Iran on the day of 3 January 2020, shocked and mourned by the act of extreme aggression of United States of America (USA). A drone stroked by United States near Baghdad International Airport resulting in the assassination of Iranian major general Qasem Solemani while he was on his way to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad. Soleimani was commander in chief of the Quds Force.
Soleimani was considered to be the second most influential person of Iran after Ali Khamenei. At the start of new year 2021, Iranians are saddened by (coming) first death anniversary of their beloved assassinated major general Solemani.
2019–20 Persian Gulf crisis
Persian Gulf crisis 2019–20 started after the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in 2018 resulting in the reimposition of sanctions, and accusation Iranian elements of fueling a campaign to harass U.S. forces in the region. Soleimani was assissnated during the Persian Gulf crisis 2019–20.
It was necessary to stop an “imminent attack”
U.S officials rationalized the killing of Soleimani and presented the legal justification that the action was taken “in response to an intensifying series of attacks to protect US personnel, to foil Iran from doing or backing further attacks.
Violation of U.S. domestic and international laws
Certain authorities, involving the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, counted the assassination of Soleimani as a possible violation of U.S. domestic and international laws.
The contemporary Middle East has seen a number of incidents in which the high-level government and military figures were targeted and assassinated.
U.S Army General George Casey, considered choosing Soleimani and Quds Force officers enemy warriors, consequently making them subject to military action. Though, the idea was ruled out over concerns of opening a new confrontation, as per the report issued by NBC News.
However, Iran will observe the first death anniversary of its hero Soleimani on 3 January 2021 with great sorrow.
Reactions on Social Media
Twitter trend of #hero is trending on twitter to commemorate the assassination of the hero of Iranians.