U.S. Kills Top Iranian Leaders, Analysts Say Bigger Deal Than Bin Laden

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On Thursday night, U.S. military forces reportedly killed two leading Iranian military commanders in Iraq during an airstrike.

The killing of these two commanders, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, has been determined by analysts to be a bigger deal than the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

For example, AJC Global analyst Julie Lenarz explained in a tweet, “If you multiply the death of Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi you begin to understand the significance of Soleimani’s death. This man controlled the most powerful state-controlled army of terror.”

This attack came just one day after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei mistakenly told President Trump over Twitter “You can’t do anything.”

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State released a fact sheet with information about the Qods Force, the terrorist organization led by the killed Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani:

“The IRGC—most prominently through its Qods Force—has the greatest role among Iran’s actors in directing and carrying out a global terrorist campaign.

  • In recent years, IRGC Qods Force terrorist planning has been uncovered and disrupted in many countries, including Germany, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Kenya, Bahrain, and Turkey.
  • The IRGC Qods Force in 2011 plotted a brazen terrorist attack against the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. on American soil. Fortunately, this plot was foiled.
  • In September 2018, a U.S. federal court found Iran and the IRGC liable for the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing which killed 19 Americans.
  • In 2012, IRGC Qods Force operatives were arrested in Turkey for plotting an attack and in Kenya for planning a bombing.
  • In January 2018, Germany uncovered ten IRGC operatives involved in a terrorist plot in Germany, and convicted another IRGC operative for surveilling a German-Israeli group”