President Donald Trump said “Soleimani’s reign of terror was over ” – in his first comment on the killing by the US of Iran’s top military commander and Al Qods chief. He said he ordered the strike to stop a war not to start one and would always protect Americans. “The United States executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world. Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”
US officials said that another 3,000 US troops were heading for the Middle East in addition to the 750 announced earlier.