Pick your poison: The potential Iranian responses to United States drone strike


US President Donald Trump reportedly personally ordered the attack on the Baghdad airport, which killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Democratic critics said the order by the Republican president was reckless and that he had raised the risk of more violence in a unsafe region. "It further escalates this tit for tat that's going on and on and on, will elicit a very serious response from Iran, and [pushes] us deeper and deeper into this quagmire". The U.S.is telling Americans to get out of the country of Iraq.

A Department of Defense spokesperson said in a statement on the attack, "At the direction of the President, the United States military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel overseas by killing Qasem Soleimani..."

The former vice president said that while Soleimani was a bad person who "supported terror and sowed chaos", in addition to committing "crimes against American troops and thousands of innocents throughout the region", he feared Trump's action could have grave consequences. "President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox".

Iran told the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday it reserves the right to self-defence under worldwide law after the United States killed its most prominent military commander Qassem Soleimani.

Warren, a senator from MA, branded Soleimani a "murderer" who was "responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of Americans".

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Writing on Twitter, she added, "Our priority must be to avoid another costly war".

The overnight attack, authorised by President Donald Trump, marked a dramatic escalation in a "shadow war" in West Asia between Iran and the United States and its allies, principally Israel and Saudi Arabia.

"He was actively plotting in the region to take actions - a big action as he described it - that would have put dozens if not hundreds of American lives at risk".

He said the "extremely provocative act" spurred many questions, including whether preparations are being made for "secondary effects", and whether Congress or American allies were consulted, "because the last time I checked, the power to go to war in the United States of America rests with Congress". "We must firmly commit to ending USA military presence in the Middle East in an orderly manner".