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January 03, 2020

U.S. Will Come To Regret Its Assassination of Qassim Soleimani

Today the U.S. declared war on Iran and Iraq.

War is what it will get.

Earlier today a U.S. drone or helicopter killed Major General Qassim Soleimani, the famous commander of the Iranian Quds ('Jerusalem') force, while he left the airport of Baghdad where he had just arrived. He had planned to attend the funeral of the 31 Iraqi soldiers the U.S. had killed on December 29 at the Syrian-Iraqi border near Al-Qaim.


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The Quds force is the external arm of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Soleiman was responsible for all relations between Iran and political and militant movements outside of Iran. Hajji Qassim advised the Lebanese Hisbullah during the 2006 war against Israel. His support for Iraqi groups enabled them to kick the U.S. invaders out of Iraq. He was the man responsible for, and successful in, defeating the Islamic State in iraq and Syria. In 2015 Soleimani traveled to Moscow and convinced Russia to intervene in Syria. His support for the Houthi in Yemen enabled them to withstand the Saudi attackers.


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Soleimani had arrived in Baghdad on a normal flight from Lebanon. He did not travel in secret. He was picked up at the airport by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, the deputy commander of the al-Hashd al-Shaabi, an official Iraqi security force under the command of the Iraqi Prime Minister. The two cars they traveled in were destroyed in the U.S. attack. Both men and their drivers and guards died.


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The U.S. created two martyrs who will now become the models and idols for tens of millions of youth in the Middle East.


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The Houthi in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad in Palestine, the paramilitary forces in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have all benefited from Soleimani's advice and support. They will all take actions to revenge him.

Moqtada al-Sadr, the unruly Shia cleric who commands millions of followers in Iraq, has given orders to reactivate his military branch 'Jaish al-Imam al-Mahdi'. Between 2004 and 2008 the Mahdi forces fought the U.S. occupation of Iraq. They will do so again.

The outright assassination of a commander of Soleimani's weight demands an Iranian reaction of at least a similar size. All U.S. generals or high politicians traveling in the Middle East or elsewhere will now have to watch their back. There will be no safety for them anywhere.

No Iraqi politician will be able to argue for keeping U.S. forces in the country. The Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi has called for a parliament emergency meeting to ask for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops:

"The targeted assassination of an Iraqi commander is a violation of the agreement. It can trigger a war in Iraq and the region. It is a clear violation of the conditions of the U.S. presence in Iraq. I call on the parliament to take the necessary steps."

The National Security Council of Iran is meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to "study the options of response". There are many such options. The U.S. has forces stationed in many countries around Iran. From now on none of them will be safe.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a statement calling for three days of public mourning and then retaliation.

“His departure to God does not end his path or his mission,” the statement said, “but a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands.”

Iran will tie its response to the political calender. U.S. President Donald Trump will go into his reelection campaign with U.S. troops under threat everywhere. We can expect incidents like the Beirut barracks bombing to repeat themselves when he is most vulnerable.

Trump will learn that killing the enemy is the easy part of a war. The difficulties come after that happened.

In 2018 Soleimani publicly responded to a tweet in which Trump had threatened Iran:

“Mr. Trump, the gambler! […] You are well aware of our power and capabilities in the region. You know how powerful we are in asymmetrical warfare. Come, we are waiting for you. We are the real men on the scene, as far as you are concerned. You know that a war would mean the loss of all your capabilities. You may start the war, but we will be the ones to determine its end.

Since May 2019 the U.S. deployed at least 14,800 additional soldiers to the Middle East. Over the last three days airborne elements and special forces followed. The U.S.has clearly planned for an escalation.

Soleimani will be replaced by Brigadier General Ismail Ghani, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war who has for decades been active in the Quds Force and has fought against ISIS in Syria. He is an officer of equal stature and capability.

Iran's policies and support for foreign groups will intensify. The U.S. has won nothing with its attack but will feel the consequences for decades to come. From now on its position in the Middle East will be severely constrained. Others will move in to take its place.

Posted by b on January 3, 2020 at 9:05 UTC | Permalink

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I didn't mean to suggest that the Pentagon would resist war in general..
but in specific cases like Iran yes.

Posted by: Tuyzentfloot | Jan 5 2020 16:15 utc | 501

@188 "USA isn't wanted in Syria but they stay anyway."

And then there's Guantanamo. Cuba has surely politely asked the US to leave at least once...

Posted by: Gene Poole | Jan 5 2020 16:23 utc | 502

To IRAQ he should have been killed years ago, he is a F.d waste

Posted by: don | Jan 5 2020 19:34 utc | 503

Bunch of cowardly appeasement. We take the hit, BUT NO MORE APPEASEMENT OF 21st CENTURY NAZIS!

Posted by: Michael | Jan 6 2020 5:04 utc | 504

At this moment on French (national) radio station France-Culture: "L'Iran veut-il pousser les Etats-Unis à la guerre?" ("Does Iran want to push the US into war?") The lady, author of a book condemning the religious régime in Iran, just said "The ayatollahs' regime is capable of anything" and is now smearing Soleimani. "He has never been a patriot. He is nothing but a killer." Iran's ancien régime has always been well represented in France... On the other hand, she criticizes the US for making "a long series of errors that" enabled the ayatollahs' régime.

When one thinks it over, the US is not far from being under an ayatollahs' régime, and they are clearly capable of anything...

Posted by: Gene Poole | Jan 6 2020 6:02 utc | 505

hi

Posted by: me | Jan 6 2020 12:07 utc | 506

I live each day hoping for another Beirut Marine Barracks operation. One soldier took the lives of 220 marines or roughly two marine companies. Another 75 marines had to be taken off the field as wounded. Whoever the bomber was, we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Until the next Beirut...

Posted by: Andrea Summers | Jan 6 2020 16:03 utc | 507

More evidence of the corruption in Iraq and it is sunnis...

Mohammed al-Helbousi, (Sunni) Iraqi Speaker after refusing to lead Parliament session on ‘expelling US troops from #Iraq’ pleads Shia MPs to reconsider their decision as it will have severe economic consequences on the country. He says only Shia MPs are present.
https://twitter.com/BaxtiyarGoran/status/1214202963494940672

Posted by: Zanon | Jan 6 2020 16:14 utc | 508

503

That is an excellent find!

In response:

Where was Netta during the strike operation?
What was the reason of being there?
Who did he meet according schedule and whom he did not and why?
Did he cut visit short? Which other public, historical place did he visit with cameras rolling (marking it for a future "terrorist" attack)
How many simulations has the 8200 unit run specifically for this country since 2010? Hundreds? Why?
Is there still a crisis stewing silently?
What has some really prime real estate on this planet has to do with all these and they decided to hit the general while visiting the place, as a message to other world leaders?

Search for "Projekt 701".

Posted by: Qparticle | Jan 6 2020 20:41 utc | 509

correction: former post 503 is now post 499. "Walter | Jan 5 2020 12:51 utc | 499".

Posted by: Qparticle | Jan 6 2020 20:47 utc | 510

The US propaganda machine is furiously pumping out justications for the hit on Suleimani.

Three articles in a row on Zerohedge around 8pm EST all trying to spin angles on this murder and the hate for Tran.

Posted by: augrr | Jan 7 2020 3:07 utc | 511

The world will be a better place without the spineless General who only fights by planting bombs in the ground, suicide attacks. The US will destroy any nation that has the blood of Americans on their hands, I don't care who they are. You fck with America you wrote you own deathwish, just ask General Soleimani.

Posted by: Charles Entwhistle | Jan 7 2020 6:44 utc | 512

Charles Entwhistle

I think to say such things you must be so dumb that is useless explaining you what idiocy lies inside your words..get a doctor soon really!

Posted by: LuBa | Jan 7 2020 14:30 utc | 513

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