The Middle East is braced for an expected response by Iran and its allies against the United States that assasinated Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Qods Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, as well as several other Iranian and Iraqi officers in Bahdad.
This criminal attack put the region on the edge of a new open military conflict and caused a state of panic among regional countries.
Israel put its military on heightened alert and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a trip to Greece.
US missile defense forces in the region, including Patriot systems deployed in Bahrain, were placed on a high alert.
“And it is also reported a US Air Force plane filled with with combat troops and special forces took off from the East Coast overnight while the strike unfolded in Iraq.
It is so far unclear where the troops were going, but it comes after the US promised to up their defences in the Middle East,” Newsweek claims.
The US Embassies in Bahrain, Kuwait and Pakistan officially issued security alerts. US civilian personnel are being evacuated from Iraq.
An increased military activity has been reported at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase in Syria.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units is mobilizing their forces. Core groups of the organization have already declared their readiness to combat the US agression.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his movement would continue the path of Soleimani after his death, according to al-Manar TV. Nasrallah said the US would not be able to achieve its goals with this “big crime” and just punishment was the responsibility of all resistance fighters.
According to reports, Iran has already instensified military activity along its borders. These includes air and ground patrols, as well as maritime activity. It’s expected that soon the Iranian miltiary will be put on heightened alert.
The assasination of Soleimani and other Iranian and Iraqi commanders caused a large backlash among the Iranian and Iraqi nations as well as parts of the society supporting the ‘resistance axis’ in many other regional countries.
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