US troops hosted at an Iraqi Air Base near Baghdad International Airport were recently greeted by two fixed-wing bomb-carrying drones. Because the day marked the second anniversary of Donald Trump’s ordered drone attack that blew up one of the most hideous Iranian tyrants in history, General Qassem Soleimani, the troops were on high alert for any nefarious activity and were able to blast the drones out of the air before they could defecate their loads. Nonetheless, it was a close call.
As of yet, no militant group has claimed credit for the foiled attack. One of the wings from the scattered debris was stenciled with the words, “Soleimani’s Revenge,” so at this point it could have been anyone, inclusive of the Iranian government itself. They’re sore losers and an eye for an eye is their favorite game.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iran’s Popular Mobilization Forces leader who was in the car with Soleimani also had the misfortune of meeting his new passel of 70 wives. He was an unanticipated bonus. Go, team…
The Iranian government doesn’t kiss and tell like their country’s militant groups are fond of and this is important to know for one reason. If none of Iran’s rebel forces step up to the plate to boast of their prowess, then ya know who ‘done it.’
Consider how Soleimani was not a rebel. He was an important part of the system by commanding an elite unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It was he who ordered the Dec. 27, 2019 rocket attack in Kirkuk, Iraq that killed four US service members and an American contractor.
Unlike the drone flyers, the US Defense Department immediately claimed responsibility for ousting Soleimani. Trump looked Iraq straight in the eye and without so much as a flinch told them, “I did it.” Here’s why he did it.
The Defense Department had clued Tump in that 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.” Taking out this one guy potentially saved hundreds, maybe thousands of lives. There was nothing haphazard about doing what had to be done.
As if Iran wasn’t already madder than a wet hen, UN special rapporteur investigating extrajudicial and summary executions, Agnes Callamard, announced to the world that the US had no justification for killing Soleimani. She said the US could not present sufficient evidence to warrant its action. Miss Callamard is of course not privy to classified top-secret US intel nor will she or anyone else at the UN ever be. Either before or after the fact. So it stands to reason why she had no idea why the mission was successfully carried out.
Callamard went as far as to submit a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva which read, “It is hard to imagine that a similar strike against a Western military leader would not be considered as an act of war.”
As is always the case, immediately following Soleimanis’s explosive departure, liberals around the world began protesting against the action and calling for America’s immediate troop withdrawal which we were already in the process of beginning anyway.
Only 2,500 or so American troops remain in Iraq and they’re acting in advisory roles only. No plans have been made to bring them home any time soon and all indicators point to them staying there for a good while to come.
All that’s left to do now is to figure out where the drones came from, but it’s highly doubtful any of the US troops really care. To them, it was just another day. Someone’s always firing something off and it’s pretty hard to tell the difference between any of them.