Twitterati fear 'World War III coming' after Iran's Soleimani killed in US strike

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 03, 2020, 04.44 PM(IST)

File photo: Major General Qasim Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force, which carried out extra-territorial covert operations for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Photograph:( AFP )

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The Soleimani's killing triggered various reactions from across the world and while some Republicans lauded the move other world leaders warned of danger and urged US and Iran for restraint.

The world on Friday woke up with alarm after top Iranian Commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike in Iraq. The killing marked a dramatic escalation in the ongoing "shadow war" between the US and Iran. 

The Soleimani's killing triggered various reactions from across the world and while some Republicans lauded the move other world leaders warned of danger and urged US and Iran for restraint.

In pictures: Soleimani was featured in Time magazine's 100 most influential people

Meanwhile, people on social media feared that World War III could be breaking out as they tweeted various memes and short videos. 

Many people also made jokes about how Americans will be escaping the war and how Trump is starting a war to escape the ongoing impeachment row.

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Head of the elite Quds Force, a foreign arm of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani on Friday was killed in US strikes in Baghdad airport.

Later in the day, a statement by the US State Department said that the killing was authorised by US President Donald Trump.  Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the strike.

So far Trump has not reacted officially on the killing but earlier in the Day he tweeted an image of the US flag.

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Meanwhile, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also warned of "harsh revenge" waiting for the "criminals" who killed Soleimani. 

His death, though bitter, would double the motivation of the resistance against the United States and Israel, he said.

For over two decades Soleimani had been at the forefront of projecting the Islamic Republic's military influence across the Middle East.