US state secretary, Mike Pompeo, speaks to Fox News

  • US needed to take action to restore deterrence
  • Iranian leadership understands that Trump will take action
  • US has watched escalation take place
  • The risk of doing nothing regarding Iran was enormous
  • Can only confirm that Iran's Soleimani is dead
  • US has been planning for this
  • US government, Trump are prepared to 'respond appropriately'

No doubt it was a premeditated attack but we'll now have to see how both sides follow through and if there is any further escalation in tensions from here.

I am sure that we'll see some retaliatory volleys - metaphorically speaking - fired by both sides in due time again but it'll be a question of how severe things will be when it happens and if it involves the cost of taking more lives.