Trump: We do not want to start a war with Iran

Donald Trump has said the US airstrike that killed a top Iranian general was designed to prevent a war with Iran – not start one.

The US president claimed Major General Qassem Soleimani had been planning “imminent and sinister attacks on US diplomats and military personnel” before he died in Friday’s drone strike near Baghdad airport.

In an address from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Mr Trump said: “What the US did yesterday should have been done long ago – a lot of lives would have been saved.

Major General Qassem Soleimani (R) with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) in 2015

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“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”

Just hours later, Iraqi army sources reported an another airstrike targeting militia forces on the Taji road north of Baghdad which killed at least six people.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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