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Video Of Soleimani Taunting Trump Over 'Idiotic' Tweets Surfaces Online

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 11:00 PM PST

Sputnik: Video of Soleimani Taunting Trump Over 'Idiotic' Tweets, Comparing Him to Bartender Surfaces Online

The senior general and commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, responsible for Iranian military operations abroad, was killed in a US drone strike early Friday morning, ramping up tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The Middle East Media Research Institute has dug up year-and-a-half-old footage of a speech given by Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in which the Quds Force commander blasts US President Donald Trump over his "idiotic" Twitter comments and warns the US against starting a conflict with Iran.

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WNU Editor: That came back to bite him.

Tweets For Today

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 10:30 PM PST

Antiwar Protesters Demonstrate Across The U.S. Condemning The Killing Of Suleimani

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 10:00 PM PST

USA Today: Outraged Americans condemn US actions in Iraq and Iran: 'Enough with this nonsense'

Demonstrators took to the streets across the U.S. on Saturday to protest the Trump administration's killing of a top Iranian general and decision to send about 3,000 more soldiers to the Middle East.

"No justice, no peace. U.S. out of the Middle East," about 200 protesters chanted near the Trump Tower in Chicago. Protesters held signs that read "Stop bombing Iraq" and "U.S. troops out of Iraq."

More than 70 planned protests were being spearheaded by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, a U.S.-based anti-war coalition, in conjunction with other organizations. They seek withdrawal of U.S.troops from Iraq and end to what it says is a war on Iran, according to spokesperson Walter Smolarek.

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WNU Editor: Where were these people for the past decade?

More News On Today's Antiwar Protests In the U.S.

Protests across US condemn action in Iran and Iraq -- AP
American strike in Iraq prompts anti-war protests in U.S. cities -- Reuters
Antiwar Protesters Across U.S. Condemn Killing of Suleimani -- The New York Times

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 09:30 PM PST

Evacuees are transported by landing craft to MV Sycamore at Mallacoota, Australia. AAP Image/Supplied by the Department of Defence, Shane Cameron/via REUTERS

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Deadly wildfires in Australia (Reuters).

Germany Has Less than Two Dozen Helicopers That Are Ready For Combat

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 09:00 PM PST

Personnel reassmble an NH90 after its arrival in the northwestern African country of Mali in 2017. Bundeswehr

Warzone/The Drive: Germany Has Fewer Than 10 Tiger And 12 NH90 Helicopters Ready For Combat

Germany blames Airbus for the helicopters' low availability, but it is the latest example of the country's general continuing readiness woes.

A report has emerged that shows just 15 percent of Germany's Tiger attack helicopters and only around 12 percent of its NH90 transport helicopters were mission capable as of November 2019. The German Armed Forces, or Bundeswehr, has blamed Airbus, which provides contract maintenance services for both types, for the low availability rates, but this also comes as German authorities continue to struggle to improve readiness across the country's military.

German newspaper Bild was first to report on the low readiness of the two German military helicopter types on Jan. 1, 2020. A leaked Bundeswehr report that the outlet obtained said that eight out of 53 Tigers and 12 of 99 NH90s were "ready-to-use." Germany took delivery of its first Tiger in 2005 from what was then known as Eurocopter, which morphed into Airbus Helicopters in 2014. The German military received the first NH90, which NHIndustries, a consortium that includes Airbus, produces, in 2006.

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Update: Is Germany's Military Dying? (David Axe, National Interest)

WNU Editor: For a country that spends tens of billions on defense, having only a few helicopters ready for combat does not make any sense.

Israel, Greece And Cyprus Sign A Gas Pipeline Deal Over Turkey's Objections

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 08:00 PM PST

Al Jazeera: Greece, Israel, Cyprus sign gas pipeline deal, angering Turkey

Accord creates new tensions between Greece and Turkey as Ankara says EastMed project cannot proceed without its consent.

The leaders of Greece, Israel and Cyprus met in Athens on Thursday to sign a deal for an undersea pipeline that would carry gas from new offshore deposits in the southeastern Mediterranean to continental Europe - a move that has riled Turkey.

The 2,000-km (1,243-mile) EastMed pipeline is intended to provide an alternative gas source for energy-hungry Europe, which is currently largely dependent on supplies from Russia and the Caucasus region.

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WNU Editor: This is why Turkey is against this deal .... Turkish Cyprus describes EastMed agreement as 'provocative attempt to exclude Turkish Cypriots' (Hurriyet Daily News)

More News On Israel, Greece And Cyprus Signing A Gas Pipeline Deal Over Turkey's Objections

New Pipeline Deal Gives Europe Access To Eastern Mediterranean Gas Reserves, Angering Turkey -- Forbes
Greece, Israel & Cyprus ink EastMed gas pipeline deal amid Turkish outcry -- RT
East Mediterranean gas pipeline project can't succeed, Ankara says -- Hurriyet Daily News
Israel, Greece and Cyprus sign gas pipeline deal -- DW
Greece, Cyprus, Israel Sign EastMed Gas Pipeline Deal To Ease Reliance On Russia -- Eurasia Review
Is Turkey Trying to Sabotage Massive New Israel-Cyprus-Greece EastMed Gas Deal? -- Ariel Ben Solomon, Al Gemeiner/

British Navy To Escort UK-Flagged Ships Though The Strait Of Hormuz

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 06:49 PM PST

FILE PHOTO: HMS Defender. © AFP / Glyn Kirk

Reuters: Britain's navy to escort UK-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's navy will accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection after the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani inflamed tensions in the region.

Britain's defence minister, Ben Wallace, ordered the HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to prepare to return to escort duties in the major oil shipping route as Prime Minister Boris Johnson came in for criticism for his silence over the killing.

Media reports have said Johnson is on holiday in the Caribbean.

"The government will take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time," Wallace said in a statement.

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More News On The British Navy Being Ordered To Escort UK-Flagged Ships Though The Strait Of Hormuz

Qasem Soleimani: Royal Navy to protect UK ships in Gulf -- BBC
Royal Navy to escort ships through Strait of Hormuz amid heightened US-Iran tensions -- ITV News
Royal Navy ships sent to the Gulf to escort 'UK-flagged commercial vessels' amid rising tensions between US and Iran -- Evening Standard
UK defence secretary sends warships to patrol the Strait of Hormuz to 'protect citizens' -- The National
British Navy to escort UK-flagged ships though Strait of Hormuz after Soleimani killing -- RT

White House Warns Congress Iran Could Retaliate Against US 'Within Weeks'

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 05:43 PM PST

CNN: Trump administration warns Congress Iran could retaliate against US 'within weeks'

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has warned members of Congress that Iran is expected to retaliate against the US "within weeks" for the strike that killed Qasem Soleimani even as they failed to convince some that the operation was merited due to an imminent threat against American lives.

There are also intense discussions taking place inside US military and intelligence agencies to assess whether Iran might be preparing some type of retaliatory strikes in the next few days or wait for some time, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the situation. "There are conflicting views" on whether Iran will quickly retaliate or wait, but US military defenses are ready, the official said.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley publicly addressed the issue of potential retaliation from Iran Friday. When asked whether there is now a risk to US safety in the region, Milley bluntly said, "Damn right there is risk."

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WNU Editor: In situations like this you can only prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Commentaries, Analysis, and Editorials On The Assassination Of Soleimani

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 04:54 PM PST

Azzam Tamimi, Middle East Eye: The assassination of Soleimani and al-Muhandis, the most likely scenario

Iran's provocations of the US were aimed at undermining Iraq's protest movement, but it did not expect to lose one of its most important military figures

According to several news reports, just before his assassination at around dawn on Friday, Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, had been planning to wage a series of attacks on US targets within Syria and Iraq.

It would seem, according to these reports, that Soleimani's aim, and the aim of those who stand behind him in Tehran's regime – perhaps also the aim of their subordinates in Iraq - was to initiate a limited escalation against the United States.

The assumption was that such an escalation would soon be contained once the Iraqi political landscape had been preoccupied with a more serious event than the popular protest movement that seemed to direct its wrath against Iranian intervention in Iraq.

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Commentaries, Analysis, and Editorials On The Assassination Of Soleimani

US killing of Soleimani: what we know -- AFP
Waist deep and sinking in the Middle East: We're now at war with Iran -- James Pardew, The Hill
'A more dangerous world': US killing triggers global alarm -- John Leicester, AP
The US, Iran, and the fallout of Soleimani's assassination -- Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera
Killing Soleimani: Trump acted where other US leaders saw big risks -- AFP
Fears grow of bloody reprisal after Qassem Suleimani assassination -- Martin Chulov, Julian Borger and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, The Guardian
Fear Hits Tehran Over What Might Come Next -- Rodney Jefferson, Bloomberg
Iran Will Respond: Here Are Some Thoughts On "How" -- Zero Hedge
After Suleimani, Iran will hit back hard – possibly on multiple fronts -- Simon Tisdall, The Guardian
US, Iran on precipice of unpredictable Middle East war -- Chase Winter, DW
After Suleimani, Iran will hit back hard – possibly on multiple fronts -- Simon Tisdall, The Guardian
'A more dangerous world': US killing of Iran's Soleimani stokes fears of regional conflict -- Benjamin Dodman, France 24
Trump's Pyrrhic victory -- Rainer Hermann, DW
Why America and Iran hate each other -- Monique Ross and Annabelle Quince, ABC News Online
Young Iraqis Aren't Sad Soleimani Is Dead. But They Worry They'll Pay the Price -- Hind Hassan, Vice

President Trump Warns Iran That If They Attack American Targets The U.S. Will Strike 52 Critical Iranian Sites

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 04:38 PM PST

Daily Mail: Donald Trump threatens to strike 52 Iranian sites if the regime strikes any US targets after the Islamic Republic unfurled its red flag of war and the White House says it expects retaliation 'within weeks'

* Trump tweeted the threat on Saturday night to hit 52 targets representing victims of Iran hostage crisis
* It came in response to Tehran's threat to hit 35 American targets in the region including US ships
* Iranians raised the blood-red 'flags of revenge' over the minarets at the revered Jamkaran Mosque
* Iranian officials and Qassem Soleimani's supporters have vowed vengeance for his death in US strike
* A congressional staffer said the White House expects Iran to retaliate 'within weeks'
* Lebanon's Hezbollah has told Iraqi soldiers to stay away from U.S. military bases starting Sunday
* Thousands of U.S. paratroopers from the 82 Airborne Division continue to deploy to the Middle East

President Donald Trump has threatened to hit 52 critical targets in Iran in retaliation if Tehran strikes any American interests in the region, upping the stakes after Iran said it had identified 35 targets for potential strikes.

'Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!' Trump tweeted on Saturday from Mar-a-Lago, after spending the day at his nearby golf course.

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WNU Editor: Will the Iranians pay attention to this very clear and blunt warning from President Trump? They should but I doubt it.

More News On President Trump Warning Iran That If They Attack American Targets The U.S. Will Strike 52 Iranian Sites

Trump says U.S. would hit 52 Iranian sites if Iran attacks American targets -- Reuters
US 'targeting' 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attacks -- BBC
Trump threatens to strike 52 Iranian targets if Tehran retaliates against US over general's death -- CNBC
Trump warns Iran if it hits any Americans or American assets 'we have targeted 52 Iranian sites' -- CNN
Trump Threatens To Strike '52 Targets' If Iran Attacks Any Americans -- Radio Farda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Europe Not ‘Helpful’ As They Could Be Over Soleimani Killing

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 03:48 PM PST

Washington Examiner: Pompeo: Europe not being as 'helpful' as they could be over Soleimani killing

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the European allies of the United States have been less understanding than he had hoped about the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

"I spent the last day and a half, two days, talking to partners in the region, sharing with them what we were doing, why we were doing it, seeking their assistance, they've all been fantastic. And then talking to our partners in other places that haven't been quite as good. Frankly, the Europeans haven't been as helpful as I wish that they could be," Pompeo told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday.

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Update #1: Soleimani: Pompeo accuses Europe of not being 'helpful' over Iran attack (Euronews/AP)
Update #2: Pompeo after Soleimani strike: 'The Europeans haven't been as helpful as I wish that they could be' (The Hill)

WNU Editor: The Europeans are like the Gulf countries. They are all afraid .... Gulf allies of US fear reprisals after Soleimani killing (AFP).

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice On Soleimani Killing

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 01:57 PM PST

WNU Editor: I am skeptical of her explanation that the Obama administration was not presented with an opportunity to launch a military strike against Soleimani during their eight years in the White House. But if it is true, then what was the US intelligence community during those 8 years?

Rockets Fired At The U.S. Embassy In Baghdad And At Balad Airbase Housing US Troops

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 01:50 PM PST

Daily Mail: Two rockets fired near US Embassy in Baghdad and three more fired at airbase housing American troops in 'simultaneous attacks'

* At least two rockets have been fired near the US Embassy in Baghdad
* Another three rockets were fired at Balad Airbase housing US troops, about 50 miles north of the city
* A number of rockets also landed in the Al-Jadiriya neighborhood, according to the Iraq Army, although it is not clear if that was the intended target
* There have been no reports of injuries

Rockets have been fired near the US Embassy in Baghdad and a military airbase housing American troops.

At least two rockets landed near the embassy, which is located in the security-tight Green Zone, according to Sky News Arabia.

It also reported that security at the embassy's perimeter was stepped up after the rockets fell. Earlier this week, pro-Iran protesters stormed the US embassy in a siege that lasted just over a day.

Another three rockets were fired at Balad Airbase housing American troops, about 50 miles north of the city, according to Reuters.

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More News On Rockets Being Fired At The U.S. Embassy In Baghdad And At Balad Airbase Housing US Troops

Multiple rockets fall in Green Zone, Baghdad, air base: Iraqi military -- Reuters
Rockets fired after day of mourning for slain Iranian leader -- AP
Rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone and Iraq base housing US troops -- France 24
Iraq: Rocket attacks hit central Baghdad and air base housing US troops -- DW
Qasem Soleimani: Blasts hit Baghdad area as Iraqis mourn Iranian general -- BBC
Rockets target Baghdad's Green Zone, base housing US troops -- Al Jazeera
Rocket Attacks Hit Baghdad's Green Zone, Balad Base Hosting US Troops -- Sputnik
Missiles reported in Baghdad near U.S. Embassy -- UPI
Missile hits near U.S. embassy in Baghdad after funeral procession for slain Iranian general -- NYDaily News
Retaliation Begins: Multiple Mortar Attacks On US Presence In Iraq, Hezbollah Warns Security Forces "Stay Away" -- Zero Hedge
2 Missiles Hit Green Zone Near US Embassy in Baghdad, Rockets Target Iraqi Air Base Hosting US Troops -- News 18
Rockets land close to US Embassy in Baghdad, no known casualties - military -- RT
First Videos, Photos of Attacks on Baghdad's Green Zone, Balad Base Emerge Online -- Sputnik

Iranian-Backed Militias In Iraq Are Recruiting 'Martyrs' To Strike At US Forces

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 01:47 PM PST

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior military commander of Iraq's Kataeb Hezbollah group Abu Ali al-Askari called for enrollment of the crowds who have volunteered for martyrdom-seeking operations against the US occupying forces.

FARS News Agency: Iraqi Hezbollah Official Calls for Recruiting Martyrdom-Seekers to Strike at US Forces

"I want a chance to be given to those who are willing to be martyred in martyrdom-seeking operation against the aggressors by enrolling them," al-Askari wrote on his twitter page on Friday after Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shaabi, and Commander of IRGC Qods Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani were martyred in the US terrorist attack in Iraq.

"I will be honored to sign up as the first volunteer and if God wants, I will be the first martyr," he added.

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WNU Editor: Iranian backed militias in Iraq are also warning citizens and Iraqi security forces to stay away from US bases .... Iraqi militia warns security forces to stay away from U.S. bases: Al Mayadeen (Reuters).

NATO Has Suspended Its Iraq Training Mission After The Death Of Soleimani

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 01:36 PM PST

Reuters: NATO suspends Iraq training mission after Soleimani killing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO has suspended training of Iraqi forces to ensure the safety of several hundred mission members amid fears for regional stability after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general, an alliance spokesman said on Saturday.

"The safety of our personnel in Iraq is paramount," acting NATO spokesman Dylan White said in a statement. "We continue to take all precautions necessary. NATO's mission is continuing, but training activities are temporarily suspended."

He said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had spoken by phone with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper since Friday's attack on Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport.

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WNU Editor: NATO forces in Iraq are preparing for retaliation from Iran.

More News On NATO Suspending Its Iraq Training Mission

NATO suspends training mission in Iraq citing security -- AP
Coalition scales back Iraq operations for security reasons: US -- AFP
Canada to temporarily suspend all Iraq training – troops to focus on their own safety -- Ottawa Citizen
US-led coalition members suspend Iraq operations as region submerged in outrage over Iranian general's killing -- RT
NATO Suspends Training Missions in Iraq as Tensions Run High Over Killing of Iranian Commander -- Sputnik

Iran Vows Revenge Against The U.S. For The Killing Of Iranian Quds General Soleimani

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 01:31 PM PST

Daily Mail: Iran threatens 35 targets including US warships and Tel Aviv after Soleimani's death while Hezbollah issue ultimatum for Iraqi's to leave US bases by Sunday and the White House says it expects an attack

* The potential threat was raised by General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, the commander of the Guards in the southern province of Kerman
* Some of the potential targets include ships in the Gulf, as well as Tel Aviv
* Abuhamzeh said: 'The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships cross there'
* Iranian officials and Soleimani's supporters have vowed vengeance against the United States for their role in the airstrike
* A congressional staffer said the White House expects Iran to retaliate 'within weeks'
* Lebanon's Hezbollah has told Iraqi soldiers to stay away from U.S. military bases starting Sunday

An Iranian official says at least 35 U.S. targets, including warships and Tel Aviv, have been identified for retaliatory strikes as Lebanon's Hezbollah tell Iraqi soldiers to leave U.S. bases and the White House say an attack can happen 'within weeks.'

The potential threat was raised by General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, the commander of the Guards in the southern province of Kerman, one day after the top military leader was killed at the Baghdad International Airport.

Hezbollah, an Islamic political and militant group, has also warned Iraqi soldiers to stay at least one kilometer away from U.S. military bases from Sunday onwards.

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Iran Vows Revenge Against The U.S. For The Killing Of Iranian Quds General Soleimani

Iran vows revenge for US attack that killed powerful general -- AP
Sorrow mixed with fear as Iran mourns Soleimani's death -- Reuters
US flags burn as thousands mourn general in Tehran -- AFP
Iran's President Rouhani issues chilling warning that the U.S made a 'grave mistake' by killing Soleimani and will face the consequences 'for years to come' after his family asks for revenge -- Daily Mail
Iran general steps out of Soleimani's shadow to lead proxies -- AP
Qassem Soleimani's 'friend in battle' who also served in Iran-Iraq war steps from the shadows to take over feared Quds force -- Daily Mail
Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander threatens attacks on 'vital' US destroyers, warships -- FOX News
35 'vital US & Israeli targets' within Iran's reach for potential REVENGE for General Soleimani's death – senior IRGC commander -- RT
Iran vows to avenge Soleimani death in 'right place and time' -- AFP
Iraqi militia warns security forces to stay away from U.S. bases: Al Mayadeen -- Reuters

Red Flag Of Jihad Raised Over The Holy Mosque Of Jamkaran In Iran's Holiest City Signalling Revenge For Soleimani

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 01:23 PM PST

Daily Mail: Iranians raise blood red 'flags of revenge' as they vow to hit back after US killed general Qassem Soleimani

Iranian state TV broadcast the flag being hoisted over minarets in city of Qom
In Shia Islam red flags signify blood spilled unjustly and are a call to vengeance
They red flags also fluttered at mourning ceremonies held in the capital Tehran
It comes as President Rouhani assured Soleimani's family he would be avenged

Iranians today raised the blood-red 'flags of revenge', vowing to retaliate after the US killed general Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike in Baghdad.

Iranian state TV broadcast the flag being hoisted over the minarets at the revered Jamkaran Mosque in the holy city of Qom on Saturday.

In Shia Islam the red flags, which have also been flown at demonstrations in Tehran, symbolize blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge the person who is slain.

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More News On Iran Raising The Red Flag Of Jihad

WATCH Terrifying moment Iran unveils red flag at Mosque warning of severe battle to come -- Express
Red Flag Of Jihad Raised As 1000s Mourn Death Of Suleimani In Baghdad -- Zero
Iran unfurls red flag to show they are ready for war after US airstrike -- Metro
Iran's Jamkaran: Red Flag Raised Signalling Revenge for Suleimani (Video) -- Al Manar

Baghdad Funeral For Top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 01:12 PM PST

Daily Mail: Thousands chant 'Death to America!' and hold signs vowing revenge at funeral of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani after he was killed in US airstrike

* Thousands of furious mourners packed the streets of Baghdad on Saturday for Soleimani's funeral
* Processions were also held for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi militia commander who died with Soleimani
* Flags of Muhandis' pro-Iran militia Kataeb Hezbollah, which besieged the US embassy Tuesday, were flown
* Kataeb Hezbollah has been blamed for a spate of attacks on US personnel and bases in Iraq in recent weeks
* Trump said yesterday he did not order the death of Soleimani to start a war but to stop one
* Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed revenge and 'Jihad' for the bitter loss of his general

Thousands of furious mourners thronged in the streets of Baghdad today during funeral processions for the slain Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi militia commander who died with him during yesterday's US strike.

They chanted 'Death to America' and 'America is the Great Satan' as they walked beside the coffins of Soleimani, architect of Iran's global military strategy, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Kataeb Hezbollah chief, in Baghdad.

The pair had been riding in a two-vehicle convoy which was decimated by three missiles from an American MQ-9 Reaper Drone in the early hours of Friday outside Baghdad International Airport.

The strike - which also killed four more Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards and five members of Iraq's pro-Iran paramilitary network - infuriated Tehran, who vowed jihad on America.

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WNU Editor: He is going to be buried in his home town on Tuesday .... Iran top general to be laid to rest Tuesday in hometown (AFP).

More News On The Funeral Of Top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani

Large crowds mourn Iranian general, others killed in U.S. air strike -- Reuters
Thousands march in Iraq to mourn Iranian general killed in US air strike -- France 24
Iraq PM attends mourning for commanders killed in US strike -- AFP
Iraqi PM declares national mourning for Soleimani, Muhandis: statement -- Reuters
Qassem Suleimani: 'Death to America' chants at Baghdad funeral procession -- The Guardian
Thousands in Baghdad mourn top Iranian general killed in US airstrike -- DW
Qassem Soleimani and others farewelled in large funeral procession in Baghdad -- ABC News Online
Thousands attend funeral for Iran's Soleimani -- UPI
'You never let us down': Thousands mourn Soleimani in Baghdad -- Al Jazeera
Iranians mourn Soleimani's killing -- Al Jazeera
Qassem Suleimani: tears mix with vows of vengeance at Iranian general's funeral -- The Guardian

This Is How President Trump's Decision To Kill Iranian General Soleimani Unfolded

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 01:01 PM PST

Via Kevin McCarthy/Instagram, and Daily Mail: "President Trump ate ice cream and meatloaf with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday when the Pentagon confirmed that a top Iranian general was killed in an airstrike. From left: Trump aides Hogan Gidley and Dan Scavino; McCarthy; and Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday night."

Zero Hedge: "Calm, Cool & Collected": How Trump's Risky Decision To Kill Soleimani Unfolded

Multiple similar accounts have now come out over the inside the Situation Room decision-making process concerning the risky move to take out the IRGC's Gen. Qasem Soleimani, as well as how the drone attack operation played out at the airport.

By all accounts, as Soleimani traveled to and through Baghdad airport US intelligence seized upon the "target of opportunity" and moved fast to brief President Trump, who was at Mar-a-Lago. Defense sources explained to Bloomberg that Soleimani wasn't being monitored before it was known he was coming through Baghdad's international airport.

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WNU Editor: New details on what led to the decision to launch an airstrike against IRGC's Gen. Qasem Soleimani is here .... From resort amid palm trees, Trump settled on Iran strike (AP). As to how the strike itself unfolded, this is a good summary .... Tracked for years...wiped out by a drone: How Qassem Soleimani was targeted by 230mph laser guided Hellfire missile fired from near-silent US MQ-9 Reaper drone after years of intelligence tracking his whereabouts (Daily Mail).

Tweets For Today

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 07:10 AM PST

Kim Jong-un Rides A White Horse Into The Sunset.

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 06:58 AM PST

WNU Editor: When I look at this video only one thing comes to my mind. He is really fat.

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 04 Jan 2020 06:38 AM PST

Members of the Basij militia's Ashoura battalion march during a military parade to mark Basij week at a Revolutionary Guard's military base in northeastern Tehran, November 2008. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

WNU Editor: The above picture came from the following photo-gallery .... Inside Iran's Revolutionary Guards (Reuters).