LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As reports of additional airstrikes in Baghdad come in, Iranians in Los Angeles responded to the Thursday killing of a top Iranian general.

“I’m praying for the peace, that’s everybody’s goal,” Todd Khodadadi, an Iranian American, said. “Peace in the world, hopefully it happens soon.”

Khodadadi, the owner of Tochal Market in Westwood, was optimistic Friday as news spread of the death of Iran’s top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani.

“Nobody likes people get killed, but this person had a lot of history behind him, and that’s why it makes everybody happy,” he said.

Nooshin Mashkaty, a NASA engineer who was born in Iran but moved to Los Angeles as a child for school, agreed.

“Having a terrorist pay his due is a very happy moment,” she said. “Soleimani is the brain behind all of the terrorist attack, internal and external, so you could imagine how everyone was happy. He not only has killed many Americans, he’s killed many Iranians and many other people around the world.”

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When the news broke, Mashkaty received video from friends celebrating in Iraq.

“He’s gone,” Kevin Nikjou, who was also born in Iran before coming to Southern California, said. “It’s a turning point.”

Nikjou left at the age of 20, though his mother and brother are still there.

“I was so happy, so excited when I heard the news,” Nikjou said. “This is the news I was waiting for a long time, and I think it was overdue, but I’m glad it happened. This is a big move, a big turning point for the people of Iran for the freedom and democracy of the region.”

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Mashkaty said she felt the death of Soleimani weakened terrorist activity and prevented a future attack, but Nikjou was not as optimistic.

“I’m not sure this regime is just going to back off,” he said. “I’m sure they’re going to retaliate somehow, but we have to support the people of Iran for a regime change. I think that’s the best option.”

Ultimately, all three said they believe the world is safer after the death of Soleimani.

But that feeling of safety here in Los Angeles did not translate abroad as the Department of State issued a warning late Thursday night for all Americans in Iraq to depart immediately — and urged caution to those remaining in other parts of the Middle East.

Back at Los Angeles International Airport, security measures have not been increased, but officials said they would continue to monitor the situation and make changes as needed.

Comments (8)
  1. calliffy2 says:

    If immigrants from Iran are happy this man is no longer threat, then I’m thinking it’s a good thing

  2. txkflier says:

    So, President Trump did the right thing?

  3. Laura says:

    Americans are better off for the Iranian people who immigrated here in the 1980s. They are good, industrious people who have added to our melting pot and have assimilated without asking for special privileges or laws. Hoping the people of Iran can finally make headway against the radicals, now that Trump has assisted them in this!

  4. Bruce Majors says:

    Trump’s approach to both impeachment and to the Iranian fascist regime have left Democrats, so called “liberals,” and liberaltarians looking like fools. Especially now that the Iranian people are protesting against the brutal theocracy that tortures them, whose henchman Trump executed. I suspect when the Senate subpoenas Hunter and Joe Biden, Adam Schiff, Eric Ciamerella et al, they will look ever more ridiculous.
    It is sad for the LP they have no one who can negotiate on this level.

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