The permit had the prerequisite that Iran would cause the death of a US citizen. Soleimani was assassinated in early January
US President Donald Trump allegedly authorized the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani seven months ago, on the condition that Iran cause the death of a US citizen.
Trump's order was issued by US broadcaster NBC, which listened to five former US government officials and officials. The president reportedly gave the go-ahead for an attack on Soleimani in June, but determined that any future military action to kill the Iranian general should be signed.
According to sources consulted by "NBC", this authorization explains why the Soleimani assassination was among the options the Pentagon presented to Trump two weeks ago to respond to an attack by pro-Iranian Iraqi militias that killed a contractor. American.
The sources said then-White House National Security Adviser John Bolton pressured Trump to respond to the fall of an American drone in Iran with an operation to kill Soleimani. He had support from the still Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
A person with knowledge of this meeting explained to "NBC" that Trump's message was clear. "(Soleimani's murder) would only be on the table if (the Iranians) attacked Americans," the source said.
US intelligence has closely followed Soleimani's movements for years. The idea of killing him would have arisen, according to "NBC", during a meeting of Trump's then-national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster, with other White House officials.
The idea gained momentum with the arrival of Bolton, one of the main supporters of a regime change in Iran, who left the government in September after a series of disagreements with Trump.
Soleimani was killed on Jan. 3 in a Pentagon military operation with a drone outside Baghdad airport. The action came days after the death of an American contractor and the invasion of the American embassy in the capital of Iraq.
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