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President Trump spoke to reporters Jan. 3 from his Mar-a-Lago resort about a drone strike that killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani. (Video: The Washington Post)

Trump says Iranian military leader was killed by drone strike ‘to stop a war,’ warns Iran not to retaliate

January 3, 2020 at 9:16 p.m. EST

President Trump told reporters Friday that the United States had killed Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s top military figures, in a bid to “stop a war.” The president, speaking at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, urged Iran not to retaliate.

“We did not take action to start a war,” he said.