President Donald Trump is looking to stifle any retaliation efforts by Iran with American military might and prowess in the wake of Iran military leader Qasem Soleimani being killed by a U.S. airstrike.
According to the Associated Press, the president and top defense officials are unleashing 3,000 troops to the Middle East from the Army’s 82nd Airborne infantry.
Iran officials vowed “harsh revenge” against America for eliminating Soleimani.
Trump posted on Twitter about how the Iranian military leader “should have been taken out many years ago.”
“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more… but got caught!” Trump tweeted.
“He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number … of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself. While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!” the president wrote.
….of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself. While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020
Intelligence information showed defense officials that Soleimani was looking to harm Americans abroad, giving them solid justification to airstrike his location.
“Our intelligence community over the last many days has been receiving very solid intelligence that Soleimani was planning attacks against American diplomats and American soldiers that could have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Americans,” U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said. “And so, our action was taken to prevent the imminent loss of American lives.”
“Gen. Soleimani was the architect of nearly every significant terrorist operation by Iran over the past 20 years, and his death is a huge blow for the regime,” Hook said, noting that the Iranian military commander was “plotting to kill hundreds more.”
“Any nation that takes its responsibility to protect its citizens seriously had to act decisively,” he added.
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