Ives Response to Airstrike that Killed Soleimani - Jeanne for Congress

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Reports of our enemies actively planning attacks on US Troops are chilling.

January 3, 2020 – Last night, the Pentagon launched an airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, according to Defense Sec. Mark Esper says. Esper reported that Soleimani was “actively developing plans” to attack US troops and diplomats. Iranian Major General Soleimani and forces under his control are responsible for hundreds of American deaths dating back to 2003 and most recently the unwarranted attack on a coalition base in Iraq on December 27th resulting in the death of an American contractor and other Iraqi personnel.

Jeanne Ives, Republican candidate for Congress (IL-06), released the following statement in response:

“It is well-known that my husband and I, like many families in the Sixth District, have a child serving in the military. This makes reports of our enemies attacking or actively planning attacks on US Troops all the more chilling. The men and women serving our country put their lives on the line for our freedom and safety. Their safety should be a top priority for our leaders.

“Intelligence reports indicated Iran’s top military leader was planning future attacks on US forces in Iraq. Our military leaders recognized the threat and disrupted their plans. Our enemies must understand that we will defend our national interests, and ensure our military has the ability to protect themselves against credible threats.

“Decisive leadership is imperative to ensuring our military are able to do what they do best: defend our national interests and defeat those who terrorize us, our partners and innocent civilians.”

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