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How Trump reportedly targeted Iran, approved Soleimani’s hit months ago

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US President Donald Trump reportedly authorised the killing of Iran‘s top general Qassem Soleimani seven months before he was hit in Iraq.

The US president said he would sign off on the operation if Iran crossed his red line of killing an American, NBC News reported.

Current and Ex-officials of the Trump administration told the network the decision explains why an airstrike on Soleimani after the death of a US civilian contractor.

They disclosed that the president’s aides put killing Soleimani on the list of potential responses to Iranian aggression “some time ago”.

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“There have been a number of options presented to the president over the course of time,” one senior official said.

Trump has maintained that the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s elite Quds Force, was planning to attack US embassies.

He said Iran had targeted the US embassy in Baghdad and others.

“We will tell you probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad. I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies”, Trump said in an interview on Fox News.

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Meanwhile, Trump has, warned Iran against killing citizens protesting after it admitted shooting down an airliner with 176 people aboard.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people”, he tweeted.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you.

“We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people.”

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