January 8, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in Parliament on January 8 that Iranian general Qassem Soleimani had “the blood of British troops on his hands” after the top commander was killed in a US strike in Iraq the previous week. The Prime Minister was speaking after Iran launched retaliatory action by targeting bases housing US troops in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday morning. During Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn questioned the legality of the strike ordered by US President Donald Trump that killed Soleimani near Baghdad airport on Friday. In response, Johnson told the Commons that it was not up to the UK to determine if the strike was legal because it was not their operation, but said, “I think most reasonable people would accept that the United States has the right to protect its bases and its personnel.” Johnson said Soleimani had provided “improvised explosive devices to terrorists” which “killed and maimed British troops.” He added, “That man had the blood of British troops on his hands.” He said the UK condemned Iran’s retaliatory attack on the military bases and said there were no UK casualties “as far as we can tell.” Johnson also called for an “urgent de-escalation.” Credit: Parliament TV via Storyful


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in Parliament on January 8 that Iranian general Qassem Soleimani had “the blood of British troops on his hands” after the top commander was killed in a US strike in Iraq the previous week. The Prime Minister was speaking after Iran launched retaliatory action by targeting bases housing US troops in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday morning. During Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn questioned the legality of the strike ordered by US President Donald Trump that killed Soleimani near Baghdad airport on Friday. In response, Johnson told the Commons that it was not up to the UK to determine if the strike was legal because it was not their operation, but said, “I think most reasonable people would accept that the United States has the right to protect its bases and its personnel.” Johnson said Soleimani had provided “improvised explosive devices to terrorists” which “killed and maimed British troops.” He added, “That man had the blood of British troops on his hands.” He said the UK condemned Iran’s retaliatory attack on the military bases and said there were no UK casualties “as far as we can tell.” Johnson also called for an “urgent de-escalation.” Credit: Parliament TV via Storyful