Friday, January 3, 2020

The US Assassinates An Iranian General

Clearly the US is looking for escalation in the region. Instability. Chaos.

From yesterday: US Escalation in Iraq: Taking Kirkuk & Further Entrenching the US in the Region

 

The US Assassinates an Iranian General

1- American strike ordered by US President Trump on Baghdad Airport kills Iranian general – Airport closed except for landings
"The powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, in charge of Iraqi affairs in the ideological army of Iran, was killed in the bombing by the Americans of a convoy at Baghdad airport early this Friday. At least nine people died during the night of Thursday to Friday during the attack, including another pro-Iranian leader in Iraq. The American raid in Baghdad was launched three days after an unprecedented attack on the embassy US.
Qassem Soleimani
Immediately after the death of general Soleimani and Abu Mehdi al-Mouhandis, number two of Hachd al-Chaabi, a coalition of mainly pro-Iran paramilitaries now part of the Iraqi state, the Pentagon has announced that US President Donald Trump has given orders to “kill” Soleimani.

Three rockets on the airport
Before that, the Iraqi military command announced that “three rockets hit Baghdad International Airport near the air cargo hall, detonating two cars.” Rockets landed inside the airport. Twelve Iraqi troops are said to be among the casualties.

The airport is on lockdown, but still open for landings.
Personally speaking here. I've never been a believer in "the Donald" as the leader of any sort of grassroots/populist movement. Nor do I buy the common presentation of the media being opposed to him. I'm also not a fan of the whole 'deep state' is against Mr Trump. I see the psychology of influence at play.
Trump was no drainer of the swamp or challenger to the deep state. Trump was yet another in a long line of dangerous presidents, carrying on the work of his predecessor. The war criminal Barack Obama- who carried on  the work of his predecessor George Bush Jr. That's just the way it is.
This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.

2-  U.S. Embassy Advises Americans to Leave After Qasem Soleimani Assassination
"The State Department is urging American citizens to leave Iraq immediately, citing danger in the aftermath of a U.S. airstrike which killed Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s most senior military commanders.

American citizens were specifically warned to avoid the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately,” the State Department said in a statement released Friday. “Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy.”
         
Last I’d read most of the protestors had left the US Embassy..

3- Oil Prices Jump Almost $3 After US Kills Iran’s Soleimani
"Oil prices jumped nearly $3 on Jan. 3 after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, sparking concerns for escalation of regional tensions and disruption of crude supplies.

Brent crude hit $69.16 a barrel, its highest since Sept. 17, before easing to $68.54, up $2.29 or 3.4% by 3:47 a.m. CST (9:47 GMT).

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up $2.10 or 3.4% at $63.28 a barrel, having earlier spiked to $63.84 a barrel, its highest since May 1.

"We expect moderate to low-level clashes to last for at least a month and likely be confined to Iraq," Eurasia's Iran analyst, Henry Rome said."

4- Japan SDF mission in focus after U.S. assassination of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani

Japan was and will most probably still send troops....

"The U.S. assassination Friday of a top Iranian military commander and key player in the country’s proxy conflicts in the Middle East will have grave implications for Japan ahead of a planned dispatch of Self-Defense Forces personnel to the region, according to analysts"
If these are "self- defense" forces why are they deploying to the middle eastern region? 

5- A ‘civil war’ in Iraq- That’s what the US is after

Be warned it’s Amy Goodman- who is a limited hang out and has always been, however, sometimes in a limited hangout place there might be nuggets of truth. So, for those of us who questioned the sudden “protests” at the embassy  and figured they'd been allowed or encouraged to take place...

From yesterday's report:

"In my opinion, the protests at the Green Zone had to have been allowed and or encouraged.   Cause let’s face it readers, the Green Zone is very heavily fortified, well secured"
"AMY GOODMAN: So, explain now what’s happening with the caretaker Iraqi prime minister, who has already said he’s leaving. But the U.S. troops moving in and tear-gassing, some media outlets have described it, and that’s why the militias pulled out. But others said they had already decided to pull out, once, they say, they got the agreement of the Iraqi prime minister to push in the parliament to pass a bill, that has been there for some time, but this has added strength, to pass a bill to toss the U.S. troops out.

GHAITH ABDUL–AHAD: These are all theatrics. I mean, the people who participated in the attack on the embassy were senior security adviser, head of parliamentary bloc. Between them, those pro-Iranian militias and parties, they have more than 160 members of the parliament. They could have called for the removal of U.S. forces, not today, not with this airstrike, long before. So, all of this theatrics is to try to vent some anger in the street(Manipulate the populace) I mean, the Iraqi government, the Iraqi prime minister, unfortunately, know very well that the Iraqi Army, the Iraqi security forces cannot stand, 16 years after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, on their own without American support, which is a disgrace, with all the billions of dollars spent on them, because of the corruption, mismanagement, you call it"
GHAITH ABDULAHAD
"But then there is another narrative that goes in the Middle East, which is this bigger Iran-versus-America conflict, which, as an Iraqi and as many Iraqis fear, is we fear that Iraq will become the next battleground between Iran and the United States. Where will they fight? The Americans and the Iranians will not fight in Tehran or in New York; they will fight in Basra or in Baghdad or in other places in the Middle East.
So, Qasem Soleimani, the considered godfather of all these militias in Iraq — exaggerated one, of course, but this is what — you know, this is what people talk about."
The billions of dollars was not spent to build up the Iraqi army. It was spent to tear Iraq apart.



*Greencrow covered this news as it broke:  BREAKING NEWS: US kills Iranian General in Baghdad: EXTREMELY dangerous development in the Middle East 

  ⇉ UPDATE Still more troops to the region:   Link 

The U.S. military will send about 3,500 additional soldiers to the Middle East following the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani less than a day earlier, NBC News reported Friday, citing three U.S. defense officials and one U.S. military official.

Presstv 
In Washington, a Pentagon official said on Friday that 3,000 to 3,500 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division's Global Response Force will be deployed in the Middle East region.
This follows the 70-75 Navy Seals and 1000 troops deployed the other day. See yesterday's post for reports addressing the likelihood of another nearly 4,000 troops being sent,

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7 comments:

  1. " "In my opinion, the protests at the Green Zone had to have been allowed and or encouraged. "

    I totally agree, the whole embassy affair looked like a well orchestrated dance, for public ZioAmerican consumption. Which means at some levels the PMU forces have been compromised. Secondly, I 've been saying for awhile that the Zios want war with Iran, they don't want this just to be confined to Iraq. I have to also add, that's its bad form for Iran to have had such prominent General casually driving around an enemy occupied country. Did they think the Zios would not touch such an important figure ? Lastly, I'm sure you've heard the reports of at least to prominent PMU leaders being arrested, I'm sure they'll be more unless they start fighting back. This is a sad day.

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  2. Mieszko I: "Which means at some levels the PMU forces have been compromised"

    I've reported on that previously. More then once here.
    The PMU/F is not a monolithic force- as is believed and is commonly presented.
    In fact labeling them as PMU's is misleading, though widely done- They are NOT a UNIT- they are FORCES

    PMF is actually more accurate

    11/2017
    https://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-pmuf-iraqs-future-deal-with-pkk-in.html

    Setting the Record Straight About the PMF

    The PMF contains three distinct factions, based on various subgroups’ respective allegiances to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and Muqtada al-Sadr.
    The PMF was central to early efforts to roll back the Islamic State; however, the state’s security apparatus has since regrouped, reducing the PMF’s role in subsequent battles, including the ongoing campaign in Mosul.
    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government is in a struggle to control the PMF. Rather than integrate it into existing state military forces, he has thus far recognized the PMF as a legitimate, state-affiliated entity.
    The PMF has become part of a growing intra-Shia power contest. This pits Nouri al-Maliki, considered the “godfather” of the PMF, against Sadr, who calls for disbanding the “imprudent militias,” and Abadi, who advocates reducing and controlling the PMF.

    Who wields control among the PMF factions?

    Policy Implications for Like-Minded Allies

    Understanding subgroups is pivotal. The PMF is not a monolithic Shia militia. Policy recommendations must separately address Iranian proxy; right-wing, pro-Khamenei Iraqi; pro-Sistani; and pro-Sadr subgroups."

    So are some of the forces compromised? Absolutely!
    They've been fighting alongside the PKK... should speak volumes.

    This is indeed a sad day.

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  3. More than ever I will be calling the US "USrael". It is now crystal clear [from this Act of War] that Israel/Zionism runs the Pentagon and the White House as well as the Congress and the Senate.

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    1. Hey GC:

      Usrael is crystal clear. ( I just run it together like one and the same)

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  4. One thing I tried to get through to the Syrian Perspective crowd before it was shutdown , unsuccessfully I might I add, is that official troop numbers are a lie and would actually be top military secret. The US has been moving troops incrementally into the Middle East now for months if not longer, and the occasional small troops numbers given were meant to confuse the stupid US public and the future targets ( Iran , Syria ) . I can guarantee everyone the US has a far larger number there then we suspect.

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    1. Mieszko I: Syper shut down?!
      I didn't know that. Where did all the Israeli trolls go?
      Canthama and the crew..

      " official troop numbers are a lie and would actually be top military secret"

      I think they'd fudge them as well, plus they almost never talk about their mercenaries

      Yes, they've been moving troops in the region for sometime now- from yesterday's post

      "14,000 U.S. troops who have deployed to the Gulf region since May "

      plus the navy seals they sent in right away numbering around 70
      then the initial movement of troops numbering 750
      and today it's announced another 3,500 are being shipped out- which had been mentioned the other day as a likelihood anyway..

      I'm about to update the post with this latest info

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  5. interesting read

    https://consortiumnews.com/2020/01/03/pepe-escobar-us-kick-starts-the-raging-20s-by-declaring-war-on-iran/

    Pepe Escobar


    "According to my best Southwest Asia intel sources, “Israel gave the U.S. the coordinates for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani as they wanted to avoid the repercussions of taking the assassination upon themselves.”

    "Iraq is now the preferred battleground of a proxy war against Iran that may now metastasize into hot war, with devastating consequences."


    Which is mentioned in today's post

    " Iraq will become the next battleground between Iran and the United States. Where will they fight? The Americans and the Iranians will not fight in Tehran or in New York; they will fight in Basra or in Baghdad or in other places in the Middle East"

    Makes sense- the battlefield will now be Iraq and Syria, both.
    The battlefield has been expanded. And will continue to expand

    "This is the way the Roaring, Raging Twenties begin: not with a bang, but with the release of whimpering dogs of war.

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