What does international law say about the assassination? Voices from Iran: 'Soleimani did not deserve such a fate' Qasem Soleimani: Who was Iran's 'rock star' general? Iran and the militias it sponsors here in Iraq have sworn vengeance for the killings caused by the missile fired by a US drone at Soleimani's vehicle as it left Baghdad airport on Friday. … [Read more...] about Qasem Soleimani: Why his killing is good news for IS jihadists
"Our team is looking forward to and believes in the mission. We believe in the Iraqi people, and we believe in the Iraqi security forces," a senior coalition official who has been deployed to Iraq multiple times during the campaign against IS and has worked closely with the same top Iraqi commanders tells me. … [Read more...] about Iraq after Soleimani: What is the future for US troops?
As far as Sleepy Joe goes, he was very much asleep at the wheel with his answers at the debate, twisting himself into pretzels to try to defend his “yes” vote and rewrite his history as someone who was one of the more hawkish of the Democrats when it came to the decision of invading Iraq. On the issue of national security, he seems to be attempting to appeal to a far-left base who has no interest in him and will be unlikely to turn out in the numbers the left needs should he gain the nomination, which I remain a believer that he will do. On the identity-politics crazy left, he would likely prefer to pick a running mate that is either a woman or black (or both), and there is nobody on the left who fits those categories that would clearly be a strong addition to his team from a national security standpoint. … [Read more...] about Smith: A Veteran’s Perspective – None of the Democrat Candidates Are Fit to Lead
“There is genuine popular sentiment that the US troops represent a danger to the Iraqi people, that they’ve brought nothing but misery for almost two decades now. And the latest killing of [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander General Qasem] Soleimani on their soil makes it very clear to Iraqis that they will be the victims of an escalation by the Trump administration on Iran, and [Iraqis] don’t want it,” she argued. … [Read more...] about ‘Nothing But Misery’: Conflict with Iran Shows US Troops Are ‘A Danger to the Iraqi People’
Tensions between the two countries heightened again after a targeted US drone strike in Baghdad killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in early January, triggering a retaliatory attack by the Iranian military against two Iraqi bases housing US military personnel. … [Read more...] about Iran’s Fars New Agency Says Its Website Blocked Due to Recent US Sanctions Against Country
The Iranians have now not only united in mourning over the death of General Soleimani, who according to the Iraqi prime minister was on a mission to ease tensions with Saudi Arabia as reported by the Daily Mail (as opposed to US claims that he was planning an attack on Americans), but also in the condemnation of US behavior. Trump’s threats to even attack Iranian cultural sites have now brought together Iranians who might have had opposing political opinions before, condemning what is classified as a war crime in the 1972 convention to protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage which was signed by both countries. … [Read more...] about US escalation must be countered by reason and diplomacy