US Intelligence Officials Tracked Soleimani for Years

US Intelligence Officials Tracked Soleimani for Years

( – According to White House administration officials, seven months ago President Trump said that if Iran’s aggression towards the US cost even one American soldier’s life, he would approve the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

President Trump eventually signed off on the directive to kill Soleimani after four US service members were injured and one US contractor was killed by Kata’ib Hezbollah, a militia group that receives support from Iran.

The first discussion about Soleimani started in 2017 when Army Lt. Gen. HR McMaster was the national security adviser. The question about what to do with Soleimani came up again in 2018 when McMaster was replaced by John Bolton. Trump ended up firing Bolton after they had disagreements about Iran.

The Quds Force, which Soleimani was a senior official in, was designated a foreign terrorist organization by then-President George W. Bush in 2007.

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