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Ex-CIA Deputy Director Predicts Iran Will Kill Senior American Official As Retaliation For Soleimani Death

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Former CIA acting and deputy director Michael Morell predicted Friday that the Iranian government will kill a senior American government official and American civilians, perhaps within days, as retaliation for airstrikes that killed Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force.

“The world is a better place without him. The problem is that comes at a very high cost,” Morell said on CBS News, noting that Soleimani was “an evil genius” who had “a lot of American blood on his hands.”

The Pentagon said Thursday that U.S. forces killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Kata’ib Hezbollah, a terrorist group, in a strike near Baghdad’s airport. The Pentagon said that Soleimani was plotting attacks against Americans and American forces in Iraq, and that he had approved an attack Dec. 29, 2019, against the American embassy in Baghdad. In April, the State Department said Soleimani and the Quds Force was responsible for the deaths of 603 American service members in Iraq since 2003.

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Soleimani’s death is certain to escalate tensions in the Middle East. President Donald Trump’s supporters praised the decision to take out Soleimani, while his detractors asserted that the airstrike amounted to an act of war against Iran.

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“This sets a precedent … that senior officials are fair game in this hybrid, not-yet-at-war kind of scenario that we’re in with Iran, and that’s a dangerous precedent to set,” said Morell, who served at CIA until 2013.

“There will be dead Americans, dead civilian Americans, as a result of this.”

“Possibly over the next few days in any place where Iran has its proxies, Iraq is the most likely place, but also Lebanon, Bahrain, other places in the Middle East,” he said.

Morell predicted Iran will not carry out a traditional military operation as part of its retaliatory push. Instead, Iran will use proxies in the Middle East to stage attacks against U.S. interests.

“At a time and place of their choosing, they’re going to conduct a terrorist strike that kills a senior American official,” Morell said. “And that could be anywhere in the world.”

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6 comments

  1. When Morell’s name come up…..So does Bengazi and his ‘reluctance’

    Yes, of course Mary Gieger is right when she points out that Americans would’ve died if Soleimani had lived.

    There can be no progress or success without risks and costs….Borrowing the expression “no pain, no gain”

    What is America’s freedom worth to you?

  2. @Force Recon Banker Elite Stooge Marine

    Nice try, NSA. But Trump, Epstein, Dershowitz, Wexler, et al are well known as pedophiles and pedophile associates, esp. outside of the glaze of American MSM psychobabble and disinformation

  3. Nice try, NSA. But Trump, Epstein, Dershowitz, Wexler, et al are well known as pedophiles and pedophile associates, esp. outside of the glaze of American MSM psychobabble and disinformation.

  4. The world is sick of Trump as well. He and his Russian influence peddling and Russian trolling of American news and social commentary websites are a complete joke among our allies.

  5. Force Recon Marine

    @Mary Geiger Americans are targeted on a daily basis those attempts go unfulfilled because of dedicated patriotic Americans who do not seek the limelight preferring to do their jobs in the shadows.

    I might mention these clowns who pontificate every time they have the opportunity really don’t know what they are speaking about they are merely active for the notoriety (face time on TV)

    Iran is well aware that Qassem Soleimani is/was not the only bad guy on the radar and they have INFINITELY more to lose than America does!! What is so bothersome is that they are CRAZY because they ascribe to a CULT that was founded by a PEDOPHILE!!!

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  6. There will be dead Americans” as a result of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani being killed, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell said on @CBSThisMorning.

    Guess what? There would be dead Americans if Qassem Soleimani hadn’t been killed, and he would have killed them. That’s who and what he was, a terrorist. So, we got him before he did anymore damage against us. The people with soft spines should give credit to our President and military that “they got this one right” instead of wanting to go hide in a cave or something.

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