Monday, 24 Feb 2020

Justice Arrives for Soleimani

Trump acted against a terrorist who killed hundreds of Americans.

For a generation, Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani dominated the Middle East traveling at will spreading terror and death. President Trump’s decision to order the general’s death via drone attack in Baghdad Thursday night is a great boon for the region. It is also belated justice for the hundreds of Americans whom Soleimani had a hand in killing.

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One reason the U.S. could track and kill Soleimani near Baghdad International Airport was the impunity he had cultivated. The General often appeared in public, especially in Syria and Iraq, as he traveled at will without fear of being captured.

President Trump ordered a U.S. airstrike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, leader of the foreign wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in an attack that is expected to stoke heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran and inflame frictions in the volatile Middle East.

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Top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes was killed alongside Gen. Soleimani when the convoy they were traveling in together was struck on a road leading to Baghdad International Airport.

Thousands of people marched through Iraq’s capital as part of a funeral procession for Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, many chanting that “vengeance is coming” for the death of the powerful Iranian military leader killed in a U.S. airstrike on the country’s soil.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “Americans do not realize what a big mistake they have made.  They will see the consequences of their mistake not only today but in the years to come vowing harsh retaliation.

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President Trump warned hours later that the U.S. is prepared to strike dozens of Iranian sites, saying on Twitter it would “HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” if Tehran targets Americans or U.S. assets.

Iraq’s parliament voted in favor of expelling U.S. troops, after the killing of an Iranian general there in a U.S. airstrike put the country at the center of an escalating conflict between its two most important allies.

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Lawmakers backed a resolution urging Prime Minister Adel-Abdul Mahdi to rescind Iraq’s invitation to U.S. forces, which returned to Iraq in 2014 after Islamic State overran around one third of the country.

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Mr. Abdul-Mahdi resigned late last year as prime minister and has since presided over a caretaker government.

President Trump drew what may come to be seen as the most significant red line of his presidency in a three-part tweet, vowing specific military action against Iran if it “strikes any Americans, or American assets.”

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“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 “if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, Iran WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

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President Trump was referring to the 52 Hostages taken during President Jimmy Carters Administration and then on January 20, 1981 they were formally released into United States custody after spending 444 days in captivity.

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The release took place just minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president.

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Trump reiterated his warning in a series of tweets early Sunday, saying the United States just spent $2 trillion on military equipment.

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“We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way…and without hesitation!,” he tweeted. “They attacked us, & we hit back. If they attack again, which I would strongly advise them not to do, we will hit them harder than they have ever been hit before!”

The US military annual budget is bigger than the entire Iranian economy.

The U.S. challenge from a revolutionary Iran will continue. But Trump’s decisive action has struck a blow against terror in the cause of Justice and American interests.

 

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