As commander of the Quds force Soleimani was responsible for directing the external operations of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.
This entailed support and co-ordination with the forces of the “Axis of Resistance” across the Middle East/West Asia region with affiliated and supported militant groups spanning from Pakistan and Afghanistan in the east across to Lebanon via Syria and Iraq all the way to the Mediterranean,.plus Gaza and Yemen to the south.
A short checklist of Qassem Soleimani’s major achievements:
In the immediate aftermath of the attack the Supreme Leader of Iran vowed to avenge the death stating that “a severe retaliation awaits the criminals who painted their corrupt hands with his and his martyred companions’ blood last night.” (Source)
Therefore a cataclysmic broader armed conflict between the US and Iran now seems all but inevitable.
A day later the statement of the Iranian leader seems imprudent. The US has been seeking to destroy the government of Iran for decades, a direct attack on US interests in the region may enable this long-standing plot to come to fruition.
False Flags Ahoy!
The understandably bellicose statement from the Iranian leader mean that any of Iran’s many enemies merely have to attack an object belonging to the US anywhere in the world and the US will have the pretext that it craves to directly attack Iran.
In reality the initial response from Iran and her allies is to recognise that the attack in Baghdad was primarily a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. The US has killed a senior figure in the Iraqi military structure while purporting to be in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to support them in the fight against ISIS.
This should be done in a legal and transparent manner. The Iraqi parliament needs to formally vote to reject the ongoing US military presence in their nation.
If the US then fails to accede to the request of the Iraqi parliament, Iraqi forces would have no choice but to seek to forcefully evict the Americans.
But it must be hoped that it doesn’t come to that. Too many lives have already been lost on all sides.
As far as justifications go, none ring more empty than revenge, but many will claim that if such a flagrant violation is allowed to go unpunished, even greater crimes may follow. So the motivation for a response would be to restore deterrence.
World War 3?
The chances of either Russia or China becoming directly involved in armed conflict with the United States should open war break out are all but zero.
The chain of escalation initiated by the US may well lead to a major regional war, it may well lead to events that see oil prices skyrocket and crash the global economy but the chances of open global war involving the great powers are infinitesimal.
Neither Russia nor China have any interest in confronting the US directly, certainly not over Iran. Should a war break out they will seek to end the conflict in the UN and failing that may offer limited behind the scenes assistance to Iran.
It must be remembered that these powers are self-interested and they understand that every act of aggression only hastens the US loss of credibility in the world, de-facto boosting their own position without their having to lift a finger.
The US Government.
The reckless actions of the US government are not in the interests of the people of the United States or anywhere else. At this point it is clear that behind all the rhetoric to the contrary, a hopelessly compromised Israeli-Saudi asset sits in the White house.
As the unipolar moment that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union passes, the US feels compelled to over-assert itself- like a middle aged man buying a sports car as a sign of undiminished virility.
From Israel’s point of view there is a desperate need to “pump the Rube” before he goes bankrupt. While Israel has a strong relationship with both Russia and China, there is zero chance that either of those states will ever enjoy the type of relationship that Israel does with the US.
So if a major power is to be utilised to achieve the Israeli goal of destroying the Islamic Republic of Iran, they absolutely must achieve this before the US is comprehensively superseded by China and Russia.
That’s not to suggest that there is a realistic prospect of the US actually invading Iran, such an operation is well beyond their military capabilities.
Their hope is that the combination of aerial bombing, sanctions and other hardships inflicted upon the Iranian people will enable a more pliant leadership to be installed in Iran.
A similar plot succeeded in 1953, when the CIA overthrew the moderate nationalist and democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh and replaced him with the puppet ruler the Shah, largely because Mossadegh’s policies threatened the interests of major Western oil companies.
It is not realistic that a similar scenario will succeed today, but the United States and Israel simply cannot tolerate independent nations in the middle east region, let alone those that are openly defiant-and will therefore strive to achieve this regardless of the human suffering inflicted on the world by these efforts.
The murder of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al Muhadis and their colleagues may be the most dangerous step they have taken on this path, but it will not be the last.
This book is based on a true story – one of many, I believe – about the heartache of a mother who found out with horror that the father of their children is in reality sorely lacking in one of the corner-stones of normal, ethical fatherhood. while disguised as a civilised, principled, and socially and financially successful man. A man of good standing in his community; but with a Jekyll and Hyde double personality. His children confide in their mother, describing his acts and behaviour towards them – that exposes what must be one of the most despicable abominations and abnormalities imaginable.
I shared with horror her hazardous journey through the institutions of society that are supposed to fight this evil – the police; the child welfare organisations; the courts. And finally had to arrive at the same conclusion that she did: That Western society per se seems to be turning a blind eye to this type of monstrosity. That people do not want to leave their comfort zones, get involved, and speak out for justice towards innocent children. That the Justice System in Western countries – for the most laudable reasons like individual human rights; innocence until proven guilty; standard court procedure; tangible proof of abuse and the like – seems to be biased in favour of the perpetrators at the expense of the victims.
The book exposes the totally incomprehensible situation that in the course of charges having been laid at the police in two Western countries (the country where the parents reside and the country they originate from and are still citizens of), and two court cases later – one in each country – the children have neither been extensively examined physically by specialists qualified to do so, nor comprehensively evaluated emotionally by qualified welfare officials and psychiatrists in their mother language. At the time under discussion, they were only respectively five, three-and-a-half, and two years old.
My wish – no, my prayer – is that other women will come forward and tell their stories so that Western society will hopefully wake up to the fact that we are failing our Future by failing to protect our children from this scourge.
To this effect, a Facebook page has been created that people can join and tell their stories – and spread the word via the social media.
Unity is strength. Let us show the world the magnitude of this problem. Let us make them aware that there is no time to waste – being left in those circumstances for too long, children struggle to fully recover and become normal, balanced and joyful citizens of our civilised world.
The US President has just delivered a statement on the Iranian attack on the US bases in Iraq. To cut to the chase-the US is not going to respond in any substantial way to the attacks. The President seemed completely spooked, haunted and sad.
Can’t say I am a fan but I feel a deep sense of gratitude to the man at this moment. Throughout the speech, Trump repeated the usual laundry list of highly selective and dishonest talking points vis a vis Iran and Qassem Solimani, but the bottom line is that an almost unimaginable calamity may have been avoided.
Hundreds of thousands of people were poised for sudden violent deaths, and now they are not. At least not right now.
Hopefully at some point what has taken place behind the scenes will emerge but something big has happened. Perhaps Russia said something, perhaps the US military said something, perhaps the polling data said something, possibly even Israel said something but either way a radical change has taken place in a very short amount of time.
It is worth noting that the President was originally scheduled to make a statement the previous night and that event was cancelled. There are rumours that USAF jets departed for an attack but were then turned around.
That is completely unconfirmed but this speech, it was like watching a completely different person, all of the swagger, all of the bluster was gone, he seemed a broken man to be honest and I don’t say that with any spite.
However, as long as the US seeks to maintain a military presence in Iraq and Syria, there will be problems.
As long as the US thinks it has the right (or obligation) to march around the world removing “disobedient” governments, there will be problems.
As long as the US looks upon the people of the developing nations as natives to be suppressed by any means, there will be problems.
As long as the US sees the security of Israel as a higher priority than the well being of the people of the US, there will be problems.
Nonetheless, this was the calamitous moment, this was the time of opportunity, the propaganda was flowing freely.
The time was right.
Thanks be to Tucker and Tulsi and the very few prominent Americans who showed some spine in recent days. Your courage should never be forgotten. You are the real patriots.
It has emerged that Iran gave the Iraqi Government notice of the attack, the Iraqis warned the US, there were almost certainly zero casualties.
It also appears at this time that the US will not respond to these missile strikes, somewhat analogous as they are to the US response to the two fictional chemical attacks blamed on the Syrian Government in 2017 and 2018.
This was more a face saving piece of theater than a concerted attack.
A good outline of what took place is presented here:
If the situation can begin to calm down that will be a great result in the circumstances, but I don’t see that happening. This project has come too far along to be abandoned now, or to put it another way, the forces of insanity and Zio-Western supremacism in the US far outweigh those of sanity.
As far as the loss of the Ukraine International Airways 737 goes, no explanation is being offered by either side at this time. Mechanical failure remains a possibility.
However, the mechanical failure of a three year old plane leaving Tehran at this very time seems like a most remarkable co-incidence indeed.
January 8th, 2020.
Iran Attacked Two US Military Bases in Iraq in Retaliation for Soleimani Murder.
On January 8th, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps fired a salvo of missiles at two US bases in Iraq. It is being reported that between 15 and 30 ballistic missiles were fired at the al Assad airbase in western Iraq and the Erbil airbase in the Kurdish northern region.
SouthFront is reporting that 10 missiles struck the al Assad base, at least one hit Erbil and that 4 missiles failed.
It is also being reported that there is intense activity at multiple US airbases across the region, specifically of a high volume of activity over eastern Syria and that US jets have been scrambled from a base in the UAE.
The reason for this activity is unknown, it is possible that these aircraft are in the process of attacking Iran at this very moment, it is also possible that the US was seeking to move them out of harms way in anticipation of an Iranian missile attack on these sites.
The US President sought to downplay the impact of the Iranian retaliation, his tweet in response began “All is well” indicating either that the President is beginning to understand the magnitude of the error that he is made or that the US is seeking to lull Iran into a false sense of security prior to launching a massive air assault as promised by the President in recent days.
Breaking- Iraqi Parliament Approved Legislation Demanding the End of US Military Presence.
The Iraqi Parliament just passed legislation demanding the exit of the US military and all other foreign forces from Iraq. The vote is legally binding although it is to be expected that the openly criminal US government will seek to overthrow the Iraqi government before they respect it.
One stunning revelation delivered by the Iraqi Prime Minister in the speech he made to the parliament prior to the vote was that murdered Quds force commander Qassem Solemaini was in Iraq at his personal invitation and the purpose of the visit was to de-escalate tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
“Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has made some shocking revelations that put the assassination of Soleimani in a completely different light. He told the Iraqi parliament on Sunday that he “was supposed to meet Soleimani on the morning of the day he was killed, he came to deliver me a message from Iran responding to the message we delivered from Saudi to Iran.” (Source)
Qassem Soleimani was in Iraq as a diplomatic envoy. The US used the Iraqis to set him up. That is why Soleimani took no precautions!
If this story is true- and there is no reason to doubt it, the Trump administration are revealed as the lowest gangsters to grace the international stage since the demise of the Third Reich.
But I thought he was going to Iraq to plan attacks on the Americans?
Here the narrative presented by the US government of his appearance in Iraq being part of a plot against the US and his killing being a “defensive action” is cruelly exposed. The US Government lied, baldly lied. And their intelligence agency controlled media lied, and they have been exposed by a credible source considered a moderate in the Iraqi political landscape.
Given the multi-generational contempt for international law and basic human decency shown by the US government and amplified by the Trump administration, it is highly unlikely that the US will cede to the demands of the democratically elected, sovereign representatives of the Iraqi people.
In all likelihood, the US will at best relocate their troops to the northern Kurdish enclave and seek to engineer a fresh civil war/separatist movement.
However any attempt to create a formal separation of Iraq will lead to a furious response from Turkey, among others and will thus increase the political isolation and marginalisation of the US in the middle east and strengthen the position of Russia, increasing Turkey’s distancing from the NATO alliance.
The arrogant forces of Empire have been dealt a fateful blow, and not a shot was fired!
Regardless of what follows this political act is precisely the right reaction to the criminal assassination of Qassem Solemaini, Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and the massacre of their colleagues in the border region.
Should the US seek to up the ante in Iraq militarily, they will lose all credibility, this is the system of government the US paid trillions and lost thousands of US citizens to install. Any attempt to re-invade Iraq now will make them the laughing stock of the whole world.
Even more so than today.
This brilliant piece explains US policy in the world and why things never improve regardless of whom is elected.
I was very disappointed to click on the bookmark last night and discover that the prolific and popular Aangirfan website has completely disappeared.
The cause of this is unclear but given the dedication of the writers on this site and the volume of work they publish, it is inconceivable that the authors have removed the site of their own volition.
As it stands, four and a half years of work, comprising thousands of articles on a huge variety of topics are no longer there.
The current site started in April 2014 after the previous site aangirfan.com became inoperable, the writers stating that they could no longer access the account.
That site, started in late 2004 is still online unlike its successor.
In April 2014 when the writer/s of Aangirfan were locked out of that ten-year site, they immediately started posting on the new site. I don’t think they missed a day so it is highly likely that they will start a new site in the near future if they are unable to have the 2014-2018 site restored.
Aangirfan is a great site and one that I and many others owe them a lot so presuming that the original second site cannot be restored, the purpose of this piece is to gather and disseminate the new address they are posting under.
Hopefully larger sites will perform this task, but they may not, so I would be immensely gratified if anyone comes across any information about the new site for Aangirfan, please leave the web address in the comments and I will give a link to the new site.
Happily others have noticed this unhappy turn of events. Thanks to Henry Makow for providing brabantian a platform to lament this event.
The Battle for Eastern Ghouta is over, Syria and her allies have reclaimed the six-year long insurgent stronghold in a two month military operation that has provoked an extremely dangerous tantrum from the West and their allies that has the US and Russia in a rhetorical state of war and seemingly on the path to armed conflict.
The US, Britain and France have promised a strong joint response to the preposterous lie they are perpetrating of the “chemical attack” in Eastern Ghouta’s now evacuated insurgent enclave, Douma.
This quote from Tass encapsulates the complete lack of evidence in Douma on all fronts very well.
“Syrian doctors in Douma have dismissed the rumors they had received patients suffering from chemical poisoning. In an interview to the media doctor Yaser Abdel Majid, of the city hospital, said that they had never received patients with chemical poisoning either last weekend or since the beginning of hostilities in Syria,” the reconciliation center said.
Earlier, staffers of the Russian center for reconciliation had questioned doctors and other personnel of Douma’s hospital. The medics said that “all those who had received their medical aid had ordinary injuries, fractures and fragmentation and gunshot wounds.”
There has been confirmation of this from ambulance driver Ahmed Saur, who has worked in one of Douma’s districts for the past several years and by virtue of his profession sees the patients doctors go to.
“On April 6-8 we had not a single patient suffering from chemical poisoning. Only ordinary war wounds,” he said.
Earlier Syrian Red Crescent Society doctors told the media all rumors about patients with chemical poisoning were not true.
Also, the reconciliation center said “militants leaving the city have been questioned and none of them knew anything about chemical weapons allegedly used against them.”.
This story is ultimately as realistic as if the Western media now reported on fierce clashes in Douma with the insurgents of Jaish al Islam fighting to the last man and inflicting severe casualties on the “regime” Army when in reality, the final batch are in the process of evacuation!
That fact is every bit as concrete as the fact that the doctors working in the Douma hospital reported to the Russian military investigators sent to the precise hospital depicted as an attack site in the Jaish al Islam/ White helmet video depicting the alleged attack and discovered no traces of any chemical weapon having been used, no patients in the hospital as a result of any chemical attack, and no dead bodies anywhere who died in the clearly fraudulent and fictional “attack”.
Even the departing insurgents of Jaish al islam claimed no knowledge of any chemical weapon incident, although there is an overwhelming likelihood that when they arrive in Idlib they will become participants upon their masters orders.
One of the four thousand people released from the captivity of Jaish al islam as part of the evacuation deal related being made to participate in a faux chemical attack filmed in 2015.
“A Syrian civilian who was freed from Jaish al-Islam captivity in Douma on Monday, recounted how the militant group had allegedly forced him to participate in a “pretend” chemical weapons attack scene that they then filmed, back in 2015. “We went [to Douma] and they [Jaish al-Islam] gathered us and forced us to take our shirts off, and said ‘the army is about to use chemical weapons,'” Mohammed Khudr Mousa stated from Salamiyah on Wednesday. “‘You should pretend chemical weapons were used against you and that you cannot breathe. We will pour water on you to revive you,'” he recalled his captors saying. Khudr Mousa went on to describe how a doctor held captive by the militant group was allegedly “forced to fill syringes, pretending that he was injecting us to revive us.” “They [Jaish al-Islam] poured water on us, and forced us to pretend we were unconscious according to their wishes. They brought a camera and filmed us,” he alleged. In an off-camera comment, he told Ruptly that he was not able to say whether the video he was part of was published. ” (Source)
That description closely matches what is depicted in the White Helmets/Jaish al islam footage privdied to a baying Western media in support of the work of fiction they were jointly creating.
Forget about facts, we are the West!
But none of that matters at this point. The US navy is heading to the eastern Mediterranean, the Russian navy are conducting a two-week live fire exercise in the Mediterranean, one mistake or carefully staged provocation is all that it is going to take to propel Russia and the US into a shooting war that could easily escalate into Armageddon.
What is happening is actually rather simple, the jihadists have failed so now the West is going to fight a conventional war against Syria, Iran and Russia themselves.
The defeat that is being inflicted upon the West, Israel and Saudi Arabia, simply cannot be borne. Therefore as the insurgency fades into history they are to be replaced by the armed forces of the US, UK, France and whomever else is willing.
Russia has warned of “grave consequences” should the US and allies attack Syria on the back of their ridiculous, despicable and transparent lie. But it seems that the Western leadership and policy elite are suffering from psychotic delusions of such magnitude that they do not understand the dangerous consequences this course of action may initiate.
Even those who expressed some skepticism about the fictional chemical attack (was it Sarin, Chlorine or both?) and the wisdom of a military response like Tucker Carlson seem utterly unaware of the risks involved. These people still believe that the potential costs of any operation can be safely assessed alongside Libya, Iraq and other recent adventures, but the situation is quite different.
The US President reiterated the threat and plainly stated that the US is going to attack Syrian with missiles in a 4am tweet. Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s Morning Joe offered an unintentionally comical response to the tweet, stating that “at least he is focused on Russia” (Source)
Trump then, minutes later issued a seemingly contradictory, “conciliatory” tweet towards Russia and then returned to form, whining that the FBI and Democrats were at fault for the strained Russia US relationship as though he were a mere onlooker rather than an up to his neck in it participant.
None of it made any sense and the truth is that the ruling elite will use the US military to do what they want regardless of any President. Not that Trump offers anything resembling resistance, it is just that it would scarcely matter even if he was capable of doing so.
Either the US and it’s allies will see sense and do nothing; Russia will make discretion the better part of valor and let the US attack Syria, exposing them as a paper tiger and nonentity, or something absolutely terrible is about to happen.
What is going to happen next?
As genuinely disturbing and truly disgusting as the developing situation is, the prospects of a large-scale military conflict between the US and Russia in the near future is far from inevitable.
As the Saker noted, neither the US or Russia are looking for thermonuclear war but the infantile and delusional mindset of the current Western leadership make armed conflict with Russia almost inevitable at some point and once it starts, it is entirely possible that mutual escalation can very quickly become mutual destruction.
SouthFront published an analysis of the most likely potential scenarios any escalation may take.
It seems a sober and realistic assessment, although I would add that along with conflict between the US and Russia, a regional war involving some combination of Saudi Arabia and Israel against some combination of Iran and Hezbollah is also very, very possible in the coming weeks.
The longer the leaders of the Western criminal faction (Italy and Germany have opted out) hesitate the more the evidence of their lies is developed and the more embarrassment they will face if they continue on the delusional path they are on. The farcical nature of this story is not going to avoid the light of day for long, even the walking dead are going to realise this is pure nonsense at some point in the near future.
An Accurate Forecast and an Unmistakable Threat.
Another ridiculous element of this story is that on numerous occasions during the past several months the Russian military have told the world that a false flag chemical attack was being prepared in Eastern Ghouta.
Following a typically deluded and infantile speech at the UN from the US representative Nikki Haley, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov outlined in detail on March 13th the scenario that is now unfolding and also clearly stated that the Russian military are embedded within the Syrian military in Syria, any attack on the Syrian military will be tantamount to an attack on the Russian military and in this case Russia will target both the missiles and the launch platforms for the missiles.
He is clearly saying that “if you attack the Syrian military we will hit your missiles, jets and ships”.
At that point, the situation will be very close to cataclysmic, and all because the West, Israel and Saudi Arabia cannot accept the defeat that is being inflicted upon their proxy army in Syria.
This statement may be responsible for dissuading the US. Trump after all is used to humiliation, he does it to himself everyday and he was the only person who was foolish enough to flat-out state they were going to attack Syria.
What Really Happened in Eastern Ghouta?
Beforethe Damascus Steel Operation, February 15th, 2018.
By Early April, Douma is completely isolated, Harasta and Jobar have been evacuated and reclaimed by Syria.
In order to understand just how farcical and pathetic these latest lies are, it must be understood that the battle for Eastern Ghouta was over to the point that other militant factions were already evacuating Douma.
The Syrian military and allies had no motive to change what they had been doing for the last six to eight weeks, during which a well conceived and executed operation had seen the previously impregnable enclave overrun with relative ease.
In a matter of weeks the six year old enclave was split into three isolated pockets by a Syrian/Russian military operation that by April 7th, had reclaimed 87% of the enclave, reducing a 110km square pocket to a threadbare and doomed 14km square.
During the month of March militants and their families were completely evacuated from the other major districts of Ghouta, Harasta and Jobar.
Parts of Eastern Ghouta have now been completely cleared and life is returning to normal, schools are reopening. The very notion that the Syrian Government has used chemical weapons in the enclave is preposterous and contemptible.There is no possibility that the Syrian military used anything other than explosives and incendiaries when they attacked Douma on Saturday April 7th, following a breakdown in evacuation negotiations with the largest insurgent faction in Douma, the Saudi backed Jaish al Islam.
Following a single day of ground operations against their positions on April 8th, Jaish al Islam returned to the negotiating table and are now in the process of being evacuated, having released the thousands of people, soldiers and civilians they had imprisoned.
This most childish and silly lie at this time brings a most sobering realisation.
The owners of the West genuinely believe that they own reality, they can tell any lie and do anything on the back of it and there is nothing that we, the people of the West can do about it although I would urge people to contact their local representative and politely but forcefully express their displeasure at the proposed military operation, but both the US Congress and the British Parliament are almost certainly going to be bypassed as the Western elites and their political and media prostitutes rush headlong towards cataclysm.
Anything that may help is worth trying but please understand that there is no hope within the current political system as it operates in the West, nor is there any obvious viable alternative.
It does not matter who we vote for, that is for certain and anyone who has not recognised and expressed this at this stage is either a dupe or a con artist.
Obama and Trump were only whores, that is all they ever were. Hell awaits them both and anyone who says anything positive about either is either a shill or a hapless fool. Or both, but the identity of the President is irrelevant to the policy outcome, the only question is the brand of lies they are expected to tell. That is the only thing that is at stake in the modern election.
The other very troubling understanding is that these people are never going to stop until they are forcibly halted.
They only know how to lie and kill. It is like a massive, dysfunctional evil robot that only lies and orders killing is sitting behind the entire post Cold War Western world. Not only will it not stop until the entire Middle east is destroyed, it now sadly seems that it will not stop until the West itself is destroyed.
This is a situation of almost complete megalomania, they have been lying so much for so long that they no longer know they are lying.
The combination of military power and childish delusion may well be the catalyst that triggers the end for this current world civilisation.