US officials revealed the details of President Donald Trump's administration's planning to assassinate the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, at dawn on Friday.
The Washington Post newspaper reported in a report published today, Saturday, that Trump conducted last Sunday from his Maralago Golf Complex in Florida, after the United States launched raids on sites of pro-Iranian factions in Syria and Iraq, in contact with his senior national security advisers, and they reported President intends Soleimani to go to Baghdad soon.
The newspaper quoted a high-ranking Trump administration official as confirming that, within several days, the United States had followed Soleimani's actions and concluded that the best opportunity to assassinate him
He lies in targeting him near Baghdad airport, adding that Trump endorsed the operation in a call he made from his golf resort prior to launching the strike.
"Bloomberg" quoted people familiar with the matter as confirming that only a few members of the US National Security Council were aware of Soleimani's assassination plans, without informing any foreign governments or Congress in advance, and preparations for the operation took place in a highly classified atmosphere, to prevent any leaks. Informative.
The agency reported that Trump, in preparation for the operation, was acting as if he was on vacation, and visited every day since Christmas a golf course in Maralago, but he only spent 50 minutes there on Tuesday, when the US embassy in Baghdad was subjected to an attempt to storm by angry protesters.
A senior official familiar with the content of the consultations on the matter confirmed to the "Washington Post" that the president's decision to give the green light to the assassination of Soleimani surprised many members of his administration.
In turn, a Bloomberg source indicated that the Trump administration had recently warned Tehran, through France and other allies, against killing Americans, and that is why the US President saw the recent attacks targeting bases where US forces are stationed in Iraq "in violation of the red lines."
Although senior US officials said after the operation that there was intelligence information confirming Soleimani planning to launch a "campaign of violence" against the United States, the "Washington Post" pointed out that these statements are fragmented and contradictory and that no evidence has been presented yet.