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Soleimani articulated bombing that killed 85 in Buenos Aires

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Soleimani articulated bombing that killed 85 in Buenos Aires

Debris left by the explosion at AMIA headquarters in Buenos Aires, 1994 See / See

General Qassem Soleimani, assassinated by the United States last Thursday (2), was behind the attacks on the Mutual Israeli Argentine Association (Amia) in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994.

The terrorist act was triggered by a van loaded with 400 kilos of explosives, leaving 85 dead and 300 injured. This was the bloodiest attack in Argentine history. Two years earlier, another attack destroyed the Israeli embassy building in Buenos Aires.

Soleimani's involvement was remembered by Israeli politicians and newspapers on Friday (3).

"I congratulate President Donald Trump and the entire Middle East for the action that killed Soleimani," said Yair Lapid, leader of the Israeli Blue and White opposition party.

“He has planned and led deadly terrorist attacks from Damascus to Buenos Aires and is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent civilians. He got exactly what he deserved, ”he added.

The order for action came from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, during a meeting held in August 1993.

Soleimani was in charge of organizing the action over the next 11 months.

In all, 12 extremists with ties to Hezbollah, an Islamic group that is an armed arm of the Iranian government in Lebanon, participated.

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