Washington, US President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed the airstrikes in Baghdad that killed Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj Gen Qasem Soleimani
Mr Trump, who was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, sent out a tweet of an American flag.Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to media reports vowed "severe revenge".
"With him (Soleimani) gone, God willing, his work and his path will not be stopped, but severe revenge awaits the criminals who bloodied their foul hands with his blood and other martyrs' in last night's incident."
"Martyrdom was the reward for his ceaseless efforts in all these years," Khamenei said on his Farsi-language Twitter account.
Earlier, Pentagon issued a statement stating - “At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation".
According to the statement, Soleimani was developing plans to stage attacks on US diplomats and servicemen in Iraq and the Middle East.
Reports said the strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
These deaths are a potential turning point in the Middle East, analysts say as the US actions perhaps reflect a change in Trump administration's policy towards Iran after months of tensions.
Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria.
A large number of Iranians see him as a selfless hero, said a report in 'Time'.