The drone attack that killed the powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, Iran's main man in Iraq, unleashed an escalation of tensions in the Middle East whose end is difficult to predict. And, to top it all, Donald Trump is challenging.
True to his custom, the president of the United States used his Twitter account to show the world what the goal of his country. Minutes before the news of the attack was known, he published the image of his country's flag, a tweet he left fixed.
And on the morning of this Friday he sent a strong message: "Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation," he wrote.RELATED
Later, the president wrote a couple of new messages in which he justified the death of Soleimani, whom he accused of having "killed or seriously injured thousands of Americans for a prolonged period of time."
Trump's messages on his Twitter account.
"He was conspiring to kill many more … but he was caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people, including the recent large number of protesters killed in Iran itself. While Iran can never admit it properly "Soleimani was hated and feared within the country. They are not as sad as the leaders will let the outside world believe. I should have taken it out many years ago!"
In addition, during the hours after the attack, he retweeted some messages that endorsed Soleimani's death and showed his responsibility in various crimes in the Middle East.
General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more … but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number ….
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020
"This year, hundreds of protesters were killed in #Iraq after #QassemSoleimani urged pro #Iran government to use maximum force and in #Syria Soleimani played a crucial role in #Assad repression of the regime against protests beginning in 2011, what resulting in the death or disappearance of hundreds of thousands, "was one of the messages that Trump retweeted.
According to US media, Trump had authorized the operation on Thursday morning, which occurred in the midst of the escalation of tension between Washington and Baghdad after supporters and members of the Popular Crowd stormed the US embassy in Iraq on December 31.
Soleimani, along with at least seven other officials, died after being attacked by a drone while leaving Baghdad airport in two cars. According to reports, at least four missiles reached the convoy and it is believed that at least eight people died.
USA asks its citizens to leave Iraq
The US State Department asked its citizens to leave Iraq "immediately" because of the possible escalation of violence that could be generated in that country.
"Due to rising tensions in Iraq and the region, we urge American citizens to leave Iraq immediately," the State Department tweeted.
#Iraq: Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, we urge U.S. citizens to depart Iraq immediately. Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all consular operations are suspended. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy. pic.twitter.com/rdRce3Qr4a
– Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) January 3, 2020
"Due to the attacks by the Pro-Iranian militias in the US embassy complex, all consular operations are suspended. US citizens should not approach the embassy," he added.
The State Department had warned its citizens on January 1 not to travel to Iraq.
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