Appearing on Fox News Sunday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended President Donald’s Trump’s decision to order a strike that killed Iranian military commander Qasim Soleimani in Baghdad and said the intelligence cited by Trump to justify the move cannot be shared with the American people.
Asked by Fox’s Chris Wallace about unspecified intelligence both he and President Trump have cited that allegedly showed an imminent attack that the killing of Soleimani was intended to prevent, noting that congressional leadership and sources within intelligence agencies have pushed back against the assertion.
“Don’t the American people have the right to some understanding of what it was, why it was so urgent to take out Soleimani now?” Wallace asked.
Pompeo claimed that “any reasonable person” who saw the intelligence in question would agree with the decision, and added: “we’ll do everything we can to share this information with the American people but I think the American people understand too there’s things you just can’t put out in public.”
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The Iraqi parliament on Sunday voted unanimously to expel the U.S. military from the country, The Associated Press reports.
The resolution demanded an end to foreign military presence in the country, with the aim of forcing the U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops.
The measure also calls for ending an agreement that allowed the U.S. to send troops to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State and demands the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops for the country.