2020-01-06: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-07). Netanyahu backs away from Soleimani assassination, warns ministers to 'stay out' of purely 'American event'. rt.com Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly warned his cabinet not to get too involved in the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, lest Tel Aviv gets dragged into the escalating conflict between Washington and Tehran. | "The assassination of Soleimani isn't an Israeli event but an American event. We were not involved and should not be dragged into it," Netanyahu reportedly told his security cabinet during a meeting on Monday, as cited by Israel's Channel 13. He advised ministers to avoid speaking to the media about Thursday's targeted assassination beyond supporting the US right to defend itself, so…

RT (2020-01-06). 'Big loss' if Iran's nuclear deal scrapped & regarding Iraq, US threats are 'not helpful' — German FM. rt.com The nuclear deal signed between major world powers and Iran after years of tough talks could be on the brink of collapse after Tehran announced it will throw out all constraints on uranium enrichment, the German FM warned. | The first week of the year saw more bad news coming in, with Iran saying it will cease sticking to limitations on enrichment, levels of enrichment and the stock of uranium written down in the 2015 nuclear deal. | The announcement apparently unnerved Germany, one of the three European countries that have been trying to save the deal after Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull the US out o…

RT (2020-01-06). Iran's rollback on 2015 deal commitments poses no risk of nuclear arms proliferation — Moscow. rt.com Blaming Tehran for its decision not to adhere to the 2015 nuclear deal won't work, as it's a direct consequence of the US's withdrawal from the pact and increased sanctions pressure on Iran, the Foreign Ministry said. | The rollback on uranium enrichment constraints detailed in the landmark international agreement "in itself poses no threat in terms of proliferation of nuclear weapons," the ministry said in a statement. | The fact that Iran is acting in "close cooperation and unde…

Staff (2020-01-06). Soleimani's Death Could Galvanize Shia Coalitions Against One "Foreign Aggressor" — The U.S. democracynow.org Fallout continues to mount following the U.S. assassination of Iran's top military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week. Iranian media reports that over a million mourners took to the streets of Tehran today for the funeral of Soleimani, who headed Iran's elite Quds Force. On Sunday, Iran announced it would suspend its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, which the U.S. pulled out of in 2018. Trump has also threatened to target 52 locations in Iran, including cultural sites, if Iran retaliates against the U.S. The targeting of cultural sites is widely viewed as an international war crime.

RT (2020-01-06). Conservative satire as popular as mainstream news, journalists and cyberwarriors furious. rt.com A satirical article claiming the Democratic Party is officially mourning the death of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani has been shared more times than most CNN and New York Times articles, annoying the joke police. | Soleimani, who commanded the Iranian military Quds Force, was killed in an American airstrike last week, an assassination which raised already high tensions between Washington and Tehran to boiling point. Democrats criticized Trump for ordering Soleimani's killing, prompting conservative satire site the Babylon Bee to put its own spin on events. | "Democrats call for flags to be flown a…

RT (2020-01-06). UK urges Baghdad to allow its troops to continue 'vital work' as Iraqi parliament calls for withdrawal of all foreign forces. rt.com The UK government has expressed opposition to an Iraqi resolution demanding the expulsion of foreign troops, arguing that British soldiers play a critical security role in the country. | The removal of foreign military forces would prevent the US-led coalition from continuing its "vital work" countering Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Iraq, a UK government spokesman argued. | Iraq's parliament passed the motion on Sunday following the US-ordered assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force, in Baghdad. The resolution is non-binding and has not yet been adopted as an official…

Ben Becker (2020-01-06). BREAKING: Soleimani was in Iraq to ease regional tensions; then Trump said 'Kill him'. liberationnews.org The Pentagon and the White House fully knew, when they ordered the airstrike to kill him, that Soleimani was traveling to Baghdad in a diplomatic capacity as an emissary of Iran, and that he had a meeting planned with the Prime Minister to discuss broader de-escalation.

Miko Peled (2020-01-06). An Act of Cowardice: US Assassination of Soleimani Puts US-Israeli Fear of Iran on Full Display. mintpressnews.com Neither Israel or the US is prepared for an all out war with Iran, "hit and run" seems to be the tactic of choice. Hit Iranian targets in Syria or Iraq, and then run.

Prensa Latina (2020-01-06). Irán dará respuesta militar a asesinato de general, dice alto asesor. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON, 5 ene (Prensa Latina) Hossein Dehghan, asesor del líder supremo de Irán, ayatolá Ali Khamenei, manifestó hoy que su país dará una respuesta militar al asesinato por parte de Estados Unidos del general Qasem Soleimani. En entrevista exclusiva con la cadena de televisión CNN, el consejero militar sostuvo que Teherán tomaría represalias directamente contra …

Staff (2020-01-06). Former Top Bush Official: I Saw the March to War in 2003. I'm Seeing the Same Thing with Iran Now. democracynow.org We look at the Trump administration's assassination of Iran's top military commander Qassem Soleimani with Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired United States Army colonel who served as Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff from 2002 to 2005. On February 5, 2003, he watched as Powell made the case for war in a speech to the United Nations. He has since become an outspoken critic of U.S. intervention in the Middle East. In 2018, Wilkerson wrote an article for The New York Times titled "I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It's Happening Again."

Patrick Cockburn (2020-01-06). Iraq's Worst Fears Have Come True: a Proxy War on Its Doorstep. counterpunch.org The killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone at Baghdad airport is an act of escalation by President Donald Trump that ensures that Iraq faces a violent future. It may not lead to a full-scale military conflict, but Iraq will be the political and military arena where the US-Iranian rivalry will be fought out. More

Paul Street (2020-01-06). The Inauthentic Opposition is "Stunned" by a Crime it Encouraged. counterpunch.org Top Democrats are "stunned" that Trump impulsively ordered the killing of "the commanding general of a sovereign government" (New York Times) — Iran's Maj. Gen. Qassim Soliemani —on the sovereign territory of Iraq without the permission of Iraq's government. The imperial assassination of Soliemani is a criminal act of war guaranteed to provoke a reaction that could produce a regional war involving U.S. forces in the Middle East. More

RT (2020-01-06). 'We are trying to prevent open war,' Iraqi PM tells US ambassador as tensions mount. rt.com Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has told US ambassador Matthew Tueller that Baghdad is doing all it can to prevent "descent into open war" as tensions flare over the US killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. | Speaking at a meeting with Tueller in the Iraqi capital on Monday, Abdul-Mahdi said his government's policy has "always been to have relations with all sides." He said Iraq wants to build its relations with other countries on "cooperation, mutual respect, and protection of foreign sovereignty," adding that a strong Iraqi government is in "everyone's interest" in the region. | The PM als…

RT (2020-01-06). Democrats to introduce House resolution limiting Trump's military actions against Iran. rt.com The House will vote on a resolution to restrict Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said, arguing that Congress must prevent the White House from endangering American lives. | In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi stressed that Congress had a "responsibility" to stop a "serious escalation" with Tehran that could endanger US diplomats and service members. She said the House will introduce a vote on a War Powers resolution later this week that aims to "limit the President's…

Special to People's World (2020-01-06). U.S. Communists denounce Trump's Iran war drive. peoplesworld.org Following the U.S. drone-strike assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and the deployment of thousands more U.S. troops to the Middle East, the Communist Party USA condemned the Trump administration's drive toward war with Iran in a statement released this weekend. The party is calling for a mass public campaign to resist war and remove …

Alan Macleod (2020-01-06). Trump's Iran Aggression Sparks Protests Across America, World. mintpressnews.com The weekend saw more than 70 spontaneous or hastily organized demonstrations across America in opposition to the Trump administration's warlike actions against Iraq and Iran. On January 3, the United States carried out a drone strike in Baghdad that killed Major General Qasem Soleimani of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Soleimani was commonly se…

RT (2020-01-06). 'Never threaten the Iranian nation': Rouhani rebuffs Trump's warning that 52 Iranian targets may be hit. rt.com Iran's president has reminded Donald Trump of the 290 Iranians who died when the US shot down their plane in 1988, after the US president threatened to hit 52 targets in Iran — the same number of American hostages taken in 1979.

Eds. (2020-01-06). Dem candidates are critical of Trump's drone strike…but mostly are criticizing the Iranian general he killed. mronline.org "No American will mourn Qassem Suleimani's passing," begins former Vice President Joe Biden's statement, "He deserved to be brought to justice for his crimes against American troops and thousands of innocents throughout the region. He supported terror and sowed chaos." | Source

John Wojcik (2020-01-06). War danger a cause for concern around the globe. peoplesworld.org Those who saw recent demonstrations against the theocratic regime ruling Iran as a good sign had their hopes set back yesterday when the funeral for the assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani drew millions into the streets of Tehran, that nation's capital. A sea of humanity turned out to demonstrate its anger with the illegal U.S. …

RT (2020-01-06). 'US attempts to start war in Middle East are MADNESS!' Iraqi commander killed in US strike on Soleimani once told RT. rt.com Iraq and Iran have a mutual interest in each other's security, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis told RT in 2017. The Iraqi militia leader was among those killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad that targeted Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. | Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was the main target of Friday's drone attack, but the Americans apparently didn't care about collateral damage. Among the ten victims was not just the Iranian general — whom Washington conveniently branded a terrorist — but also top Iraqi security officials, who are technically supposed to be US allies. | Al-Muhandis, the deputy…

Staff (2020-01-06). Trump's Killing of Qassem Soleimani Means "Rules of the Game Have Totally Changed" in Middle East. democracynow.org The Iraqi Parliament voted Sunday to expel all U.S. military forces from Iraq. President Trump responded by threatening to impose sanctions on Iraq "like they've never seen before." Iraq has already been the target of some of the harshest sanctions the world has even seen. U.S.-backed sanctions killed more than a million Iraqis, including over 500,000 children, between 1990 and 2003. From Baghdad, we talk to Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, correspondent for The Guardian newspaper.

RT (2020-01-06). Embassy in Israel warns Americans 'heightened tensions' may bring rocket fire. rt.com The US embassy in Jerusalem has warned US citizens that they face an increased likelihood of rocket fire and other "security incidents" amid "heightened tensions" following the US killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. | Citing "heightened tensions in the Middle East," the embassy urged Americans in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza to "remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness" on Monday, noting that rocket fire and other "security incidents" seldom leave much time to react. The memo advised Americans to learn the location of nearby bomb shelters and pay attention to…

RT (2020-01-06). Trump threatens Iraq with 'very big sanctions' unless it pays back BILLIONS for an airbase if US troops are forced to withdraw. rt.com Iraq should brace for sanctions that will make the ones placed on Iran look weak in comparison if it kicks out the US troops without first covering the costs for an airbase, US President Donald Trump said. | "We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that's there. It cost billions of dollars to build, long before my time. We're not leaving unless they pay us back for it," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Sunday. | The punitive measures that the US is ready to slap on its supposed ally in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) will be even harsher than the crippling sanctions al…

RT (2020-01-06). Tide of people, anti-US chants, & sorrow as Tehran mourns death of General Soleimani & Iraqi militia commander (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com A massive funeral procession occupied the streets of Iran's capital as huge crowds of people — including the military's top brass — came to pay tribute to the deceased Quds Force commander and deputy chief of Iraq's Shia militia. | The remains of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force who was killed in a US air strike, was flown to Tehran after a day of funeral processions in Ahvaz and Mashhad. Bodies of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and other "martyrs" who died alongside Soleimani in an American drone strike, also arrived in the…

RT (2020-01-06). Damage control: Trump admin backtracking on threat to target Iran's 'cultural sites' after international outrage. rt.com US administration officials are scrambling to walk back Donald Trump's suggestion that he would target Iranian cultural sites by denying that he ever made the threat, even after he doubled down. | Trump provoked widespread outrage with a tweet Saturday claiming that Washington had 52 Iranian sites in its crosshairs, some of which were "very important" to "Iranian culture." Those targets, he added, would be hit "very fast and very hard" if Tehran retaliated for the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani. ….targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-06). Amid rising protests, House plans vote against Trump war on Iran. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Amid rising protests in the streets and online against President Donald Trump's looming war on Iran, the Democratic-run U.S. House plans to vote on a measure banning that war without congressional approval. The resolution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her colleagues, will invoke the 1973 War Powers Act and order Trump not to go to …

Michael Hudson (2020-01-06). America Escalates Its "Democratic" Oil War in the Near East. counterpunch.org The mainstream media are carefully sidestepping the method behind America's seeming madness in assassinating Islamic Revolutionary Guard general Qassim Suleimani to start the New Year. The logic behind the assassination this was a long-standing application of U.S. global policy, not just a personality quirk of Donald Trump's impulsive action. His assassination of Iranian military leader Suleimani was indeed a unilateral act of war in violation of international law, but it was a logical step in a long-standing U.S. strategy. It was explicitly authorized by the Senate in the funding bill for the Pentagon that it pa…

RT (2020-01-06). Beijing slams Washington for fueling tensions in Middle East with 'military interventionism'. rt.com China has accused the US of having a destabilizing presence in the Middle East, describing growing animosity between the United States and Iran as a threat to regional security. | The US should not misuse its military power, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a press briefing on Monday. He also called on Washington and Tehran to show restraint and avoid an escalation of tensions in the wake of a US drone strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force. | "Power politics are neither popular nor sustainable," Shuang added, as quoted by Reuters. | The US' r…

Max Blumenthal (2020-01-06). Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated, exploding Trump's lie of 'imminent attacks'. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration claimed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was planning "imminent attacks" on US interests when it assassinated him. That…

We Are The Many (2020-01-06). Jan 4, 2020: 5,000 March for Peace in San Francisco. indybay.org With only two days' notice and during the winter vacation, some 5,000 people managed to take over the streets of San Francisco, filling two wide blocks near Fifth and Mission, as we marched past the San Francisco Chronicle building on January 4, 2020, a clear, sunny 55 degree day for a peace march protesting Nazi Trump's war against Iran.

San Mateo Peace Action (2020-01-06). No War with Iran! (San Mateo). indybay.org corner 3rd Ave and El Camino | 300 So El Camino Real | San Mateo, CA 94402…

Monterey Peace & Justice Center (2020-01-06). Monterey Protest: No War on Iran! U.S. Out of Iraq! indybay.org Window On The Bay / Monterey Waterfront Park, Del Monte Ave, Monterey, California 93940…

Brenda Norrell (2020-01-06). Native People urge peace and friendship with Iran, demand U.S. get out of Iraq. indybay.org Native Americans spoke out today, urging peace and friendship with the people of Iraq and Iran, and called out Trump for assassinations and provocations to escalate war.

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-06). Targeted Assassination, Will Iran Seek "Strategic Revenge"? globalresearch.ca The US and Western partners are contemptuous of peace, stability, equity, justice, and the rule of law — waging war on humanity by hot and other means. | Where is the outrage in the West over the Trump regime's assassination of …

Staff (2020-01-06). Headlines for January 6, 2020. democracynow.org Iraqi Parliament Votes to Oust U.S. Military; Trump Threatens Sanctions, In Dozens of U.S. Cities, Protesters Say No War with Iran, Elizabeth Warren Accuses Trump of Killing Soleimani to Distract from Impeachment, Al-Shabab Kills U.S. Soldier and 2 U.S. Contractors in Attack in Kenya, 17 Killed, Dozens Wounded in Airstrike in Tripoli, Libya, 14 Killed, including 7 Children, in IED Attack in Burkina Faso, Australia Deploys Military as Unprecedented Wildfires Rage, Death Toll in Jakarta Flooding & Landslides Rises to 53, Masked Men Attack Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, 36 Killed in Collapse of Ho…

Yolo Grassroots Collective (2020-01-06). Protest in Davis: No War on Iran! U.S. Troops Out of Iraq! indybay.org B Street and 5th Street, Davis, CA…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-06). Trump says 'more war,' people say 'no war'. peoplesdispatch.org Anti-war protests were held across the US and UK over the weekend in response to the targeted assassination of Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Al-Quds forces. People protested in around 80 cities in the US against this provocative act which has been widely condemned for bringing the entire West Asia to the brink of war.

ANSWER Coalition & others (2020-01-06). Sacramento Protest: U.S. Troops Out of Iraq! No War on Iran! indybay.org Intersection of 9th Street and K Street, Downtown Sacramento…

Democratic Socialists of America (2020-01-06). Urgent Call For Action Against A U.S. War On Iran. indybay.org Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) emphatically opposes a U.S. war with Iran. In light of the U.S.'s act of war against Iran, putting the two nations close to the brink of war, DSA calls on all members and chapters to mobilize against yet another U.S. war in the Middle East.

Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo (2020-01-06). The "Great Game" is Afoot: Killing Soleimani Reflects US Desperation in the Middle East. dissidentvoice.org By killing top Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani, American and Israeli leaders demonstrated the idiom 'out of the frying pan into the fire.' US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are both politically and legally embattled — the former has just been impeached and the latter is dogged by an Attorney General …

South Front (2020-01-06). Was Soleimani Framed by Trump? In Baghdad to Receive US Supported "De-escalation Proposal" from Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca On January 5, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi reportedly provided additional details into the US assassination of the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force, Qassem Soleimani. | According to the available data, the Iranian commander arrived in …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-06). Trump's Mass Deception on Iran. globalresearch.ca Virtually all politicians lie, none in memory more repeatedly and egregiously than Trump. | It's so excessively over the top it begs the question. Is he unable to distinguish between facts and fiction or is he inherently deceptive by nature? | His …

Mideast Discourse (2020-01-06). UK Nuclear Sub 'In Position to Strike Iran' Amid Tensions over Soleimani's Killing. globalresearch.ca Earlier on Sunday, about 50 members of the UK's Special Air Service (SAS) were sent to Iraq to help with the potential evacuation of Britons following Friday's US drone strike which killed Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps …

WSWS (2020-01-06). Antiwar posts go viral on social media after US murder of Iranian general. wsws.org On Twitter and other social media platforms, youth from every region of the globe expressed their opposition to war and the possibility of nuclear annihilation.

teleSUR (2020-01-06). Millions of Iranians Attend Soleimani's Funeral in Tehran. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of thousands of Iranians flooded the streets of Tehran on Monday to bid farewell to the Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed last Friday by the U.S. military in Baghdad. | RELATED: | Trump Says Tweets Serve as 'Notification' to US Congress in Case of War | Leading the funeral procession was the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who broke down in tears as he commeorated the late general's contribution to the Islamic Republic. | Iranian state t…

Inder Comar (2020-01-06). The United States' Assassination of Iranian Military Leader Violates International Law. globalresearch.ca The killing of Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian military commander, by the United States marks a terrible escalation between the United States and Iran, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described as a "defensive action": | . | . ….

Palestine Justice Coalition (2020-01-06). No War On Iran (Santa Cruz). indybay.org Town Clock, Pacific Avenue and Water Street, Santa Cruz…

WSWS (2020-01-06). Britain backs US war drive against Iran. wsws.org Whatever the qualms in British ruling circles about the grave implications of war in the Middle East, the UK is already involved—as America's closest ally—in a potential war against Iran.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2020-01-06). The U.S. Alone Is to Blame for a War With Iran. truthdig.com As the two nations move inexorably closer to a full-scale conflict, it's essential that we recognize who started this cycle of violence.

Physicians for Social Responsibility (2020-01-06). The US Assassination of Major General Qassem Suleimani Underscores the Urgent Need to Reenter the Iran Deal. globalresearch.ca On January 2, President Trump ordered the killing of a top Iranian military commander, Major General Qassem Suleimani. This move comes in the wake of several other recent incidents that have risked sparking potential war and increased the risk …

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