NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of the United States, Donlad Trump, has returned to justify this Monday the US bombing in which General Qasem Soleimani died last January 3 in Baghdad, which he has referred to as “the world's number one terrorist.”
“I think it has been totally consistent … We have killed Soleimani, the world's number one terrorist according to all sources. A bad person,” Trump said during an act with the press in the White House.
“He has killed many Americans. He has killed many people. We have killed him … We have killed the world's number one terrorist, Soleimani, and it should have been done twenty years ago,” he insisted.
Internally, Trump has denounced that “the Democrats are trying to defend him,” Soleimani said, “a disgrace to our country.” “They can't do that. Let me tell you that it doesn't work politically very well for them,” he said.
Soleimani died with the 'number two' of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP) – a coalition of Iraqi pro-government militias supported by Tehran -, Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, and several Iraqi militiamen, after which Iran promised to take revenge for the attack.
In response to the death of Soleimani, Iran attacked two military bases located in Iraq on Wednesday in which American soldiers are deployed, in which Iran's supreme leader, Ali Jamenei, described Washington as a “slap”.
Trump said hours later that the attacks have ended without casualties, although a person in charge of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran said that they have killed at least 80 US military personnel.
For their part, the Iraqi authorities strongly criticized the bombing of Soleimani and the FMP and stressed that this coalition of militias was an important element in the fight against the jihadist group Islamic State.
Thus, the Iraqi Parliament approved on January 5 a motion that requires the expulsion of US troops from the country and obliges the Government to commit to making public any agreement reached in the future for the presence of foreign military advisers and trainers.
During the day of January 6, the Iraqi Executive limited the activities of the international coalition and reduced them to training and advisory work, prohibiting their movements by land and air. Therefore, the coalition against the Islamic State announced on January 9 a “pause” of its military operations in Iraq.