US Killing of Iran General Seen as 'Major Escalation'

Embassy tells all US citizens to leave Iraq
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2020 7:00 AM CST

(Newser) – The killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike Thursday night is widely being described as a "game changer"—and a major escalation in the Middle East. Gen. Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, was killed along with Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and several other officials from Iran-backed militias as they left the Baghdad airport, the BBC reports. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the killing of the popular general—and worldwide oil prices have jumped more than 4%. More:

  • Congress not consulted. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday night that the strike ordered by President Trump was carried out "without the consultation" of Congress, reports the New York Times. "American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests," she said in a statement. "But we cannot put the lives of American service members, diplomats, and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions. Tonight’s airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence."

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