Pentagon chief Mark Esper issued a press statement that told the world the US is not seeking a war with Iran but it is prepared to finish one”. He also reiterated the US will not be withdrawing troops from Iraq despite a shocking new bill passed by Iranian MPs to label Us troops, agencies and government officials as “terrorists”.
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”He then insisted the US had reason to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, the top Iranian military general killed last Friday.He said: “I can assure you its more than razor thin, its persuasive. The fact of the matter is Soleimani was caught red handed, one terrorist leader, of a terrorist organisation meeting with another terrorist leader to synchronise and plan additional attacks on American diplomats, forces or facilities.
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President Trump ordered the airstrikes (Image: GETTY)“I think we took the right action to remove these players from the battlefield.”In direct contradiction of President Trump, he added US troops would not be withdrawn from Iraq.
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It comes despite the Iraqi military joint operations command claiming they had received a letter from the US army concerning a possible withdrawal of its troops from the country, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said.The letters English and Arabic language versions were not identical so Iraq had requested clarifications from Washington.
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CO.UK)He spoke two days after Iraqi MPs, with his support, voted for a resolution His death has raised fears of a broader regional war.US Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that a leaked letter from the US military to Iraq that created impressions of an imminent US withdrawal was a poorly worded.