Iran judiciary says to sue U.S. for Soleimani's assassination

Thursday, 16 Jan, 2020

President Trump recently thanked a former Obama-era official for his comments on the operation which resulted in the death of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

A US drone in Iraq on January 3 killed Qasem Soleimani, who commanded the Quds Force, the foreign arm of Iran's hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

"Soleimani was a terrorist and President Trump was right to take him down", said Vice President Mike Pence during his address.

"What I'm saying is that I shared the president's view that probably - my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies", he added.

Democrat Congress member Ro Khanna, responded by suggesting that Soleimani was killed in revenge for his responsibility in the death of Americans.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said Qassem Soleimani was killed as part of a broader strategy of deterring challenges by U.S. foes that also applies to China and Russian Federation, further diluting the assertion that the top Iranian general was struck because he was plotting imminent attacks on U.S. targets.

Tensions between the two countries have risen following the USA killing of Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani and a retaliatory missile attack by Iran on United States forces in Iraq.

Trump also explained his decision by citing Iran's behavior days before the general's assassination.

U.S. Soldiers stand near the site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

"The great Iran has undermined the United States power, and we are seeing the effects of its decay today", the top commander added.

The Trump administration has justified Soleimani's killing, saying it was acting in self-defence to prevent a series of imminent attacks on Americans.

I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies.

Indians, like Iranians, have mourned the assassination of Qassem Soleimani with spontaneous protests breaking out in 430 Indian cities, declared Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister at the Raisina Dialogue here today. However, it is clear that one of the results of the killing is that now events in Iran are now drawing attention away from impeachment, even as just new revelations from Tuesday indicate that Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas and other friends of the administration were up to more trouble than initially thought in Ukraine.

However, the attack backfired, igniting Iran's retaliation instead. Trump accused Iran of the attack, tweeting, "Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities".

"When governments play these games, innocent civilians pay the price", she said. "This is not a warning, it is a threat". The call caused various reactions from domestic and worldwide government officials, with some supporting him for his direct action and some criticizing him for his rash and uncalculated planning that may lead multiple countries into war.

She also talked about US troops present in Afghanistan, saying, "No one has a solution and an end point". "You remember the G8?" he asked sarcastically, referring to Trump's retracting of his endorsement of the joint statement of the summit in Canada in June 2019. 3000 more US soldiers have been sent to Iraq.

The U.S. has almost 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and about 800 in Syria in addition to 14,000 in Afghanistan. However, the Trump administration dismissed the Iraqi parliament's vote.

"We took action in self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations charter against a military attack on our military personnel in a foreign land by targeting the base from which the attack had come", he added.

After days of strident denials, Iranian officials on Saturday morning admitted to shooting down the Ukrainian International Airlines jet on Wednesday morning, a few hours after firing missiles at USA forces stationed in Iraq and while the country's air defences were on high alert for reprisals. The Senate will debate a similar resolution this week. In this regard, PM of Pakistan and other like-minded leaders were also involved to reduce the regional tension between two Muslim countries. Both countries have yet to declare any further military action at the time of this publication.