Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, was killed tonight by a US airstrike “at Baghdad’s international airport Friday.” This went official when “Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials” confirmed Soleimani’s death.

The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.

An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran’s regional security apparatus, at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that’s expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests.

The Defense Department said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” It also accused Soleimani of approving the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.

Predictably, partisanship is running rampant after the airstrike. In fact, Democrat partisanship was running rampant after this week’s attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. Here’s what Sen. Chris Murphy, (D-CT), tweeted after the attack on the Embassy:

Tonight, Sen. Murphy, apparently tired of talking out of one side of his mouth earlier this week, talked out of the other side of his mouth tonight while criticizing President Trump for killing Gen. Soleimani:

In other words, in Sen. Murphy’s perspective, President Trump was impotent earlier this week and a full-fledged war-monger tonight. The Defense Department issued this statement after the airstrike:

At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qassim Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.

This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.

The Commander-in-Chief doesn’t need congressional authorization to protect diplomats or soldiers. President Trump did the right thing in ordering this airstrike.

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