Nasjonal sikkerhetsrådgiver Robert O’Brien. Foto: Backgrid/Scanpix
Trumps nasjonale sikkerhetsrådgiver Robert O’Brien sier Qassem Soleimani sto i spissen for en sammensvergelse for å drepe amerikanere og ødelegge amerikanske anlegg.
Det var snakk om dager eller i høyden uker før planene skulle realiseres.
National security adviser Robert O’Brien on Tuesday said Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was conspiring to attack American facilities, diplomats, and soldiers in “significant numbers.”
“The president has always made it his first priority to protect American citizens, and the intel that we had, the information we had — which we believe was very strong — showed that Soleimani and those he was plotting with were looking to kill American diplomats and soldiers in significant numbers in the coming days,” O’Brien told Fox News.
Utenriksminister Javad Zarif har påstått at Soleimani var på hemmelige diplomatiske oppdrag for å mekle mellom Saudi-Arabia og Iran da han ble drept. Utenriksminister Mike Pompeo ble spurt om dette på en pressekonferanse tirsdag, og han begynte nesten å le, så latterlig syntes han påstanden var. Alle som kjente Soleimani og hva han holdt på med, ville aldri funnet på å tro noe slikt, sa Pompeo. Soleimanis business var krig og terror.
O’Brien reiterated the positions of President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the Iranian general “was in the midst of that plotting” an attack when a drone strike killed him.
“That’s why he was traveling in the region to Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad: To conspire with people to attack American facilities that contained diplomats, soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, coast guardsmen,” O’Brien said.
Forsvarsminister Mark Esper sa også at det bare var et spørsmål om dager før amerikanere hadde blitt angrepet:
Defense Secretary Mark Esper also remarked that “it was only a matter of days” before an attack would have been conducted.
“The threat was being orchestrated by Soleimani,” Esper told reporters, adding that it was “only a matter of days, certainly no more than weeks.”