Things are suddenly heating up in the Middle East, but are these recent conflicts all for the purpose of preventing something larger and more sinister? That’s what President Trump is insisting on Friday.
On New Years’ Day, the US embassy in Baghdad came under attack. Protesters stormed the building, scaling the walls surrounding the embassy and consulate, committing mass arson and shouting “death to America”. It was soon determined that these actors were working at the behest of an Iranian-backed militia, further complicating the already turbulent relationship between Tehran and Washington DC.
In retaliation, President Trump ordered a drone strike that killed one of the most ruthless men on the planet: Iran’s terror-centric General Qasem Soleimani. The Commander in chief explained this decision as a preventative measure against coming “sinister” attacks being planned by Soleimani.
“We took action last night to stop a war,” Trump said during brief remarks at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. “We did not take action to start a war.”
Without divulging details about what led to the early morning airstrike that killed Soleimani and nine others, the president said the United States “caught” the general “in the act and terminated him.”
“Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion,” Trump added, saying that “what the U.S. did yesterday should have been done long ago.”
Iran has condemned the death of Soleimani as an unwarranted political assassination, and is promising a “harsh” retaliation.
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