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#1230563 - Thu Jan 02 2020 07:34 PM Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack
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LEADER OF ATTACK ON U.S. EMBASSY THIS WEEK VISITED OBAMA WHITE HOUSE IN 2011

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An Iran-linked Iraqi official who was spotted in the crowd of angry militia supporters and protesters Tuesday as some of them stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad visited the Obama White House back in 2011.
Hadi Al-Amiri's presence at the scene of the embassy attack -- where crowds chanted “Down, Down USA!” following U.S. airstrikes that killed fighters of an Iranian-backed militia -- underscores how the figure once seen as a potential partner is now viewed by the U.S. government as a dangerous Iran proxy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointedly called him out in a tweet accusing him of aiding "terrorists" in the embassy attack.

"All are pictured below outside our embassy," he wrote.

Amiri, Iraq’s former transportation minister and a member of the Iraqi parliament, was spotted among the supporters of the Kataib Hezbollah militia.

The Washington Post reported Amiri’s presence at the protests outside the embassy, saying he was "in attendance." The Associated Press also reported that Amiri was among the “commanders of militia factions loyal to Iran” who “joined the protesters outside the embassy in a strikingly bold move.”

Amiri leads the Badr Corps, one of the largest pro-Iranian militias in Iraq, and is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which is the larger network of Shiite militias.

Yet in 2011, Amiri accompanied former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and several other top Baghdad advisers on a high-profile visit to the Obama White House timed with the official wind-down of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

Amiri’s inclusion in the trip to Washington raised eyebrows at the time due to his involvement and ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which backed the Badr Corps at the time and had been linked to several attacks on Western targets. During the rule of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Amiri served as a commander of the Badr Corps, which, at the time, had been the military wing of the Supreme Council of Iraq.

The Obama White House downplayed Amiri’s visit, pointing out that even the Bush administration reached out to Iraqis who were close to the Iranian government during Saddam’s rule. The Obama administration had taken a tough stance against the IRGC, with the Treasury Department, at the time, slapping sanctions on Iranian military officials, but Amiri’s involvement in the high-profile trip seemed to clash with their efforts.


David Bossie, president of Citizens United and a former 2016 Trump campaign official, tweeted Thursday that it appears former Vice President Joe Biden also was part of the 2011 session. He posted State Department records listing Biden – along with Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – as among the participants meeting with the Iraqi delegation.



It is unclear what Amiri’s level of involvement was in the siege at the embassy earlier this week, where hundreds of protesters stormed the embassy compound, which is one of the most heavily fortified U.S. diplomatic missions in the world.

The violent siege, which included smashed windows and sprayed graffiti on the embassy’s wall, was said to be in protest of the deadly U.S. airstrikes which targeted the Kataib Hezbollah militia last weekend and killed 25 fighters. Those strikes had been in response to a rocket attack on an Iraqi Army base that killed a U.S. contractor and injured several American troops.

Elsewhere, demonstrators could be seen hurling rocks over the walls of the embassy compound before U.S. troops responded by firing tear gas from the roofs of the buildings.

The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of state-allied militias — many backed by Iran — called on its supporters to withdraw in response to an appeal by the Iraqi government, saying “your message has been received.”

The protest, which ended late Wednesday, prompted the Pentagon to send hundreds of additional troops to the Middle East. During the height of the protests late Tuesday, more than 100 U.S. Marines arrived at the embassy to bolster security as President Trump denounced the actions of protesters, vowing the situation in Baghdad “will not be a Benghazi.”

Iran has denied any involvement in the attack on the embassy. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted by state media on Tuesday as warning the U.S. against any “miscalculation” in the worsening standoff.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday that the militiamen and their supporters are "not protesters."

"These were terrorists that are organized, trained and equipped by the Iranian regime," she said.

The U.S. and Iran have sought influence over Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Hussein reign. Iran has close ties to Iraq’s Shiite majority and many of its major political factions. Its influence has steadily grown since then.

Iran helped to mobilize tens of thousands of mostly Shiite militiamen to battle the Islamic State group when it stormed across northern and western Iraq in 2014 as the armed forces collapsed. In the subsequent campaign against the extremists, the U.S. and Iran both provided vital aid to Iraqi forces, who eventually declared victory in December 2017.

The political influence of the Iran-backed militias has risen in recent years, and their allies dominate the parliament and the government.

In addition to deploying additional troops to the Middle East, the Trump administration has also updated its travel warning for Iraq.

"On December 31, 2019, the Embassy suspended public consular services, until further notice, as a result of damage done by Iranian-backed terrorist attacks on the Embassy compound,” the State Department said Thursday.




Gee, why am I suspicious of Democrats and regard them as Bolshevik enemies of our Constitiutional republic?






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#1230564 - Thu Jan 02 2020 08:39 PM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Lt. Col. Douglas MacGregor is someone I wish was in Trump's white house or security council. He says that the airstrikes the protests were in response to were a mistake, that Trump (after wisely resisting previous attacks on Iran and its proxy meilitias in Iraq) took bad advice to bomb Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias, who despite their ties to Iran, were killing Sunni ISIS fighters.

MacGregor's advice is for Trump and the U.S. to simply withdraw, and let the Sunnis and Shias kill each other, "as they have for a thousand years" without us.

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#1230566 - Thu Jan 02 2020 09:14 PM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: Wonder Boy]
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I'm not so sure the "protests" were the result of any airstrike. I think they thought they could do the "we got mad over a YouTube video" con that they tried in Benghazi.
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#1230568 - Thu Jan 02 2020 11:29 PM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: the G-man]
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Yeah, it was just the latest excuse to rage on America.
And the Democrats and liberal media chimed right in, repeating their lying talking points.

I watched several generals and other officers talk about the fact that these Shi'ite Iranian trained militias were killing ISIS fighters for a few years, but now with ISIS for the most part gone, they were (with Iran's backing) increasingly targeting Americans. And about 60% of Iraq (like Iran) is pro-Iranian Shi'ite, so of course they hate us.
The fact is, it was a U.S. air-strike to retaliate for the death of a U.S. military contractor. And that was on top of any number of Iranian provocations over the last two years, and really the last 40 years, where they shot down a U.S. drone, mine-bombed ships in the Persian gulf, and (back when Obama was president) seized a U.S. military ship and held its crew at gunpoint on video for the world to see. Along with seizing multiple ships from Japan and other U.S. allies, with either directly killing U.S. soldiers, or more indirectly supplied the training, weapons and IED explosives. IED bombs or training that killed and maimed thousands of U.S. soldiers over the last 18 years or so.

So... no one can say that there was not provocation from Iran, or that Trump has not resisted many provocations to escalate into a war with Iran.

I actually see the wisdom of Trump. In not starting another costly war, that the Iranian government is under sanctions that are destroying their economy, an Iranian islamic government that is increasingly unpopular, might just be voted out of office if Trump continues the crippling sanctions until their next election.
And a new more pro-western elected Iran government could just hand over their nuclear program for dismantlement, without the U.S. starting a war that could rally support for an otherwise unpopular government.


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#1230569 - Thu Jan 02 2020 11:37 PM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Nice to see Trump offer an alternative foreign policy.




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#1230572 - Fri Jan 03 2020 01:09 AM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Great follow-up news:

Trump orders attack that kills Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, other military officials in Baghdad, Pentagon says



This Iranian general is personally responsible for the deaths of so many Americans. Also significant that he was killed in Baghdad and not somewhere in Iran, making clear Soleimani's actions at the time of his death were offensive, orchestrating actions hostile to U.S. and Iraqi forces.

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#1230573 - Fri Jan 03 2020 02:18 AM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Looks like Solelimani forgot Obama is not president anymore.
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#1230576 - Fri Jan 03 2020 03:57 PM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: the G-man]
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Yeah, and long overdue. Soleimani has been in in charge of Iran's Quds force since 1998. He's been responsible for the armored vehiclee-piercing roadside bombs that have killed about 650 U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and injured or maimed about 2,000 more. He's led the Iran-sponsored terrorism throughout the Middle East region, and is responsible for tens of thousands of other Arab deaths.
Long overdue.

I love how a month ago Democrats like Adam Schiff and Joseph Biden were pissing all over themselves that Trump was compromising security in Syria by removing U.S. forces (this would be the same Syria that Obama let ISIS run wild in for 3 years of his administration, where these same Democrats said nothing?)
And now whiplash-flipping 180 degrees opposite, these same Democrats are hysterical that Trump is over-reacting with excessive force that will get the U.S. "into another war". By Trump simply responding to decades of escalating provocation by Iran, and taking out Gen. Soleimani, the guy responsible, who has been a designated terrorist since 2005. Democrats Murphy, Schiff and Biden have all made irresponsible comments, that could just as easily have been an Iran/Quds Force press release.


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#1230577 - Fri Jan 03 2020 04:01 PM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: Wonder Boy]
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quds_Force


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The Quds Force (Persian: سپاه قدس‎ sepāh-e qods)[4] is a unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) specializing in unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations. Responsible for extraterritorial operations,[5] the Quds Force supports non-state actors in many countries, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, Yemeni Houthis, and Shia militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.[5]

Analysts estimate the Quds has 10,000–20,000 members.[6] The Quds Force reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei.[7][8] It was commanded by Major General Qasem Soleimani until he was killed by a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport on 3 January 2020.[9][10][11] Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani was appointed as commander of the Quds Force on the same day.[12]


In Lebanon, Gaza Strip, West Bank, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. That's a lot of Quds-led bodies piling up in a lot of places.
And by the map provided, they likely have terrorist cels in Turkey, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Europe, Russia, North Africa and North America.

The official word from Mike Pompeo is that the Soleimani killing was done now to prevent a planned escalation of Quds Force-orchestrated attacks on U.S. targets. So Murphy, Schiff and Biden can take their comments and go straight to hell.


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#1230580 - Fri Jan 03 2020 07:07 PM Re: Obama White House met in 2011 with leader of Baghdad U.S. Embassy attack [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Some Trump tweets ...


Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.


Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
I always said @BarackObama will attack Iran, in some form, prior to the election.


Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected--be careful Republicans

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
I predict that President Obama will at some point attack Iran in order to save face!

Fair play!

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