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Opinion Killing Soleimani Made Us All Safer — Take It From This Veteran

03:30  15 january  2020
03:30  15 january  2020 Source:   dailycaller.com

Was attack by Soleimani 'imminent' before U.S. killed him? Pompeo dodges the question

  Was attack by Soleimani 'imminent' before U.S. killed him? Pompeo dodges the question Was attack by Soleimani 'imminent' before U.S. killed him? Pompeo dodges the questionPompeo, who appeared on all the top Sunday morning network and cable news shows, maintained that “the world’s a safer place” after the airstrike near Baghdad’s airport that killed Soleimani and several associates. The White House said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.

Soleimani killed Americans and was the leader of proxy forces that killed Americans and allies until Jan. Why would Soleimani meet with al-Muhandis? The multiple hats worn by al-Muhandis could make him the center of the command and control infrastructure for Iranian backed SMGs inside Iraq.

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Iranian mourners carry a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) granting the Order of Zolfaghar, the highest military honour of Iran, to General Qasem Soleimani, during the latter's funeral procession in the capital Tehran on January 6, 2020. - Downtown Tehran was brought to a standstill as mourners flooded the Iranian capital to pay an emotional homage to Soleimani, the © (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images) Iranian mourners carry a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) granting the Order of Zolfaghar, the highest military honour of Iran, to General Qasem Soleimani, during the latter's funeral procession in the capital Tehran on January 6, 2020. - Downtown Tehran was brought to a standstill as mourners flooded the Iranian capital to pay an emotional homage to Soleimani, the "heroic" general who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport along with Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others. (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Iran OKs bill calling U.S. military, Pentagon terrorists after Qasem Soleimani killing

  Iran OKs bill calling U.S. military, Pentagon terrorists after Qasem Soleimani killing Iran's Parliament approved a bill designating the U.S. military and Pentagon terrorist organizations following the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani.Lawmakers also backed an emergency motion allocating $220 million to the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards Corp's (IRGC) Quds Force to take revenge for Soleimani's death in a drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump.

Iraqi prime minister condemns killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani , calling it 'breach of Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi blasted Friday the killing of Qasem Soleimani , commander of Mahdi said he invited the parliament to convene an extraordinary session to take legislative actions

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Denver Riggleman (@Denver4VA) has represented Virginia as a Republican in the U.S. House since 2019.

Since President Trump took decisive action to eliminate Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Democrats in Congress have reacted predictably by deriding President Trump. They attack our president for defending national security simply because they are a one-note band eager to detract from their impeachment charade.

First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the killing of Soleimani “provocative and disproportionate.” Not surprisingly, her echo chamber of supporters followed suit. The chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, said, “President Trump recklessly assassinated Qasem Soleimani. He had no evidence of an imminent threat or attack.” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was concerned that we had simply killed a “government official” and conducted an “assassination.”

Trump pressed to detail what prompted strike on Iran general

  Trump pressed to detail what prompted strike on Iran general President Donald Trump and his top advisers are under pressure to disclose more detail about the intelligence that led him to order the killing of t op Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which has greatly heightened tension with Tehran. Trump said Tuesday that his decision saved American lives and that members of Congress will be briefed on the reasons for the U.S. attack. “We saved a lot of lives,” Trump said. “They were planning something.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was clear that Soleimani was continuing his efforts to build a network of activities “that were going to lead potentially to the death of many more Americans.

“The assassination of Soleimani isn't an Israeli event but an American event. We were not involved and should not be dragged into it ,” Netanyahu Just last year, Netanyahu was urging the US and its Middle Eastern allies to take up the cause of war against Iran, emboldened by US President Donald Trump's

While the US has cast Soleimani as a byproduct of Iran’s malign intent in the Middle East, the reality is much starker: Soleimani is the direct result of America’s irresponsibly aggressive policies. In a world defined by cause-effect relationships, the link between Soleimani and the United States is undeniable.

They are wrong.

I am a former United States Air Force Intelligence Officer who had the privilege of mission planning initial bombing runs into Afghanistan in direct response to 9/11. Later in my career, I led an intelligence team in tracking IED technology transfer, tactics, individual units, personnel training and trainer movement for multiple IED types, including explosively formed penetrators (EFPs).

In short, we targeted bad guys from Iran and other countries who liked to blow up Americans.

The hypocrisy of the Democratic position is easy to see when President Trump’s actions are compared with former President Barack Obama. Obama targeted bad Americans who threatened American lives when he authorized the killing of Anwar Al Awlaki. Not surprisingly, many of my Democratic Party colleagues had a different view when it was Obama in the Oval Office using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) against an American terrorist overseas, or the hundreds of other UAVs sent to kill thousands of people in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq. Anyone willing to search the internet can plainly see the hypocrisy of Pelosi and her colleagues. Pelosi obviously thought that the targeted killing program conducted by the Obama administration was neither provocative nor disproportionate.

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

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The sophistication of the IED training, the advanced tactics, techniques and procedures, as well as the organized approach to securing and storing re-purposed battlefield munitions in Iraq were mostly attributable to Iran’s Quds Forces led by Soleimani. Those who used deadly IEDs were trained by his Iranian Quds Forces.

Soleimani killed Americans and was the leader of proxy forces that killed Americans and allies until Jan. 3 of this year.

He was a terrorist.

He was a target.

Our response was not provocative and disproportionate. It was “necessary and proportionate.”

Soleimani was a major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and, starting in 1998, commander of the Quds Force. Quds is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and directs unconventional warfare and terror operations for non-state actors, including supporting proxy terror organizations in Lebanon (Hezbollah), Yemen and the West Bank. Quds also oversees Shia militia operations in multiple countries, including Iraq. We had compelling evidence that Soleimani was planning an imminent, coordinated attack.

Soleimani successor: continuity figure in uncertain times

  Soleimani successor: continuity figure in uncertain times Esmail Qaani, the new commander of the shadowy Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards after the killing of Qasem Soleimani, represents a continuity choice at a hugely combustible moment.Qaani, formerly Quds Force deputy commander, was named by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the immediate aftermath of the killing of Soleimani in an American strike that raised the risk of open conflict with the United States to unprecedented levels.

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"The US ' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani -THE most US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the US government suspects Iran, or "If we get word of attacks or some type of indication, we will take preemptive action to protect American

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed along with Soleimani, had three primary jobs. He was Soleimani’s primary advisor, deputy chief of the Popular Mobilization Committee (PMC) and leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah, a Shia Militia Group (SMG). Why would Soleimani meet with al-Muhandis? The multiple hats worn by al-Muhandis could make him the center of the command and control infrastructure for Iranian backed SMGs inside Iraq. Al-Muhandis planned and participated in the embassy attack, controlled and coordinated proxy forces and had a sordid history of firing missiles at US personnel. Soleimani was meeting with a known threat and proxy mission planner.

Soleimani wasn’t simply a government official. He was a terror leader with authority over a vast network of terror groups that posed a critical asymmetric threat to the United States and our allies. A terrorist wearing an official uniform is still a terrorist. Warren used the word “assassination” in an inflammatory way, suggesting an illegal and immoral action. This was neither illegal nor immoral but necessary and justifiable. If like me, Warren has friends and family currently serving, then I hope she wants their safety prioritized over all else, including killing one of the chief architects of IED technology transfer and training that maimed my compatriots serving in Iraq.

The United States must be prepared to fight terrorism with necessary, justifiable, and lawful means. Soleimani was a terrorist on our target list — plain and simple. And while he may have been a government official, terrorism doesn’t wear a distinguishable uniform or play by the same set of rules.

He was a terrorist.

He was a target.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.

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