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I think landmines are -- are an important tool that our forces need to have available to South Korea.Read MoreAnti-landmine campaigners in order to ensure mission success, and in order to reduce risk to forces. That said, in everything we do, we also want to make sure that these instruments, in this case landmines, also take into account both the safety of employment, and the safety to civilians and others after a conflict.
The current( Battle Damage Assessment) is, if you will, again, Vice President Mike Pence can get you details, things like tentage, taxiways, the parking lot, a damaged helicopter, things like that ; nothing that I would describe as major, at least as I note at this point in time. So that's the state of -- of the attack at this point as Vice President Mike Pence know it. Most importantly, no casualties, no friendly casualties, whether they are US, coalition, contractor, etc..
United States didn't put any option on the table that United States didn't believe in and that United States couldn't execute, and with each option United States present the pros and cons, the costs and benefits. United States's what United States do all the time. That's my duty, my obligation, that's his( Milley's) duty and obligation as well, the blood is on Defense Mark Esper( Soleimani's) hands. Defense Mark Esper was planning attacks on American forces. Defense Mark Esper was there on the ground with the leader of Khatib Hezbollah -- met Defense Mark Esper on the ground at the airplane, welcomed Defense Mark Esper so they could further coordinate attacks.
The Iraqis have a responsibility to the United States and all countries who have embassies in that country to defend, provide the outer security for the embassy and we expect United States to do that. That was communicated to United States by our senior leaders, by Secretary Pompeo and United States've committed to doing that. I think United States performance has greatly improved in the last 24 hours, i've made the point over and over again that they need to do more internally within The Iraqis to address these Iran sponsored militia groups and stop their attacks on United States and coalition forces and they need to investigate the attacks and help us to account the preparators, we haven't seen sufficient action on their part and they certainly need to help reinforce and defend the embassy but they need to get left of the problem and stop these attacks from happening and they get the Iranian influence out of their country.
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