The phrase ‘World War 3’ began trending after the killing of the Iranian leader’s second in command in a US airstrike. Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a bombing ordered by President Donald Trump overnight at Baghdad Airport. After news of his death broke, the country’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei sparked fears of war after he promised ‘harsh vengeance’.

Fears of ‘World War 3’ grow after Donald Trump airstrike kills Iran general

Many of those tweeting about the airstrike used memes to bring light to the situation, joking about fears it could spark ‘World War 3’ – a phrase now trending on Twitter. Searches for ‘World War 3’ also spiked on Google within hours of the airstrike in Iraq overnight. Google Trends recorded ‘Iran’ as the second most searched term in the United States, with more than 500,000 searches for the topic.

According to metro, The US Defence Department said it killed Soleimani because he ‘was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region’. It also accused Soleimani of approving the attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.

An adviser to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani quickly warned US President Donald Trump of retaliation from Tehran. ‘Trump through his gamble has dragged the US into the most dangerous situation in the region,’ Hessameddin Ashena wrote on the social media app Telegram. ‘Whoever put his foot beyond the red line should be ready to face its consequences.’

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Iran vows revenge after U.S. drone strike kills elite force commander

Iran on Friday vowed "severe revenge" in response to a U.S. airstrike that killed Tehran's most powerful military commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, and dramatically sharpened tensions across the Middle East.