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President Trump on Friday said Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian military leader killed in a U.S. airstrike on Thursday, "should have been taken out many years ago" and that he was "indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people."

Trump addressed the decision to launch airstrikes that killed Iran's top military commander in a series of tweets that marked his first public comments on authorizing the action.

"General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more ... but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself," Trump tweeted Friday morning.

"While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!" the president wrote.

The president later tied the precarious situation in Iraq to the fallout from the strike targeting Soleimani, raising further questions about stability in the region.

"The United States has paid Iraq Billions of Dollars a year, for many years. That is on top of all else we have done for them," Trump tweeted. "The people of Iraq don't want to be dominated & controlled by Iran, but ultimately, that is their choice.

"Over the last 15 years, Iran has gained more and more control over Iraq, and the people of Iraq are not happy with that," Trump added. "It will never end well!"

Soleimani is believed to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers over the years, and the airstrike at Baghdad's airport won applause from Republicans. But it has left much of the world on edge, and Iran has vowed revenge.

The State Department on Friday urged U.S. citizens to leave Iraq immediately and said that American citizens "should not approach" the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Slide 1 of 52: People gather to stage a protest against the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by a US air strike in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, after Friday prayer in Tehran, Iran on January 3, 2020.
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The United States killed Iran's top general and architect of Tehran's proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad's international airport on Jan. 2, an attack that threatens to dramatically ratchet up tensions in the region.

(Pictured) People gather to stage a protest against the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, in Tehran on Jan. 3.
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Exile Iranians of the National Council of Resistance of Iran gather in front of the embassy of Iran in Berlin, on Jan. 3 for a protest rally.
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Mujtaba al-Husseini, the representative of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivers a speech in the holy shrine city of Najaf on Jan. 3.
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Protesters shout slogans against the United States during a demonstration, in Islamabad on Jan. 3.
 
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Activists of the National Council of Resistance of Iran protest opposite Downing Street, during a demonstration in London, on Jan. 3.
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Pakistani riot police stands guard outside the US consulate as Shiite Muslims hold pictures of General Qasem Soleimani, during a protest against the US, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Jan. 3.
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Iraqis perform a mourning prayer for Iranian Revolutionary Guards Major General Qasem Soleimani at the Great Mosque of Kufa, northeast of the shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq on Jan. 3.
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People gather to stage a protest in Tehran on Jan. 3.
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The Iranian flag hangs at half-mast in front of the Iranian embassy in Berlin, on Jan. 3.
 
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Israeli tanks are pictured in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on the border with Syria on Jan. 3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a visit to Greece and flew home as Lebanon's Hezbollah demanded revenge for the killing of a top Iranian commander in a US strike.
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People chant slogans during a protest against the assassination of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who were killed in an air strike in Baghdad airport, in Tehran, on Jan. 3.

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Protesters shout slogans against the United States and Israel as they hold posters with the image of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a demonstration in Kashmir, India on Jan. 3.
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Thousands of Iranians take to the streets to mourn the death of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant general and commander of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani during an anti-US demonstration, in Tehran on Jan. 3.
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Iranian cleric Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami delivers a sermon during Friday prayers against the assassination of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in Tehran, on Jan. 3.
 
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Iranian worshippers chant slogans during Friday prayers, in Tehran, on Jan. 3.
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Iraqi security forces set up a checkpoint near the headquarter of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, PMF, in Baghdad, on Jan. 3.

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Iranians demonstrate against American crimes in the capital Tehran on Jan. 3, following the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander Qasem Soleimani.
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Protesters shout slogans against the United States and Israel as they hold posters during a demonstration in Kashmir, India on Jan. 3.
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A slogan reading in Arabic "Death to America" is painted on the ground in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Jan. 3, following news of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander Qasem Soleimani.
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Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, the newly appointed commander of the country's Quds Force, is seen in Tehran, in this undated picture obtained on Jan. 3.
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Iranians hold a portrait of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant general and commander of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani as they take to the streets to mourn his death during an anti-US demonstration, in Tehran, on Jan. 3.
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The Pentagon said on Jan. 2 that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.

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This photo shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike ordered by President Trump in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 3. 

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Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a commander in the Popular Mobilization Forces, was also killed in the attack. 
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting, in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 1. Khamenei criticized the U.S. airstrikes on the Iran-backed Iraqi militia on Sunday. 
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Pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters set a fire during a sit-in in front of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, on Jan. 1.

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Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces and their supporters damage property belonging to the U.S. embassy compound, on Dec. 31, in Baghdad, Iraq.
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Fighters of Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades militia, inspect the destruction at their headquarters in the aftermath of a U.S. airstrike on Dec. 30, in Qaim, Iraq.
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President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 4. Rouhani says Tehran hasn't closed the window on talks with the U.S. but reiterated his government's demand that the Trump administration lift sanctions imposed on Iran before any negotiations can take place.

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Nazanin Boniadi, left, an actress and activist, listens as Sarah Moriarty speaks about her father, Robert Levinson, a U.S. hostage in Iran, on Dec. 3 in Washington. At front is international human rights lawyer Jared Genser.
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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to members of the Revolutionary Guard's all-volunteer Basij force in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 27. Khamenei claimed that recent protests across the Islamic Republic over government-set gasoline prices rising were part of a "conspiracy."
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks alongside a photograph of demonstrations in Iran as he holds a press conference in Washington, on Nov. 26.
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The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, delivers a speech for people who attend a demonstration in Tehran, on Nov. 25.
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A MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the "Nightdippers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 5, lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as it transits the Strait of Hormuz off Oman, in this picture released by U.S. Navy on Nov. 19. The U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln sent to the Mideast in May over tensions with Iran transited the narrow Strait of Hormuz for the first time on Tuesday. The ship previously had been in the Arabian Sea outside of the Persian Gulf.
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Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, a prominent member of Iran's powerful Guardian Council, speaks in an interview with The Associated Press, in Tehran, on Nov. 9. He told The Associated Press that the Islamic Republic should stop honoring the terms of its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers amid tensions with the U.S.
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A woman walks past a satirical drawing of the Statue of Liberty after new anti-U.S. murals on the walls of former U.S. embassy unveiled in a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 2. Anti-U.S. works of graphics is the main theme of the wall murals painted by a team of artists ahead of the 40th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. diplomatic post by revolutionary students.
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In this photo released by the official news agency of the Iranian Oil Ministry, show the scene of damage caused by two missiles that allegedly struck the Iranian oil tanker Sabiti, at the Red Sea. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned Sunday it would be "a big mistake" to think his country won't respond to threats after a mysterious attack on one of its oil tankers.
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A damage is seen on Iranian-owned Sabiti oil tanker sailing in the Red Sea, Oct. 13.
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This photo released by the official news agency of the Iranian Oil Ministry shows Iranian oil tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea on Oct. 11. Two missiles struck the Iranian tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.

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The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which had been held off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months, set sail on Sept. 27 and reached international waters, the provincial maritime organisation and its owner said. The ship's seizure was widely seen as a tit-for-tat move after authorities in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar detained an Iranian tanker on suspicion it was shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. Tehran repeatedly denied the cases were related.
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Crew members of Stena Impero are seen before leaving Iran's Bandar Abbas port and heading to Port Rashid in Dubai, at Bandar Abbas, Iran Sept. 27.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the 74th Session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 25.
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Hassan Rouhani meets with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 25.
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President Donald Trump ordered a visa ban on senior Iranian government officials and their family members, barring them from entering the United States to travel, study or work on Sept. 25 in New York.

(Pictured) Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25 in New York City.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a military parade marking the 39th anniversary of the outset of the Iran-Iraq war, in front of the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini, in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 22.
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Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami (2-R) and General Amir Ali Hajizadeh (R) head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, looks at debris from what Iran presented as a downed US drone reportedly recovered within Iran's territorial waters, at Tehran's Islamic Revolution and Holy Defence museum during the unveiling of an exhibition of what Iran says are US and other drones captured in its territory, in the capital Tehran on Sept. 21.
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump listen as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announces sanctions on Iran during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the White House, on Sept. 20, in Washington.
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Workers are seen at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 20.
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Mike Pompeo in a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Sept. 19 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo takes part in a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sept. 18 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Malik addresses a press conference next to the remains of the missiles allegedly used in the attack against Aramco oil facility, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 18.
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President Donald Trump waves next to new national security adviser Robert O'Brien on Sept. 18, in Los Angeles.
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The Pentagon confirmed late Thursday that the president had ordered a strike against Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force. It described the decision as a "decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in television appearances Friday morning that the move "saved American lives."

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, called Soleimani's death "bitter" but vowed life would be "more bitter for the murderers and criminals." Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called the strike against Soleimani an "act of international terrorism" and a "foolish escalation."

The move marked a significant escalation in Trump's widening confrontation with Iran and stoked fears about the potential for destabilizing consequences in the region. In a sign of the immediate ramifications, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq urged Americans to immediately leave the country.

Democrats have criticized Trump for not giving Congress proper notification of the strike and warned of the potential for significant and debilitating consequences.

The White House and Trump, who is at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., had been relatively quiet about the decision until Friday. Late Thursday shortly before the Pentagon statement was issued, the president tweeted an image of an American flag without any text.

Earlier Friday, Trump also retweeted a number of accounts referencing the strike and wrote cryptically that Iran "never won a war, but never lost a negotiation."

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