Politics Warren: People are reasonably asking about timing of US strike that killed Iranian commander

17:50  05 january  2020
17:50  05 january  2020 Source:   cnn.com

No current, credible threats against U.S. homeland -DHS

  No current, credible threats against U.S. homeland -DHS There are no current threats against the United States' homeland, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Friday after a U.S. air strike killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing.

A top Iranian commander also claimed on Twitter on Friday that a second American aircraft — a surveillance “I did not receive any heads-up that there was a strike that was in the works,” Ms. Pelosi told This is not the first time that the United States and Iran have offered conflicting accounts of

The US air strikes came in response to an unclaimed rocket attack last week on an air base in northern Iraq's Kirkuk that killed an American defence Five people and two "guests" were killed in the strike , the Hashd al-Shaabi said. Several others were wounded. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on

Elizabeth Warren wearing a purple shirt and smiling at the camera© CNN

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Sunday questioned the timing of the Trump administration's drone strike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, adding to mounting skepticism about whether the President's order was justified.

"Look, I think that people are reasonably asking about the timing and why it is that the administration seems to have all kinds of different answers," the Massachusetts Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "When the administration doesn't seem to have a coherent answer for taking a step like this, and they have taken a step that moves us closer to war, a step that puts everyone at risk, and step that puts the military at risk and puts the diplomats in the region at risk."

Iran will punish Americans wherever they are within its reach- Guards commander

  Iran will punish Americans wherever they are within its reach- Guards commander Iran will punish Americans wherever they are within its reach- Guards commanderGeneral Gholamali Abuhamzeh, the commander of the Guards in the southern province of Kerman, raised the prospect of possible attacks on ships in the Gulf.

The United States killed General Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran 's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, in a drone strike as he and MOSCOW - Russia condemned U . S . airstrikes that killed a powerful Iranian commander in neighboring Iraq on Friday local time as a "reckless step" that risked

The US airstrike that killed Iran Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani generated starkly different reactions along party lines Thursday night, with Republicans heaping praise on President Donald Trump and Democrats expressing concerns about the legality and consequences of the attack.

Warren, who told reporters on Saturday in Iowa she would not have ordered the drone strike if she were president, said this was a moment where Trump should not be escalating "tensions and moving us to war."

"The job of the president is to keep us safe, and that means move back from the edge," she said.

President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top military officials have claimed US forces killed the top Iranian military commander in response to an impending threat to American lives, but the lack of evidence provided to lawmakers and the public has fueled lingering questions.

A Republican congressional source familiar with the administration's decision to strike Soleimani told CNN Saturday that in the past, the President "has been reluctant to take military action," but said in this case, the killing of an American contractor, the wounding of others, and the subsequent embassy protests "crossed his line." The President's advisers also pointed out to him that if he "didn't respond now, they (Iran) will continue to cross it," the source said.

Asked by Tapper Sunday about whether she believes Trump is trying to distract from his impeachment in Congress, Warren responded: "I think it is a reasonable question to ask particularly when the administration immediately after having taken this decision offers a bunch of contradictory explanations for what is going on."

Americans increasingly critical of Trump's record on Iran, most expect war: Reuters/Ipsos poll .
Americans increasingly critical of Trump's record on Iran, most expect war: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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