By Marina Pitofsky – 01/03/20 THE HILL
The move is a major escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran, with Iran vowing “harsh retaliation” in response.
Former Vice President and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden tweeted a statement late Thursday that “No American will mourn Qassem Soleimani’s passing,” but cautioned that Trump’s order could leave the U.S. “on the brink of a major conflict across the Middle East.”
“No American will mourn Qassem Soleimani’s passing. He deserved to be brought to justice for his crimes against American troops and thousands of innocents across the region. He supported terror and sowed chaos. None of that negates the fact that this is a hugely escalatory move in an already dangerous region,” Biden said.
The Pentagon confirmed late Thursday that Trump ordered the attack at Baghdad International Airport that killed Soleimani in addition to Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted Thursday, warning that “Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars.”
“Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one,” Sanders continued.