The US Assassinates the Deputy Head of Iraqi Armed Forces Branch in Baghdad Drone Strike

Along with an admired visiting Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, the architect of victory vs ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Editor’s note: I have no words. The level of lawlessness, entitledness, treacherousness, nihilism and plain stupidity required of the Trump gang to do this is something else. To, as a guest of the Iraqi government, start offing officials of said government is unbelievable (or at least would have been for any other nation). This is as if the US allowed Mexico to put up a number of military bases in the US, and Mexico then used the bases to assassinate the US Chief of the National Guard along with a visiting general from Canada.


On the outskirts of the Baghdad International Airport, a US drone attacked a delegation including the top figure at Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), killing him as well as several others, including Iran’s Quds Forces commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The White House confirmed President Trump ordered the attack, and emphasized that they considered Soleimani a “terrorist.”

Details are continuing to emerge on the attack and killings, but indications are that Gen. Soleimani is dead, as is Iraq’s PMU media chief Mohammed Reda al-Jabri, along with his guards. Iraqi state media also reported Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of the PMU, to have been killed in the attack. [Actually Muhandis was the deputy head.] Five PMU and two “guests” were reported killed. Soleimani is assumed to be a guest, and Lebanese Hezbollah figure Muhammad al-Kawtharani is also reported to have been slain.

The PMU has already issued a statement on social media reporting on the deaths, and blaming them on a “cowardly US attack.” Another PMU spokesman blamed the US and Israel jointly.

This is certainly an act of war not just Iran, but also against Iraq, which is almost certain to be livid over a US attack against its largest civilian airport and assassination of two top figures of its PMU paramilitary force.

The Pentagon has issued a statement confirming the attack, trying to present it as purely defensive in nature, and claiming Soleimani was planning to kill US diplomats. The attack comes just hours after Defense Secretary Mark Esper threatened to attack Iran, and amid repeated warnings for Americans to get out of Iraq, especially the Baghdad area.

Source: Antiwar.com

12 Iraqi soldiers were also reported injured and one civilian killed in the attack.

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Mistaron
Mistaron
9 months ago

How many more dedicated “terrorists” has this insanity now created? Do they not see beyond their fucking noses these damned Americans? Once again Israel applauds from the sidelines while more young, American soldiers have targets painted on their backs in a war which gains nothing for the US people. Sickening and criminal.

Follows TheWay
Follows TheWay
9 months ago

According to the Bible, America is the end-times nation “Babylon, the great;” also called “the hammer of the whole earth” with this end:

How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! (Jer 50:23)

But until this end occurs, there is much more Bible prophecy to be fulfilled; and quite possibly, a desolation of Iran as described in Daniel chapter 8.

Jesus commanded all to “watch” (Mark 13:37).

The Bible is the only real truth we have.

Mychal Arnold
Mychal Arnold
9 months ago
Reply to  Follows TheWay

Other than reality!

Undecider
Undecider
9 months ago

Trump is following orders to keep the religious war of WW3 on track. Meanwhile, China is expanding economically around the world.

Al Carbone
Al Carbone
9 months ago

we can thank pissrael for the coming destruction of US empire

Canosin
Canosin
9 months ago
Reply to  Al Carbone

Israhell must be destroyed too….. along with the Divided States of Zionist America

jm74
jm74
9 months ago

US has been hunting Soleimani for quite some time and it does look like that there is a traitor amongst the Iranian, Iraqi and PMU, someone had to give out details concerning there movements. US, israel is going to be targeted.

Marko Marjanović
9 months ago
Reply to  jm74

What’s the end game here lol? They really think this is going to strenghten their position in Iraq?

Trump is known for treating nominally allied governments as enemies, but to actually start assassinating their military leaders… The guy is incapable of thinking more than two seconds ahead.

BillA
BillA
9 months ago

Iran now has the legitimacy to attack any US target, and few will complain

Andra Salzberg
Andra Salzberg
9 months ago

The Kushners’ Xmas present…so nicely wrapped & tied with a bow.
A follow-up to Ivanka’s missiles on Syria.
It’s like a video game to them.
No accounting for human lives lost.

Robert
Robert
9 months ago

First of all, let’s try and ponder on both the similarities and the differences with the two following (yet hypothetical) situations:

A. Shoygu gets zapped by an Israeli missile while meeting with Iranian officials at Damascus airport

B. Stoltenberg (or any EU Defence ministeress) gets zapped by a drone while meeting with Saoudi-sponsored mercenaries in Yemen

Then let’s ask some questions, list not exhaustive:

1. what [in the world, to remain polite] was Qasem Soleimani, of all people, doing just there, at Baghdad airport?

2. why wasn’t he better protected? 2b. where was his security, including intelligence services?

3. could it have happened by chance — i.e. the attackers didn’t know of his presence there?

4. where the answer to 3. was yes or no, could 5a. Israel 5b. any US-sponsored mercenary group have been behind the attack?

5. whatever the answer to 4., can we put it past the stupid, boisterous US murderous regime, taking advantage of customary Israeli discretion or telling their mercenaries to shut up, to boast: “It’s us who dunnit!” ?

6. the vast one, now: who could have an interest in getting rid of Qasem Soleimani?

Mikhail Garchenko
Mikhail Garchenko
9 months ago

…well…
(((they))) “double down the stakes” again.
Just “wait and watch”.
All this will not “for free”, motherf***ers.

Anti-Empire