Sunday, January 5, 2020
US General Petraeus Says Killing Of Suleimani Is 'MORE Significant Than Osama Bin Laden' And May 'Re-Establish Deterrence' After Iranian Attacks On US Bases And Shipping In The Gulf
James Gant at the Daily Mail offers a piece on retired general and former CIA director David Petraeus' take on the killing of the Iranian general in Iraq.
A former CIA director has said a drone strike that destroyed an Iranian general is 'more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden'.
US general David Petraeus, who led the intelligence agency from 2011 to 2012, claimed Friday's assassination of Qassem Suleimani near Baghdad International Airport was also more important than the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Soleimani's body was returned to Iran on Sunday and as it was unloaded from a plane a crowd angrily chanted 'death to America'.
David Petraeus, who led the intelligence agency from 2011 to 2012, claimed Friday's assassination of Qassem Suleimani (centre) near Baghdad International Airport was also more important than the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and bin Laden.
General Petraeus told Foreign Policy: 'It is impossible to overstate the importance of this particular action.
'It is more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden or even the death of [Islamic State leader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi.
'[Suleimani] is responsible for providing explosives, projectiles, and arms and other munitions that killed well over 600 American soldiers and many more of our coalition and Iraqi partners just in Iraq, as well as in many other countries such as Syria. So his death is of enormous significance.'
He added: 'This is a very significant effort to reestablish deterrence, which obviously had not been shored up by the relatively insignificant responses up until now.'
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