Bernie Sanders condemns Soleimani “assassination”

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders responded strongly on Friday to news that President Trump reportedly ordered a strike on Qassem Soleimani, who headed the foreign arm of Iran’s elite military force.

Sanders labelled the strike an “assassination,” saying that this action puts the United States on the path to another war.

“Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars,” the Vermont Senator said in a statement.

“When I voted against the war in Iraq in 2002, I feared it would lead to greater destabilization of the country and the region. Today, 17 years later, that fear has unfortunately turned out to be true.”

“The United States has lost approximately 4,500 brave troops, tens of thousands have been wounded, and we’ve spent trillions on this war.”

“Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on a path to another one.”

NBC News reported on Friday that the United States would send an additional 3000 troops to the Middle East after thousands of people stormed the compound of the US Embassy in Baghdad.