• Terror-Chief is Killed in Iraq by U.S. Forces, Iraqis Dance in the Streets

    Surge Summary: The progressive mainstream media wants to paint Donald Trump and the U.S. Military as the bad guys in the death of Qassem Soleimani – meanwhile, many Iraqi citizens are dancing in the street now that the terror-mastermind’s has been eliminated.

    The Blaze’s Dale Hurd writes,

    Iran has vowed “harsh retaliation” for a US drone strike that killed Tehran’s top terror chief in the Middle East.

    … and that seems to be just about all the left wants to focus on in the wake of the decision by the Trump administration.

    The president gave the go-ahead to the operation Thursday. It’s being called “a seismic event in the Middle East.”

    Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, perhaps the world’s principal terrorist and head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was target of the strike. Soleimani had a steering hand in 17 percent of all U.S. personnel deaths in Iraq between 2003 to 2011. In 2013 in a New Yorker profile, a former CIA officer identified him as “the single most powerful operative in the Middle East” [The Blaze/Phil Shiver]. In Lebanon, the 62-year-old killer built the radical Islamic group Hezbollah into a powerful state within a state that threatens Israel.

    Many considered him to be one of the most dangerous men in the world.

    Soleimani was visiting Iraq’s Baghdad airport when he was taken down by the airstrike. A total of eight people died along with him in the strike (Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis among them, according to Reuters.) Soleimani’s remains were identified by his hand and the ring he wore.

    The Pentagon said in a statement, “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…”

    Soleimani was the architect of Iran’s operations throughout the region, and had been sanctioned by the US and the UN for supporting terrorism. A former CIA officer once told the New Yorker that Soleimani was the most powerful operative in the Middle East. He was so famous in Iran, a cut-out of his image greeted passengers at Tehran Airport.

    Per Shiver: the Pentagon, in a news release, added that the U.S. military made the decision to strike Soleimani deter future Iranian attacks.

    A development the nay-sayers seem to want to ignore? The news of the murderous general’s demise sparked spontaneous celebrations in Iraq; people were dancing in the street.

    Iraqi Ahmed Jabar said, “The killings will eliminate the corrupt parties which are destroying Iraq.”

    For their part …

    [a]t Friday prayers in Iran, worshippers chanted “Death to America.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned that a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the US, as did a spokesman for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, who cried during the interview on Iranian state TV.

    Currently, approximately 5,000 American troops are based in Iraq, training Iraqi forces and helping to combat the Islamic State.

    Soleimani’s death is being called a “significant blow” to Iran.  The US knew that Soleimani was behind this week’s attack on the US embassy in Baghdad and Defense Secretary Mark Esper had issued a warning Thursday, saying on MSNBC, “Enough is enough. We have all the capabilities to either respond to further attacks or take preemptive action if additional attacks are being prepared.”

    Shiver:

    The Daily Wire reported that several analysts are calling Soleimani’s death more significant than the deaths of Osama bid Laden and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

    President Trump has vowed the Iranian militia assault on the Baghdad embassy would not turn into another Benghazi-style attack against a US embassy. The elimination of Soleimani and his homicidal associates is a persuasive demonstration he means business. Furthermore, US officials have communicated they are prepared to meet any response from Iran.

    In a day in which Washington, D.C. is routinely involved in activities which have no constitutional (or moral) basis, we are reminded the assault on this enemy of America is the kind of duty assigned by God for civilized government to undertake against the wicked. (See Romans 13:1ff; 1 Peter 2: 13,14).

    H/T: The Blaze/Dale Hurd

    H/T: The Blaze/Phil Shiver

    Image: Screen Shot; Twitter; https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1212955403077767168


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