Legal minds clapped right back after Trump's absurd war tweet

Some 3,500 additional USA troops were ordered dispatched to the region after Gen Soleimani's assassination, to join more than 50,000 personnel already there.

A pair of rockets hit near the United States embassy in Iraq's high-security Green Zone for the second night in a row on Sunday just hours after Iraq's foreign ministry summoned the American ambassador over the strike.

A non-legally binding bill passed by Iraq's parliament called for the expulsion of all foreign forces.

British troops are part of an global coalition of forces stationed in Iraq - invited by the government in Baghdad in 2014 - to help fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.

"We urge the Iraqi government to ensure the coalition is able to continue our vital work countering this shared threat".

Pompeo said the Obama administration had tried to "challenge and attack everybody who was running around with an AK-47 or a piece of indirect artillery".

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Earlier, caretaker prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi attended an extraordinary parliamentary session during which he slammed the United States strike as a "political assassination".

"Consistent with laws and norms of armed conflict, we would respect Iranian culture", the second senior United States official said. "You can't get away with using proxy forces and think your homeland will be safe and secure.' We're going to respond against the actual decision-makers, the people who are causing this threat from the Islamic Republic of Iran". "What President Trump said last night is consistent with what we have said all along", he told Tapper. "We always have and we always will".

Mr Trump's tough talk late on Saturday followed Teheran's threat of a protracted response, and eclipsed his assertion a day earlier that the U.S. hadn't launched the attack near Baghdad airport on Thursday to "start a war". Both, she said, would be war crimes - the targeting of 52 sites because Trump justifies it on symbolic grounds of retribution for Iran's hostage-taking 40 years, and the hitting of cultural sites because that would be illegal under the 1954 Hague Convention for the protection of cultural sites. A defiant Iran has revved up its nuclear fuel programme, and is blamed by Washington for attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, and for a strike on Saudi Arabian facilities that briefly knocked out 5 per cent of global crude supply.

"Every target that we strike will be a lawful target, and it will be a target designed with a singular mission - defending and protecting America", Pompeo said.

Tehran's foreign minister drew parallels with the Islamic State group's destruction of the Middle East's cultural heritage following Trump's tweets that sites which were "important to".

Schumer said Trump lacks the authority to engage militarily with Iran and Congress needs a new war powers resolution "to be a check on this president".

  • Sonia Alvarado