Secretary of State Mike Pompeo still has not totally abandoned the pretext that the USA assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani was based on an "imminent threat", but is moving to rebrand the operation as part of a broad new strategy "that also applies to China and Russian Federation".
Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, leader of the elite Quds Force, was killed in a USA drone strike the morning of January 3 at Baghdad International Airport. "I think the president was making a point that the Democrats seem to hate him so much that they are willing to be on the side of countries and leadership of countries who want to kill Americans". Iran and some of these groups have vowed revenge for the January 3 killing of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani in a United States drone attack near the Baghdad airport.
Trump has maintained that the drone strike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad was necessary to stop imminent attacks against Americans in the Middle East.More news: 'It is stomach-churning': Progressives' dread rises as Warren and Sanders collide
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". U.S. President Donald Trump has said the potential targets included four U.S. embassies.
Christopher Levi says he sees justice in the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani by a US airstrike. The president, however, said that such an attack would only follow the death of an American and at the time declined to order the attack.More news: Shane Warne wants five-match India-Australia Test series in next cycle
He cited the resumption of lethal military aid to Ukraine for defense against Russia-backed separatists, Trump's withdrawal from an arms control accord with Moscow and tests of a new US intermediate-range cruise missile. Trump also requested that he give the final sign-off before the military took action against Soleimani. Gen Qassem Soleimani's killing this month, said several White House officials.
Even as the Trump administration faced questions about just how immediate any threat was, Attorney General William Barr on Monday argued it did not actually matter.
"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.More news: Trump Receives Ovation From National Championship Crowd
Khamis posthumously awarded Syria's highest military medal to Soleimani, noting that the honour reflected "the deep affection" of al-Assad for the late Iranian general.