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(CNSNews.com) – National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday unveiled a plan to target the commander of Iran’s military division responsible for terror operations abroad, saying the U.S. “will use every tool available to pursue” Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and to counter his “insidious designs.”
“Iran’s leadership will no longer enjoy a life of security and luxury while their people suffer and starve,” Bolton said during remarks at a United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI) event in New York.
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Bolton described Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force, as a “hardline acolyte” of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and “a brutal murderer.”
“Soleimani fancies himself a cunning and conniving mastermind, carefully plotting and manipulating others to carry out his evil agenda,” he said. “In reality he functions more as a thuggish mafia boss, strong-arming military proxies from Tehran through intimidation and manipulation.”
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“His goal is to form these militias into a foreign legion of sorts, that can dominate and subjugate the peoples of the region to Tehran’s will,” Bolton added.
He also mused that Soleimani’s ultimate ambition may well be to take power himself, “something the ayatollahs should perhaps be a little worried about.”
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The Trump administration has launched a pressure campaign, specifically aimed at countering Soleimani’s “insidious designs.”
“We will not allow Ayatollah Khamenei’s hitman to operate freely as he attempts to destroy the Middle East.”
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The pressure campaign targets Soleimani’s funding and weapons transfers, and seeks to expose him “for what he is – a brutal murderer,” Bolton said.
“We are working to choke off his funding which he uses to pay tens of thousands of militants, to proliferate missiles and other dangerous weapons, to establish permanent military bases in Syria, and to plot terrorist attacks.”
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He said the U.S. was also cooperating with allies to protect countries in the region from Iranian subversion, to...
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