Donald trump back in June last year agreed to conduct the operation to eliminate the head of the Iranian elite division “al-Kuds” Qassem Soleimani, however, has put a condition for the execution of this order, reports channel NBC, citing current and former officials from the entourage of the President of the United States.
According to them, the Directive, which was approved by trump, stated that the killing Sulejmani can happen only if the result will be the death of at least one US citizen. This condition was fulfilled when the Shiite militants attack base in Iraq on December 27, killed an American civilian employee working there on contract.
NBC claims that thereby questioned the official version of trump, according to which Soleimani was killed because he was plotting attacks on the U.S. Embassy in different countries.
The interlocutors NBC say that to assassinate trump persuaded the adviser to John Bolton and the head of the State Department Mike Pompeo after the destruction of U.S. drones in June last year. It was then that the President and stated that first, Iran must “cross the red line”, indicates NBC.
Earlier, The Washington Post reported that Pompeo few months he had persuaded trump to eliminate Soleimani, and an ally used of the Minister of defense Mark Esper. However, the WP argued that the trump before the end of December was against the surgery to remove the Iranian General, and to give an order only agreed after the assassination of an American citizen and demonstrations of protest near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.