Trump authorised the killing of Qassem Soleimani seven months...

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    Trump authorised the killing of Qassem Soleimani seven months ago: reports

    Donald Trump is back in hot water over conflicting information regarding the killing of a top Iranian general.

    JANUARY 14, 20205:43PM

    The Trump administration’s story that it killed a top Iranian military leader to stop an “imminent” attack on America has been called into question once again.Last week, the US President said Iran was ready to attack four American embassies before General Qassem Soleimani was killed a drone attack on January 3.But on Sunday, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said he was not privy to specific evidence Iran was planning an imminent attack.“What the President said was that there probably could be additional attacks against embassies. I shared that view,” Mr Esper said. “The President didn’t cite a specific piece of evidence.”Asked whether there was concrete evidence on that point, he said: “I didn’t see one with regards to four embassies.”NBC News has since reported, citing five senior administration officials, that Mr Trump had authorised the killing of Soleimani seven months agne of the conditions was that the President would have final sign-off on any operation to kill the Iranian commander, and it would only be used if an American was killed by Iran.Then-White House national security adviser John Bolton urged Mr Trump to authorise the killing of Soleimani as a revenge attack for the drone downing, NBC reported.The timing of the attack may be a big hole in the Trump administration’s story behind the killing...

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