2020-01-16: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-16). US military resumes joint ops in Iraq that were halted after Soleimani's killing — reports. rt.com The US military has reportedly resumed anti-terrorism ops and joint drills with Iraq that had been suspended after Washington assassinated a top Iranian commander in Baghdad. | American forces have begun to take part in missions against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants in Iraq, US officials have said, adding that the military will soon recommence its training of Iraqi troops. However, the joint US-Iraq operations are not as numerous as they were before, according to reports. | The resumption of anti-terrorism operations comes nearly two weeks after a US drone strike killed Quds Force leader Qassem S…

RT (2020-01-16). Iran is now enriching MORE uranium than before the 2015 nuclear deal — President Rouhani. rt.com Iran has boosted its nuclear enrichment to levels not even seen before the JCPOA deal, President Hassan Rouhani has proclaimed, shortly after the Islamic Republic accused three European nations of "selling out" to the US. | "We are enriching more uranium [than] before the deal was reached … Pressure has increased on Iran but we continue to progress," Rouhani said in a televised address on Thursday. | Tehran is now bound by "no restrictions on nuclear energy," Rouhani said, as Iran is "better off in terms of nuclear power." | Under the…

RT (2020-01-16). Europe caved to US 'bully' by 'selling out' nuclear deal to avoid new Trump tariffs — Zarif. rt.com France, Britain and Germany have betrayed the 2015 nuclear deal after being threatened with US tariffs, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has claimed, noting that Europe has lost the moral high ground. | The three European states accused Tehran of non-compliance with the accord after buckling under pressure from the United Sates, Zarif wrote in a tweet, citing a Washington Post report detailing how the White House allegedly used strong-arm tactics to force the issue. The Iranian diplomat said that the European signatories had "sold out" what was left of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA…

No War on Iran (2020-01-16). J9 Protest in San Francisco. indybay.org Hundreds gathered at One Post St. above Montgomery BART on a day of national action.

Philip Giraldi (2020-01-16). Who Targeted Ukraine Airlines Flight 752? Iran Shot It Down but There May be More to the Story. globalresearch.ca The claim that Major General Qassem Soleimani was a "terrorist" on a mission to carry out an "imminent" attack that would kill hundreds of Americans turned out to be a lie, so why should one believe anything else relating to …

WSWS (2020-01-16). The Suleimani assassination, imperialist strategy and the crisis of the Iranian regime. wsws.org The killing of the military leader, widely viewed as second only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran's power structure, constitutes a dramatic escalation of the Trump administration's campaign of "maximum pressure" on Iran.

Ron Jacobs (2020-01-16). Iranian Opposition—1970s to 2020. zcomm.org As residents of those nations working to return Iran back to its previous status as a client of imperialism, our task is to oppose the sanctions demanded by the United States and the war moves accompanying those sanctions…

Suadad al-Salhy (2020-01-16). Tracked, Targeted, Killed: Qassem Soleimani's Final Hours. globalresearch.ca Stepping off his Cham Wings flight and onto the tarmac of Baghdad airport, Qassem Soleimani was met by a familiar face. | Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Hashd al-Shaabi Iraqi paramilitary, was a longstanding ally of the Iranian …

sputniknews (2020-01-16). German Defence Minister Confirms Reports of Trump's Threats to Slap EU With Higher Tariffs Over Iran. sputniknews.com Three European signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as Iran nuclear deal, initiated the accord's dispute mechanism on 14 January thus threatening to put an end to the agreement's existence following the US withdrawal from it in 2018.

Robert L. Borosage (2020-01-16). The Only Way Out of Our Latest War. thenation.com The Only Way Out of Our Latest War…

WSWS (2020-01-16). YouTube, Facebook and Twitter remove accounts and content opposing the illegal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani. wsws.org The social media companies YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are following the orders of the Trump administration in the aftermath of the criminal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani on January 3.

sputniknews (2020-01-16). Analyst: US 'Bid' to Cut Iraq Military Aid Over Troop Ouster is a 'Rejection of Democratic Process'. sputniknews.com The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that the Trump administration was preparing to cut $250 million in military aid to Baghdad after the Iraqi parliament's non-binding vote to expel American troops from its soil over a 3 January US drone strike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, triggering retaliation from Tehran a few days later.

sputniknews (2020-01-16). 'We Did Not Think US Would Target Another Country's Guest' – Rouhani on Soleimani Assassination. sputniknews.com Qasem Soleimani, the former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp's Quds Force, was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant General. Incredibly popular amongst most Iranians, the late General was a key figure in coordinating anti-Daesh forces in Iraq and Syria.

WSWS (2020-01-16). Russian government resigns after Putin's state of the nation address. wsws.org The resignation of the widely unpopular Russian government comes amid mounting social conflict and escalating war tensions between the US and Iran which threaten to draw in the entire South Caucasus region and Russia itself.

yenisafak (2020-01-16). At least 313 civilians killed in Idlib since Nov. 2019 in Syria. yenisafak.com More and more civilians are losing their lives or getting displaced in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib as the regime, Iran-backed groups and Russia intensify airstrikes. | A total of 313 civilians, including 100 children, were killed, 1,843 others injured and 382,466 Syrians were forced to flee their homes since November 2019, according to data provided by the Coordinators of Interventions in Syria, a local rights group. | The strikes also targeted many civilian buildings including 48 mosques, three civil defense centers, one ambulance, nine health teams, 15 health facilities, 11 tent cities, eight water s…

yenisafak (2020-01-16). Iran accuses Europe of yielding to 'high school bully' Trump in nuclear row. yenisafak.com Iran said on Thursday three European states had succumbed to "high school bully" Donald Trump when they triggered a dispute mechanism in a nuclear pact the U.S. president opposes, a step that could eventually lead to reimposing U.N. sanctions.The pact, known as the JCPoA, was agreed in 2015 between Tehran and world powers, offering Iran relief from sanctions if it curbed its nuclear work. Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed U.S. sanctions, telling Tehran he wanted a more stringent deal on nuclear and other issues.Iran has responded to the U.S. sanctions by scaling back its compliance with the deal,…

Daniel Warner (2020-01-16). How Donald Trump Successfully Wagged the Dog, and More. counterpunch.org Although I have never seen Donald Trump with a pet, I do believe that he wagged the dog when he ordered the assassination of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The expression "wag the dog" comes from a 1997 film satire in which a president, caught up in a sex scandal, uses a war to divert More

RT (2020-01-15). Trump deal instead of Iran nuclear deal? I agree! US president gives Twitter nod to BoJo. rt.com Boris Johnson's suggestion that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal be replaced with a new one — named after Donald Trump — received an enthusiastic response from the US president. | "Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, stated, 'We should replace the Iran deal with the Trump deal.' I agree!" Trump proclaimed in a tweet released Wednesday. | Earlier, Johnson said he understands American concerns over the "flawed" 2015 pact with Iran, which saw the Islamic Republic dramatically reducing its nuclear program in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions. | Prime Minister of the United Ki…

Staff (2020-01-15). Phyllis Bennis on Dem Debate: Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars. democracynow.org Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are all expected to leave the campaign trail to serve their role as jurors.

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2020-01-15). Trump's war on Iran, health care loom large at Dem debate. peoplesworld.org DES MOINES, Iowa — It was clear at the last Democratic debate before the Feb. 3 caucuses here that if any one of the six participating candidates were in the White House there would be a world of difference between what that president does and what we see today from Donald Trump. Whether it was …

Sara Flounders (2020-01-15). Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats. workers.org United States policy toward both Iran and Iraq is based not on "bad advice" or howling blunders by President Donald Trump, as Democratic Party pundits claim. It is not just a "mismanaged" foreign policy. Times Square protest, Jan. 8, New York City. (WW photo: Brenda Ryan) Washington's miscalculations of the . . . | Continue reading Iran-Iraq solidarity grows amid U.S. threats at Workers.org

Staff (2020-01-15). A Truly Antiwar Agenda Must Include Free College and Medicare for All. truthout.org Last night's debate brought home a reality for me: A truly antiwar agenda is not confined to priorities traditionally seen as "foreign policy." It must include bold plans to address climate change, education, institutional racism and sexism, health care and immigration justice. And our movements must reflect that broad-based vision. | The recent assassination of Iran's top Gen. Qassim Suleimani was a frightening reminder of the undemocratic and reckless approach of those who currently rule the U.S.

Fidel Castro Ruz (2020-01-15). Fidel Castro's Message against Nuclear War: "In a Nuclear War the 'Collateral Damage' would be the Life of All Humanity." globalresearch.ca A forceful message calling for World peace and the survival of humankind.

Staff (2020-01-15). Headlines for January 15, 2020. democracynow.org House to Vote to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate, WaPo: Threatening Text Messages Show Yovanovitch Was Under Surveillance, War Powers Resolution Limiting Trump on Iran Could Pass Senate | , Six Democratic Candidates Took Stage in Des Moines, Iowa, 5,000 Puerto Ricans Still Homeless After 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake, HRW Blasts China for Human Rights Violations Against Uyghurs & Protesters | , 15 Women Murdered in Honduras in First 2 Weeks of This Year, American Citizen Moustafa Kassem Dies in Egyptian Prison After Hunger Strike, Seattle Bans Foreign-Influenced Companies from Political Spending, "Jeopardy!" Apolo…

commondreams (2020-01-15). Scores Injured as Security Forces Use Unlawful Force to Crush Protests in Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Fight Back (2020-01-15). Tampa students rally against aggressions towards Iran. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – At the University of South Florida, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held their second rally against the President Trump's and U.S. aggression towards Iran. The protest, attended by around 20 students on campus on January 14, has come in the wake of the assassination of a high-ranking Iranian military figure, Qassem Soleimani. | Along with the threat of more U.S. troops to the region and further hostilities, Iran has been hit by U.S. economic sanctions since 2010. An SDS member told the crowd, "The sanctions have greatly limited the amount of medical resources that Iran can get. This has result…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-01-15). Who Wins and Who Loses in the Iran Crisis? counterpunch.org In the latest phase of the US-Iran confrontation, who came out on top is not clear-cut; both countries made gains and losses from the crisis and some of its the results are still to come. By ordering the assassination on 3 January of general Qassem Soleimani, the head of Quds Force, the external arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, President Trump claims to More

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-15). Britain, France and Germany (E3) Trigger JCPOA Dispute Mechanism, a Hostile Action Against Iran. globalresearch.ca The nuclear deal dispute resolution mechanism and sanctions snapback provision can take effect if one JCPOA signatory claims another failed to meet its obligations under the deal — depending on the specific complaint, along with following required procedures. They're complicated….

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Why Killing Soleimani has Further Destabilized the Middle East. telesurenglish.net On January 3rd, the United States carried out the assassination of Iran's Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, near the Baghdad International Airport. | RELATED: | Trump Signed Off on Soleimani's Assassination in June | The U.S.' assassination of this high-ranking Iranian military commander would create shockwaves across the Middle East, as the killing of Soleimani would see a sequence of events to follow the Trump administration's move. | What Led to the Assassination? | A special…

MintPress News Desk (2020-01-15). Iraqis to the United States: What Part of "Go Home" Don't You Understand? theantimedia.com (MPN) — Iranian forces launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases housing US troops in Iraq early hours of Wednesday morning. The al-Assad airbase in western Iraq was hit by 17 missiles, and 5 targeted at a base in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. No US casualties were immediately reported. Iran's supreme …

Brave New Films (2020-01-15). Vote like your life depends on it: Iran (video). nationofchange.org We must stand up and let our voices be heard. #FightToVote #NoWarWithIran.

WSWS (2020-01-15). Kremlin maintains muted response to Suleimani assassination, insists on Iran nuclear deal. wsws.org An open war against Iran is likely to spread directly to the border of Russia, enflaming not only the entire Middle East but also the South Caucasus.

Michael Welch (2020-01-15). Persian Peril: The Assassination of Qasem Soleimani and the Prospect of War with Iran. globalresearch.ca "And after what my source had sent me on Wednesday morning…I was pretty confident that they would have to back off because the reasons were overwhelming in terms of Iranian military power… In fact there was an indirect, a direct-indirect …

Staff (2020-01-15). CNN Moderators Fixate on Cost of Medicare for All, Ignore Price of Endless War. truthout.org Democrats onstage Tuesday night at the CNN/Des Moines Register debate in Iowa were challenged repeatedly by moderators on the cost of major plans like Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All — scrutiny that was missing in the first half hour when the questions focused on endless war and a potential attack on Iran. | "Wonder if CNN asked how much going to potential war with Iran cost?" asked artist Karla Ortiz. | Quest…

Massoud Nayeri (2020-01-15). The Human Catastrophe of War. globalresearch.ca The year 2020 began with news of President Trump's bold military adventure which garnered the attention of the people around the world. 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedish, 4 Afghans, 3 Britons, and 3 Germans lost their lives …

WSWS (2020-01-15). Bolsonaro backs Trump in war on Iran, while Workers' Party appeals to Brazilian military. wsws.org Brazil's fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro was one of the first to defend Washington's assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleiman.

Tyler Durden (2020-01-15). Iran's Rouhani Demands US, EU Troops Leave the Middle East or Face "Danger" theantimedia.com (ZH) — A day after European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal took took the drastic step of triggering the agreement's dispute resolution mechanism regulating conformity to the deal by formally notifying the EU Iran is in breach, seen as the harshest measure taken thus far given it means EU sanctions are possible, President Hassan Rouhani has responded with …

WSWS (2020-01-15). European powers move toward scrapping nuclear accord with Iran. wsws.org Berlin, London and Paris, emboldened by Tehran's weak response to the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, are escalating attacks against Iran.

Staff (2020-01-15). Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars. truthout.org Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani. As the presidential field continues to narrow, the U.S. Senate is preparing for the historic impeachment trial of President Trump, for which Senators Sanders, Warren…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-15). Keeping with its Crackdown on Alternative Voices, Google Deletes Press TV from YouTube. mintpressnews.com Without warning, tech giant Google "permanently removed" Iranian government-owned media channel Press TV UK's YouTube channel Monday night amid increasing American hostility to Iran. | "This attack on the freedom of speech of Press TV's journalists seems to be part of an anti-Iran purge as the West sets its sights on regime change in Iran," Press TV said. Its content, in its own words, focuses on "anti-imperialis…

Ryan Cristián (2020-01-15). Video Shows TWO Missiles Bringing Down Iran 737, Second Plane Reported & Iraq And Syria Under Attack. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/14/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-01-15). 'Huge': House to Consider Lee- and Khanna-Backed Measures to Stop Trump's March to War With Iran. commondreams.org The Congressional Progressive Caucus said the two bills are "our best chance to avoid future conflict." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/house-annouces-lee-khanna-stop-endless-war.jpg

Staff (2020-01-15). The Wrong Question for Democrats to Be Asking About Trump. truthdig.com A loopy Iran speech has fueled speculation that he's hopped up on Adderall. But amphetamines can't explain the madness of his presidency.

Matt Trinder (2020-01-14). Refuting Pompeo claim, Iraq sticks to demand that U.S. troops get out. peoplesworld.org The Iraqi government announced yesterday that it will not sign an agreement to keep U.S. forces in the country. On Jan. 5, the Iraqi parliament voted unanimously to demand an end to the presence of foreign forces in the country. The vote came two days after Iranian Major General Qasam Soleimani was killed by a …

Staff (2020-01-14). US Commits Acts of War, But No One Is Asking the Hard Questions. therealnews.com Gen. Soleimani was an ally in the fight against ISIS, just as Saddam was an ally against Iran. Why did the U.S. turn against them?

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2020-01-14). US Clearing Anti-War Voices Off Social Media. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN. "We operate under U.S. sanctions laws, including those related to the U.S. government's designation of the IRGC and …

Ryan Cristián (2020-01-14). Israel Provided The Intel To Kill Soleimani & A Cyberattack May Have Been Behind Iran's 737 Downing. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/13/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

teleSUR (2020-01-14). Iran Welcomes "Constructive" Measures to Save Nuclear Deal. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said Tuesday that Iran welcomes any constructive measure which aims at saving the 2015 nuclear deal. | RELATED: Trump Signed Off on Soleimani's Assassination in June | "As in the past, Iran is fully ready to receive any well-intended and constructive measures to salvage this important international deal, and it supports any initiative in this regard," Mousavi said. | "In the meantime, Iran clarifies it to all and particularly to three European parties of the deal that any breach of vows, mal-intention and unconst…

news.un (2020-01-14). UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation. news.un.org Experts from the UN aviation watchdog, ICAO, will support the investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian Passenger plane in Iran on January 8, following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, which was accepted on Tuesday.

Tracy Keeling (2020-01-14). A US thinktank eager for war on Iran has been throwing money at Boris Johnson's cabinet. thecanary.co A new exposé reveals that a US thinktank eager for war with Iran has been throwing money at key members of Boris Johnson's cabinet, including the PM himself. | Writing in the Daily Maverick, journalist Matt Kennard reveals that the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has spent tens of thousands of pounds on Conservative ministers. Given the current high tensions between the US an…

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