World War 3 has been trending around the world since the US-led a mission which killed one of Iran’s top military leaders, Qassem Soleimani. Since news of General Soleimani’s death emerged, high-ranking Iranians have sworn “harsh revenge” on the USA for the drone airstrike the country has called a “declaration of war”. But does this mean the UK will go to war and what has the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said about World War 3?
On Friday, January 3, the USA undertook a drone airstrike in Baghdad which resulted in the death of General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force and Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The Quds Force was responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations and the Iranian Major General gained notoriety for his military stratagems in the past few decades.
In a statement about the attack, the Pentagon said: “At the direction of the president, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani.”
It added: “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.
“The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”
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World War 3: Will the UK go to war? (Image: GETTY)
World War 3: Boris Johnson has now spoken out about the Iran attack (Image: GETTY)
While there was widespread celebration from the US and in particular from Donald Trump and his administration, Iranian officials were enraged by the action and promised to exact severe revenge.
The country’s President, Hassan Rouhani, promised Iran would continue to resist “American expansionism” and “take revenge” on the dead general’s behalf.
Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami said: “A crushing revenge will be taken for Soleimani’s unjust assassination... We will take revenge from all those involved and responsible for his assassination”.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: “The US act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani... is extremely dangerous and a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.”
On Sunday, Iran declared that it will no longer abide by any of the restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal and additionally Iraqi MPs voted to call for the expulsion of all foreign troops from its country.
World War 3: The US killed General Soleimani in an airstrike on Friday (Image: GETTY)