U.S. President Donald Trump's order has left one of Iran's military's core figures, Sleimani, dead in U.S. airstrikes, as well as raising questions at home and abroad. Many in the Middle East have condemned Trump's actions as \"criminal.\" Many american politicians, especially democrats, have also voiced frustration with the rash action of the u.s. military, arguing that the move would lead to a closer war between the two countries.
Almost a day after the questioning fermented, Trump gave a televised speech on Wednesday at the Sea Lake estate in Florida, again stressing that the killing of Suleimani was meant to \"stop a war\" rather than start a war.
Trump's speech lasted only five minutes, but continued as \"hard as ever.\" He referred to Suleimani as \"the world's number one terrorist,\" a brutal and ruthless man happy to kill innocent people,\" and he was planning a number of\" imminent catastrophic attacks \".
``We caught and ended him during the operation, and his terror rule was over. ``Trump said. He stated that in the past 20 years, the terrorist activities of Sulemanni had damaged the stability of the Middle East and extended to places such as London and New Delhi, India, and that the United States military forces had long to destroy him. Recent attacks in Iraq by the United States and violent protests at the United States Embassy in Baghdad were directed by Sulimani.
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo also called U.S. air strikes a necessary means of self-defense, saying that the attack that Suleimani was planning would pose a huge threat to U.S. forces and officials in the Middle East. A U.S. State Department official said information obtained by the U.S. showed that Suleimani's attack was directed at U.S. military and diplomatic personnel and facilities in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also said the U.S. had clear intelligence that Mr. Suleimani was preparing for violent operations that could continue despite Mr. Suleimani's death.
In addition, Trump warned Iran, which has vowed to avenge Suleimani, and said he is ready to take further action against Iran. Trump said U.S. forces have deployed a large number of defense forces in the Persian Gulf region and have now identified targets for counter-attacks on Iranian revenge.
He also reiterated that regime change would not be sought in Iran, but that the regime's aggressive actions in the Middle East, including the destabilization of other countries by militia fighters, must cease immediately. In the face of possible iranian backlash after mr. sulimani's death, u.s. media sources said the pentagon would send between 3000 and 3500 more troops to the middle east.
At the end of his speech, Trump also did not forget to recount past counter-terrorism achievements, such as the dismantling of the regional forces of the extremist group Islamic State (ISIS) and the killing of its leader, Al-Baghdadi.
No matter how the Trump administration puts itself on the righteous side, the questions stemming from Sulaymani ' s death remain unanswered, apart from the US Congress ' s questioning of the legitimacy of the action process, and the US ' s “break ” with Iraq.
The United States and Iraq were partners in the fight against ISIS, but as Iraq became a battleground between the United States and Iran, Iraq and the United States took sides and an Iraqi military officer was killed in U.S. air strikes. There are numerous voices in Iraqi politics about U.S. violations of Iraq's sovereignty and deportations of U.S. troops in Iraq. At present,5200 US troops are stationed in Iraq, mostly to help Iraq train its forces against ISIS.