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Army Veteran on Soleimani Death: ‘For Us, It’s Retribution’

Army veteran Sgt. Roger Bartlett said on Fox‘s “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that the U.S.-ordained extermination of Iranian general Quassem Soleimani comes as “retribution.”

Bartlet, who formerly served in Iraq and was wounded by an Iranian explosive device that left him severely injured and blind in one eye, said he feels no remorse for the death of the high-profile general.

“All these guys… died at the hands of the Iranians in this current regime and some to the Quds Force and Soleimani, at his hands,” Bartlett said holding up pictures of his comrades. “So for us, it’s, it’s retribution.”

“But it’s finally policies that make sense and protecting the United States and its citizens, and especially its military, who serve in these conflicts,” Bartlett added.

Bartlet also reassured those who worry about the possible negative consequences of the assault which some have said could pull the United States into a negative spiral of ever-escalating violence.

“I say we need to send a message. They’ve been sending us a message for years that they’re at war with us. We’ve done nothing. We’ve sent money. That didn’t work. We tried to buy a morality that didn’t work. We sent policies out, put sanctions on them, not at the level that they’re at now. But none of those things worked,” Bartlett said. “So how many times you got to … stick your finger in this light socket before you realize it shocks you?”

“There are plenty of good Iranians,” Bartlet said. “You just get rid of this regime. It would be wonderful if we can do that,” Bartlett said. “And if we can support those locally who are willing to live in today’s society without terrorism, that’s great.”

Trump Ordered Military Attack on Iranian General Qassim Soleimani to Protect US Personnel

Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed by a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport early Friday morning local time.

The Department of Defense confirmed that the U.S. military killed the Iranian regime’s top military general Qassim Soleimani (or Qassem Soleimani) at the direction of President Donald Trump.

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(L) President Donald Trump during the US-Japan meeting on Nov. 30, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP). (R) Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani attends an annual rally commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 11, 2016. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo)

Soleimani’s death was confirmed by Iraqi TV, three Iraqi officials, and Iranian state TV.

“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the Department of Defense (DoD) said in a statement late Thursday.

The department added that Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

“General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” the statement continues.

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” the DoD announced. “The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”

Epoch Times reporters Mimi Nguyen Li and Melanie Sun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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