Donald Trump leaves his Merry Christmas Rally at the Kellogg Arena on December 18, 2019 in Battle Creek, Michigan. While Trump spoke at the rally the House of Representatives voted, mostly along party lines, to impeach the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, making him just the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Editorial use only. HANDOUT /NO SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S OFFICE HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10517120a) (FILE) - A handout photo made available by the Iranian Supreme Leader's office shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant general and commander of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani (C) during a meeting with Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (not pictured) in Tehran, Iran, 18 September 2018 (reissued 03 January 2020). Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed on 03 January 2020 following a US airstrike at Baghdad's international airport. The attack comes amid escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington. Top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani killed in US airstrike on Baghdad, Tehran, Iran Islamic Republic Of - 18 Sep 2018

World War III? US Drone Strike Takes Out Iranian General

Following the recent exchanges between the United States and Iran which culminated in the attack on the Iraqi embassy earlier this week, tensions have been escalating between the two countries. News is now emerging that a top Iranian general was killed by a US drone strike while he was stationed in Baghdad.

Major General Qasem Soleimani was regarded as one of the most powerful figures in the Iranian military, so this drone strike will come as a blow to Iran’s military might. President Trump said about the general that he was, “directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people.”

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a warning that there will be “revenge” for the strike which took out General Soleimani.

Trump Signs Sanctions Against Iran On Heels of Drone Attack

President Trump signed new sanctions against Iran’s leading terrorist and declared that the regime may not obtain a nuclear weapon.

Standing next to Vice President Mike Pence, Trump stated, “We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran. Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.”

“I’ll be signing an executive order imposing hard hitting sanctions on the Supreme Leader of Iran and the office of the Supreme Leader of Iran and many others. Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks including shooting down of U.S. drones,” he continued.

When he was asked if the sanctions came on the heels of the Iran’s attack of drones he explained, “you could probably add that into this…This was something that was going to happen anyway.”

President Trump maintained that the U.S. was showing restraint after Iran shot down a U.S. Navy surveillance drone over international waters and that this was a warning.

“We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country. I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us and that doesn’t mean we’re going to show it in the future,” he continued.


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