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Inside the Plot by Iranís Soleimani to Attack US Forces in Iraq: Reuters
The Epoch Times ^ | January 4, 2020 Updated: January 4, 2020 | al Reuters

Posted on 01/04/2020 7:33:59 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

In mid-October, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani met with his Iraqi Shi’ite militia allies at a villa on the banks of the Tigris River, looking across at the U.S. embassy complex in Baghdad.

The Revolutionary Guards commander instructed his top ally in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and other powerful Pro-Iran militia leaders to step up attacks on U.S. targets in the country using sophisticated new weapons provided by Iran, two militia commanders and two security sources briefed on the gathering told Reuters.

The strategy session, which has not been previously reported, came as mass protests against Iran’s growing influence in Iraq were gaining momentum, putting the Islamic Republic in an unwelcome spotlight. Soleimani’s plans to attack U.S. forces aimed to provoke a military response that would redirect that rising anger toward the United States, according to the sources briefed on the gathering, Iraqi Shi’ite politicians, and government officials close to Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Soleimani’s efforts ended up provoking the U.S. attack on Friday that killed him and Muhandis, marking a major escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran. The two men died in air strikes on their convoy at a Baghdad airport as they headed to the capital, dealing a major blow to the Islamic Republic and the many Iraqi paramilitary groups it supports.

Interviews with the Iraqi security sources and Shi’ite militia commanders offer a rare glimpse of how Soleimani operated in Iraq, which he once told a Reuters reporter he knew like the back of his hand.

Two weeks before the October meeting, Soleimani ordered Iranian Revolutionary Guards to move more sophisticated weapons—such as Soviet-era Katyusha rockets and shoulder-fired missiles that could bring down helicopters—to Iraq through two border crossings, the militia commanders and Iraqi security sources told Reuters.

(Excerpt) Read more at theepochtimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abumahdialmuhandis; adelabdulmahdi; alreuters; anothercrapblog; iran; iraq; qasemsoleimani; qudsforce; reuters

1 posted on 01/04/2020 7:33:59 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Who in Congress leaked this?


2 posted on 01/04/2020 7:35:34 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Let’s spread this bit of leaked intelligence. This leak doesn’t harm US security interests, it simply lets the Iranians know we have the goods on them.


3 posted on 01/04/2020 7:36:10 PM PST by House Atreides (Boycott the NFL 100% ¬ó PERMANENTLY)
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To: House Atreides

And this leak shows Trump was FULLY JUSTIFIED in taking his actions.


4 posted on 01/04/2020 7:37:39 PM PST by House Atreides (Boycott the NFL 100% ¬ó PERMANENTLY)
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To: BenLurkin

No Dem leaked this since it backs up what Pompeo and Trump said. So many Dems are saying Trump etc are lyinh.
This disproves it


5 posted on 01/04/2020 8:13:25 PM PST by RWGinger (Does anyone else really)
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To: BenLurkin

I think the administration leaked it because it shows precisely why we were justified in offing Soleimani.The Dems are going to be hard pressed to push forward with their storyline that Trump was out of control. The leak shows a very rational decision based on Iran’s specific plans to directly attack out troops throughout the Middle East, I am surprised Reuters published it because it puts the decision in a positive light


6 posted on 01/04/2020 8:23:32 PM PST by chuckee
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To: chuckee

Wow this story puts the nail in the coffin of the Democrats’latest treason. This is Reuters’ own reporting justifying our strike against these guys.


7 posted on 01/04/2020 8:46:23 PM PST by Williams (Stop Tolerating The Intolerant)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Until Trump begins hammering Iranian military equipment stores and supply depots with missile strikes every time the Iranians act up, the Iranians are gonna continue pulling the slot machine lever, hoping for the jackpot.


8 posted on 01/04/2020 8:55:48 PM PST by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Gee, and that was before we took out what’-his-name.

Imagine that!

We didn’t even have to do anything to provoke more attacks.


9 posted on 01/04/2020 10:34:02 PM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Wow, what got into al-Reuters?

10 posted on 01/04/2020 11:33:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Rock the Casbah.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ9r8LMU9bQ


11 posted on 01/04/2020 11:42:15 PM PST by Norski
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To: metmom
It is only a slight distinction, but one can more generally even leave Gen. Soleimani out of your words and reorder:

We didn’t even have to do anything to provoke more attacks.

Imagine that! /s

IMHO, over 90% of the public, and a disturbing % of FReepers really DON'T understand the full nature of the struggle we are in, and what has to happen to survive it with "acceptable" losses, much less end it, assuming we will not submit to Islam OR commit the worst genocide this planet has ever seen. Dubya got halfway there in that speech he made after 911, basically announcing the War On Terror, but even then, he failed to lay it all out on the line, so to speak. (I consider that his biggest failure, by far.) In terms of ending it, el-Sisi in Egypt has been more honest and more comprehensive in that honesty, at least at times.

12 posted on 01/05/2020 8:31:42 AM PST by Paul R. (The Lib / Socialist goal: Total control of nothing left worth controlling.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“step up attacks on U.S. targets in the country using sophisticated new weapons provided by Iran”

I smell the stench of fake news. Why weren’t these
new weapons used against the embassy? Although, the
article does lend some justification as to why this
guy was blown to smithereens.


13 posted on 01/05/2020 10:12:34 PM PST by Lean-Right (Eat More Moose)
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To: SunkenCiv
Wow, what got into al-Reuters?

My question too. The media canonization of Soleimani appears to have foundered on the rock of awkward recent history. As one commentator put it, Soleimani was responsible for the death of thousands of Muslims, which is more than you can say against Trump.

14 posted on 01/05/2020 10:21:45 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
The fact that Trump didn't take care of Soleimani makes him CULPABLE in their deaths, which is an IMPEACHABLE offense, and SO IS not TELLING Congress about the hit in advance. /s

15 posted on 01/05/2020 10:30:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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