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Defense Secretary Mark told NPR on Monday that the U.S. has the constitutional authority to strike Iranian proxies in Iraq and Iran on its home soil in retaliation for attacks on American forces. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Afghan Army commandos attend their graduation ceremony after a 3 1/2-month training program, at the Commando Training Center on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announce new sanctions on Iran at the White House on Friday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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At the White House on Wednesday, national security adviser Robert O'Brien hears President Trump address the nation on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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National security adviser Robert O'Brien, is defending the Trump administration's decision to order a drone strike against Iran's top military commander. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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National Security Adviser Defends Briefing On Iran Criticized By Lawmakers

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Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi delivers a speech in June during a U.N. Security Council meeting. Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Iran's U.N. Ambassador: Strike On U.S. Bases Was 'Measured, Proportionate Response'

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A protester waves the Iraqi flag in Baghdad on Wednesday. Both the U.S. and Iran have launched attacks in Iraq in the past week — including the Iranian missile strike on bases housing U.S. military personnel. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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What We Know: Iran's Missile Strike Against The U.S. In Iraq

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During a funeral procession on Monday, mourners surround a truck carrying the coffins of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting with officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Tehran in September. Zarif spoke to NPR on Tuesday. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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During a funeral procession at Revolution Square in Tehran on Monday, crowds surround the coffins of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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In this photo provided by the Iranian Students' News Agency, flag-draped coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Sunday. Alireza Mohammadi/AP hide caption

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Mourners surround a vehicle carrying the coffins of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, during a funeral procession Saturday in Baghdad. Sabah Arar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian demonstrators hold posters of slain Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani (center) and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during a rally Friday in the capital, Tehran. The U.S. strike on the military leader in Baghdad has elicited warnings of retaliation from Iran. Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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