The death of Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike, was celebrated in Iraq, according to videos posted on the networks, one of them by British user Katie Hopkins.
“Celebrations in Iraq at the targeted killing of a terrorist leader and the bold actions of @realDonaldTrump. America is back as the Leader of the Free World #iraq,” Hopkins said in her tweet.
Celebrations in Iraq at the targeted killing of a terrorist leader and the bold actions of @realDonaldTrump
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 3, 2020
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also shared another video in which Iraqi citizens demonstrate what Soleimani’s death means to them.
“Iraqis-Iraqis- dancing in the streets for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more,” Pompeo wrote in his tweet, with the video attached.
Iraqis — Iraqis — dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more. pic.twitter.com/huFcae3ap4
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 3, 2020
The military action ordered by President Donald Trump is not only a great contribution to the region but also does justice to the Americans who died with Soleimani’s complicity, said the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
“For a generation, Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani bestrode the Middle East by sowing terror and death,” reported the WSJ.
President Trump said on Jan. 3 that Soleimani was planning to kill more Americans.
“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and plotting to kill many more … but he was caught! He was, directly and indirectly, responsible for the deaths of millions of people …,” Trump wrote in his Twitter account.
The U.S. Defense Department said the Iranian general “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
It also accused Soleimani of condoning the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
“You know that this war will destroy everything you own,” Soleimani had declared in a July 2018 speech, in an open threat to President Trump.
“You will start this war, but we will be the ones to bring it to an end. Therefore, you must be careful not to insult the Iranian people and the president of our Republic,” he added at the time according to a report by Iranian state channel Al Alam quoted by Reuters.
Soleimani, 62, structured the elite Iranian Quds Force, linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is in charge of Iran’s extraterritorial military operations, including expanding Iranian influence in Syria and attacking Israel.