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US men's soccer team cancels Qatar training camp after Soleimani death

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Jan. 3 are here. Check out what's clicking on The U.S. men's soccer team announced Friday that it had canceled plans to train in Qatar later this month following the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in an American drone strike. "Due to the developing situation in the region, U.S. Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men's National Team scheduled January training camp," the U.S. Soccer Federation said in a statement. "In the meantime, we are working on alternative arraignments in preparation for the match against Costa Rica on February 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif." "We are working with the Qatar Football Association to find an opportunity in the near future for our team to experience Qatar's world-class facilities and hospitality," the statement concluded.

Sen. Tom Cotton says threat of future Soleimani attacks looks different to soldiers than politicians

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Tom Cotton defends Trump's strike on Soleimani Senate Armed Services Committee member Tom Cotton, R-Ark., praised President Trump's swift action that killed Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani, telling Mark Levin that the viewpoint of a soldier in the Middle East is different than that of a lawmaker working stateside. Cotton, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in an interview airing Sunday on "Life, Liberty & Levin" that he has seen intelligence that showed Soleimani, 62, was plotting "something large [and] something very dangerous" in the near future. "There is no doubt," he said, suggesting that the severity of the situation trumped whether the predicted attack or attacks happened in a matter of days as opposed to weeks or months. MARK LEVIN: 'APPALLING' TO WATCH LAWMAKERS INVOKE'UNCONSTITUTIONAL' WAR POWERS ACT AGAINST TRUMP "The question of whether the attack is imminent or not ... looks very different if you're a soldier sitting in Iraq than if you're some comfortable senator sitting behind armed guards in Washington D.C.," Cotton said. The Arkansas lawmaker added that Soleimani "was a sadistic terrorist mastermind and there is no country in the Middle East whose citizens have not suffered from his depredations."

Soleimani funeral procession in Baghdad draws thousands of mourners

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Jan. 4 are here. Check out what's clicking on BAGHDAD -- Thousands of mourners gathered Saturday for a funeral procession through Baghdad for Iran's top general and militant leaders killed in a U.S. airstrike. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early Friday near the Iraqi capital's international airport. Many of the mourners were dressed in black, and they carried Iraqi flags and the flags of Iran-backed militias that are fiercely loyal to Soleimani.

Pompeo hits 'spurious' UN report that claims Soleimani's killing was unlawful

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday pushed back against a U.N. report that claimed the U.S. strike that killed Islamic Republic Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani breached international law -- with Pompeo describing the conclusions as "spurious." The report was submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council by Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, and concluded that claims by the U.S. about the justification for the strike that killed the Iranian general were exaggerated and lacked evidence. Soleimani, the mastermind of Tehran's military and terror strategies abroad, was taken out in January by the U.S., which described his death as a defensive measure to prevent an "imminent attack" on U.S. interests after an attack on the embassy in Baghdad days earlier. "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," Callamard said. The report also accused the U.S. of "violating the territorial integrity of Iraq" and violated the U.N. Charter which "prohibits the threat or use of force and calls on all members to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of other states."


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One of the main reasons the U.S. is targeting the Guard is its expeditionary Quds -- or Jerusalem -- Force. That force is headed by Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who has risen to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. U.S. officials say the Guard under Soleimani taught Iraqi militants how to manufacture and use especially deadly roadside bombs against U.S. troops after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Soleimani himself remains popular among many Iranians, who see him as a selfless hero fighting Iran's enemies abroad.