IRAN 2020 - US takeout Top Iranian Gen. in transit from Baghdad Airport


#1

Hot on the heels of the anti-Benghazi in Baghdad we have reports of two high profile casualties at Baghdad airport in what appears to be a three vehicle convoy taken out by rockets.

No idea exactly what is going on or who was behind the hit in the convoy.

Qassem Soleimani is an Iranian Major General.

Sources at the #Baghdad international airport tell me that “the main targets were #PMF leader Abu Mahdi Mohandis & #Iran’s Qassem Soleimani as they were at the airport tonight” They weren’t sure if these two got in the convoy or not. #Iraq Can’t still confirm it 100%

12:51 AM · Jan 3, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

https://mobile.twitter.com/nafisehkBBC/status/1212899279414710273


#2

Updated and confirmed.

Nafiseh Kohnavard
@nafisehkBBC
(https://mobile.twitter.com/nafisehkBBC)

16m

Both Iraqi state TV and #Hezbollah’s AlMayadeen confirm that #Iran’s Qassem Soleimani and #PMF’s Abu Mahdi Mohandis were killed in a #US strike in #Baghdad.


#3

Interesting!


#4

Javad Zarif
@JZarif

38m

The US’ act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism

https://mobile.twitter.com/JZarif/status/1212946202280579073


#5

Still more tactical targeting of convoys of heads of various militias happened or seemingly ongoing.


#6

The Spectator Index
@spectatorindex

BREAKING: Five leaders in Iraq’s pro-Iranian PMF militia have been killed in an airstrike on their convoy north of Baghdad

11:26 PM · Jan 3, 2020·TweetDeck

https://mobile.twitter.com/spectatorindex/status/1213240347058266112


#7

“Our president will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate. He’s weak and he’s ineffective. So the only way he figures that he’s going to get reelected — and as sure as you’re sitting there — is to start a war with Iran.”

— Donald Trump, November 16, 2011.


#8

Update - looks like early reporting has now been confirmed to be wrong.ie no involvement of any US forces.


#9

Clear insight into the thinking and calculation that trump would do if in obamas position. Wars are always good for ratings (in the initial phase).


#10

Pence falsely links Iranian general to 9/11.

Straight out of the Bush/Cheney playbook.


#11

Might be of interest.


#12

Is it Check or Checkmate?

It wouldn’t be impossible that the world might witness a return to a pre-1979 Iran.

No Invasion. No War. A genuine popular uprising and reversal of the CIA installed Islamic Mullahs.

Imagine that.


#13

3 recent trump tweets as one.

Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently…

…hundreds of Iranian protesters. He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have…

…targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!


#14

Ironically, the US failure to plan for peace in Iraq after the 2003 invasion created both Sunni and Shi’ite militias. Factionalism and corruption in the political process led to Sunni disenfranchisement and pro-Iranian control of the oil wealth. Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Sadrist and other militias morphed into many dangerous groups that still plague the region.


#15

Ironically LOL


#16

Bombing sites because of cultural significance is a war crime.


#17

Yea I wonder is it a veiled threat to the Ayatolla


#18

Cultural target = the cultural revolution, it’s days are numbered, 52?


#19

So are assisinations.


#20

Garry Kasparov outlines his views via twitter on recent events. (multi-tweet combined)

What is happening between the US and Iran is a consequence of what I describe in Winter Is Coming: an aggressive dictatorship’s sense of impunity leading to the crossing of one line too far.

1:37 PM - 4 Jan 2020

Deterrence is based on standing up against small aggressions in order to prevent big ones, when the price will be much higher. Many years of success led Iran & Soleimani to feel invincible, to attack a US embassy, when of course a US president had to respond.

This is how appeasement kills. This is why inaction can be a deadly choice. It raises the stakes, postpones the inevitable, and encourages aggressors to assume they can act with impunity until the eventual response is massive and destabilizing.

Action has clear costs because it is the reality of the road taken, making it politically unattractive. Inaction hopes to pass the dire consequences and blame to a successor, as has happened with Syria and Iran.

I wish Trump had a competent team capable of strategic planning and of inspiring the trust of allies and the fear of enemies. That is far from the case. But I can’t criticize the killing of a mass-murdering terrorist mastermind & reminding his ilk that they are not safe.

We’ll never know how many more innocents Qasem Soleimani would have murdered or how many hundreds of thousands more refugees he’d have helped create. But don’t pretend you know that what is to come is worse than the world with such a person in it.

https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1213575085090578433

A contentious opening… :ninja: