NOTE: I’ll be including info about the Iran plane crash in this master article as well.
“Tucker Carlson was one of few voices on the right to oppose the United States’ military escalation against Iran, warning his viewers that the neo-cons who have been pushing for it, are “liars” and “don’t care about you.”…
“Disgraced [former] National Security Advisor John Bolton has made it his life’s mission to start a war with Iran” and could be “finally getting his wish,” added the Fox News host.
“Should you be happy about that?” asked Tucker. “That’s the question. Well, the last time we took John Bolton’s advice in the region, Iran became far more powerful than before we took John Bolton’s advice. Why? Because things are never quite as simple as they claim they are in Washington.”…”
“US kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad airstrike”
“The United States killed Iran’s top general and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport early on Friday, an attack that threatens to dramatically ratchet up tensions in the region…
The targeted killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, could draw forceful Iranian retaliation against American interests in the region and spiral into a far larger conflict between the U.S. and Iran, endangering U.S. troops in Iraq, Syria and beyond…”
“Thousands march in Tehran to mourn ‘beloved’ military commander Soleimani, killed by US drone strike”
“Protesters dressed in black have marched in Tehran and other cities, decrying the killing on Thursday night of the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, which was ordered by Washington.
People flooded the streets of Tehran after Friday prayers in honor of Soleimani and other officials killed during a US airstrike in Iraq’s capital.
The mostly black-clad protesters were chanting traditional anti-American slogans like “Down with the US!” while also praising Soleimani as a “hero” of the nation. Many were carrying photos of the killed Quds commander and banners suggesting that the victim was “beloved” by the army…”
“Iraqi protesters withdraw from US Embassy in Baghdad (VIDEOS)”
“Paramilitary leaders have ordered their supporters to leave the heavily fortified US Embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, as American troops reinforced the besieged facility.
Live footage from RT’s video agency Ruptly showed protesters with Hezbollah flags withdrawing en masse in their vehicles. Some lingered behind at the scene of the clashes, where tear gas and stun grenades were reportedly fired again on Wednesday. By Wednesday evening, however, the US military stated that all had departed…”
“Pentagon chief threatens Iran with ‘pre-emptive action’ if embassy attacks continue”
“Siege at the US embassy: Pro-Iran militia storm Baghdad compound for a second day as Marines fire tear gas and video reveals how bloodthirsty Hezbollah fighter vowed to kill every American inside”
- Yesterday thousands of demonstrators – many of them members of Iran-backed militia – rushed the heavily fortified Green Zone after US strikes killed 25 members of the Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah in air strikes
- One militant said: ‘God willing if this fire reaches inside the embassy, we will not spare a single employee’
- President Donald Trump’s reinforcements were engaged early Wednesday as tear gas was fired to disperse those who had spent the night outside the main gates. Several ambulances arrived to ferry the wounded
- Yesterday’s riot, which included smashing through the embassy’s security area, setting fires around the complex and hurling rocks, ended in a camp being set up outside the consulate
- Some 50 tents, portable bathrooms and cooking pots were shipped in as hundreds of the furious mob prepared a sit-in at the embassy’s gates, demanding that the US withdraw from Iraq
“Leader of Iran-linked group that attacked U.S. Embassy in Iraq once got invited to the White House by Obama”
“There’s more. The group that led the embassy siege is called the Iraqi Badr Corps, and its leader, Hadi Farhan al-Amiri, was once invited to Obama’s White House.
Fox News reported in December 2011:
An official tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps was part of the Iraqi delegation that visited the White House Monday for a meeting with President Obama, alarming some who say Iraq’s growing ties to Iran are among the most worrisome aspect of a U.S. pullout.
Hadi Farhan al-Amiri, Iraq’s current transportation minister, accompanied Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and several other top Baghdad advisers on the high-profile visit to Washington timed with the official wind-down of U.S. military involvement in Iraq…”
6 killed in airstrike north of Baghdad targeting convoy carrying Shia militia members – report
“A convoy carrying members of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, was hit by an airstrike while traveling in Baghdad, media reports say. The PMF said that medics were in the cars.
The three-car convoy was struck in the northern outskirts of the Iraqi capital in the district of al-Taji, according to an Iraqi military source cited by Reuters. Six militiamen were reported killed in the attack, with three others critically injured. It remains unclear who carried out the strike…”
“Trump says Iran will be held ‘fully responsible’ for attack on the US embassy in Iraq”
- “Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible,” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
- His tweet came after dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad shouting “Down, Down, USA!”
- The Iraqi protest followed deadly U.S. airstrikes that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq, carried out in retaliation for the killing of an American contractor.
“Protesters ‘break into’ US embassy compound in Baghdad, as crowds rally against American airstrikes in Iraq (PHOTO, VIDEO)”
The crowd was able to gain access to sections of the heavily-fortified Green Zone, smashing doors and security cameras on the wall surrounding the diplomatic building, according to the Associated Press. The agency said that there was a fire in one part of the compound, and that at least three US soldiers were spotted on the roof of the embassy…”
“Iranians and Iraqis are celebrating after the Pentagon, under the direction of President Trump, carried out an air strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani.
The action came in response to an Iran-led attack on the US embassy in Iraq…”
The article goes on to list examples; mainly post on social media.
“The threat posed by Iran-backed Hezbollah sleeper cells embedded in major American cities has once again come to the fore following the killing of Iran’s Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani.
Following last night’s assassination of the Iranian military leader, authorities in both New York and Los Angeles announced that they were ramping up security in readiness for possible revenge attacks on U.S. soil.
This is because Iran is known to have placed Hezbollah terrorist sleeper cells throughout not just Europe but the United States too…”
New York Times Published Story About Hypothetical Military Attack on Suleimani in Baghdad Hours Before Strike
“The New York Times published a story about a hypothetical U.S. military strike on Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad hours before it actually happened.
In an article entitled ‘Hypersonic Missiles Are a Game Changer’, Steven Simon, an analyst at the Quincy Institute, wrote, “What if the former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Qassim Suleimani, visits Baghdad for a meeting and you know the address?”
“The temptations to use hypersonic missiles will be many,” Simon added…”
“Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted Wednesday that the U.S. was powerless to respond to Iran’s attacks against American contractors, soldiers, and diplomats: “You can’t do anything,” he taunted President Donald Trump…
By Thursday — Friday morning local time — U.S. forces had taken out Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, thought to be behind recent attacks in Iraq, and responsible for hundreds of earlier American deaths in that country…”
“Iran reserves right to self-defense, ‘harsh revenge’ for Soleimani coming – Tehran’s envoy to UN”
“Calling the US killing of General Qassem Soleimani “criminal” and example of terrorism, the Iranian envoy to the UN said his country reserved the right to act in self-defense and threatened vengeance in US media interviews.
The killing of Soleimani “by any measure, is an obvious example of State terrorism and, as a criminal act, constitutes a gross violation of the fundamental principles of international law, including, in particular, those stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations,” Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi wrote in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council on Friday…”
“Tens of thousands rally in Iran capital against US ‘crimes'”
“Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Tehran to protest against American “crimes”, an AFP correspondent reported, after US strikes killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad Friday.
Chanting “Death to America” and holding up posters of the slain commander, Qasem Soleimani, the demonstrators filled streets for several blocks in central Tehran after Friday prayers…”
“Trump: Aim of killing Iranian general was to ‘stop a war’”
“President Donald Trump said Friday he ordered the killing of a top Iranian general “to stop a war,” not start one, but in the tense aftermath the Pentagon braced for retaliation by sending more troops to the Middle East. Democrats complained that Trump hadn’t consulted Congress, and some worried that the strike made war more likely.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued the U.S. case with allies in the Middle East and beyond, asserting that Friday’s drone strike killing Gen. Qassem Soleimani was a necessary act of self defense. He asserted that Soleimani was plotting a series of attacks that endangered many American troops and officials across the Middle East…”
“U.S. ‘deploys nuclear-capable bombers to within striking distance of Iran'”
“As part of America’s effort to be ready for any eventuality in the tense Persian Gulf region, the Pentagon has deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to an airbase within striking range of Iran, according to multiple reports.
The six bombers will be based at Diego Garcia, a British-owned island base located in the Indian Ocean, according to the Washington Examiner. The location has military significance because it is located beyond the range of known Iranian missiles…”
“Boeing 737 passenger plane crashes in Iran, state news agencies report”
“A Boeing 737 passenger plane with 180 aboard crashed in Iran minutes after take-off, according to Iranian news agencies.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known but Iran’s Fars News Agency reported that the jet crashed due to technical problems after taking off from the Imam Khomeini international airport in Tehran, but it didn’t provide any additional detail. The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately confirm the crash…”
This article is here because there’s a possibility these people might be taken hostage.
“Trump says ‘so far, so good’ as casualties and damage are assessed after Iran fired barrage of ballistic missiles in operation ‘Martyr Soleimani’ at two US bases in Iraq including one he visited”
- Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing American troops on Tuesday
- Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq that was visited by Trump in December 2018 and the Erbil base in Iraqi Kurdistan were both struck by the missiles
- Pentagon says the missiles were ‘clearly launched from Iran’ to target U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq
- Trump tweeted ‘all is well’ and ‘so far so good’ as the damage and casualties continued to be assessed
- Trump said he would be making an official statement on Wednesday morning regarding the attacks
- Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were spotted arriving at the White House shortly after news of the attacks broke
- Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they fired the rockets in retaliation for last week’s killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani
- They reported the operation’s name was ‘Martyr Soleimani’ and it took place just hours after the slain general’s funeral
- The rockets used in the attack, according to Iranian TV, are Fatteh-110 ballistic missiles, which have a range of 186 miles or 300km
“Tide of people, anti-US chants, & sorrow as Tehran mourns death of General Soleimani & Iraqi militia commander…”
“A massive funeral procession occupied the streets of Iran’s capital as huge crowds of people – including the military’s top brass – came to pay tribute to the deceased Quds Force commander and deputy chief of Iraq’s Shia militia.
The remains of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force who was killed in a US air strike, was flown to Tehran after a day of funeral processions in Ahvaz and Mashhad. Bodies of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and other “martyrs” who died alongside Soleimani in an American drone strike, also arrived in the city.
On Sunday morning, a sea of people dressed in black poured onto the streets of the capital, with state media putting the number of mourners at “millions,” although the number has yet to be verified…”
Trump Says “US Will Not Leave” Iraq Unless Billions For Air Base Are Repaid, Threatens Baghdad With “Very Big” Sanctions
“Just hours after Iraq voted to expel US troops stationed in Iraq, Trump made it clear that he has no interest in vacating the nation that has been a stalwart US military outpost in the middle east for nearly two decades ever since it was invaded by, well, the US in search of non-existent weapons of mass destruction, and speaking to reporters on Air Force One said “we’re not leaving” unless Iraq “pays us back” for a US air base built in Iraq.
“We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.” Trump told the AF1 reporter pool…”
“Iran ‘not interested’ in having nukes, will stick to JCPOA once given benefits in return – UN envoy”
“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 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is now in jeopardy…”
“Legislation was passed in Iran’s parliament Tuesday that declares all US military personnel as ‘terrorist entities’.
A report by the Islamic Republic News Agency (Iranian state media) notes that Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill, which will now become law.
The legislation, signed by all 223 members of Iran’s Parliament, describes “all members of the Pentagon, all affiliated companies, institutions, agents and commanders,” as terrorist organizations as far as Iran is concerned…”
“The more we find out about Tehran plane crash, the more questions we have. Here are the main ones”
“Iran blames technical issues, Ukraine not so sure
Iranian authorities were quick to blame a technical fault for the fatal crash of the Ukrainian airliner which took off from Tehran bound for Kiev Wednesday morning, with all 176 onboard losing their lives.
New plane, odd flight data
Nevertheless, the flight data of PS752 shows unusual circumstances…”
“Trump: Iran missiles ‘paid for’ by Obama administration”
“”The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration,” Trump said at the White House.
In 2016, President Obama sent $1.7 billion in cash to Iran to pay an old arbitration claim in exchange for the release of four American prisoners…”
“Iran plane crash takes dark turn as Islamic Republic refuses to hand over black boxes”
“Iran is now refusing to hand over the black boxes from a Boeing 737 passenger jet that went down in the Islamic Republic, supporting theories that the country was involved in the disaster.
Ali Abedzadeh, the head of Iran’s civil aviation agency, confirmed that the flight recorders would not be handed over to Boeing or the United States, the Persian-language news agency Mehr News reported…”
“‘Disastrous mistake’: Iran acknowledges shooting down Ukrainian airliner”
“Iran said on Saturday its military had shot down a Ukrainian plane killing all 176 aboard in a “disastrous mistake”, saying air defenses were fired in error while on alert after Iranian missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq…”
“Trump tweets support for Iranian protesters as they demand Khamenei quit”
“US President Donald Trump has tweeted his support to the people of Iran, saying “I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency.”
Hundreds of Iranian protesters demanded Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down on Saturday after Tehran admitted that its military had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 people on board…”
“Video out of Iran shows protesters refusing to trample on murals of the US and Israeli flag, painted on the ground, intended for a show of disrespect.
Instead, the protesters, led by students at Shahid Beheshti University campus, walked around the flags, and yelled ‘shame’ at those who stood on the paintings…”
“Iran Video [FAKE] Assassination of Trump, Pompeo, Netanyahu”
“A propaganda video circulating in Iran dramatizes the assassination of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the video, distributed by Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency, “the dome of the [U.S.] Capitol explodes, the men fire at the White House and storm it, and men, including U.S. President Donald Trump, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lie dead on the floor,” according to an analysis of the video from the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI…”
Do these people have nothing else better to do than to make fake videos? I laughed when I read this.
“Iranian state TV anchors quit in anger over plane downing cover-up”
“At least two Iranian journalists at a state-owned media outlet reportedly resigned from their jobs, and another left a while back, apologizing for “the 13 years I told you lies” to her supporters as Tehran grapples with the fallout from protests stemming from a cover-up of its accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner…”
“Iran announces arrests for shooting down Ukrainian plane”
“Iran’s judiciary said it had made arrests in the shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed 176 people.
Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Tuesday “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested,” according to the Associated Press.