On January 4, 2020
(Independent) ... National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien confirmed that Qassem Soleimani was returning from Damascus and was planning operations against the Marines and American diplomats, and that President Trump ordered the operation against the terrorist leader, and the operation is defensive and intended to prevent other operations, adding that the intention of the operation is to prevent war and not To wage war.
He said that the United States wants a peaceful solution with Iran, but the president's efforts have so far been rejected by the Iranians.
He said that Iran has two options, namely escalation, but the United States will not be afraid of threats, and if Iran responds, the Iranians know that this will be a bad decision for them. The second option is to stop interfering, proxy wars, behaving like a normal country, and stopping the nuclear program, and “we hope they choose the right path.”
O'Brien also said there is always a risk in taking action, but there is a greater risk that no action will be taken.
Robert O'Brien revealed that he was with the president when the operation was carried out and she was under preparation for several days, and that Trump had received confirmation that it had been carried out at the time.
On the Iraqi parliament meeting tomorrow, O'Brien said that the United States would be upset if he made a negative decision about the presence of American forces there.
He pointed out that the Iraqis went out in festive demonstrations after the killing of Qasim Soleimani, and that the United States has done a lot for the sake of the Iraqis during the past years. (End)