A coalition of 43 Republicans in the Senate led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a resolution on Thursday, Jan. 9, urging the Senate to express its support of the Trump administration’s successful airstrike last week against Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
JUST INTRODUCED w 42 fellow GOP senators resolution to honor members of military & intel community who carried out mission to take out Soleimani, a terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people across the Middle East, including 603 US service members. pic.twitter.com/1XNgXHFO3z
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 9, 2020
The resolution states that Soleimani’s death “represents a measure of justice and relief for the families and friends of the hundreds of American men and women who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan” as a result of Iranian-backed terrorism.
The text of the resolution praises the U.S. military and intelligence community for their role in taking out Soleimani and “commends the president for ordering the successful operations to locate and eliminate” him.
“At a time when partisanship and political differences threaten to divide us, President Trump and his administration should be commended for bringing an end to Qassem Soleimani, a terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people across the Middle East, including at least 603 American service members,” said Cruz, describing the strike a “successful mission to defend America’s national security interests and eliminate a terrorist mastermind.”
President Trump ordered an U.S. airstrike targeting Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Forces days after Iranian-backed militia supporters attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Iran gave out a retaliatory response on Tuesday by firing ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. and coalition troops, one at al-Asad and one in Irbil—there were no U.S. or Iraqi casualties.
The State Department has long labeled the Iranian regime the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Last April, the Revolutionary Guard Corps, including the Quds Force was designated a “foreign terrorist organization” because of its terrorist activity or terrorism over the last 40 years.
“Our military, intelligence community, and National Security Council are invaluable to our nation. Their hard work and diligence led to swift action against a heinous terrorist who killed 600+ Americans and 1000s more. Proud to stand with my colleagues in honoring their service,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) expressed his support for the resolution.