The U.S. Pentagon confirmed that U.S. forces attacked and killed Qassim Suleimani, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps \"Al-Quds Brigade \". Iran's government responded that the death of Sulaimani would intensify resistance to the US in the Middle East and globally.
The U.S. air strike comes hours after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper called a press conference to say Iran is plotting to attack U.S. targets in the Middle East, saying \"game change\" and warning the U.S. to prepare for \"pre-emptive strikes.\"
The Associated Press read that the death of Mr. Suleimani heralded a possible \"turning point\" in the situation in the Middle East, triggering intense retaliation by Iran and its armed forces in the region.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said the Donald Trump administration did not \"ventilate\" with Congress before launching the attack on Sulaimani.
\"Iranians know that American casualties are'red lines',\" said Dina Esfandiyari, a researcher at the American think tank Century Foundation. The new situation is worrying that [the Iranian side] has crossed the line.\"
A U.S. military contractor was killed by a rocket attack on December 27,2019, and the U.S. identified an attack by the Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militia armed \"True Lord Brigades.\" The U.S. subsequent designation of Iran's planned U.S. embassy in Iraq was denied by Iran.
Faisal Istrabadi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at Indiana University, told CNN that Sulaimani's killing was \"a big deal\" for the entire Middle East.
The U. S. government hasn't considered how it should help maintain stability in Iraq after the attack on Suleimani, he said. Azalea (special draft of Xinhua News Agency).