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US Speaker Nancy Pelosi Blames The White House For 'Needless Provocations'

Posted: 08 Jan 2020 05:35 AM PST


The Hill: Pelosi urges end to 'needless provocations' after Iran missile attack

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday night called for an end to "needless provocations" from the Trump administration shorty after Iran claimed responsibility for launching unspecified projectiles at a military base housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

"Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq," Pelosi tweeted. "We must ensure the safety of our service members, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence."

She added that America and the world "cannot afford war."

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WNU Editor: So while missiles are raining down on US troops she blames the White House for "needless provocations"?!?!?! On the other side of the aisle the "hawks" want war .... Senator Lindsey Graham says Iran missile strikes on American forces in Iraq is 'an act of war' and that Trump has 'all the authority' he needs to respond (Daily Mail).

Tweets For Today

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 10:22 PM PST











Breaking News: Ukraine Passenger Airline Has Crashed Outside Of Tehran. Was It Shot Down?

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 08:42 PM PST



Daily Mail: Ukranian Airlines Boeing 737 with 170 aboard crashes shortly after take-off from airport in Tehran 'due to technical problems' just hours after missiles were fired at US bases

* A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 170 people has crashed near Tehran
* The airliner, said to be a Boeing 737, went down near Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, according to local media
* Fars News Agency reported the plane suffered technical problems then went down minutes after take-off in Tehran
* Video appeared to show the first footage of a Ukrainian flight no. PS 752 plane falling and fire from the scene

A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 170 passengers and crew has crashed near Tehran just three minutes after takeoff.

The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport when it suffered 'technical problems', Iranian State TV reported.

Unverified video footage tweeted by the BBC's Iran correspondent, Ali Hashem, appeared to show the plane burning in the sky before crashing in a huge explosion.

Flight information shows Ukrainian flight PS752 - a Boeing 737-800 - taking off at 2.44am UTC (6.14am local time) and reaching a height of 7,925ft before the data abruptly ends.

An investigation team was at the site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran, Iran's civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told the Associated Press.

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More News On A Ukraine Passenger Airline Crashing Outside Of Tehran

Ukrainian Boeing 737 with at least 170 aboard crashes in Iran -- Reuters
Ukrainian Airlines plane crashes in Tehran shortly after takeoff -- CNN
Ukrainian plane carrying at least 170 crashes in Tehran, Iran state TV reports -- Washington Times
Boeing 737 passenger plane crashes in Iran, state news agencies report -- CNBC
Iran plane crash: Ukraine Boeing with 180 aboard comes down near Tehran – reports -- The Guardian
Ukrainian airliner crashes near Tehran: Iranian media -- The Al Jazeera
Ukrainian Plane Crashes in Iran -- VOA

WNU Editor: This plane was on fire before it crashed (see below Tweet). I am willing to bet that someone on the ground probably thought this was an American warplane, and made the decision to shoot it down with a missile and/or anti-aircraft fire. The timing of this crash cannot be a coincidence.

Iran Media: Tehran Will Unleash Hezbollah To Attack Israel And Dubai If US Responds To Iran Attack

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 08:23 PM PST

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech. (Photo credit: REUTERS)

Jerusalem Post: Report: Hezbollah will attack Israel if US responds to Iran attack

"We in no way consider the Zionist regime (of Israel) to be separate from the criminal US regime in these crimes."

Hezbollah will attack Israel if the United States responds to missile attacks carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Tuesday night, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency.

"We in no way consider the Zionist regime (of Israel) to be separate from the criminal US regime in these crimes," the IRGC warned in a statement.

"We warn the Great Satan, the bloodthirsty and arrogant regime of the US, that any new wicked act or further agression (against Iran) will bring about more painful and crushing responses," stressed the IRGC.

The IRGC warned on their Telegram channel that they would attack Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Haifa in Israel if Iranian soil is targeted, according to CNN.

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Update: Iran threatens to 'unleash Hezbollah' in Israel and Dubai (Washington Examiner)

WNU Editor: The Iranians are no longer hiding their control and influence over groups like Hezbollah.

Gold And Oil Prices Soar. Stocks Tumble.

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 07:58 PM PST

REUTERS/Li Sanxian

Reuters: Stocks tumble, gold and crude soar after Iran strike on U.S. forces

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asian shares and U.S. treasury yields tumbled on Wednesday, while the yen, gold and oil shot higher after Iran fired rockets at Iraqi airbases hosting U.S. military forces, stoking fears of a wider conflict in the Middle East.

Iran's missile attacks on the Ain Al-Asad air base and another in Erbil, Iraq, early Wednesday came hours after the funeral of an Iranian commander whose killing in a U.S. drone strike has intensified tensions in the region.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 1% lower shortly after China's share markets began trading, with China's blue-chip CSI300 index down 0.56%.

Japan's Nikkei tumbled 2.2% and Australian shares fell more than 1%. U.S. stock futures were also sharply lower, with S&P500 e-minis off nearly 1%.

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Update: Dow futures plunge 400 points after Iran retaliation raises fears of bigger conflict (CNBC)

WNU Editor: It is going to be a crazy day on the markets tomorrow (Wednesday).

Preliminary Reports: No U.S. Casualties In Iran Missile Strike

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 07:28 PM PST


Defense News: No US casualties in Iran missile strike, preliminary reports say

Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing American troops, but preliminary reports suggest there are no U.S. casualties yet, two sources with direct knowledge of actions on the ground have told Military Times Tuesday night.

The Pentagon and U.S. Central Command have not provided a formal battle damage assessment.

A U.S. defense official told Military Times that Iran shot 15 missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops from inside Iran tonight — 10 missiles hit Al Asad airbase, one missile hit Erbil Airport in in the north, and four missiles failed in flight.

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WNU editor: It should be noted that this is a preliminary report.

President Trump Posts A Tweet Saying He Will Be Making A Statement Wednesday Morning

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 07:18 PM PST


WNU Editor: There are a lot of nervous people tonight.

Live TV Coverage On Tonight's Iranian Attack On Iraq - U.S. Bases In Iraq

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 06:49 PM PST









First Videos Of Missile Impacts At Ain Al Assad US Military Airbase

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 06:34 PM PST



WNU Editor: These are alleged missile strikes.

Civilian Traffic Over Iraq And Iran Have Not Been Affected By Tonight's Missile Attacks

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 06:38 PM PST


WNU Editor: This can change in a heart-beat.

Update: Its starting .... US Restricts Flights Over the Persian Gulf: Iran Update (Bloomberg)

Press Coverage From Iranian News On Tonight's Missile Attacks Against US Forces In Iraq

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 06:49 PM PST



Tasnim News Agency: Iran Hits US Base in Iraq in Retaliation Attacks after US Killing of Gen. Soleimani

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq.

The attack on the US major air base in Iraq came after Iran pledged to retaliate the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

"Tens of surface-to-surface missiles" were fired at the strategic airbase but the exact number is now known now.

The attack was later confirmed by the US officials.

The IRGC added that it would release more details about the strike.

The strike comes as no surprise since Iran had vowed to take a "harsh revenge".

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Press Coverage From Iran On Tonight's Missile Attacks Against US Forces In Iraq

US base in west of Iraq targeted with tens of IRGC missiles -- MEHR News Agency
IRGC targets US airbases in Iraq in response to assassination of General Soleimani -- Press TV
Iran's IRGC Warns US against Any More Provocation after Retaliatory Attacks -- Tasnim News Agency
IRGC warns US' regional allies of becoming source of anti-Iran aggression -- MEHR News Agency
Iraqi Hezbollah Waiting for Iran's Tough Revenge to Act against US -- Fars News Agency

World News Briefs -- January 7, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 05:55 PM PST



Reuters: Iran fires missiles at Iraqi bases in retaliation for U.S. strike on commander

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran said it launched a missile attack on U.S.-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East.

Tehran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from Iranian territory against at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S.-led coalition personnel at about 1.30 a.m. local time, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that they fired the rockets to retaliate for last week's killing of Qassem Soleimani, according to a statement on state TV.

The statement advised the United States to withdraw its troops from the region to prevent more deaths, state TV said.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq. Iran launches large attack on US-led forces in Iraq, Pentagon says.

Qasem Soleimani: Stampede kills 50 mourners at burial in Iran.

US has no plans to pull military from Iraq after confusion over leaked letter.

Trump administration officials begin drafting potential Iraq sanctions after Trump threat: report.

Trump meets with Saudi defense official amid Iran tensions.

Iran's Zarif says US denied him a visa to attend UN meeting.

Pompeo: 'Soleimani was not on diplomatic mission'.

Putin makes surprise visit to Syria, discusses security situation with Assad.

Yemen heads list of countries facing worst humanitarian disasters in 2020.

ASIA

Storms bring relief and danger to Australian wildfires. Australia fires: Almost 2,000 homes destroyed in marathon crisis.

Chinese state media seizes on US killing of Iranian commander to paint Beijing as a force for stability.

China promises 'relentless efforts' to save Iran nuclear deal after US drone strike on Qassem Soleimani.

Rakhine: the new front in Myanmar's violent ethnic conflicts.

Kim Jong Un visits fertilizer factory; no mention of weapons.

South Korean President Moon calls for closer ties with North Korea.

Japan issues arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn's wife.

AFRICA

Guinea opposition confirms election boycott.

'Tragic and absurd': Sudanese refugees detained in Niger.

Libya chaos intensifies with drone massacre and rebel advances.

Libya: GNA-aligned forces say they quit Sirte to avoid bloodshed.

Europe warns Turkey over Libya intervention.

Algerian president calls Libya's Tripoli a 'red line'.

DR Congo measles outbreak kills 6,000 in a year: WHO.

Police deploy in C.Africa flashpoint district.

Nigerian army confirms Boko Haram ambush on troops commanders.

Nigeria-Cameroon border grenade blast kills nine.

Lesotho police chief links PM to wife's murder.

Train in vain: South African rail passengers left stranded for a day.

EUROPE

Brexit draws closer as UK parliament debates bill to exit EU.

France calls on Britain to be flexible in post-Brexit talks.

Iran has responsibility to de-escalate tensions with U.S.: Germany.

Germany urges Europe to respond to Iran's nuclear violations.

Poland's Duda to forego Holocaust memorial event in Israel.

Brexit: MPs resume scrutiny of PM's withdrawal deal.

Russia's Putin makes rare visit to Syria, meets Assad.

Spain: Sanchez wins narrow vote to become PM. Spain's Sánchez narrowly wins vote to govern in coalition.


Austria swears in first female-majority Cabinet.

Cyprus judge suspends sentence for woman who lied about gang rape.

AMERICAS

Pompeo, Esper arrive at White House after Iran attack on Iraqi base.

Security is ramped up in US cities and top landmarks including Arlington National Cemetery after Iran's chilling threat against 35 American targets.

McConnell: GOP will start impeachment trial, delay witnesses. Senate Republicans close ranks on rules for Trump impeachment trial.

Trump and Pelosi clash over Iran, impeachment.

Schumer vows to force votes on impeachment witnesses.

Venezuela's Guaidó forces his way into assembly after stand-off. Venezuela's Guaido sworn in as parliament speaker after stand-off.

Abrams: U.S. 'underestimated' Russian support of Venezuela.

Mexico's war on drugs: More than 60,000 people 'disappeared'.

US immigration: Mexican asylum seekers could be deported to Guatemala.

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency after wide quake damage.

Strong earthquake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

National security adviser says Trump administration is 'looking at' declassifying intelligence on Qassem Soleimani amid mounting questions over whether Iranian general really was plotting 'imminent' threat to Americans.

Iranian MPs declare all of US military 'terrorist entity' after General Soleimani killing.

Charlie Hebdo: France marks five years since Paris massacre.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Oil spikes, stocks plunge after Iran attacks.

Oil prices surge 4% following attacks on Iraq bases.

Gold price surges amid geopolitical uncertainty.

Trade war: China's refusal to lift grain quotas make Trump's phase one import demands 'more difficult'.

Facebook to remove deepfake videos in run-up to 2020 US election.

Some Messaging From Iran That The U.S. Should Not Respond To Iran's Missile Attacks

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 05:21 PM PST


WNU Editor: The Iranian foreign minister message that "the regime could do more, but the U.S. should accept this strike and not respond" is nonsense. If there are US casualties, expect a major US response.

Iran Launches Second Wave Of Missile Attacks Against U.S. Forces In Iraq

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 05:56 PM PST

A photo circulating in Iranian media purporting to show a missile fired at a US base in Iraq in retaliation for the recent killing of a top Iranian general. © Fars News Agency

RT: Iran launches 'SECOND WAVE' of retaliation strikes against US assets in Iraq – reports

Iran has launched another volley of missile strikes on a number of American facilities in Iraq, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The new round of missiles follows the first by just over an hour.

"A few minutes ago [3:30 am local time] the second wave of Iranian missile attacks on the US base is launched," the news outlet reported.

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Update: Iran starts 'second round' of attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq: Tasnim (Reuters)

WNU Editor: WNU will be updating events in the Middle East throughout the night.

Iran Launches Missile Attacks Against US Targets In Iraq

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 04:59 PM PST





Daily Mail: Iran fires TENS of ballistic missiles at US bases in Iraq in operation 'Martyr Soleimani' after promising 'crushing revenge' for Trump's decision to kill the top general in drone strike ping that round

Tehran has tonight launched a missile attack on two Iraqi air bases
The rockets hit Ain Asad which houses US and coalition troops
Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan - which provides facilities and services to at least hundreds of coalition personnel and CIA operatives - was also attacked
The Pentagon confirmed: 'At approximately 5.30pm (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition'
Iran state TV said 'tens' of surface-to-surface missiles were launched Tuesday
It's unclear if there are any casualties at the base where President Trump visited in December 2018
Local reports initially suggested that five rockets had struck the al-Taji military base situated 30km north of Baghdad, after 'shelter in place' sirens were heard
However, Kurdistan 24 reporter Barzan Sadiq later tweeted that the base was calm on Tuesday night and suggested the purported attack was likely just a drill
Reports of the strike occurred just hours after a flurry of US airstrikes were carried out on militia bases in Western Iraq and Syria

Tehran has tonight launched missile attack on two US bases in Iraq housing US and coalition troops, defense sources have revealed.

The Al Asad airbase in western Iraq - where Trump visited in December 2018 - was reported to have been hit by 35 missiles fired from inside Iran.

And a US site in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, which provides facilities and services to at least hundreds of coalition personnel and CIA operatives, was also hit.

Iranian state TV said 'tens' of surface-to-surface missiles were launched Tuesday by the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division that controls the country's missile program.

They reported the operation's name was 'Martyr Soleimani' - named after the general killed in a US drone strike.

The Pentagon confirmed the attacks in a statement.

'At approximately 5.30pm (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq.'

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More News On Iran Launching Missile Attacks Against U.S. Forces In Iraq

Iran launches missiles on US airbases in Iraq at al-Asad and Erbil – live updates -- The Guardian
Iran fires missiles at US targets in Iraq — live updates -- DW
Iran fires rockets at US forces in Iraq: All the latest updates -- Al Jazeera
Iran fires rockets at base housing US troops in Iraq after Trump-ordered killing of Qassem Soleimani, live -- ABC News Online

Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq -- AP
Attacks underway on multiple locations in Iraq: U.S. official -- Reuters
Iran attack: US airbases in Iraq hit by ballistic missiles -- BBC
Iran crisis: missiles launched against US airbases in Iraq -- The Guardian
Iran launches missiles at Iraqi airbase housing US troops, state media reports -- ABC News Online
Iran fires rockets at Iraqi airbase hours after funeral of slain commander -- Reuters
Iran launches 'more than a dozen' missiles into Iraq targeting US, coalition forces, Pentagon says -- FOX News
IRGC: Missile attack on US bases in Iraq is revenge for Soleimani killing -- Jerusalem Post
Multiple rockets fired at Iraq airbase where US troops stationed -- Al Jazeera
Iran claims Al-Asad missile strike as revenge for Soleimani, demands US withdrawal from Iraq -- RT
Iran warns US not retaliate over missile attack in Iraq -- AP
Trump briefed on reports of attacks on Iraq air base: White House -- Reuters

Mexico Reports Over 61,000 People Missing Since 2006

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 03:32 PM PST

The majority of the 62,000 went missing after 2006

BBC: Mexico's war on drugs: More than 60,000 people 'disappeared'

More than 60,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since the start of the country's war on drugs in 2006, according to authorities.

The number is far higher than previous estimates of around 40,000.

On top of this, more than 31,000 people were murdered in the country last year alone.

While drug cartels and organised crime groups are the main perpetrators, security forces are also blamed for deaths and disappearances.

Around 53% of those who disappeared were between the ages of 15 and 35, and 74% were men, officials said.

They put the total of disappeared persons at 61,637 since records began in 1964. However the vast majority were recorded since 2006, which is when then-President Felipe Calderón started a military crackdown on the drugs trade.

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WNU Editor: This is on top of the 31,000 who were murdered in 2019.

More News On Mexico Reporting Over 61,000 People Missing Since 2006

More than 60,000 Mexicans have disappeared amid drug war, officials say -- Washington Post

More than 60,000 people are missing amid Mexico's drug war, officials say -- The Guardian

Mexico reports over 61,000 people missing, discovery of 873 burial pits amid raging drug war -- FOX News
Mexico drug war: Almost 62,000 people have disappeared since 2006 -- SKY News

New York Times Reporter Tom Friedman: 'Qassem Soleimani Was Possibly The Dumbest Man In Iran'

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 03:23 PM PST

Iranian President Rouhani and Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Qasem Soleimani. Iran Project

FOX News: As press questions intel, an unlikely voice blames Soleimani's stupidity

Seventeen years after the press rolled over for faulty intelligence on Iraq, journalists are training a harsh spotlight on disputed intelligence on Iran.

It's healthy for the media to question how President Trump decided to take out Qassem Soleimani, and to examine the far-ranging consequences — though some of the coverage has been cloaked in the usual anti-Trump hostility.

Several network and cable anchors pressed Mike Pompeo during his Sunday rounds on whether he could prove that the general was plotting "imminent attacks," the details of which the secretary of State called an "irrelevant distraction."

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WNU Editor: From New York Times reporter Thomas Friedman ....

"One day they may name a street after President Trump in Tehran," he said in his Times column — this from a liberal commentator who generally supported Barack Obama and is a fierce Trump critic.

The reason? "Because Trump just ordered the assassination of possibly the dumbest man in Iran and the most overrated strategist in the Middle East."

Rather than the evil genius portrayed by much of the press, he says, Soleimani is an idiot who squandered the lifting of sanctions that was part of the 2015 deals and helped plunge his country into poverty and protests that left some critics jailed or killed.

Soleimani did this by fighting proxy wars against Americans and in such places as Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Israel, says Friedman, freaking out U.S. allies and forcing the Trump administration to take action. The use of pro-Iranian militias to storm the American embassy in Baghdad was one provocation too far.

52 F-35A Jets Do The 'Elephant Walk' At Utah Air Force

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 02:08 PM PST

The 52 F-35A aircrafts, which are worth a whopping $4.2 billion, took off in quick succession from the Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Monday following an elephant walk down the runway

Daily Mail: U.S. Air Force performs huge show of strength with 52 fully-armed F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters - the same number of Iranian targets Trump has announced - taking off in a single wave from Utah base

* 52 F-35A aircraft, worth $4.2 billion, took off in quick succession from the Hill Air Force Base in Utah Monday
* 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings said it showed the ability to field large number of the stealth fighters
* F-35 Lightning II - which cost $1.5trillion to develop - is billed as the most advanced fighter jet ever flown
* 52 represents the number of Americans seized during the 1979 hostage crisis, and also the number of targets that Trump has threatened to strike in Iran if the regime retaliates over the killing of General Soleimani

The U.S. Air Force has performed a huge show of strength by launching 52 fully-armed Lightning II stealth fighters in a single wave from a base in Utah.

The F-35A aircraft, which are worth a total of $4.2 billion, took off in quick succession from the Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Monday as tensions mount in the Middle East over the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

Fifty two is the number of American diplomats and civilians seized by Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis, and the number of targets that Trump has threatened to strike in Iran if the regime retaliates over Soleimani's death.

The exercise was carried out by the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings, which said it showed the Air Force's ability to deploy a large force of the F-35As.

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More News On 52 F-35A Jets Doing The 'Elephant Walk' At Utah Air Force

'Elephant walk' at Utah Air Force Base showcases 52 F-35s launching in a row -- FOX News
Hill Conducts Massive F-35 Elephant Walk -- Air Force Magazine
Air Force stages "elephant walk" at Utah base, launches 52 fighter jets in a row -- CBS/AP
The Air Force just put on a combat power exercise with 52 F-35 stealth fighters -- Business Insider/Task & Purpose
52 Stealth Fighter Jets Elephant Walk In Show Of Force Amid Threats Of War -- Zero Hedge

Here is The US Military Hardware Heading To The Middle East

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 01:57 PM PST

U.S. Marines and MV-22 Ospreys of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command aboard the expeditionary sea base USNS Puller as it transits the Strait of Hormuz, December 2019. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot

Popular Mechanics: All the U.S. Military Hardware Headed to the Middle East

The U.S. is headed to Iran by land, air, and sea.

* The death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has brought threats of retaliation against U.S. forces and interests in the region.
* In response, the Pentagon is pouring forces into the region, including air, ground, and sea forces.
* The deployments include Army Rangers, an elite infantry unit, and a battalion of U.S. Marines.

The U.S. military is pouring troops into the Middle East as it prepares to deal with fallout from the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed by U.S. forces on January 3, 2020. Iran and Iranian-backed militias throughout the region have promised revenge for the attack on one of Iran's most senior military figures. In response, the Pentagon is flowing ground, air, and sea forces into the area, including Army Rangers and Super Hornet strike fighters.

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WNU Editor: This deployment of soldiers and material is being done very quickly .... "We're Going To War, Bro": Elite 82nd Airborne In Largest 'Fast Deployment' In A Decade (Zero Hedge)

Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi And Shiite Leaders Privately Mull Delaying U.S. Troop Departure

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 01:46 PM PST

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi speaks during extraordinary cabinet meeting after he handed his resignation letter to the parliament, in Baghdad, Iraq on 30 November 2019. [Prime Ministry of Iraq / Handout - Anadolu Agency]

Time: Despite U.S.-Iraq Feud, Iraqi Prime Minister Privately Mulls Delay of U.S. Troop Departure

Since Friday, when the U.S. killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani near Iraq's only international airport, Baghdad and Washington have, on the outside, remained locked in a bitter diplomatic feud. Iraq's parliament voted on Sunday that U.S. troops should end their ISIS-fighting mission in the country. Since then, President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to impose harsh economic sanctions on the country if it ejects American troops.

On Monday, Mahdi publicly declared that U.S. troops were confined to base, limited to "training and advising" only, and his office released a statement that he'd told the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad that both countries needed to "implement the withdrawal of foreign forces", even as Trump administration officials try to stave off the expulsion behind the scenes.

But privately, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has been trying to slow-roll the American departure, Iraqi advisors say, fearful not just of Trump's threatened sanctions, but of the departure of Western investment along with the foreign troops, and a resurgence of the so-called Islamic State without U.S. assets to hunt it.

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Update: Is Iraq Changing Its Mind On Expelling U.S. Forces?

WNU Editor: The above Time post is a must read. Bottom line. The Iraqi government and the Iraqi political establishment need the US more than the US needs them. And everyone is realizing that right now, two days after voting for the US to leave.

Germany, UK, Canada, And Others Begin Moving Troops Out Of Iraq After The Iraqi Parliament Approved A Non-Binding Resolution Calling For The Withdrawal Of All Foreign Forces

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 11:41 AM PST



FOX News: Germany, UK, others begin moving troops out of Baghdad, Iraq amid tensions following death of Soleimani

Germany and several other European nations on Tuesday began moving troops out of Baghdad, with some leaving Iraq entirely, amid soaring tensions in the region after an American drone attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week.

The decisions follow a call from Iraqi lawmakers to expel foreign troops from the country and a pause in the U.S.-led coalition's training of Iraqi forces.

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WNU Editor: All of these countries are using the Iraqi parliament's non-binding resolution vote calling for the removal of all foreign forces as their excuse to get out. This is President Trump's opportunity to fulfill his campaign promise of leaving Iraq by also setting into motion a US withdrawal with our allies.

More News On Germany, UK, Canada, And Others Beginning To Move Troops Out Of Iraq After The Iraqi Parliament Approved A Non-Binding Resolution Calling For The Withdrawal Of All Foreign Forces

NATO pulls some troops out of Iraq amid Soleimani flare-up -- DW
UK pulls dozens of 'non-essential' personnel out of Baghdad and puts helicopters and ships on high alert amid fears of Iran revenge attacks -- Daily Mail
Germany cuts troop numbers in Iraq after Suleimani killing -- The Guardian
The UK draws up plans to evacuate troops from Iraq as fear of Iran reprisals grow following Qassem Soleimani's funeral -- Business Insider
Canada says some troops in Iraq to be moved temporarily to Kuwait for safety -- Reuters
Latvian troops discontinue training Iraqi Defence Forces -- BNN
Germany partially withdraws troops from Iraq -- DW
Romania, Croatia Withdraw Troops from Iraq Amid Tensions -- Balkan Insight

Stampede Kills 56 Mourners At Funeral Of Qassem Soleimani

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 11:25 AM PST





Daily Mail: Stampede kills 50 mourners at funeral of Qassem Soleimani and leaves more than 200 injured after huge crowds gathered in his home town

* Thousands of mourners converged on Qassem Soleimani's hometown of Kerman where he was to be buried
* State media said 50 people had been killed and 213 injured after a stampede broke out during the procession
* Revolutionary guards chief Hossein Salami told the crowds that Iran would 'set ablaze' places linked to the US
* Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for a direct retaliation rather than relying on Iranian proxies
* US officials said they are anticipating a 'major' attack of some type within the next day or two

More than 50 mourners have been killed and more than 200 injured after a stampede broke out on the final day of Qassem Soleimani's funeral in Iran today.

Iran's farewell to the general descended into chaos after thousands of people thronged to his home town of Kerman, where he is being buried on the third day of his funeral.

With a sea of mourners clamouring to see Soleimani's coffin, state media said the overcrowding had caused a stampede which left 56 people dead and 213 injured.

Footage which circulated online appeared to show emergency workers desperately trying to rescue mourners who had been thrown to the ground and badly hurt during the crush.

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More News On Today's Stampede That Killed 56 Mourners At The Funeral Of Qassem Soleimani

Iran: Suleimani funeral crush death toll rises to more than 50 - as it happened -- The Guardian
Stampede kills 56 at funeral for Iranian general slain by US -- AP
At least 56 killed in crush at general's funeral, as Iran vows revenge on U.S. -- Reuters
Iran stampede 'kills dozens' as huge crowds attend funeral for slain general -- France 24
Qasem Soleimani: Stampede kills 50 mourners at burial in Iran -- BBC
Iranian general Qassem Soleimani's funeral leads to deadly stampede with dozens dead -- ABC News Online
Iran: Soleimani burial postponed after deadly stampede -- DW
Soleimani funeral stampede in Iran leaves at least 56 dead, state TV reports -- FOX News
At least 50 dead in stampede during funeral for Iranian general -- UPI
Dozens killed in stampede at Soleimani's funeral: Iran state TV -- Al Jazeera
Burial of slain Iranian general Soleimani delayed due to huge crowds, STAMPEDE kills 50 – state media -- RT

World News Briefs -- January 7, 2020

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 05:03 PM PST

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran, in 2017. Photograph: Reuters

The Guardian: Iran threatens to hit US bases with medium- and long-range missiles

Tehran has list of 13 retaliation options for Suleimani killing
Military leader vows 'tough, strong, decisive' revenge

Iranian military forces have said they are prepared to use medium- to long-range missiles to attack US bases in the Middle East, in revenge for the assassination of the country's most senior general, Qassem Suleimani.

According to a report by the semi-official Tasnim news agency, Iran has prepared 13 scenarios for retaliation, and the secretary of Iran's national security council said that even the most limited of the options would be a "historic nightmare" for the US.

Ali Shamkhani told the news agency: "The 27 US bases that are closest to Iran's border are already on high alert; they know that the response is likely to include medium-range & long-range missiles."

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MIDDLE EAST

Qasem Soleimani: Stampede kills 50 mourners at burial in Iran.

US has no plans to pull military from Iraq after confusion over leaked letter.

Trump administration officials begin drafting potential Iraq sanctions after Trump threat: report.

Trump meets with Saudi defense official amid Iran tensions.

Iran's Zarif says US denied him a visa to attend UN meeting.

Pompeo: 'Soleimani was not on diplomatic mission'.

Putin makes surprise visit to Syria, discusses security situation with Assad.

Yemen heads list of countries facing worst humanitarian disasters in 2020.

ASIA

Chinese state media seizes on US killing of Iranian commander to paint Beijing as a force for stability.

China promises 'relentless efforts' to save Iran nuclear deal after US drone strike on Qassem Soleimani.

Australia fires: Almost 2,000 homes destroyed in marathon crisis.

Rakhine: the new front in Myanmar's violent ethnic conflicts.

Kim Jong Un visits fertilizer factory; no mention of weapons.

South Korean President Moon calls for closer ties with North Korea.

Japan issues arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn's wife.

AFRICA

Libya chaos intensifies with drone massacre and rebel advances.

Libya: GNA-aligned forces say they quit Sirte to avoid bloodshed.

Europe warns Turkey over Libya intervention.

Algerian president calls Libya's Tripoli a 'red line'.

DR Congo measles outbreak kills 6,000 in a year: WHO.

Police deploy in C.Africa flashpoint district.

Nigerian army confirms Boko Haram ambush on troops commanders.

Nigeria-Cameroon border grenade blast kills nine.

Lesotho police chief links PM to wife's murder.

Train in vain: South African rail passengers left stranded for a day.

EUROPE

Iran has responsibility to de-escalate tensions with U.S.: Germany.

Germany urges Europe to respond to Iran's nuclear violations.

Brexit: MPs resume scrutiny of PM's withdrawal deal.

Russia's Putin makes rare visit to Syria, meets Assad.

Spain: Sanchez wins narrow vote to become PM. Spain's Sánchez narrowly wins vote to govern in coalition.


Austria swears in first female-majority Cabinet.

Cyprus judge suspends sentence for woman who lied about gang rape.

AMERICAS

Security is ramped up in US cities and top landmarks including Arlington National Cemetery after Iran's chilling threat against 35 American targets.

Trump and Pelosi clash over Iran, impeachment.

Schumer vows to force votes on impeachment witnesses.

Venezuela's Guaidó forces his way into assembly after stand-off. Venezuela's Guaido sworn in as parliament speaker after stand-off.

Abrams: U.S. 'underestimated' Russian support of Venezuela.

Mexico's war on drugs: More than 60,000 people 'disappeared'.

US immigration: Mexican asylum seekers could be deported to Guatemala.

Strong earthquake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

National security adviser says Trump administration is 'looking at' declassifying intelligence on Qassem Soleimani amid mounting questions over whether Iranian general really was plotting 'imminent' threat to Americans.

Iranian MPs declare all of US military 'terrorist entity' after General Soleimani killing.

Charlie Hebdo: France marks five years since Paris massacre.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Gold price surges amid geopolitical uncertainty.

Trade war: China's refusal to lift grain quotas make Trump's phase one import demands 'more difficult'.

Facebook to remove deepfake videos in run-up to 2020 US election.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 7, 2020

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 09:18 AM PST



CNN: US forces on high alert for possible Iranian drone attacks, and intelligence shows Iran moving military equipment

Washington (CNN)US forces and air-defense missile batteries across the Middle East were placed on high alert overnight Monday to possibly shoot down Iranian drones as intelligence mounted about a threat of an imminent attack against US targets, two US officials tell CNN.

The alert reflects the heightened tensions between the US and Iran in the wake of last week's US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. US officials have claimed the strike against the general was carried out to prevent an "imminent" attack in the region that would have put American lives at risk, but have so far declined to provide details about the intelligence.

US intelligence also has observed Iran moving military equipment, including drones and ballistic missiles, over the last several days. US officials said the movement may be an Iranian effort to secure its weapons from a potential US strike, or put them in positions to launch their own attacks.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 7, 2020

The US military is reportedly on 'high alert' for an 'imminent attack threat' as footage shows Iranians moving military equipment -- Business Insider

US Military Bases Ramp Up Security Measures Amid Threats from Iran -- Military.com

US bolsters military resources following Iran threats; Netanyahu wants Israel to 'stay out': report -- FOX News

US set to reposition forces in Iraq after strike on Soleimani -- Al-Monitor

Germany partially withdraws troops from Iraq -- DW

Germany Moves 35 Soldiers From Iraq to Jordan, Kuwait -- US News and World Report/AP

Germany, UK, others begin moving troops out of Baghdad, Iraq amid tensions following death of Soleimani -- FOX News

The Pentagon flatly contradicted Trump and said the US military would not be targeting Iranian cultural sites -- Business Insider

Arlington Cemetery Implements 100% ID Checks Amid Iran Fears -- Military.com

Soleimani Killing Hadn't Been Worth The Risks. Former CIA Analyst Asks What Changed -- NPR

Former CIA Director Brennan: 'No Reason' for Obama to Target Soleimani -- CNS

US Military Response Force Arrives in Kenya After Terrorist Attack -- Military.com

US Awards $2 Billion to Service Nearly 500 F-35 Aircraft -- Sputnik

The Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group is finally headed home, but families aren't happy with the Navy -- Business Insider/Military.com

'Captain Marvel' Effect? Air Force Academy Sees Most Female Applicants in 5 Years -- Military.com

How the Pentagon Was Duped by Contractors Using Shell Companies -- Bloomberg

The Military's Ban of TikTok Is Just the Beginning -- Slate

U.S. Space Force must inspire the next generation of military space professionals -- Space News

Eric Chewning, defense chief Mark Esper's chief of staff, resigns -- UPI

Trump's shadow secretary of defense -- Politico

The Next World War is Coming—And So is the Draft -- Brandon J. Weichert, RCD

Canadian soldiers hunker down in Iraq amid differing U.S. military, NATO messages -- Global News/Canadian Press

Russia's New Missiles Part of the 20k Mph Military Revolution -- The Telegraph

North Korea's 'new strategic weapon' could be MIRV, report says -- UPI

Are China's civilian satellites being used to spy on a Japanese airbase? -- SCMP

Chinese military hints at plans for airborne laser attack weapon -- SCMP

Australian defense forces join battle to save lives from wildfires -- UPI

Turkey Starts Military Deployment in Libya as International Pressure Rises -- VOA

S Korea Relocates Patriot Missile System From Country's Southeast to Seoul - Reports -- Sputnik

Pakistan's parliament approves extending term of army chief -- National Post/Reuters

$98 Billion Expected for Military Drone Market -- National Defense

Iranian Militias Blamed For Horrific Massacre In Eastern Syria

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 07:47 AM PST

Iranian militias are suspected of killing the shepherds [Syria TV]

New Arab: Iranian militias blamed for horrific massacre in eastern Syria following Soleimani's death

Syrian activists have reported that 21 shepherds were killed in a massacre on Sunday in the Maadan area which is located between Raqqa and Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria.

The massacre took place two days after the killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike near Baghdad Airport in Iraq.

The area where the massacre happened is under Syrian regime control. Syrian Facebook pages and news websites blamed Iranian militias, who have a significant presence in the regime-held areas of eastern Syria, for the massacre.

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Update: Syrian shepherds killed in massacre blamed on Iranian militias and ISIS (Jerusalem Post)

WNU Editor: Not surprised by these reports of massacres being conducted by Iranian militias. These militias are going to target civilian groups that they feel are friendly to the US, and I predict these revenge attacks are only going to intensify.