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  • Violence escalates in Iraq as government pushes to end protests

    01/27/2020 2:26:13 PM PST · by Mariner · 4 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | January 27th, 2020 | By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Nadine Awadalla
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraq's southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iran-backed ruling elite. Clashes over the weekend had already killed at least five protesters. Rockets also hit the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone housing government buildings. Ambassadors of 16 countries in Baghdad including the United States, France and Britain condemned the use of live fire by Iraqi security forces and called for a credible investigation into the...
  • 3 rockets hit US Embassy compound in Baghdad, no injuries reported: Sources

    01/26/2020 4:00:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    ABC 'News' ^ | 1/26/20 | Conor Finnegan, Luis Martinez
    The U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad was hit by multiple rockets on Sunday, two U.S. officials told ABC News. This is the first time the compound has been hit directly in years and comes just weeks after pro-Iranian militia members and their supporters assaulted the compound in Iraq. Rocket attacks on the Green Zone are very common. Last week three rockets were fired into Baghdad's Green Zone, the heavily fortified area of the capital that houses the embassy, government buildings and U.S. service members. Iraqi officials said Monday that there were no injuries. Both U.S. officials told ABC News that...
  • Three rockets land close to US embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone, as three anti-government protesters are killed overnight

    01/21/2020 4:53:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/21/20 | Chris Pleasance
    Three rockets were fired at the US embassy in Baghdad overnight as security services continued firing live ammunition at anti-government protesters in the city. The rockets were fired from a makeshift launcher in Zafaraniya, on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital, and landed inside the fortified Green Zone - but failed to cause significant damage and did not kill anyone. Meanwhile three anti-government protesters were killed overnight protesting in Tahrir Square after security forces opened fire with live ammunition. The clashes prompted authorities to close key streets and thoroughfares leading to the Iraqi capital's centre. The violence was the latest...
  • Photos taken at Iraq base where US troops are stationed show scale of damage following Iranian airstrikes

    01/13/2020 10:17:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2020 | Greg Norman
    Pics at link. American troops are in the process of clearing debris and rubble from an area the size of a football stadium Monday at a military base in western Iraq that was hit by Iranian airstrikes. The attack on the Ain al-Asad base last Wednesday, where about 1,500 American and coalition forces are stationed, was carried out in retaliation for the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Gen. Qassem Soleimani. An Associated Press crew touring the facility Monday saw damaged military trailers as well as forklifts lifting rubble and loading it onto trucks. “There were more than 10 large missiles...
  • Trump Job Approval Reaches Three-Year High After Soleimani Hit

    01/12/2020 10:31:47 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 13, 2020
    President Trump's approval rating rose sharply days after he commanded strikes on top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Mahdi al Muhandis in Baghdad. The president's rating rebounded considerably since dropping during the several months that House Democrats investigated his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump notched a 45.3% approval mark, matching a local high recorded on Sept. 24, 2019, according to RealClearPolitics.
  • ‘Opposite of Benghazi’: Trump’s Soleiman strike motivated by Obama’s weak response to 2012 attack

    01/12/2020 4:59:36 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Updated: 7:42 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2020 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump calls his military clash with Iran over a besieged U.S. embassy “the opposite of Benghazi,” and people close to him say it’s impossible to overstate how deeply Mr. Trump was influenced by the fatal 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Libya, and by President Obama’s weak response. When Iran-backed forces attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and set fires to the walls of the compound, Mr. Trump quickly ordered a contingent of Marines to defend the complex. Then he ordered a drone strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a designated terrorist believed...
  • Trump tells Fox News' Laura Ingraham 'four embassies' were targeted in imminent threat from Iran

    01/10/2020 11:47:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 10, 2020 | Alex Pappas
    President Trump told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham in an interview that the imminent threat from Iran that provoked the United States to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani involved planned attacks on four US embassies. Asked specifically what was targeted, Trump revealed: “We will tell you that probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad.” Pressed on whether large-scale attacks were planned for other embassies, the president said: “I can reveal that I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies.” The exclusive interview with the president will air Friday night...
  • Exclusive: Informants in Iraq, Syria helped U.S. kill Iran's Soleimani - sources

    01/09/2020 11:00:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 9, 2020 | by Michael Georgy
    Iranian General Qassem Soleimani arrived at the Damascus airport in a vehicle with dark-tinted glass. Four soldiers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rode with him. They parked near a staircase leading to a Cham Wings Airbus A320, destined for Baghdad. Neither Soleimani nor the soldiers were registered on the passenger manifesto, according to a Cham Wings airline employee who described the scene of their departure from the Syrian capital to Reuters. Soleimani avoided using his private plane because of rising concerns about his own security, said an Iraqi security source with knowledge of Soleimani’s security arrangements. The passenger flight would be...
  • Chaldean Patriarch: The Time Has Come for Iraq to Have a Christian Party

    01/01/2020 5:02:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 12/30/19
    There are prominent Christians in politics, law, and culture. For card Sako, it is essential to avoid dispersing strength and skills, dividing the community into parties and factions. Emigration abroad and marginalisation at home are the first challenges to face. Citizenship and the constitution are the bases for living together.Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Chaldean Patriarch Card Louis Raphael Sako said that the time has come for Christians to set up their own party in order to be stronger and have greater representation. “Perhaps it is now necessary, before it is too late, to think and plan a unified Christian strategy,” writes...
  • Trump Administration Blocks Iran’s Top Diplomat From Addressing the U.N. Security Council

    01/06/2020 5:03:12 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 80 replies
    foreignpolicy ^ | 1/6/2020 | By Colum Lynch, Robbie Gramer
    The Trump administration is barring Iran’s top diplomat from entering the United States this week to address the United Nations Security Council about the U.S. assassination of Iran’s top military official in Baghdad, violating the terms of a 1947 headquarters agreement requiring Washington to permit foreign officials into the country to conduct U.N. business, according to three diplomatic sources. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif requested a visa a “few weeks ago” to enter the United States to attend a Jan. 9 Security Council meeting on the importance of upholding the U.N. Charter, according to a diplomatic source familiar with...
  • Top general says letter suggesting US would withdraw troops from Iraq was a 'mistake'

    01/06/2020 2:35:04 PM PST · by McGruff · 113 replies
    CNN ^ | January 6, 2020 | Zachary Cohen, Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne
    The top US general said Monday a letter suggesting the US would withdraw troops from Iraq was released by mistake and poorly worded, telling reporters "that's not what's happening." Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley sought to address the confusion that began after the leak of aletter to the Iraqi government from US Command in Baghdad suggesting US troops would be withdrawn from the country. "That letter is a draft. It was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released ... (it was) poorly worded, implies withdrawal, that is not what's happening," Milley...
  • U.S.-led coalition says it will withdraw from Iraq -letter

    01/06/2020 12:25:13 PM PST · by cann · 142 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, 6 January 2020 20:10 GMT
    The United States-led military coalition against Islamic State said on Monday that it was pulling out of Iraq and would be repositioning forces over the next few days and weeks, a letter seen by Reuters showed. "Sir, in deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, CJTF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement," read a letter from United States Marine Corps Brigadier General William H. Seely III, the commanding general of Task Force Iraq. The authenticity...
  • WATCH: Benghazi Survivor Gives His Take on Trump's Response to Baghdad Attacks

    01/04/2020 4:38:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2020 | Beth Bauman
    Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice made the media rounds on Friday to discuss the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. She repeatedly said the Trump administration "misrepresents the facts," something Benghazi annex team member Mark Geist takes issue with. "She pretty much has zero integrity in my book, but it's typical tactics from the Democrats," Geist told Fox News' Pete Hegseth on "Fox and Friends: Weekend." According to Geist, Democrats will have one person who will come out and say what they want people to hear, similar to what happened after the attack in Benghazi back in 2012. "Mark,...
  • Israelis: Soleimani Intercept Sparked Drone Strike; US Reinforces Region

    01/04/2020 12:28:32 PM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 95 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | 3 January, 2020 | Arie Egozi and Colin Clark
    TEL AVIV: Five days ago, an undisclosed intelligence agency intercepted a telephone call made by the head of Iran’s Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in which he was heard ordering his proxies in Iraq to attack the U.S embassy in Baghdad, as well as other Israeli and American targets, with the aim of taking hostages, Israeli sources say. It’s unclear whether this was a lapse in tradecraft on the part of the usually savvy Soleimani or whether the notorious Iranian military leader’s phone calls were being routinely intercepted. Nor is it clear whether it was the US or another...
  • Qassem Soleimani Haunted the Arab World In much of the Middle East, and even in Iran, the military commander was feared, and his death has been greeted with elation.

    01/03/2020 1:12:07 PM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 3, 2020 | Kim Ghattis
    Within hours of Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a man most thought invincible and all-powerful, being confirmed dead, the debate began in Washington about the legality of the strike that killed him; of how the attack would play into the political cycle of impeachment and the 2020 presidential campaign; of what the consequences would be for any potential conflict with Iran. Yet in parts of the Middle East, the reaction was different. Soleimani was killed at about 1:00 a.m. just as he was leaving Baghdad airport and by 4:30 a.m.,...
  • Baghdad: Iran-backed Kataib Hizballah militia besieges US embassy, Trump says Iran “orchestrating” attack

    12/31/2019 3:53:50 PM PST · by robowombat · 39 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | DEC 31, 2019 9:00 AM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Baghdad: Iran-backed Kataib Hizballah militia besieges US embassy, Trump says Iran “orchestrating” attack DEC 31, 2019 9:00 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER 20 COMMENTS The Islamic Republic of Iran has actively courted war with the U.S. for a long time, as is shown in The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. The mullahs may be hoping to provoke that war now in order to distract their people from their own miserable condition and relieve the pressure that they’re under domestically. “US Embassy compound in Baghdad under siege as crowds protesting airstrikes break through gate,” by Greg Norman and Edmund DeMarche, Fox News,...
  • Trump's Baghdad is not Hillary's Benghazi

    01/04/2020 6:47:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 4, 2020 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The second the first Apache attack helicopter appeared over the sovereign American territory that is the American Embassy in Baghdad, one knew that things would be different this time. We would see the difference between a President Obama resting for a fundraising trip to Las Vegas the next morning and a President Trump, having avenged the killing of an American contractor, dispatching Iran’s top general and commander of its Quds Force before he could kill any more Americans. Instead of a Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ignoring repeated warnings from her ambassador and not answering his pleas for more security,...
  • Iraqi official says airstrike hits cars carrying Iran-backed militia north of Baghdad, kills 5 (another!)

    01/03/2020 5:30:35 PM PST · by God luvs America · 82 replies
    Fox 5- DC ^ | 1/3/2020 | AP
    Iran promised to seek revenge for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed the mastermind of its interventions across the Middle East, and the U.S. said Friday it was sending thousands more troops to the region as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing. The death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, marks a major escalation in the standoff between Washington and Iran, which has careened from one crisis to another since President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions. Another airstrike almost exactly 24 hours after...
  • Several vehicles hit in airstrike north of Baghdad; at least 6 dead - (NEW)

    01/03/2020 3:16:43 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 377 replies
    BREAKING: "Unconfirmed report that Qais Khazali, one of the people the US named as responsible for storming of US Embassy in Baghdad, has been killed in new Baghdad airstrike"
  • Put Your Soleimani Memes Here

    01/03/2020 10:18:29 AM PST · by Badboo · 189 replies
    1/3/20 | Self- Vanity
    Put your Soleimani Memes here . . .