How Pompeo convinced Trump to kill Soleimani and fulfilled a decade-long goal

By Nicole Gaouette and Jamie Gangel, CNN

Updated 4:02 PM ET, Thu January 9, 2020

(CNN) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a driving force behind President Donald Trump’s decision to kill a top Iranian general, sources inside and around the administration tell CNN, a high-stakes move that demonstrates Pompeo’s status as the most influential national security official in the Trump administration.

Taking Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani “off the battlefield” has been a goal for the top US diplomat for a decade, several sources told CNN.
Targeting Iran’s second most powerful official — the leader of the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, the politically and economically powerful military group with regional clout — was Pompeo’s idea, according to a source from his inner circle. That source said the secretary brought the suggestion to Trump. Pompeo “was the one who made the case to take out Soleimani, it was him absolutely,” this source said.


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