Published: Fri, January 10, 2020

Iranian Professor Condemns U.S. Aggression & Warns U.S.-Backed Gulf States

Iranian Professor Condemns U.S. Aggression & Warns U.S.-Backed Gulf States

Trump said his "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran would remain in place until Iran's behavior changes, though he called for cooperation against ISIS and other issues where interests overlap.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's spokesman said on Wednesday Iran had sent him a verbal message about an imminent response to the USA killing of its top general before the attack was launched.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the attack on USA troops in Iraq was self-defense and that "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression".

Iran fired a volley of missiles at two Iraqi bases housing United States and other foreign troops in response to the American drone attack that took out Soleimani, the revered leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, in Baghdad.

"To the people and leaders of Iran: We want you to have a future and a great future, one that you deserve, one of prosperity at home, and harmony with the nations of the world. I will be making a statement tomorrow morning".

"But military action is not enough", Khamenei said in a national address Wednesday, adding that the "corrupt presence of the the region should come to an end". Gen. Qassem Soleimani, longtime leader of the elite Quds Force in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Quoting an "informed source in IRGC Intelligence organization" Iran's Revolutionary Guards affiliated Fars News Agency has claimed that at least 80 Americans were killed and almost 200 wounded in the Guards' missile attack last night.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Defense have confirmed that Trump ordered the airstrike that killed Soleimani near Baghdad International Airport on January 2. This explains why there were no US or coalition casualties, officials said.

Retired U.S. Army General David Petraeus wrote on LinkedIn that it is "impossible to overstate the significance" of Soleimani's death.

A HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 adult American citizens found that 46 percent approved of Soleimani's killing compared to 38 percent who did not, while 19 percent were not sure either way. After the strikes, President Trump tweeted, "All is well!" "The United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime".

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