Iranian General Had Taunted Trump On Social Media

The Washington Post reports:

Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq early Friday, wasn’t just an infamous terrorist organizer and one of the regime’s most powerful officials — he was also one of President Trump’s social media antagonists.

International experts have long known of Soleimani as the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force and the shadow commander of proxy conflicts across the Middle East, but many Americans first heard of the general in 2018, when he started arguing with Trump via memes on Instagram.

For a high-level commander in a regime that bans most major social media platforms for its citizens, Soleimani was unusually Internet savvy, sharing with his nearly 70,000 Instagram followers an image of the White House exploding, which was later archived by the Middle East Media Research Institute.