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Here's What Members Of Indiana's Congressional Delegation Are Saying About U.S. Airstrike In Iran

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The United States killed Iran's top general in an airstrike early Friday at Baghdad's international airport.

The Defense Department says it targeted Gen. Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, because he was planning attacks on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is warning that a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the U.S. after the airstrike.

Soleimani's death is the latest in a series of escalating incidents tracing back to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers. Earlier this week Iran-backed militiamen attacked the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad.

Here's what some members of Indiana's congressional delegation have said publicly about the airstrike:

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R)

“Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist mastermind who was responsible for the murder of hundreds of Americans. Under his command, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps brought death and destruction across the Middle East — and beyond. Last night, justice was delivered.

The President’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran has always been about pushing Iran’s leaders, primarily through economic means, to change their behavior and stop exporting terror around the globe. Iran failed to change, and mass murderer Soleimani met his fate. I hope this strike will finally wake up the Ayatollah and the outlaw regime in Tehran. End the terror and focus on improving the lives of the Iranian people by embracing peace.

As the Administration considers next steps from here, Congress must be involved in that debate.”

 

 

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R)

“President Trump made the courageous decision to kill Qassim Suleimani, who was the leader of Iran’s violence against the United States that was directly responsible for killing American soldiers through IEDs for over a decade and was planning future attacks against American citizens throughout the Middle East.  Iran has been one of America’s greatest enemies and I’m proud that President Trump is protecting our country and our allies.”

 

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN2)

“Qassem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. servicemembers and countless innocent civilians throughout the Middle East. Under his command, Iran-backed terrorists and militias recently escalated their attacks on Americans in Iraq, including targeting our military bases and our embassy in Baghdad, and he was actively plotting further attacks at the time of his death.

A ruthless terrorist has been brought to justice, and there should be no doubt about our nation’s resolve: we will not tolerate attacks on Americans and our allies.”