Gen. Petraeus: Trump's strike 'more significant' than taking out Osama bin Laden

January 6, 2020 / 510 views

General Petraeus has been busy giving statements and responses this week after Trump ordered a strike to take out a top Iranian general. Petraeus went on Face the Nation to provide his thoughts on the incident. The Face the Nation video is above, but there's another interview where he compared Trump's strike with Osama bin Laden.

Petraeus also spoke with Foreign Policy in an interview to provide that comparison.

A snippet of their interview has been posted, but the full interview is on their site.

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Foreign Policy: What impact will the killing of Gen. Suleimani have on regional tensions?

David Petraeus: It is impossible to overstate the importance of this particular action. It is more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden or even the death of [Islamic State leader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi. Suleimani was the architect and operational commander of the Iranian effort to solidify control of the so-called Shia crescent, stretching from Iran to Iraq through Syria into southern Lebanon. He is responsible for providing explosives, projectiles, and arms and other munitions that killed well over 600 American soldiers and many more of our coalition and Iraqi partners just in Iraq, as well as in many other countries such as Syria. So his death is of enormous significance.

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