Trump perceived the death of the U.S. military as “crossing the red line” and ordered senior advisers to begin planning the operation.
Together with the US president, several members of the National Security Council (NSC) monitored the operation. The White House did not notify any of the foreign governments of the impending attack, nor did they notify supporters of the Democratic Party in the US Congress.
General Qassem Suleimani was killed on January 3 by order of U.S. President Donald Trump as a result of a missile strike at Baghdad International Airport.
Soon, in his statement, Trump called Suleimani "the number one terrorist in the world."
Several thousand protesters attacked the U.S. embassy in Iraq on Tuesday due to US air strikes that killed more than two dozen pro-Iran fighters at the weekend.