Stefanik calls airstrike that killed Iranian general ‘decisive action’

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik(WWNY)
Updated: Jan. 3, 2020 at 3:23 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is applauding the Trump administration's airstrike in Iraq that killed Iran's top general.

The airstrike near Baghdad's airport killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force.

In a statement overnight, Stefanik said she supports "President Trump’s decisive action to respond to Iran’s dangerous belligerence."

The targeted strike marks a major escalation in the standoff between Washington and Iran.

Iran has pledged “harsh retaliation."

Soleimani is the architect of Iran's interventions across the Middle East.

For the most part, Stefanik’s fellow Republicans are applauding the action, while many Democrats have called it reckless.

Here is Stefanik’s full statement:

“Iran Quds Force commander Soleimani was responsible for exporting terrorism around the world and targeting and killing American troops along with tens of thousands of people in the Middle East,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I support President Trump’s decisive action to respond to Iran’s dangerous belligerence.

“President Trump is reaffirming the proven doctrine of Peace Through Strength. Iran was given multiple warnings and instead chose to continue to escalate tensions and threaten US troops and diplomats. The era of leading from behind with pallets of cash is over.

“Every American should thank our brave men and women in uniform and our Intelligence Community who executed this successful mission.”

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