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Iranian strike was 'proportionate' self-defense, no need for escalation or war — FM Zarif
rt.com | 2020-01-08
Missile strikes against US bases in Iraq were legitimate self-defense measures, but Iran does not intend to wage war or escalate the situation further, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said. | DETAILS TO FOLLOW | Also on rt.com | | Iran warns 'Great Satan' America that any new attack will result in 'painful and crushing' response, including against Israel…
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Iran warns 'Great Satan' America that any new attack will result in 'painful and crushing' response, including against Israel
rt.com | 2020-01-08
If the US and its allies launch any more attacks on Iran, they will incur "more painful and crushing responses," the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran warned, noting that 'Zionist regime' of Israel will not be spared. | The IRGC issued a statement in the early hours of Wednesday local time, after launching a volley of missiles against two bases used by US forces inside Iraq, in retaliation for last week's drone assassination of IRGC Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani outside Baghdad. | We warn the Great Satan, the bloodthirsty and arrogant regime of the US, that any new wicked act or more moves and aggressi…
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Iran Strikes Back at U.S. With Missile Attack on Bases in Iraq
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-08
Iranian state TV said the attack was launched in revenge for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
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Oil markets rally as US stocks take a plunge after Iranian revenge strike
rt.com | 2020-01-08
The price of crude saw a significant jump following a series of Iranian missile strikes on American bases in Iraq, which also sent US stocks plummeting as concerns of a wider regional war take hold. | The attack on Tuesday night drove the US oil benchmark, West Texas Intermediate crude, to gain some 3.4 percent, while Brent crude is up similarly, by over 3.5 percent. | The Dow Jones, meanwhile, took a hit, dropping by nearly 120 points, as the S&P 500 and NASDAQ also struggled, losing 9.1 and 2.8 point…
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Pentagon says more than a dozen missiles 'launched from Iran' against 2 US bases, vows 'necessary' counter-measures
rt.com | 2020-01-08
The Pentagon said it would take "necessary measures" to defend US troops and regional allies following reports of Iranian missile strikes on US facilities in Iraq, confirming that over a dozen missiles were used in the attack. | "Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases," the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that it was now working on "initial battle damage assessments." | As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all…
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Italian Foreign Minister Says Libya Poses Threat to Europe in Terms of Terrorism
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
ROME (Sputnik) – Situation in Libya is dangerous not just in terms of migration, but also in terms of terrorism, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said.
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Putin, Erdogan to Discuss Killing of Iran's Soleimani on Wednesday — Kremlin Spokesman
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the Middle East following the killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
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'Hard Revenge': Iran's IRGC Bombards Al-Asad, Other US Bases in Iraq
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which houses a large US air base, has been struck with several rockets following a strike carried out by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) as "revenge" for the killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani, reported Press TV.
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Alleged Videos From Attack on Iraqi Al-Asad Air Base Emerge on Twitter
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
At least two US military facilities have been attacked this evening as part of a retaliatory move for the targeted killing of Iran's top military commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on 3 January.
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US Stock Futures Drop By More Than 1% Following Attack on Ayn al-Asad Base in Iraq – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
Oil prices have instead surged after reports that Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which hosts a large number of American military personnel, was attacked by Iranian forces as an act of "hard revenge" for Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US targeted strike.
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Death Toll From Kerman Stampede at Soleimani's Funeral Reaches 56 — Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The number of people killed in a stampede at the funeral of Iran's commander Qasem Soleimani in his hometown of Kerman has reached 56, Iranian Press TV reports.
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IRGC Official Says Iran in 'High State of Alert' After Soleimani Killing
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iran is in a "high state of alert" in the wake of the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by the US and is ready to strike US and European bases in the Middle East if need be, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps official Maj. Gen. Mortada Qurbani said on Tuesday.
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'You Started it, We Will End it': Iranian News Outlet Posts Mock Trump Assassination Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
Iran's Fars News Agency (FNA) is the latest organization to publish media depicting the assassination of US President Donald Trump, warning US leaders that if Washington starts a war, Tehran will end it.
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France Boosts Security of Troops in Iraq Amid US-Iran Tensions
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
PARIS (Sputnik) – France stepped up security measures to protect military personnel in Iraq after a US strike on an Iranian commander in Baghdad heightened tensions in the region, the French Defence Minister said Tuesday.
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Military Veterans Rally Outside Number 10 to Denounce Escalating Risk of War With Iran
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
Former members of the armed forces gathered outside the UK prime minster's residence in order to make clear that they oppose the recent US drone strikes in Iraq and to promote the message that "war is not a solution to the problems of the 21st century".
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Second Wave of Missile Attacks Fired Against US Targets in Iraq – Iranian Media
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
A second series of rockets have been launched toward US targets in Iraq, shortly after dozens of missiles struck US military facilities in the area earlier Wednesday morning local time, according to Iranian media reports.
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US National Security Council Meets to Discuss Iran Missile Attacks
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
The US National Security Council met at the White House Tuesday shortly following a series of strikes against the Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq that were launched from Iran.
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Russian-Syrian Cooperation Helped Wipe Out Dangerous Militant Leaders – Putin
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia-backed Syrian government troops have been able to kill dangerous militant leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a visit to Damascus on Tuesday.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
Earlier in the day, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin flew to Damascus to visit Russian troops stationed in Syria and meet with the country's leader.
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Smoke From Australian Wildfires Reaches Southern Brazil — Meteorologists
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Smoke from devastating bushfires in Australia that have led to the death of over two dozen people has reached southern Brazil, according to the Brazilian Metsul Meteorologia company.
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Durham Neo-Nazi Teenager Jailed for Planning Series of Terror Attacks
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-08
A teenager was arrested back in March after being discovered to have disseminated white nationalist literature online. He had previously been questioned in 2017 by the police after posting homophobic and racist tweets but he told them they were written just "for a laugh".
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Major U.S. Military Contractors Stand to Reap Huge Windfalls from Escalation of Conflict with Iran
Sarah Anderson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
CEOs of major U.S. military contractors stand to reap huge windfalls from the escalation of conflict with Iran. This was evident in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. assassination of a top Iranian military official last week. As soon as …
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Iranian and Hezbollah leaders oppose attacking civilians as Trump threatens to bomb cultural sites
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-07
Washington's top bogeymen, Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, called to protect civilians and only hit military targets. Meanwhile,…
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Iranian and Hezbollah leaders condemn attacking civilians as Trump threatens to bomb cultural sites
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-07
Washington's top bogeymen, Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, called to protect civilians and only hit military targets. Meanwhile,…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/07/iran-hezbolla…

52 Pick-Up: Trump's Deranged Threats to Bomb the Past
David Price | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
On January 4th, President Trump tweeted that his military response to any Iranian military reactions to his assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani could include attacks on "52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD." For an administration whose acts in the present routinely require Orwellian carpet-bombing campaigns on the past (consider Mike Pence's lie this week that Iran was involved in the 9/11 attacks), t…
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Is This the End of U.S. Interference in West Asia?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-07
Major General Hossein Salami, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, said on January 4 that his country would take "strategic revenge" against the United States for the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani. The assassination of Soleimani, Salami said, will be later seen as a "turning point" in U.S. interference in West Asia. | Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reacted strongly to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's suggestion that Iraqis were "dancing in the street" to celebrate the assassination…
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US denies Iran's FM Zarif visa to address Security Council in violation of UN treaty
rt.com | 2020-01-07
Washington has refused to issue a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, even though, as the host of the United Nations headquarters, the US is obliged to allow foreign officials into the country. | The visa request was filed several weeks ago, before the latest escalation, and would give the top Iranian diplomat a stage to speak out following last Thursday's drone strike assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani, along with senior Iraqi militia leaders. | "They fear that someone comes to the US and reveals realities," Zarif said after being denied a v…
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Is this the end of U.S. interference in West Asia?
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-01-07
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reacted strongly to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's suggestion that Iraqis were "dancing in the street" to celebrate the assassination. On Twitter, Zarif posted pictures of the funeral procession for Soleimani and wrote, "End of U.S. malign presence in West Asia has begun." | Source…
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An Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US 'Forever Wars' Speaks Out
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
The 2003 "shock and awe" bombing of Iraq had finally stopped. From the balcony of my room in Baghdad's Al Fanar Hotel, I watched U.S. Marines moving between their jeeps, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees. They had occupied the street immediately in front of the small, family-owned hotel where our Iraq Peace Team had been…
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Propaganda Machine: The Military Roots of Cambridge Analytica's Psychological Manipulation of Voters
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-07
We continue our discussion of data harvesting, targeted advertising and voter manipulation — practices used by firms like Cambridge Analytica. The secretive data firm collapsed in May 2018 after The Observer newspaper revealed the company had harvested some 87 million Facebook profiles without the users' knowledge or consent to sway voters to support Trump during the 2016 campaign. A new trove of internal Cambridge Analytica documents and emails are being posted on Twitter detailing the company's operations, including its work with President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton. We speak wit…
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Cleveland activists rally against U.S. attack on Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-07
Cleveland, OH – Anti-war activists took to Market Square in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, January 4, at noon to denounce U.S. imperialism and aggression towards Iran following the murder of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by the Trump regime. | Chanting slogans of "1, 2, 3, 4, we don't want your racist war! 5, 6, 7, 8, stop the killings, stop the hate!" and "We are people, we want peace! U.S. out of Middle East!" around 100 protesters rallied as prepared speeches were given by representatives from the Workers World Party, Cleveland State University's Middle East and Northern Africa student group, Pe…
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Minneapolis joins with 90 U.S. cities to say "U.S. troops out of Iraq – no war on Iran"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-07
Minneapolis, MN – On January 4, over 700 people took to the streets of Minneapolis to denounce the Trump administration's moves to provoke a war with Iran and their prolonging the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Protests also took place in at least 90 cities across the United States. | The protest, called on two days' notice in response to escalating U.S. military actions in Iraq and threats against Iran, brought out a wide range of people to speak out against the U.S. war threats. | The Minneapolis protest was initiated by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition and endorsed by a range of groups including Anti-War Committee,…
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NYC demands no war on Iran and Iraq
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-07
New York, NY – Over 1000 people gathered in New York City on January 4 in Times Square to demand no more U.S. troops to the Middle East, U.S. out of Iraq, and no war or sanctions on Iran. The action was called after a U.S. drone strike assassinated Iranian Quds Force general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, as well as the Pentagon stating they will send 3500 more troops to the Middle East. | The call was put out by ANSWER Coalition, with speakers from various organizations, including Freedom Road Socialist Organization, International Action Center, Struggle La – Lucha, International League of Peoples Struggle, BAYAN,…
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Grand Rapids, MI protest against war with Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-07
Grand Rapids, MI – On January 4, about 35 people gathered at the intersection of Division and Fulton, the center point of Grand Rapids, to express their outrage and protest the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force. Soleimani was killed outside Baghdad's airport. | Signs read: "No war on Iran," "U.S. out of Iraq and the Middle East," "No war," "Bad president/bad decisions" and the iconic "Give peace a chance." The crowd chanted, "No more war" and "No war in Iran." | Organized by a small group of progressive activists, the protest attracted a diverse group of people from or…
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Chile's MPs Reject Proposal to Probe Troops' Abuses in Haiti
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-07
Chile's parliament rejected Tuesday a proposal for the creation of an investigative commission that would be in charge of clarifying the international denunciations of sexual abuses committed by Chilean peacekeepers deployed in Haiti as part of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUSTAH). | RELATED: | UN Peacekeeping 15-year Mission Ends With Mixed Legacy in Haiti | The proposal had been submitted by Jaime Naranjo, a lawmaker for the Socialist Party of Chile. I…
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Lawrence Wilkerson on Trump's Iran aggression: same neocon lies, new target
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-07
As millions of Iranians mourn the US murder of Qassem Soleimani, ex-Bush administration official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson discuses the parallels…
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America, An Empire on its Last Leg: To be Kicked Out from the Middle East?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
America's hegemonic military agenda in the Middle East has reached a dangerous threshold. | The assassination of IRGC General Soleimani ordered by the President of the United States on January 3, 2020 is tantamount to an Act of War against Iran….
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The Jawaharlal Nehru University Attack Shows Just How Fascist The 'Modi Mob' Is
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
A mob of masked thugs broke into India's premier Jawaharlal Nehru University Sunday night and beat dozens of students who were protesting against their country's contentious "Citizenship (Amendment) Act", after which the victims accused the perpetrators of being allied with …
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Period of Calm Obscures Deepening Crisis of Democracy in Bolivia
Olivia Arigho-Stiles | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
La Paz, Bolivia After the coup in November in which ex-President Evo Morales was forcibly removed from power, the political situation in Bolivia has now settled into what appears to be, a period of calm. Mass protests in the street have ceased, and so have the state killings. But this superficial tranquility belies developments which…
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Chicago protests Trump's attack in Iraq
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-07
Chicago, IL – As part of the national day of protest to demand U.S. troops out of Iraq, 1000 people rallied in front of Trump Tower in Chicago. After listening to speeches by numerous local activists, people marched across the Loop, Chicago's central district, for several hours. One person was arrested by the Chicago Police Department, who were furious because the march disrupted traffic on the Magnificent Mile, a section of Michigan Avenue that is one of the most expensive shopping districts in the country. Later the crowd marched on Lake Shore Drive. At least one other person was arrested, but then un-arrested…
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Trump and His Team Are Lying Their Way to War with Iran
Ryan Costello | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
President Trump ordering the killing of Qassem Soleimani is troubling on several fronts. The assassination has been treated as an act of war in Iran, uniting disparate political factions after a brutal crackdown on protesters in November. Now, U.S. forces …
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Evidence? What evidence? Pompeo shows no proof of 'imminent' Soleimani attacks
rt.com | 2020-01-07
The US says that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was plotting "imminent and sinister" attacks against its diplomats and military personnel. But when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was pressed for evidence of this, he gave none. | Soleimani, commander of the Iranian military's Quds Force, was assassinated in a drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq, on Friday. Before the strike, President Donald Trump implicated Iran in a fatal rocket attack on an American base in Iraq in December, and in the storming of the American embassy in Baghdad by protesters last week. Afterwards, he said that Soleimani was killed to prevent "i…
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Milwaukee: Protesters stand against act of war on Iran, say, "Not in our name"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-07
Milwaukee, WI – The four corners of 27th and West Oklahoma on Milwaukee's South Side were filled with protesters on the afternoon of January 4. Activists were gathered to stand against the U.S.'s acts of war against Iran. It was a chilly afternoon, the wind biting into those assembled, but loud chanting intermingled with the frequent honks from motorists on the busy Milwaukee streets echoed into the area. | "Honk for peace! Honk for peace! No more war in the Middle East!" chanted 100 demonstrators brave enough to stand against the imperialist war machine. Everyone held banners, flags or handmade signs. | Kellie L…
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Report exposes police brutality against students of India's Jamia Millia Islamia university
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-07
According to a report on the violence of December 15, the police action was intentionally "aimed at causing maximum damage to the protesters," most of whom were protesting peacefully…
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The Democratic Party's Militarism Rears Its Ugly Head
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2020-01-07
There's nothing like an illegal and utterly reckless U.S. act of war to illuminate the political character of presidential candidates. In the days since the assassination of Iran's top military official, two of the highest-polling Democratic contenders have displayed the kind of moral cowardice that got the United States into–and kept it in –horrific wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq. | Eager to hedge their bets, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg have offered merely tactical critiques of President Trump's decision to kill Qassim Suleimani. In sharp contrast to Elizabeth Warren and especially Bernie…
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The Three Victories that Sealed Soleimani's Fate
Jefferson Morley | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
If you study the military record of the late Gen. Qassem Soleimani, you'll see both why U.S military and political leaders feared him, yet did not wish him dead. The embodiment of America's stance was President George W. Bush. In January 2008, Bush was informed he had a real-time opportunity to kill Soleimani as he…
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The Three Victories that Sealed Soleimani's Fate
Jefferson Morley | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
If you study the military record of the late Gen. Qassem Soleimani, you'll see both why U.S military and political leaders feared him, yet did not wish him dead. The embodiment of America's stance was President George W. Bush. In January 2008, Bush was informed he had a real-time opportunity to kill Soleimani as he…
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Attacks on Iran, Past and Present
John Scales Avery | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
The assassination of General Qasem Soleimani On Friday, 3 January, 2020, progressives in the United States and all peace-loving people throughout the world were horrified to learn that Donald Tromp had added to his long list of crimes and imbicilities by ordering the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, who is a hero in his own…
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Trump is Starting a War With Iran, Whether by Accident or Design
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
Is this war by accident or war by design? We've all said that a major war in the Middle East could start by accident. But no one thought Donald Trump would go for the jugular quite like this. To kill General Qassem Soleimani is a sword at the heart of Iran, without doubt. And on whose behalf?
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UN Expert Demands Official Investigation on Soleimani Killing
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-07
United Nations (U.N.) special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard called Monday for a fair investigation into the legitimacy, under international law, of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani's assassination by the United States. | RELATED: | Donald Trump Threatens to Attack Iran's Cultural Sites | Callamard stressed that denunciations…
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Burial of slain Iranian general Soleimani delayed due to huge crowds, STAMPEDE kills 40 — state media
rt.com | 2020-01-07
The burial of assassinated Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani has been postponed due to a stampede which erupted on Tuesday during the funeral procession, state media reported. | Iranians poured into the streets of Soleimani's hometown of Kerman on Tuesday to pay their final respects. Photographs of the funeral procession show throngs of mourners dressed in black. Some carried flags and portraits of the slain Quds Force leader as they slowly moved through the town. Local media estimated that several million people attended the funeral. | | Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin…
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Is This the End of U.S. Interference in the Middle East?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-07
However Iran chooses to respond to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, America's influence in the region is guaranteed to deteriorate.
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Burial of slain Iranian general Soleimani delayed due to huge crowds, STAMPEDE kills 50 — state media
rt.com | 2020-01-07
The burial of assassinated Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani has been postponed due to a deadly stampede which erupted on Tuesday during the funeral procession, state media reported. | Iranians poured into the streets of Soleimani's hometown of Kerman on Tuesday to pay their final respects. Photographs of the funeral procession show throngs of mourners dressed in black. Some carried flags and portraits of the slain Quds Force leader as they slowly moved through the town. Local media estimated that several million people attended the funeral. | | Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the…
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Americans approve of Trump's assassination of Soleimani… even though 60% had never heard of him — poll
rt.com | 2020-01-07
A new poll has found that Americans doubt Donald Trump has a clear Iran policy, but nonetheless they support the decision to kill Qassem Soleimani — who, remarkably, had been an unknown entity for the majority of respondents. | Forty-three percent of Americans said they approved of the US drone strike that killed the Iranian commander last week in Baghdad, while 38% disapproved and 19% said they were unsure, according to the results of a HuffPost/YouGov survey. | The somewhat…
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Iraqi prime minister: Trump used diplomatic cover to lure Soleimani to his death
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-07
President Donald Trump has been accused of committing a war crime after claims that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was lured to Iraq, where he was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike on Friday. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi stated that he was due to meet the elite Quds force commander after he landed in Baghdad …
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Invoke U.N.'s Uniting For Peace Resolution Before Trump Embroils Us In War With Iran
Dimitri Lascaris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-07
In the early hours of January 3, 2020, the United States military assassinated Iran's most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani's killing, accomplished by means of a drone strike in Baghdad, was done without the authorization of the Iraqi government. It thus constitutes a grave breach of Iraqi sovereignty. It also constitutes an act of …
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Canadian Peace Congress Condemns Imperial War Crimes
Laura Savinkoff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
Dear Friends for Peace, | The Canadian Peace Congress condemns the murders of Iranian General Soleimani and others in the motorcade leaving Baghdad International Airport on January 3rd, 2020 as an act of war by the United States against Iraq and …
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Iraqi militias threaten to send US troops home in coffins & target civilians if they re-elect Trump
rt.com | 2020-01-07
The US public must persuade Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from Iraq or become the target of retaliation, Iraqi militias, whose commander was killed in the airstrike on Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, warned. | The deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was among the Iranian and Iraqi officials killed in a US operation in Baghdad on Friday. | And PMF, which unites some 40 militias and has around 150,000 members, promised that they won't let American "criminals" get away with murder. | "All retaliation options are on the table… no red lines shall hinde…
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Iran 'not interested' in having nukes, will stick to JCPOA once given benefits in return — UN envoy
rt.com | 2020-01-07
Prohibited by the supreme leader's decree, nuclear weapons are inconsistent with Iran's defensive doctrine, the country's UN envoy said after Tehran announced the suspension of limits under the 2015 deal. | Iran's decision to lift restrictions on uranium enrichment — after a US drone strike killed General Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad International Airport — made headlines in Western media, with some speculating that the Islamic Republic could be seeking nuclear weapons. | However, Iran's ambassador to the UN, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, reassured the public that this is not the case — even though the…
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Iran Strikes US Forces in Ain al-Assad and Erbil Base in Iraq
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-07
Iran's Revolutionary Guards launched a missile attack on the Ain al-Assad and Erbil airbases Wednesday in Iraq, which hosts both Iraqi and United States forces. | RELATED: | Iraqi Parliament Votes To Expel US Military From Country | "We warn all allied countries of the U.S. that if attacks are launched from bases in their countries on Iran, they will be a target of military retaliation," IRGC's statement reads which also said that Operation Martyr Soleimani tens of ground-to-ground m…
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Video: Qassem Soleimani: Martyr of Iranian Revolution
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
For the first time in the history of Iran, a red flag was raised over the Holy Dome of Jamkaran Mosque in the holy city of Qom both symbolizing blood spilled unjustly and serving as a call to avenge a …
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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez Goes to Washington: AOC shamed into un-liking antiwar journalist's tweet, apologizing for wrongthink
rt.com | 2020-01-07
New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez learned the hard way about the phalanx of thought-police waiting to pounce on politicians' 'wrongthink' when she was shamed into un-liking a tweet from an antiwar journalist. | Ocasio-Cortez (AOC, for short) stepped a little too far outside the mainstream when she clicked 'like' on a tweet by journalist Rania Khalek about US fears of Iranian retaliation over the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. An army of blue-checks and their enforcers quickly encircled her to point out the error of her ways, gloating when she finally knuckled under and apologized. | Last ni…
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Fragmentation in the "Axis of Resistance" Led to Soleimani's Death
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
It was not the US decision to fire missiles against the IRGC commander Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani that killed the Iranian officer and his companions in Baghdad. Yes, of course, the order that was given to launch missiles from the …
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Over 50 People Killed by Stampede at Iranian General's Funeral
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-07
The third and final day of Qassem Soleimani's funeral began on Tuesday in his hometown of Kerman, which is located in the southeastern region of Iran. | RELATED: | US Blocks Iran's Foreign Minister From Addressing UN Security Council | According to the semi-official Fars News Agency, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of Kerman on Tuesday to bid farewell to the Quds Force commander. However, during the funeral procession, a stampede took place, killing over 50 people and…
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Sanders criticizes Biden's record on the Mideast
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-07
The Trump-ordered killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's second in command, has made its way into the 2020 presidential campaign, with Bernie Sanders, on national television yesterday, stepping up his sharp criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders singled out Biden's record on foreign policy for special condemnation, saying Biden was not the person …
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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez Goes to Washington: AOC shamed into un-liking antiwar journalist's tweet, apologizing for wrongthink
rt.com | 2020-01-07
New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez learned the hard way about the phalanx of thought-police waiting to pounce on politicians' 'wrongthink' when she was shamed into un-liking a tweet from an antiwar journalist. | Ocasio-Cortez (AOC, for short) stepped a little too far outside the mainstream when she clicked 'like' on a tweet by journalist Rania Khalek about US fears of Iranian retaliation over the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. An army of blue-checks and their enforcers quickly encircled her to point out the error of her ways, gloating when she finally knuckled under and apologized. | January…
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Financial N-Option Will Settle Trump's Oil War
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
The bombshell facts were delivered by caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, during an extraordinary, historic parliamentary session in Baghdad on Sunday. | Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani had flown into Baghdad on a normal carrier flight, carrying a diplomatic passport. He …
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Trump is leading U.S. toward war without end in the Middle East
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-07
It has come to this. An impeached president–still pending trial in the Senate–orders the assassination of a leading Iranian general as he is meeting with the leader of Iraq, a supposed ally. He does so without consultation, much less approval, of Congress. Besieged at home, he lashes out abroad. This president ran on the promise …
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Ilhan Omar just pointed out one really f**ked up detail about Trump's war on Iran
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-01-07
Donald Trump effectively started a war with Iran on 3 January by assassinating one of the country's top generals. As would be the case with virtually any other regional power, Iran has vowed to respond. | Congresswoman Ilhan Omar took to Twitter on 6 January and pointed out one sobering, maddening, and…
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US assassination of Suleimani staggers Turkish government
wsws.org | 2020-01-07
The Turkish government took 10 hours to react to this illegal act of war carried out by its decades-long NATO ally.
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US deploys 6 B-52 strategic bombers to Indian Ocean base amid drastic spike in tensions with Iran — report
rt.com | 2020-01-07
The US Air Force is sending six B-52 Stratofortress long-range bombers to Diego Garcia, a secretive military outpost in the Indian Ocean, as tension soars in the wake of a US assassination strike on a top Iranian general. | The bombers will be "available for operations against Iran if ordered," CNN's Barbara Starr reported Monday, citing an unnamed US official, though the reporter noted the new deployment "does not signal that operations have been ordered." | Pentagon to begin sending 6 B-52s to Diego Garcia: US official. B-52s will be available for operations against Iran if ordered, the official said. But th…
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Noam Chomsky: US Is a Rogue State and Suleimani's Assassination Confirms It
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-07
Trump's decision to assassinate one of Iran's most prominent and highly respected military leaders, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, has added yet another name to the list of people killed by the U.S. — which many rightly see as the world's biggest rogue state. | The assassination has escalated hostilities between Tehran and Washington and created an even more explosive situation in the politically volatile Middle East. As was to be expected, Iran has vowed to retaliate on its own terms for the…
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The US propaganda machine justifies the assassination of Qassem Suleimani
wsws.org | 2020-01-07
To present with any degree of honesty the life of Major General Qassem Suleimani would require acknowledging the criminal role the United States has played in subverting the interests of the people of Iran and the entire Middle East for upwards of 70 years.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/07/pers…

WATCH 1st video of alleged 'Iranian revenge' attack on US base in Iraq
rt.com | 2020-01-07
Video footage has emerged purporting to show the first moments of an alleged Iranian retaliatory strike on an American base in Iraq, which comes days after a US assassination of a top Iranian general. | "'Hard revenge' begins / Army's heavy missile attacks on US base in [Ayn al-Asad]," wrote the semi-official Fars News Agency amid reports of a heavy missile attack on an American airbase in Iraq. | pic.twitter.com/sbw0cwGH6BРخبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency)
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Iranian-Americans detained at US-Canada border in wake of Suleimani assassination
wsws.org | 2020-01-07
More than 60 US citizens were held at a border crossing in Washington state Saturday, subject to illegal detention and interrogation before being allowed to return to their own country.
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WATCH 1st videos of 'Iranian revenge' strikes on US bases in Iraq
rt.com | 2020-01-07
Video footage has emerged purporting to show the first moments of an alleged Iranian retaliatory strike on an American base in Iraq, which comes days after a US assassination of a top Iranian general. | "'Hard revenge' begins / Army's heavy missile attacks on US base in [Ayn al-Asad]," wrote the semi-official Fars News Agency amid reports of a heavy missile attack on an American airbase in Iraq. | üé• ´ÿߟÜÿ™ŸÇÿßŸÖ ÿ≥ÿÆÿ™ ª ÿ¢ÿ∫ÿßÿ≤ ÿ&yen…
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Iranian Revenge Will Be A Dish Best Served Cold
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
The assassination by the United States of Qassem Suleimani, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps general and commander of the Quds Force, an Iranian paramilitary force specializing in covert operations on foreign soil, has sent shock waves through the Middle …
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Bolivia's MAS to Launch Presidential Campaign in Argentina
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-07
The campaign for the presidential elections in Bolivia will start on Jan. 22 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where exiled President Evo Morales will lead an event that he hopes will attract more than 15,000 people. | RELATED: | Morales Slams De Facto Bolivian Gov't for Meddling in Venezuela | Morales announced it during a visit to Isla Maciel in Argentina where he also met with religious and Bolivian authorities residing there. | The Indigenous leader also confirmed that on Jan. 1…
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Trump Lifts Restriction on Aid Delivery to Bolivia
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-07
The U.S. president, Donald Trump, removed restrictions on foreign aid to Bolivia and considers this Andean country "vital to the interests" of Washington. | RELATED: | Bolivia One Month After the Coup: A Recount of Pivotal Events | According to international media, the decision was communicated in a memorandum sent to the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, where Trump stressed the importance of assistance to that country in the fiscal year 2020 and for the national interests of the United States…
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Smoke from Australia Wildfires Traveling 6,800 Miles to Chile
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-07
The smoke from the extensive wildfires in Australia, considered to be the worst of the past century having destroyed some six million hectares (15 million acres), arrived in Chile on Monday after traveling more than 11,000 kilometers (6,820 miles) over the Pacific Ocean, the UN World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Australia: Wildfires Paint the Sky Red, Create Lightning Storms | A meteorological trough — a barometric depression that penetrates betwe…
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Australia Is on Fire — Its Government Must Stop Denying Climate Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-07
After years studying the climate, my work has brought me to Sydney where I'm studying the linkages between climate change and extreme weather events. | Prior to beginning my sabbatical stay in Sydney, I took the opportunity this holiday season to vacation in Australia with my family.
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Climate change: The race for survival requires global cooperation
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-07
Humanity faces a planetary emergency, and survival of all life is at stake. Four years ago, the Paris Climate Accords were adopted. The Accords, signed by 197 nations including the U.S. under the Obama administration, marked an unprecedented level of global cooperation to fight the climate crisis. Despite the agreement, the climate and ecological crises …
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Impeach Trump for Acts of War on Iraq, Iran and Elsewhere
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
Trump's legal team reportedly prepared their strategy to challenge articles of impeachment by House Dems — yet to be sent to the GOP-controlled Senate for trial. | According to Law Professor Jonathan Turley, "(b)y rushing the impeachment and forcing a vote | …
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Trump vs. Iran: Has the US Crossed the Escalation to War Rubicon?
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
Wars occur when ideologues and/or reckless leaders in position of power are willing to engage in high risk brinksmanship in foreign policy military adventures–often as a distraction from their growing domestic problems. Their megolomania often leads them to misread the potential response of their targeted adversary, setting off a process of unavoidable tit for tat…
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Trump's Iran Aggression Deserves Full-Throated Opposition
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
In a full-blown U.S. war with Iran, up to a million people could die initially. Hundreds of thousands more could die in the vacuum to follow. Millions would be made refugees. That's the conclusion of experts surveyed by Vox reporter Alex Ward. "The worst-case scenarios here are quite serious," Middle East scholar Michael Hanna warned.
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As millions march in Tehran, US steps up military build-up against Iran
wsws.org | 2020-01-07
As millions in Iran mourn the murder of General Qassem Suleimani, President Trump is assembling the forces for much greater crimes.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/07/iran…

Al-Asad US base in Iraq comes under attack by multiple rockets
rt.com | 2020-01-07
At least six rockets have struck the Al-Asad airbase in western Iraq, which houses US troops, and there are unconfirmed reports of up to 30 missiles. The incident comes as the US and Iran stand on the brink of open war. | …
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Trump follows Pentagon and State Department lead, says he wants US troops out of Iraq eventually — but not just yet
rt.com | 2020-01-07
While he would like to bring the US troops home at some point, President Donald Trump ruled out leaving Iraq at this time, claiming most Iraqis support ongoing US presence and that pulling out would lead to an Iranian takeover. | "It's something ultimately that I want to see, we can't be there forever," Trump said Tuesday, asked if he would pull out troops from Iraq. "Eventually, we want to be able to let Iraq run its own affairs… but this isn't the right point," he quickly added. | If we leave, that means Iran would have a much bigger foothold. | The president's words echoed the rhetoric coming from the Pen…
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US Blocks Iran's Foreign Minister From Addressing UN Security Council
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
The U.S. government's actions would constitute a clear violation of the terms of a 1947 agreement requiring Washington to allow foreign officials to enter the country to conduct U.N. business. | United States Trump administration denied Monday a visa to Iran's | …
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Here Are Some Ways Your Congress Members Can Oppose Iran War
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-07
In the wake of President Trump's decision to kill a powerful Iranian general and an Iraqi Shia militia leader in a drone strike on Friday, Congress has the power to stop what is arguably already a proxy war with Iran from devolving into all-out war. Indeed, lawmakers already have several options for reasserting their constitutional war powers and immediately taking action to prevent further violence, including measures to block war funding and repeal longstanding military authorizations. | Topping the list i…
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Al-Asad US base in Iraq comes under attack by multiple rockets
rt.com | 2020-01-07
At least six rockets have struck the Al-Asad airbase in western Iraq, which houses US troops, and there are unconfirmed reports of up to 30 missiles. The incident comes as the US and Iran stand on the brink of open war. | …
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Trump has Placed the United States on a Collision Course with Iran
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
Donald Trump has placed the United States on a collision course with Iran. Why? To begin with, Trump it seems, has a personal animus toward Iran similar to the one that Bush Jr. had against Saddam Hussein and Iraq. Bush | …
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Trump briefed on reports of ongoing attacks on US bases in Iraq — White House
rt.com | 2020-01-07
US President Donald Trump has been briefed on reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq and is monitoring the situation closely with his national security team, the White House says in a statement. | "We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said on Tuesday. | The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team. | Also on rt.com | | WATCH 1st videos of 'Iranian revenge' strikes on US bases in Iraq | The attacks come day…
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Iraq asks US to clarify after letters with different messages on troop withdrawal received
rt.com | 2020-01-07
The government of Iraq has asked Washington for clarification, after Baghdad received Arabic and English-language letters on troop withdrawal containing different messages. | Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi acknowledged receiving a letter from the US military containing an outline for the withdrawal of American troops from his country. However, the Iraqi leader said that the English and Arabic versions of the letter were not identical, and that he has requested clarification, Reuters reported on Tuesday. | One day earlier, a copy of a letter announcing the US withdrawal was circulated online, and confir…
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Trump briefed on reports of ongoing attacks on US bases in Iraq — White House
rt.com | 2020-01-07
President Trump has been briefed on reports of attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq and is monitoring the situation closely with his national security team, the White House says in a statement. | …
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Trump briefed on reports of ongoing attacks on US bases in Iraq — White House
rt.com | 2020-01-07
President Trump has been briefed on reports of attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq and is monitoring the situation closely with his national security team, the White House says in a statement. | "We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said on Tuesday. "The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team." | DETAILS TO FOLLOW…
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Germany to withdraw part of its military forces from Iraq
rt.com | 2020-01-07
Germany will pull out some of its troops from Iraq, following an Iraqi parliamentary resolution calling on all foreign military forces to leave the country. | Some of Germany's small contingent of troops in Iraq will be moved to neighboring Jordan and Kuwait, the German government said on Tuesday. German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote to lawmakers that the troops stationed in Baghdad and Taji would be "temporarily thinned out." | Thirty out of an estimated 120 German soldiers are set to be redeployed. The German government says they could be moved back if the…
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"Yankee Go Home" Is Chanted in Baghdad after Parliament Asks for US Troop Expulsion
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-07
Iraq's parliament met on Sunday and passed a resolution asking all 5,200 US troops to be expelled. After hearing of the Iraqi decision, US President Trump refused the request, balking at the democratic process of an elected body of a …
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Bagdad da un mensaje de Año Nuevo: EE.UU. intensifica la agresión
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2020-01-07
Jan. 3 — La arrogancia del imperialismo estadounidense no tiene límites. Y en ninguna parte ha sido más destructivo en las últimas décadas que en los países de la zona denominados Oriente Medio. Manifestantes iraquíes asaltan embajada de Estados Unidos en Bagdad, 31 de diciembre. Se envió un mensaje humillante . . . | Continue reading Bagdad da un mensaje de Año Nuevo: EE.UU. intensifica la agresión at Workers.org
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Maduro government ousts Guaidó as speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly
wsws.org | 2020-01-07
The move to sideline the opposition is largely based on calculations that it can exploit the war crisis in the Middle East and growing popular opposition to the lawlessness of US foreign policy.
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