(NEW YORK POST) – The Trump administration warned Congress that retaliation from Iran could come “within weeks.”
National security officials who briefed Congress following the drone attack that killed the mastermind general behind Iran’s bloody interventions in countries across the Middle East. Officials said Iran has a range of ways to retaliate, including some targets inside the US, which were not specified, according to CNN.
The administration wanted to make sure lawmakers were “cleared-eyed” about the possibilities, and said it couldn’t rule out retaliation within the next few weeks or months, given Iran’s history of responding to what it sees as acts of aggression.
The Pentagon is sending thousands more troops to the region and the US embassy in Baghdad is shut down in the aftermath of Thursday’s takeout of Qassem Soleimani.
But with Iran capable of attacking multiple locations throughout the region, from Syria to Lebanon to the United Arab Emirates, officials expect a response.
“Damn right there is risk,”said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that the United States committed a “grave mistake” in killing Soleimani and that Americans “will face the consequences of this criminal act not only today, but also in the coming years.”
State Department officials said with Soleimani gone, the scale of a future attack is likely reduced because he had a network of proxy fighters that is now disrupted.
“Soleimani, I think, was in many ways the indispensable man,” a senior official said at a briefing with reporters. “With Soleimani dead, it will be very difficult for these proxies to be organized on the scale, lethality and effectiveness that they had under Soleimani. He is a remarkable official.”