United Nations chief urges restraint after USA kills Iranian general

United Nations chief urges restraint after USA kills Iranian general

United Nations chief urges restraint after USA kills Iranian general

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who gave Soleimani the country's highest honor previous year, vowed "severe retaliation" in retaliation for his killing as Trump struck a hawkish tone of defiance.

But Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., ultimately yielded to the White House and Senate Republicans, keeping the 2002 authorization on the books. Thousands of worshipers in Tehran took to the streets after Friday prayers to condemn the killing, waving posters of Soleimani and chanting "Death to deceitful America".

"We took action last night to stop a war".

"Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him", Trump said in a statement before television cameras in Florida.

"Tonight's airstrike risks provoking further unsafe escalation of violence".

Pro-Iran factions have seized on Soleimani's death to push parliament to revoke the security agreement allowing their deployment on Iraqi soil. However, the attack could act as a deterrent for Iran and its allies to delay or restrain any potential response. He spent nearly his entire adult life engaged in Iran's regional conflicts. Another security official who witnessed the aftermath described charred vehicles and said five people were killed. He also criticized the president for trying to have it both ways when it comes to the Middle East.

The Defense Department will deploy about 3,500 additional troops to Iraq, Kuwait and other parts of the Middle East, NBC News reported Friday.

This crime, driven by increasing United States desperation over its position in the Middle East and the mounting internal crisis within the Trump administration, is staggering in its degree of recklessness and lawlessness.

National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien told reporters the intelligence that he said indicated the Iranian general was planning attacks against US citizens was "extraordinarily sensitive".

However, many Iraqis criticised Washington for killing the men on Iraqi soil and possibly plunging Iraq into another war.

The Department of Defense explained the strikes were carried out on the orders of President Trump and in the aftermath of Iranian-backed militias attacking the American embassy in Iraq on New Year's Eve.

The U.S. has already asked its citizens to leave the region as a preemptive measure.

While the group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, largely has focused on Hezbollah's military activity, Qassem reportedly has been the main figure in charge of empowering the group's presence in Lebanese politics. "So this was more than the equivalent of assassinating one of our top generals (such as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)".

The U.S. -led coalition fighting Islamic State said on Saturday it did not conduct any air strikes near Camp Taji north of Baghdad.

Pearce called it a "virtual certainty" that Iran will respond in some fashion.

Iranian UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi wrote in a letter that the killing of Soleimani "by any measure, is an obvious example of State terrorism and, as a criminal act, constitutes a gross violation of the fundamental principles of global law, including, in particular, those stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations". Therefore, they (Iraqi leaders) realize that Iraq will pay the price of any U.S. The Persians play chess, not chicken.

"They were aiming to take down significant amounts of Americans", he reiterated.

"The Americans have come in and shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with".

In the USA, there have been mixed reactions with Republican senators commending the killing while influential Democrats condemned it. Some have suggested that Trump should have sought approval from Congress, or at least engaged with the so-called Gang of 8 congressional leaders.

At this point, Iran needs to show a mature and measured response. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

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