A United States led offensive in Iraq has resulted in the death of one of Iran’s top military officials, raising tensions in the region.
According to US officials, the airstrike deployed on January 2nd killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general who the US stated “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
President Trump later announced via twitter that he stood behind the action, stating that “While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”
Iranian officials were also quick to respond, vowing retaliation against the US for their perceived aggression and calling for a period of mourning for Soleimani, calling the attack a heinous crime.
Oil prices were also reported to have spiked following the attack, with some experts having speculated that an upcoming conflict could impact the American economy.
Others have taken to social media amidst fears of a new Middle East war between the US and Iran.
This is a developing story. Stick with Temple update for more information as it becomes available.