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

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

Updated and confirmed.

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

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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.

Interesting!

Javad Zarif
@JZarif

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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

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

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

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

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).

Might be of interest.

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.

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!

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.

Ironically LOL

Yea I wonder is it a veiled threat to the Ayatolla

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

So are assisinations.

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:

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My simple understanding is that embassy ground is regarded as sovereign soil of the representative country, therefore it would be classed or viewed as a direct attack maybe along the lines of, “Sir, The United Sates of America is under attack…”

According to this Fox tweet at the time and assuming it is accurate (translation), the militia made an open declaration of their leaderships identity:

Lucas Tomlinson
@LucasFoxNews

“Soleimani is our leader” written under window by Iran-backed militiamen at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, about head of IRGC’s Quds Force, responsible for special operations in Iraq and Syria

Image

5:16 PM · Jan 2, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

https://mobile.twitter.com/LucasFoxNews/status/1212784648889274368?s=20

Unsurprisingly, Israel wanted to take out Soleimani back in 2015, Obama Admin prevented this:

…The Trump administration, on the other hand, gave Israel a green light to assassinate Soleimani, according to a January 1, 2018 report from the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida . The paper quoted a source in Jerusalem as saying that “there is an American-Israeli agreement” that Soleimani is a “threat to the two countries’ interests in the region.” According to Haaretz , Al-Jarida is generally assumed to be a platform for the Israeli government to disseminate its message to other Middle Eastern governments.

According to the report, the agreement between Israel and the U.S. came three years after Washington thwarted an Israeli attempt to kill the Iranian general.
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> “The report says Israel was ‘on the verge’ of assassinating Soleimani three years ago, near Damascus, but the United States warned the Iranian leadership of the plan, revealing that Israel was closely tracking the Iranian general,” Haaretz reported.

The incident “sparked a sharp disagreement between the Israeli and American security and intelligence apparatuses regarding the issue.” That sounds like an understatement.

President Barack Obama frequently snubbed Israel, considered by many to be America’s best ally in the Middle East. Yet the news that the Obama’s administration prevented Israel from assassinating the Quds Force leader seems particularly significant, since the Obama administration also kept a list of approximately 500 American soldiers who were murdered by Iranian IEDs. Since the Quds Force spearheads Iran’s operations outside the Islamic Republic, Soleimani would arguably be responsible for all of those deaths.

When Trump finally gave the order to kill the Quds Force leader, it came after multiple attacks against Americans and American facilities in Iraq — attacks that arguably traced back to Soleimani himself.

The Iran-backed Iraqi militia Kata’ib Hezbollah began the escalating tensions with a rocket attack on a U.S.-led coalition base on December 27. That attack killed a U.S. contractor and left many American and Iraqi personnel wounded. According to the Pentagon, Soleimani ordered that attack.

In response, America launched airstrikes against the militia, killing 25 militiamen. In retaliation, the militiamen stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, invading American soil. The Pentagon claimed that Soleimani “approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”

Killing Soleimani is a powerful response to the embassy attack, an attack that arguably constituted an act of war.

Report: Obama Administration Stopped Israel From Assassinating Soleimani in 2015 – PJ Media

The Obama admin appear to have be very favourable to Soleminai, as noted in the Telegraph article surrounding some of the terms of the Iranian deal:

Obama’s Iran deal has just granted an amnesty to the world’s leading terrorist mastermind

CON COUGHLIN JULY 15, 2015

Qassem Suleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, fully deserves his reputation as one of the world’s leading terrorist masterminds.

For a decade a more he has been the driving force behind an array of Iranian-sponsored terrorist groups, from Hizbollah to Hamas, which have orchestrated a reign of terror throughout the Middle East.

From a purely British perspective, he was responsible for training and equipping the Shia militias in southern Iraq who killed scores of British troops during the dark days of Iraq’s sectarian conflict following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and was reported to have trained the Taliban in the art of making deadly roadside bombs that killed and mutilated our Service personnel serving in southern Afghanistan.

So you can imagine my amazement when, leafing through the more obscure annexes of President Barack Obama’s “historic” deal with Iran (page 86 of the annex, to be precise), I found that Mr Suliemani – as the White House no doubt now refers to him – has been granted an amnesty and taken off the list of proscribed Iranians – together with a number of senior members of the Revolutionary Guards.

Thanks to Mr Obama’s scandalous capitulation to Tehran, Mr Suleimani has overnight gone from being one of the world’s most wanted terrorists to the White House’s newest best friend…

…If I were Suleimani, I’d be organising an enormous party right now to celebrate a deal that is truly a “historic victory” for Tehran.

Alternative Link to Article Text: https://outline.com/66dzsx

Read Full Article here: Obama's Iran deal has just granted an amnesty to the world's leading terrorist mastermind

In a follow on interview a few days later, this aspect of the deal is aired in a questioned to Kerry:

Interview With Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday

John Kerry, Secretary of State
July 19, 2015

QUESTION: Under this deal, we lift the arms embargo on Iran being able to buy weapons and even ballistic missiles between five and eight years. And the sanctions against General Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Qods Force, are also lifted. What we end up with, Secretary Kerry, is an Iran with billions, hundreds of billions of dollars more, able to buy weapons, and a Revolutionary Guard with fewer restraints. Isn’t that potentially an even more dangerous state sponsor of terror in the Middle East?

SECRETARY KERRY: First of all, Chris, don’t exaggerate. It’s not hundreds of billions of dollars. It’s $100 billion…

Interview With Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday

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This connection popped up not long after the Embassy attack and before the hit on Soleimani.

It’s not a great image, but earlier higher quality version appear to have since been purged.

The person in question appears to be former Iraqi Transport Minister who according to this report was a former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Hadi al-Amiri has been identified as one of the leaders behind the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

Moreover, the Iranian militia leader was invited to the White House in 2011 during the presidency of Barack Obama, Fox News and The Washington Timesreported.

“In 2011, both Fox News and the Washington Times noted that then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki brought his transportation minister, al-Amiri, to a meeting at the White House,” Breitbart News reported.

“The Times noted that the White House did not confirm his attendance, but the official was on Iraq’s listed members of its delegation,” the report added.

“Fox News’ Ed Henry questioned White House Press Secretary Jay Carney following the visit about the attendance of al-Amiri at the White House. Carney refused to answer and stating that he would need to investigate the issue,” the report concluded.

Ed Henry, FOX News: When Prime Minister Maliki was here this week there have been reports that a former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which U.S. officials say played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen.

He was here at the White House with Prime Minister Maliki because he’s a transportation minister, yeah, transportation minister —

Jay Carney, WH: Who’s [sic] report is that?

Henry: I believe the Washington Times has reported it. I think others have as well, but I think this is a Washington Times —

Carney: I have to take that question then, I’m not aware of it.

https://www.analyzingamerica.org/militia-leader-behind-u-s-embassy-attack-listed-as-white-house-guest-under-obama-administration/

Mike Pompeo identified him

Leader of U.S. Embassy siege in Iraq was guest of Obama at White House

By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times
Thursday, January 2, 2020

One of the men identified by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a leader of the Iran-backed siege of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was welcomed to the White House in 2011 by President Barack Obama.

Hadi al-Amiri was photographed outside the U.S. Embassy during the siege and was singled out by Mr. Pompeo as an Iranian “proxy” abetting terrorists who stormed the embassy walls and set fires.

In December 2011, Mr. Amiri was serving as Iraq’s minister of transport when he attended a meeting in the Oval Office with Mr. Obama, the Daily Mail reported. He was with then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Mr. Amiri is a former commander of the Badr Corps militia, which was funded by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

At the time that Mr. Obama hosted the meeting, then-Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of the House Foreign Affairs Committee expressed outrage that the president would allow Mr. Amiri into the White House. He was suspected at the time of a link to the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel.

Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, told The Washington Times in 2011 that it was “extremely disturbing that the White House would see fit to welcome al-Amiri to a discussion on the future of Iraq.”

“If anything, he should be subject to questioning by the FBI and other appropriate U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies,” she said at the time. “The victims of Khobar Towers and the families of thousands of U.S. troops who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq deserve no less.”

The truck bombing was later blamed on Iran and Hezbollah.

If he was assassinated then so was bin laden ffs. The US should be nowhere near that awful part of the world. Leave them to it.