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Gen. Tata: Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist responsible for killing Americans and was 'fair game'

FOX News

Retired Brigadier General Anthony Tata breaks down how dangerous Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was in the Middle East and defends President Trump's decision to order an airstrike to take him out. Gen. Anthony Tata said on Friday that the dangerous Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani had "further plans to execute attacks against Americans" and President Trump's decision to order an airstrike to take him out was necessary. No, he was a terrorist," Tata told "Fox & Friends," pushing back on criticism of Trump's decision. "He was a designated terrorist leading designated terrorist organization and he's fair game after attacking U.S. property and people and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad." Trump ordered a game-changing U.S. military attack that killed Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, among other military officials at Baghdad International Airport early Friday, the Pentagon confirmed. Soleimani is the military mastermind whom Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had deemed equally as dangerous as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., responded late Thursday to the U.S. airstrike ordered by Trump that killed Soleimani. "Soleimani was responsible for unthinkable violence and world is better off without him," Schiff tweeted hours after the strike. "But Congress didn't authorize and American people don't want a war with Iran.


UN accuses Trump of breaking international law in Soleimani killing

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The Iranian general figured out how to harness both Shiite and Sunni radicalism against the United States, says Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A United Nations report concluded that President Trump violated international law by staging a drone strike on an airport in Baghdad that killed the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Soleimani. At the time of the Jan. 8 attack – carried out without the knowledge or consent of Congress or U.S. allies in the region – Trump claimed the ambush was necessary to avoid an imminent threat posed by Iran on U.S. interests. The U.N. said these vague claims were likely exaggerated and unsupported by evidence. "No evidence has been provided that Gen. Soleimani specifically was planning an imminent attack against U.S. interests, particularly in Iraq, for which immediate action was necessary and would have been justified," Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution, said in her report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.


Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander threatens attacks on 'vital' US destroyers, warships in Persian Gulf

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Democratic presidential candidates react to strike that killed Qassem Soleimani; Peter Doocy reports. A senior military official in Iran threatened an attack on some 35 "American targets," including "destroyers and warships" near the Persian Gulf Friday night, promising to seek revenge for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, according to a report. The latest threat against the U.S. came late Friday night from senior Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Gholamali Abuhamzeh, a day after top Iranian military general Soleimani was wiped out by an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport. Abuhamzeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards in the southern province of Kerman, foreshadowed a possible attack on "vital American targets" located in the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation of Soleimani's death. Mourners chant anti U.S. slogans during the funeral of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.


US killing of Iran's Qassem Soleimani 'unlawful': UN expert

Al Jazeera

The US drone strike that killed Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani was "unlawful", the United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings concluded in a report on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump ordered the killing in a January 3 drone strike near Baghdad international airport. Soleimani was "the world's top terrorist" and "should have been terminated long ago", Trump said at the time. Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also killed in the attack. Callamard concluded that it was an "arbitrary killing" that violated the UN charter.


Garrett Tenney: Iranian militia proxies pose threat in wake of Soleimani strike

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Garrett Tenney reports on'Cavuto LIVE' that Iran's militia proxies could retaliate after U.S/ takes out top Iranian general Militia proxies built by slain Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani pose a threat to the United States after this week's airstrike in Baghdad, Fox News' Garrett Tenney reported Saturday. Tenney, appearing on "Cavuto LIVE," noted that over the last two decades Soleimani played a "key role" in expanding the size, influence and capabilities of Iran's proxies throughout the Middle East. "The largest and most powerful of those proxies is Hezbollah in Lebanon," he told host Neil Cavuto. Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a demonstration over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing.