On Thursday, the United States military carried out airstrikes at the Baghdad International Airport, which resulted in the killing of the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC) Qasem Soleimani.
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zari had taken to Twitter to lash out on the US, calling their decision "an act of international terrorism". The minister blamed them for displaying "rogue adventurism".
Now, on Friday, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo shared a short 22-second clip on Twitter and said that Iranians are celebrating the death of the top commander Soleimani by "dancing in streets".
“Iraqis - Iraqis - dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more,” Pompeo tweeted.
In the video, people can be seen running and shouting on the streets, carrying a several meter-long national flag of Iraq. The location of the video is not known.
Iraqis — Iraqis — dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more. pic.twitter.com/huFcae3ap4— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 3, 2020
The United States military fired three Katyusha missiles at the airport, killing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander and head of the elite al-Quds force and Iraq‘s paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces’ deputy head Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Following the death of Soleimani, US President Donald Trump tweeted an image of the American flag without any further explanation.
An official statement by the US department of defense said, “At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleiman.” They also added that IRGC-QF was a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.