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US Drone Airstrikes Kill Six Pro-Iran Militia Commanders

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Whether he is eating ice cream or not, Trump appears to be on a rampage to recreate the end of The Godfather.

Less than 24 hours after a US drone shockingly killed the top Iranian military leader, Qasem Soleimani, resulting in equity markets groaning around the globe in fear over Iranian reprisals (and potentially, World War III), the US has gone for round two with Reuters and various other social media sources reporting that US air strikes targeting Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units umbrella grouping of Iran-backed Shi’ite militias near camp Taji north of Baghdad, have killed six people and critically wounded three, an Iraqi army source said late on Friday.

Iraqi officials media has also confirm that two vehicles were targeted north of Baghdad, carrying commanders of the pro-Iran militias in the PMUs.

Two of the three vehicles making up a militia convoy were found burned, a Reuters source said, as well as six burned corpses.

The strikes reportedly took place at 1:12 am local time.

According to unconfirmed reports, a US MQ-9 Reaper drone targeted a convoy carrying several high ranking officials of PMU (Hashd al-Shaabi) in Taji, North of Baghdad. The casualties are said to be mostly among members of the IRGC-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq. It is not known whether Qais al-Khazali is dead or alive.

Separate reports claim that Shibl al-Zaidi, a commander of Kataib Imam Ali brigades, an Iranian-backed militia and the PMU’s 40th Brigade, is among those the six who were killed in the strike.

Al-Zaidi was close (see on left) to Soleimani & Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, both killed 24hrs ago.

Additionally, Hamad al-Jazairi, the deputy leader of Saraya al-Khorasani, was also reprotedly among those killed tonight.

And so, with the US laying death and carnage from the sky across Iraq, some have asked “how much further is Iraq going to let US operate freely in country before they decide to kick their assets out? These airstrikes really make the Iraqi government look weak like they can’t deal with their problems by themselves, which may or may not be true, but the point stands.”

Of course, the other point is when and how will Iran respond, as it is now clear that if it does nothing it will only embolden the US to pick off its top generals, while any substantial escalation could lead to a regional war.

7 Comments on "US Drone Airstrikes Kill Six Pro-Iran Militia Commanders"

  1. Sissyfuss on Sat, 4th Jan 2020 7:56 am 

    Trump and the MIC are bosom buddies now. Escalation is their mantra.

  2. Richard Guenette on Sun, 5th Jan 2020 2:58 pm 

    For those who have seen war close up and personal, war is based on profits. War is a racket. There is nothing “heroic” about the MIC.

  3. Dooma on Mon, 6th Jan 2020 4:44 am 

    Young men, thousands of kilometres away, sitting on comfy chairs playing war games with their joysticks, while chugging down energy drinks. The difference with this war game is that the “baddies” are human beings. How very brave the US has become.
    How dare they bomb Iranians on Iraqui soil?

    What fucking right do they have to commit these sort of crimes for their Jewish masters?

    The sheer arrogance of it is unparalleled. Fucking bullies – that is what the US is. The world would not piss on America if it were on fire.

    No wonder the leaders of Iraq are now saying “Yankee, go home”. They must be mortified.

  4. joe on Mon, 6th Jan 2020 6:09 am 

    obviously this is a tactial strike at those who put down the recent cia backed protests in Iraq. it wont work. Iran just recruited about 2 mln more supporters in Iran and Iraq. US will never learn. fucking with peoples domestic politics using violence IS using terror. violating Iraqis sovreignty. the US killed an Iraqi army commander as well during thst incident. this is the END of US involvement in Iraq. the troops will be out of Iraq very soon. Trump got it done by doing exactly what the neocons wanted. staying in Syria is now UNTENABLE, and the US will be out of Afghanistan to provide cover any potential invasion of Iran (which will never happen). just watch out for a sneak attack on Irans nuclear sites which will end the debate about any ‘nuclear deals’. Trump playing 3d Chess while eveyone is playing normal chess

  5. Davy on Mon, 6th Jan 2020 6:39 am 

    “Iran Places Missile Forces on High Alert Amid U.S. and British Threats” military watch

    “According to an unnamed U.S. official cited by Reuters, Iran has since placed its missile forces on high alert – either in preparation for a strike or, more likely, to retaliate in the event of a further Western attack. The official stated regarding these missile forces: “They’re clearly at a heightened state of alert. Is that heightened state of alert to be better prepared defensively or to be better prepared offensively? That can’t be determined at this point. But we’re watching it closely.”

  6. Davy on Mon, 6th Jan 2020 8:39 am 

    “Iran’s New Top Military Commander Vows To “Remove America From The Region” As Vengeance For Soleimani” zero hedge

    “Overnight we reported that the power vacuum at the top of Iran’s elite Quds Force, the military organization responsible for Tehran’s numerous proxies across the Mideast as well as Iran’s overall military strategy, was filled quickly in the aftermath of Qassem Soleimani’s killing, with the Jan 3 appointment of Esmail Ghaani, who none other than Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said was “one of the most prominent commanders” in service to Iran, and that the Quds force “will be unchanged from the time of his predecessor.””

    “Predictably, Ghaani wasted no time to make it clear that continuity would be preserved, saying that Tehran will avenge the assassination of Soleimani by driving the US out of the region, shortly after another Revolutionary Guard commander warned that dozens of American targets are “within our reach.”

    “We promise to continue martyr Soleimani’s path with the same force… and the only compensation for us would be to remove America from the region,” Esmail Qaani said on Monday in an interview to local media ahead of the general’s funeral in Tehran.”

    “As the war of words has escalated, the Pentagon ordered 3,500 more troops from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division to deploy to the Middle East. Meanwhile, as we reported overnight, Iraq’s parliament passed a resolution calling for the removal of foreign troops from the country.”

  7. fwsmj on Mon, 6th Jan 2020 8:49 am 

    hey whiey supertard trump, get to work mah man.
    The Navy is spinning wheels, we need another dead muzzie to give muzzie burial at sea.

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