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kim jong un heather: we begin with a fox news alert. iran promising retaliation after donald trump executes an airstrike killing revolutionary guard general qasem soleimani. qasem soleimani greenland this week's attacks on the american embassy in baghdad. he died 15 miles away overnight in a us rocket strike at the baghdad airport. we have team coverage on the breaking developments. live in the middle east, who exactly is qasem soleimani and why his death matters.
democrats are he pouncing on the president's move. let's begin right away. what do we know about the strike itself? >> overnight the united states assassinated the leader of the revolutionary guard qasem soleimani. new responses from the iranian regime. the great nation of iran will take revenge for what he is calling a heinous crime. iran's supreme leader saying there will be a 3-day period of morning. qasem soleimani a very close friend of the ayatollah and it is going to draw a major response from across the region. we talked a lot yesterday about the united states and iraq possibility of direct military confirmation was we entered a new phase of the conflict in the middle east.
we have seen iranian proxies operating against western infrastructure and today united states making the decision. two vehicles, and the drone strike taking out the leader of the revolutionary guard and an iraqi military force. what many refer to as the second most powerful man in iran when it comes to foreign policy. qasem soleimani had control over different militias, this is one of the biggest development since the iraq war. hard to understate, we hear politicians in washington, republicans and democrats some praising donald trump and some slamming him for this decision. the reality is we do not know what will happen next in the middle east but at this hour us allies such as israel are providing a variety of
possibilities and in northern israel a very big concern the iranian proxies such as hezbollah could retaliate but all options on the table. we have entered a new phase of this conflict is overnight the united states made the decision to take up the leader of iran's revolutionary guard qasem soleimani. heather: any word about what is going on at the embassy in terms of security or anyone still there? >> reporter: the us embassy in baghdad is urging all americans to leave the country immediately. we don't often see these warnings but a new warning came from the embassy telling people if they are in iraq -- the warning today telling americans to leave by any means possible by air, by land. there are very few places americans will be to leave by land so this is a difficult
situation if you are an american on the ground in iraq but the state department saying you should leave immediately. one other point of note when it comes to the state department. earlier today we saw a tweet by mike pompeo talking about iraqis in the streets dancing and celebrity the death of qasem soleimani. this is a win for many iraqis protesting the government throughout the past year. they have been upset with iranian influence in the middle east so this tweet pointing out there are some iraqis operating the death of this iranian military leader, an important voice as all of this is mixed up and a difficult situation moving forward but we can tell you not only the united states but it allies in the region preparing for the possibility of an iranian retaliation and this morning is not if iran will retaliate but where and when. carley: thank you very much, appreciate the coverage.
who exactly is qasem soleimani? the history of iran's most powerful general. >> reporter: qasem soleimani was known as the shadow commanded because of the long shadow he cast outside iran's borders without anyone knowing much about him. here's what we know about him. the 62-year-old was designated a terrorist by the us in 2005 but he has been the leader of iran's delete intelligence wing since 1998. the special force quietly operated iranian proxy campaigns made of 20,000 militia fighters across the middle east and some analysts say he was attempting to spread iran's islamic revolution from baghdad to damascus and all the way to beirut where they would be considered a direct threat to israel. qasem soleimani is responsible for killing 600 american troops
during the iraq war. to put that into perspective, 17% of all us deaths in iraq from 2003-2011 were orchestrated by this man. >> is responsible for killing many americans. i would say the last two years i was here the majority of our casualties came from the surrogates, not al qaeda. >> reporter: only recently the elusive leader has been seen giving interviews and appearing in photos around the region with the ayatollah, a recent visit to russia to meet vladimir putin and then his presence in baghdad as iraqi officials were forming a government there. if there's any doubt he had a hand in that attack at the us embassy in baghdad, look at this photo. qasem soleimani is our leader, spray-painted in red under a broken window at the embassy.
iran sees his death as a political assassination and we said this morning it is expected response to the death of its most powerful commander. shannon: democrats quick to take aim at the commander-in-chief for keeping congress in the dark about this morning the military strike in baghdad could put the us on a path to war. todd pyro has reaction that has been pouring in overnight. >> numerous democrats speaking out against the strike, the part of the fence describes in part as follows, at the direction of the president the us military has taken decisive defensive action to protect us personnel abroad by killing qasem soleimani, the head of the iranian revolutionary guard. us designated foreign terrorist organization, was actively developing plans to attack american diplomats and servicemembers in iraq and throughout the region.
the strike was aimed at deterring future iranian attack plans, democrats take to twitter to respond. chris murphy writing qasem soleimani was an enemy of the united states. that's a question, the question is this. is report suggests did america just assassinate without congressional authorization the second most powerful person in iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war? ilhan omar tweeting so what if trump wants war? know this leads to war it needs the distraction. will those congressional authorities with congressional authority step in and stop him? i know i will. elizabeth warren tweeting qasem soleimani was a murderer responsible for the deaths of thousands including hundreds of americans but this reckless move escalates the situation with iran and increases likelihood of more deaths and new middle east conflict. our priority must be to avoid another costly war.
qasem soleimani is the mastermind who mike pompeo deemed equally dangerous as islamic state leader baghdadi killed himself during the us rate last year. carley: democrats the last the move as warmongering, michael walls said it is about time. waltzes the president's decisive action to send iran and necessary message. >> this was a bold, decisive and frankly long overdue move on the part of the united states to take down qasem soleimani. he is director responsible for the deaths of hundreds of american soldiers, thousands if not tens of thousands of people across the middle east, the equivalent of iran's cia and special forces the runs all their militia and proxies across
lebanon and syria, and iraq and for critics who are going to say this is warmongering, this is peace through strength, this is deterrence and this is what the iranian regime understand. they are emboldened by perceived weakness and they will continue their attacks unless we take strong action and they are deterred by strength and consequences. carley: what about mohandas? the state department says qasem soleimani was the head of iran and iranian backed forces responsible for killing more than 600 troops during the iraq war. sources telling fox news all options are on the table when comes to dealing with iran so what happens now? dan hoffman served in iraq and he weighs in on the impact of the us airstrikes as breaking news continues up next. you make time... when you can. but sometimes life gets in the way, and that stubborn fat just won't go away. coolsculpting takes you further. a non-surgical treatment that targets, freezes,
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>> sources told fox news all options are on the table after iranian general qasem soleimani and other iranian military officials are killed in a us airstrike. here with reaction is dan hoffman. appreciate you joining us on this breaking news. when you hear all options are on the table what does that mean to you? >> the united states is preparing to counter what iran seeks to do in retaliation. from my experience one of the highest priorities for intelligence community collecting on iran's plans and intentions and retaliatory measures they take. it directs proxy militias in lebanon and bahrain, to use those militias.
there reach extends to europe, they tried to kill the saudi ambassador in the united states, seeking to conduct that operation. we are on high alert and working with partners overseas. to shore up our defenses and share intelligence on iranian threats. qasem soleimani heather: he was planning to attack american diplomats and servicemembers in iraq and throughout the region, the united states will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and interests wherever they are around the world, what you were saying in terms of possible retaliation. do you think allies beyond the middle east were aware of what is going to happen? >> i'm sure this operation was kept in the highest level of secrecy and district need to know basis.
that is important for the success of this sort of operation. what is key going forward is how this impacts iran. there will be a succession, tracking who that person is, someone with less experience and less gravitas but he will be replaced and there will be questions about the extent to which i rgc will operate against, those are high collection requirements for us and there's an impact inside iraq because we reportedly killed mohandas, leader of the so-called proxy mobilization units. heather: not a lot has been said about his death. he planned the 1983 bombing of the us embassy in kuwait two month after the beirut barracks bombing. >> they are designated terrorists for good reason.
heather: we have seen video, secretary of state mike pompeo, dancing in the street, they are happy so far about the response. what do you think the response will be as they find out what happened throughout the day and speak about the safety and impact of the us embassy in baghdad. >> the new year's attack with proxy militias and potential attacks, with iranian proxy militias. for months now, iranian influence in their country and what this strike does is make a clear delineation between the united states and iran. we are on opposite sides and this is a test for the government of iraq whether they
stay firm against iranian the various influence and an opportunity for us to continue under the direction of mike pompeo and his talented team calling out iran for their pernicious behavior in the middle east. heather: this was not just involving the us contractor last friday. there was a series of attacks on oil tankers in the strait of worms, the us drone it was shot down by iran. we waited patiently and now this is happening. >> we have argued -- we have waited since 2003. qasem soleimani has been directing attacks against others in iraq. and as noted, for us persons and countries.
there's an idea and qasem soleimani had it coming to him. i would caution anyone about rushing to judgment. the administration will provide a lot of background to congress now that the operation is over. we will see where we go from here. heather: they were not made aware of this attack but i want to ask you, this will be the first question on their mind, are we going to war with iran? >> we have arguably been in proxy war with iran for a decade where there proxy militias have been targeting and killing our people and we have been defending ourselves. the only hope of deterring future action whether it leads to something greater or not is an open question. i have no doubt we are putting out serious messages to iran we suggest the exercise restraint.
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>> we are back with a fox news alert, quote, harsh retaliation. iranian officials bowing to fight back after donald trump authorizes a massive airstrike killing iran's most revered and murderous military leader. pentagon officials say general qasem soleimani was responsible for this week's attack on the us embassy.
the strikes come as tensions between the us and iran reach a fever pitch. we have team coverage, todd pyro will talk about the swift backlash from democrats as they claim the us has on the path to war. live from the middle east, the latebreaking developments. >> reporter: overnight the united states assassinated the leader of iran's revolutionary guard qasem soleimani. all of this overnight, we are hearing this morning the iranian's vowing to respond. the great nation of iran will take revenge for what rouhani calls a heinous crime. the ayatollah has implemented a 3 day morning period saying there will be some sort of response. iran's supreme leader very close to this top general because many reviewed this man as the second most powerful man in iran when it comes to foreign policy. qasem soleimani has ties all over the middle east and was responsible for iran's proxies in syria, iraq, the gaza strip
and lebanon. overnight what happened according to reports is there was a drone strike outside baghdad international airport the targeted the vehicle he was riding in. there was another vehicle targeted. reports indicate eight tool people were killed including the deputy commander in a large iranian backed iraqi militia. all the rising tension in the middle east and we talked about the united states and iran preparing for the possibility of a direct military confrontation. what we have seen today is this conflict under a new phase. this is no longer simple your proxy war between the west and iran but a direct military confrontation as the united states has assassinated the most senior military commander from the nation of iran. carley: thank you, we appreciate it. as a number of 2020 hopefuls #donald trump many warned the military strike in baghdad could put the us on a path to war.
todd pyro live in studio is democrats slam the commander-in-chief are keeping congress in the dark. >> reporter: with reaction from democrats starting with joe biden who issued the following statement. qasem soleimani supported terror and sewed chaos. none of that negates the fact that this was a hugely escalatory move in an already dangerous region. the demonstration statement says it's goal is to deter future attacks by iran but this action almost certainly will have the opposite effect, donald trump tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox and he owes the american people an explanation of the strategy and the plan to keep save our troops and embassy personnel, their interests at home and abroad. bernie sanders tweeting this. when i voted against the war in iraq in 2002 i feared it would lead to greater destabilization of the region. that fear unfortunately turned
out to be true. the us has lost approximately 4500 brave troops, tens of thousands have been wounded and we spent trillions. andrew yang tweeting war with iran is the last thing we need and is not the will of the american people. we should be acting to de-escalate tensions and protect our people in the region. cory booker echoing similar sentiments. >> qasem soleimani has american blood on his hands but we have to look at the larger strategic situation in that area. we have a president who had a failure in his iranian policy, has no strategic plan and made the region less stable and less safe. >> bill diblasio publicly expressing concern about repercussions throughout the city saying he spoke with the nypd, from retaliation. asks for what the president had to say this is his tweet, simply an american flag.
heather: joining us with expert insight, jim henson, we appreciate it, there are some folks saying we need to say a lot more to them. in terms of this response and what we have done with these airstrikes specifically as we just heard todd saying, many democrats say this will send us down the path to war. what do you think of that? >> if we are on a path to war, iran put us on the path to war long ago. they have been conducting attacks and killing americans for a long time. the bottom line is attack on the us embassy is an invasion of us soil, a serious act of war. the idea that we would not retaliate to that when we can identify and take out the guy who planned that and a number of other attacks is absurd. this is the democrats grandstanding politically and
they are the ones putting us more at risk. heather: when we say all options are on the table in terms of when we respond, in terms of retaliation they are calling for from iran, what will happen next? >> a danger they will make another attack on a tanker. i don't know if that was their goal before but stopping that should be another defensive measure we could take. the navy serves no other purpose than to destabilize the region by threatening shipping in the gulf. right now we plan one strike against the navy bases and it is time to execute one unless the iranian's come to their senses and stop their actions. >> we mentioned this is not the first incident in response to the death of us contractor last friday. there were attacks on oil
tankers in the strait of hormuz and shooting down the us drone. i want to ask about this. who would stand with iran? >> there is a hashtag trending on twitter of world war iii which is absurd. iran does not have many friends and none of them are crazy enough to stand up in a shooting war against the united states. russia is not going to do it, china is not going to do it. they will not stand against the us and neither will turkey. they have nobody who will join them in a war against the us and they are not at this point likely to do that. they will hit us in places there are soft targets and we need to make sure they pay a large enough price that that no longer seems like a good idea to them. heather: i want to go to this response from iran's foreign minister. this act, the us act of international terrorism, targeting and assassinating qasem soleimani, the most effective force fighting isis is extremely dangerous and a
foolish escalation, the us bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism. what about that? in terms of our allies in the region, what will their response be today, an act of international terrorism to kill a terrorist? >> a massive case of projection going on. everything he said is what they have been doing for a long time. the idea that the us would tolerate an attack on the us embassy would put our personnel all around the world at risk if we show we are not willing to defend so we did the right thing. it is absolutely not terrorism to kill a guy with that much blood on his hands. it is the right thing to do. the world is a better place without qasem soleimani and we will deal with the consequences and hopefully this will embolden the iranian protesters at home. maybe it is time for the molochs to go.
heather: this moves us from a proxy war to direct military confrontation. we heard some democrats, cory booker saying this shows a failure in donald trump's iranian policy, todd pyro was giving his report. respond to those things. what does it mean that we have moved to direct military confrontation and does this show a failure in donald trump's iranian policy? >> there is no way you can say that we started the war. they have been conducting provocation, attacking and killing americans and as we said invaded us soil. iran did this, they brought it upon themselves. the idea that somehow we are the ones to blame for that, that it is a failure now part shows lack of understanding of the mueller's goals overall. they want to be regional hegemons, push the us out of the region and they are willing to do what they can including
attacking us directly to achieve that. we did the right thing, responded properly and whatever they do next they are going to regret it. heather: what is the best outcome? >> the best possible outcome is the iranian people rise up and throw the muellers out. to start with the iraqis are in the streets celebrating this as you show the video because many iraqis are sick of iran after the line influence, trouble all over the region in syria, lebanon, yemen. there are plenty of places where iran is doing damage and all the people who are suffering can now say at least the us stood up and took out the guy who was responsible for their pain and suffering. maybe it is time for all the people of the region to say iran needs a new set of leadership. heather: we certainly appreciate it. the time is 20 minutes until the top of the hour. as jim mentioned, iraq dancing
heather: iran promising retaliation after donald trump orders airstrike killing revolutionary guard general qasem soleimani, he is the one accused of green lighting this week's attack on the american embassy in baghdad along with a lot of other attacks. aishah hasnie joins us with the history of iran's most powerful general and why his death matters. >> reporter: qasem soleimani was known as shadow commander and iran's most powerful general. he is among twee 7 people killed by the us airstrike near baghdad
international airport thursday. iraq's security media, the airstrike hit near the air force cargo hall sitting two cars on fire. qasem soleimani's advisor, iraqi militia commander mohandas was also killed in his airstrike. in a statement the pentagon says qasem soleimani was actively developing plans to attack american diplomats and servicemembers in iraq and throughout the region. if there's any doubt he had a hand in this attack take a look at this photo here. the words qasem soleimani is our leader spray-painted in red under a broken window at the us embassy. the 62-year-old was designated a terrorist by the us in 2005 but he has been the leader of iran's elite intelligence wing since 1998. under qasem soleimani special forces have been quietly operating iranian proxy
campaigns made of 20,000 militia fighters all across the middle east. qasem soleimani is responsible for killing 600 american troops during the iraq war. 17% of all us deaths in iraq between 2003, and 2011 were orchestrated by qasem soleimani. only recently this elusive leader has given interviews and appeared in photos, even on social media around the region with the ayatollah, they take note of his recent visit to russia to meet vladimir putin and his presence in baghdad a few weeks ago as iraqi officials were forming a government there. iran's leader is warning a harsh retaliation is waiting for the us, the pentagon says it will take all necessary action to protect people and interests in the region. heather: we appreciate your coverage all night long. some other quick headlines.
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weighing in his ryan morrow. thank you for joining us on this breaking news day. what can you tell us about the iraqi leader and others who were killed? >> reporter: the additional point i would make about qasem soleimani is it is not just about iranian and hezbollah that he was involved in. iran has an important branch within iran the teams up with the iranian revolutionary guard corps that qasem soleimani was part of. that means qasem soleimani was one of the top collaborators with al qaeda. as for the other individual who was killed, mahanta's, he was also a terrorist going back to the 1983 bombings in kuwait where he targeted the american and french embassies there and is a high-level figure in iranian backed militias in iraq so if you want to have a day where there is peace, we don't have to be in baltimores all the time these two guys had to go. heather: he was an iraqi militia
commander who had been spotted outside the us embassy in baghdad earlier this week. in terms of the group itself give us a little more background on the group. the quts. >> they as a unit in the revolutionary guard corps, the most loyal force of uranium regime that keeps them in power. they are known for shooting students to keep the regime in power. the iranian people absolutely detest them and especially qasem soleimani. you have in the middle east they are cheering what happened but in the united states you have progressives talking as if world war iii is going to happen in failing to understand there have been many times they have cried foul about that in the past. heather: what do you think the response will be in the middle east? >> the iranian regime does not want a broader conflict in the
united states. we taught them a listen. we are willing to kill your top commanders that previously we chose not to and penetrating your ranks with spies and intelligence gathering as never before. you try to attack us we will know about it and stop you and contain it. that is terrifying to the iranian regime, militias and terrorist groups they sponsor. they are more panicked than ever. the regime does believe they have to respond to some degree to save face but they don't want it to spiral out of control. my big fear is some element of the iranian network in the united states which we have exposed with the clarion project will act on its own or on the orders of uranium regime forces to carry out an attack on american soil of a small nature which is possible. heather: i wanted to ask you about that, one of the many concerns people have when they wake up and hear about this. what is the likelihood of that
happening? and when you say a small response, what would that be? >> of it is coming from the iranian regime it would probably be trying to kill a diplomat, something like that. we remember there was a plot when they were going to blow up a restaurant in washington dc to kill the saudi ambassador. in recent history they plotted on american soil and will look to do so again but again, it is going to be calibrated. they will say to themselves we want to have revenge but don't want to get into a bigger brawl but there are many elements that could act on their own because we exposed mosques that openly on video and even had children recite poetry honoring the iranian islamic revolution. >> what is your response when you are what democrats had to say already. particularly ilhan omar alleging
this is something done by donald trump as a distraction? >> there comes a point where trump derangement syndrome crosses over into blame america first and that is what you are seeing right now. you can detest trump all you want a policy level, on a personal level but when compared to the iranian regime, the ted bundy of the middle east and say there is moral equivalence or frame it as trump picking a fight with them ignoring that type of history that is a special form of psychosis at play. it is a big benefit for the iranian regime's propaganda apparatus to make us panic unnecessarily. heather: the president campaigned on bringing our troops home and stopping all of these wars around the world. thank you for joining us, we will see what happens. we will be right back. .. when you can. but sometimes life gets in the way,
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>> iran's supreme leader promising harsh retaliation is waiting calling the killing of his son military officials. donald trump authorizing an airstrike on qasem soleimani near baghdad at the airport. the defense department says qasem soleimani was actively developing plans to attack american diplomats and servicemembers in iraq and
throughout the region. secretary of state mike pompeo tweeting out this video showing iraqis dancing in the streets after hearing of the general's death. all-americans there and in iraq urged to leave by any means necessary. "fox and friends first" continues with breaking news right now. goodbye. jillian: you are watching "fox and friends first" on friday morning. rob: iraq promising retaliation after donald trump executes airstrikes killing revolutionary guard general qasem soleimani. qasem soleimani green lit this week's attack on the american embassy in baghdad, 15 miles away overnight in a us rocket strike at baghdad airport. jillian: we have team coverage with iran's new warning. rob: qasem soleimani breaking down who qasem soleimani was and why his death is so important. jillian: democrats already counting on the president's move. let's begin in jordan with the latest.