Moon of Alabama: Today the US Declared War, and War It Will Get

"You may start the war, but we will be the ones to determine its end," Qassem Soleimani, 2018

Today the U.S. declared war on Iran and Iraq.

War is what it will get.

Earlier today a U.S. drone or helicopter killed Major General Qassim Soleimani, the famous commander of the Iranian Quds (‘Jerusalem’) force, while he left the airport of Baghdad where he had just arrived. He had planned to attend the funeral of the 31 Iraqi soldiers the U.S. had killed on December 29 at the Syrian-Iraqi border near Al-Qaim.

The Quds force is the external arm of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Soleiman was responsible for all relations between Iran and political and militant movements outside of Iran. Hajji Qassim advised the Lebanese Hisbullah during the 2006 war against Israel. His support for Iraqi groups enabled them to kick the U.S. invaders out of Iraq. He was the man responsible for, and successful in, defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In 2015 Soleimani traveled to Moscow and convinced Russia to intervene in Syria. His support for the Houthi in Yemen enabled them to withstand the Saudi attackers.

Soleimani had arrived in Baghdad on a normal flight from Lebanon. He did not travel in secret. He was picked up at the airport by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, the deputy commander of the al-Hashd al-Shaabi, an official Iraqi security force under the command of the Iraqi Prime Minister. The two cars they traveled in were destroyed in the U.S. attack. Both men and their drivers and guards died.

The U.S. created two martyrs who will now become the models and idols for tens of millions of youth in the Middle East.

The Houthi in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad in Palestine, the paramilitary forces in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have all benefited from Soleimani’s advice and support. They will all take actions to revenge him.

Moqtada al-Sadr, the unruly Shia cleric who commands millions of followers in Iraq, has given orders to reactivate his military branch ‘Jaish al-Imam al-Mahdi’. Between 2004 and 2008 the Mahdi forces fought the U.S. occupation of Iraq. They will do so again.

The outright assassination of a commander of Soleimani’s weight demands an Iranian reaction of at least a similar size. All U.S. generals or high politicians traveling in the Middle East or elsewhere will now have to watch their back. There will be no safety for them anywhere.

No Iraqi politician will be able to argue for keeping U.S. forces in the country. The Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi has called for a parliament emergency meeting to ask for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops:

“The targeted assassination of an Iraqi commander is a violation of the agreement. It can trigger a war in Iraq and the region. It is a clear violation of the conditions of the U.S. presence in Iraq. I call on the parliament to take the necessary steps.”

The National Security Council of Iran is meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to “study the options of response”. There are many such options. The U.S. has forces stationed in many countries around Iran. From now on none of them will be safe.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a statement calling for three days of public mourning and then retaliation.“His departure to God does not end his path or his mission,” the statement said, “but a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands.”

Iran will tie its response to the political calender. U.S. President Donald Trump will go into his reelection campaign with U.S. troops under threat everywhere. We can expect incidents like the Beirut barracks bombing to repeat themselves when he is most vulnerable.

Trump will learn that killing the enemy is the easy part of a war. The difficulties come after that happened.

Soleimani visiting Iraqi PMF fighters on the Iraqi-Syrian border after the liberation of Mosul from ISIS

In 2018 Soleimani publicly responded to a tweet in which Trump had threatened Iran:

“Mr. Trump, the gambler! […] You are well aware of our power and capabilities in the region. You know how powerful we are in asymmetrical warfare. Come, we are waiting for you. We are the real men on the scene, as far as you are concerned. You know that a war would mean the loss of all your capabilities. You may start the war, but we will be the ones to determine its end.

Since May 2019 the U.S. deployed at least 14,800 additional soldiers to the Middle East. Over the last three days airborne elements and special forces followed. The U.S.has clearly planned for an escalation.

Soleimani will be replaced by Brigadier General Ismail Ghani, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war who has for decades been active in the Quds Force and has fought against ISIS in Syria. He is an officer of equal stature and capability.

Iran’s policies and support for foreign groups will intensify. The U.S. has won nothing with its attack but will feel the consequences for decades to come. From now on its position in the Middle East will be severely constrained. Others will move in to take its place.

Source: Moon of Alabama

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Cowa Bunga
Cowa Bunga
11 months ago

Don’t be fooled. Trump and his administration, and nearly the entire Congress, are all servants of Israel. This is the war Israel has been after for decades, but only if its servants do the fighting and dying.

DemocrapSocialistsSuck
DemocrapSocialistsSuck
11 months ago

Rejoice, Soleiman is in heaven with 72 virgin goats.

Nathan Dunning
Nathan Dunning
11 months ago

Then all of you will Die for your Trouble.You know Islam is to be Destroyed by Yahshua don’t you? His throne will be on the Temple Mount and Evil doers who live under the Curse will perish in the Lake of Fire. Anyone who stands with the Islamist’s Hordes will Perish with them. The US defeated ISIS with the Kurds. The Kurds are Iraqi’a are Dancing in the Streets to be rid of this evil POS. God Bless Trump for doing what is necessary to make the World a safer place.

Jonny Aimless
Jonny Aimless
11 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Dunning

That’s the Zionist agenda,not Christianity!

akintunde Ibrahim
akintunde Ibrahim
11 months ago

President Trump has blown his devilish and evil trumpets and every available means of self defense is activated by the axis of resistance.

OzricTentacle
OzricTentacle
11 months ago

America is dead.

Canosin
Canosin
11 months ago
Reply to  OzricTentacle

passed away already in 1913…..

Paul
Paul
11 months ago
Reply to  OzricTentacle

It isn’t dead “it” and all of her citizens have been sold for real, to the Zionista elite et al.

Natural_Texan
Natural_Texan
11 months ago

I’m amused at news reports ‘Trump ordered the assassination..’ as if it was a quick decision when it’s obvious this is a long planned and (from US view) well-executed CIA maneuver.

The escalations and provocations with Israel striking in Iraq and Syria, the recent US strikes on Iraqi forces were bait for Soleimani who would surely come to Iraq for the funerals and more.. The astounding thing is that Iran fell into the trap. Even more surprising is how Iranian leaders are openly calling for revenge instead of simply planning for it and carrying it out with some deniability.

These are not good things.

Stevesean
Stevesean
11 months ago

I see yet another Trump organization bankruptcy in the future. Who in their right mind would stay in a Trump branded property when they will be targets?

Rowdy-Yates
Rowdy-Yates
11 months ago

The U.S. has forces stationed in many countries around Iran. From now on none of them will be safe.
If Iran strikes any these bases she may face the full brunt of America. If that is going to be the case she might as well wait and strike Israel with all she has or assassinate key Israeli figures. The retaliation will strill be the same but the impact of hitting Israel so hard may change geopoltics

Nathan Dunning
Nathan Dunning
11 months ago
Reply to  Rowdy-Yates

Strike Israeli Targets and Israel will Nuke your ass and rightly so.

Rowdy-Yates
Rowdy-Yates
11 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Dunning

You are right and now I believe the most important thing Iran can do is become a nuclear power as fast as she can. As a nuclear power no nation will threaten her so freely.

Nathan Dunning
Nathan Dunning
11 months ago
Reply to  Rowdy-Yates

None of them Were safe already. Today they are Safer than yesterday.

michael houston
michael houston
11 months ago

well…..so much for Trump ever showing up at rallies…..he has just painted a huge target on himself……on his wife…..on his children….and on the general american population….and too the zionists have just been given a free hand at doing whatever they want and then blaming it on Iran…..a false flag free-for-all….what could possibly go wrong…..

Natural_Texan
Natural_Texan
11 months ago

I’m not excusing Trump but I don’t for a minute believe Trump concocted this assassination or the larger escalation of hostilities. This is a plan put in front of him by the forces of chaos in Washington and Tel Aviv and they struck at a time of political and popular weakness for him.. he is a giddy spectator and participant in these crimes just hoping to survive to be reelected or simply lose the election and fade away.

Natural_Texan
Natural_Texan
11 months ago
Reply to  Natural_Texan

If any comment includes a reference to the Israeli government (in this case Tel Aviv) and it is not un-garnished praise it will draw down votes or retorts.

Eileen Kuch
Eileen Kuch
11 months ago
Reply to  Natural_Texan

I’m not excusing DJT either, but I, too, don’t for a minute believe DJT concocted this assassination or the larger escalation of hostilities. Indeed, this was a plan put in front of him by the forces of chaos in Washington and Tel Aviv, and they struck at a time of political and popular weakness for him .. He’s just a giddy spectator and participant in these crimes, simply hoping to survive to be re-elected or simply lose the election and fade away.
The long-term Israeli PM Bibi Nutty&Yahoo’s been itching to attack Iran for some time, but the US/NATO coalition just weren’t in the mood to join him in that catastrophic war .. Thus, he was left grumbling about non-support. DJT doesn’t want war with Iran, and he pulled a trick on the forces of chaos in Washington and Tel Aviv by not ordering retaliation for Iran’s latest “attack” .. Instead, he stated he was willing to openly negotiate with the Iranians (he’s been negotiating with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani behind the scenes since 2017).

Natural_Texan
Natural_Texan
11 months ago
Reply to  Eileen Kuch

If the Rump has been negotiating with Iran secretly that’s all over now.

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