Germany expressed its support for the U.S. decision to assassinate Iranian terrorist leader Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. air strike.
The German government said Friday that the United States had reason to attack and kill the top commander of the Iranian Quds Force on Thursday night, Jan. 2, in Baghdad, after the Iranian regime provided support to militias that attacked American citizens and facilities in Iraq.
“The American action was a reaction to a series of military provocations for which Iran is responsible,” said government spokesman Ulrike Demmer during a government press conference, according to Reuters.
Germany’s surprising support was validated on Twitter by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
Grenell wrote, “German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer, ‘The American action was a reaction to a series of military provocations for which Iran is responsible.'”
German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer, “The American action was a reaction to a series of military provocations for which Iran is responsible."
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 3, 2020
Grenell has long emphasized the need for European partners to reach an agreement with the United States on Iran and has worked extensively behind the scenes to pressure German officials to support U.S. policy on the issue.
President Trump said Jan. 3 that Soleimani was planning to kill more Americans.
“General Qassem Soleimani killed or severely wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and planned to kill many more … but he was caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people,” the president wrote through his Twitter account.
The U.S. Defense Department said the Iranian general “was actively developing plans to attack U.S. diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.
It also accused Soleimani of condoning the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last week.
“You know that this war will destroy everything you own,” Soleimani had declared in a July 2018 speech, in open threat to President Trump.
Soleimani, 62, structured the elite Iranian Quds Force, linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that is in charge of Iran’s extraterritorial military operations, including expanding Iranian influence in Syria and attacking Israel.