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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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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.


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?...

Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani
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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:

Columnist Pepe Escobar comments:

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.
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."

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.


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

13 Dey, 1398
For the rest of SOTT's coverage of the assassination, see the following (starting with the latest):

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Craig Murray: The Terrifying Rise of the Zombie State Narrative

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The ruling Establishment has learnt a profound lesson from the debacle over Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction. The lesson they have learnt is not that it is wrong to attack and destroy an entire country on the basis of lies. They have not learnt that lesson despite the fact the western powers are now busily attacking the Iraqi Shia majority government they themselves installed, for the crime of being a Shia majority government.

No, the lesson they have learnt is never to admit they lied, never to admit they were wrong. They see the ghost-like waxen visage of Tony Blair wandering around, stinking rich but less popular than an Epstein birthday party, and realise that being widely recognised as a lying mass murderer is not a good career choice. They have learnt that the mistake is for the Establishment ever to admit the lies.


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Documents Reveal Dutch Government Sent Military Supplies to Terrorists in Syria

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A still from a video published by Jabhat al-Shamiya aka the Levant Front
Last year, a 'Government Information (Public Access) Act' request was filed by two Dutch daily newspapers (Trouw and Nieuwsuur) in an effort to reveal the exact nature of the 'aid' that had been sent to Syria by the Dutch government between 2015 and early 2018. While the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok, had previously said that the aid sent to Syria was "civil in nature", the released documents revealed otherwise.

The documents, comprising about 2,000 pages in total, revealed that almost all 'aid' sent by the Dutch government was sent to foreign jihadist and terrorists and was of a decidedly military rather than civilian nature. Trouw reported that Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-max pick-up trucks, 'tactical vests' for weapons such as the M-16 and AK-47, food packages, generators, furniture, laptops, satellite telephones, mattresses, backpacks and cameras were all part of the 'aid'. Once in the hands of the terrorists, laptops were used to select military targets, while pick-up trucks, tactical vests, telephones and cameras were all used in assault missions against the Syrian and Russian militaries, not to mention the Syrian population. The rest of the material provided comfort to the terrorists.

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Good Riddance 2019, The Year of The Woke Police

Demonstrators take part in 'Women Demand Bread & Roses' protest organised by Women's March in central London, January 19

Demonstrators take part in 'Women Demand Bread & Roses' protest organised by Women's March in central London, January 19
This was the year of 'woke'. Or at least the year that 'woke' made its biggest land grab. For anyone lucky enough not to have encountered the term, woke is essentially political correctness after a course of steroids. Its followers spend their lives punishing any wrong-think committed, which can include thinking something everyone thought until yesterday. And includes saying things that are true.

The main inspirations for the wokerati are anything to do with relations between the sexes, race, LGBT issues, and the last of these (Trans) in particular. In each case a legitimate rights debate is weaponised into a culture war.

This year started in the manner in which it meant to go on. In January, former policeman Harry Miller was contacted by Humberside Police after a member of the public reported him for allegedly 'transphobic' comments made on Twitter. His offence? The 53-year-old posted a limerick that questioned whether trans women are biological women. The police recorded it as a 'hate incident'.


Clueless Extinction Rebellion Protesters Don't Know What CO2 Stands For

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"We are Extinction Rebellion, and we are rising up because we believe we should stop global warming, because it's caused by humankind, because of CO2, which is... something in the air, and it's bad, and it's increasing, and don't get us started about carbon dioxide"
Exctinction Rebellion (ER) is a silly movement that was originally established in the UK in May 2018. A snapshot of what ER activists have been up to includes gluing themselves to an electric bus, going on hunger strike, attempting to glue themselves to the top of a train, smashing windows at the Department of Transport with a hammer and screwdriver, attempting to shutdown an airport, and attempting to spray 1,800 liters of fake blood at a government building in London (the latter attempt backfiring embarrassingly).

ER has also reached the Netherlands with a Dutch version of its website trying to lure in people from all ages to join their nonsensical cause and protests. In the week of October 7th, 2019, hundreds of ER members attempted to block the Stadshouderskade in Amsterdam, an important road in the city.

Perhaps most revealing of all, however, was when Mark Baanders, a reporter with the controversial Dutch broadcaster PowNed, went to the protests and discovered how little the protesters actually knew about what they were protesting about.

The following is a transcript of some parts of the interview:

Comment: See also: Extinction Rebellion: The upper-middle-class death cult we should ridicule out of existence

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So, Besides Tweeting Folk Off, What Has Donald Trump Actually DONE as President?

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Comment: Kudos to @robbystarbuck for compiling this list of Trump's accomplishments (and near-accomplishments, and some things that were accomplished on his watch, but which aren't necessarily his doing) during the last three years.

[Note: we have not verified every piece of legislation and statistic listed, but the author invites feedback on mistakes or oversights.]

For the record, we don't see every single one of them as being 'good'. But most of them clearly are, and they add up to a productive, normal, BIPARTISAN first term as president.

Which you wouldn't have a clue about from listening to US and foreign media paint him 'Literally Hitler'...