A powerful bomb blast rocked the Afghan capital early Monday, rattling windows, sending smoke billowing from Kabul's downtown area and wounding at least 65 people, including nine children hurt by flying glass, officials said.
President Trump said Wednesday that a war with Iran would not "last very long" or involve ground troops, as he seemingly dismissed warnings that limited U.S. military action could spiral into a larger conflict.
After the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down an unmanned and unarmed U.S. Navy surveillance drone last week, President Trump exercised significant restraint, calling off a planned kinetic strike against the offending surface-to-air missile (SAM) launch site.
President Trump signed an executive order Monday imposing new, “hard-hitting” sanctions on Iran, affecting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s financial resources for the first time, as well as pocketbooks belonging to military leaders responsible for Thursday’s downing of a U.S. drone.
The decision by U.S. President Trump to pull back from a retaliatory strike against Iran for the downing of a surveillance drone because there would be “too many deaths for a proportionate response” has been painted as a backtrack. Instead, “President Trump approved an offensive cyber strike that disabled computer systems used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to control rocket and missile launches.”