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Trump authorized Soleimani's killing 7 months ago, with conditions

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 13, 2020, 9:49 AM UTCBy Carol E. Lee and Courtney KubeWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump authorized the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani seven months ago if Iran's increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to five current and former senior administration officials.The presidential directive in June came with the condition that Trump would have final signoff on any specific operation to kill Soleimani, officials said.That decision explains why assassinating Soleimani was on the menu of options that the military presented to Trump two weeks ago for responding to ...
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