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U.S. tried to take out another Iranian leader, but failed

Irfan Husain

In recent remarks, the president said the "imminent" threat that Soleimani posed included attacks on US embassies. A spokesperson for the State Department said following last week's ballistic missile attack on the U.S. military bases the American strategy on Iran is: "diplomatic isolation, economic pressure, and military deterrence".

Targeted sanctions on 8 elderly Iranian officials would certainly consist of the assistant of the Supreme National Council as well as the leader of Iran's Basij paramilitary pressures as well as others near to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claimed Pompeo, without calling the people.

President Trump approved the strike against Mr. Shahlai in the same period that he authorized the strike against General Suleimani on January 3, although it was unclear if the American attack in Yemen occurred at precisely the same time.

On Wednesday, Iran terminated ballistic rockets at 2 United States armed forces bases in Iraq punitive for a U.S. drone strike at a Baghdad flight terminal that eliminated the prized Iranian armed forces leader Qassem Soleimani. No one was killed in that retaliation.

The State Department offered a $ 15 million reward early last month for information leading to the disruption of the CGRI's finances, including Shahlai, a key financier of the organization.

O'Brien has also defended the strike against Soleimani in an interview with NPR on Thursday, saying that the US maintains a right to self defense.

It said his activities included providing weapons and explosives to Shia militia groups and directing a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington in 2011. "The Department of Defence does not discuss alleged operations in the region", Navy Commander Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said.

The Washington Post first reported the development. Iran responded on Wednesday by firing missiles at USA forces in Iraq.

Unlike the United States, which on Friday imposed new economic sanctions on Iran, the Europeans gave Tehran more time to avoid nuclear proliferation at its doorstep rather than begin a process that could lead to a reimposition of U.N sanctions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the USA hopes the sanctions will encourage Iran to "behavior simply like a normal nation". We do not want another war now with Iran for those reasons.