BREAKING: Iran General Killed In Apparent Airstrike At Iraqi Airport — Here’s the 411

Written by Wes Walker on January 2, 2020

If you though tensions between the US and Iran were high before, with this strike, they’ve just ramped up a LOT more.

***UPDATE***

We can now upgrade that ‘apparent’ airstrike to a ‘confirmed’ one.

Here is the Department Of Defense statement (h/t CNBC)

At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.
This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.

***End UPDATE***

Ollie North described this guy as being ‘the purveyor of more terrorism than any other individual since Osama Bin Laden’ It’s now a question of who blinks first.

(Last word will go to the Trump tweet.)

An official with an Iran-backed paramilitary force said Friday that seven people were killed by a missile fired at Baghdad International Airport, blaming the United States.

The official with the group known as the Popular Mobilization Forces said the dead included its airport protocol officer, identifying him as Mohammed Reda.

A security official confirmed that seven people were killed in the attack on the airport, describing it as an airstrike. Earlier, Iraq’s Security Media Cell, which releases information regarding Iraqi security, said Katyusha rockets landed near the airport’s cargo hall, killing several people and setting two cars on fire.

It was not immediately clear who fired the missile or rockets or who was targeted. There was no immediate comment from the U.S.

The security official said the bodies of those killed in the airport attack Friday were burned and difficult to identify. The official added that Reda may have been at the airport to pick up a group of “high-level” visitors who had arrived from a neighboring country. He declined to provide more information.
Source: AP

We have heard this name before. He was the one talking smack in 2018.

The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Forces, General Qassem Soleimani, mocked President Donald Trump on Thursday and warned that if the United States starts war with the Islamic Republic, it would “destroy all that you possess.”

“As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to your threats,” Soleimani said on Thursday, telling Trump that he should direct his threats at him and not President Hassan Rouhani. “If you want to use the language of threat … talk to me, not to the president (Hassan Rouhani). It is not in our president’s dignity to respond to you.”

Soleimani then reportedly mocked Trump as a man who uses “the language of night clubs and gambling halls.”

Tensions between Trump and Iran’s leadership have increased after the commander in chief stood up to the regime’s rhetoric with strongly-worded and threatening tweets, a move that lies in stark contrast with previous administrations that would allow Iran to continue with its harsh rhetoric unchallenged.
Source Breitbart

 

Moral of that story? Do your boasting AFTER the fight, not before it.

What led to this strike? Here’s one possible explanation:

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that there were indications Iran or the forces it backs may be planning additional attacks and said it was possible the United States might have to take preemptive action to protect American lives.
“There are some indications out there that they may be planning additional attacks, that is nothing new … we’ve seen this for two or three months now,” Esper told reporters.”If that happens then we will act and by the way, if we get word of attacks or some type indication, we will take preemptive action as well to protect American forces to protect American lives.” —Reuters (via JPost)

Partisan lines are ALREADY being drawn in this issue.

Ryan Saavedra was helpful enough to collect some early examples. (You may have seen others):

Seriously? Rhodes lecturing about wars without Congressional authorization?

The President had only one thing to say about this on Twitter:

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