US President Donald Trump ordered a precision strike to “terminate” a top Iranian commander whom he claims was plotting “imminent and sinister attacks” on Americans,.
According to him, the strike was one of deterrence rather than aggression.
“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” Trump said in a statement from his Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday, 3rd January 2020.
The move marks a major escalation in regional tensions that have pitted Tehran against Washington and its allies in the Middle East, raising the spector of further regional destabilization. The strike, condemned by Iran and its allies as an “assassination,” has been met with concern by European officials and the United Nations, who have called for de-escalation.
The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed the strike killed Soleiman, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force.