USA Kills leader of Iranian Quds Force

This morning Donald Trump authorised a major blow against Iran with the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Quds Force, in an airstrike at Baghdad airport.

Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Quds ForceQasem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Quds Force

This is a major development because the Iranians are certain to respond with force. It will most likely bring the US Embassy in Baghdad under renewed attack, as well as other US targets in the Middle East.

And it is highly likely that Israel will also be targeted as a key ally of the United States. The Israel Defence Forces will now be on high alert.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has cut short his visit to Greece today where he signed a historic three-way agreement with Cyprus, that will provide the basis for the export of natural gas to Europe.

Netanyahu is returning to Israel amid fears of revenge attacks by the Iranians for the American action. Hebrew media also report that Israel’s Foreign Ministry have decided to increase security at Israeli embassies and missions around the world.

Sadly, this is a reflection of the scale of Iran’s terrorist influence around the world.

Yet the airstrike has prompted celebrations in Iraq, where long-running civilian protests against corrupt government and Iranian influence have been met with brutal retaliation, prompted by Soleimani.

And in the midst of all the statements being made about what will happen next, it is worth hearing what some Iranians are being told about events. This report by MEMRI is quite revealing, with Qasem Soleimani described as an agent of unity between Muslims and Jews.

For those interested in a more accurate description, here is a useful, short summary: