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Pelosi Stands Up For Brutal Terrorist, Scolds Trump For ‘Disproportionate’ Hit On Soleimani

January 4, 2020

Source: Pelosi Stands Up For Brutal Terrorist, Scolds Trump For ‘Disproportionate’ Hit On Soleimani | The Daily Wire

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, December 19, 2019.
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On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took a stand for brutal terrorist and Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, scolding President Donald Trump for taking a “disproportionate” hit on the terrorist.

“American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests,” the Democrat leader posted via social media hours after the Soleimani-kill was confirmed. “But we cannot put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions.”

Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Statement on Airstrike in Iraq Against High-Level Iranian Military Officials

“American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests.

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“Soleimani was the head of the Iranian and Iranian-backed forces carrying out those operations killing American troops” during the Iraq War, Fox News reported. “According to the State Department, 17 percent of all deaths of U.S. personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 were orchestrated by Soleimani.”

Moreover, as reported by The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra on Friday afternoon, Soleimani was in the process of “coordinating” attacks on U.S. personnel, according to the State Department.

“We can confirm that in the past several days, General Soleimani had been traveling in the Middle East coordinating further imminent large-scale attacks against U.S. diplomats and service members. These threats were highly credible and the intelligence is sound,” the State Department said.

Ryan Saavedra

Pelosi continued to attack the Trump administration, ripping the president for killing the dangerous terrorist without consulting Congress.

“The Trump Admin has conducted strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani without an AUMF against Iran,” wrote the California rep. “Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress.”

Nancy Pelosi

Amercan leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests. But we cannot put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions. https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/1220 

Pelosi Statement on Airstrike in Iraq Against High-Level Iranian Military Officials

“American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests.

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Nancy Pelosi

The Trump Admin has conducted strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani without an AUMF against Iran. Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress.

In the past, however, Pelosi did not have an issue with President Obama executing the disastrous Iran Deal without congressional approval. In fact, the Democrat called it a “diplomatic masterpiece” in 2015, according to USA Today.

“Former national security adviser Ben Rhodes, the architect of the Iran nuclear deal, purposely structured the JCPOA as a treaty that was not a treaty because he and his boss, President Obama, had no intention whatsoever of doing with the JCPOA what the Constitution mandates for all treaties, which is to obtain the approval of two-thirds of the Senate,” explained National Review writer Kyle Smith on Friday. “Rhodes and Obama simply rammed through what was in effect a treaty without seeking the approval of even one Senator.”

Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro remarked on Democrats’ outrage over the Trump-ordered hit on Soleimani by outlining “Team Obama” foreign policy:

“Team Obama overthrew Qaddafi, failed to protect our Benghazi embassy, lied about it, and withdrew. Then they tried to bribe the Iranian terrorist regime without any strings attached. Now they have advice after Trump defended the Baghdad embassy and killed Soleimani. No,” he posted.

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Pelosi wasn’t the only high-profile Democrat to attack Trump for killing one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) claimed Trump is trying to start a war with Iran to help him win reelection:

Ilhan Omar

Real question is, will those with congressional authority step in and stop him? I know I will. https://twitter.com/chrismurphyct/status/1212913952436445185 

Chris Murphy

Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. That’s not a question.

The question is this – as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?

 

Airstrikes Kill More Top Iranian-Backed Terrorist Leaders In Airstrikes, Reports Say 

January 4, 2020

Source: Airstrikes Kill More Top Iranian-Backed Terrorist Leaders In Airstrikes, Reports Say | The Daily Wire

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This picture taken on October 25, 2019 shows a burning car at the scene of anti-government demonstrations outside the burning local government headquarters in Nasiriyah, the capital of Iraq's southern province of Dhi Qar.
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The Associated Press reported: “Iraqi official says airstrike hits cars carrying Iran-backed militia north of Baghdad.”

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In the early morning hours on Saturday in Iraq, OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III, official military Spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), reported that the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve did not have anything to do with the airstrikes.

OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III

“Air strikes targeting Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces umbrella grouping of Iran-backed Shi’ite militias near camp Taji north of Baghdad have killed six people and critically wounded three, an Iraqi army source said late on Friday,” Reuters reported. “Two of the three vehicles making up a militia convoy were found burned, the source said, as well as six burned corpses. The strikes took place at 1:12 am local time, he said.”

The strike comes only one day after a strike that was authorized by President Donald Trump took out Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

The strike that killed Soleimani also killed top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the head of the Iranian-linked Popular Mobilization Forces.

The two were killed when an American MQ-9 Reaper drone targeted a convoy that the two men were riding in that was leaving Baghdad International Airport.

Soleimani was responsible for killing hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq dating back to the start of the Iraq war in 2003.

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Qasem Soleimani led all Iranian and Iranian-backed forces in those operations.
17% of U.S. troops killed in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 orchestrated by Iran, State Dept. says

On Friday, Trump said that he ordered the military to take out Soleimani because he “was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”

“For years the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds force under Soleimani’s leadership has targeted, injured, and murdered murder hundreds of American civilians and servicemen,” Trump continued. “Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terrorist plots as far as way as New Delhi and London. … Recently Soleimani led the brutal representation of protesters in Iran where more than 1,000 innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government.”

The Department of Defense said: “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”

The Department of State said: “We can confirm that in the past several days, General Soleimani had been traveling in the Middle East coordinating further imminent large-scale attacks against U.S. diplomats and service members. These threats were highly credible and the intelligence is sound. General Soleimani’s travel also violated the ban imposed by the United Nations Security Council. Recent orders given by General Soleimani dramatically escalated Iran’s campaign of violence and terrorism against Americans and American interests in the Middle East. He orchestrated a series of attacks against American forces in Iraq in the past several months, culminating in the rocket attack on December 27, 2019, which resulted in the death of an American citizen, wounded four American service members, and threatened the lives of many more American personnel. General Soleimani also ordered the assault on the American Embassy in Baghdad. General Soleimani continued to command Iranian supported proxies in Iraq, which posed an escalating threat to the lives of Americans.”

This report has been updated.

 

Israeli Navy to Upgrade its Combat Surface Fleet Of Missile Boats 

January 4, 2020

Israeli Navy to Upgrade its Combat Surface Fleet OF Missile Boats

The Israeli Navy oversees the formation of the IDF naval forces. The naval commander also defines the objectives of the navy: to protect the State of Israel from maritime threats, to give an alarm in the event of imminent conflict, and to fulfill specific missions during a conflict.

The need to create and develop a Jewish maritime force was formulated in January 1948. At that time, Jewish communities faced the threat of Arab countries. On March 17, 1948, an order was made to set up a naval branch under the command of Marine Captain Gershon Zak. His first recruits included sailors, fishermen, port workers, coastal residents, volunteers from the British Navy, etc.

The missions of the Israeli Navy are to:

Protect and defend the State of Israel from maritime threats
Secure the vital maritime operations of the State of Israel
Assist the rest of the Israeli army in case of conflict
Shoot enemy targets
Produce and evaluate photographs of maritime space
Transport equipment and soldiers
Perform search-and-rescue missions at sea
Train the naval forces of the IDF
Execute certain ground missions within the framework of the instructions of the army

Bases:
Instruction: The objective of the training base is to train Navy recruits for their future task in their unit
Haifa: The missions of the Haifa base are: securing Israel’s sea routes, strengthening the operational capability of the navy, and deepening cooperation between the Israeli Navy and other IDF armed forces.
Ashdod: Responsible for the southern part of the Mediterranean coast of the State of Israel and mainly deals with routine security operations in this maritime area.
Atlit: Home to one of the IDF’s elite units, Shayetet 13 (Navy Special Forces). The base is located south of Haifa and is not open to visitors.
Eilat: The Navy’s headquarters in the Red Sea since the final withdrawal of naval forces from Sharm el-Sheikh under the 1979 peace accords with Egypt.
Shipyard: The Israeli Navy shipyard, located in Haifa, is the place where ship repair and improvement works are carried out. The shipyard is also responsible for weaponry development, marine coastal inspection systems, and the corps’ equipment.
Equipment: The logistics base of the Navy. Its role is to provide for the logistical needs of the various units of the corps.
Headquarters: Located in Tel Aviv in the Kirya, which houses the headquarters of the IDF’s different corps. The role of the headquarters is to manage the corp, to determine general policies, and to train the naval force.

Structure and principal units:
Routine Security Company (Palgot Habatash): The regular security forces guard the maritime border of the State of Israel and prevent any threat to harm the security of Israel and its citizens.
Missile boats (Shayetet 3): The mission of this squadron is to fight the enemy fleet in time of war, sink enemy ships, prevent Israel’s enemies from blocking its sea routes, and and assist the ground forces with incursions into enemy territory.
Submarines (Shayetet 7): This unit’s missions are the destruction of enemy ships, controlling port entrances, the carrying out of secret espionage activities, and assisting other units during combat.
Special Forces of the Navy (Shayetet 13): Shayetet 13 is the marine commando which operates at sea, on land, and in the air; its permanent base is at Atlit. It is one of the most daring units of the IDF.
Naval control unit: This naval command unit is responsible for all military exercises and naval operations. This unit is divided into four companies: command, communication, electronics, and human resources. The unit is also responsible for the operations of naval combatants, both in emergency and routine situations. The mission of this unit is to inspect the operations of the units of the Israeli Navy.

How Qassem Soleimani was targeted by 230mph laser guided Hellfire missile fired from drone | Daily Mail Online

January 4, 2020

Source: How Qassem Soleimani was targeted by 230mph laser guided Hellfire missile fired from drone | Daily Mail Online

  • Qassem Soleimani, 62, was targeted as he was leaving Baghdad airport in his car
  • A near-silent US MQ-9 Reaper drone launched the laser-guided Hellfire missile   
  • Soleimani was under near-constant surveillance by US, Saudi and Israeli forces   
  • He had survived several assassination attempts over the past two decades

He had escaped many previous assassination attempts. But Qassem Soleimani had little warning of the deadly missiles which targeted his car with pinpoint accuracy as he was leaving Baghdad airport.

A near-silent US MQ-9 Reaper drone launched the laser-guided weapons at the two-car convoy, killing the general, an Iraqi militia commander and their entourage.

The White House said the air strike was carried out ‘at the direction’ of President Donald Trump, who tweeted an image of the US flag hours after the attack.

He gave the orders without any apparent warning to his Western allies, including Britain, or to senior Democrats in the US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US made an ‘intelligence-based assessment’ to save American lives in the region amid reports Soleimani was ‘actively plotting’ attacks.

This prompted Mr Trump to order the air strike, following years of escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Iran’s highest-ranking military commander arrived at the airport in the early hours of yesterday morning on a flight from Syria.

Two Toyota SUVs drove on to the tarmac and he was greeted by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iranian-backed militia forces operating in Iraq.

The two men and their most senior aides travelled in one car and their bodyguards in the other.

Moments later, as the cars passed through a cargo area on an access road out of the airport, the convoy was hit by up to four missiles.

Grainy black and white CCTV footage showed a massive explosion which instantly reduced the vehicles to twisted metal.

Soleimani’s bloodied remains were identified in the debris only by a distinctive ring he wore. Iran’s state media said ten were killed in the attack, including four senior Iranian military aides, four Iraqi militia leaders and al-Muhandis. 

Hunter-killer drone struck at 230mph 

Local militia commander Abu Muntather al-Hussaini said two missiles hit the car carrying Soleimani, 62, and al-Muhandis, 66. The second car was struck by a single missile. They were said to have been launched by an unmanned MQ-9 ‘hunter-killer’ drone sent from the US Central Command headquarters in Qatar.

Piloted by a two-man crew hundreds of miles away, the 230mph drone can carry out precision strikes and relay images of the attack to commanders anywhere in the world. The $64million (£49million) Reaper carries four laser-guided Hellfire missiles with 38lb warheads capable of destroying a tank, along with Paveway bombs.

Aviation experts said its flight was ‘nearly silent’, meaning its intended victims would have had little or no warning of its approach.

Iran’s highest-ranking military commander arrived at the airport in the early hours of yesterday morning on a flight from Syria. Iran’s state media said ten were killed in the attack

Iran’s highest-ranking military commander arrived at the airport in the early hours of yesterday morning on a flight from Syria. Iran’s state media said ten were killed in the attack

A Gulf newspaper reported the strike involved modified Hellfire R9X ‘Ninja’ missiles, which have warheads with pop-out spinning blades designed to minimise collateral damage.

Instead of exploding, the missile is armed with six long blades that extend just before impact, effectively shredding their targets.

CCTV footage from the airport appeared to show a large explosion, and the charred wreckage of the convoy suggested it had been ripped apart by the force of a massive blast. The Pentagon refused to give details of the strike and Iranian officials claimed it was carried out by helicopter.

Years of intelligence that led to the strike 

Precision drone strikes rely on detailed intelligence, and Soleimani was kept under near-constant surveillance by US, Saudi and Israeli security forces.

The New York Times reported that the Pentagon used highly classified information from informants, electronic intercepts, reconnaissance aircraft and other surveillance techniques to track the Iranian general’s movements.

The strike was carried out by the Joint Special Operations Command, although the White House said it was done ‘at the direction’ of President Trump.

Iranian demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against the assassination of Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis

Iranian demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against the assassination of Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis

Soleimani’s bloodied remains were identified in the debris only by a distinctive ring he wore

Soleimani’s bloodied remains were identified in the debris only by a distinctive ring he wore

A source told CNN that Soleimani was involved in planning attacks on US interests in multiple countries in the region, including against US service personnel.

Force protection levels for all US military personnel in the region were increased in the 24 hours before the strike amid fears the attacks could be imminent.

A senior Trump administration official said intelligence suggested Soleimani was travelling to Baghdad to plan future attacks against US interests.

The official told CNN: ‘The President made a rapid and decisive decision on this.’ The Pentagon accused Soleimani of having previously orchestrated rocket attacks on coalition military bases in Iraq, including one last Friday which killed a US civilian contractor and injured several military personnel.

He was also said to have approved the attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad.

Did Trump breach rules with ‘secret’ attack? 

Senior Democrats accused the President of breaching protocol by launching the air strike without notifying leading members of Congress. The ‘Gang of Eight’, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are typically briefed over sensitive military actions which could have significant consequences for the US.

The four Democrats in the Gang of Eight said they were not briefed, although it was unclear if any of the Republicans were told ahead of time.

Senator Lindsey Graham, who is not a member of the group but is a close Trump ally, said he was briefed about the potential operation when he was with Mr Trump in Florida earlier in the week.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks in West Palm Beach, Florida, following the US Military airstrike against Soleimani

President Donald Trump delivers remarks in West Palm Beach, Florida, following the US Military airstrike against Soleimani

Trump tweeted an image of the US flag hours after the attack. He gave the orders without any apparent warning to his Western allies, including Britain

Trump tweeted an image of the US flag hours after the attack. He gave the orders without any apparent warning to his Western allies, including Britain

The Times reported that the strike was approved at the same time as the President authorised last Sunday’s attack on Kataeb Hezbollah bases in Iraq and Syria.

US presidents can act without congressional approval when US personnel or interests are facing an imminent threat.

In its statement, the Pentagon said: ‘At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani. This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.’

General was assassins’ target for decades 

Soleimani had survived several assassination attempts by Western, Israeli and Arab agencies over the past two decades.

But Mr Trump’s predecessors Barack Obama and George W Bush both baulked at plans to kill him, in the apparent belief that the consequences would be too great.

Last year Tehran said it foiled an assassination attempt by Israeli and Arab spies, who tried to buy a property next to a mosque built by Soleimani’s father in the city of Kerman so they could

 

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