Iran’s former top military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed to stop a plot against 500 Americans, according to former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. “General Soleimani was engaged in a plot to kill another 500 Americans. We had the opportunity to take down that plot, and we did,” Pompeo said in an interview with Al Arabiya.
Asked about the circumstances behind the Soleimani’s killing despite the warnings, he said: “Much like the warnings that said if you want to withdraw from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – Iran nuclear deal) there will be war, and much like the warnings that said if the United States moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem there will be war, there were warnings that said if you strike at General Soleimani there will be war.” “Well, we didn’t just do one of those or two of those. We did each of those three things and there was no war,” he said. –Anadolu Agency