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Ohioans Protest U.S. Assassination Of Iranian Military Leader

Following the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, some Ohioans took to the streets in several cities this weekend.

Anti-war demonstrator Mark Stansbery was one of about 100 protestors who stood in the cold at a Columbus rally Saturday.

“It wasn’t even done in a military sense, in a strategic sense,” Stansbery said. “It was a political assassination. And that’s a very dangerous road we are going down.”

President Trump ordered the assassination of Soleimani in a drone airstrike without Congressional authorization. According to NPR, the general "led the elite Quds forces, a branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, responsible for the country’s intelligence and military operations outside of Iran.”

Columbus resident Afkham Davis is from Iran and fears for her family there. 

“I don’t think Iranians are going to be quiet," Davis said.

Trump claims that airstrike thwarted a planned terrorist action against the U.S.

The strike has increased tensions between the two countries, with demonstrators this weekend flooding the streets of Iran to pay respect to Soleimani and call for revenge.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.