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The U.S. military carried out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Sunday (12.29.2019) — days after a U.S. defense contractor was killed at a military compound in a rocket attack, that also injured 4 U.S. troops.
Military jet fighters conducted "precision defensive strikes" on five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia. Air Force F-15 jet fighters carried out the strikes.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien traveled Sunday to Mar-a-Lago in Florida to meet with President Trump and discuss the strikes.
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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: If they think Iran is attempting to bait the U.S. into military action in Iraq that will facilitate the agenda of Iran… then why would Pompeo, Esper and Milley take the bait?
The most likely answer is because they (DoState/CIA) wanted to take the bait… then stage an overreaction (DoD)…. and call it “defensive” (DoS)… which makes matters worse…. and draws us in deeper (DoD/DoS)… which is the excuse for war with Iran…. which is ultimately the end goal.
But he did not act like a terrorist boss. He regularly worked at his hill-top office, which is a dream target for a helicopter gunship, with its exposed windows offering a clear line for sight for miles in two directions. The hit was a technical masterpiece - with both missiles going cleanly through the windows. The rest of the apartment was unharmed apart from some broken glass, and even the Palestinian flag in Abu Ali's office was still hanging from its staff, although badly torn.
PLO founder killed by Israeli missile attack
originally posted by: madmac5150
If we were to strike Iran, the Democrats would call it "election interference"... because it would effectively reduce big dollar, Democrat donors...
originally posted by: Metallicus
I’m not convinced it isn’t our own deep state or CIA behind the embassy attack. They have been wanting a war with Iran for a long time.
Mustafa arrived at his office at 10:15 a.m. Monday. Around 11 a.m., bodyguard Fadi Abu Salah spoke with Mustafa about swapping cars again. At 11:15 a.m., Mustafa received a telephone call that his bodyguards fear may have tipped Israel to his whereabouts.
Top Palestinian official assassinated
originally posted by: DBCowboy
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: DBCowboy
The people in Venezuela rose up against the hated MADURA, then...crickets. Did he give each family $10,000 or something?
I'm getting pretty danged tired of people expecting to US to do all their heavy lifting.
Demonstrators shouting, "Death to America!" smashed their way into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday as protests intensified after U.S. airstrikes killed 25 fighters of an Iran-backed militia in Iraq.
No deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported at the protest. The Pentagon said it rushed reinforcements to the embassy, and Army Apache AH-64 attack helicopters swooped over the complex.
By early evening Tuesday, the mob had retreated from the compound but set up several tents outside for a sit-in. Dozens of yellow flags belonging to Iran-backed Shiite militias fluttered atop the reception area and were plastered along the embassy’s concrete wall along with anti-U.S. graffiti.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who condemned the airstrikes, had urged militiamen and their supporters to leave the embassy area and halt the violence.
"Any aggression or harassment of foreign embassies and representations is an act that will be strictly prohibited by the security forces and will be punished by law with the most severe penalties," Mahdi warned in a statement.
The US had sent two Apache helicopters to fly over the embassy in a show of force, a US official told CNN earlier Tuesday. The US also earlier deployed about 100 US Marines from a crisis response task force based in Kuwait to bolster security at the embassy. Those Marines flew into the embassy compound aboard MV-22 Osprey aircraft.
A defense official told CNN earlier Tuesday that it was unlikely that the additional soldiers coming from the 82nd Airborne will be sent to Iraq, but will instead be sent to a nearby country or countries in the region so they are positioned to respond quickly if the situation deteriorates.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News Tuesday evening that there are currently no plans to evacuate the embassy or pull out US troops.
The deployment comes amid fallout over US airstrikes against five facilities the Pentagon says are tied to an Iranian-backed militia blamed for a series of attacks on joint US-Iraq military facilities housing American forces.
Two sources at the demonstration on Tuesday witnessed an attempt to break into the premises, adding that security personnel fired tear gas to repel the attack. Video footage shows demonstrators smashing windows, burning items outside and throwing rocks over the walls. The embassy, in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, has been put under lockdown, but protesters have not been able to breach the compound, an embassy spokesperson told CNN.
Hopefully, it would NOT be "War with Iran", but rather, a "surgical" operation against the leaders of Iran.
Hey World: Do Not Kill Americans!