“No, and the reason I wouldn’t have ordered the strike is there isn’t any evidence yet of an imminent strike that was going to come from him,” he said while on stage next to his Democratic rivals at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.
Soleimani was killed last month in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad that ordered by President Trump. Pentagon officials said he had been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops during the Iraq War and was an imminent threat.
The attack has led to increased tensions in the region and prompted Tehran to launch a retaliatory airstrike on Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops. More than 60 have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury since.