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When inquiry of what led up to the assasination of Soleimani was brought up at a press conference, Trump claimed that Iran was planning on attacking four United States embassies.

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

"Your adversary must understand not only that you have the capacity to impose cost but that you're in fact willing to do so", Pompeo said, adding that the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal from which Trump withdrew in 2018 had emboldened Tehran.

The Iraqi government "commits to revoke its request for assistance from the worldwide coalition fighting [the Islamic State (IS) extremist group] due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory", the lawmakers said in the nonbinding resolution.

"It's clear now this was an illegal action".

Soleimani had been in the cross-hairs of the USA before - at least once in 2007 - but two administrations had rejected operations to kill him, wary of the consequences of striking down the Iranian military leader. After the US strike, Trump celebrated the killing of Soleimani, whom Trump deemed a terrorist.

However, U.S. -Iran relations entered a new phase of escalation after the U.S. drone strike that killed Soleimani.

They and other nations have pushed for greater worldwide involvement in the investigation of how the crash happened, and Prystaiko said Tehran had agreed to hand over the jet's black boxes for analysis but had yet to set a date to do so.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the strike on Soleimani was aimed at stopping a "continuing upward spiral" of violence in the region.

The British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, condemned the ambassador's arrest as a "flagrant violation of global law" and said Iran was marching towards "pariah status".

Esper would not say how long the USA -led anti-ISIS training mission in Iraq would last. Also, around 14,000 more troops have been deployed throughout the Middle East since the summer. "So let's not screw it up", Mr McConnell said.

Democrats and some Republicans in Congress have questioned the justification of the attacks and said they have not been given adequate, detailed briefings.

But the move also generated fears that ISIS would regroup in areas that US -led coalition forces had drove the Islamic State out of, but Esper sounded confident that would not happen. It only was in response to a question that he repeated his earlier assertion that pre-empting such plots was the reason for the January 3 American drone strike on Iran's second most powerful official.

A companion measure has been introduced in the Senate.

But it was only after protests at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, and at the urging of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, that Trump gave the order to strike Soleimani. "My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families", Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said. "The president didn't cite a specific piece of evidence".

While fielding questions from students at Stanford University in California on January 13, Pompeo said a "broad spectrum" of Sunni, Kurdish, and Shi'ite leaders backed US counterterrorism efforts in Iraq.

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