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Jan 04 07:42

US Assassination Of Top Iranian Military Official May Ignite World War

“This is very serious,” Khalek added. “The US essentially declared war on Iran by assassinating its most revered military figure in Iraq. And by also killing the head of the PMF, the US created more enemies in Iraq. There will be regional retaliation. It’s unlikely it can be prevented.”

“If true, It is not an understatement to say this could change the entire Middle East,” tweeted Rising‘s Saagar Enjeti.

Jan 04 07:38

Why Iraq is Much Worse than ‘Trump’s Benghazi’

“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” Trump declared in his State of the Union address just last year. “Our brave troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for almost 19 years. In Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly 7,000 American heroes have given their lives. More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded. We have spent more than $7 trillion in the Middle East.”

Yet Iran has always been the unprincipled exception to Trump’s skepticism of regime change. In his zeal to reverse Obama’s legacy, he risks repeating Obama’s folly. For the 44th president also owed his election to the fact that he recognized Iraq was a “dumb war.” He left office with the U.S. mired in more wars of choice than before, including interventions in Libya, Yemen and Syria that have to varying degrees kept smoldering under Trump.

Jan 04 07:35

The Donald Is Now America First’s Own Assassin

By the twisted logic of Imperial Washington you could say the Iranians were asking for it. After all, they had the nerve to locate their country right in the middle of 35 U.S. military bases!

Then again, your saner angels may ask: What in the hell is Washington doing with a massive military footprint in a region and in a string of backwater countries that have virtually no bearing on homeland security, safety and liberty?

Jan 03 22:50

War Again on the Front Burner

Paul Craig Roberts

The nonsensical statement below from the Pentagon announcing that the US government has committed an act of war against Iran should frighten everyone:

Murdering a high-ranking official of a government is an act of war. It is impossible for an act of war to protect US personnel abroad.

Jan 03 22:47

Murder INC.

The US drone strike at Baghdad airport that killed Iran’s top commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and a senior leader of Iraq’s Shia militia, has set the Mideast on fire. The Trump administration, which authorized the assassination, called it a ’pre-emptive’ strike. Iran branded it ‘outright murder.’

Soleimani was Iran’s second most powerful figure and a national icon.

Jan 03 18:30

Operation Ajax (1953)

Operation Ajax (1953) (officially TP-AJAX) was an covert operation by the United States CIA in collaborating with the Pahlavi dynasty, to overthrow the elected government of Iran and Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and consolidate the power of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.

Operation Ajax Summary

Jan 03 14:31

No war or regime change, Trump assures Iran after praising the killing of ‘#1 terrorist’ – ISIS-fighting general Soleimani

Trump is a fool and an idiot.

“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” Trump argued, repeating his often-stated line about “deep respect” for the people of Iran and disdain for their rulers.

“We do not seek regime change,” he added, but the Iranian “regime’s aggression... must end, and must end now.”

Jan 03 14:24

Trump’s Point of No Return

Like it or not Trump executed the man most responsible for the systemic destruction of ISIS and neutering of Al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq. He’s also a man, over the years, who has fought the U.S. to a standstill across the Middle East.

Those were his pertinent crimes.

This is the most dangerous escalation of Trump’s administration. Nothing he’s done to this point compares with killing Solemaini and taking immediate credit for it.

But he is a wimp. And a coward. And neither man was impressed by this. He hasn’t won a single negotiation of note in three years. Killing Solemaini was the result of having no capacity for diplomacy.

Jan 03 12:45

Trump’s War on Iran: A Bullet in the head for America

America is fighting for her life today. Enemies both foreign and domestic, a criminal oligarchy that seized control of our government, is trying to cover its tracks by illegally starting a war, one that would kill 100,000 Americans and cost $7 trillion in debt, virtually erasing the American economy “lock, stock and barrel.”

It wasn’t Iran that was attacked, Trump murdered the United States of America. He is a usurper and traitor.

Jan 03 10:58

"There will be dead Americans" as a result of Iran general being killed, ex-CIA deputy director says

The targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran's top military leaders, has escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran, with Iran vowing revenge. CBS News senior national security contributor, and former acting and deputy CIA director Michael Morell told "CBS This Morning" the drone strike on Soleimani will lead to "dead civilian Americans."

Jan 03 10:11

The Soleimani Assassination: The Long-Awaited Beginning of The End of America’s Imperial Ambitions

The United States is now at war with Iran in a conflict that could easily have been avoided and it will not end well.

Iran cannot let the killing of a senior military officer go unanswered even though it cannot directly confront the United States militarily. But there will be reprisals and Tehran’s suspected use of proxies to stage limited strikes will now be replaced by more damaging actions that can be directly attributed to the Iranian government.

No American diplomat, soldier or even tourists in the region should consider him or herself to be safe, quite the contrary. It will be an “open season” on Americans. The U.S. has already ordered a partial evacuation of the Baghdad Embassy and has advised all American citizens to leave the country immediately.

Trump bears full responsibility for what comes next.

Donald Trump rode to victory in 2016 on a promise to end the useless wars in the Middle East, but he has now demonstrated very clearly that he is a liar.

Jan 03 09:47

BMO: gold sharply higher after U.S. airstrike

A U.S. airstrike that killed a high-ranking Iranian general has underpinned gold, said BMO Capital Markets. As of 8:11 a.m. EDT, spot gold was $14.40 higher to $1,543.10 an ounce. “Rising Middle East tensions have seen gold prices trade back above $1,540/oz early on Friday, close to September's recent highs, amid a push for safe-haven assets,” BMO said.

Jan 03 09:37

‘A just struggle’: Netanyahu backs Soleimani’s killing as US ‘self-defense,’ says Quds head planned more attacks

Trump is just carrying out his orders from his boss.

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.”

Jan 03 09:33

Killing of Iran's Quds Force chief Soleimani by US 'MOST LIKELY violates international law' – UN Rapporteur

Or US law.

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.

Jan 03 09:31

Trump's New Year killing of Soleimani finally blows up the fake Russiagate narrative

Trump’s ordered assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds force, not only means a dangerous escalation of tensions with Iran, but also ends fiction that Russia was controlling him.

Just imagine….. If Iran’s President Rouhani had authorised a New Year drone strike on General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, as he was being driven to the airport in Canada.

Would anyone even be suggesting that the attack was done in ‘self-defense’? But that’s exactly the line we’re being fed now about the killing of Qasem Soleimani.

Jan 03 08:49

Four Senior Iranian Officers Killed In U.S. Attack To Kill Soleimani: Quds Force

Iran’s Quds Force announced on January 3 that four officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were killed alongside Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in the recent U.S. strikes on the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Jan 03 08:44

Angry Iranians rally in huge numbers to call for revenge

Massive crowds rallied in many cities across the country to display their resolve to avenge General Soleimani, who was assassinated along several others, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

The protesters expressed solidarity with General Soleimani’s family and echoed an statement by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who earlier in the day vowed a “severe revenge” in response to the move by the US military.

Jan 03 08:43

Trump Claims Soleimani Was Hated and Feared in Iran, Should Have Been Taken Out Many Years Ago

The General was the most beloved military man in Iran. Trump is a complete idiot. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are in the streets right now mourning this man's murder by the idiot Trump!

US President Donald Trump accused late Iranian IRGC Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani of being responsible for "millions" of deaths, thus justifying the American airstrike which killed him early in the morning on 3 January.

Trump also claimed that because of this, Soleimani was "hated and feared" in his homeland and that they actually rejoiced at the news of his demise. The president argued that the man's assassination was long overdue.

Jan 03 08:36

Trump put hit on Soleimani – RT

Trump and the Pentagon might have unleashed a whirlwind. And maybe that was their goal, to unleash a lot of attacks on US forces to crank up a military expansion in the region.

Jan 03 08:32

WORLD WAR III? Has President Donald Trump Lost His Mind? May God Give Us a Moment to Reflect for Peace.

Mr. President,

You have been schlonged by DoD and CIA and the US Army Class of 1986. The assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani within Iraqi territory is right up there with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that was used as a casus belli for WWI.

If you actually gave this order, you need to consider the possibility that everyone that advised you to do so is an agent of influence for Zionist Israel, and fire them.

Jan 03 08:13

Pompeo in Iran damage control? US ‘committed to de-escalation,’ Soleimani killing ‘saved American lives’

This man and his boss are insane!

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.”

Jan 03 07:56

Iran says US crossed ‘red lines’ by assassinating Qassem Soleimani

This crime will not have the results Trump intended. He actually thinks Iran will negotiate now. The man is mentally ill!

Hessamoddin Ashena, adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has said Washington “passed red lines” with its assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and will “have to face its consequences”.

Jan 03 07:53

Angry Iranians rally in huge numbers to call for revenge

Well Dumass has managed to unite the Iranians. So much for his delusion of regime change.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets to call for revenge after US assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

Jan 03 07:50

Iraqi PM warns of devastating war, Sadr orders forces to be ready

Sadr has put his forces on alert to drive the US out of Iraq. Smooth move Ex-Lax! (Trump)

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has condemned US assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, warning of devastating consequences for Iraq as senior Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr put all his forces on alert.Sadr sent his condolences to the Iranian nation and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamanei.

He condemned the targeted assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis as an attempt by Washington to stifle anti-US sentiments in Iraq and the nation's resolve to uproot foreign-backed terrorism.

The cleric also ordered all his forces to maintain readiness to defend the Arab country against further violations by American forces.

Jan 03 07:46

Resistance forces across world carry task of avenging Soleimani: Nasrallah

Secretary General of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said that resistance forces across the world bear responsibility of punishing those behind the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani.

"Meting out the just punishment to these criminal assassins, which are the worst criminals of the world, will be the responsibility and task of all resistance fighters worldwide," the Hezbollah chief said in a statement on Friday.

Nasrallah added that his group will continue the path of the assassinated commander and that Washington will fail in achieving its goals with these "big crimes".

Jan 03 07:44

Ansarullah: Assassination of General Soleimani, PMU deputy head US war crime against Muslims

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has vehemently condemned the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The politburo of Ansarullah in a statement on Friday described the operation as a war crime by the White House against the entire Muslim Ummah, the anti-Israel axis of resistance and the Palestinian cause.

Jan 03 07:41

Iran Leader vows 'harsh revenge' following assassination of Gen. Soleimani

To please his boss,Neytanyahoo,Trump has placed a target on the back of every American and every American installation around the Planet. This is insanity! Like the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 2014 started WW1, this foolish,insane act of Donald Trump's may be the beginning of a hot WW3.
God save The Republic from this neocon fools!

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says those who assassinated IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani must await a harsh revenge.

In a statement on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the “cruelest people on earth” assassinated the “honorable” commander who “courageously fought for years against the evils and bandits of the world.”

His demise will not stop his mission, but the criminals who have the blood of General Soleimani and other martyrs of the Thursday night attack on their hands must await a harsh revenge, the Leader added.

Jan 03 07:34

‘Act of international terrorism’: Iran vows ‘vigorous revenge’ on US after Quds Force chief killed in US airstrike

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced a series of US airstrikes that killed the chief of the elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, as international terrorism, warning the US of consequences of “rogue adventurism.”

Jan 03 07:31

US State Dept tells Americans to leave Iraq ‘immediately’ after assassination of Soleimani

You think!

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.”

Jan 03 07:29

Trump tweets after Quds chief killing: ‘Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!’

This zionist neocon idiot just started WW3.

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 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 coalition service members”, and was accused of plotting further attacks on the US.

While the killing prompted a lot of self-back-patting among top US officials over a job well done, the US President himself took an apparent conciliatory tone, suggesting that the attack was carried out to push Tehran into negotiations.

Jan 02 20:32

Trump orders attack that kills Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, other military officials in Baghdad, Pentagon says

President Trump ordered a game-changing U.S. military attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, among other military officials at Baghdad International Airport early Friday, the Pentagon confirmed.

Jan 02 20:30

Qasem Soleimani killed in Baghdad Airport, Pentagon, IRGC confirm

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday night that the US is responsible for killing Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC Quds Force, in an airstrike inside Baghdad International Airport, along with Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces spokesperson claimed that Israel and the US are behind the attack.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/trump-ordered-assassination-of-qa...

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/03/c_138675778.htm

Jan 02 20:28

Iranian Quds commander killed in Baghdad missile attack - TV report

TASS, January 3. Commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed in a missile attack near the Baghdad airport on Friday, Sky News Arabia TV channel has reported.

Two high-ranking military officials were traveling in a convoy of vehicles, which were targeted by a series of missile attacks, according to the report. The Pentagon is waiting for DNA tests to confirm these deaths, Newsweek magazine reported citing its source.

Report: US Troops Capture Top Iraqi MP, Militia Leaders

Jan 02 20:25

Top Iranian commander eliminated in Iraq

Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was eliminated in a US drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq overnight Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed.

“At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization," said a statement from the Pentagon.

Jan 02 20:21

Iran, Pentagon Confirm Death of Quds Commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad Airport Attack

Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, was killed by the rocket fire near the Baghdad International Airport, Al Arabiya and Sky News broadcasters reported on Friday.

The United States carried out on Friday strikes on two Iran-linked targets in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the Reuters news agency reported, citing unnamed US officials.

Iran Vows Retaliation Following Death of IRGC Commander Soleimani - Senior Military Officer.
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202001031077925494-iran-vows-retali...

Jan 02 20:16

Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, PMU deputy head martyred in US strike

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have been killed in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Jan 02 20:14

Iran Quds Force commander killed in strike on convoy at Baghdad Airport

The shit will hit the fan now!

The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has been killed in a strike near the Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia, the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps has confirmed.

The news of the commander’s demise was carried by Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency, citing The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Jan 02 09:44

The Leftist Cult vs. The Trump Cult: Similarities And Differences

Some of the alternative media is starting to catch on.

Enter Donald Trump, a kind of artificially created focal point machine, a figure that is designed to absorb liberty movement talking points and then regurgitate them in an alphabet soup puddle on Twitter. This rhetoric is relatively effective in that many conservatives recognize parts of the soup and find comfort that Trump “must be on their side”.

I have outlined in numerous articles Trump's dubious background and behavior. To summarize, we often hear lip service from Trump on anti-globalism and anti-elitism, even though it is an undeniable fact that he has saturated his cabinet with globalists and elitists.

We heard anti-banker talking points from Trump during his campaign, even though Trump has a longstanding relationship to the Rothschild family and works side-by-side with Rothschild and Goldman Sachs bankers in the White House.

Jan 01 14:02

US Attacks Iraqi Military Hundreds of Miles from “Incident”..where Oil Company Contractor Killed while Stealing Iraqi Crude

The attack Trump claims to be retaliating against was against an Iraqi base, not an American base, an attack by ISIS where an American oil worker was killed on an Exxon oil facility…where oil has been stolen from Iraq for years.

Jan 01 08:54

VIDEOS: Ospreys carrying 100 Marines land at US Embassy in Iraq

The Pentagon directed at least 100 crisis response Marines to reinforce the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday following violent protests — and released photos and videos of it all.

Dec 31 19:06

Trump threatens Iran after attack on embassy compound: ‘They will pay a very BIG PRICE!’

In weather parlance a warning,like a tornado warning means there is one on the way,take cover. When the weather guy says a threat of tornadoes it just means maybe...... go have a beer. On Donald Trump's mayhem scale is a warning worse than a threat or does a threat Trump a warning?

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Dec 31 18:56

Fox News: 82nd Airborne's Alert Brigade Could Deploy

The U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division Deployment Ready Brigade has been issued orders to prepare to deploy to Kuwait after hundreds of Iranian-backed militia tried to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, defense officials said Tuesday.

Approximately 500 paratroopers are already enroute to Kuwait, the officials told Fox News, and the alert brigade of approximately 4,000 paratroopers, also known as the DRB, has been told to be ready for a possible deployment. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/troops-middle-east-baghdad-embassy-ku...

Dec 31 11:57

Kuwait to become 51st State

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a surprise press conference in the Rose Garden this morning, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham announced that the United States had annexed Kuwait, which will now be considered the 51st state.

Grisham assured reporters that the move would not affect ongoing military operations in country. “Disruption on the ground will be minimal,” she explained. “Kuwait already doesn’t count as a deployment, so this is really just an administrative change.”

Dec 31 09:57

Will War Derail Trump's Reelection?

Yesterday, U.S. F-15s, in five attacks, hit munitions depots and a command center of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia in Syria and Iraq, a retaliatory raid for a rocket attack on a U.S. training camp that killed an American contractor and wounded four U.S. soldiers.

“For those who ask about the response,” warns a Kataib Hezbollah spokesman, “it will be the size of our faith.” One has to expect Iran and its militia in Iraq to respond in kind.

Dec 31 09:43

Did Pompeo Go Off Reservation in Iraq Attack?

I have to wonder who Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is actually loyal to. Because, the U.S. strike of Kata’ib Hizbullah forces near the Al Qaim border crossing with Syria in Iraq is a dangerous escalation there.

And it’s completely at odds with Trump’s goals of wanting us out of the Middle East. The Al Qaim border crossing is a particular red line for Israel and their allies in the U.S. State and Defense Departments.

Dec 31 09:05

National Security Council condemns US air strikes as violation of Iraqi sovereignty

The National Security Council held an emergency meeting in Baghdad to discuss the US air strikes against Iraqi forces belonging to Popular Mobilization Units on the Iraqi-Syrian border and the repercussions of this attack.

Following the meeting, the Council said in a statement: “The Iraqi Government condemns this act and considers it a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. This is a serious violation of the rules of engagement of the Coalition forces, including the US forces, in carrying out operations without the approval of the Iraqi Government.”

It added: “This operation targeted Iraqi forces holding a significant front on the border [with Syria] against Daesh terrorists. This endangers the security and sovereignty of Iraq and threatens the security of all.”

Dec 31 09:03

US Uses False Flag Op to Legitimize Bombing Iraq, Syria

On Friday, 27 December, one or more rockets were fired at an Iraqi base in Kirkuk, which hosts “Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces,” reportedly killing one “U.S. citizen [contractor] and [which reportedly] injured four U.S. service members and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).” Though not even ISIS claimed responsibility, the US declared the Iraqi Hezb Allah group and Iran’s Quds Forces — because of “linkage” –culpable.”

The US has continuously said blatantly earlier that it doesn’t want any Iraqi forces near the borders with Syria, in a clear signal to allow ISIS to resurface in that vital Tehran – Baghdad – Damascus Highway.

Dec 31 08:37

Sanctioning The Butterflies

This picture shows an Iranian child with the rare EB skin disease. Often known as butterfly children because their skin is as fragile as the wings of a butterfly, EB patients are some of the victims of US sanctions on Iran.

The Trump administration has so far sanctioned approximately 1,000 individuals and entities as part of its campaign against Iran, CNBC on Monday quoted what it called another senior State Department official as saying.

“What we are doing is denying the regime the revenue that it needs to run an expansionist foreign policy, and by that policy, Iran has less money to spend today than it did almost three years ago when we came into office,” the official reportedly said.

Washington claims the sanctions target the government, but ordinary Iranians are the ones who suffer the most.

Dec 31 08:04

Iran denies involvement in attack on U.S. forces in Iraq

TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Monday denied involvement in recent deadly attack on the U.S. forces in Iraq, Press TV reported.

The Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiee said that "we strongly deny any role in attacks on the U.S. forces" in Iraq.

"This unsubstantiated U.S. claim cannot justify the bombing and killing of people in violation of international regulations," Rabiee was quoted as saying.

Dec 31 08:02

Iraq's Sistani condemns U.S. air strikes on militia

Sadr and now Sistani have come out against the US. Trump has made a huge mistake.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned on Monday U.S. air strikes that hit several bases of an Iran-backed militia and killed at least 25 people, demanding respect for Iraq’s sovereignty.

Dec 31 07:55

U.S. Says Strikes on Militia in Iraq Sent a Warning to Iran

This militia we bombed has been very effective against ISIS. Makes me want to puke thinking that the USAF is flying top cover for ISIS!

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. air strikes on five bases in Iraq and Syria used by an Iranian-backed militia sent a warning to Tehran that President Donald Trump’s patience has its limits.

Dec 31 07:52

Iraqi PMU leader vows retaliation for US airstrikes on Kataib Hezbollah

Muhandis, who has ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the PMU response 'will be very tough' on US forces

Dec 31 07:50

Iraq's Sadr says he is willing to work with Iran-backed rivals to oust U.S. troops

Sadr is now off the fence.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday he was willing to work with Iran-backed militia groups - his political rivals - to end the United States military presence in Iraq through political and legal means.

If that does not work, he will “take other actions” in cooperation with his rivals to kick out U.S. troops. Sadr’s militia fought U.S. troops for years following Washington’s invasion and toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Dec 31 07:48

US-Iraq Ties at Stake After Deadly US Airstrikes

Iraq says strikes a 'sinful violation' of sovereignty
Jason Ditz Posted on December 30, 2019Categories NewsTags Iraq, Trump

A flurry of US airstrikes on Sunday morning targeting Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) forces is quickly fueling fallout in US-Iraqi relations, as the Iraqi government warns that such unilateral attacks are unacceptable.

Iraqi officials issued a statement cautioning that the attack would have dangerous consequences, and that it has forced the Iraqi government to “review” its relations with the US. Protesters were burning US flags in Baghdad.

Dec 31 07:47

Russia slams US attack against Kata’eb Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria

Moscow views US air strikes against Hezbollah facilities in western Iraq and eastern Syria as unacceptable and counter-productive, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Dec 31 07:45

Chinese air defense system spotted inside Syria: report

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – A Russian news channel published a video this week that showed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces near Russian and Chinese air defense systems.

Dec 31 07:44

Smoke billows from US embassy in Baghdad as American forces attempt to disperse protesters

According to reports, Iraqis, who earlier attended the funerals of those killed in the military strikes, are burning American flags and shouting “Down, down, USA” and “Death to America”.

#KataibHezbollah flag flying over #US embassy in #Baghdad. pic.twitter.com/KOI2eqvcnV

— Barzan Sadiq (@BarzanSadiq) December 31, 2019

At the same time, Iraqi protesters stormed a U.S. military post in the Green Zone, setting fire to it. Furthermore, protesters were seen destroying the embassy’s walls, while pushing closer to the diplomatic mission.

Dec 31 07:42

Live Updates: Police Fire Tear Gas to Push Iraq Protesters Back From US Embassy - Reports

Tensions between Washington and Baghdad escalated after the American military carried out airstrikes targeting five facilities of the Kata'ib Hezbollah Shia militia group in Syria and Iraq.

Numerous Iraqi citizens have gathered outside the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone, protesting against the latest airstrikes by the American military in the country.

According to reports, Iraqis, who earlier attended the funerals of those killed in the military strikes, are burning American flags and shouting "Down, down, USA" and "Death to America".

Dec 31 07:36

Donald Trump: Iran Will Be Held Fully Responsible for Attacks in Iraq

Fucking Israeli Stooge!

President Donald Trump warned Iran on Tuesday that it would be held responsible for the militia attacks in Iraq.

“We strongly responded, and always will,” Trump said. “Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible.”

Dec 31 07:29

Protesters ‘break into’ US embassy compound in Baghdad, as crowds rally against American airstrikes in Iraq (PHOTO, VIDEO)

What a neocon suckup Trump is!

Dozens of Iraqi protesters furious over airstrikes that targeted Hezbollah positions have forced their way into the US embassy compound in Baghdad. Tear gas and sounds of gunfire were reported at the scene.

Plumes of dark smoke could be seen rising from the compound, as protesters waved Hezbollah flags and chanted “Down, down USA!”, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

Dec 30 08:35

Iraqi-US ties in jeopardy as Baghdad slams Washington over attack

US forces carried out airstrikes against five facilities belonging to Iraqi Shia militia group Kata’ib Hezbollah on Sunday, killing over two dozen people and injuring over 50 more following Friday’s deadly rocket attack on a US military base in northern Iraq.

Iraqi President Barham Salih has condemned the US airstrikes on Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah militia movement, describing the strikes as “unacceptable,” the Iraqi News Agency has reported.

Dec 30 08:32

US Military Releases First Footage of Airstrikes Against Iraqi Militia - Video

This was a big mistake Trump made for his Israeli masters.

US airstrikes on five Iraqi and Syrian facilities used by the Baghdad-allied Kata’ib Hezbollah Shia militia killed at least 25 militia members and injured 51 others.

Dec 30 08:29

Gold Prices Skyrocket to Highest in Two Months as Dollar Nosedives

Earlier this month, the newspaper South China Morning Post reported that gold prices had been on track for their best year since 2010 amid the US-China trade war.

Gold prices have increased to their highest in more than two months as the dollar plummeted following the Pentagon’s statement about the US military strikes on Hezbollah facilities in Syria and Iraq, Reuters reports.

Dec 30 08:19

2019: A disastrous year for Trump’s foreign policy

Twenty-nineteen could best be described as a year when Donald Trump’s foreign policy unraveled on so many fronts. It became ever more erratic, one-sided and personalized, changing with the US president’s mood swings. The crisis, as many would call it, has been a long time in the making, and the implications will surely cast a long shadow over the new decade.

Trump, a self-proclaimed deal maker, is floundering as much internationally as he is domestically. The US, on his watch, arguably has less leverage with its allies than it has had at any time in modern history. Trump’s foreign policies—from the Middle East and North Korea to Venezuela— have largely failed

Dec 30 08:13

US under barrage of criticism over strikes in Iraq

"These attacks have once again proved America's false claims in fighting the Takfiri group of Daesh as the United States has targeted the positions of forces that over the years have inflicted heavy blows to Daesh terrorists," Mousavi said Monday.

"With these attacks, America has shown its firm support for terrorism and its disregard for the independence and sovereignty of countries and it must accept responsibility for the consequences of its illegal act," he said.

In a statement on Monday, Iraq's popular Hashd al-Sha'abi said the death toll from the US airstrikes had risen to 25, vowing to avenge the “aggression of evil American ravens.”

Dec 30 07:46

Breaking: Iraqi President Condemns US, Duff on Press TV (tour de force analysis)

In a short statement, Kata’ib Hezbollah described the attacks as “disregard and humiliation for the sovereignty and honor of the Iraqi nation”.

The attacks targeted “our sons which were defending our country’s western borders,” the statement said, calling on the country’s security forces to “prepare for a new page” of “honor and dignity” in dislodging US forces from the country.

Iraq’s Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, which is part of the PMU, also issued a statement calling for all of the country’s political factions to respond to Washington’s “cowardly attack”.

“Today, ending US military presence in Iraq is essential by all means necessary before it lasts any longer,” the statement read.

The air raids were welcomed by Israel’s foreign minister, Yisrael Katz, who described the event as a “turning point in the regional response to Iran and its proxies”.

Dec 30 07:34

US Middle East Forever Wars

On Sunday, US warplanes terror-bombed sites in Iraq and Syria. It followed a rocket attack, killing a US private military contractor on a base where Pentagon troops are based near Kirkuk, Iraq, wounding US military personnel.

Iran had nothing to do with what happened. The US blamed Iraqi militants falsely linked to Iran.

In mid-December, Pompeo falsely blamed Iran for earlier rocket attacks on Pentagon bases in Iraq, threatening retaliation if US personnel and allies are killed or injured.

No evidence links Iran to hostile regional actions — US, NATO, Israeli, Saudi, UAE specialties, along with terrorist proxies they support.

Dec 30 07:20

After U.S. Strike On Iraqi Forces Its Troops Will (Again) Have To Leave

Within Syria @WithinSyriaBlog - 17:43 UTC · Dec 29, 2019
Trump just made the mistake of his presidency.

That may be true or may be not true. Here is what happened.

On Friday a volley of some 30 107mm Katyusha rockets hit the K1 base which houses Iraqi and U.S. troops near Kirkuk, Iraq. One U.S. mercenary/contractor died, two Iraqi and four U.S. soldiers were wounded. Instead of finding the real culprits - ISIS remnants, disgruntled locals, Kurds who want to regain control over Kirkuk - the U.S. decided that Kata'ib Hizbullah was the group guilty of the attack.

The strikes were in total disregard of Iraqi sovereignty and against forces under direct command of the Iraqi state:The strikes were designed to kill those who still fight ISIS in its most virulent hide outs:

Rania Khalek @RaniaKhalek - 18:44 UTC · Dec 29, 2019

Dec 29 10:55

Trump’s executive order on anti-Semitism: A “category mistake” exposing his ignorance, amorality and opportunism

Lawrence Davidson argues that a combination of ignorance, amorality, opportunism and indifference to the US Constitution are behind President Trump’s executive order directing the federal government to deny funds to universities and colleges that allow criticism of Israel – deceitfully conflated with “anti-Semitic speech” – on campus.>>

Dec 29 09:07

The Uyghur Issue: How Can the U.S. Dare Lecturing China About the Rights of the Muslims?

The majority of Uyghur people are Muslims. They have their own, ancient, specific culture and most of them are, of course, very decent human beings. Northwest China is their home.

The “problem” is that Urumqi, Xinjiang, are located on the main branch of BRI (The Belt and Road Initiative) – an extremely optimistic, internationalist project which is ready to connect billions of people on all continents. The BRI is infrastructural as well as cultural project, which will soon pull hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and under-development.

Therefore, Washington has decided to act, in order to preserve the status quo and its dominance over the world.

Step one: to antagonize, provoke and to smear China by all means, be it over Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China Sea or, above mentioned “Uygur Issue”.

Step two: to try to turn a part of China’s constitutionally-recognized national minority – Uyghurs – into “rebels”, or more precisely, terrorists.

Dec 29 07:46

Yemen's lifeline threatened by attacks on aid groups

International NGOs have suspended work in southwestern Yemen after weekend attacks by unknown fighters.

After almost five years of war, millions of Yemenis have become reliant on aid for survival, but they now fear they'll be cut off from this crucial lifeline after attacks on international aid groups operating in their country.

A number of international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) have suspended their work in Al-Dhale’e region after their offices were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades over the weekend.

The attacks in southwest Yemen follow a campaign carried out against the aid groups, accusing them of being "enemies of Islam" and using their work as a front for missionary work.

Fahd, a teacher who preferred not to use his real name, told Middle East Eye that they heard explosions on both Saturday and Sunday and later found out that the offices of several aid organisations were hit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if they cannot name their attackers, Yemenis understand that this is the Saudi and US design intent; to starve the Yemeni people into submission, by taking away the last possible lifelines of food and medical care.

Dec 29 07:45

Yemen's lifeline threatened by attacks on aid groups

International NGOs have suspended work in southwestern Yemen after weekend attacks by unknown fighters.

After almost five years of war, millions of Yemenis have become reliant on aid for survival, but they now fear they'll be cut off from this crucial lifeline after attacks on international aid groups operating in their country.

A number of international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) have suspended their work in Al-Dhale’e region after their offices were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades over the weekend.

The attacks in southwest Yemen follow a campaign carried out against the aid groups, accusing them of being "enemies of Islam" and using their work as a front for missionary work.

Fahd, a teacher who preferred not to use his real name, told Middle East Eye that they heard explosions on both Saturday and Sunday and later found out that the offices of several aid organisations were hit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if they cannot name their attackers, Yemenis understand that this is the Saudi and US design intent; to starve the Yemeni people into submission, by taking away the last possible lifelines of food and medical care.

Dec 28 14:33

US Navy Chief Says Only ‘Regime Change’ in Iran Can Stop Country’s ‘Provocative Actions’ in Gulf

Russian and Chinese warships joined Iran’s Navy and Revolutionary Guards vessels on Friday for four days’ worth of maritime exercises in the Gulf of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean, simulating search and rescue, anti-piracy and shooting drills.

The US Navy is concerned that the recent lull in hostilities with Iran following this summer’s string of escalatory actions in the form of tanker sabotage attacks, ship seizures and drone shootdowns may be repeated, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has said.

“I think they’re going to continue to perform provocative actions over there,” Modly said, speaking to Reuters on Friday. “And I think they’ll look at every opportunity they can to do that,” he added, without offering any more details.

“There’s nothing that suggests to me, short of a regime change there, that you have a different tone set from the leadership, that would suggest to me that they’re going to stop doing what they’ve been doing,” Modly explained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Major Modly, can you please produce something even remotely resembling the hard evidence, regarding Iran's alleged "provocations"?!?

Because for the US to go to war against Iran right now, or in the near future, is "inviting" a Russian retaliation through the deployment of their newest and most deadly weapon, against which the US and its allies have utterly no defense; the Avangard, which has recently been introduced to the Russian military.

Dec 28 05:26

'Militarising Christmas': Israeli army slammed over 'repugnant' Twitter postSocial media users call out the IDF a day after it admitted making 'mistakes' when it bombed and killed a family in Gaza

The Israeli army has been slammed for a 'Christmas' themed Twitter post in which it celebrated the festive period by baking a F-35 fighter-jet made from gingerbread.

In the 30-second video, a group of Israeli soldiers, some of whom are wearing military-style clothing, can be seen decorating the F-35 jet with sweets, chocolates and Oreo cookies.

The video, which has an acapella-style song playing throughout, ends with a soldier holding up the jet as the text 'Happy Holidays' fill the screen.

"While some bake gingerbread houses, we decided to go with an F35 jet ????#MerryChristmas to all our Christian soldiers and to all those celebrating around the world!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This .... is the kind of thinking you get from IDF members who are just so emotionally twisted, that they cannot see this, for what it is.

Dec 27 14:41

Get Ready to Fight Israel’s Next War

It will be up to you, the clueless American citizen, to fight and pay for Israel’s war against its neighbors. This coming war was announced this week by Aviv Kochavi, the Israel Defense Force chief of staff.

Dec 27 12:13

War Criminal Trump an International Thief, Supporter of Terrorism

Trump escalated aggressive war on Syria — in its 9th year with no prospect for resolution any time soon because US hardliners reject peace and stability in the war-torn country and others Washington preemptively attacked.

Begun against Damascus by the Obama/Biden/Hillary regime, it’s all about wanting Syria transformed into a US vassal state, using ISIS and other jihadists as Pentagon/CIA foot soldiers — supported by Pentagon-led terror-bombing, responsible for massacring tens of thousands of civilians.

Dec 27 11:25

Israel Preparing for War on Iran?

And Trump loves and supports these war criminals.

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Israel’s longtime goal is unchallenged Middle East dominance partnered with Washington.

Achieving it depends on transforming independent regional nations into US/Israeli vassal states by war or other hostile means, Iran most of all.Israel considers civilians legitimate targets, striking residential areas indiscriminately in all its wars of aggression, the policy stated earlier by future IDF chief General Gadi Eisenkot, saying:

“We will apply disproportionate force at the heart of the enemy’s weak spot (civilians) and cause great damage and destruction.”

Dec 26 10:49

Video: Turkish-based ‘Syrian Government’ Threatens Damascus with Military Action

Late on December 23, the Turkish-based “Syrian Interim Government” (an entity funded by Turkey in an attempt to legalize its actions in Syria) threatened the real Syrian government with a military action.

In a released statement, it claimed that forces that participated in Turkey’s Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield operations are now moving to Greater Idlib in order to support their counterparts in repelling an attack by “regime forces, Russia and Iranian militias”.

It remains unclear what “forces” the barely existing “defense ministry” is planning to send to Idlib because Turkish-backed militant groups are already supporting al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the battle against the Syrian Army. The Turkish-backed coalition of militant groups, the National Front for Liberation, has always been a useful partner for al-Qaeda in Idlib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Erdogan, are you flipping kidding us, with this potential threat against Russia forces in Syria?!?

And sir, if you think you can do this on your own, please go ahead; But do you really believe that NATO will back you against Russia in Syria?!?

Was there some under-the-table quid pro quo, between you and Israel, or between you and the US, that such an act against Russia would be supported in any way?!?

Because if such has not happened, and you are out there, all on your lonesome, expecting NATO to come and rescue you, from your own catastrophic stupidity, and it refuses to do so, WHAT THEN, PLEASE?!?

Dec 25 10:04

Iran, Russia, China set to hold joint naval drills aimed at safeguarding international trade security

Iran, Russia and China are set to hold joint military drills in the internationals waters of the Indian Ocean and the Sea of Oman with the aim of promoting the security of international trade in the strategic regions, says the spokesman for Iranian Armed Forces.

Dec 25 09:01

Saudi Artillery Strikes Kill 17 at Yemen Border Market

Cross-border shelling by Saudi Arabian forces against a popular marketplace on the Yemeni side of the border killed at least 17 people, according to locals. Indications are that everyone killed was a civilian, and the Saudis have not commented on why they attacked.

The sources said 12 Ethiopian migrants were among those killed in Yemen, and that 15 people were wounded and taken to hospitals for treatment. The market has been attacked several times by Saudi forces.

The market doesn’t seem to have any military significance, but it is in Saada Province, which is the main province of the Houthi movement. This seems to be reason enough for the Saudis to regularly attack them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I was a kid in public school, I never imagined, in my wildest dreams, that the US was anything but the "good guy" in its dealings with other countries.

Then came the insanity of the Vietnam War, and that.... was an industrial-strength wake-up call that challenged my former evaluation of the US government's actions internationally forever.

Fast forward to the Trump Administration, and here is what we see; the US government, in collusion with Saudi Arabian government in their war crimes, to bomb Yemen to back beyond the stone age; military interventions in countries around the world, in order to expropriate their resources, to which we have no moral right; and threatening the awakening economic and military powerhouses of Russia and China with a shooting war, because it's just great for the US military/industrial complex.

I have a friend who once confided that she believed we were actually living through the "End Times" of Biblical prophecy; and looking at the pathological inability from the US government to do something remotely intelligent, as in learning from its mistakes over the decades, I have to wonder if she doesn't have a valid point here.

Dec 23 13:30

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson flies the Israeli flag over Number 10

Stuart Littlewood shows how Britain’s newly elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost no time in scheduling laws that would guarantee Israel impunity for its crimes, and has stuffed his cabinet with Israel pimps and flag wavers.>>

Dec 23 05:10

'Tolerant' UAE revokes citizenship of dissidents' families: HRW

Human Rights Watch on Sunday accused the United Arab Emirates of taking punitive measures against relatives of dissidents, including revoking their citizenships and banning them from travel.

The government of the oil-rich Gulf state has revoked the citizenship of 19 relatives of two dissidents and at least 30 relatives of six dissidents are barred from leaving the country, the rights group said in a report.

"UAE authorities, in their determination to crush dissent, have allowed their state security apparatus to use its near-unchecked power to continually punish the families of activists, both detained and living abroad," said Michael Page, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at HRW.

"The authorities should cease these vindictive attacks, which amount to collective punishment," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was rather ironic that when one googles Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, one immediately gets a FLOOD of ads, touting it as a beautiful, incredible, place to vacation; unfortunately, with these moves against people who may think differently than their leadership, Abu Dhabi is a place which I will shun the rest of my life, as through it were Kryptonite, putting it right up there with Riyad, Saudi Arabia, as places I would not ever, ever visit this lifetime.

Dec 23 04:24

Sanctioned Muslim nations weigh trading with gold to bypass restrictions

Malaysian leader’s proposal at Islamic nations’ summit receives warm reception from Iran, Turkey and Qatar, who are currently facing a host of economic embargoes.

Iran, Turkey, Qatar and Malaysia are weighing trading among themselves in gold and other currencies in an effort to combat current and future sanctions imposed against them, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday.

“I have suggested that we re-visit the idea of trading using the gold dinar and barter trade among us,” the Reuters news agency quoted Mohamad as saying at the conclusion of a summit in Malaysia for Islamic states. “We are seriously looking into this and we hope that we will be able to find a mechanism to put it into effect.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a reasonable response to US sanctions and embargoes.

What President Trump has done, with these issuances of trade restrictions, has been to:

1. Cause nations around the world to dump the dollar.
2. Move nations toward gold backed currencies
3. Pull nations away from the US orbit, and put them into the orbit of Russia and/or China. economically and and defensively.

Bravo, Mr. President, well done! - If in fact these reactions to your sanctions and embargoes were supposed to accomplish these outcomes.

IF not, Mr. President, you have managed to tick off some formerly friendly nations, and have risked putting our country into the jeopardy of more endless wars, which started out as trading disputes.

Dec 23 04:06

Tareq Hajjaj and Pam Bailey'Blinding the truth': Israeli snipers target Gaza protesters in the eyes

To date, Gaza's Ministry of Health reports that 50 protesters have been shot in the eye by Israeli soldiers since the demonstrations began last March leaving them permanently blind.

Media coverage and social media posts went wild when Palestinian photojournalist Muath Amarneh was blinded in his left eye after he was hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest in the West Bank.

However, Amarneh was far from unique; Israeli snipers targeting participants in Gaza's weekly Great Return March protests have aimed for the legs – and eyes. To date, Gaza's Ministry of Health reports that 50 protesters have been shot in the eye since the demonstrations began March 30, 2018 – leaving them permanently blind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IT has become painfully apparent, that President Trump just goes absolutely bat-excrement crazy for Middle Eastern rulers who can (literally) get away with ordering murders and mutilations, and there is utterly no penalty for them to bear by so doing.

And who are his BFFs in the Middle East?!?

Bibi Netanyahu and the Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, of course!!

Dec 22 22:55

Nordstream Sanctions a Sad Coda to U.S. Foreign Policy

The U.S. crossed the Rubicon this week. And I’m not talking about the ridiculous impeachment of President Trump for doing his job.

I’m talking about passing the NDAA with provisions to sanction ‘from hell’ anyone associated with completion of the Nordstream 2 pipeline. The U.S. is now openly dismissive as a matter of law any ally or partner who engages in economic activity it disapproves of.

Dec 21 11:03

RIP Corbyn: A sad case of political suicide

Stuart Littlewood reflects on the UK Labour Party’s election defeat, examining the Brexit fiasco, the party’s unrealistic manifesto, Corbyn’s failure to confront Israel’s assets and flag wavers, and his big missed opportunity – breaking from Labour and forming his own party.>>

Dec 20 12:10

Are Israel and Iran preparing for war?

(Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst who focuses on US foreign policy in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific region. He is fully qualified as a lawyer in two international jurisdictions.)

While the US has proven somewhat reluctant to directly strike Iran or its forces, there is another power in the Middle East that appears to be increasingly willing and able to do so on Washington’s behalf: Israel.

Just last month, Israel made a rare admission that its military had carried out a “very intense” attack against Iranian forces and Syrian Army targets in Syria, killing at least 21 fighters and two civilians in the process.Earlier, the IDF destroyed a weapons depot for Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and allegedly undertook drone strikes on Hezbollah positions in Lebanon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has given Netanyahu carte blanche to do anything he wants in the Middle East; unfortunately, such liberties given to Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life, after a series of corruption charges were brought against him, was completely unwise, and absolutely not thought through.

And there is a new bill, which will most likely to hit Congress when it reconvenes in January, which Secretary of State Pompeo and Netanyahu conjured up during their last meeting, to bring the US and Israel even closer in terms of a defense posture for the US regarding Israel:

And how will this proposed pact affect the US/Israel, and the entire Middle East?!?

The following article, from digitalnews.com, spells it out for us:

Netanyahu and Pompeo push ahead with US Israel defense pact

The article goes on to state: "Netanyahu trying to use US connections to stay in power

Netanyahu is actually claiming that the deal shows he needs to stay in power because of his unique ties to the US. Details of the pact have not been released beyond the fact that it will commit the US to war to defend Israel. Those who know about the fact say that it in no way restricts Israel's practice of unilaterally attacking targets across the region. Israeli attacks on Syria and Iraq could continue."

HOLD ON, WHAT THE HELL WAS JUST STATED HERE?!? "THAT THE US WOULD GO TO WAR TO DEFEND ISRAEL?"

Forgive me, but Israel has one of the finest military on the planet; the top of the line defense weaponry; and nuclear weapons; why in the name of heaven should the US be saddled with having to defend it from its nearly pathologically wrong-headed inability to get along with any of its neighbors in the Middle East?!?

A Russian diplomat made the following promise to Iran last summer, which, of course, got no press in the US. Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

Watch for an even deeper demonization of Iran and Russia from the US presstitutes; and God help this country if this "defense pact" is ever approved of by Congress; when this passes (if the primary essense of this pact is not done by Executive Order), look for the US to be "defending" Israel not only from Iran, but Russia as well.

Dec 20 09:27

Is It Time to “Duck and Cover” in the Eastern Med?

How badly does Washington want NATO to survive? Bad enough to betray the Greeks again and to reignite the Cyprus killing fields, that’s how bad. News the US Congress is expected to approve a bill lifting an arms embargo on Cyprus, which has been in place since 1987, can mean only one thing.

According to the news from Washington, the embargo on arms sales will be lifted once Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020. Once President Trump signs the bill, US exports to the Republic of Cyprus of “defense-related” materials will add guns to what has always been a volatile situation. Recent Turkey-Greece friction already signaled a rekindling of old war fires, and now the US comes out and flatly admits that the Republic of Cyprus needs to be part of the “Partnership for Peace” NATO program.

Dec 20 09:21

The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 “Protest Movement”?

Almost nine years since the beginning of the war on Syria in March 2011, so-called “progressives” have supported the so-called “opposition”, which is largely made up of Al Qaeda affiliated mercenaries. A US-NATO led war of aggression is portrayed as a “civil war”.

President Bashar Al Assad is casually described as a dictator who is killing his own people. The millions of deaths resulting from US-NATO led wars are not an object of concern.

The anti-war movement died in the wake of the Iraq war (April 2003). Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and counterterrorism prevail.

The war on Syria started more than nine years ago in Daraa on the 17th of March 2011.

The following article first published in May 2011 examines the inception of the jihadist terrorist insurgency.

It recounts the events of March 17-18, 2011 in Daraa, a small border town with Jordan.

Dec 20 08:27

High Noon For Trump: The Impeachment Charade

The Trump deception has been one of the Jews’ most brilliant accomplishments. And it seems they’ve induced across the land a debilitating cognitive dissonance. “How can Trump possibly be a bad guy,” many across America are now asking, “if the likes of Nancy Pelosi can’t stand him?”

ARCH STANTON : Trump has just given Israel the international green light to do whatever it deems necessary to protect its interests in the Near East — and the Near East its getting nearer all the time. He has armed the Jewish House of Saud with nukes and other high tech weapons. Those nukes, combined with Israel’s nukes, make the Jews not only a monstrous regional threat, but a global menace as well.

Dec 18 13:29

Testimonies from people living in Syria. By Janice Kortkamp

Rania Akhrass?“ if death will come in 5 years or 7 or 10 I would urge it to come now because they have ripped us up of all hopes for any foreseen future…?they have killed us while we are still breathing, they have taken any shred of dignity pushing us to strive for our daily bread … I wonder what else they may ask for if we keep compromising ….

Dec 18 11:26

Brain Dead Congress Doesn’t Realize It’s Trying to Finish Off NATO

After what can only be termed a terrible NATO Not Summit two weeks ago it was clear the alliance has serious fissures forming in its facade.

It seems that the depths of our Congress’ cravenness before the desires of Israel knows no bottom. Erdogan has been explicit in his antipathy for Benjamin Netanyahu’s continued regional provocations to eke out a win in Syria.

Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani in Iran all know that Trump doesn’t have the stomach or the stupidity for war. So they have allowed the political forces in the U.S. to over-commit to a policy they can’t back up.

The Russia/China/Iran axis has simply played the ultimate game of attrition, reading the economic and political tea leaves perfectly while executing a pan-Eurasian strategy of integration through disengagement from U.S. and U.K. financial institutions.That strategy has failed. Trump knows it, but his State Dept. and CIA, as well as those of the U.K., France and Germany, refuse to accept defeat.

Dec 17 18:37

Russian, Syrian air forces launch more airstrikes in past 48 hours than all of December

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have launched a massive aerial attack over the northwestern region of Syria these past 48 hours, targeting several areas across the Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia governorates.

Dec 17 11:05

Trump's Big Mistake: He Hasn’t Withdrawn From Syria But Doubled Down

Three times in the past eighteen months Trump has announced American troops would be withdrawn from Syria. Three times senior administration figures or influential advisors walked him back.

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