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  • Trump Tweets Surprise Threat To Iran After Latest Attack On Baghdad Embassy

    12/23/2020 4:42:55 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    Hedge Accordingly ^ | 12-23-2020 | Tyler Durden
    Trump Tweets Surprise Threat To Iran After Latest Attack On Baghdad Embassy President Trump in a surprise late Wednesday tweet has directly blamed Iran for the Sunday rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, which according to prior reports involved eight ground-fired rockets targeting the compound. It comes as the USS Georgia nuclear submarine is currently deployed to the Strait of Hormuz in very open signaling that the Pentagon is prepared to react to any possible escalation form the Islamic Republic. Trump cited intelligence chatter in his latest statement on Twitter, saying, “Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday...
  • Family members of Iraqis killed by Blackwater contractors condemn pardons

    12/23/2020 11:59:04 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies ^ | 23 December 2020 | Guy Davies andBader Katy
    When news broke that Mohammed Kinani's son’s killers, Blackwater private military contractors hired by the U.S. government in Baghdad, were pardoned Wednesday by President Trump, Kinani said it was like losing his 9-year-old boy all over again. "I don't know what I did to Blackwater,” Kinani told ABC News. "Did I know Blackwater before? No. Why did this happen to me?" President Donald Trump pardoned four private military contractors who were found guilty for murdering 17 Iraqi citizens, including two children, in an attack that also left over 20 injured. The decision was praised by the contractors' lawyers but has...
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guard threatens retaliation for all involved in killing of Soleimani

    09/20/2020 5:32:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/20/20 | Bradford Betz
    Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Saturday threatened to avenge the killing of its top general, saying it would go after everyone responsible for the January U.S. drone strike in Iraq. The guard's website quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, "Mr. Trump! Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real." President Trump warned this week that Washington would harshly respond to any Iranian attempts to take revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, tweeting that "if they hit us in any way, any form, written instructions already done we're going to hit them 1000 times harder."...
  • Sen. Cotton Compares Jerry Nadler to Baghdad Bob

    07/27/2020 12:49:54 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    townhall ^ | 07/27/2020 | Cortney O'Brien
    Antifa, the supposedly anti-fascist political movement, is more known for wreaking violent havoc all over the country. They are believed to have lit some of the fires in Portland, OR this weekend, where the violence is so bad President Trump has had to deploy federal agents. And the police chief in Richmond, VA suspects antifa of being behind some of the destruction in the city this weekend. Their reputation is so terrifying that in May, Trump declared that his administration was going to label them as a terrorist group. And yet Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) continues to believe that they...
  • Rocket hits Baghdad's Green Zone in broad daylight

    07/20/2020 6:59:34 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/07/20 02:07 | Elad Benari
    A rare daytime rocket attack hit Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday, security sources said, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met top Iraqi officials. At least two rockets hit outside the US embassy in the high-security zone, the sources told AFP. Diplomats based in the neighborhood said they could hear sirens blaring for around an hour after the attack. The embassy's C-RAM rocket defense system was not triggered, possibly because the missiles' trajectory meant they would not strike within the compound. The heavily fortified Green Zone has come under repeated rocket attacks in recent months. In late January, three...
  • Springfield police detective Florissa Fuentes fired over pro-Black Lives Matter social media post (MA)

    07/14/2020 11:30:41 AM PDT · by matt04 · 49 replies
    Florissa Fuentes went through an admittedly rocky adolescence growing up in the city’s North End, finding herself in loads of trouble before a high school-based city police officer persuaded her to move to North Carolina for a new perspective. Hailing from a heavily military family, Fuentes returned to the city in 2007, a teen hoping for a fresh start. She aimed to join the U.S. Navy, but her brother, Daniel Newsome, was killed in combat in Baghdad, discounting her from enlisting just as she prepared for basic training. Fuentes eventually set her eyes on a corrections career, graduating from the...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...