Pompeo faces questions about the 'imminent threat' that led to the strike on Iran's Soleimani
Added 01-11-20 06:11:02pm EST - “In a briefing on Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted the U.S. government had "specific information" that Iran was planning an "imminent" attack on American facilities before President Trump ordered a drone strike that…” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON — In a briefing with reporters on Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that the U.S. government had “specific information” that Iran was planning an “imminent” attack on American facilities before President Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3.
“We had specific information on an imminent threat, and those threats ... included attacks on U.S. embassies. Period. Full stop,” Pompeo said.
Soleimani was one of the most powerful figures in the Iranian regime. He led the country’s Quds Force, which carried out military operations outside of Iran. His work included overseeing forces who have been responsible for the deaths of U.S. troops. The drone strike that killed Soleimani came after a group that included Iranian-backed militiamen attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Dec. 31. Iran retaliated for Soleimani’s death on Jan. 8 by launching missile strikes at military bases in Iraq that housed U.S. troops.
Pompeo said other American facilities in the Middle East, including military bases, were also being targeted by Soleimani.
Pompeo’s comments followed criticism from lawmakers, including some Republicans, that the Trump administration did not provide sufficient information about the justification for the strike in a classified briefing with members of the Senate on Wednesday. Those concerns have led some Republicans to support a push by Democrats to curb Trump’s power to order military action in Iran without congressional approval.
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