“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump stated in an announcement earlier than tv cameras in Florida.
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While referring to the Iranian army mastermind, killed in a US air assault earlier Friday in Baghdad, as “sick,” Trump tried to decrease tensions by insisting that he doesn’t need conflict with Iran.
“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” he stated, including: “We do not seek regime change.”
Reacting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo additionally stated Soleimani was planning imminent motion that threatened American residents when the final was killed in a US strike.
Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) international operations arm, was killed by an air raid on Baghdad worldwide airport.
“He was actively plotting in the region to take actions — a big action, as he described it — that would have put dozens if not hundreds of American lives at risk,” Pompeo informed CNN.
“We know it was imminent,” Pompeo stated of Soleimani’s plot, with out going into element in regards to the nature of the deliberate operation.
“This was an intelligence-based assessment that drove our decision-making process,” Pompeo added.
The prime US diplomat spent the day calling officers worldwide to debate the killing, which introduced a promise of “severe vengeance” from Tehran.
Among these he phoned have been Chinese politburo member Yang Jiechi, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan military chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, the international ministers of Britain, Germany and Russia and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Pompeo additionally spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a key ally whom he thanked for Riyadh’s “steadfast support and for recognizing the continuing aggressive threats posed by” the IRGC, the State Department stated.
Separately, Pompeo designated as a “foreign terrorist organization” Aas’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), a bunch it says is “extensively funded and trained” by the IRGC, and likewise blocked its belongings and people of two of its leaders.
“AAH and its leaders are violent proxies of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo stated.
“Acting on behalf of their masters in Tehran, they use violence and terror to further the Iranian regime’s efforts to undermine Iraqi sovereignty.”