Sorrowful Times for America, Its Relationship with Middle East Nations

What Happened

Updated on 1/5/20: Iranian General Qassem Soleimani visited Baghdad on an official visit to deliver Iran’s response to a de-escalation agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia, with Iraq mediating. It’s also been reported he’d attend the funeral of members of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) who were killed by the US during five bombing strikes at PMU locations, three in Iraq and two in Syria. The US justified bombing the five PMU sites as a response to a rocket attack near Kirkuk that killed a still unnamed military contractor.

According to Washington Post reporter Mustafa Salim, based out of Baghdad, the Iraqi Parliament has voted to remove the US military from Iraq and prime minister Abdulmadhi, in his speech, described the assassination as a “political assassination” and told the Parliament he was “supposed to meet Soleimani at the morning the day he was killed [12:30 am], he came to deliver me a message from Iran responding to the message we delivered from Saudi to Iran.” So Soleimani, when he was killed, was performing a diplomatic missions. Although not yet widely reported in the media, this fact will not sit well with the rest of the world.

Grayzone Discussion Panel — Aaron Maté, Ben Norton, Max Blumenthal and Rania Khalek: analysis:

Large of RT panel of left, center and right analysts, moderated by former US tv anchor Rick Sanchez on RT:

Propaganda Tweet from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:

Of course, not everyone fell for Pompeo’s propaganda:

Sadly, Pompeo was highlighting the wrong flag — Iran, for the first time ever, has now flown the Flag of Revenge:

Iran’s Qods Force, in some manner, will likely respond to the US attacks:


Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS):

Joe Lauria of Consortium News and Elizabeth Voss of Disobedient Media interview with Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector & intelligence officer, and Giorgio Cafieri, CEO of Gulf State Analytics:

Aaron Maté interview with Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council:

Luca Tremta, Consortium News:

Pepe Escobar, Consortioum News:

Iraqi Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr reforms the Mahdi Army which fought US after 2003 occupation:

Pressure to expel all US forces out of Iraq:

Note the rise in Defense-related stocks immediately after the assassination.

Historical Background — The Money of War: Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers



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