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“Bigger Than Bin Laden”

Who died.

What happened.

Why It Matters.

Here’s what’s going on between America & Iran.

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IMPORTANT CONTEXT:

  • Iran: Designated as a state sponsor of terrorism by U.S. State Dept. since 1984.
  • State Sponsor of Terrorism =“repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”
  • August 2019: U.S. designates Iran’s paramilitary (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) including the Quds Force as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” – first time a “part” of another country’s gov’t received this designation.
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ALSO IMPORTANT…

“If you see an Iraq war veteran with an artificial limb (or limbs), there’s a pretty good chance Soleimani and his Quds Force can take credit for the maiming. Iran supplied the IEDs that have penetrated so many of our armored vehicles in Iraq.”

@RepJimBanks (R-IN), veteran

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DURING THE LAST WEEK…

Dec. 27: American killed in Iraq
Several others injured.

“We know that the intent of this last attack was in fact to kill American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, whoever was there…..”

Chair of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Milley who said rocket attacks against bases with Americans increased "in tempo" since October, blaming Iran.
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THEN THIS HAPPENED…

  • Dec. 29: America targets Iranian-backed militia in Syria & Iraq for reportedly killing/wounding Americans on Dec. 27, killing an estimated 25 militia members.
  • Dec. 31: “Protesters” (some dressed in militia uniform) breach walls at U.S. embassy in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
  • Jan. 2: U.S. takes responsibility for killing the head of Iran’s Quds force (General Soleimani).
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“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region…This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”

U.S. Dept. of Defense
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“…this is bigger than bin-Laden…Bigger than Baghdadi. For two decades, Suleimani has been the most powerful, savvy & effective terrorist on the planet. He’s enjoyed full backing of powerful terrorist state.”

Mark Dubowitz, Foundation For Defense of Democracies, on the death of Gen. Soleimani, head of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. The Quds Force is a specialized division within the IRGC.
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“The US’ act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.”

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. According to reports, Iran's leader, Ayatollah Khamenei ordered 3 days of mourning and warned of “harsh retaliation."
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Why This Matters

Adds fuel to the already simmering tension between America and Iran. What’s next? No one knows.

Suleimani served as a prominent Iranian figure for 20+ years. America blames him for orchestrating deaths of hundreds of Americans during the Iraq war, and driving nefarious, terrorist activity worldwide.

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America has an estimated 60,000+ U.S forces in the Middle East including roughly 5,000 in Iraq.

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At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. 

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. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.  

This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.

GEN. MILLEY: We know that there’s been a sustained campaign at least since October. We know that for certain. We know that the campaign has increased in tempo and intensity. So, in October, there were four attacks. In November, there were four to five. In December, today, up until the 27th, there were six attacks.

We know that the number of rounds have been increasing, from “x” all the way up to 31. We know that the intent of this last attack was in fact to kill American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, whoever was there. It was about a hundred soldiers at that particular compound.

Thirty-one rockets aren’t designed as a warning shot. That’s designed to inflict damage and kill. So this has been a sustained campaign by K.H., who is under the influence, command, control, support, training, advice, etcetera, of Iranian special operations forces. So there’s no doubt in our mind as to what happened here.