Soleimani's reign of terror is over: Donald Trump
WASHINGTON: Defending the assassination of the top Iranian commander in an American attack, president Donald Trump on Friday he said the reign of terror is over and said that Qasem Soleimani had contributed to terror plots as far away as New Delhi and London.
General Soleimani, head of the elite al-Quds force of Iran and architect of his regional security apparatus, was killed following a US air strike in Baghdad The international airport on Fridays. The attack also killed the deputy chief of the powerful paramilitary force Hashed al-Shaabi of Iraq.
"The recent attacks on US targets in Iraq, including rocket strikes that killed an American and injured four American servicemen very badly, as well as a violent assault on our embassy in Baghdad , were carried out at the direction of Soleimani,” Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terrorist conspiracies in places as far away as New Delhi and London. Today we remember and honor the victims of Soleimani's numerous atrocities and it comforts us to know that his reign of terror is over, he said.
Trump alleged that Soleimani has been perpetrating acts of terror to destabilize the Middle East for the past 20 years.
What the United States did yesterday should have been done a long time ago. Many lives would have been saved. Recently, Soleimani led the brutal repression of protesters in Iran, where more than 1,000 innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government, he said.
In the midst of escalating tension with Iran, Trump claimed that Soleimani's murder will not lead to war.
We took action last night to stop a war. We do not take measures to start a war. I have a deep respect for the Iranian people. They are notable people with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential. We are not looking for a regime change, Trump said.
However, the aggression of the Iranian regime in the region, including the use of power fighters to destabilize their neighbors, must end and must end now. The future belongs to the people of Iran, those who seek peaceful coexistence and cooperation, not the terrorist leaders who plunder their nation to finance the bloodshed abroad, he said.
Trump said in his address, the United States military successfully executed an impeccable precision attack that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world.
Soleimani was planning impending and sinister attacks against US diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him on the spot and ended it, he said.
Under my leadership, US policy is not ambiguous for terrorists who harm or attempt to harm any American. We will find. We will eliminate it. We will always protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans and our allies, Trump said.
For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless under the leadership of Soleimani have attacked, injured and murdered hundreds of US civilians and military personnel, he said in his comments.
Trump said the United States has the best army in the world.
We have the best intelligence in the world. If Americans anywhere are threatened, we have all those goals already fully identified, and I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary. And that in particular refers to Iran, he said. .
“Under my leadership we have destroyed the ISIS territorial caliphate, and recently American special operations forces killed the terrorist leader known as al- Baghdad i. The world is a safer place without these monsters,” the president said.