The U.S. says it killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a “defensive action.”
A Pentagon statement says it took the “defensive action” of killing Soleimani “at the direction of the President, the U.S. military to protect U.S. personnel abroad.”
The statement added that Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
“General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week,” the statement continued.
The U.S. also held Soleimani and his Quds Force responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and said he “orchestrated” a rocket attack on December 27th, which killed an American.