In the midst of the tense and escalating events that the world witnesses daily until the killing of the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, during a US air strike on the morning of Friday, January 3, the search for the possibility of igniting a "third world war" took the lead in search and social media sites.
According to the newspaper published by the British "Metro" newspaper, the search for "Iran" came second after "America" globally from the moment Soleimani was killed.
The hashtag of the "Third World War" has also produced social media.
Website users began to wonder if the world was already on the verge of a new war, especially with the threat and promises of Iran's leaders that killing their leader would not pass without revenge.
A spokesman for the Iranian government, Ali Rabei, announced that the time of strike and smuggling "is over", stressing that Iran will avenge the blood of Qassem Soleimani.
The events in Iraq after the American forces carried out air strikes on the evening of Sunday, December 29, targeting the headquarters of Iraqi militias loyal to Iran, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries, in response to the repeated targeting of American militias.
The Pentagon said in an official statement at the time that the missile strikes carried out by warplanes targeted 5 targets of the so-called "Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades" loyal to Iran, which is closely linked to the Revolutionary Guards, which Washington included on the terrorist list months ago.
The death toll from the American bombing has risen by about 25 dead and more than 40 wounded, among them a senior commander whose death has featured pages and sites belonging to the "Iraqi Hezbollah" militia called Abu Ali Khazali.
The Iraqi government condemned the attack, describing it as "unacceptable", noting that it would have serious consequences.
The situation later evolved and extended to protests and angry demonstrations that attempted to storm the headquarters of the American Embassy in Baghdad, prompting US President Donald Trump to ask the Iraqi government to use force to protect the American embassy and its employees.
On the morning of Friday, January 3, the US military officially claimed responsibility for targeting the commander of the Quds Force, confirming in a statement, "that he has taken a defensive measure to protect American personnel abroad at the direction of the president."