Flowers at the Iranian Embassy in Moscow after the assassination of General Kassem of Colemanite: Eugene biyatov / RIA Novosti
The commander of the special forces “al-Quds,” the Iranian revolutionary guards Qassem Soleimani could kill again in 2007. About this in his article for the American magazine Foreign Policy wrote to the General of the army Stanley McChrystal, who at the time was the head of the Joint special operations command of the United States. The attention it drew journalists YahooNews.
“The decision not to act is often the most difficult, and it is not always correct,” he writes. In 2007, McChrystal was watching the movement of a number of vehicles from Iran to Northern Iraq. One January night, says the General, it was especially difficult choice: to attack the convoy, which was part of the süleymaniye.
To eliminate Soleimani was then good reason — the Iranian-made bombs on roads created and placed under his command, took the lives of American soldiers, says McChrystal. He added that he did not follow his desire to avoid escalating conflict. “I decided that we should follow the caravan, not strike immediately. By the time the convoy reached Erbil, süleymaniye disappeared into the dark,” he concluded.
On the night of 3 January, the US launched an airstrike in the vicinity of the airport of Baghdad, and was killed Qassem Soleimani. The kill order given by the President of the United States Donald trump. The Iranian foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called the actions of the American side acts of terrorism. Washington explained the impact self-defense, because before this, there were several attacks on the base of the international coalition and the American Embassy.
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