Jan 03, 2020 18:37 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jul 14, 2020 22:33 Asia/Tehran]

Tehran (IP) - Many US officials, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, have expressed concerns about the US military's criminal act in the assassination of the Qods Force commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), calling it an act of warmongering in the region.

Iran PressIran news: The Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said last night's attack would exacerbate dangerous violence, and the US, as well as the whole world, could not cope with the escalating tensions.

Also, the chairman of the House Committee for International Relations Eliot Engel expressed concern about the US military's assassination of Iran's Martyred Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani noting that the attack was carried out without Congress's former notification and permission.

The US President Donald Trump was required to notify Congress 48 hours before the attack, according to the resolution on war authorization, he said.

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith said the lack of a coherent strategy has led to critical tension between Washington and Tehran, and the Trump administration has opted for military tensions instead of developing a strategic plan.

Many Democratic lawmakers in the US House of Representatives acknowledged the US military's criminal activity as an unwise act.

The US Democrat Chris Murphy tweeted the justification for the assassination is to “deter future Iranian attacks”.

The Republican Senator Lindsy Graham said that Trump and US troops' response was a direct one to Iranian actions coordinated by Martyred Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and his close associates.

Still, independent Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted, "Trump's dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions of dollars. Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one."

A US professor of international affairs Stephen Walt wrote on his twitter account, "Just imagine how we’d react if some adversary assassinated a member of the Joint Chiefs, an Undersecretary of State, or the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI)."

"A key question: "is it a smart idea for the US to further erode the norm against assassinating foreign officials? Beware blowback!," he added.

The Commander of Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Martyred Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were assassinated by the terrorist act of US air raid in Baghdad, Iraq's capital.

The US authorities told Reuters that airstrikes targeted Baghdad international airport on Friday to assassinate Martyred Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and al-Muhandis.


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