One of Iran's most powerful military commanders, General Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a US airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump on Friday. Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed alongside several other Iranian officials at Baghdad airport.
Unsurprisingly, the move has sparked some tensions. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "severe revenge awaits the criminals" behind the attack. While President Donald Trump seemed to respond to the event by tweeting a picture of the US flag.
In a statement, the Pentagon said that Soleimani "was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."
Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi condemned the "assassination" of Soleimani as a "dangerous escalation" of regional tensions; Russia labelled the attack a "murder" and a "reckless step" by the US; and Hezbollah called for the death to be avenged.
Meanwhile, China and the United Kingdom called for restraint from both sides.
Domestically, the response was divided down party lines. Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders both criticized the move.
Warren said that "this reckless move escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict. Our priority must be to avoid another costly war."
While Sanders added: "Trump's dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars."
The global tension led to some tension on Twitter, with World War III trending on the social media platform. And yes, it's full of hilarious memes.
This Twitter user shared his plan to get out of being conscripted into the US Army.
While one user joked that this photo summed up "all the other countries looking at the United States & Iran getting ready to start World War 3."
If we're going to war, we might as well look fresh.
We got other plans for you, Gen Z.
And somehow, it all started without Russia or China getting involved.
2020 was supposed to be better than 2019.
Some people are already practicing their moves for the invasion of Iran.
Others are already planning on avoiding the draft.
I don't think we're ready to go to war just yet.
It's all fun and games until you actually get drafted.
We're about to see some stuff.
Some Twitter users are planning to negotiate with Iran.
What a coincidence.