Iran Directed Militias Not to Attack U.S. Target

Vice President Mike Pence stated on Wednesday that there is information showing that Iran has directed its associated militias not to attack U.S. targets in the week after Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s death, The Hill reported.

Pence told “CBS Evening News” that the militias, of which Soleimani was the “primary leader,” are being instructed to hold back on striking the U.S. 

“Frankly, we’re receiving some encouraging intelligence that Iran is sending messages to those very same militias not to move against American targets or civilians,” he said. “And we hope that that message continues to echo.”

CBS’s Norah O’Donnell asked the vice president if the strike authorized by President Trump to kill Soleimani was like “taking a baseball bat to a hornets’ nest,” referring to the Iranian proxy militias.

Pence acknowledged the challenge of facing the militias but said the U.S. has made clear that it “will not tolerate violence.”

“But we’re sending a very clear message as we did with those five airstrikes to militia bases,” he said.

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