It began when Iranian soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh posted a photo of the late Iranian Quds force Commander General Soleimani after his death. Jahanbakhsh said Instagram had removed that post. Within hours the International Federation of Journalists reported that at least fifteen Iranian journalists have had their profiles suspended. After that Multiple Iranian newspapers and other media outlets reported being banned from the platform.
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The world can stop wondering if last night's apparently less than effective missile attacks by Iran on three US airbases in Iraq are the one and done of a tit for tat round of posturing of two authoritarian regimes in crisis rallying their respective domestic political bases. This is not even the end of the beginning of a war.
Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani stepped off his aircraft at the Baghdad international airport to attend a diplomatic meeting with Iraqi government officials. A moment later he was dead, killed in a drone strike. General Soleimani was the leader of the Iranian Quds force, which the United States considers a terrorist organization but is an arm of their military akin to our special forces, tasked with carrying out light infantry and irregular warfare in conjunction with foreign troops and non-state actors.