Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, Popular Mobilization Forces

Baghdad International Airport, Iraq

Top Iranian General Qassim Suleimani Is Killed in U.S. Strike

Suleimani was planning attacks on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region, the Pentagon statement said.

1/3/2020 5:58:00 AM

Breaking News: The U.S. confirmed it was behind the strike that killed the powerful Iranian commander Qassim Suleimani, a major escalation in a conflict with Iran

Suleimani was planning attacks on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region, the Pentagon statement said.

10:11 p.m. ETBAGHDAD — The United States killed a powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, in a strike on the Baghdad International Airport early Friday, the Pentagon said.General Suleimani’s death was confirmed by official Iranian media.

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“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” the statement added. “The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”The strikes followed a warning on Thursday afternoon from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, who said the United States military would pre-emptively strike Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria if there were signs the paramilitary groups were planning more attacks against American bases and personnel in the region.

“If we get word of attacks, we will take pre-emptive action as well to protect American forces, protect American lives,” Mr. Esper said. “The game has changed.”The Tasnim News Agency, which is affiliated with the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp,confirmed the death of General Suleimani early Friday.

The killing of General Suleimani is a major blow for Iran.American officials consider General Suleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers during the Iraq War and hostile Iranian activities throughout the Middle East.

“This is devastating for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the regime and Khamenei’s regional ambitions,” said Mark Dubowitz, chief executive of the hawkish Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank that supports a hard line against Iran, referring to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“For 23 years, he has been the equivalent of the J.S.O.C. commander, the C.I.A. director and Iran’s real foreign minister,” Mr. Dubowitz said, using an acronym for the United States Joint Special Operations Command. “He is irreplaceable and indispensable” to Iran’s military establishment.

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The strike killed five people, including the pro-Iranian chief of an umbrella group for Iraqi militias, Iraqi television reported and militia officials confirmed. The militia chief, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was a strongly pro-Iranian figure.The public relations chief for the umbrella group, the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq, Mohammed Ridha Jabri, was killed as well.

Two other people were killed in the strike, according to an officer at the Baghdad joint command.The attack appears to have been an airstrike that hit two vehicles, the officer said.According to a general with the Iraqi Joint Command, General Suleimani and Mr. Ridha, the militia public relations official, arrived by plane at Baghdad International Airport from Syria.

Two cars stopped at the bottom of the airplane steps and picked them up. Mr. al-Muhandis was in one of the cars.As the two cars left the airport, they were bombed, the general said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

The strike was the second attack at the airport within hours.The New York TimesAn earlier attack, late Thursday, involved three rockets that did not appear to have caused any injuries.The strikes come days after American forces bombed three outposts of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-supported militia in Iraq and Syria, in retaliation for the death of an American contractor in a rocket attack last week near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

The United States said that Kataib Hezbollah fired 31 rockets into a base in Kirkuk Province, last week, killing an American contractor and wounding several American and Iraqi servicemen.The Americans responded by bombing three sites of the Khataib Hezbollah militia near Qaim in western Iraq and two sites in Syria. Khataib Hezbollah denied involvement in the attack in Kirkuk.

Pro-Iranian militia members then marched on the American Embassy on Tuesday, effectively imprisoning its diplomats inside for more than 24 hours while thousands of militia members thronged outside. They burned the embassy’s reception area, planted militia flags on its roof and scrawled graffiti on its walls.

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No injuries or deaths were reported, and the militia members did not enter the embassy building.They withdrew late Wednesday afternoon.The Pentagon statement Thursday night said that General Soleimani “had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months,” including the one that killed an American contractor last Friday.

General Soleimani also “approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad,” the statement said.President Trump said on Tuesday that Iran would “be held fully responsible” for the attack on the embassy, in which protesters set fire to a reception building on the embassy compound, which covers more than 100 acres. He also blamed Tehran for directing the unrest.

Washington and Tehran appear intent on ratcheting up both their messaging and their forces, raising concerns of a larger conflict. In the past several months, Iranian-supported militias have increased rocket attacks on bases housing American troops. The Pentagon has dispatched more than 14,000 troops to the region since May.

Caught in the middle is the Iraqi government, which is too weak to establish any military authority over some of the more established Iranian-supported Shiite militias.On Thursday, Mr. Esper said the Iraqi government was not doing enough to contain them. The Iraqis need to “stop these attacks from happening and get the Iranian influence out of the government,” Mr. Esper said.

General Suleimani was long a figure of intense interest to people in and out of Iran.He was not only in charge of Iranian intelligence gathering and covert military operations, he was regarded as one of Iran’s most cunning and autonomous military figures. He was also believed to be very close to the country’s supreme leader, Mr. Khamenei, and seen as a potential future leader of Iran.

His presence in Iraq would not have been surprising.General Suleimani led the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, a special forces unit responsible for Iranian operations outside Iran’s borders. He once described himself to a senior Iraqi intelligence official as the “sole authority for Iranian actions in Iraq,” the official later told American officials in Baghdad.

In his speech denouncing Mr. Trump, he was even less discreet — and openly mocking.“We are near you, where you can’t even imagine,” he said. “We are ready. We are the man of this arena.”Falih Hassan reported from Baghdad, Alissa J. Rubin from Paris, and Michael Crowley and Eric Schmitt from Washington. Farnaz Fassihi contributed reporting from New York.

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This one didn't age well🤭 Everybody needs to just wake up the general of Iran is a terrorist looking to kill Americans and y'all want to talk bad about trump I understand That people minds are gone but would I sit back and let my enemies make nuke weapons or would I be a man that's for peace but in the N

National Security Adviser O'Brien defends decision to take out Soleimani Like Gotti said .... maybe he had it coming.. caphise How did you know ahead of time? Say it ain't so He was a freaking terrorist! He led the attack at Bengahzi, does anyone at the useless rag of yours do any research or is this another attempt to make Trump look bad

Duh! Really N.Y. times? I thought it was france I believe our President took his direction for this strike from the leadership he idolizes abroad in both Russia and Saudi Arabia. Our puppet president dances on strings held by despots and dictators. Distract, deny, deceive, demand, denounce, and destroy democracy.

Hey Adam I know this Congress thing is above your IQ. But your news network spilled the beans. It’s clear Sulleimani was planning an attack on all of our embassies in the Middle East since he has placed militia groups next to them. That was his grand plan cut short by ....... So the USA has become a terrorist nation. A nation of evil!

لا خير فيمن من يسعى الى السلام الذي تنشده البشريه جمعاء بتدمير الاخرين، انها لحظه تستدعي التامل في العواقب الوخيمة للجميع Uh-huh. So? Trump un viejo egocéntrico que desprecia a todos los que no piensan como él, es capaz de crear una crisis mundial de consequencias inimaginables .Todo el esfuerzo que Obama hizo para buscar la paz ,lo tira por la borda y busca el enfrentamiento con Irán .La venganza está servida

All Iranians are happy about this This is heinous!!! Let’s get it right, only republicans were behind trump on the strike against Iran. Iran if you are listening a strategic attack against republicans and trump most Americans would not disagree on, would in fact, likely thank you. Trump 2020!! Hey, stupid! It was a major escalation when they fired 40 katusha rockets at the base last week and killed a contractor and wounded some troops. It was a major escalation when Iran backed/staged the Baghdad Embassy attack this week, You suck. Sell the paper to someone American!

👍🏼 Replace U.S. with the word Trump, Trump did this on his own. War pig Neocon newspaper. So proud of our Troops 🇺🇸 Ffs. Not a revered Iranian hero? In your opinion.... We in Africa are not party to any side of this,tribal wars is enough for us. Wtf why Trump is a fool . For every action there is a equal and opposite reaction. Iran will exact revenge for this Assassination because that is what it is . Iran has many very Powerful Allies . The last thing the World needs right now is another War in the Middle East. Pathetic Excuse.

Love and Peace. Guerras são boas para o incremento de venda de armas e a ampliação das pesquisas de como se matar mais baseando-se menos. Wars Power Act! 'a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.' Our Embassy is United States Sovereign Territory! So a Military response by our POTUS is legal. realDonaldTrump has 48hrs to notify Congress!

Trump's Bin Laden. Trump violated the Constitution when he authorized a drone strike against Qassim Suleimani without congressional approval. This was an act of war by Trump without any kind of authorization or declaration of war from Congress, which clearly violates the Constitution. EricTrump confirmed this for us. Thanks EricTrump and God Bless your security clearance.

OH fking stop the pandering to the blood thirsty pentagon. They're a bunch of Imperialists who want to slaughter the Brown people of the world to steal their resources. They've been doing this shit for over 500 yrs why stop now? Lol. So if Iran got to attack troops like planned you would say Trump asleep

When will we stop policing other countries and just work on defending our own country? Congress didn't authorize? We can do without the slow walking and politicizing what's truly important. Democrats in Congress are a joke. Trump acted to protect himself against the OMB email revelation, that is all; to push it out of the news cycle

God help us 🙏 So glad you decided for us that this is a major escalation. None of the stuff Iran has done - assaulting the embassy, taking out Saudi oil fields, attacking ships in the Gulf of Hormuz, etc. - was... 'powerful' He was so powerful his car exploded and killed his closest crew . Pollo los hermanos ... roasted !!!!

See the pattern/NOT rocket science: Reagan/good; attempt kill Bush Sr/evil Clinton husband/evil Bush Jr/sorry, evil😓 Obama/evil Clinton wife/evil, She was NEVER supposed to lose. TRUMP/good; attempt kill JUSTICE IS HERE.⚖NOW. And THE GLOBALIST/SOCIALIST/COMMUNISTS know it.😁 The US is getting itself a dictator

🇺🇸 What a doofus headline!… New York Times has become more than a bit bafoonish🇺🇸 Thank you President Trump and Happy New Year!!!!! Leave it to the rag NYT to make this Anti American! More MSM PROPOGANDA by the arm of the DEMOCRAT COMMUNIST PARTY/AKA DNC. I'm sure they'll soon be singing this TERRORIST'S praises.

Jai Hind Stv de Sungurlar dizisinde Iranin kudüs milis komutanı Kazım komutan etkisiz hale getirdi Fetö senaryoyu yazmış tabi ki A.b.d It guess climate change was not destroying the planet fast enough for this President so he has decided to start World War III! NO. WAR. WITH. IRAN. Morning_Joe . . .Think: if one of our generals was assassinated by elements of another country, what would we do?

Morning_Joe I know a lot of people are saying Suleimani was a terrorist, that he has killed a lot of American Servicemen. That would normally make sense except that Suleimani wasn't just a terrorist, he was a general in the Iranian Army. There's a reason we didn't hit him before now. . . Hey NYT it wasn’t the US who authorize this hit, IT WAS TRUMP ALL BY HIMSELF GAVE THE ORDERS !

I have 5 close members of my family on active duty in military. That’s five lives who dedicate themselves for this country. They are loved, cherished & worried over. As are all enlisted. Men & Women who shouldn’t be used for distraction!! 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 Trump 2020 We needed you people to come with the same energy when Obama was drone striking people overseas. A couple were American citizens. But now here you are because orange man bad. Pathetic sheep.

Trumps poll numbers were in the good. He is not worried about poll numbers like Obama. He only does what's best for the country. Economy booming, jobs, black employment record. NATO countries paying there fair share. While the Democrats are trying to sabotage all he does. Thos tweet is SNOWFLAKE Heaven!!

Just rock hard dicks all over the NYT excited to tell us how cool war is gonna be. Can’t wait. NO WAR WITH IRAN!!!! As a mom with a child in the Army, I felt horrible watching the troops on TV being sent over there. They are all so young. I hope they return home safe. What about this ? All powerful commanders have another to take the position.If after seventeen years since the invasion we haven’t learned our real purpose there. All we accomplished was changing the Religious part of their Power in Government. When we ever....... Learn

Asesinos What's he doing in Iraq ? Iraq should step up if they want peace in the region. Iranian people should also step up if they want peace. European nation should join the US to irradiate terrorism. WW3 here we go Can you please show where it is confirmed that this escalation has happened? I assume that you can prove that this is happening. Exactly what has escalated? you call yourself a media outlet? You are nothing but hateful, fake news.

Well....who the FK else has balls enough to take a stand against terrorism ? France? Sorry for your loss Trump is being impeached. So you acknowledge he was a terrorist, yet you're at odds with the decision to kill him when given the chance.... Remember when Bill Clinton could've killed Bin Laden in Yemen in '99, but didn't? 2 years later 9/11. Thank you President Trump

Iran is the reason we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq so we could attack Iran from two flanks. Можете дать конкретику об этой атаке и ей причине? МАСЯ. Finally we stand up to these beasts 👏👏👏 Iran has been fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria This assassination of Iranian military leader proves US is biggest supporter of terrorism and openly wants confrontation with Iran.

Is all these people in this thread really going say that Iran was not killing Americans for years there chanting death to America 🇺🇸🦅 you people need to think about Trump takes electioneering to the extreme. MERECIDAMENTE. No, the White House was behind the strike. Not the US! The White House acted on its own.

Yes, yes, yes! I'm sure you want to give billions to these terrorists like Obama ! About time USA actually fights bad guys rather than being scardi-cat !!! Wake up. 🙏👍 Ooop Soleimani was one of the leading terrorists on the planet, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, was planning further attacks on Americans, and was on foreign soil doing so...but we must condemn just because it was Trump...

The way the worlds going, there will be no luck for my generation Does 45 believe that starting a war will keep him from being Impeached? 25thAmendmentNow With RUSSIAN MISSILES TOO? So states the great Holocaust deniers. Was, Is and Still a RAG. Did Congress authorize military action? USA are terrorists, hope you noticed as well

daesh 💘 Drumpfttt Let's not forget that it was the US (acting on behalf of the Saudis & Israelis) that started this escalation with its airstrikes on Hezbollah forces. The city of Los Angeles is grappling with deteriorating sanitation problems, as an increase in homeless camps and illegally dumped trash have created conditions for rats and other vermin

So where will Iran strike D.C. put on your helmets congress! trump is trying to manufacture a war, to cover himself. Awesome job Mr President TRUMP2020Landside TrumpLandslideVictory2020 Attacking our embassy and our soldiers... we don’t PAY them off .... Tango down Can we just drop trump off in Iran and call it even?

Why do you back Iran oh yes the general that was planning attacks was a good guy and were bad guys because of who is president All the Democrats now sound like republicans when Obama was dropping bombs on the Middle East for 8 years 😂 I don’t think the guy will send his sons to war No one told “Congress” because “Congress” is the enemy among us.

Brutal evil wicked thug. Left that out if your tweet, NY Times. Morning_Joe Trump’s Wag the Dog moment that potentially will get Americans killed. What a coincidence right after the emails batch release confirming that it was him who personally ordered the hold on the Ukrainian military aid. Naaaa!!! No way. 😱😱😱😱. You think Go ahead and be glad you know you wanna be

If our leaders don’t send our young men and women into other countries to fight they WOULD not be killed or held in captivity for years. Every country should be happy with whatever they have in their own country. What are fighting and killing for in another country? STOP D WARS! Obama would have apologize for not have enough food at the embassy

This maniac president would do anything to divert attention from the impeachment. Puppet - O (secretary of state) is already taking lies on tv. They have no credibility The United States is a deadly virus for the world ..... 💙 These are demonstrations that do not represent the youth of Tahrir Square. These are demonstrations by Iranian parties

Why is a top Iranian general in Baghdad at the same time hundreds of Iranian jihadists attacked the US embassy in Baghdad This came from Trump not America... Congress did not authorize the strike Trump acted alone .DemocraciaFederal📣Los neo líderes supremacistas blancos Putin y Trump juegan a los falsos positivos ante el mundo. Ojo USA y Russia ambos son corruptos y necesitan, urgente, una Guerra4r para tapar la corrupción con apoyo de la neo Narcoinquisición monárquica siglo21💰🐀🐀

WTH is he doing in Iraq? Boom! US army giving a hand to weapons industry. Busine$$ as usual. Great another GOP war. Notice how POTUS is criticized by the Democrats when he IS diplomatic and IS criticized when is he decisive and assertive to unfriendly geopolitical foes who actually attacked the USA Unbelievable

I can't help but think this is another example of Trump's redirect strategy. Notice no one is talking about impeachment now. So recap: Iranian Sean Connery getting murked by Hellfire after attacking the embassy is all part of Iran’s trap to make the US leave Iraq? How? This will go well. We knew getting us into a Major war would be his distraction from impeachment ... and cement his presidency. 🤬

Me waking up to Twitter talking about ww3 Iran will be looking to avenge this. I would not want to be staying in any property emblazoned with Trumps name on it; too easy and meaningful as targets. Podemos decir ya que daesh y los usa son lo mismo. So, realDonaldTrump is justifying these killings as payback for someone who has sanctioned killings? What does he think he has just done? Sorry Donald but any lives lost from Iranian reprisals is all on you. I know you are a sociopath so don’t care, but I felt you should know.

You mean WE took out a commander that is behind the murder and torture of our troops and citizens NO SHIT! Això és una declaració de guerra. Possiblement buscant la reelecció de Trump Heeeere we go again! So now that assassination is normal US foreign policy, will we be stunned when one of our own is targeted? Normalizing this behavior has consequences that only the overtly nearsighted can miss.

¿Esto es el comienzo de otra guerra? So long, QassemSoleimani. Quite a bang for the new decade! So nice to have a REAL President who doesn't coddle Iranian terrorists. did anyone need confirmation that it had been trump? or you already knew because you are not idiots Mothers don’t let your babies grow up to be pawns in the continuing GOP wars in the MiddleEast, stop sending our youth to slaughter for oil, for greed, for power. realDonaldTrump has no clue and the GOP has now extended our NationalDebt to trillions upon trillions with war..

'...a major escalation in a conflict with Iran' NY Times, reliably NEVER on America's side in any conflict. So that’s why gas prices just went up? TrumpPence2020 TrumpPenceKAG2020 I know this tweet isn't appropriate for this topic, but I've had to say that I have a project that reduces depression and cuts all the ways that suicide , And I have other ideas that will have a market value of about 30 billion believers in this

Powerful terrorist you mean? As an Australian, I’m so embarrassed with our PM, for whom I did not vote. So many of us are disappointed in his terrible handling of this current crisis. Climate change cannot be ignored!!!! Nobody wants to give peace a chance- it's about retaliation n revenge-victims will not b wealthy Americans but poor blacks,Asian immigrants

Honestly pathetic seeing all the people blaming Trump for 'escalation'. As long as Iran is still actively funding and carrying out terror attacks, they are an enemy. We don't stand by and hope they'll appreciate our silence. You're repugnant cowards. There is a discernible end game to this conflagratn-escalation of violence is not widout an end-arms manufacturers laugh all d way to d bank

Suleimani was a high ranking military officer of a sovereign county, not just a terrorist leader. The attack signals that all Iranian leaders are targets. Are we prepared for blowback? A divided war, one should never start. 'Speaker Pelosi says President Trump carried out the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian commander in Iraq without the consultation of Congress.'

If you're losing an election, start a war. I always had the hope that CIA would kill trump before he started world war III. Fuck this i just apologized to the closest thing i could find to an iranian official twitter and apologized to the moron in charge of our country because its the least i can do to avoid escalating this conflict and yes i know it’s utterly useless but still

Iraq can’t take any more wars, SAVE US! I don't want this to turn to war,oh God! Don't talk of nuclear thing ImaniAfr realDonaldTrump is a no nonsense man! He deals with you straight forward. World War 3 loading DavidCuestaTV So the prelude to WW3 has begun. We have said time and again that we are not going to start a war But we will respond strongly to the rape Wait for Iran's heavy fist

Prez Trumph is perhaps the most powerful now in World. He is against Terrorists/Terrorism.perhaps Democrats are less effective than PrezTrumph against Terrorism. Prez Trumph has proved that he will take revenge if you make damage to Americans!! GOOD I GUESS PAYBACK IS A BTCH Yay, we killed a vicious terrorist. Happy days.

Trump way of changing the subject of Impeachment to start war. What happened to going to Congress. Fire!!! This is a page off d Israeli playbook on targetted assasinations. Will it lead to peace or escalation? Mostly it's d latter. It was GOP Pres (W) who brought back torture as US policy. Now another GOP Pres (Trump) who has brought back d policy of targetted assasinations.

Rubbish. The US confirmed PRESIDENT TRUMP was behind the strike to kill Qasem Soleimani. President Trump! He who is set to take all the arrows from the world's enemies. Stop stirring. Factsmatter boys, it's coming USA is a terrorist country. God destroys USA, please!! The biggest beneficiary is the zionists.

Trump is crazy welcome to big war usa. Morning_Joe Trump will create a war and with Putin, he wants to come out a peace maker to win the election. We know and we will vote to remove him. Trump is a dangerous person. Good morning. I have a question about the meaning of the word “terrorism”. It looks in the article that such acts can be done by iranian, but in any case you seem to consider the drone attack as it. Why is that?

1000 virgins was waiting for him. He has a good job to do know. USA is evil... DsOchoa There was no conflict with Iran. This is an initiation of conflict. Report properly damnit. Morning_Joe Totally UNACCEPTABLE trendrewards1 U'd better not to leave Israel behind! don't f*ckin fall a sleep for a second, ur nightmare will chase you till the very end!

++Knight++(Templar),One must remember that IRAN started this violence once again. How much threats and or outright instigation should we put up with? Are we going to sit idly by & let ourselves be attacked. Enough is enough. This is a classic textbook move to distract the country from the Impeachment. An Iranian general is not worth going to war for. realDonaldTrump is creating a new crisis classic dictator like power preservation. TrumpIsANationalSecurityThreat DonaldTrumpIsRuiningOurCountry

I am all for the American Political process, not a dictator. USA needs to get our butts out of middle east sand pits and stick to minding our own biz like cleaning up crime in our political system, infrastructure of America, housing + jobs, and cleaning our water and planet. Trump with his America first does not bode well for others to help us. Our presidents arrogance does not fuel confidence. Trump should think of the ramifications before he acted which he didnt

What a hit 👏 We see the warning you posted.those who think this was planned need to research.Obama funded terrorist was taken out,As for the impeachment please ask Pelosi to continue with it.Evidence under oath,fact witnesses, I think it is a good victory to the USA government but this will create more chaos in Syria and a big conflict between Iran and the USA. Trump was an icon of peace in the world what happens?

It was Trump who ordered the attack. He will be responsible for a lot of dead American soldiers in Iraq and possibly a war with Iran. This is not irresponsible, this is plain criminal. He must be impeached and removed from the White House immediately. This person had no respect for human life, and now he got what deserved, no respect for his own. He intentionally ordered the killing of thousands of Iraqis who demonstrated for better living and for their own dignity in life! Iranians should celebrate his death along with

Tlump just triggered WW3 Let's wait for Iran's retaliation He did have nice eyebrows. This will only result in a Middle East wide escalation. Not a very good strategic move. Big clean up job. But if Iraq was a thriving democracy these guys would have been detained at the airport before flying to Iran any then extradited to the USA for trial.

WW3 anyone? Suleimani was a bad guy but this looks more like Trump wants to wrap himself in the flag regardless of the consequences. We’ve been waiting for the war of convenience, this looks like it. As long as a bully is allowed to bully, they will! There comes a time someone has to step in & let the bully know, it’s not ok. If that’s not enough, you have to teach them a lesson or there is no motivation for them to stop. Getting away with it is negative reinforcement 🤷🏻‍♀️

America has two options: to get out of Iraq or buy coffins for its soldiers I drove that road 4 times in 2011 tans 2012 when I worked in Iraq BiancaJagger The usurper started WWIII. And just like that the dems are defending the enemy. Well played Mr. President. Trying? make your selves for the revenge that wont be without any Reply

Netanyahu(corruption charges) , Trump(impeachment) , Saudi's(Kashoggi) all three need a distraction , a war with Iran , right now , couldn't be at a better time. Access of evil. maziehirono SenKamalaHarris SenSanders Alyssa_Milano maddow BetteMidler AOC mmpadellan CNN Long Live United States of America. What a Move 🙌🏻 realDonaldTrump PFPAOfficial

Good, another one bites the dust! Thank you President Trump Qassim Suleimani was a terrorist so NYT don’t sugarcoat his death I am assuming the US will receive every single refugee pacogcaridad What a way to start the year Insane as usual. Sigh. I’d hoped Trump would keep us out of more wars for Israel. The only national security crisis right now is the invasion at our southern border.

No a major escalation is that terrorist being across the Iraqi border while our embassy was under attack. Your reporting is wrong and offensive to America. This terrorist was responsible for 1000's of deaths and 100's of American deaths. Thankyou to the ally for the intel to strike and kill the Iranians commander. Now trump will just throw him under the bus.

😱 Will the bloke was a well known terrorist, so one less terrorist is a good thing 😱😱😱😱😱 When Iran shot down a U.S. airliner, they accused Trump of being weak because he did not respond, and when he replied, you said a dangerous escalation Would you like a party like ours in the region? Yup. Israel's slow motion move to get the United States to fight another of its wholly immoral wars. No one believes what the Neocon Times reports - nor for that matter what WarPo writes.

New Trump would start a war. Was only a matter of time. Few. For a few minutes I heard it was Brian who did this. Brian you liar! Good. They read this as our people would when a terrorist claims a strike...Paris for example. Two wrongs don’t make rights, but they usually cause more wrongs. Ive tried to teach this concept to kindergartners. Imagine how tough that can be when full grown people don’t get it.

Hillary would have just had a drink and ignored our embassy. Instead Trump lights their collective ass up. Trump gets space force, Putin gets awesome hypersonic missiles for 2020. Congratulation US to eliminate his own creation.A dead person who is sole responsible of killing amass of Syrian people.Must be a very good day for rebels 2

Why don’t you pass out free pink tissues, NYTimes. And he wasn’t that powerful after all. Won’t hurt anyone else either. WagTheDog When all else fails in politics, start a war How did the criminal squatter who resides in the WH allowed to invoke WWIII w/o congressional authorization? Pentagon statement - quote ‘Suleimani was planning attacks on Americans in Iraq and throughout the region, leading to an airstrike in Baghdad’ - US officials are bracing for retaliatory attacks?....Oh right

The war has begin, There is lot to come this year. The US was not 'behind it'. They did it. rolandsmartin I guess realDonaldTrump figured out a way get the country’s mind off his impeachment and pending trial in the senate. FU realDonaldTrump NotMyPresident Remember that I predicted a long time ago that President Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly-not skilled!

Should never ever elect trumps(incompitate predicates ) in offices Subhanallah Americans saw this, wright from the beginning the man wasn't fit for the office and failed to act, its after you people loose the supper power status that you the danger of trumps Well WWIII will be starting soon So she's a fool after all!

OMG Trump-Mussolini + Bibi Netanyahu = two criminals with CRIMINAL MINDS. Add Shady PIMPeo + War Monger Bolton = DEATH❗ ☠⚰☣ Are Evangelicals taking us to war against Iran or am I missing something? Half of evangelicals support Israel because they believe it is important for fulfilling end-times prophecy. Washington Post Trump’s evangelical rally to be held at this Miami megachurch. Tampa Bay Times

I don't believe it realDonaldTrump didn’t waste any time ruining 2020 just like he did 2016, ‘17, ‘18, and ‘19 realDonaldTrump is wyld af... Love this!! Bits and pieces of terrorist everywhere!! Won't dropping a bomb right by a major civilian airport cause some sort of legal consequence for us under international law?

Our country is run by mentally unstable man. God help us all of this starts WWIII. You got to ask, why Trump would amp up the military, just to withdraw troops from existing conflicts. Surely not to prepare for a large scale war? He is hoping, a war will give him his second term. Don’t attack our people and we won’t kill you.

rolandsmartin Oh my. This is gonna be a terrible thing. The troops are going to be on alert. Another war. Pray for this. Nation. Does this mean we're at war with fucking Iran now?! Do we have a plan Now they could finish the Job and do something about the other evil people in the world. Trump is using this War to divert senate works due to impending removal from office. Can you remove a President on time of War?

This president not playing It’s not just that trump is an embarrassment, he’s a serious danger. rick_bonnell Rick, why are you tweeting about this? Wish you'd tweet some more about MJ's purported deal to sell a 'chunk' of the team to the NYC hedge funders... does that deal stand? Off? Closed? Pending?

I guess Trump told those Iranians to storm the US Embassy so he could retaliate to wag the dig. Are f**** nuts? Woh_ladka Did America just declare war on Iran? Trump had to do that to escalate his chances of getting elected and distracts from the impeachment trial. As a sociopath he doesn’t care who dies to achieve what he sees as his “given right”..

Now they realize ther is a new sheriff in town. They can’t push Trump around like they did Obama. DraftDodger CadetBoneSpurs realDonaldTrump starting a war with no game plan or strategy! NowarwithIran NoMoreBenghazis marcbrooks111 They attacked our embassy. I'd say it is the Iranians that escalated this.

wagthedog Happy New Year! Here we go! This was a terrorist organization. Three days ago they breached the US Embassy and were chanting “death to America”. Not an escalation. An appropriate response to Iran’s aggression. Get your facts straight! Santayana history lesson worth thought today. November 2, 1963 Ngo Dinh Diem President of South Vietnam assassinated. Iran Iraq Soleimani FridayThoughts wwlll BaghdadAirport

Trump did this. Without our consent & approval. He will never be safe from the Iranian regime. Political assassination is not a good look for anyone claiming the high ground. And in an international airport? There will be revenge. Hang on! omg i'm scared A top smartwatch that is turning heads and making life simple Direct phone calls via the built-in speaker and microphone.Super long battery life. Get yours now with a 50% discount and FREE Shipping worldwide. Get Now: Click Here

Get some! SethAbramson We Are At War. Period. Thanks to Trump & Putin! evil usa/israhell cowardly assassinate Qassem Soleimani; a Great man, a Great General of Iran, a true fighter against usa & ISIS teroism. RIP, you will be missed greatly, you are a MARTYR Good, fuck him. How bout dat that is .. the all you have to say .. it is a big victory .. good job Mr. president

starting a war will certainly divert the attention from Trumps wrong doings. Headlines: US mourners launch drone strike on Iranians General that killed US Citizen in Iraq. Iran Iranian qasemsuleimani This sucks. Does this mean another 20 years of asymmetric war? A couple of $ trillion flushed down the military-industrial complex toilet?

Iran has been calling for a caliphate for years and been taunting the US since Obama's last term...the USA just gave them our Reply. 👍🇺🇸 New decade, new war. Fantastic. .🙏🙏🙏 ndugumr Africa and the middle east are now fed up of being shot and displaced every now and again SethAbramson Y'all better get this shit right this time around. MSM is way too horny for war.

Did congress approve? DNC GOP Iran iranwar2020 Great Arenyou going to put his OBIT in the news? He was a TERRORIST, and the only good kind is a dead one. TRUMP2020Landside NYT and WP are morning the terrorist they lifted on a pedestal since he was buddies with the former thug leader. The damage of endless policies

At this point, if a nuke lands on Mar-a-Lago it's pretty much justified. If you’re commenting on this post and know who/what Suleimani was... and you don’t think the response was appropriate. then we can respectfully disagree. If you are criticizing POTUS and you have no idea what Suleimani has done... please just delete your Twitter account

mmanpoker and you don’t want to vote for him? Why? Because he’s making our country, and world, a safer place? Why were those two in Iraq? That is the real question 'You cannot do anything' Iran Soleimani MiddleEast Baghdad BaghdadAirport Pretty sure that’s a violation of Twitter rules Good thing POTUS pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement! Retaliation should be interesting.

I can't wait to read Soleimani's obituary tomorrow. How will the woke progressive Left, top 'austere scholar'? 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Smdh rolandsmartin This is nothing more than a distraction from his impeachment trial in the Senate. Don't fall for it. Keep putting pressure on senatemajldr SenateGOP and SenateDems to RemoveandIndictTrump ASAP. This 🤡 has got to go 😒

”Suleimani was planning attacks on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region, the Pentagon statement said” A terrorist responsible for hundreds of US Servicemen being killed and thousands being maimed is now dead. That's GOOD news. What in the holy fuck. That should serve a good lesson to the Mullahs! Do not attempt to hurt any American anywhere anytime !

How ugly is to start the new year with war? The world can't afford a war anymore. The only war should be the war on climate change. This is INSANE SethAbramson Yes the same guy who was leading the mourners and ' demonstrating' against the US embassy in Iraq....... SethAbramson Trump pleasing Putin Totally unnecessary action

Great News nazi times lied us into a war with iran! go to war. Now the question is who is still on our side if we go to war. see i told you guys to go to bin salmon, you should have done that when you had the chance Reckless neocon gangsters are the greatest threat to US national security and world peace. Should be rounded up and sent to Gitmo for life. Enough is enough.

So much for bringing all the troops home!!!! Trump is getting to play war afterall...he was too much of a coward to serve in Vietnam but now, he's purposely starting a war with Iran. No problem if it's other people's kids who die... SethAbramson Why is no one on tv talking about how obvious it is that Trump is trying to provoke Iran into war. They keep saying neither side wants war but that is obv untrue. Trump wants to be leading a country at war when the next election happens. He chose Iran long ago as his target

TrumpWinner1 The powerful TERRORIST Make sure you get it right this time! US is the biggest terrorist in the world,you are murdering people all over the world,hypocritical,double standard dog! God fucking damnit. You know this fuckwitt wants a war to distract from his impeachment. This will cost the lives of our men and women in uniform and their blood will be on Trump and his enablers.

Thank you realDonaldTrump A big stupid jock with a gun. US is the most propaganda swilling wankers. Brainwashed and brain dead with a completely warped world view. Its astonishing, they are there own species. Idiots Only Liberals would condemn the strategic strike that took out a man who has hundreds of Americans blood on his hands. He backs and coordinates with terrorist and was in the mist of planning more attacks on Americans. Yet Liberals cry foul, disgusting.

Wag the dog Is this what Putin and Trump discussed on their recent phone call? No not the u.s. the orange dummy did it! Send him directly to Iran! I’ll pay for the flight! A U.S. air strike killed General Qassem Soleimani, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. This is a bigger deal than Osama Bin Laden. Obama sent Iran cash — Trump is sending them the grim reaper. RT!

Nah..I better not see anyone feeling sorry for the pig qassim..that man had been the masterhead of many Iraqi bombings in both Shia and sunni areas since 2006 The ramifications of this could be more than interesting. It puts Iraq in a challenging position - it always does when your allies blow up their enemies in your backyard - they'll be deathly afraid of Iranian responses, and unable to negotiate with us.

welp, it was a good country while it lasted sorry guys the U.S. is screwed So you bombed for retaliation? What’s the exit strategy?🤔 Does the White House even have one? Is this another Dick Cheney “alternative facts”?🤔Why can’t reporters ask these questions? 🙄 GREAT. The terrorist is DEAD. The Ayatollah must be very NERVOUS!

I bet we have ZERO allies supporting this. Trump is making sure the next president can’t even fix the mess trump made in Iran and the Middle East. EO 12333 2.11 'No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.' -signed by President Ronald Reagan 12-4-1981

What are the odds people in the administration made trades, with regard to oil, before this happened? Trump admitted he ordered the strike. Iran should be smart enough to after Trump & his ilks China is smart enough to go after die hard Trump supporters Up next ... IRGC-QF, not the whole IRGC Good! Let’s get this war party on the road!

Uhm..why..? Donald Trump is a desperate conman with no regard for law, domestic or international. He is a terrorist and a threat to American and international security. He must be removed from office immediately. And just like this, Trump makes dems side with terrorists and Iran. You’ve have to love having a President that isn’t the enemy! God Bless :)

The escalation was the terrorists attacking sovereign US territory This should show Iran not to fk with the US. You can walk all over Obama, but not this President. 2020 is starting out well. Get ready for another war where Americans die. But Commander in Chief heel spur sufferer will just play golf. Melania’s “Peace on the world” didn’t last long.

DonMartinCTV funny...I don't recall MSM having this concern when Bin Laden was killed, but Trump right? same thing with embassy coverage. Hypocrites The strategy is to start a full on war so that he can be a war time president. We have all known this was his plan. Trump is a corrupt sociopath, he has no plan he doesn't even know where he is half time. I suggest we all prepare for World War 3...

So, to retaliate against Iran the US bombs Iraq. Thinking the Iraqi people having endured this endlessly for almost 20 years will be grateful for being attacked- again.1 Does the US have any allies left or... trump is trash.. BOTBB! (Break out the bunker busters) Hey tempers, send your sons and daughters to go to war, you elected the clown and with a war, so let you kids go deal with your vote

I believe this was an ultimate “de-escalation”, unless they want more!! realDonaldTrump isn’t playing “crazy 8’s” like BO was!! This is a REAL American President!!! Isn't Congress supposed to sign off on acts of war? Or is that only in my copy of the Constitution? You should identify him as the commander of the Quds Force, an organization designated as a terrorist organization in 2007. An organization responsible for the deaths of thousands all over the globe. We killed the leader of a terrorist organization, well done President Trump.

So we just gonna act like we didn’t just start a war with Iran? This isn't going to end well for the US Is the TRUMP ADMINISTRATION Trying to start a war with Iran in order to Distract From IMPEACHMENT? So there are Iran’s troops and military staff in arch enemy Iraq Trump will start a war and claim that he connot be impeached because we’re in the middle of one.

That’s an act of war, an illegal one. Trump belongs in the firing line I hope all the MAGA's are studying up for the ASVAB to show their support for the WorstPresidentEver. The line of voluntary recruits should be tremendous 🙄. Of course, he'll probably have to restart the draft because his followers are cowards just like he is.

The most irresponsible decision from a us president ever it’s easy for him to do that while he’s hiding behind a ton of security it’s not fair for our troops and diplomats and their families who live and serve overseas this puts them in grave danger This is not going to be good Figures, we never hear the WHOLE story.

loves to praise terrorists. Notice how he is a 'Powerful Commander' just like how they call ISIS' leader an 'Austere Scholar!' FakeNews Finally a POTUS with balls. God bless Donald Trump. We all knew trump has been angling to start a war with Iran to shore up votes from military minded Americans... So America starts off the new year with bloodshed. One insane old man kills another insane old man. All done in the name of an imaginary deity no doubt.

Powerful is still an understatement. No.1 Terrorist left in the world would have been more accurate GOOD he was a terrible terrorist and. Caused many US soldiers deaths. The Orange penguin is painting even bigger targets on all Americans across the world what's wrong with him? But certainly not behind the implementation! That must be Mossad.

So, Trump May have started WW3...? Brilliant Sign up Tiffany, Eric, Don, and Ivanka. He's going to get us bombed It was ordered by Trump. We know what a precise and thoughtful leader Trump is. We'll be fine. Wtf is happening. Corp or Corps? One is a business organisation and the other a armed forces group. Could you clarofy/correct your article? clarity

U.S. airstrike kills top Iranian general Qasem SoleimaniTop Iranian general Qasem Soleimani has been killed by the United States in an airstrike in Baghdad. Chris Hayes says this is an 'almost incomprehensibly massive escalation in the current tensions with the Iranian government.' If it is true that America ordered the strike, it was planned by Trump to start a war. A desperate action because of the impeachment. Also, it would be a prep for a state of emergency action by POTUS. The beginnings of trying to escape goat his impeachment. Buh bye, biatch! TheDemocrats are so mad about this. They loved this guy. The party that supports killing Americans.

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