Pompeo Not Sure Who First Said 'Imminent'

Iranian people gather to show their sympathy to the victims

"The United States didn't like General Soleimani although he was the single most effective force against Daesh".

"Yes the assassination of Suleimani is shocking because in the past, he was spotted by the USA forces in Iraq, but they did not dare to target him due to the belief that Iran will set the entire M.E.in a fire".

For Shahshahani and Katebi, the hard task of defending Iranian Americans from daily prejudice continues.

President Trump has been close to ordering the killing of Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani since June of past year, according to an NBC News report that further undermines the White House argument that Soleimani was killed for posing an "imminent" threat.

Sanders accused the President of lying about planned Soleimani attack.

"I think the president is making clear that the Democrats have been parroting Iranian talking points and nearly taking the side of terrorists and those who are out to kill the Americans", she said.

On Sunday evening, riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators gathered near the Shademaan metro station in Tehran, according to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran.

For the first time in a series of debates for the 2020 presidential election, moderators focused the first thirty minutes of Tuesday night's event on how candidates would behave as commander-in-chief - in particular on how they would handle Iran's growing threat to the Middle East and if they chose to withdraw troops from the region.

In the last fortnight, several Iranian-Americans told Middle East Eye that the scale of vitriol directed at Iran, by both United States lawmakers and media alike, had left them feeling vulnerable.

The former National Security adviser also went on to say he believes the Iranian regime is closer than ever before to finally collapsing. We lost a lot of very bright minds.

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In the days after the Soleimani strike, the USA -led military coalition fighting ISIS was temporarily suspended, with defense officials citing attacks on Iraqi and us bases over the last two months as the reason for the shift.

She also talked about USA troops present in Afghanistan, saying, "No one has a solution and an end point".

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blasted Democrats for "letting their domestic political grievances pollute their judgment of world affairs", and praised Mr Trump's "bold action".

"These are things that are conditions-based". It appears that Iraq has all forgotten about its fight against the ISIS, and the US' help in achieving its objective. "Keep in mind, at the same time, we're conducting counter-ISIS operations from Africa through Syria into Afghanistan". 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 USA and was planning on attacking four American embassies.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the strike on Soleimani was aimed at stopping a "continuing upward spiral" of violence in the region. Last week, Iran admitted that one of its soldiers had targeted the plane with missiles and shot it down.

There are some 850 Saudis training alongside American military personal in the U.S.as part of a long-running military exchange program aimed at bolstering ties and intelligence between the US and foreign militaries. "I shared that view", he said.

He said, "The mechanism was triggered by Iran on May 10, 2018 in a letter that I wrote to (then European Union foreign policy chief) Federica Mogherini and a letter that I wrote to the Secretary General of the United Nations", days after the U.S. left the deal. Trump had decided against military retaliation to those attacks, which damaged equipment but did not result in loss of life, but USA officials anxious that Iran might confuse its restraint with weakness.

Esper said the probe following the December 6 attack is the first time major problems emerged in how foreign military officers are screened before coming to the US for training.

"He learned his lesson from 2016, Hillary", VanLieshout said.

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