How much latitude did Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have when they ordered the assassination of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani? The Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is outraged over the death of the top general and wants revenge.
Trump ordered a drone strike at the beginning of the 2020. Raisi said their actions amounted to aggression and murder. He added that should the two not be fairly tried, Iran would take “martyr’s revenge,” according to Reuters:
‘If Trump and Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge. The aggressor, murderer and main culprit — the then-president of the United States — must be tried and judged under the [Islamic] law of retribution, and God’s ruling must be carried out against him.’
Trump ordered the popular general’s death, and the Iran general died near Baghdad’s airport. The next day Trump said:
‘We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.’
The Pentagon followed Trump’s order due to the general’s alleged plans plus the harm he had done to Americans:
‘[Soleimani was] actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. [He was] responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.’
Pompeo agreed with Trump. He said:
‘[We are] also defended the airstrike, saying “we’re definitely safer today.’
Soleimani has now been martyred after the former president ordered him killed. People come by the thousands to Baghdad to honor the general’s death. Under Islamic law, if Trump and Pompeo were actually tried and convicted, they would face execution. However, the victim’s family could ask for a “blood money” settlement as an alternative.
Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri’s spoke to the citizens via state television saying:
‘The criminal former president is at the top of the list.’
Officials in the Iranian government claimed there were “127 suspects connected to the case.” That included “74 U.S. nationals.”
Iran wrote to the United Nations Security Council on Sunday urging it to hold American and Israel responsible. The latter allegedly gave the U.S. intelligence related to the general’s death.
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