Qasem Soleimani: Strike was to 'stop war', says Trump

President Donald Trump says he authorized a precision strike against the commander of Iran's security and intelligence services because he was plotting "imminent and sinister attacks" on Americans.

The independent Vermont senator highlighted his vote against the Iraq War under President George W. Bush and said he fears killing Soleimani puts the USA one step closer to another conflict in the region.

Defense officials told NBC that the additional deployment was not a direct response to Soleimani's death.

The news comes after global powers warned that the American airstrike responsible for killing Iran's top general made the world more risky and that escalation could set the entire Mideast aflame. Those vows have raised concerns about both physical and electronic attacks by Iran against the U.S. and other targets-including an expansion of the already noted broadening attempts at cyber attacks by Iranian state-sponsored hackers.

Joe Biden criticised Donald Trump's decision to assassinate Qassem Soleimani.

In a video clip from a campaign rally posted to Twitter, Pete Buttigieg said Soleimani was "not a good guy".

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But if the world has learned anything from the last 20 years of Middle East policy, he said, "is that taking out a bad guy is not a good idea unless you're ready for what comes next".

"This was very clearly an act of war by this president without any kind of authorization or declaration of war from Congress, clearly violating the Constitution", Gabbard said. "We did not take action to start a war", he said, adding: "We do not seek regime change".

So when the US takes actions, in airstrikes that kill 25 Iranians last week, obviously, that raised the threat level.

In a series of tweets, the entrepreneur vowed to "end the Forever Wars" in the Middle East region and to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a law that was passed after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

It follows the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad yesterday by the US. We're pushing our adversaries closer together.

She questioned the administration's end goal, and said Trump's policies are "short-sighted, damaging and undermining our national security".

  • Sonia Alvarado