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IRAN VOWS REVENGE

Soleimani was killed to stop war says Trump

WASHINGTON, January 4, 2020

The US killed Iran's top military commander Qasem Soleimani "to stop a war, not to start one", US President Donald Trump said last night.
 
He said the strike at Iraq's Baghdad airport on Friday has ended Soleimani's "reign of terror."
 
Soleimani spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as head of the Quds Force. Iran has vowed "severe revenge" on those responsible for his death.
 
Analysts see the killing as a major escalation in tensions between Iran and the US. US officials said 3,000 additional troops will be sent to the Middle East as a precaution.
 
Meanwhile, Iraqi state television said there has been another air strike in the country, 24 hours after the killing of Soleimani. However, there has been no comment on this from Washington, a BBC report said.
 
An Iraqi army source told Reuters news agency that six people were killed in the fresh strike, which hit a convoy of Iraqi militia in the early hours of Saturday morning.
 
Speaking at a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump said: "The United States military executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world Qassem Soleimani."
 
He said: "Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel but we caught him in the act and terminated him."
 
Iran reaction
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said of the Suleimani's killing: "His departure to God does not end his path or his mission, but a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands."
 



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