Many Americans Say Killing Soleimani Made US Less Safe

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US lawmakers unconvinced by Trump Iran argument, set war powers vote

Most Americans believe President Donald Trump has made the United States less safe by ordering the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, a new poll has found.

Iran this week fired missiles at Iraqi bases housing American forces, injuring no-one, after the U.S. last week killed a senior Iranian commander in a Baghdad drone strike.

'Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism. "And we hope that that message continues to echo", Pence told CBS News in an interview on Wednesday night.

"I believe based on what I saw and what I know is that they were meant to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft and to kill personnel", Milley said.

No U.S. forces were injured by the 16 short-range ballistic missiles fired from three sites inside Iran, targeting two military bases in Iraq where U.S. armed forces are stationed.

"House Democrats would rather take a show vote for their socialist base than stand against the world's largest state sponsor of terror", McCarthy's office said.

The rockets were played down by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper to reporters on Wednesday. Nothing that I would describe as major.

Commercial airlines are rerouting flights throughout the Middle East to avoid potential danger during heightened tensions between the United States and Iran.

Hajizadeh gave the press conference in front of the flags of Iran-aligned militia groups including those of Lebanon's Hezbollah, Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces and Yemen's Houthis, an unusual piece of symbolism of Iran's reach through regional networks - networks that Suleimani had established as the head of the Quds Force, the elite external wing of the IRGC.




"The operation was precise and targeted military objectives thus leaving no collateral damage to civilians assets in the area", Ravanchi said.

He also repeated unsubstantiated claims that dozens of Americans were killed or wounded in the strikes.

It is expected to pass the Democratic-held House, but faces tougher prospects in the Republican-controlled Senate.

President Donald Trump likes to boast that he has a talent for coining nicknames. Several lawmakers have expressed a desire to try to find a way to curb Trump's war powers, and the House was expected to vote Thursday on a resolution.

In a USA TODAY/Ipsos poll released Thursday, 55 percent of US adults said the United States' recent drone strike that killed Soleimani and its immediate aftermath made the country less safe.

As head of Iran's elite Quds Force, Soleimani had mobilized powerful militias across the region and was blamed for deadly attacks against Americans going back to the 2003 US -led invasion of Iraq. Two prominent Republican Senators raged at the casual manner in which the White House sought to ride roughshod over lawmakers, calling an administration briefing on Iran "insulting" "insane" and "unacceptable". He said America was applying "extreme pressure" on Iran and "preventing" other countries from fulfiling their responsibility. "We are now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world".

In the days before General Suleimani's death, Ms. Haspel had advised Mr. Trump that the threat the Iranian general presented was greater than the threat of Iran's response if he was killed, according to current and former American officials.

Iran's missile strike on Wednesday was a reprisal for the USA killing Qassem Soleimani, late commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, in an airstrike last week, sources familiar with the matter here said.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Abdollah Araghi, a member of Iran's joint chiefs of staff, as saying that the country's Revolutionary Guard "will impose a more severe revenge on the enemy in the near future".

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