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War With Iran
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2020-01-03
The assassination by the United States of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, near Baghdad's airport will ignite widespread retaliatory attacks against U.S. targets from Shiites, who form the majority in Iraq. It will activate Iranian-backed militias and insurgents in Lebanon and Syria and throughout the Middle East. The existing mayhem, violence, failed states and war, the result of nearly two decades of U.S. blunders and miscalculations in the region, will become an even wider and more dangerous conflagration. The consequences are ominous. Not only will the U.S. swiftly find itself under…

'A just struggle': Netanyahu backs Soleimani's killing as US 'self-defense,' says Quds head planned more attacks
rt.com | 2020-01-03
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the US assassination of a top Iranian commander a justified act of self-defense and said Donald Trump should be credited for "acting swiftly, forcefully and decisively." | The Israeli leader said his country "stands with the United States in its just struggle for peace, security and self-defense," accusing Soleimani of having staged and planned attacks against "American citizens and many other innocent people." | PM Netanyahu: | President Trump deserves all the credit for acting swiftly, forcefully and decisively. | Israel stands with the United States in it…

Hawks Rejoice at Trump Decision to Assassinate Iranian Military Leader
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-03
As peace advocates voiced alarm at the very real prospect of all-out conflict with Iran following the assassination Thursday night of that country's top military leader on orders from U.S. President Donald Trump, war hawk…

US killing of Iranian commander on Iraqi soil violates terms of US stationing troops in the country — Iraqi PM
rt.com | 2020-01-03
The interim prime minister of Iraq has condemned the US assassination of a senior Iranian commander, calling it an act of aggression against his country. Qassem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad airport. | Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force, was killed after his convoy was hit by US missiles. A deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the Iraqi militia collective backed by Iran, was killed in the same airstrike. | In a statement on Friday, the caretaker leader of Iraq's protest-challenged government, Adil Abdul Mahdi, said the US assassination operation was a "flagrant violation o…

Thousands march in Tehran to mourn 'beloved' military commander Soleimani, killed by US drone strike
rt.com | 2020-01-03
Protesters dressed in black have marched in Tehran and other cities, decrying the killing on Thursday night of the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, which was ordered by Washington. | People flooded the streets of Tehran after Friday prayers in honor of Soleimani and other officials killed during a US airstrike in Iraq's capital. | The mostly black-clad protesters were chanting traditional anti-American slogans like "Down with the US!" while also praising Soleimani as a "hero" of the nation. Many were carrying photos of the killed Quds commander and banners suggesting that the vi…

The Soleimani Assassination: The Long-Awaited Beginning of the End of America's Imperial Ambitions
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
The United States is now at war with Iran in a conflict that could easily have been avoided and it will not end well. There will be no declaration of war coming from either side, but the assassination of Iranian …

The Assassination of Suleimani Escalates the Threat of War
Phyllis Bennis | thenation.com | 2020-01-03
The Assassination of Suleimani Escalates the Threat of War…

A Dubious Official Story Masks the True Motives Behind the Soleimani Assassination
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-03
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.

Iraq: The October Revolution of 2019 and the Iran-US Conflict
Dirk Adriaensens | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
Iraq is in the eye of the storm. Washington's "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran and Tehran's response put heavy pressure on the Iraqi government, a partner for both. The US expects Baghdad to resist Iran, and Iran expects Baghdad to resist the US. An almost impossible position.

No war or regime change, Trump assures Iran after praising the killing of '#1 terrorist' — ISIS-fighting general Soleimani
rt.com | 2020-01-03
US President Donald Trump described the Iranian general who fought Islamic State as "number one terrorist" in the world and said the decision to kill him was made "to stop a war," rather than start regime change in Tehran. | Addressing the media at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday, Trump said General Qassem Soleimani was "plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel" when the US "terminated" him. | "We take comfort in knowing that his reign of terror is over," he said of Soleimani, who led the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force before his assass…

Corbyn calls on UK govt to 'stand up to the belligerent actions' of US after assassination of Iran's Quds chief Soleimani
rt.com | 2020-01-03
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at the US after they claimed responsibility for the killing of Iran's Quds Force Major-General Qassem Soleimani, and urged the UK government to "stand up" to their key western ally. | The outgoing leader warned on Friday that Iran and the US must de-escalate tensions, otherwise the Middle East will see yet more conflict that would "bring further misery to the region, 17 years on from the disastrous invasion of Iraq." | Corby…

Trump tweets after Quds chief killing: 'Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!'
rt.com | 2020-01-03
Following the US assassination of Iran's Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump took to Twitter, issuing a quite cryptic message that Iran has "never won a war, but never lost a negotiation." | The commander of the elite Quds Force was killed overnight in Baghdad International Airport, alongside with several other high-ranking officials from local pro-Iranian militias. | The assassination was carried out on the personal "direction" of Trump, the US military has said, claiming it was acting to protect America and its citizens. Soleimani was blamed for "the deaths of hundreds of American and c…

'Please don't kill us': Rose McGowan apologizes to Iran for Soleimani death, backpedals, still gets roasted
rt.com | 2020-01-03
The #MeToo advocate and 'Grindhouse' actress Rose McGowan joined Hollywood celebs like John Cusack to condemn the killing of Qassem Soleimani, but this only inspired Twitter to question her sobriety and her loyalty to the US. | Much of Hollywood's most politically active celebrities were not happy with the US assassination of Iran's Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, but none were as broken up about it as actress Rose McGowan. | The author and 'Charmed' actress took to Twitter to apologize on behalf of the US and to beg Iran "not to kill us." | "Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, you…

America at War with Iran? Pentagon Ordered the Killing of IRGC Commander Qasem Soleimani
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
The Pentagon confirmed the United States of America's responsibility of killing the legendary IRGC Quds Brigade commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone attack near Baghdad Airport. | The Pentagon's statement didn't elaborate on the cost on the US itself and its …

3,000 more US troops headed to Middle East after Baghdad strike that killed Soleimani
rt.com | 2020-01-03
Another 3,000 US airborne troops will be deploying to Kuwait, to join the 750 already there, even as Washington warned Americans to leave Iraq after the airstrike that assassinated a top Iranian general. | The entire 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division is now headed to the US base in Kuwait, multiple outlets reported, citing anonymous Pentagon officials on Friday. The deployment does not appear to be directly in response to the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, however, but rather part of the build-up set in motion on Tuesday, following the siege of the US embassy in Baghdad. | Also…

Killing General Soleimani: Hail Mars! Hail Pluto!
Matthew Hoh | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-03
The United States killed Iranian Quds Forces Commander General Qassam Soleimani. There is no hyperbole or exaggeration too great to encapsulate what may befall tens of millions of families. The equivalent of the killing of General Soleimani would be as if the Iranians assassinated General Richard Clarke, the US four-star general in charge of all…

Congress Failed to Act to Prevent Iran War. Now Trump Has Put Millions at Risk
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-03
The Trump administration's assassination of Iranian government official Qassim Suleimani, the leader of Iran's Quds Force, is a dangerous escalation of violence against Iran at an already explosive time. This reckless move by the administration is likely to set off a series of escalations of violence across the Middle East that could result in all-out war and risk the lives of millions o…

Pentagon: U.S. Airstrike Kills Powerful Iranian General
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-03
BAGHDAD — The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. | An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran's regional security apparatus, at Baghdad's international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that's expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests. | The Defense Department said Soleimani "was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region." I…

The Killing of General Soleimani: Hail Mars! Hail Pluto!
Matthew Hoh | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-03
If it is true the United States killed Iranian Quds Forces Commander General Qassam Soleimani in Iraq yesterday, unverified by the Iranians as I write this, then there is no hyperbole or exaggeration too great to encapsulate what may befall tens of millions of families. The equivalent of the killing of General Soleimani would be…

'We urge all parties to de-escalate': British foreign sec Raab calls for calm after US assassination of Iranian commander
rt.com | 2020-01-03
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has urged "all parties to de-escalate" after Iran's Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US military airstrike near Baghdad International airport on Thursday night. | In a statement on Friday morning, Raab insisted that the UK government "recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Qassem Soleimani." However, he called on "all parties to de-escalate," and claimed that "further conflict is in none of our interests." | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed via Twitter that he and Raab had discussed the incident and suggested…

the new hitler : donald trump !
ALETH | indybay.org | 2020-01-03
The bilderbergs now want war on Iran – and they are trying to gather western consensus for it by the usual means : lies and wanton murder.

Rep. Ro Khanna on Qassem Soleimani Assassination: Trump's Actions Are Unconstitutional
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-03
We continue our discussion of the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California. Khanna says he believes the assassination was planned for some time and that Congress has failed to hold the Trump administration accountable. "I believe that the president's policies are putting us in tremendous danger, and the motives are almost not relevant. What's relevant is that he acted in a way that's unconstitutional," Khanna says.

Economic Effect of Trump's Adventure: Spike in Oil, Gold Prices
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-03
Oil prices jumped nearly US$2 a barrel and gold, the yen and safe-haven bonds surged on Friday after the U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the murder of Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on Thursday. | RELATED: | Syria: Trump Administration Builds Military Base in Oil Field | In London, which is one of…

BREAKING: Trump starts war on Iran — ALL OUT Sat. Jan. 4 National Day of Action
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2020-01-03
The Trump administration and Pentagon have moved to start a war with Iran by assassinating Qassem Soleimani, the top military leader of that country.

Iran Vows 'Harsh' Response to U.S. Killing of Top General
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-03
BAGHDAD — Iran vowed "harsh retaliation" for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed a top Iranian general who had been the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing. | The killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, marks a major escalation in the standoff between Washington and Iran, which has careened from one crisis to another since President Donald Trump withdrew from…

All bets are off: Trump brings conflict with Iran to unprecedented level, just a step short of all-out war
rt.com | 2020-01-03
The assassination of a popular Iranian general in Baghdad is a game-changer in the conflict between Washington and Tehran, which had remained restricted to cloak-and-dagger shenanigans and proxy hostilities, analysts have told RT. | The Trump administration escalated its standoff with Iran to a whole new level on Friday by ordering a targeted assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force. The Iranian general was blown up along with 11 other people, including a senior commander of an Iraqi militia backed by Tehran, when their motorcade was hit by US guided missiles just outside Baghdad I…

the new hitler : donald trump
ALETH | indybay.org | 2020-01-03
the wanton murder of a top Iranian general by trump and his zionazi slavemasters is a deliberate fuse for world war III…

Arch-hawk Bolton celebrates slaying of Quds commander as 'first step to regime change in Tehran'
rt.com | 2020-01-03
While there was no shortage of triumphant voices coming from Washington DC on Friday after the targeted assassination of a senior Iranian general, that of John Bolton seemed especially cheerful. | The former national security adviser in the Donald Trump administration took to Twitter to congratulate "all involved in eliminating Qassem Soleimani," the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force. | Congratulations to all involved in eliminating Qassem Soleimani. Long in the making, this was a decisive blow against Iran's malign Quds Force activities worldwide. Hope this is the first step to regime change in Tehran.[mda…

Trump Ordered the Assassination of Soleimani, and the Middle East Prepares for Possible War
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
Qasem Soleimani was assassinated last night in Baghdad by a drone strike ordered by President Trump. The Iranian Commander of the 'Quds Force' was killed alongside the leader of the Iraqi 'Popular Mobilization Forces', Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, aka Abu Mahdi …

'Undeniable role in defeating ISIS': Russian MOD says Iran's Soleimani organized anti-terrorist fight 'long before US was there'
rt.com | 2020-01-03
Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike, had played a vital role in fighting terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that his death would harm international security. | The ministry slammed the assassination of the Iranian general, carried out on orders from Washington, calling it a "short-sighted" move that would lead to a "rapid escalation" of tensions in the Middle East. It also described Soleimani as a talented and experienced commander, who enjoyed "well-earned authority" throughout the Middle East. | It was under Soleimani's direct command that…

Bernie Sanders Condemns Trump for Putting US on Path to "Another Disastrous War"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-03
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders denounced President Donald Trump late Thursday night for giving the order to assassinate Iran's Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force — calling the move a "dangerous escalation" that brings the United States "closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars." | In a statement responding to what other critics decried as…

Pentagon says Trump 'directed' assassination of Iran's Quds Force chief Soleimani to 'deter future Iranian attacks'
rt.com | 2020-01-03
US President Donald Trump authorized a US military strike near Baghdad's airport which resulted in the death of Iran's Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon confirmed in a statement on Thursday. | "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 tha…

'A More Dangerous World': Iran Killing Triggers Global Alarm
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-03
PARIS — Global powers warned Friday that the world became a more dangerous place after the U.S. assassinated Iran's top general, urging restraint on all sides. Britain and Germany also suggested that Iran shared some blame for provoking the targeted killing that dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the Mideast. | China, Russia and France, all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, took a dim view of the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport early Friday that killed Ge…

VIDEO shows US strike that killed Iranian general Soleimani in Baghdad
rt.com | 2020-01-03
A security camera video, purporting to show the US air strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and several leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia outside the Baghdad airport, has surfaced online. | The 11-second clip, first posted by the Iraqi TV station Ahad, shows an explosion ripping through the parking lot outside the Baghdad International Airport on Thursday evening. | ŸÑÿ≠ÿ∏ÿ© ÿߟÑÿπÿØŸàÿßŸÜ ÿߟÑÿߟÖÿ±ŸäŸ&Ea…

Pompeo in Iran damage control? US 'committed to de-escalation,' Soleimani killing 'saved American lives'
rt.com | 2020-01-03
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured everyone that Washington wants to ease the tensions in the Middle East, while defending the killing of Iranian elite Quds Force commander as "defensive action." | Pompeo made his remarks after speaking over the phone with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Yang Jiechi, the head of the Chinese ruling Communist Party's Foreign Affairs Commission. | "The US remains committed to de-escalation," Pompeo said. | A US drone strike killed Major General Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad's airport on Friday morning. The Pentagon later reveale…

US assassinates Iranian general Qassem Soleimani
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-03
Major general Qassem Soleimani, as well as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, head of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and five others, was killed in an attack on Baghdad airport that was sanctioned by president Donald Trump…

U.S. Assassination of Soleimani Could Spark "Another Round of Civil War" in Iraq
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-03
After the United States assassinated Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in a major escalation of the conflict between Iran and the United States, which now threatens to engulf Iraq and the Middle East, we get response from Iraqi journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who says the U.S. killing of Soleimani was reckless. "Did anyone consult Iraqis about the assassination of Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi soil?" he asks. "We don't want another round of civil war."

Democratic lawmakers score Trump for drone strike killing of Suleimani
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-03
WASHINGTON–Many congressional Democrats–along with party presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren–are warning that President Donald Trump's targeted drone assassination strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian military leader Gen. Qassim Suleimani will trigger Iranian retaliation, a regional war in the Middle East, or both. And experts in the region add Trump ordered …

Who Will Stop Trump's War on Iran?
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2020-01-03
Who Will Stop Trump's War on Iran?

Congress Must Check and Balance Trump to Avert War With Iran
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2020-01-03
Congress Must Check and Balance Trump to Avert War With Iran…

Why is the Indian IT sector in crisis?
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-03
Kiran Chandra of the Forum of IT Professionals, an organization working with IT employees in India, explains the nature of the crisis in the sector, the duplicity of big corporates and the advances made in organizing in the industry.

After Mossad Targeted Soleimani, Trump Pulled the Trigger
Jefferson Morley | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-03
Last October Yossi Cohen, head of Israel's Mossad, spoke openly about assassinating Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. "He knows very well that his assassination is not impossible," Cohen said in an interview. Soleimani had boasted that the Israel's tried to assassinate him in 2006 and failed.

Air Strikes Targeting Iraqi Militia Kill Six: Army Source
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-03
Air strikes targeting Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces umbrella grouping of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias near camp Taji north of Baghdad have killed six people and critically wounded three, an Iraqi army source said late on Friday. | Two of the three vehicles making up a militia convoy were found burned, the source said, as well as six burned corpses. The strikes took place at 1: 12 am local time, he said. | More to follow.

Who Was Qassem Soleimani and Why Was He Targeted by the US?>
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-03
The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Quds Force, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, has long been considered a top enemy target for the U.S. and their allies in the MIddle East. | Born to an impoverished family in southeastern Iran, young Qassem was an early follower of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, as he often listened to the latter's sermons through his traveling preachers. | When the 1979 Islamic Revolution began, the 22-year-old became one of the first officers in what would later become the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, also known by its acronym 'IRGC'. | Military Career…

Killing of Iran's Quds Force chief Soleimani by US 'MOST LIKELY violates international law' — UN Rapporteur
rt.com | 2020-01-03
The UN's top expert on extrajudicial executions said that Washington's decision to assassinate the commander of the Iranian elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, cannot be justified under international law. | Major-General Soleimani and the second-in-command of the Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were killed (along with others) in a US airstrike at Baghdad's airport on Friday morning. | The "targeted killings" of both men "most likely violate international law incl[uding] human rights law," the UN's Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary…

Killing of Quds commander is another sign of US frustration and weakness in the region — Iran's Rouhani
rt.com | 2020-01-03
Washington's assassination of a top Iranian commander is a "cowardly act" that confirms "the weakness of the United States in the region," President Hassan Rouhani said. | Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force, was killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad along with several commanders of Iran-backed militias. Washington considers the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), to which Quds belongs, to be a terrorist organization and holds it responsible for recent riots at the US embassy compound in the Iraqi capital. | …

Major General Soleimani's Assassination Isn't Going to Start World War III
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-03
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 …

Soleimani assassination by US 'an adventurous move' that will flare up tensions in Middle East — Moscow
rt.com | 2020-01-03
The US airstrike that killed a senior Iranian commander near Baghdad will exacerbate tensions throughout the Middle East, the Russian foreign ministry has warned. | Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force, was killed in a US operation at Baghdad International Airport on Friday morning. Moscow considers the operation "an adventurous move that will lead to an escalation of tension throughout the region," the ministry said. | "Soleimani served devotedly the cause of defending the national interests of Iran. We express our sincere condolences to the Iranian people," the short statement said. | Also on…

US State Dept tells Americans to leave Iraq 'immediately' after assassination of Soleimani
rt.com | 2020-01-03
The US State Department is calling on all US citizens to "depart Iraq immediately" in advice issued on Friday, in the wake of the US killing of key Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. | "US citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land," the State Department advised. "Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the US Embassy compound [in Baghdad], all public consular operations are suspended until further notice." | The advisory comes in the immediate aftermath of the US assassination of Soleimani, commander of Iran's elite Quds Force, along with senior leaders…

'De facto state of war': DeBlasio warns New Yorkers of 'new reality' in wake of the killing of Iran's Soleimani
rt.com | 2020-01-03
New York mayor Bill de Blasio warned the city that attempted terrorist attacks may follow the US strike on Iranian commander Soleimani, anticipating never-before-seen threats would be unleashed — but told citizens not to panic. | After the strike on Baghdad airport "we are dealing with a different reality," de Blasio told a press conference on Friday, admitting that "none of us know how this will play out," as it has been decades since the US confronted "the reality of a war with the government of a large country with an international terror network at its behest." Previous terror attacks on New York, he…