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Trump's Pentagon: U.S. Killed Iran's Military Leader Qassem Soleimani | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

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GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN FROM OUR NBC NEWS HEADQUARTERS HERE IN NBC NEWS HEADQUARTERS HERE IN NEW YORK NEW YORK

I’M STEVE KORNACKI IN FOR BRIAN I’M STEVE KORNACKI IN FOR BRIAN WILLIAMS WILLIAMS DAY 1078 OF THE TRUMP DAY 1078 OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, AND TONIGHT THIS ADMINISTRATION, AND TONIGHT THIS PRESIDENT IS FACING RAPIDLY PRESIDENT IS FACING RAPIDLY INCREASING PRESSURE, BOTH AT INCREASING PRESSURE, BOTH AT HOME AND OVERSEAS HOME AND OVERSEAS THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SPENDING THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SPENDING HIS LAST FEW DAYS AT HIS RESORT HIS LAST FEW DAYS AT HIS RESORT IN FLORIDA

IN FLORIDA HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN PREPARING FOR IMPEACHMENT TRIAL PREPARING FOR IMPEACHMENT TRIAL IN THE SENATE IN THE SENATE BUT ITHE TURNS OUT THE TRUMP WHI BUT ITHE TURNS OUT THE TRUMP WHI HOUSE HAS ALSO BEEN WORKING ON A HOUSE HAS ALSO BEEN WORKING ON A MILITARY STRIKE AGAINST A MILITARY STRIKE AGAINST A PROMINENT IRANIAN LEADER PROMINENT IRANIAN LEADER

THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TONIGHT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TONIGHT HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE UNITED HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS KILLED IRANIAN STATES HAS KILLED IRANIAN GENERAL QASSIM SOLEIMANI GENERAL QASSIM SOLEIMANI SOLEIMANI MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR TO SOLEIMANI MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR TO MANY AMERICANS, HE WAS THE HEAD MANY AMERICANS, HE WAS THE HEAD OF IRAN’S QUDS FORCE, AN ELITE OF IRAN’S QUDS FORCE, AN ELITE UNIT OF THE IRANIAN UNIT OF THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD REVOLUTIONARY GUARD IRAQI STATE TV SAYS A GENERAL IRAQI STATE TV SAYS A GENERAL AND IRAQI MILITIA LEADER WERE AND IRAQI MILITIA LEADER WERE AMONG SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO DIED IN AMONG SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO DIED IN A DRONE STRIKE AT BAGHDAD’S A DRONE STRIKE AT BAGHDAD’S AIRPORT

AIRPORT THE DEFENSES DEPARTMENT SAID TH THE DEFENSES DEPARTMENT SAID TH PRESIDENT METOOK, QUOTE, DECISIV PRESIDENT METOOK, QUOTE, DECISIV DEFENSIVE ACTION TO PROTECT US DEFENSIVE ACTION TO PROTECT US

PERSONNEL O OVERSEAS, ADDING THI PERSONNEL O OVERSEAS, ADDING THI QUOTE, GENERAL SOLEIMANI WAS QUOTE, GENERAL SOLEIMANI WAS ACTIVELY DEVELOPINGOL PLANS TO ACTIVELY DEVELOPINGOL PLANS TO ATTACK AMERICAN DIPLOMATS AND ATTACK AMERICAN DIPLOMATS AND SERVICE MEMBERS IN IRAQ AND SERVICE MEMBERS IN IRAQ AND THROUGHOUT THE REGION THROUGHOUT THE REGION GENERAL

SOLEIMANI AND HIS QUDS GENERAL SOLEIMANI AND HIS QUDS FORCE WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FORCE WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OFOR HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN DEATHS OFOR HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN AND COALITION SERVICE MEMBERS AND COALITION SERVICE MEMBERS AND THE WOUNDING OF THOUSANDS AND THE WOUNDING OF THOUSANDS MORESE MORESE TENSIONS HAVE BEEN RISING TENSIONS HAVE BEEN RISING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN AFTERED PROTESTERS ATTACKED IRAN AFTERED PROTESTERS ATTACKED THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

ON NEW YEAR’S EVE THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE SAID TO THE DEMONSTRATORS WERE SAID TO BE REACTING TO RECENT US AIR BE REACTING TO RECENT US

AIR STRIKES ON MILITIA IROUTPOSTS IN STRIKES ON MILITIA IROUTPOSTS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, WHICH THE US IRAQ AND SYRIA, WHICH THE US SAID WAS RETALIATION FOR THE SAID WAS RETALIATION FOR THE DEATHET OF AN AMERICAN CONTRACTO DEATHET OF AN AMERICAN CONTRACTO LASTN WEEK

LASTN WEEK THAT THAT NIGHT THE PRESIDENT WAS NIGHT THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED ABOUT IRAN AS HE WAS ABOUT ASKED ABOUT IRAN AS HE WAS ABOUT TO WALKAN INTO HIS NEW YEAR’S TO WALKAN INTO HIS NEW YEAR’S PARTY AT MAR-A-LAGOBO PARTY AT MAR-A-LAGOBO >> I DON’T THINK THAT WOULD BE A >> I DON’T THINK THAT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA FOR IRAN GOOD IDEA FOR IRAN

IT WOULDN’T LAST VERY LONG IT WOULDN’T LAST VERY LONG DO I WANT TO? DO I WANT TO? NO NO I WANT TO HAVE PEACE

I WANT TO HAVE PEACE I LIKE PEACE I LIKE PEACE AND IRAN SHOULD WANT PEACE MORE AND IRAN SHOULD WANT PEACE MORE THAN ANYBODY THAN ANYBODY

SO I DON’T SEE THAT HAPPENING, SO I DON’T SEE THAT HAPPENING, NO NO I DON’T THINK IRAN WOULD WANT I DON’T THINK IRAN WOULD WANT THAT TO HAPPEN THAT TO HAPPEN IT WOULD GO VERY QUICKLY

IT WOULD GO VERY QUICKLY >> BEFORE WE BEGIN OUR >> BEFORE WE BEGIN OUR DISCUSSION, LET’S GET THE LATEST DISCUSSION, LET’S GET THE LATEST ON TONIGHT’STH DEVELOPMENTS FROM ON TONIGHT’STH DEVELOPMENTS FROM ALI AROUZI, NBC NEWS TEHRAN ALI AROUZI, NBC NEWS TEHRAN BUREAU CHIEF BUREAU CHIEF HE JOINS US NOW FROM LONDON HE JOINS US NOW FROM LONDON

ALI, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ALI, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US OBVIOUSLY THIS CAUGHT A J LOT OF OBVIOUSLY THIS CAUGHT A J LOT OF FOLKS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES FOLKS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IN THE MEDIA OFFGUARD IN THE MEDIA OFFGUARD THIS NEWS TONIGHT TRYING TO PLAY THIS NEWS TONIGHT TRYING TO PLAY CATCH-UP HERE A LITTLE BIT

CATCH-UP HERE A LITTLE BIT TAKE US THROUGH WHAT WE KNOW AT TAKE US THROUGH WHAT WE KNOW AT THIS HOUR ABOUT THIS KILLING THIS HOUR ABOUT THIS KILLING >> THAT’S RIGHT, STEVE >> THAT’S RIGHT, STEVE

IRANIAN STATE TV AND THE IRGC, IRANIAN STATE TV AND THE IRGC, WHICH IS THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD WHICH IS THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD HAVE CONFIRMED THAT QASSIM HAVE CONFIRMED THAT QASSIM SOLEIMANI WAS KILLED IN IRAQ ON SOLEIMANI WAS KILLED IN IRAQ ON THE WAY TO AIRPORT THE WAY TO AIRPORT QASSIM SOLEIMANI IS A REVERED QASSIM SOLEIMANI IS A REVERED FIGURE IN IRAN, AND IT WOULDN’T FIGURE IN IRAN, AND IT WOULDN’T

BE AN EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT BE AN EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT HETI IS THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL HETI IS THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN IRAN AFTER AYATOLLAH PERSON IN IRAN AFTER AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI, THE SUPREME LEADER KHAMENEI, THE SUPREME LEADER HE HAS DEVELOPED A HUGE NETWORK HE HAS DEVELOPED A HUGE NETWORK OF MILITIAS THROUGHOUT THE OF MILITIAS THROUGHOUT THE REGION THAT ARE UNDER HIS REGION THAT ARE UNDER HIS PATRONAGE AND FIERCELY LOYAL TO PATRONAGE AND FIERCELY LOYAL TO HIM

HIM SO THIS IS GOING TO HAVE SO THIS IS GOING TO HAVE REVERBERATIONS ALL THROUGH THE REVERBERATIONS ALL THROUGH THE REGION REGION AND IRAN IS T TAKING THIS VERY AND IRAN IS T TAKING THIS VERY SERIOUSLY AT THIS MOMENT SERIOUSLY AT THIS MOMENT

THE FORMER HEAD OF THE THE FORMER HEAD OF THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD, A MAN JUST REVOLUTIONARY GUARD, A MAN JUST SENT OUT A MESSAGE SAYING IRAN SENT OUT A MESSAGE SAYING IRAN WILL TAKE VERY STRONG REVENGE WILL TAKE VERY STRONG REVENGE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES FOR AGAINST THE UNITED STATES FOR THE KILLING OF QASSIM SOLEIMANI, THE KILLING OF QASSIM SOLEIMANI, A SECURITYAN COUNCIL IN IRAN IS A SECURITYAN COUNCIL IN IRAN IS NOW HOLDING AN EMERGENCY NOW HOLDING AN EMERGENCY MEETING, AND THE LINES THAT ARE MEETING, AND THE LINES THAT ARE COMING OUT OF TEHRAN RIGHT NOW COMING OUT OF TEHRAN RIGHT NOW ARE THAT THIS IS A DECLARATION ARE THAT THIS IS A DECLARATION OF WAR BY THE UNITED STATES ON OF WAR BY THE UNITED STATES ON IRAN AND THEY ARE GOING TO IRAN AND THEY ARE GOING TO STRIKE BACK FORCEFULLY STRIKE BACK FORCEFULLY NOW HOW OR WHERE THEY’RE GOING NOW HOW OR WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO DO THAT IS OBVIOUSLY UNKNOWN TO DO THAT IS OBVIOUSLY UNKNOWN TO US, BUT THEY DO HAVE THIS TO US, BUT THEY DO HAVE THIS HUGE NETWORK OF MILITIAS AND HUGE NETWORK OF MILITIAS AND ALSO A VERY POWERFUL ARMY IN ALSO A VERY POWERFUL ARMY IN IRAN ITSELF IRAN ITSELF THEY HAVE A HUGE MISSILES THEY HAVE A HUGE MISSILES PROGRAM, AND THEY HAVE ALWAYS PROGRAM, AND THEY HAVE ALWAYS CONSTANTLY THREATENED THAT IF CONSTANTLY THREATENED THAT IF IRAN IS HIT, IF IRAN IS IRAN IS HIT, IF IRAN IS THREATENED, ALL U

S BASES AND THREATENED, ALL US BASES AND PERSONNEL ARE WITHIN STRIKING PERSONNEL ARE WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE DISTANCE

BUT STEVE, IF THAT WAS TO BUT STEVE, IF THAT WAS TO HAPPEN, IF IRAN WAS TO STRIKE HAPPEN, IF IRAN WAS TO STRIKE US BASES IN THE REGION, THEN US BASES IN THE REGION, THEN ALL BETS ARE OFF

ALL BETS ARE OFF THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO STRIKE BACK AND WE ARE GOING TO STRIKE BACK AND WE ARE GOING TO BE IN SOME SORT OF A CONFLICT BE IN SOME SORT OF A CONFLICT BETWEEN IRAN AND AMERICA THAT IS BETWEEN IRAN AND AMERICA THAT IS GOING TO HAVE SPREAD ACROSS THE GOING TO HAVE SPREAD ACROSS THE REGION BECAUSE OF THOSE MILITIAS REGION BECAUSE OF THOSE MILITIAS AND PROXIES THAT WE’VE BEEN AND PROXIES THAT WE’VE BEEN SPEAKING ABOUT SPEAKING ABOUT SO THE SITUATION IS SO THE SITUATION IS EXTRAORDINARILY SERIOUS RIGHT EXTRAORDINARILY SERIOUS RIGHT NOW NOW

QASSIM SOLEIMANI IS A VERY QASSIM SOLEIMANI IS A VERY REVERED FIGURE IN IRAN AND IN REVERED FIGURE IN IRAN AND IN THE REGION BY ALL OF THESE THE REGION BY ALL OF THESE PEOPLE THAT FOLLOW HIM PEOPLE THAT FOLLOW HIM I’VE SEEN T A LOT OF FOOTAGE OF I’VE SEEN T A LOT OF FOOTAGE OF SOLEIMANI TRAVELING IN THE SOLEIMANI TRAVELING IN THE REGION REGION HETA BASICALLY CAN TRAVEL FROM HETA BASICALLY CAN TRAVEL FROM TEHRAN THROUGH IRAQ INTO SYRIA TEHRAN THROUGH IRAQ INTO SYRIA UNIMPEDED

UNIMPEDED HE DOESN’T USUALLY TRAVEL IN HE DOESN’T USUALLY TRAVEL IN MILITARYVE FATIGUES MILITARYVE FATIGUES HE DOESN’T CARRY A WEAPON WITH HE DOESN’T CARRY A WEAPON WITH HIM HIM

WHICH SHOWS HOW CONFIDENT HE IS WHICH SHOWS HOW CONFIDENT HE IS ABOUT TRAVELING IN THE AREA ABOUT TRAVELING IN THE AREA WHEN YOU SEE HIM VISITING THESE WHEN YOU SEE HIM VISITING THESE MILITIAS THAT WERE FIGHTING ISIS MILITIAS THAT WERE FIGHTING ISIS OR WHOEVER ELSE ON THE FRONT OR WHOEVER ELSE ON THE FRONT LINES, HE WOULD GO THERE LINES, HE WOULD GO THERE HE WOULD KISS ONE OF THEM ON THE HE WOULD KISS ONE OF THEM ON THE HEAD

HEAD THEY WOULD ACT AS IF THEY HAVE THEY WOULD ACT AS IF THEY HAVE BEEN KISSED BY GOD BEEN KISSED BY GOD THAT’S HOW IMPORTANT HE WAS TO THAT’S HOW IMPORTANT HE WAS TO THEM THEM

SO THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THOSE SO THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THOSE PEOPLE THAT WERE VERY LOYAL TO PEOPLE THAT WERE VERY LOYAL TO HIM EXTRAORDINARILY ANGRY HIM EXTRAORDINARILY ANGRY AND THOSE PEOPLE ARE OUTSIDE OF AND THOSE PEOPLE ARE OUTSIDE OF IRAN IRAN SO I THINK THIS HAS OPENED A SO I THINK THIS HAS OPENED A PANDORA’S BOX

PANDORA’S BOX IN THE PAST, SOLEIMANI HAD BEEN IN THE PAST, SOLEIMANI HAD BEEN IN THEEI CROSSHAIRS OF THE UNITE IN THEEI CROSSHAIRS OF THE UNITE STATES, AND THEY HAD DECIDED NOT STATES, AND THEY HAD DECIDED NOT TO HIT HIM BECAUSE OF WHAT MIGHT

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