Trump defends decision to kill Soleimani

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2020

During an appearance on Fox News" "The Ingraham Angle, ' Trump said the airstrike that killed Soleimani was a deterrence to an imminent threat from Iran that involved planned attacks on four US embassies. Less officially, the strike was intended as retaliation against the allegedly Iran-backed riot which lead to the US embassy in Baghdad being breached.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on January 10 that an attack on American embassies was looming. He later added that Soleimani "had more than that particular embassy" - in Baghdad - "in mind".

Donald Trump ordered the strike without seeking the approval of Congress, which is normally required in such cases.

Trump has defended the targeted killing of the Iranian general, saying he posed an imminent threat to the US because he was plotting attacks on USA embassies.

Trump said "it doesn't really matter" whether an attack was impending in a Monday tweet and previously said past administrations should have killed Soleimani earlier.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said this past weekend that while he agrees with POTUS Iran would've likely targeted the embassies, when pressed on specific evidence, he said, "I didn't see one with regard to four embassies".

Then, on Friday, Pompeo told reporters at the White House that that attacks were expected "against American facilities, including American embassies, military bases, American facilities throughout the region".

Christopher Levi says he sees justice in the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani by a US airstrike. He added, though, that there also was "a set of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qassem Soleimani"; he declined to get more specific. "That also has made America less safe", he said, noting an NBC News report that Trump authorized the killing of Soleimani seven months ago.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said in a Sunday speech that Trump was the biggest liar in the history of U.S. presidency, stressing that Qassem Suleimani was not planning for any attack against any United States embassy.

"There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qassem Soleimani", Pompeo said on Thursday in a Fox News interview.

The visit by the Syrian delegation is primarily aimed to discuss bilateral ties and the latest regional and worldwide developments as well as offering condolences to senior Iranian officials over the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC Quds Force.

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