Monday, 24 February, 2020

U.S. tried to take out another Iranian leader, but failed

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Deanna Wagner | 12 January, 2020, 21:23

"We're willing to sit down and discuss without precondition a new way forward, a series of steps by which Iran becomes a more normal country", Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

In a statement following the strike, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi of Iraq called on the us and Iran to respect Iraqi sovereignty.

Esper's comments came after Iran fired a volley of ballistic missiles Wednesday into two bases in Iraq that house USA troops, in response to Soleimani's killing.

In the aftermath, both sides backed off from intensifying the conflict but the region remains tense, with Iranian military commanders threatening more attacks.

Trump on Wednesday characterized his decision to take out Soleimani last week, which came immediately following an attack on the USA embassy in Iraq by Iran-backed Shiite militias, as "decisive action to stop a ruthless terrorist from threatening American lives".

The Indiana Conservative said that Congress had "ceded" most of its power to declare war on the President and that Congress should reconsider this conversation, but not in the context of the resolution of the War Powers of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA).

"Since then, the President has made clear that he does not have a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe, achieve de-escalation with Iran and ensure stability in the region".

Trump said Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.

Pence says Trump to ask European allies to scrap Iran deal
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the deal remained "the best arrangement now available". At the same time, he said that Tehran is getting hurt very badly by American sanctions.

"We suffered no casualties".

Esper also downplayed the firing of two rockets into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone late Wednesday, where the USA and other foreign embassies are located and many U.S. troops are based. He vowed, however, he would not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons and called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to help prevent Iran from destabilizing the Middle East.

"Just as Israel has the right of self-defense, the United States has exactly the same right", Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office. I guess they would have been mad at Trump because he didn't do what they said. Iran responded on Wednesday by firing missiles at United States forces in Iraq.

Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the Trump administration foresees no more Iranian military attacks in retaliation for the US strike that killed the Islamic Republic's most powerful general.

General Suleimani was barely a family name in the United States, however as for American authorities were anxious, he was accountable for even more instability and fatality in the Middle East than virtually any person.

Trump indicated he planned no further military action against Tehran in retaliation for the missile strikes and instead said new economic sanctions would be imposed.

"These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behaviour", Trump said.