The administration says that after the death of the Iranian general, the world has become safer
American anti-aircraft missile systems in the Middle East were put on high alert on Monday-Tuesday night to shoot down Iranian drones if necessary..
This was done in the face of a growing amount of intelligence about the growing threat of attacks on US targets, two US officials told US media..
Recall that earlier the Iranian parliament adopted a resolution qualifying the US armed forces as terrorists.
Meanwhile, representatives of the US leadership said on Tuesday that General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike, posed a clear threat to Americans in the Middle East, but again did not provide any confirmation of any attack that Soleimani was preparing..
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that before President Donald Trump made the decision to strike at Soleimani, he received “a lot of information” from intelligence.
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Soleimani planned to attack American targets, which would kill American “diplomats, military personnel, sailors, pilot and marines.” However, like Pompeo, O’Brien did not elaborate on any specific details about the expected timing of a possible attack..
O’Brien said that the US authorities received “strong evidence and convincing intelligence,” but added: “Unfortunately, we cannot go into details at this point, but I can assure you that it was very convincing.”.
Pompeo said: “We saw clearly that Soleimani not only did all the things we talked about, including thousands of killings, huge destruction in countries like Lebanon and Iraq, where they robbed the people of what they needed – sovereignty, independence, freedom. All this is the work of Suleimani. Then we would have watched him continue the campaign of terror in the region … ”
“In terms of the impending threat, just look at the days immediately before the attack on Soleimani,” Pompeo added, referring, among other things, to the December strike that killed an American contractor in Iraq..
Stressing that the drone attack “was the right decision,” Pompeo said, “The Department of Defense has done an excellent job. The President had perfectly legitimate and appropriate reasons and made a decision that perfectly matched our strategy to counter the threat of malicious activity from Iran. “.
Commenting on Iran’s threats to avenge Soleimani’s assassination, O’Brien said: “We take them very seriously and are monitoring the situation.” However, he added: “We hope they are intimidated and think twice before attacking America and its interests.”.
He also expressed the opinion that the world has become safer after the death of Suleimani..
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“In the past four months, two of the world’s greatest terrorist threats, (Islamic State leader Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi and Soleimani, have been eliminated on the battlefield,” he said. “I think it makes us safer now, and privately, world leaders from all regions of the world have thanked and told us about it.”.
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