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NBC: Israeli intelligence helped U.S. launch deadly strike on Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani by verifying which flight he took to Baghdad

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NBC: Israeli intelligence helped U.S. launch deadly strike on Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani by verifying which flight he took to Baghdad


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Report: Trump Killed Soleimani to Appease Pro-Israel GOP War Hawks Important to Impeachment Trial

New evidence is surfacing which further suggests the impeachment trial is just an effort to pressure President Trump to go to war with Iran.

From Salon, "Trump privately admits he killed Soleimani 'under pressure' from upcoming impeachment trial: report":

President Donald Trump privately told associates that his upcoming impeachment trial factored heavily into his decision to kill top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, The Wall Street Journal reports.

"Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate," associates of the president told the outlet.

The revelation, buried deep into a lengthy piece about the strike, follows a similar report from The New York Times.

"Trump pointed out to one person who spoke to him on the phone last week that he had been pressured to take a harder line on Iran by some Republican senators whose support he needs now more than ever amid an impeachment battle," The Times reported Tuesday.

The two GOP senators he allegedly sought to appease according to reports were Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham – two of the most fanatical pro-Israel war hawks on Iran.

Senator Tom Cotton Received Nearly $1 Mil To Oppose Iran Deal https://t.co/RF3M9QPKdE

— Peter R. Quinones (@PeterRQuinones) August 26, 2019

More from The New York Times, "Seven Days in January: How Trump Pushed U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War":

The president was initially upbeat, expecting the operation to be greeted with applause much like the raid in October that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. Indeed, Mr. Trump opened his first statement to reporters on the mission that Friday by describing General Suleimani as the "No. 1 terrorist anywhere in the world," much as he had opened his statement a couple of months ago calling Mr. al-Baghdadi the "world's No. 1 terrorist leader."

But as the president watched television over the weekend, he grew angry that critics were accusing him of reckless escalation. He sought validation from guests at his Florida clubs, recounting details of the Baghdad Embassy protests and drinking in their praise for his decisiveness. He told some associates that he wanted to preserve the support of Republican hawks in the Senate in the coming impeachment trial, naming Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas as an example, even though they had not spoken about Iran since before Christmas.

While Mr. Trump tipped off another hawk, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who was visiting in Florida, his administration gave no advance warning to its European allies or Persian Gulf partners in advance of the strike. The only foreign leader who appeared in the know was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who had spoken with Mr. Pompeo before the attack and later offered a cryptic public hint hours before it took place.

"We know that our region is stormy; very, very dramatic things are happening in it," Mr. Netanyahu told reporters, unprompted, on the tarmac in Tel Aviv before departing for a visit to Athens. He went on to offer support for the United States "and to its full right to defend itself and its citizens."

Israeli leaders were later pleased by the death of General Suleimani, one of their deadliest enemies, but remained silent lest they provoke retaliation, even as shelter supplies were checked and a ski resort near the Syrian frontier was briefly closed.

Netanyahu said last week that the strike was entirely done by the US and Israel had no involvement.

As Axios reported:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Security Cabinet ministers Monday that the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was carried out solely by the U.S. and that Israel was not involved in any way and must not be dragged into the escalating conflict, two ministers who attended the meeting told me.