Syrian PM meets senior Iranian security official

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2020

Members of Congress say they haven't been show evidence that Soleimani presented an "imminent" threat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has suggested "imminent" might not be the right word, and on Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien walked back Trump's assertion that USA intelligence predicted Soleimani had planned to attack four US embassies. Soleimani followed up the strike just days later by initiating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that forced Trump to deploy military reinforcements. Similarly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday the United States did not "know precisely when and we don't know precisely where, but it was real". "I think the president was making a point that the Democrats seem to hate him so much that they are willing to be on the side of countries and leadership of countries who want to kill Americans". Levin said he is "entirely unconvinced" an imminent threat necessitated Soleimani's death.

Last week, Trump said in an interview that Iran had been poised to attack four American embassies, but on Sunday, defence secretary, Mark Esper, said he did not see specific evidence that Iran was planning an attack.

One State Department official told CNN they felt "blindsided" by the statements from the Trump administration about imminent threats to the embassies.

Christopher Levi says he sees justice in the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani by a USA airstrike.

Levi and other American services members are suing Iran in an effort to prove the attacks that took their limbs and loved ones were aided by Soleimani's forces.

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He cited the resumption of lethal military aid to Ukraine for defense against Russia-backed separatists, Trump's withdrawal from an arms control accord with Moscow and tests of a new USA intermediate-range cruise missile.

"What the president said was that there probably could be additional attacks against embassies".

The decision to closely surveil Soleimani would have allowed the start tracking his movements more closely and collecting intelligence in the event that he one day became a target of opportunity - as the administration said he did in on the morning of January 3 in Baghdad - an operation which again required presidential approval, the official said. Gen. Qassim Soleimani was planning an "imminent" attack, justifying the president's authorization of a drone strike assassination without notifying Congress.

"The general in charge of these efforts, Soleimani, was clearly a legitimate military target".

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