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US officials cite deterrence to defend lethal drone strike

 

January 17, 2020



WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of the Trump administration's insistence that the threat of an "imminent" attack led to the American drone strike on Iran's top general, U.S. officials behind the scenes say the strike was motivated as much, if not more, by a broader effort to rein in a dangerously emboldened Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr gave voice to the broader rationale on Monday, saying deterrence was a key component of the strike. But they, like other U.S. officials interviewed by The Associated Press, stopped short of saying definitively that no spe...



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