Iran’s Top Military Commander, Qasem Suleimani, Assassinated In US Airstrike

Update 3: The Pentagon has confirmed that Soleimani was killed at the direction of President Trump in what it termed a “defensive action” as per the following statement:

And while Trump has yet to make a statement, shortly after the news of Suleimani’s death, the president tweeted an American flag with no commentary:

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Update 2It’s official — unbelievable as it is  first Iraqi state TV, and then Iran TV too, announced the death of Iran’s most senior elite military commander, IRGC Quds Force chief Qasem Suleimani:

This is the spark that could set the whole region on fire, given Suleimani is Iran’s most important, visible and powerful military leader.

Journalists are circulating graphic photos of the blast aftermath, seeking on the ground confirmation of Suleimani’s identity:

It appears Iranian officials have begun circulating condolences, acknowledging his death.

At the beginning of the last decade, when Gen. Suleimani began becoming a more visible and powerful face of influence in Iran and across the Middle East, one former CIA officer cited in a New Yorker biographical piece on him referred to the IRGC commander as the “most powerful operative in the Middle East today.”

As leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ most elite Quds force, he directed all unconventional warfare and intelligence activities abroad. For that reason Washington and Tel Aviv had long considered him threat #1 within the Iranian military command structure.

With war in the Middle East now virtually inevitable, here is the latest US naval deployment as of Jan 2:

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updateIt appears the ‘mystery’ strike which took out vehicles along the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport in the early morning hours of Friday was actually a US targeted assassination.

There are even significant but as yet completely unconfirmed rumors, some coming from of a well-known BBC Iran reporter and other regional sources, that Iran’s most senior military commander, the IRGC’s Quds Force chief Qasem Suleimani was taken out in the hit, which appears to have been an airstrike.

According to Stars and Stripes:

An early-morning strike hit the Baghdad International Airport perimeter, near the air cargo terminal, the Iraqi government said Friday.

The attack, which set two cars ablaze, apparently occurred at about 1 a.m. Social media users posted hearing the explosions, then the sounds of military aircraft.

The Iraqi defense ministry’s security information cell confirmed the strike about 45 minutes later, posting photos of the burning vehicles on its Facebook page and attributing the damage to a rocket attack.

Later, security sources told local media a strike hit two vehicles, killing Mohammed Redha, a senior member of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units — an umbrella group that includes Iran-backed Shiite militias with close ties to Iran and other militias that have fought the Islamic State group since 2014. Other PMU members and “guests” were also killed, the PMU said.

Just who those “guests” were remains the major question as huge rumors of Qasem Suleimani’s death continue to spread, however unlikely.

It true this could be the spark that ignites WWIII in the region, given Suleimani is Iran’s most important and powerful military leader.

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earlier:

At a moment tensions are on edge after pro-Iran militia protesters attacked and set fire to the outside of the US embassy compound in Baghdad’s Green Zone earlier this week, another major incident is developing overnight.

Reuters and Al Jazeera are reporting that at least three missiles struck on or near a base that houses American and Iraqi counter-terrorism forces in the early Friday morning hours at Baghdad International Airport.

All civilian flights have been canceled as US military helicopters were also seen patrolling the skies in the immediate aftermath.

Al Jazeera has cited Iraqi security sources to say that though the rocket attacks appeared to have targeted a joint US-Iraqi training base within the sprawling airport perimeter. At lease one of the projectiles landed near a passenger terminal, causing an immediate shutdown of the civilian side of the airport.

It is the second such rocket attack on the airport in under a month, after on Dec.9 four projectiles were launched on the facility, targeting the US-Iraqi base on the property.

Vehicles at the airport were filmed exploding as a result of the attack, and there are conflicting reports of possible civilian casualties.

Kurdistan24 journalist Barzan Sadiq has said at least one civilian was killed in the attack with more injured, as well as multiple Iraqi military personnel among the wounded.

While details are as yet unclear and unconfirmed at this point, Reuters did confirm the following per local security authorities:

Three Katyusha rockets fell on Baghdad International Airport, the military-run Security Media Cell said in a statement on early Friday.

The rockets landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles and injuring several citizens, Security Media Cell added.

Earlier in the day Defense Secretary Mark Esper put Iran and its proxies on notice, saying the US is prepared to launch “pre-emptive action” if American troops and interests come under threat.

developing…

via infowars

12 comments

    1. Iran and the US are doomed to “go at it” soon! I can see it coming! GOD HELP US ALL!😰😞 But MR PRESIDENT, is there the slightest chance of getting ALL the muzslimes out of our VA facilities! They are overtaking the VA clinic here in Orlando at Lake Baldwin!😰

      1. That’s why the ACLU demcrats lgbwt #metoo NAACP DEMOCRAT GOVENORS ARE NOW DOUNG IT SILENTLY, USING STATE LEGISLATURES. TAKING GUND SO WHEN THE AUKS/MUSLIMS COME FOR YOUR HEAD. THE GOVENORS WILL HOLD THE DOOR AND THEIR SECURITY GUARDS WILL USE YOUR GUN TOO PROTECT THOSE IN POWER. 5Phaveutting free speech and calling it racist and hate speech. You read the quaran. All it calls for is death,hate,ENSLAVEMENT,rape,DEATH. AND GENOCIDE.

  1. They attack the American Embassy and this guy is taken out and the MSM calls it an assasination, WHAT?

    Something just doesn’t add up folks? Please do you own research and totally ignore the fake news!

    John Kerry needs to be investigated IMMEDIATELY!!

    I smell a violation of the Logan Act and treason. Kerry needs to be arrested, given a quick court martial……and spend some time swinging!!

    Let’s face it the guy has been the Deep State’s poster boy for American treason since back in the late 1960’s!!

  2. This sounds more and more like another bleeding heart If This was a rabbit dog you would put him down. The trigger should have been pulled along time ago or did you liberals morons forget 911 and the public be heading of Americans. You can bet that they will do something more stupid and then they will pay for actions this time there not dealing with Obama’s administration they have been put on notice check mate. War sucks but this country has been Financing terrorism in the Middle East it’s time we pay for their discretion. The ayatollah Has set the stage for war the ball is in their hands. President Trump keep up the good work and show everyone that will no longer sit Idly by and allow these terrorist to kill at will without any consequences This also will include their supporters and for all you liberals morons get off your soapbox and smell the roses theses terrorist are a cancer and will be head you and you family’s

  3. Who gives a damn if an General for Iran was bumped off ? Just another Muslim Turd !
    The next step should be that we MOAB every Nuclear site in IRAN … make them GLOW
    in the soup of their making !

  4. Barry Hussein would have drawn ANOTHER red line in the sand and then ignored the who situation. Thank God for Pres. Trump who is putting America first.

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