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By Moon Of Alabama
January 03, 2020 "Information
Today the U.S.
declared war on Iran and Iraq.
War is what it will get.
Earlier today a U.S. drone or helicopter
killed Major General Qassim Soleimani,
famous commander of the Iranian Quds
('Jerusalem') force, while he left the
airport of Baghdad where he had just
arrived. He had
planned to attend the funeral of the 31
Iraqi soldiers the U.S.
had killed on December 29 at the
Syrian-Iraqi border near Al-Qaim.
The Quds force is the external arm of the
Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Soleiman was responsible for all relations
between Iran and political and militant
movements outside of Iran. Hajji Qassim
advised the Lebanese Hisbullah during the
2006 war against Israel. His support for
Iraqi groups enabled them to kick the U.S.
invaders out of Iraq. He was the man
responsible for, and successful in,
defeating the Islamic State in iraq and
Syria. In 2015 Soleimani traveled to Moscow
and convinced Russia to intervene in Syria.
His support for the Houthi in Yemen enabled
them to withstand the Saudi attackers.
Soleimani had arrived in Baghdad on a
normal flight from Lebanon. He did not
travel in secret. He was picked up at
the airport by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes,
the deputy commander of the al-Hashd al-Shaabi,
an official Iraqi security force under
the command of the Iraqi Prime Minister.
The two cars they traveled in were
destroyed in the U.S. attack. Both men
and their drivers and guards died.
The U.S. created two martyrs who will now
become the models and idols for tens of
millions of youth in the Middle East.
The Houthi in Yemen, Hizbullah in
Lebanon, Islamic Jihad in Palestine, the
paramilitary forces in Syria, Iraq and
elsewhere have all benefited from
Soleimani's advice and support. They will
all take actions to revenge him.
Moqtada al-Sadr, the unruly Shia cleric
who commands millions of followers in Iraq,
has given orders to reactivate his
military branch 'Jaish al-Imam al-Mahdi'.
Between 2004 and 2008 the Mahdi forces
fought the U.S. occupation of Iraq. They
will do so again.
The outright assassination of a commander
of Soleimani's weight demands an Iranian
reaction of at least a similar size. All
U.S. generals or high politicians traveling
in the Middle East or elsewhere will now
have to watch their back. There will be no
safety for them anywhere.
No Iraqi politician will be able to argue
for keeping U.S. forces in the country. The
Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi
called for a parliament emergency
meeting to ask for the withdrawal of all
"The targeted assassination of an Iraqi
commander is a violation of the
agreement. It can trigger a war in Iraq
and the region. It is a clear violation
of the conditions of the U.S. presence
in Iraq. I call on the parliament to
take the necessary steps."
The National Security Council of Iran
is meeting with Supreme Leader Ali
Khamenei to "study the options of response".
There are many such options. The U.S. has
forces stationed in many countries around
Iran. From now on none of them will be safe.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a
statement calling for three days of
public mourning and then retaliation.
“His departure to God does not end
his path or his mission,” the statement
said, “but a forceful revenge awaits the
criminals who have his blood and the
blood of the other martyrs last night on
Iran will tie its response to the
political calender. U.S. President Donald
Trump will go into his reelection campaign
with U.S. troops under threat everywhere. We
can expect incidents like the
Beirut barracks bombing to repeat
themselves when he is most vulnerable.
Trump will learn that killing the enemy
is the easy part of a war. The difficulties
come after that happened.
In 2018 Soleimani
publicly responded to a tweet in which
Trump had threatened Iran:
“Mr. Trump, the gambler! […] You are
well aware of our power and capabilities
in the region. You know how powerful we
are in asymmetrical warfare. Come, we
are waiting for you. We are the real men
on the scene, as far as you are
concerned. You know that a war would
mean the loss of all your capabilities.
You may start the war, but we
will be the ones to determine its end.”
Since May 2019 the U.S. deployed at least
14,800 additional soldiers to the Middle
East. Over the last three days airborne
elements and special forces
followed. The U.S.has clearly planned
for an escalation.
will be replaced by Brigadier General
Ismail Ghani, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war
who has for decades been active in the Quds
Force and has fought against ISIS in Syria.
He is an officer of equal stature and
Iran's policies and support for foreign
groups will intensify. The U.S. has won
nothing with its attack but will feel the
consequences for decades to come. From now
on its position in the Middle East will be
severely constrained. Others will move in to
take its place.
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