Gen. David Petraeus, the retired Army general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said last week that it was "impossible to overstate the importance" of the recent killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the United States military, comparing it to the deaths of two other prolific terrorists.
Petraeus told Foreign Policy that Soleimani's death was "more significant" than the deaths of either Osama bin Laden or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a founder of Al-Qaeda and the leader of the terrorist group ISIS, respectively. Bin Laden was killed under the Obama administration's orders, while al-Baghdadi was killed in October.
Petraeus said Soleimani's terrorist activity in Iran, including his efforts to extend Iranian control to the entire Shia Crescent in the Middle East and his supplying of munitions and explosives that have killed hundreds of American soldiers, rendered his death last week of "enormous significance."
He later compared killing Soleimani to killing the CIA director and numerous other high-ranking government officials.