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Pompeo Not Sure Who First Said 'Imminent'

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Iranian people gather to show their sympathy to the victims

"One of the takeaways of the past week is that we actually saw, in my opinion, Iran act with perhaps more restraint than our own government", Callimachi continued, referencing Iran's retaliatory missile strikes on military facilities in Iraq housing USA troops.

In recent days a clearer picture of the decision-making process leading up to the strike has emerged.

Despite President Trump and other top administration officers offering inconsistent public statements about what kind of threat the USA was facing, Esper told NPR that the Defense Department had "a very thorough explanation" for targeting Soleimani.

Activists and former government officials quickly criticised Trump's tweet, allegeging that it promotes a hatred of Muslims.

Pompeo - who shared the stage with a predecessor, Condoleezza Rice - said he spoke to leaders of all backgrounds in Iraq, including the Shiite majority, which enjoys religious ties with Iran. "My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families", Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said.

Two of Trump's most prominent Cabinet officials echoed that message on Monday. The Senate was never going to convict Donald Trump, so it would be wrong to say that the killing Soleimani was done to increase Trump's chances of acquittal. And he implied as much in a tweet that day: "The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was "imminent" or not, & was my team in agreement", he tweeted.

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

Radio Farda relayed that Abdollahi claimed, "there had been a report about a USA cruise missile attack in the wake of Iran's missile launches at two Iraqi bases a few hours earlier on January 8".

However, Sadr later said the crisis was over and called on the Iraqi factions to "be deliberate, patient, and not to start military actions".

Barr told reporters that Soleimani was a "legitimate military target" and the strike was a "legitimate act of self-defence".

"Why the actual hell is the president of the United States using the way I and millions of other Americans dress and the religious beliefs that We hold as a slur".

According to the US Constitution, the authority to direct military action is divided between Congress and the president. On December 27, a USA civilian contractor was killed and several American troops and Iraqi personnel were wounded in a rocket attack that targeted an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk. The final go-ahead to strike Soleimani came two weeks ago, once it became apparent that there was a window of opportunity because of new intelligence on his travel plans. But the government's obfuscation has angered many Iranians.

The review follows an attack last month at a military base in Pensacola, Fla., in which a Saudi studying in the US opened fired in a classroom on the military base, killing three young sailors and leaving eight other people dead. However, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told CBS News Face the Nation on Sunday that he "didn't see" specific intelligence referencing attacks on embassies.

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