Iranian Revolutionary Guard leader Qassem Soleimani’s links to terrorism may have outlived him.
Nearly three years after the terrorist general was killed in an airstrike ordered by 45th president of the United States Donald Trump, surprising links have surfaced suggesting that the former Iranian general may have personally planned the Hamas terror attack against Israel that left over 1,400 citizens dead.
A special Middle East thinktank called Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has released detailed reporting, revealing that state-backed propaganda outlets in Iran are admitting that Qassem Soleimani may have planned the attacks himself. “Today it emerges that [Soleimani’s] powers of planning and operational strategy were boundless,” the outlet Kayhan claimed.
In response to the revelations and continued hostility by Iran, the United States has hinted at possible military action being used if needed.
Iran Threatens Escalation
After the devastating terror attack by Hamas in Israel that left 1,400 dead, Iran’s initial reaction was to further escalate violence, even promising “preemptive action” against the nation.
Almost every Islamic-controlled nation except the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are now siding with the mullahs. They are not alone in their actions.
This all couldn’t come at a worse time. The United Nations (UN) has sent letters to countries announcing end of bans on Iran’s missile program, removing barriers for the clerical regime to sell dangerous technologies and potentially setting the stage for dangerous missiles proliferation.
The United States Responds
Although the United States wants peace, it will not stand idly by violent escalation by Iran.
Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken released the following statement to the public in a warning to Iran:
“The United States does not seek conflict with Iran. We do not want this war to widen. But if Iran or its proxies attack U.S. personnel anywhere, make no mistake: we will defend our people, we will defend our security – swiftly and decisively.”
The key word to pay attention to is “proxies.” This threat essentially means if anyone indirectly connected to Iran commits acts of violence, there will be a response by the United States.
Only time will tell if the United States’ strongman posturing will work, or if it will be one more line in the sand as it relates to the Middle East and countless years of timeless wars.