Trump says Soleimani should have been killed ‘years ago,’ was ‘hated’ within Iran

Above Video: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins ‘Fox News Sunday’ to discuss the current state of U.S. relations with Iran after the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

After a U.S. airstrike kills Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells ‘Fox & Friends’ that President Trump’s decision was necessary to deter further aggression.

Iran’s Soleimani was responsible for 17 percent of US troops killed in Iraq war, State Department says

Lucas Tomlison reports from the Pentagon on the influence slain Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani had in the Middle East.

President Trump said Friday that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was “hated and feared” within his own country and should have been killed “many years ago,” hitting back at critics just hours after he ordered a stunning Baghdad airstrike that killed the top military general.

“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught!” Trump tweeted Friday, in his first direct comments about Soleimani’s death and the U.S. airstrike. “He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself.”

“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country,” he continued. “They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”

The president’s tweets come after the Pentagon confirmed overnight that he ordered the attack that killed Soleimani and other military officials at Baghdad International Airport. Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more, according to the State Department.

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Trump says Soleimani should have been killed ‘years ago,’ was ‘hated’ within Iran

President Trump said Friday that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was “hated and feared” within his own country and should have been killed “many years ago,” hitting back at critics just hours after he ordered a stunning Baghdad airstrike that killed the top military general.

New York Times op-ed made eerie hypothetical about Soleimani being killed in Baghdad hours before it happened

The New York Times published an eerie opinion piece on Thursday that used a potential attack on Iranian Gen. Qassem SoleimanI as a hypothetical scenario hours before the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force was actually killed in remarkably similar fashion.