On April 8, 2019, IRGC was put in the list of terrorist groups by the US administration. This was an unprecedented event as never in military history had a nation put another nation’s registered military force under its list of terrorist groups. This justified the US military to take out any individual related to this terrorist group at any time they deemed appropriate.
The western media pictured him as the top Iranian General and the second most powerful figure in Iran’s politics, second only to the supreme leader and even more powerful than the Iranian president who was elected by the popular vote of 80 million Iranian citizens. It was only natural that his assassination became breaking news on regional and specifically US news outlets.
The US media knew that Qasem Soleimani had been an enormous threat to the US and its allies for decades; they knew he was directly involved in the death of hundreds of US servicemen in Iraq. So the news was shocking to many US citizens not because they had witnessed General Soleimani’s death, but because it made them wonder what major terrorist activity had been prepared by this infamous terrorist this time that left no choice to the US administration but to physically remove him from the battlefield, and if this could be the beginning of yet another war in the Middle East.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, started his day by calling the US allies in the Middle East and appearing on morning news shows to address the multitude of questions the US citizens wanted to know the answer to.
In his news conference, Mike Pompeo debunked Iranian propaganda including stories that Qasem Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission in Iraq, or he was in Iraq representing Saudi Arabia to negotiate a peace deal. He had to go to such lengths as to call his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, “a propagandist of the first order.”
The Washington Post revealed that Qasem Solemani was involved in suppressing protests against the regime in Tehran. He was nothing more than a tool in the hands of Ayatollah’s to pursue their political agenda in the region.
Qasem Solemani was the epicenter of bad players in the region, says Secretary Pompeo. People in Iraq and Iran are happy and believe that the US action in assassinating Qasem Soleimani was a good decision, giving the people of these nations freedom and sovereignty.
Do you want to see the other side of the coin? Read about Soleimani's portrayal in Iranian media here.