Trump Fires Missiles at Iraq Kills Iranian Revolutionary Guard Leader

Mish

In a dangerous escalation of Mideast tensions, Trump fired missiles at Iraq, killing Iranian and Iraqi military leaders.

Those cheering an escalation of more Mideast wars got their wish tonight as a Trump Authorized Strike Killed Iran’s Soleimani.

Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign wing, was killed in a strike on his convoy in Iraq, an attack his Iraqi allies blamed on the U.S.

Top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes was killed alongside Mr. Soleimani when their convoy was struck on the road leading to Baghdad International Airport.

Their deaths are likely to mark the beginning of a dangerous new chapter in the rivalry between the U.S. and Iran. Earlier this week, supporters of an Iran-backed militia attempted to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

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My Comment

If you seek war with punishing, illegal sanctions, it's easy enough to get.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (80)
MrGrummpy
MrGrummpy

The story I read claimed that Soleimani was killed in Baghdad.
What was he doing in Iraq? Visiting relatives I presume.

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hmk
hmk

Good riddance. A message sent, I wish it was a parting gift on our way out of thiat unending shithole. Those people because of centuries of inbreeding are incapable of being governed by a democracy and only brutal dicktasters like Sadam and Khadaffi are able to control a high strung moronic population. Let them kill each other off but it would be nice to leave a few bodies behind of the worst of the worst.

Tengen
Tengen

Unfortunately, it looks like war with Iran is finally happening. This will dwarf Iraq and Afghanistan, or any of the other Forever Wars.

Whether Trump allowed himself to be dragged into this or he was itching for it all along, the result is the same. None of the Q-tards or 4D chess fans can claim Trump will end the wars or avoid new ones any longer.

Mish, I doubted you in your thread about Trump's election chances. If this new war gets anywhere near as ugly as I think it will, everything is up in the air. Russia and China can't afford to stay completely on the sidelines because they know they'll be next in the regime change queue. This whole situation is totally idiotic, but the MIC and their Israeli and Saudi buddies have been angling for this for quite a while.

AWC
AWC

Fake news, there Mish. The attack took place at Baghdad Airport.

Anda
Anda

There goes anything left of Trump's credibility in the middle-east as far as peace is concerned , and from people in the west that were hoping for that peace.

Latkes
Latkes

I don't think this is the start of a new war, but it is still dangerous and unnecessary. The US should get out of the Middle East.

shred1
shred1

"My Comment (by Mish): "If you seek war with punishing, illegal sanctions, it's easy enough to get." Yet the war with Iran was decided long ago by Zbig Brzinski, Mish. This is just a continuation of the same policies. Obomber got us into Libya, Syria, and Yemen after Bush in Afghan/Iraq. 9/11 was a Mossad action to get the U.S. into mideast to fight their war for them. Zio's win now, but it won't end well for them and their synagogue of satan.

Harbour
Harbour

It won’t be war - Iran leadership is already having to kill its own people to keep in power - they opt for war with US it’ll be quick.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Corrected Wash rushing to fix dinner and inadvertently mistyped headline

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

This is no different than the diversion Clinton tried to use by firing missiles in Afghanistan in the summer of 1998 while under impeachment hearings. Trump is doing the same thing. This is a diversion.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Additionally war is a great way to get reelected. If this provokes an attack by Iran which kills a lot of US service members or civilians,.the impeachment hearings will die on the vine. Trump is doing all he can to stay in power just as Michael Cohen said he would.

FWIW I posted a comment a couple of weeks ago predicting a wider war in the middle east in the 2020s. Well 2020 is here and the escalation is happening.

Jojo
Jojo

If the USA starts a real war with Iran, Israel and SA will be recruited to do much of the heavy lifting through air power. I doubt we would send any real land force as the country wouldn't be happy about that in an election year.

crazyworld
crazyworld

As I pointed out recently Iran, if they go on that way, will be flattened down before their nukes will be ready. That is a condition of survival for Israel.

Of course if one state allied (with IRAN ) provide them with some serious defensive dispositions trough supplying a nuclear defense missiles system (like NATO-US are doing for many European State bordering Russia ) this Iran military assets destruction program would be impeded.

I dont think Russia or China would do such a think. They dont judge extremists clerical states reliable and also have intern problems with the religious extremists.

crazyworld
crazyworld

Those sophisticated arms used by US to blow up an army leader labelled as terrorist (missiles, drones) are not new. All the states involved in that war have them now in their arsenal including IRAN, I would not go out of my bunker would I be the Kurd Army commander as an example or even a US official visiting the US Army. Dont forget IRAN; IRAK ; SYRIA consider the US occupation army and their allies (Kurds, SDF, Al quaeda) as terrorists too.

Sechel
Sechel

I won't shed a tear for an Iranian General killed in Iraq where he should not have been but Iranians are in Iraq largely due to mis-steps in Iraq strategy going back to Obama. The targeted killing was a tactic not a strategy. It won't lead to war but it will result in an escalation.

With Iran Trump is playing whack-a-mole and on Iran's terms. Each time Iran chooses a different target, it could be an oil ship, a Saudi oil field or an American Embassy. We need a strategy and an end game and Trump doesn't have one. Iran and North Korea represent huge foreign policy failures of Trump. Iran is escalating because Trump ripped up the Iran deal and didn't foresee Iranian aggression as a result. We were better off with the Iran deal.

You can clearly see how Trump is being reactive and not in control by now throwing a few hundred extra soldiers at the embassy after earlier sending troops to Saudi Arabia. None of these were pro-active. If anything the soldiers were doing more good in Syria making sure terrorists weren't gaining a base for future terrorism.

JustASimpleMan
JustASimpleMan

Not too sure about your election chances? Economy hanging by a burning thread? No problem, start a war. It's worked for generations and never loses it's potency.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump's tweeting of the American flag was childish. Sorry that was not patriotic

NeverReady
NeverReady

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The British Army numbered 230,000 in the 1980's, circa 150,000 by the 90's and is now down to around 60-70,000. Europe barely has any military to speak of, other than NATO.

Often wondered what would happen if Erdogan decided to deploy the Turkish Military...maybe gonna find out soon?

WarpartySerf
WarpartySerf

"Trump's tweeting of the American flag was childish. Sorry that was not patriotic"

That's what 4-time draft dodgers do - to show you how tough they are.

mrutkaus
mrutkaus

To state the obvious, Trump reacted to a direct challenge to his manhood:

    "Iranian Leader To Trump: ‘You Can’t Do A Damn Thing"

It would have required more subtlety than he has to do anything else but respond to this unusual challenge in a big way.

Harry-Ireland
Harry-Ireland

This is really, really bad. I can't believe people are actually cheering on this act of war. Have you learned nothing from history? Iran isn't Iraq, nor are the Iranian people your enemy. For fuck's sake, get out of the region. Wasn't that the premise of the Trump presidency?

KidHorn
KidHorn

Regime change doesn't work in the ME. The citizens are by and large religious extremest and have been thoroughly brainwashed into thinking the US is satin.

I would prefer we get out of the ME after crippling their ability to build nukes and not allow Muslims into our country. If we're as evil as they say, why would they want to come here anyway?

lol
lol

After that hit,Trump should evacuate that Embassy or watch it get leveled,he says this no Benghazi,wrong this exactly like Benghazi and once they destroy that embassy and kill everyone,the MSM won't protect and defend his ass the way they did Obama.

ksdude69
ksdude69

Maybe this all goes back to Clarks revelations about all the countries on the US hit list. They are just taking jabs at Iran while racking their brains on how to get rid of them. It doesn't seem to matter who is president. There is an agenda and it keeps advancing.

Webej
Webej

The comments are idiotic:

"rivalry between US and Iran"

Yes. The US has an army of occupation and CIA supported terrorist proxies, trying to destroy the Iranian state, just like Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. And Iran is trying to control their bridgeheads in California and New York and overthrow the current American regime by armies of proxy homeless pooping on the sidewalks.

"Everybody in Middle East has blood on their hands"

Doubtful, a lot more victims than murderers. But the Americans have the most blood on their hands of everybody, with all their nefarious machinations to destroy every secular state in the region. Talk about a transparent attempt to shirk culpability for war crimes (Yes. According to international law, aggression is the root of all other war crimes, and therefore the worst. Aggression means acts of war, like bombings, invasions, drones, political assassinations, etc, what the rogue nation par excellence considers day to day business as usual)

"No one sheds tears over Soleimani"

Not what I have read. He is a highly educated and cultured man, humble and amicable, worshipped by his troops, loved by many he meets, and admired by the people. I think more tears will be shed over him than any of these sycophantic propaganda-journalists.

The lesson Trump has taught Iran seems obvious -- Even though they consider nuclear weapons to be haram, America is forcing their hand. It's impossible to be safe without them.

awc13
awc13

"The US just killed Iran’s Patton.

Iran will strike back against US in the region."

right. like they wouldn't have attacked us if we hadn't killed their patton.

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

I am really impressed not only with the accuracy of the surgical strike on the terrorist, but also the intelligence that pinpointed his location. It might give the mullahs something to think about. "He that would have peace, let him prepare for war".

wootendw
wootendw

Rather than attack US or Israel, the best way for Iran to exact retribution for Soleimani's death is to work with Iraq in redoubling efforts to eliminate Netanyahu's ally, the Islamic State, in Iraq and Syria.

Nothing would upset Bibi and his supporters more than for Iran to have a clear route to Lebanon, whose water Israel covets but cannot obtain thanks to Hezbollah, which Iran supports. And, it was for Bibi and his re-election that Trump acted.

Iran needs the support of Russia. Putin is a diplomat and Iran should turn to him for advice. Putin supports Israel but not to the extent of violating international law, unlike US 'leaders'.

Anda
Anda

@ stillCJ I'm not

" Soleimani had arrived in Baghdad on a normal flight from Lebanon. He did not travel in secret. He was picked up at the airport by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, the deputy commander of the al-Hashd al-Shaabi, an official Iraqi security force under the command of the Iraqi Prime Minister. The two cars they traveled in were destroyed in the U.S. attack. Both men and their drivers and guards died."

From another point of view at

SMF
SMF

Those who really follow news already know that Iran has been wracked by anti-government protests for a while, a protest that has killed thousands already. They may have been looking for a distraction by looking for conflict in the area.

ThorOdinson
ThorOdinson

What a convoluted mess over there! I wish we were not involved at all, but we are. Not Trump's decision to be there. And the "Swamp" has resisted his efforts to end our involvement. War is too profitable.

That said...this IRANIAN general was in IRAQ. Not in his home country. Why?
The US Embassy in IRAQ was attacked.
IRAQ government and military apparently did little or nothing to stop it. Why not?
IRAQ is increasingly under the control of IRAN.

Let's just get the hell out. The geopolitics is as much about Shia vs Sunni as anything. No winning that battle. Only death for everybody.

truthseeker
truthseeker

So if Iraq is increasingly under the control of Iran, I believe Iran is increasingly under the control of Russia.How many months has it been since Iran bombed the oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia? I have absolutely no doubt that Russia new about this, and maybe even had a part in planning the attack.

Sechel
Sechel

As I'm digesting the criticism of the move its mostly that the move suggests an escalation of the position against Iran yet the Trump administration is not signalling that they intend this or are ramping anything up. It's a reasonable criticism. We have but a few thousand troops in the region and going after the top General no matter how justified will invite a response.

Trump insists that the killing of Soleimeini is simply that a killing and not a change in the U.S. approach to Iran or Iraq. That seems naive to me and only fuels the narrative that Trump is unable to play chess or think two or three moves ahead. Regardless of what Trump intends this move invites a response and we need to have a plan to deal with and contain it. It's an escallation pure and simple and making a statement that the U.S. doesn't seek war with Iran does nothing other than tell Iran that Trump may tie the hands of our troops a bit when responding.

American footballer
American footballer

Been reading your work for a while Mish and this is the first time I think I have something productive to add to the conversation. A man serving as Iran's no 2 after the supreme leader himself, just so conveniently taking a car ride in an unstable country, one day after his adversary was attacked and thier embassy threatened. The car carrying the man so easily picked off and identified. The answer to how the US did this, is they made a deal and this shmuck was part of it. He was a hard liner preventing Iran from transitioning into a softer stance and even putting down a popular movement at home. Trump made a deal with some element of the Iranian government. After some sabre rattling and a few more bloody noses, this will be the first step to the resolution of the Iranian terror regime.


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