Iran declared the U.S. Army and the Pentagon as terrorist organizations in retaliation for the death of Iranian terrorist leader Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Iran’s Parliament passed the motion on Jan. 7, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.
The United States killed Solemain on Jan. 3 during a drone attack in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
In the same attack Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Communist Party of Iraq, Hashd al-Sha’abi (PMU), and others were killed.
Soleimani was the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.
The late terrorist leader Soleimani, a former enemy of the United States, was responsible for the deaths of dozens of U.S. personnel, and was “developing plans to attack U.S. diplomats and service members in Iraq” and in the Middle East region, reported President Donald Trump.
“We took action last night to stop a war,” President Trump said Jan. 3. “We did not take action to start a war,” he concluded.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on the program “Outnumbered Overtime,” quoted by Fox News, that the threat posed by Soleimani was clear.
“This threat was imminent and we stopped it by taking out Soleimani,” said McCaul, who also served as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
McCaul supported his claims, citing talks with National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He also called Soleimani “an architect of terror for the last decade,” and recalled other attacks from Iran, including an attack on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia and another rocket attack in late December that killed a U.S. contractor.
“And finally an attempted assault on our embassy. If this president did not act on these events, that would be negligence, and the fact that there was an imminent threat of which I have been informed … this threat was imminent, and we stopped it by eliminating Soleimani,” McCaul said, according to Fox News.
President Trump, warned Iraqis on Jan. 5 that he would impose sanctions if they expelled his troops in retaliation for the airstrike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad.
This was in response to the Iraqi Parliament, which voted for a resolution to end the foreign military presence in the country.