No Americans were injured in the Iranian strikes Tuesday on two Iraqi air bases housing USA troops, President Trump said in a White House statement Wednesday. On Thursday, President Trump said the US killed Soleimani because he planned to "blow up the US Embassy" in Iraq.
That is why the US deployed thousands of additional paratroopers to the region to reinforce its embassy in Baghdad and to reinforce in other locations throughout the region, said the former US Secretary of the Army.
President Donald Trump briefly referred to the sanctions in a news briefing with reporters following that attack and Iran's downing of a Ukraine International Airlines' passenger plane near Tehran a few hours later. "What I'm saying is I share the presidents' view".
Pressed on why the White House has not revealed more details on the alleged threat they say precipitated the Iranian strike, O'Brien said, "I would love to release the intelligence", but "those same streams and channels" are important to protecting Americans.
While Trump and his administration have repeatedly insisted that the threat of an attack on American interests in the Middle East was "imminent", they have shared what many view to be conflicting statements publicly. He specified to Fox News on Friday that the plans targeted "four embassies".
Hezbollah's leader says the final goal is to remove US troops from the region, and that "The alternative.to leaving vertically is leaving horizontally". "But it's certainly consistent with the intel to assume that they would've hit embassies in at least four countries", he said Sunday on Fox News.
Esper said street protests in Tehran show that the Iranian people are hungry for a more accountable government.
The US military tried, but failed, to take out another senior Iranian commander on the same day an American airstrike killed the Revolutionary Guard's top general, US officials say.
Esper also said the United States had information that an attack would occur "within a matter of days that would be broad in scale, in other words, more than one country and that it would be bigger than previous attacks, likely going to take us into open hostilities with Iran".
On CNN's State of the Union Sunday, Esper defended the strike on Soleimani, saying it "disrupted attacks" and "reset terms with Iran". Soleimani's assassination has caused the worst escalation of tensions between Iran and the United States since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. "I saw the intelligence".
Several Democrats, including presidential candidate and Minnesota Sen.
But Esper, when asked whether there was a specific piece of evidence, replied: "I didn't see one with regard to four embassies".
General Suleimani was barely a family name in the United States, however as for American authorities were anxious, he was accountable for even more instability and fatality in the Middle East than virtually any person.