Fears of ‘world war III’ arise as US airstrike kills Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani. By far, the topic #WWIII have been trending on Twitter after the announcement. The airstrike landed in Baghdad, Iraq by order of US President Donald Trump. Major General Qassem Soleimani was the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Moreover, Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, adviser of General Soleimani was also killed in the attack.
According to the US Department of Defense, the general was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” Moreover, Iran’s State TV has also reported that the United States urged Americans to leave Iraq immediately.
Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, states that if Iran takes any action to kill Americans, there is a big chance that the US will retaliate.
“Trump talks about ending the endless wars and leaving the Middle East. In reality, he may have just started another endless and unwinnable war and ensured that America will remain trapped in the Middle East for decades to come.” States Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, with McClatchy News. Read more: is US headed for World War III?
“President Trump’s decision to escalate hostilities by killing Qassem Soleimani epitomizes the failure of his strategy for dealing with Iran. By engaging in a unilateral act of aggression inside Iraq, we have pushed our Iraqi allies even closer to Iran,” states David Schanzer, terrorism expert, and professor of the practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.