Sen. Ted Cruz is calling for the Pentagon to release an alleged document listing the names of some 500 U.S. service members whose combat deaths can be directly linked to Iran.
Although it’s unclear whether such a document exists, the Texas Republican and presidential candidate on Wednesday asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter to release it and notify the fallen service members’ families that their deaths were specifically linked to Iran.
“Secretary Carter, I understand that the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency has a classified list of roughly 500 American soldiers who were murdered by Iranian [improvised explosive devices],” Cruz said on Capitol Hill during Carter’s testimony.
Carter and other top officials were testifying about the Iranian nuclear deal, which Cruz strongly opposes.
“I would ask Secretary Carter … that the Defense Department release that list to every member of this committee, declassify that list and release it directly to the service members’ families who were murdered by General Soleimani,” Cruz said, referring to Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.