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New Book to Reveal How Mossad Used Jeffrey Epstein to Blackmail Politicians

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There's much mystery surrounding the life and death of Jeffrey Epstein, but this is most certainly the first time the pervasive Israeli spy agency has entered the scene.

The late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, were on Mossad's payroll, a new book claims.

The soon-to-be-released Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales is an investigative work by journalists Dylan Howard and Melissa Cronin and novelist James Robertson.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - December 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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The 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25, was held last month in Madrid, Spain. But not even Greta and her truant school friends could stop the climate chaos around the world last month.

After an unusually chilly start to the summer, Australia is experiencing record breaking bushfires that caused devastating damage in December 2019. The fires have torched towns, displaced thousands and caused the deaths of a billion or so animals so far.

Also last month, at least 150 houses were destroyed by fast-moving woodland fires in the Chilean city of Valparaíso. Again! That city has now been hit with wildfires three times in the last 5 years. Residential areas were still burning on Christmas Day.

Last month, there was snow cover across nearly half of the lower 48 states of the US - 46.2 percent of the country's landmass - the largest area for early December since snow cover records began in 2003. The snow cover reached as far south as Mexico's northern regions.

Iceland also recorded record snow cover of 30 FEET in December, while 8,000 vehicles were stranded in Kashmir as a result of 3 feet of snow.

Atlantic storms Elsa and Fabien wreaked havoc in western and central Europe, killing 9 people and causing widespread damage. Fabien also caused severe flooding in Venice where a sudden downpour of 3 inches combined with high tides to inundate the medieval city.

Heavy rain, floods and landslides caused severe damage to homes and livelihoods around the world last month: 150 people were killed in Kenya; 4 died in Khuzestan Province, Iran; thousands were affected in Nariño and 8 missing in Tolima, Colombia; Beirut city was paralyzed and 50 houses were under water in Sigi, Indonesia.

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit southern Philippines, killing at least one person and causing several injuries. Roads and buildings, including the local government office, were damaged.

All that and more in this month's SOTT Earth Changes Summary...


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Merry Christmas And Season's Greetings to All Our Readers! Get Your 2020 SOTT Calendar Here!

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As the holiday season approaches and 2019 comes to a close, we'd like to take a moment to thank you, our readers, for your continued support of Sott.net. When we started out all those years ago, we settled on the name 'Signs of the Times' (SOTT) because the media just didn't seem to notice that momentous changes were happening, that those momentous changes were connected, and that if they were observed together in 'big picture' mode, one could literally observe the world transform. Little did we know then just how reality-changing things would become.

What a year 2019 has been. Open rebellion has erupted in many countries, terrorism and 'random atrocities' continue unabated, the weather has become more extreme than ever, government has become more corrupt and feckless than ever, anti-human social engineering madness has migrated from the universities to the workplace and into schools, and asteroids are whizzing by our little lost planet at an alarming rate.

Although it's been in the works for several years - particularly since the 'double surprise' of Trump's election and the Brexit referendum result - mass censorship took a big leap in 2019. Thanks to certain governments leaning on Big Tech companies, the very nature of the internet changed this year. Purges of dissenting voices like ours from search results and social media has substantially bleached the internet of truth and replaced it with the bullhorns of mainstream propaganda and extremist 'black or white' rhetoric.

As a result, our readership, which grew for most of the 18 year history of Sott.net, is way down again this year - by 37% over 2018. Since 2016, our unique visits have dropped by 55%! We could scream and shout about it, but we don't think that would do any good. In fact, there's too much screaming and shouting going on these days - about anything and everything - that is obviously not doing anyone any good. That's why we at Sott.net have been refocusing our efforts from 'waking people up' to deepening our connections with 'those who already see'.

In these times of monumental mendacity, surround-sound distraction, and full-on socio-political lunacy, the refuge of community is more important than ever. There is only so much 'community' you can partake in via your computer screen, of course, but no matter where you are or what predicament you find yourself in, remember always that what is important is WHO you are and what you SEE.

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MindMatters: Breathe Deep to Reap The Benefits of a Healthy Mind: The Tao of Natural Breathing

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Correct breathing should come as natural to us as, well, breathing. But it doesn't. In fact, most of us so take the simple act of respiration for granted that we have learned to breathe shallowly and, indeed, incorrectly - allowing for a host of all sorts of detrimental knock-on effects. But what does that have to do with the world of ideas and the 'life of the mind' anyway? Well, quite a lot actually as we're coming to learn.

This week on MindMatters join us as we delve into Dennis Lewis' The Tao of Natural Breathing - where a number of crucial connections are made not only between the science of breathing and physiological well-being, but also the benefits given to cognition, our emotional life - and greater perception of our inner and outer directed states of awareness. There are some very good reasons why numerous ancient cultures saw breath as the key and gateway to gaining life force, good health and even spiritual vitality - and perhaps now is as good a time as any to learn why.


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How Lies And The Bethlehem Doctrine Brought About The Illegal Murder of Soleimani

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In one of the series of blatant lies the USA has told to justify the assassination of Soleimani, Mike Pompeo said that Soleimani was killed because he was planning "Imminent attacks" on US citizens. It is a careful choice of word. Pompeo is specifically referring to the Bethlehem Doctrine of Pre-Emptive Self Defence.

Developed by Daniel Bethlehem when Legal Adviser to first Netanyahu's government and then Blair's, the Bethlehem Doctrine is that states have a right of "pre-emptive self-defence" against "imminent" attack. That is something most people, and most international law experts and judges, would accept. Including me.

What very few people, and almost no international lawyers, accept is the key to the Bethlehem Doctrine - that here "Imminent" - the word used so carefully by Pompeo - does not need to have its normal meanings of either "soon" or "about to happen". An attack may be deemed "imminent", according to the Bethlehem Doctrine, even if you know no details of it or when it might occur. So you may be assassinated by a drone or bomb strike - and the doctrine was specifically developed to justify such strikes - because of "intelligence" you are engaged in a plot, when that intelligence neither says what the plot is nor when it might occur. Or even more tenuous, because there is intelligence you have engaged in a plot before, so it is reasonable to kill you in case you do so again.

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What War Was Trump Trying to Stop by Killing Iranian General Soleimani?

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The day after two US drones fired missiles that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, President Trump gave a press conference where he explained his action by saying: "We took action last night to stop a war. We do not take action to start a war."

To what war was Trump referring?

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Objective:Health: #39 - ITN - FDA Approves Ebola | Pill Makes Brain Small | Millennials' Health Declining

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We're back for the New Year with an analysis of the current health headlines. Happy New Year - 2020 is gonna be a doozy!

This week we talk about the Ebola vaccine that the FDA has just approved which has all the signs of, like the polio vaccine before it, causing more Ebola cases than it prevents. We also discuss the outbreak of whooping cough in a Texas school that had a 100% vaccination rate. Can we say vaccine failure?

Then we move on to the latest research that found women who take oral contraceptives have a smaller hypothalamus than women who don't and finish off with a discussion on a study that found millennials are getting sicker earlier than previous generations.

Join us for the Objective:Health take on the state of health as we move into 2020.


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A Dubious Official Story Masks The True Motives Behind The Soleimani Assassination

Behind the official yet dubious justifications for the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian general on Friday lies a confluence of factors — some decades in the making, others more recent — that are pushing the U.S. towards yet another catastrophic war in the Middle East.
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The site of a US airstrike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, January 03, 2020.
The recent assassination of Iran's most popular and well-known general, Qassem Soleimani, has stoked fears that a new war pitting the U.S. and its allies against Iran could soon become a devastating and deadly reality. The airstrike that killed Soleimani, conducted by the U.S. in Baghdad, was conducted without the authorization or even prior notification of the U.S. Congress and without the approval of Iraq's government or military, making the attack flagrantly illegal on multiple levels. The attack also killed Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was an advisor to Soleimani.

"The assassination of an Iraqi military commander who holds an official position is considered aggression on Iraq ... and the liquidation of leading Iraqi figures or those from a brotherly country on Iraqi soil is a massive breach of sovereignty," Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said of the attack, adding that the assassination was "a dangerous escalation that will light the fuse of a destructive war in Iraq, the region, and the world."

Notably, the assassination of Soleimani comes just a few months after an alleged Israeli attempt to kill the Iranian general failed and amid a well-documented and decades-long push by U.S. neoconservatives and Israeli officials for a U.S.-led war with Iran.

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Major General Soleimani's Assassination Isn't Going To Start World War III

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The US carried out a de-facto act of war against Iran after assassinating Major General Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force in Baghdad last night, but despite the doomsday scenarios that many in Alt-Media are speculating that this will lead to, the commencement of World War III is extremely unlikely for several reasons.

The "Decapitation Strike" That Shook The World

Trump's approval of the US' assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Quds Force in Baghdad last night amounts to a de-facto act of war against Iran, but it wasn't the decision of a "madman" or someone whose permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state") didn't think this completely through. Rather, it was a premeditated "decapitation strike" carried out to prove the US' conventional "escalation dominance" in its regional proxy war with Iran, one which America surely knows will elicit a kinetic response of some sort from the Islamic Republic but which the Pentagon and its regional allies are prepared for. Contrary to the narrative bandied about in Alt-Media, the US didn't "surrender" the Mideast to Russia and Iran in recent years (who, to be clear, are not "allies", but anti-terrorist "partners of convenience" in Syria) despite some regional setbacks to its grand strategy, but merely adjusted the nature through which it intends to restore its influence there.

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Extrajudicial Murder: Trump Assassinates Iranian Quds Commander Soleimani at Baghdad Airport


Comment: The airstrike also killed the leader of one of Iraq's People's Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, with whom Soleimani had apparently flown into Iraq to meet.

So, USrael finally got the man leading the war on the ground against ISIS and al-Qaeda. At what price though?...


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In this Sept. 18, 2016 file photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard commanders in Tehran, Iran.
Several rockets have landed at the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. At least seven people, including senior officials with the Iran-backed militia, have reportedly been killed in an apparent US air strike.


There have been conflicting reports as to how the incident unfolded, with the Iraqi security media cell reporting that three rockets came down inside the airport perimeter, near the air cargo terminal, early Friday morning local time. The resulting explosions set two vehicles alight, injuring civilians, it said.

Comment: The neocons and the Israelis are, no doubt, dancing. Warhawk Bolton hopes it's "the first step to regime change" in Iran. As are stupid Americans, who, in their misplaced patriotism, don't understand that they are celebrating the death of a man Israel wants them to believe is The Global Terrorist, but was in fact The Leading Slayer of Terrorists.

They are itching for major war, and doing everything possible to get it. It is now down to Iranian restraint to avoid that happening. But you can bet they will be seeking retaliation, whether overt or asymmetric. This is BIG news. Soleimani is a legend in Iran, and among the "axis of resistance" from Yemen to Lebanon and from Syria to Afghanistan.

This is American belligerence and arrogance on full display. And total, utter stupidity - especially after the Americans already angered Iraqis, and their government, by violating their sovereignty earlier this week with a unilateral attack on Shia fighters, which led to the embassy riot.

What the hell do they think will be the reaction to a high-profile assassination on Iraqi soil? Are they TRYING to start another insurgency? It is completely reckless.

Iran has vowed to retaliate.


The Pentagon has officially claimed responsibility:
"At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani," the Pentagon said in a statement.

"This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and interests wherever they are around the world."

The Pentagon said that the assassination was a response to "attacks on coalition bases in Iraq," accusing Soleimani of being the mastermind behind a recent spate of missile attacks on joint US and Iraqi military installations. In particular, the Pentagon blamed Soleimani for orchestrating the December 27 rocket strike at a US base in Kirkuk that killed one American contractor as well as "approving" the siege of the US embassy in Baghdad that almost ended up in the compound's takeover by protesters furious over the US strikes that killed 25 members of Kataib Hezbollah, part of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), over the weekend.
This is truly an Israeli level of mendacity. It is incitement, pure and simple. It will not deter any future attacks - it will inspire them.

Oil prices immediately spiked 4%.

RFE/RL reports:
The U.S. military confirmed the attack shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted out a U.S. flag in his first Twitter posting in almost 13 hours.


The Pentagon said Trump had approved the attack in the morning of January 2.

Unconfirmed reports said at least one member of Lebanon's Hizballah movement was also killed in the attack.
Tucker Carlson - an actual American patriot - is maintaining a level head and refusing to join the mindless war-mob in their puffing and gloating over this brazen murder, a rare thing in the United States today. (Unlike, for example, Iran-Contra criminal Oliver North, who is calling the murder "a good thing for every American and every freedom-loving person.")


Russia has labelled the US operation "an adventurous move that will lead to an escalation of tension throughout the region," before saluting Soleimani for the patriot he was:
"Soleimani served devotedly the cause of defending the national interests of Iran. We express our sincere condolences to the Iranian people."
The Russian MoD added:
"The short-sighted steps by the United States that resulted in the killing of Qasem Soleimani lead to a sharp escalation of the military-political situation in the Middle East region and to serious negative consequences for the entire global security system", the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said that long before the US-led coalition, Soleimani had organised armed resistance to the Daesh* terrorist group and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.

"His personal merits in fighting against Daesh on Syrian territory are unquestionable", it said.
Trump has managed to demolish in one fell swoop the myth that 'Iranians are poised to rise up against their regime'. Here's the crowd this morning - in just one small city, Soleimani's hometown - mourning his death:


Contrast the above with Trump's ignorant tweet:


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EXCEPTIONALIST COWARDS DETONATE THE RAGING TWENTIES WITH - WHAT ELSE - SUPREME COWARDICE

We knew it was coming. There were rumbles in Israeli media. There were threats by the Pentagon. We discussed it in detail in Umbria last week. I received worried messages from Iran. We were discussing it last night till late, here in Sicily. They are SOOOO predictable. It does not matter whether Trump ordered it or the Deep State ordered him to order it, or the usual suspects ordered them all. They want war on Iran - and there cannot be a more hardcore provocation than this. Khamenei knows it and already said there WILL be blowback - and it will be nasty.

I met Mohandes in Baghdad two years ago - as well as many Hashd al-Shaabi members. The Deep State is absolutely terrified they are on the way to becoming a new Hezbollah, as powerful as Hezbollah. And Soleimani of course humiliated the whole of the Deep State over and over again - and could eat all of them for breakfast and lunch and dinner as a military strategist. Tehran has to be extremely clever in their response. Blowback by a thousand cuts is the way to go. Hit the Exceptional Cowards where it really hurts.

This is the way the Raging Twenties begin: not with a bang, but a cowardly whimper.
Trump has followed up his flaccid US flag tweet with another one of those cryptic 'maybe it's 4D chess, who knows?!' tweets:


What the hell does that even mean?

Iran has already appointed Soleimani's deputy as head of the Iranian Quds Force (IRCG), Esmail Qaani.

Here's a hint that Iran will not be doing anything rash in response to this cowardly attack, PressTV reports:
Iran's First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri has warned that the US will end up being "the main losers in this dangerous game in the region," saying that those following the path paved by Soleimani will "push away the fire of war, terrorism and division from the region. The name of Soleimani struck fear in the hearts of the enemies of the independence and freedom of Muslim nations," Jahangiri said, adding that Soleimani was an inspiration and cause for hope among the "truth-seekers" and "downtrodden" of the world.
Another is that Iran is going through formal channels to denounce the US, telling Swiss diplomatic staff, who represent US interests in Iran, that they condemn the attack as 'state terrorism'. Whether it's that or an 'act of war', it's certainly barbarian, and highly risky. Why would others, going forwards, feel compelled to not attack senior US leaders anywhere they touch down in the world?

Iraq's sort-of equivalent to Soleimani, Muqtada al-Sadr - who does NOT want Iraq to become a vassal of Iran's - isn't taking any chances and has ordered forces under his command to prepare for the worst. Iraq's formal govt, meanwhile, via caretaker leader Adil Abdul Mahdi, said the US operation was a "flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty" and an insult to the dignity of his country:

Mahdi stressed that the US had violated the terms under which American troops are allowed to stay in Iraq: they're supposed to be there to train Iraqi troops and FIGHT, not help, ISIS.

Photos of the wreckage left by yesterday's airstrike, which the Iraqis say was conducted using helicopters:


The Iraqi parliament is to hold an emergency session to discuss an appropriate response. Will they elect to vote the Americans out? Meanwhile, the Pentagon is sending another 4,000 US troops to Kuwait.

The US too is assuming the worst in Iraq, telling all American civilians to flee the country ASAP. We highly recommend that all US military personnel do likewise. It's one thing containing an Iraqi insurgency by splitting it along sectarian lines, as they did in '06, but containing a joint multi-million man Shia Iraqi-Iranian insurgency would be a whole other ball-game.
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We don't think this gross provocation will spark war, conventional or nuclear. The way Soleimani talked about martyrdom on the rare occasions when he did speak, he probably expected to be martyred himself sooner or later. In fact, almost a decade ago, Iran's Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, called Soleimani "a living martyr."

He was 62, and had already 'done his worst' - to the US, Israel and their Arab toadies - by setting in motion the 'Shia Crescent' (more accurately, a non-denominational, multi-national, multi-regional, anti-chaos movement).

Iran just needs to stick to the path Soleimani helped pave, and it will be victorious in the long-run. Last week it participated in an event for the ages: joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean with the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China. One 'theocracy', one 'democracy', and one 'autocracy' - all united by common interest: a new multi-polar world following half a millennium of authoritarian, hierarchical, and domineering Western hegemony.

As for the US, it gets more repulsive by the day, by its own actions, so everyone around the world who yearns to 'send Yankee home' just needs to continue strengthening bonds with like-minded people.


A quote attributed to Soleimani:
"We're not like the Americans. We don't abandon our friends."
Quotes about Soleimani, made by senior Iraqi officials:
"He is so short, but he has this presence. There will be ten people in a room, and when Soleimani walks in he doesn't come and sit with you. He sits over there on the other side of room, by himself, in a very quiet way. Doesn't speak, doesn't comment, just sits and listens. And so of course everyone is thinking only about him."
"All of the important people in Iraq go to see him. People are mesmerised by him - they see him like an angel."
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Iranian President Rouhani has made the following statement:
"Soleimani's martyrdom will make Iran more decisive to resist America's expansionism and to defend our Islamic values. With no doubt, Iran and other freedom-seeking countries in the region will take revenge," Rouhani said in a statement, adding that the killing will only strengthen Iran's resolve in resisting the US.

"Undoubtedly, such a villainous and cowardly measure is another sign of the US' frustration and incapability in the region and signifies the regional nations' aversion to this aggressive regime," the president noted.
Unlike their cheerleading of Trump's Syria airstrikes, Democrats are actually criticizing Trump for his latest bit of war-mongering. Biden called the strikes "hugely escalatory" and likely to cause future Iranian attacks. Pelosi, Sanders, Warren, Schiff too. Republican war whores like Rubio and Graham are praising the assassination.

International reaction is generally appalled at the US 'executive action'. So far the only country really supporting the move is Israel...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be trying to do a little damage-control after the killing, saying the US "remains committed to de-escalation." Assassinating a foreign leader doesn't seem like the kind of action a country committed to de-escalating tensions would undertake, but here we are in the 20s with an fading empire desperately trying to maintain global dominance.

The UN's top expert on extrajudicial executions pointed out the attack violated international law (as if that ever stopped the Americans/Israelis):

Tehran has deployed its F-14 fighters in response to the attack.

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Trump has tweeted again. The dotard claims that Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of "millions" of people, including "thousands" of Americans, which apparently means his assassination is just fine:

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatullah Khamenei has sent a message to all Iranians on the "magnificent martyrdom" of Soleimani:
In the Name of God, the Most Graceful and the Most Merciful,

Dear Iranian Nation,

The great and honorable commander of Islam became heavenly. Last night, the pure spirits of martyrs collectively embraced the purified the soul of Qasem Suleimani. Years of sincere and brave struggles and fights in battlefields with the evil and nefarious forces of the world, and years of yearning to be killed in the path of God finally elevated beloved Suleimani to this prominent status: His purified blood was spilt in the hands of the most wretched and the most pathetic among humanity.

I congratulate this magnificent martyrdom to "The Everlasting Proof of God" [Imam Mahdi (pbuh)] and to the pure soul of the martyr himself. And to the nation of Iran, I offer my condolences.

He was an excellent example of those educated in Islam and Imam Khomeini's school of thought. He spent his entire life fighting in the cause of God.

Martyrdom was his reward for all these years of struggle. With his departure, with God's Will and Help, his path will neither be stopped nor closed. However, a severe retaliation awaits the criminals who painted their corrupt hands with his and his martyred companions' blood last night.

Martyr Suleimani is an international face to the Resistance and all lovers of the Resistance share a demand in retaliation for his blood. All friends - as well as all enemies - must know the path of Fighting and Resistance will continue with double the will and the final victory is decidedly waiting for those who fight in this path. The loss of our selfless and beloved commander is bitter but the continuation of the fight and the achievement of the final victory will leave a more bitter taste for the culprits and the criminals.

Iranian nation will commemorate the name and memory of the high status martyr, Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Suleimani and his martyred companions, especially the great warrior of Islam, His Excellency Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. I announce 3 days of mourning in the country and to the beloved wife, children, and family.

I offer my congratulations and condolences.

Seyyed Ali Khamenei

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For the rest of SOTT's coverage of the assassination, see the following (starting with the latest):