Follow-Up: Perspectives on Soleimani Strike

Headline Roundup January 12th, 2020

The death of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike continues to provoke opinions and reactions from voices across the political spectrum. Some authors have called the act, ordered by President Donald Trump in response to protests outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, a state-sponsored "assassination" and "murder," while others have argued it was a justified "targeted killing". See more perspectives below.

Follow-Up: Perspectives on Soleimani Strike

From the Right
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OPINION

Last week, our military and intelligence services brought justice to Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s terror mastermind. President Trump ordered General Suleimani’s killing after months of attacks on Americans by Iran’s proxy forces in Iraq. These attacks culminated in a rocket strike that killed an American and wounded others, then the attempted storming of our embassy in Baghdad. The first attack crossed the red line drawn by the president last summer — that if Iran harmed an American, it would face severe consequences. The president meant what he said, as Mr. Suleimani...

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From the Left
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OPINION

DONALD TRUMP HAS DRAGGED America into a moral abyss. And yet Congress, the press, and the public are unwilling to admit that we are now standing in blood. The nation is enabling a murderous demagogue, and we are all complicit.

The president of the United States has murdered a high-ranking official of a foreign government. The assassination last week of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani was a state-sponsored murder.

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From the Center
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ANALYSIS

The Islamic State (IS) group has welcomed the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force.

In a statement, it described the general's demise as an act of divine intervention that benefitted jihadists. However, it made no mention at all of the US, which carried out the deadly drone strike against Soleimani in Baghdad on 3 January.

President Donald Trump's decision to assassinate Gen Soleimani set off a chain of consequences - one of the first was on the unfinished war against jihadists....

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