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Pindostan Will Come To Regret Its Assassination of Qassim Soleimani
Moon of Alabama, Jan 3 2020

Today, Pindostan declared war on Iran. War is what it will get. Earlier today a Pindo drone or helicopter killed Gen Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC Quds Force, as he was leaving the airport of Baghdad where he had just arrived. Soleimani was responsible for all relations between Iran and political and militant movements outside of Iran. He was the man responsible for defeating Daesh. Soleimani had arrived in Baghdad on a normal flight from Iran. He did not travel in secret. He was picked up at the airport by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, the deputy commander of the Hashd al-Shaabi, an official Iraqi security force under the command of the Iraqi PM. The two cars they traveled in were destroyed in the Pindo attack. Both men and their drivers and guards died. Pindostan created two martyrs who will now become the models and idols for tens of millions of youth in the Middle East. The Houthis in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad in Palestine, the paramilitary forces in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have all benefited from Soleimani’s advice and support. They will all take actions to revenge him. Moqtada al-Sadr, who commands millions of followers in Iraq, has given orders to reactivate his military branch, ‘Jaish al-Imam al-Mahdi.’ Between 2004 and 2010 these forces fought the Pindo occupation of Iraq. They will do so again. The outright assassination of a commander of Soleimani’s weight demands an Iranian reaction of at least a similar size. All Pindo generals or high politicians traveling in the Middle East or elsewhere will now have to watch their back. There will be no safety for them anywhere. No Iraqi politician will be able to argue for keeping Pindo forces in the country. The Iraqi PM Adl Abd’el-Mahdi has called for a parliament emergency meeting to ask for the withdrawal of all Pindo troops:

The targeted assassination of an Iraqi commander is a violation of the agreement. It can trigger a war in Iraq and the region. It is a clear violation of the conditions of the Pindo presence in Iraq. I call on the parliament to take the necessary steps.

The NSC of Iran is meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei to “study the options of response.” There are many such options. Pindostan has forces stationed in many countries around Iran. From now on none of them will be safe.

Ayatollah Khamenei issued a statement calling for three days of public mourning and then retaliation. The statement said: “His departure to God does not end his path or his mission, but a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands.”

Iran while tie its response to the political calender. Trump will go into his reelection campaign with Pindo troops under threat everywhere. We can expect incidents like the Beirut barracks bombing to repeat themselves when he is most vulnerable. Soleimani will be replaced by an officer of equal stature. Iran’s policies and support for foreign groups will not change. Pindostan has won nothing with its attack but will feel the consequences for decades to come. Its position in the Middle East will from now on be severely constrained. Others will move in to take its place.

MoA published the below just prior to the drone assassinations:

What Will The Trump Administration Do When Iraq Asks Pindo Troops To Leave?
Moon of Alabama, Jan 2 2020

The reports about the current events in Iraq miss the root cause of the crisis. During last summer there were several large explosions on bases held by the PMF in Iraq. These were either caused by extreme summer heat or by Israeli air attacks launched from Pindo bases in Iraq or Syria. Most PMF leaders believe that the second is the case. There were also drone attacks on positions held by PMF at the Syrian Iraqi border at Abu Kamal/Al-Qa’im. These were likewise attributed to Israel which allegedly flew the drones from Pindo bases in northeast Syria. The alleged aim of these operations was to disrupt the land route for materiel coming from Iran and going to Syria. Several dozen PMF members were wounded during the incidents. It was after these attacks that a small campaign of revenge attacks on Pindo bases in Iraq began. These were mostly wild mortar or small missile shots which created little damage. In total some 17 such attacks happened. Pindostan alleged, without giving any evidence, that the missiles used were smuggled in from Iran and used by Iran-supported forces against Pindostan. No evidence was ever produced to support those allegation. The PMF are Iraqi troops and part of the Iraqi military establishment. They are under command of the Iraqi PM. The Iraqi state pays their salaries. They have their own munition supplies and do not depend on Iran. It is quite possible that some of the PMU members took shots at Pindo bases in revenge for the explosions in their bases without any order or support from Iran. On Dec 12, the Carnegie Middle East Center asked several ‘experts’ how Pindostan should react to the attacks which it alleges come from Iran. Michael Knights of WINEP, which is part of the Israel lobby, responded:

As mobile launch platforms may relocate or be collocated with civilians, Pindostan needs to maintain updated sets of pre-vetted “response option” targets that can be struck at a time and place of its choosing. Pindostan should wait if need be for militia headquarters to refill, not just strike empty buildings as quickly as possible. Any target in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen or elsewhere should be considered fair game.

When on Dec 29 several missiles hit a Pindo base in Iraq and killed one Pindo contractor, the Trump administration did exactly that. It bombed five sides at the Iraqi Syrian border hundreds of kilometers away from the original attack. Some 32 people died, of which only nine were members of the of the Kata’ib Hezbollah group of the PMF. The others killed were Iraqi border police and regular Iraqi soldiers. We immediately predicted that the incident was likely to end the presence of the Pindo military in Iraq. After the official mourning, family members and comrades of the deceased soldiers stormed the perimeter of the Pindo embassy in Baghdad. They left yesterday after the PM guaranteed them that the Iraqi parliament would soon vote on a law that would evict all Pindo forces. Pindostan has reinforced its embassy guards. It has airlifted an airborne infantry battalion to Kuwait and put another 4,000 troops on stand-by. The Trump administration did not apologize for its attack on the Iraqi troops. Instead it appealed to Iraqi sovereignty, which it had broken when it attacked the PMF, when it demanded better protection for its embassy. Even today, with no demonstrators anywhere nearby, Pindostan was flying helicopters patrols over Baghdad. The Iraqis see that as a further insult. Pindo media have joined the Trump administration in describing the PMF as ‘Iran-backed.’ When five years ago, Daesh overran large parts of Iraq, Iran helped to stand up the PMF by sending trainers and weapons. But there is no evidence that Iranian influence on these groups is still strong or even relevant. There is no evidence that Iran is involved at all in the current kerfuffle. Pindostan and Israel attacked these groups throughout the last year and they were already highly motivated to take revenge. It was Pindo & Israeli interests that made Iraq into a battlefield against Iran:

Pindo military personnel are in Iraq supposedly on an anti-Daesh mission. Under the Trump administration, there appears to have been mission creep, in Iraq as well as Syria, in which somehow confronting Iran has become part of a new mission. That mission has never been justified. No-one has explained exactly how the current state of Iraqi-Iranian relations threatens Pindo interests, beyond any threat to the very same Pindo military personnel in Iraq, which brings circular reasoning into play. Seemingly forgotten among all this is how Iran and the Iraqi elements it supports have also been performing an anti-Daesh mission.

Pindostan sees Iraq and Syria as the ground on which it can fight Iran. Neither country wants to be in such a position. The Iraqi government, its PM and its president, the major religious scholars in Iraq and the heads of major Iraqi parties have all condemned the Pindo attack. During the last few days the public mood in Iraq has changed from mildly anti-Iranian to strongly anti-Pindo sentiment. As there is no apology coming out of Faschingstein, only more threats, the Iraqi parliament is likely to agree to ask the Pindo forces to leave. That would also be in the best interest of Pindostan. But the Trump administration, especially the neocons Pompeo and Esper, want to keep the troops in Iraq. It needs them to support its shenanigans in Syria and to further threaten Iran. What can and what will it attempt to do to change the Iraqis’ minds?


  1. lobro
    Posted January 3, 2020 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    a bit of old-fashioned cui bonoing is in order (MoA today+yesterday, 2jan20, uppercased highlights mine):

    These were either caused by extreme summer heat or by ISRAELI air attacks launched from U.S. bases in Iraq or Syria. Most PMF leaders believe that the second is the case.
    There were also drone attacks on positions held by PMF at the Syrian Iraqi border at Abu Kamal/Al-Qa’im. These were likewise attributed to ISRAEL which allegedly flew the drones from U.S. bases in northeast Syria.

    that one was a no-brainer, all these bases is belong to jew, probably charging the 5th avenue rents for using them in order to run psycho-errands for jew.
    the next one is more interesting

    U.S. President Donald Trump will go into his reelection campaign with U.S. troops under threat everywhere.

    reminds me of that charming (every jew a genius, every jewess beautiful, jew humor the funniest) tshirt (one shot, two kills), the double-mitzvah of killing a pregnant palestinian with the unborn baby inside.
    what’s not to like about simultaneously starting a huge goy-on-goy carnage while denying trump the second term in favor of killary?

    i don’t see anyone else’s bono (unless the iranians are angry enough to hit israel directly and hard, which changes the dynamics entirely and may well be the required response in order to cut the otherwise never ending bullshit—can always claim that their stone-age missile tech misfired 😉 ).

  2. niqnaq
    Posted January 3, 2020 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    yeah, I spotted those depth charges in the text, too, but I didn’t comment. I seen enough this morning.

    hey, whatever’s coming, take care of yourself, lil guy 😉

  3. lobro
    Posted January 4, 2020 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    will do, thanks, to me it is far less important that i travel 1st class than in company of the right comrades.

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