Iran Urges Regional Push for Expulsion of US Forces

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem

General Soleimani was killed on 3 January, when a US Reaper drone launched a missile at the Baghdad International Airport in a strike that was ordered by Trump and slammed by Tehran as an act of terror. "That also has made America less safe", he added, noting a report from NBC News saying Mr Trump had authorised the killing of Major-General Soleimani seven months ago.

Since confirming that Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani had been killed by a USA airstrike in Baghdad, administration officials have claimed they acted because of an imminent risk of attacks on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. Perhaps the reluctance to share the information is because there is nothing there that shows there was any imminent attack on USA embassies or on any other facilities.

"Awarding this medal reveals the Syrian president's deep affection for General Soleimani and for his brothers in the Islamic Republic of Iran", Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis said as he presented the medal, on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, Tasnim reported.

"The answer to both is a strong YES" added Trump before insisting that "it doesn't really matter because of his disgusting past!"

Attorney-General William Barr told reporters on Monday that the White House consulted with his department before the strike.

"It's not a surprise that a terrorist leader in the world had been taken out", he says. "That hopefully. will result in the deterrence that we're looking for".

"The presence of Americans in Syria is a sign of occupation, and we believe that all nations and governments must stand up for their unlawful presence in the region", Khamis said, according to the Iranian leader's office. "I believe the president clearly had the authority to act as he did on numerous different bases".

The House voted almost along party lines last week to pass a war powers resolution that would force the president to seek congressional approval for further military action against Iran. The official narrative justifying the killing, which looks increasingly like an after-the-fact save face exercise, is that Soleimani presented an "imminent threat" to the U.S. and was planning on attacking four American embassies.

But the scale of the supposed threat was called into question Sunday after Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he hadn't seen hard evidence that four American embassies were under possible threat. "What the president said was that there probably could be additional attacks against embassies". However, with the interview concluded, he beckoned the journalist back and said it could. "The president didn't cite a specific piece of evidence".



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