The president of the United States, Donald Trump, gave an official statement in which he highlighted the operation that killed the most powerful military man in Iran, Qassem Soleimani, stressed that his administration “is not ambiguous in its response to terrorism” and, with a view In the future, he left a warning for Islamic theocracy.
"We successfully executed a precision attack that killed the world's number one terrorist," Trump began from his residence in the southern state of Florida, known as Mar-a-Lago. The President echoed the statement issued in which the Pentagon confirmed the country's authorship and said the measure was taken because Soleimani "was planning imminent and sinister attacks on diplomats and military." "But we located it and we finished with it," he added.
Trump went on to remember Soleimani’s record, who has commanded the Iranian Quds Forces since 1997. “Under his leadership, hundreds of US civilians and officers have been attacked and killed,” he said. And he recalled the recent events that began the escalations that ended the bombing: the attack with more than 30 missiles at a military base located in Kirkuk, in which a US army contractor and several other nationals and Iraqis were injured, and the siege to that country's embassy in Baghdad.RELATED
“He made death his sick passion. He contributed to terrorist attacks in places like New Delhi and London. Today we honor the victims of their numerous atrocities. We are comforted to know that his reign of terror is over, ”he said. And he said that "what the United States did yesterday should have been done a long time ago." “Many lives would have been saved. He led the brutal repression of protesters in which more than 1,000 innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government, ”he added, referring to the regime's actions in November and December 2019, which, according to Reuters, exceeds 1,500 .
In another passage of his speech, Trump remarked that his administration also carried out the operation that ended the life of who was the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. "The world is a safer place without these monsters," he said. On October 27, 2019, Al Baghdadi detonated a belt with explosives that he carried with him when he was surrounded by US special forces, who surrounded him after identifying his hiding place.
Meanwhile, the President highlighted the military power of the United States – "we have the best armed forces and the best intelligence, no matter where we are in the world" – and left a warning for Iran: "Our actions were aimed at avoiding A war, not to start one. We are not looking for a regime change, but their aggressions in the region must end. "And he concluded:" The future belongs to those in Iran who seek peaceful coexistence, not to terrorists. We will always defend the interests of these people and in pos of harmony and friendship with everyone ”.