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US Senator: Iran to ‘pay heaviest of prices’ if attacks on US, allies continue

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If Iran continues to attack the US and its allies, they “should pay the heaviest of prices,” US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Friday in regards to the airstrikes at the Baghdad International Airport that left eight people dead.

In a series of tweets, Graham praised US President Donald Trump’s decision to order the airstrikes that killed the head of Iran’s elite Quds Forces Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.

“If Iran continues to attack America and our allies, they should pay the heaviest of prices, which includes the destruction of their oil refineries,” Graham said in a tweet.

Soleimani was “one of the most ruthless and vicious members of the Ayatollah’s regime,” Graham said in another tweet.

The Pentagon issued a statement on Friday saying, “At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

The Pentagon said the strike was “aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”