Iran has vowed “harsh retaliation” following a US air strike near Baghdad’s airport that killed its top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East.
The killing of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, marks a major escalation in the standoff between Washington and Iran, which has veered from one crisis to another since President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions.
Trump said today that the general killed was targeted because he was was “plotting to kill” many Americans.
“He should have been taken out many years ago!” the US president tweeted, following up on an early tweet that simply contained the US flag.
Countries US has bombed since World War II
The conflict in Iran comes after decades of global interventions carried out by the States.
The US is said to have been involved in 32 distinct and separate bombing campaigns on 24 different countries between 1945 and 1999.
However, the listing below includes later operations as well, taking into account several Middle Eastern conflicts to demonstrate the scale of their overseas operations:
Belgian Congo 1964
Dominican Republic 1965-66
El Salvador 1981-92
Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999
Iraq and Syria 2014 –
Somalia 2011 –
Iran 2020 –