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How Trump is like mouthwash

The recent killing of Iran's Gen. Qasem Soleimani seems to have been the product of two factors: opportunity -- the US had him targeted -- and timing. That second factor relates to the impeachment trial about to begin in the Senate and the President's habit of diverting our attention to big problems that he can solve in dramatic fashion.

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Opinion: Congress has to figure out whether Trump's four embassy claim is real

The targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, carried with it significant potential to serve as a catalyst for a broader overt and covert military conflict with Iran. Now, Congress and the American public need an honest explanation for the reasons behind the President's order authorizing the military action against Soleimani, particularly in light of Trump's claim that four embassies were targeted for terrorist attacks at Soleimani's direction. It's time for the intelligence committees to call the intelligence chiefs to testify under oath.

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Opinion: What motivated Iran to come clean

After three days of vehement denials, Iran admitted that it mistakenly shot down a civilian airliner hours after it launched a missile attack on US troops in Iraq to retaliate against the US killing of Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani.

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Washington spurns Iraqi call to remove troops

Washington on Friday spurned an Iraqi request to prepare to pull out its troops, amid heightened U.S.-Iranian tensions after the U.S. killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad, and said it was exploring a possible expansion of NATO's presence there.

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