Iran Urges Regional Push for Expulsion of US Forces

Andrew Cummings
January 15, 2020

"My guess is that the details don't exist". While U.S. officials stopped short of saying definitively that there was no specific plot disrupted by Soleimani's death, they have acknowledged in recent days that the long-considered operation had a more fundamental goal: breaking up what they viewed to be a perilous cycle of violence that could have brought the United States and Iran even closer to hostilities.

Soleimani was undoubtedly planning other potentially deadly operations against American interests as he had for decades, the officials said. "We don't know precisely when, and we don't know precisely where, but it was real", he told Fox News last week. Trump tweeted on Monday. There had been no warning to embassies that there might be an attack If there were an imminent attack feared one would think that a warning of some sort would have been issued. This is President Trump answering questions from reporters about his changing claims.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the strike on Soleimani was aimed at stopping a "continuing upward spiral" of violence in the region.

"The answer to both is a strong YES., but it doesn't really matter because of his awful past!"

Rouhani, for his part, said that "the nations of the region should not hesitate to end the USA military presence in the region and expel these aggressors", according to the readout. 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.

Mr Barr said General Soleimani was a "legitimate military target" and the strike was a "legitimate act of self-defence".

In March 2019, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini presented Soleimani with the Order of Zulfiqar, Iran's highest military honor, as a champion of the Islamic revolution of 1979 and defender of the nation at home and overseas. Asked whether he thought Trump had embellished the threat he said: "I don't believe so". Iran's official media now refer to him at "Lt. Gen. Soleimani".

The Syrian nation is grateful to the "Iranian brothers" for all their support and help, Khamis went on to say, calling for efforts to expand the trade ties and broaden cooperation between Damascus and Tehran in various fields.

The killing was a risky move that brought the two nations closer to war than at any point in recent memory.

Syrian Prime Minister Emad Khamis met Tuesday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, and called for an end to US troops operating in the country for years without the government's permission, adding that other regional powers should also step up in calling for USA military withdrawals.

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