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CNN: Skepticism of 'Imminent' Threat of Soleimani Remains

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Protesters gather during a demonstration against the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, seen in posters, close to U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

By    |   Sunday, 05 January 2020 10:41 AM EST

Despite Trump administration claims the threat of an attack by Qassem Soleimani's forces was "imminent," there remains skepticism that it was merely an excuse used to escalate a response to Iranian aggression, CNN reported.

"My staff was briefed by a number of people representing a variety of agencies in the United States government and they came away with no feeling that there was evidence of an imminent attack," Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., told CNN.

Udall shares the belief calling Soleimani's threat "imminent" is an excuse to remove him, per CNN.

Also, a Democratic source briefed by the administration told CNN the evidence of imminency was "absolutely unconvincing."

"It all depends on what you call imminent," a U.S. defense official told CNN. "But we believe he was in the final stages," whether it was days or weeks.

The killing of an American a week ago was a significant signal of imminency, according to another senior official to CNN.

The fact President Donald Trump called the strike an attempt to "avoid a war," showed it was an escalation to de-escalate by targeting Soleimani in lieu to Iranian assets, hoping it would cause Iranians to change their behavior, the source told CNN.

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Despite Trump administration claims the threat of an attack by Qassem Soleimani's forces was "imminent," there remains skepticism that it was merely an excuse used to escalate a response to Iranian aggression, CNN reported....
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