Trump slaps 'powerful' sanctions on Iran after strikes

Clay Curtis
January 12, 2020

"What is important in addition to retaliation is to end the U.S.'s corrupting presence in the region".

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told a small group of reporters on January 3 that the trigger for the drone strike that killed Soleimani, the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, was "clear, unambiguous intelligence indicating a significant campaign of violence against the United States in the days, weeks, and months", and that the administration would have been "culpably negligent" if it didn't act.

Republicans, however, continue to back the president, arguing that his decision to kill a top foreign official who was deemed a terrorist-whom the administration has said was planning an imminent attack against USA forces-was the correct move. He specified to Fox News on Friday that the plans targeted "four embassies".

Several Democrats, including presidential candidate and Minnesota Sen.

After Wednesday's briefing for House members, the administration officials moved to the Senate where they were expected to make a similar case to lawmakers assembled there.

Canada relocating some troops in Iraq to Kuwait amid escalating tensions
Iranian state television said Iran fired 15 missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq at around 1.30am local time (10.30pm GMT). Britain, which also has personnel in Iraq, condemned the Iranian action.

O'Brien said on "This Week" that he would love to release the intelligence behind the Soleimani attack, but that not doing so was to protect USA interests.

Americans are exhausted of wars started on manufactured intelligence.

Iran retaliated by firing missiles at a USA coalition base in Iraq overnight, but avoided killing any Americans or Iraqis - leading Trump to conclude in an address Wednesday morning that Tehran "appears to be standing down" and de-escalating the conflict. Or was it because of Soleimani's past bad behavior, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo now says? The crash claimed the lives of all 176 people on board, majority Iranian nationals. Three days later, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps admitted to having accidentally downed the plane after mistaking it for a cruise missile.

He vowed that he will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday pinned the blame for missile strikes carried out by Iran against US forces in Iraq Tuesday night on his predecessor, suggesting former President Barack Obama's administration funded the weapons used against American forces with the "foolish" Iran Nuclear Deal.

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