Israeli army denies involvement in killing of Qassem Soleimani - Middle East matters
Israeli army denies involvement in killing of Qassem Soleimani - Middle East matters
Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem
16 January, 2020, 00:37
Iraq's parliament on January 5 adopted a resolution calling for foreign troops to leave the country in the wake of a US air strike that killed a top military commander from Iran, whose influence in the country rivals that of the United States. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic debate said that the Americans are "sick and exhausted of endless wars, which have cost us trillions of dollars".
"I think we have had, as I cited a very senior intelligence community person who said that the risk of doing nothing, the risk of inaction was greater than the risk of action", Esper said.
"What's the outcome of that?" If you don't believe me, see they're celebrating.
But she wasn't done yet. United States efforts to control and minimize Iranian influence, called "Black Crescent" which has been a major security threat to the USA and Israeli interests in the region and beyond.
Mark Esper said Sunday that he "didn't see" intelligence that proved Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was planning attacks on four other us embassies in the Middle East. Last week, Iran admitted that one of its soldiers had targeted the plane with missiles and shot it down.
This comes after Jones said the Trump administration was "absolutely correct" in taking out terrorist leader Soleimani with an airstrike. "The embassy is the most prominent display of American presence in a country".
'The important thing is this: Soleimani orchestrated, resourced, directed the attacks, escalating up to December 1 that killed an American, ' Esper continued.
Senator Sanders (D-VT) avoided CNN's Wolf Blitzer question by simply saying that "the American people are sick and exhausted of the endless wars that have cost us billions of dollars".
Previously on Friday, January 10, Trump told FOX News that he believed Iran would possibly target the USA embassy in Baghdad and that Iran was planning to attack four US embassies before the US drone strike on Iran's influential General Qasem Suleimani on January 3.
"The United States didn't implement (the existing deal's) [.] commitments, now it has withdrawn [.] I had a USA deal and the U.S. broke it".
He lashed out at the United States for creating crises in the region, saying a combination of "ignorance and arrogance" by the U.S. has been fueling mayhem there.
However, Sadr later said the crisis was over and called on the Iraqi factions to "be deliberate, patient, and not to start military actions".
While US-Iran tensions are decades old, under Trump, the schism between the two countries has only deepened. (President Trump withdrew from the 2015 agreement in his first 100 days in office.) Following the assassination of Soleimani, Tehran announced that it would withdraw from its remaining obligations in under the nuclear deal, but would allow global inspectors to continue studying its activities at its facilities. However, Iran's supreme leader believes otherwise, stating that the missile attack was "a slap in the face of the USA", and that military action is still "not enough", alluding to more possible retaliation.
The strike came after the USA embassy in Baghdad was breached by a group of protesters who back pro-Iran Shia militia.
Soleimani was Iran's commander of its special troop Quds Force and deemed Iran's second most powerful man after Ayatollah Ali Khomeini.
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