Intelligence Expert to CBN News: Soleimani Planning to Take Americans Hostage in Iraq Embassy, Broker Sanctions Relief

CBN News | 2/14/2020 | Staff
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CBN News has learned new details about the imminent threat that led to the killing of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani.

The information came from Michael Pregent of the Hudson Institute, a well-connected Middle East intelligence expert who's also fought in that region.

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During an interview with CBN News on Tuesday, Pregent said the so-called "chatter" regarding the situation could not be ignored.

"He was worse than Osama bin Laden. He was worse than Baghdadi. He was worse than Zarqawi," he said.

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Last month President Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, another well-known terrorist.

"It was the best move we could have made," Pregent said.

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Pregent said his sources provided a clear picture of the threat Soleimani posed to the US Embassy in Baghdad, making his demise a must.

"The chatter was they were going to do a 1979 hostage siege," Pregent told CBN News.

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"They were going to take over the embassy, take all the Americans in the embassy hostage and then broker their release in exchange for sanctions relief," he explained.

While Soleimani was the main target, Pregent says the other terror leader killed in the strike would have also played a key role in the siege.

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"The chatter was they were going to...
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