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Why the World Should Thank Trump for Killing Soleimani. “In the event that one is not overly familiar with the past forty years of Iranian history, I will explain what I mean; Iran—over the past four decades—has perfected a playbook of deceit that is so effective that nearly anyone has the potential of falling for it.”

Why the World Should Thank Trump for Killing Soleimani

President Donald Trump’s remarks this morning in a live speech from the White House reiterated his support for the decisive action The United States took in eliminating “ruthless terrorist” Qasem Soleimani last week. As President Trump put it today: “Soleimani’s hands were drenched in both American and Iranian blood. He should have been terminated long ago. How Qassim Suleimani Wielded His Enormous Power in Iraq. In the four decades since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, few Iranian leaders have achieved the global profile attained by Maj.

How Qassim Suleimani Wielded His Enormous Power in Iraq

Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the military commander killed in an American airstrike on Thursday. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Suleimani emerged as the United States’s most capable adversary in that country. His American counterpart at a key point during the occupation, Gen. Iran’s Cyber Attack on Billionaire Adelson Provides Lesson on Strategy. (Bloomberg) -- As the U.S. awaits possible retribution over a recent airstrike that killed a top general, there’s at least one American businessman who can attest, in detail, to what happened after he provoked Iran.

Iran’s Cyber Attack on Billionaire Adelson Provides Lesson on Strategy

In October 2013, Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and prominent supporter of conservative politicians and Israel, appeared on a panel in New York in which he suggested that the U.S. could send a message to Iran, regarding its nuclear ambitions, by detonating an American warhead in the middle of the Iranian desert. “You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position,” said Adelson, who later became a major supporter of President Donald Trump. His comments infuriated Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who two weeks later said America “should slap these prating people in the mouth.” Months later, in February 2014, hackers inserted malware into the computer networks of Adelson’s Las Vegas casino.

Iranian State TV Announces $80 Million 'Reward' For 'Head' Of President Donald Trump. Iranian state television on Sunday announced an $80 million "reward" for the head of U.S.

Iranian State TV Announces $80 Million 'Reward' For 'Head' Of President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump. According to the announcement, Iran is offering $1 for each of its 80 million citizens. The money would purportedly go to the persons who "who get close to the head of President Trump. " The reward was first reported by EN24. “Iran has 80 million inhabitants," the statement said. Iran’s Deadly Puppet Master. The decision not to act is often the hardest one to make—and it isn’t always right.

Iran’s Deadly Puppet Master

In 2007, I watched a string of vehicles pass from Iran into northern Iraq. I had been serving as the head of the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) for four years, working to stem the terrorism that had devastated the region, and I had become accustomed to making tough choices. But on that January night, the choice was particularly tricky: whether or not to attack a convoy that included Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force—an organization roughly analogous to a combination of the CIA and JSOC in the United States. Making of a martyr: how Qassem Suleimani was hunted down. For Qassem Suleimani, the 62-year-old head of Iran’s Quds Force, and one of the most powerful men in the Middle East, the short flight from Damascus to Baghdad late on Thursday was routine.

Making of a martyr: how Qassem Suleimani was hunted down

Travelling by private charter, the architect of Tehran’s strategic efforts from Lebanon through Syria and Iraq to Yemen would have avoided all formalities at one of the world’s most securely guarded airports. As his plane touched down just after midnight on Friday morning after reportedly disappearing from commercial flight trackers shortly before landing, two cars were waiting to greet the burly general at the aircraft steps. On the tarmac was a familiar face, Suleimani’s long-time associate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iraqi leader of the Iranian-backed Shia militia Kata’ib Hezbollah, whose supporters had laid siege to the US embassy in Baghdad for two days last week in retaliation for US airstrikes that killed 25 militia fighters on 29 December.

Trump administration website defaced by hackers claiming to be Iranians vowing ‘severe revenge’ Predictions that Iran would engage in cyber warfare to retaliate for the United States’ assassination of Qassin Suleimani may have already come true.

Trump administration website defaced by hackers claiming to be Iranians vowing ‘severe revenge’

The website for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is offline as of publication time after being defaced. The program is administered by the U.S. The Shadow Commander. Last February, some of Iran’s most influential leaders gathered at the Amir al-Momenin Mosque, in northeast Tehran, inside a gated community reserved for officers of the Revolutionary Guard.

The Shadow Commander

They had come to pay their last respects to a fallen comrade. Hassan Shateri, a veteran of Iran’s covert wars throughout the Middle East and South Asia, was a senior commander in a powerful, élite branch of the Revolutionary Guard called the Quds Force. The force is the sharp instrument of Iranian foreign policy, roughly analogous to a combined C.I.A. and Special Forces; its name comes from the Persian word for Jerusalem, which its fighters have promised to liberate.

Since 1979, its goal has been to subvert Iran’s enemies and extend the country’s influence across the Middle East. The Shadow Commander. The Killing of Qassem Suleimani Is Tantamount to an Act of War. On orders from President Trump, the United States killed Major General Qassem Suleimani, the leader of Iran’s élite Quds Force and the mastermind of its military operations across the Middle East, in an overnight air strike at Baghdad’s International Airport.

The Killing of Qassem Suleimani Is Tantamount to an Act of War

The assassination was the boldest U.S. act in confronting Iran since the 1979 revolution, tantamount to an act of war. A brief statement from the Pentagon described it as a “decisive defensive action” designed to protect U.S. personnel abroad. But the strike represented a stunning escalation between Washington and Tehran, and it may well have the reverse effect. What Does The Suleimani Killing Mean For The US And Iran? Here's What To Read.

On Thursday, a US airstrike in Baghdad killed Qassim Suleimani, the head of Iran's Quds Force and one of the most powerful men in Iran and the Middle East.

What Does The Suleimani Killing Mean For The US And Iran? Here's What To Read

While some have heralded the strike as a justified response to the recent events at the US embassy in Iraq and to Suleimani's history of violence in the region, others argue that the killing will lead to a major escalation in conflict between the US and Iran, potentially even war. Here's what to read. How The Situation Escalated The New York Times has a quick breakdown of how tensions on the ground in Iraq have flared over the last week: [Read at the New York Times]

US strike kills top Iranian commander Soleimani. A US air strike in Baghdad overnight killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's elite Quds Force and regarded as the second most powerful figure in Iran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran threatened on Friday to hit back hard after the death of Soleimani who was seen as the architect of Iran's growing military influence in the Middle East. The overnight attack, authorized by US President Donald Trump, marked a dramatic escalation in a "shadow war" in the Middle East between Iran and the United States and its allies, principally Israel and Saudi Arabia. Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the attack. Iran has been locked in a long conflict with the US that escalated sharply last week with an attack on the US embassy in Iraq by pro-Iranian militiamen following a US air raid on the Kataib Hezbollah militia, founded by Muhandis.

The US Embassy in Baghdad urged all American citizens to depart Iraq immediately. Disputing Trump claims, Japan says no evidence Iran was behind Saudi attack. “We are not aware of any information that points to Iran,” said Japanese defense minister Taro Kono. Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters Wednesday that he has not seen any intelligence indicating Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, contradicting Saudi and Trump administration claims about the incident. “We are not aware of any information that points to Iran,” Kono said during a press briefing. Iran attacks US warships in the Gulf of Tonkin. Sources say downed UAV penetrated deep into Iranian airspace. U.S. Claims Drone Was Minding Own Business On Its Way To Church When Iran Attacked It Out Of Nowhere. WASHINGTON—Maintaining that the unmanned aerial vehicle was simply going about its day without posing a threat to anyone, U.S.

Department of State officials claimed Thursday that one of their drones was minding its own business on its way to church when Iran attacked it out of nowhere. “This was an outrageous, unprovoked attack by the Islamic Republic of Iran on an innocent drone who merely wanted to attend mass in peace,” said acting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, emphasizing the drone’s upstanding moral character by pointing out its history of donating to charity, volunteering at soup kitchens, and making homemade cookies for school bake sales. World Court Rules on Iran Challenge to US Suits for Acts of Terrorism: An Explainer.

Private lawsuits against Iran for injuries caused by terrorist acts have generated billions of dollars in damage awards in U.S. courts. In 2016, Iran filed suit in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) alleging that these proceedings, and the seizure of certain Iranian assets to satisfy the judgments, violate international law. Last week, the ICJ issued its judgment on the United States’s preliminary objections to Iran’s claims. Perhaps not surprisingly, reactions to the judgment differed. New Findings on Clerical Involvement in the 1953 Coup in Iran. What a War Between Iran and America Would Look Like. The facts are simple: Washington and Tehran are locked into a long-term geopolitical contest throughout the Middle East that will span decades—a similar contest in many ways to Washington and Beijing’s battle for influence in the Asia-Pacific and wider Indo-Pacific regions.

Over the long term, the U.S. -Iranian struggle throughout the Middle East could very well be a mini-Thucydides trap, to steal the phrase from my beloved Harvard’s resident geostrategic guru, Graham Allison—the classic tale of how when a rising power meets an established power, war is oftentimes the most common result (eleven out of fifteen times, per Allison). Taking such a long view of U.S. -Iranian relations only reveals stormy seas ahead. Trump wants to push back against Iran, but Iran is now more powerful than ever. U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment to Iran Was Delayed as Prisoner ‘Leverage’ Photo. A Shifting Narrative on Iran. For more than twenty years the world has been hearing from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his friends in the United States that Iran is a global threat because it is developing nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu’s warning has been framed around his repeated prediction that if nothing were done to intercede in the process the Mullahs would have a weapon of mass destruction in their hands within six months or a year. Since that time numerous time spans of six months or a year have passed and no weapon has appeared, even though Israel did its best to provide forged intelligence to muddy the waters about what was actually occurring. In a notable scam, a lap top prepared by Mossad and delivered by an Iranian dissident group half convinced the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran was up to something.

Israel has also been adept at floating false “intelligence based” allegations that the Iranians were carrying out uranium enrichment in hidden, secret facilities. Another Idiotic Plan to Hurt Russia. “The U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests…..We must, however, be mindful that…Russia will remain the strongest military power in Eurasia and the only power in the world with the capability of destroying the United States.”

-The Wolfowitz Doctrine, the original version of the Defense Planning Guidance, authored by Under Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, leaked to the New York Times on March 7, 1992“For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia…and America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained.” -THE GRAND CHESSBOARD – American Primacy And It’s Geostrategic Imperatives, Zbigniew Brzezinski, page 30, Basic Books, 1997 Laussanne was about strategic priorities not nukes. See?    Six Things You Didn’t Know the U.S. and Its Allies Did to Iran  :    Information Clearing House - ICH. By Jon Schwarz April 08, 2015 "ICH" - "The Intercept" - It’s hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting “Death to America!”

I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I’m part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying. But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us — things we’ve done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets shouting “Death to Norway!” Unfortunately, not only have the U.S. and our allies done horrendous things to Iran, we’re not even polite enough to remember it. Reminding ourselves of this history does not mean endorsing an Iran with nuclear-tipped ICBMs. Operation Merlin. Stuxnet's Secret Twin - By Ralph Langner. CIA Confirms Role in 1953 Iran Coup. CIA Admits It Was Behind Iran's Coup - By Malcolm Byrne.

In classified cyberwar against Iran, trail of Stuxnet leak leads to White House. Good-bye Dubai? Bombing Iran’s Nuclear Facilities would leave the Entire Gulf States Region virtually Uninhabitable. Navy To Send a Strong Message To Iran With Pointless Multinational Exercise. ‘October Surprise’ and ‘Argo’ ‘Argo’ helps Iran’s dictatorship, harms democracy. Argo and the Stolen Truth About Iran. Iran Promises To End Nuclear Program In Exchange For Detailed Diagram Of Atomic Bomb. Gov News Transcript: DOD News Briefing with George Little from the Pentagon. U.S. Sanctions on Iran Hit Health Care.

The U.S. Navy adviser who thwarted a plan to provoke war with Iran.