Update 2: The people of Baghdad are celebrating in the streets following news of Qasem Soleimani’s death.
Unlike our progressive countrymen who put partisan politics over patriotism, the people of Iraq are reacting to the news as it affects them personally. Their reaction is clear and requires no political spin. They’re so happy that the oppressive Soleimani is dead, they’re literally dancing in the streets as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted on Twitter.
It’s a great night to be an Iraqi in Baghdad as the pro-Democracy people embrace the news the way every American should: As the end of a murderous terrorist leader who brought fear and death with every decision he made. He was Tehran’s top proxy with the evil militia groups in Iraq who not only attacked Americans, but who also reigned over the people of Iraq with an iron fist. They are the government, or rather, they were. This move by President Trump will discombobulate them at the least and may cause division between the various factions. Soleimani was the linchpin that kept them working together. Now, there’s a void in coordination.
Update 1: Department of Defense confirms it was a U.S. strike:
DoD statement on air strike killing Iran’s Soleimani: pic.twitter.com/8abGBHKVHQ
— Amanda Becker (@AmandaBecker) January 3, 2020
Two of Iran’s most powerful leaders were killed in a strike at Baghdad’s airport, Iranian state TV has confirmed. While nobody has officially claimed responsibility, some are speculating that it was either the United States or Israel who launched the precision attack in response to Iran-backed militia initiating a violent protest at the U.S. Embassy this weekend.
IRGC Quds Force commander, Major General Qasem Soleimani, and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were killed in the attack along with two “important guests” who were meeting the leaders at the airport.
Iraqi PMF spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi blamed “Americans and Israelis” for being behind the attack.
“The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,” said Assadi.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday following U.S. air raids on Sunday against Kataib Hezbollah militia bases in retaliation for missile attacks that killed a U.S. contractor in northern Iraq last week.
There is currently radio silence from the Pentagon. This reinforces speculation that this was a planned attack intended to send a message to Iran that we can hit their leaders and will do so if they continue their aggressive actions against the United States in the region.
Early reactions on Twitter have shown the move seen in a positive light from patriots while mainstream media busies itself trying to paint this as a negative:
#Iraqi TV confirmed the assassination of the head of #Iran’s International Terrorists Units, aka the Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani. Also liquidated was the head of the Iraqi Hezbollah – Abu Mahdi Muhandis responsible for the riot near the US Embassy https://t.co/3cp2Ny66d0 pic.twitter.com/NDF4HEqjX7
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) January 3, 2020
Qasem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq.
He's not "revered" by anyone.https://t.co/ojLRth0XOW
— Brian Doherty (@BDOH) January 3, 2020
Trump should get the Nobel Peace Prize for this. I'm not kidding. Soleimani has spent the past decade spreading war and death throughout the region. Killing him is a huge blow for peace. https://t.co/Fah29AtqxC
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) January 3, 2020
Trump has now killed Al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani
Another promise kept to dismantle terror networks and take out their leadership
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 3, 2020
Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most revered military figure has been killed in an air strike in Baghdad
Don’t mess with America under @realDonaldTrump
Obama & Hillary are gone
We fight back now.
America is back
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 3, 2020
Before this gets written off as a Trumpian impulse, consider:
-Plenty of of folks inside the US security establishment who thought we should've killed Soleimani in like, 2007
-A state-backed attack on an embassy was once considered a pretty severe breach of international order
— Armin Rosen (@ArminRosen) January 3, 2020
Live shot of Ben Rhodes learning Qassem Soleimani is dead
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 3, 2020
Holy cow. (Probably) U.S. airstrikes on Baghdad airport kills Iran Gen. Qassim Soleimani, head of Quds Force of the IGRC.
Man, you gotta love when @realDonaldTrump tweets “this is not a warning, it’s a threat” to Iran & two days later… Soleimani is dead.
Don’t. Mess. With. ??
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) January 3, 2020
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 3, 2020
I’m staunchly anti-war and am opposed to the U.S. bending the 2001 AUMF every which way. But taking out Soleimani is objectively a good thing for the United States and those who oppose the Iranian regime’s unchecked and rampant aggression. https://t.co/eSiqGDtoHC
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) January 3, 2020
They’re actually doing this again. Calling Soleimani “revered.” WTF. https://t.co/nCl1M1FLCh
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 3, 2020
Footage of one of the vehicles struck by strike killing Iran military leader Qasem Soleimani tonight in Baghdad. pic.twitter.com/jkwydjH2pq
— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) January 3, 2020
I didn’t expect the “actually, killing Soleimani is bad” tweets to come so quickly. https://t.co/dUerCpbX9f
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 3, 2020
— Rita Cosby (@RitaCosby) January 3, 2020
Really Washington Post?
WaPo headline: "Airstrike at Baghdad airport kills Iran’s most revered military leader, Qassem Soleimani, Iraqi state television reports"
Soleimani was responsible for many of the bombs that killed US soldiers. pic.twitter.com/i5sbkdbtge
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 3, 2020
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy started the Democrats’ rhetorical challenges to the move, assuming it was ordered from Washington DC, by questioning why Congress was not informed ahead of time. The answer to that is obvious: The White House doesn’t trust Congress.
Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. That’s not a question.
The question is this – as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 3, 2020
As noted in an article here last night, David Ware suggested Soleimani should consider himself a target.
So, the United States needs to start evaluating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force as potential military targets. Let General Soleimani hunker down in his bunker instead of him paying Hamas or PIJ in Gaza to lob rockets at Israeli PM Netanyahu.
The Israeli Defense Force stands ready to take whatever action is necessary and will definitely be in solidarity with America against Iran, whether overtly or covertly.
As mainstream media and Democrats attempt to spin this, do not believe them. The death of Qasem Soleimani is unambiguously good news. The man was a butcher who participated in the killings of Americans. This is justice served.
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