- The US airstrike in Iran has left the US lawmakers divided
- While Democrats said the strike could the lead to untoward violence, their Republican counterparts praised President Trump for the action
- Meanwhile, the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said Trump carried out the strike without consulting the Congress and demanded details from the president
The authorisation of the United States' airstrike that killed a top Iranian commander in Iraq has left the US Congress sharply divided along party lines.
The airstrike which has raised concerns among the Democrats lawmakers are being applauded by Republican lawmakers who considered the move as justice to scores of American military families.
The New York Times reports that Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani was killed in a drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump on Friday, January 3, in an alleged move to deter Iran from future attack plans.
Democrat lawmakers warned that the airstrike could lead to violence which the country has tried to avoid over the years.
“This particular scenario is one that I’ve thought about for many years and it is one that could very well lead to the type of violence and chaos that we’ve been so desperately trying to keep ourselves out of,” said Representative Andy Kim, Democrat of New Jersey.
On the contrary, Republican lawmakers praised Trump for the strike. According to them, Maj. Gen. Suleimani killed by airstrike was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers during the Iraq war.
They also held him responsible for hostile Iranian activities throughout the Middle East.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, also said President Trump ordered the airstrike without consulting with the Congress.
She, therefore, called on the Trump administration to immediately brief lawmakers on the airstrike and what the White House plans to do next.
Pelosi said: "Tonight's airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence. America — and the world — cannot afford to have tensions escalate to the point of no return."
The US speaker also noted that part of the Trump administration's next plans should include a significant escalation of the deployment of additional troops to the region.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a message published on his official website, vowed revenge for the killing of Maj. Gen. Suleimani, saying that "harsh revenge awaits the criminals" involved.
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