• Think Tank: Iranian Retaliation Plans, History of Terror Violence

    Surge Summary: Last month’s death of two terror-chiefs in Iraq by an American drone highlight that Iran has been involved in terrorist activities for a long time – including over the last year. President Barack Obama essentially tolerated it; President Donald Trump apparently will not.

    The Iranian-backed militias in Iraq [said] the retaliation against the U.S. for assassinating the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani will begin Sunday night (Iraqi time) [Dec 29], according to Al Arabiya.

    Their militias said all American forces are now targets as of Sunday. They also called upon the Iraqi security forces to stay more than a half a mile away from any place where American forces are present or they may find themselves on the wrong end of the militia members’ rifles.

    Early Friday morning, American forces killed Soleimani along with his close ally Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, second in command of the Iranian-backed Iraqi militias — known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMO), al-Hashid a-Shabi — and head of the Iraqi Hezbollah, along with as other top leaders of the PMO.  While the threats against the United States appear to be against American military or State Department personnel, it’s been well-documented that Hezbollah is present in Mexico, South American countries such as Venezuela and Colombia, and our northern neighbor Canada.

    Although the Democrats in Congress and other elected offices are practically shedding tears for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the facts are clear that he was an arch terrorist, responsible for the death of hundreds of Americans soldiers. As commander of the Quds Force, Iran’s powerful proxy army which conducted unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations, Soleimani was the regime’s key architect and strategist of those nefarious operations.  During the height of the Iraqi insurgency, many of the IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were manufactured in Iran and given to the radical Sunni terrorists such as al-Qaeda in Iraq and other militant Muslims.

    Trump administration detractors in the news media appear adept at attacking the Commander in Chief no matter what he orders regarding defense against the Iranians. They shed nostalgic tears over the perceived President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic terrorist — which in essence was to give them billions of taxpayer dollars without demanding anything in return. But the truth is that if anything, Iranian backed Islamic militias have been more active in building up their war machine and providing terrorist group with weapons such as mortars, missiles, rockets and rocket-propelled grenades and launchers. Below is a report from the Clarion Project.

    [Click on this link for] a map with details on all the Iranian provocations against the U.S. and its allies since May 2019. Seen altogether, it’s a shocking commentary on why tensions are currently so high between the Islamic Republic and the U.S.

    Click here: https://clarionproject.org/iranian-provocations-since-may-2019-see-this-shocking-map/

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    Originally posted here.

    Image: Hezbollah fighters on the march; Adapted from: قناة بلادي الفضائية – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTlJ9DfriSc, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65100586

    Jim Kouri

    Conservative Base's editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist,  and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters."

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