Second Air Strike In Iraq Kills Five Early Saturday Ahead of Soleimani Funeral UPDATE:...

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A second fatal airstrike has taken place in Iraq, hours ahead of a planned march to mourn slain general and folk hero, Qasem Soleimani. Vox: One day after the US killed a top Iranian general — a major escalation between the two countries — another strike was reportedly conducted in Iraq, this time targeting members of Iranian-backed paramilitaries in the country. Early Saturday morning local time, a two-car convoy containing members of the Popular Mobilization Forces, the overarching group for those Iranian-backedmilitias, was struck, killing at least five people, according to multiple international media outlets. Though the target hasn’t been made public, a PMF spokesperson confirmed the attack to the AP. The US has yet to say whether it conducted the attack. But it comes one day after President Donald Trump’s administration, operating in dubious legal territory, killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force and arguably the second most powerful military official in the country. Iraqi state television is reporting it’s a U.S. airstrike. Iran is in three days of mourning for Soleimani. Tehran has protesters chanting “Death to America.” This is a developing story and will be updated. 9:00 p.m. Pacific: Here’s an update from Newsweek: Six members of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an official Iraqi militia organization with ties to Iran, were killed in another U.S. drone strike in northern Baghdad on Friday, multiple officials told Newsweek. The strike comes one day after President Donald Trump approved an operation that killed an elite Iranian general. Pentagon officials told Newsweek Friday evening the operation was targeting Imam Ali Brigades with a “high probability” the strike resulted in the death of its leader, Shubul al-Zaidi. The U.S. operation that targeted Zaidi was a part of the same strategy Trump approved Thursday morning, which killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani. I’ve read the second paragraph six times now, because I can’t believe it. Trump really ordered a second air strike, as mourners were marching to bury Soleimani? And is he going to spin this as being a defensive action, like he spun the Soleimani assassination on Friday, as a good thing that should have been done years ago? And Iran is going to sit still for it, and this isn’t going to lead to war? Plus, Lindsey Graham is talking all hawkish now. If Iranian aggression continues and I worked at an Iranian oil refinery, I would think about a new career. — Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 3, 2020 Whatever happened to Mr. We Have To Protect Our Syrian Allies? Wasn’t not escalating tensions in the Middle East Graham’s priority not too long ago? This is simply incredible. I hope this doesn’t start World War III.
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