act of war”.

Various activists have been saying that Iranian-Americans are being detained at US borders and airports and being asked about the political situation with Iran, though US Customs and Border Protection have denied this.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has vowed to eradicate the Middle East of US Military following the assassination, and has stated that American bases, warships and soldiers were all “fair targets”. He made it clear that American citizens are off-limits and shout not be harmed.

With many fearing escalation and possible war, it is clear that the killing of Iran’s top general is a turning point for America’s relationship with the entire region.

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After General Qasem Suleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Revolutionary Guards Corp and Iran’s top general, was assassinated by a US drone strike on Friday 3rd January, President Donald Trump said he took action “to stop a war” and that the general’s “reign of terror is over”.

After General Qasem Suleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Revolutionary Guards Corp and Iran’s top general, was assassinated by a US drone strike on Friday 3rd January, President Donald Trump said he took action “to stop a war” and that the general’s “reign of terror is over”.

The White House insisted that it acted in response to clear threats against Americans.

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Iran vowed to retaliate. Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif said the attack was a “foolish escalation” and an “act of terrorism”, promising consequences.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei vowed “harsh retaliation” and declared three days of mourning for the general.

Iranian state television called Trump’s order to kill Suleimani “the biggest miscalculation by the US” since World War II, and stated that the people of the region will no longer allow Americans to stay.

Extremely large crowds gathered in Iran commemorating the death of the general. State TV said that millions of people turned up for Suleimani’s funeral.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that the attack would spark a “devastating war”. He added that the attack was a “flagrant violation of the conditions authorising the presence of US troops”. On Sunday, Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country.

The strike also killed Abu Mahdi Al-Mahandis, who is deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a militia group formed to battle ISIS after its invasion of Iraq.

Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren called Suleimani a terrorist and a murderer, but questioned the recklessness of the strike.

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was joined other senators in saying that “Congress must reassert its constitutional responsibility over war”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Trump “deserves all the credit for acting swiftly, forcefully and decisively.”

Syria condemned the killing, calling it “treacherous American criminal aggression”.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry also condemned the killing, saying it would increase tensions throughout the Middle East.

China’s Foreign Ministry said it was “highly concerned” and called for restraint on all sides. China participated in joint drills in the Indian Ocean last month with Russia and Iran.

French President Emmanuel Macron also called for restraint, saying he wants to avoid “new dangerous escalation”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced criticism for not flying back from his holiday sooner, and after returning said that the UK “won’t lament” Suleimani’s death, but urged de-escalation.

Edward Snowden said “the political consequences will cost the government far more presence in the region than any Iranian  response”.

Activist Shaun King said what Trump did what an “act of war”.

Various activists have been saying that Iranian-Americans are being detained at US borders and airports and being asked about the political situation with Iran, though US Customs and Border Protection have denied this.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has vowed to eradicate the Middle East of US Military following the assassination, and has stated that American bases, warships and soldiers were all “fair targets”. He made it clear that American citizens are off-limits and shout not be harmed.

With many fearing escalation and possible war, it is clear that the killing of Iran’s top general is a turning point for America’s relationship with the entire region.

Whilst you’re here…

The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

Your support will help us achieve this goal, and enable us to produce more original content. Your support can help us in the fight against Islamophobia, by building a powerful platform for young Muslims who can share their ideas, experiences and opinions for a better future.

Please consider supporting The Muslim Vibe, from as little as £1 – it will only take a minute. Thank you and Jazakallah.

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