Timeline of the Qasem Soleimani assassination

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Timeline of the Qasem Soleimani assassination

Postby hyksos on January 4th, 2020, 3:41 am 

27 DEC 2019

K-1 Air Base. Kirkuk, Iraq.

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An unknown group fires 30 Katyusha rockets at the K-1 airbase. A civilian contractor, an American, is killed. Among the wounded are four U.S. military men, and two men from Iraqi security forces.

The airbase in Kirkuk houses American military as part of a mission called Operation Inherent Resolve, a larger mission in the fight against ISIS.


29 DEC 2019

Al-Qaim, Iraq

U.S. Central Command had rather quickly concluded that the rocket attack at K1 was perpetrated by Kata'ib Hezbollah , a Shiite militia loosely tied to Iran. On December 29, the U.S. air force scrambled F-15E fighters to locations used by Kata'ib Hezbollah as their headquarters, at least one of which was in Al-Qaim, Iraq, right at the border of Syria. The fighters bombed the headquarters into rubble. More U.S. jets were sent to bomb 2 more locations inside Iraq, and two more locations inside the borders of Syria.

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The five bombings by the US jets are estimated to have killed 19 people in Iraq, 6 more in Syria, and wounded at least 55 others.


Jonathon Hoffman (Asst Secretary of Defense) tells the press that the bombings were defensive measures that had to be taken due to a spate of attacks on Americans perpetrated by Kata'ib Hezbollah over the course of a year, only one of which included the Kirkuk rocket attack.





1 JAN 2020

US Embassy. Baghdad, Iraq.

Waves of angry protestors descend upon the US Embassy in Baghdad. The protestors are holding the flags of hashd ash-Shaʿabi , loosely translated as the "Popular Mobilization Forces." The protestors were enraged at the Dec-29 bombings, and chanted "Death to America" and demanded that the United States leave Iraq entirely. The protest increased in intensity until it turned into a riot, and the embassy building was set on fire. The embassy was evacuated of ambassadors and staff , leaving behind only the highly-armed security guards in the building.

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3 JAN 2020

Baghdad International Airport.

U.S. Central Command along with Mark Esper (Secretary of Defense) perceived the burning of the embassy as a violation of the "Green Zone" by clandestine groups operating under the orders of Iran. The primary suspect was the Quds Force, the foreign special operations wing of the IRGC ( Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ). Esper modifed the rules-of-engagement so that the United States had carte blanche to pre-emptively strike any Iranian spec-ops operating within Iraq.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was the deputy chief of hashd ash-Shaʿabi . (translated: Popular Mobilization Forces)

Qasem Soleimani was the general of the Quds Force within the IRGC.

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On January 3, al-Muhandis was traveling with Soleimani while leaving the airport on an access road. Their vehicle was destroyed by a missile launched from a US drone. All ten passengers were killed, which also included al-Muhandis's son-in-law, and a captain of the Lebanese Hezbollah. Others in the vehicle were deputies of the PMF.

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The Pentagon told the American press, quote, "Soleimani had been developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region". Trump tweeted about the drone strike less than 6 hours after it happened.

Tehran, and Lebanese Hezbollah has vowed revenge for the assassination.
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Re: Timeline of the Qasem Soleimani assassination

Postby hyksos on January 4th, 2020, 4:02 am 

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Re: Timeline of the Qasem Soleimani assassination

Postby TheVat on January 4th, 2020, 1:35 pm 

You're an unpopular president, your approval polls stuck in the 40s, impeached in the House, various law enforcement arms reaching towards you over Deutschebank, whoring hush money, campaign finance fraud, obstruction, bribery, etc. And Melania is not putting out. What's your best option? Start a war, of course. A weapon of mass distraction. Quick method for starting a war? Assassination of a nation's top general. Be sure and load your DoD with partisan poodles who will do anything for you and don't care who or how many bleed and die.
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Re: Timeline of the Qasem Soleimani assassination

Postby Serpent on January 4th, 2020, 6:40 pm 

They wouldn't make you ruler for life? They wouldn't make the office hereditary?
And now there's doubt they'll even elect you for a second term?
Well, if you can't be the next president, or the Greatest perffvect PRESIDENT like Nobody's Ever seen before.....
......at least you can be the last.
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Re: Timeline of the Qasem Soleimani assassination

Postby toucana on January 5th, 2020, 12:19 pm 

During a discussion on the ‘Morning Joe’ segment on MSNBC with Admiral James Stavridis (a former Supreme Allied Commander of Nato Armed Forces), it was pointed out that killing Qassem Solameni was rather like assassinating someone who combined the roles of General Mark Milley (the current Chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff), and Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who was also named as having died in the attack was the nomme de guerre of Jamal Jafaar al-Ibrahami who was the co-founder of the Kataib Hezbollah, a Tehran-aligned Shia group that recently launched the rocket attacks on US military facilities within Iraq which helped to provoke the latest US response.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/hashd-deputy-abu-mahdi-al-muhandis-iran-man-baghdad-200103071943304.html

Muhandis nominally worked under Faleh al-Fayyadh who was the Iraqi National Security Advisor. But in reality al-Muhandis was widely recognised as the real leader of the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary groups in Iraq as well.

The reported presence of two such senior figures and their principal aides in one and the same airport motorcade probably presented an unrepeatable target of opportunity, and one that the USIC and military leadership felt they could not overlook, and had to report to the CIC.

The political and military consequences of following through on that decision are however incalculable, and likely to be dire in the extreme.
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