US launches incendiary attack on Britain over Soleimani killing – ’Not helpful enough’

The Iranian Quds Force leader was killed by a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday. Iran has vowed revenge as fears of open conflict in the Middle East surge.

Mr Pompeo accused Britain, France and Germany of not providing sufficient support.

By contrast he said America’s regional allies, possibly a reference to Israel and Saudi Arabia, had been “fantastic”.

Plans for the UK, France and Germany to issue a joint statement fell apart after the three countries failed to agree on a wording.

Mr Pompeo accused European powers of failing to realise America’s actions would save lives in Europe.

By contrast he said America’s regional allies, possibly a reference to Israel and Saudi Arabia, had been “fantastic”.

Plans for the UK, France and Germany to issue a joint statement fell apart after the three countries failed to agree on a wording.

Mr Pompeo accused European powers of failing to realise America’s actions would save lives in Europe.

Speaking to Fox News he said: “I spent the last day and half, two days, talking to partners in the region, sharing with them what we were doing, why we were doing it, seeking their assistance.

“They’ve all been fantastic.

“Frankly, the European’s haven’t been as helpful as I wish they they could be.

“The Brits, the French, the Germans, all need to understand that what we did, what the Americans did, saved lives in Europe as well.”

A number of rockets were fired at Baghdad Green Zone and a US military base at Balad air base though there are no reports of any casualties.

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Thousands attended Soleimani’s funeral in Iraq on Friday.

Mr Pompeo argued Europe underestimates the threat Iran poses to the continent.

He asserted: “Qassem Soleimani and his Islamic Revolutionary Guard led assassination campaigns in Europe.

“This was a good thing for the entire world, and we are urging everyone in the world to get behind what the United States is trying to do to get the Islamic Republic of Iran to simply behave like a normal nation.”

The UK’s Defence Secretary said on Saturday that the US had the right to defend itself in relation to the Soleimani killing.

Ben Wallace said: “We urge all parties to engage to de-escalate the situation.

“Under international law the United States is entitled to defend itself against those posing an imminent threat to their citizens.”

Mr Wallace also said two Royal Navy warships will escort UK flagged shipping through the Strait of Hormuz.

Despite growing concern from world leaders Donald Trump has argued the attack against the general is more likely to have prevented World War 3 than caused it.

President Trump added the US killing of Iran’s top military chief General Qassem Soleimani “should have been done a long time ago”.

The US president said: “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”

Mr Trump said the US was not seeking regime change in Iran, but claimed the world was a safer place without “monsters” such as Gen Soleimani.

“If Americans anywhere are threatened we have all of those targets fully identified and I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary, and that particularly refers to Iran.”

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