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US claims retaliatory Iranian attack

After President Trump ordered a drone attack on Jan. 3 that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, reports and domestic intelligence are claiming that Iran is planning a retaliatory attack on Americans currently stationed in Africa. 
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President Biden has signed several executive orders since taking office on Jan. 20, promising change to a nation crippled by a deadly pandemic and an economic recession.

After President Trump ordered a drone attack on Jan. 3 that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, reports and domestic intelligence are claiming that Iran is planning a retaliatory attack on Americans currently stationed in Africa. 

The majority of the information is sourced from Army General Stephen Townsend, the head of US African Command. In a meeting with Senate Armed Services CommitteeTownsend said that “There’s intelligence reporting that comports with that”. 

Additionally, Townsend reports that the Quds Force, a wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that’s stationed overseas, and Hezbollah, a political movement in Lebanon, are the primary military forces that Iran is mobilizing for the attack. 

This possible attack is not the first action that Iran is taking after the assassination. On Jan. 7, a ballistic missile strike was issued against US bases in Iraq. 

However, officials have decided to not remove all of the troops from Africa. In a statement from Defense Secretary Mark Esper, he stated that although there were concerns that Trump would immediately evacuate troops from Africa like he did in Syria and Iraq, there are no plans to follow that trend. 

“We’re not going to totally withdraw forces from Africa,” Esper said. 

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Gloria Shen
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Senior Gloria Shen is the Feature Editor of Nordic News for the 2020-2021 school year. This year, her goals are to accentuate the voices, ideas, and events in her community by sharing interesting and genuine stories through feature articles. By being on staff, she hopes to advance her interpersonal skills and educate herself with every article she writes. Outside of Nordic, Gloria is passionate about healthcare and is the Vice-President of HOSA. She can be found practicing ballet, going on hikes with her friends, or playing with cats at her local animal shelter. 

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