Pompeo Says Iraqi Leaders Privately Want U.S. Troops To Remain

Iraqi anti-government demonstrators protest in Karbala on 10 January

Iraqi anti-government demonstrators protest in Karbala on 10 January

The president has been under pressure to explain the reason for ordering the killing of Iran's most high profile general.

The comments came after growing questions about what led to the January 3 airstrike that took out Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force.

Attorney General William Barr speaks to reporters at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

Democrats have criticized Trump's decision to conduct an airstrike, claiming he did not properly notify Congress in advance and warning about the risk of escalating violence in the region.

The defense secretary first told NPR that the 2002 Authorization for MIlitary Force (AUMF) grants the president the right to conduct operations in Iraq, but added "we do not have the authority, right now, to strike the country of Iran". "I believe the president clearly had the authority to act as he did on numerous different bases".

Iraq's parliament on January 5 adopted a resolution calling for foreign troops to leave the country in the wake of a USA air strike that killed a top military commander from Iran, whose influence in the country rivals that of the United States.

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"We will tell you probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad", Mr Trump said in a clip of an interview on Fox News.

Esper said he had seen no evidence to back up Trump's belief On CBS on Sunday Defense Secretary Esper said he had seen no evidence at to support the claim that USA embassies were under imminent threat. In response to a question about whether Trump was "embellishing" the threat, Esper said, "I don't believe so". And he implied as much in a tweet that day: "The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was "imminent" or not, & was my team in agreement", he tweeted.

"The answer to both is a strong YES" added Trump before insisting that "it doesn't really matter because of his awful past!"

Since confirming that Maj-Gen Soleimani was killed by a U.S. air strike in Baghdad, administration officials have said they acted because of an imminent risk of attacks on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.

After Pompeo insisted that "there was active plotting underway by Qassem Soleimani himself and all those around him", Baier pressed the secretary of state on whether there was concern that congressional Democrats would leak information if they were alerted about the attack ahead of time. While U.S. officials stopped short of saying definitively that there was no specific plot disrupted by Soleimani's death, they have acknowledged in recent days that the long-considered operation had a more fundamental objective: breaking up what they viewed to be a perilous cycle of violence that could have brought the United States and Iran even closer to hostilities.

"We appear to have restored a measure of deterrence in the Middle East".

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