Iranian Qassem Soleimani was ‘bloodiest terrorist in the world’: US State Department

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TEHRAN, IRAN - (ARCHIVE): A file photo dated September 18, 2016 shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani during Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's meeting with Revolutionary Guards, in Tehran, Iran. The U.S. confirmed Thursday that it carried out a strike that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The strike near Baghdad International Airport killed Soleimani, one of the most powerful commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Hashd al-Shaabi group, or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), local media reported. (Photo by Pool / Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office /Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The U.S. State Department blasted the recent U.N. report, which said their assassination of the late Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, violated international law.

According to the U.S. State Department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, the late commander of the Iranian Quds Force was “the bloodiest terrorist in the world.”

Ortagus slammed the U.N.’s report, saying that “it lacks integrity and tendency and undermines human rights by giving it a passport to terrorists.”

“It takes a special kind of intellectual dishonesty to issue a report condemning the United States for acting in self-defense while whitewashing General Soleimani’s notorious past as one of the world’s deadliest terrorists.”

She insisted that Soleimani had been “committing terrorist acts to destabilize the Middle East over the past twenty years.”

“Soleimani and his Quds Force are responsible for killing hundreds of American and coalition forces and wounding thousands of others,” she added.

Qassem Soleimani was assassinated by the U.S. military on the night of January 3rd, 2020, near the Baghdad International Airport.

Also traveling with Soleimani at the time was the Deputy Head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, who was also killed in the drone strike.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran would later respond to the attack on January 8th by firing several missiles at the U.S. forces in Iraq.