US Allies Distance Themselves from Trump Decision to Assassinate Suleimani

The United States killed Iran's top general and architect of Tehran's proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad's international airport on Jan. 2, an attack that threatens to dramatically ratchet up tensions in the region.

US allies have distanced themselves from Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Qassem Suleimani, as millions of Iranians took to the streets to mourn and demand revenge for the assassination of the country’s top general.
Both Israel and Nato stressed they were not involved in the airstrike on Thursday. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has already expressed disappointment in the lukewarm reaction of Washington’s European allies.

But the response of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was particularly striking, as he has been one of Trump’s staunchest supporters on the world stage.

He told a meeting of his security cabinet on Monday: “The assassination of Suleimani isn’t an Israeli event but an American event. We were not involved and should not be dragged into it.”

The Saudi deputy defense minister, Khalid bin Salman, who is also the younger brother of the kingdom’s crown prince, was in Washington on Monday to urge restraint, joining a growing international chorus.

France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, insisted there was still time for diplomacy but warned that without urgent action to defuse rising tensions there was a real risk of a new Middle East war.

The UN secretary general, António Guterres, who spoke to Pompeo on Monday, said that the region’s “cauldron of tensions is leading more and more countries to take unpredicted decisions with unpredictable consequences and a profound risk of miscalculation”.

Iran has threatened a severe response to the US killing of Suleimani by drone strike in Baghdad last week. Brig Gen Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of Iran’s aerospace division, said on Monday that the only appropriate response would be the “the complete destruction of America in the region”.

The Pentagon, meanwhile, continued to pour reinforcements into the region. US defense officials said the roughly 2,500-strong Marine force on board the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, equipped with Cobra helicopters and Harrier jets, would be sent to the Middle East from their current position in the Mediterranean. Three thousand airborne troops are already on the way to Kuwait.

The US marine reinforcements come at a time when the US military presence in Iraq is in question following a vote by the country’s parliament over the weekend to expel US troops.

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Iraq’s caretaker prime minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, summoned the US ambassador, Matthew Tueller, and called on the two countries to cooperate in arranging the withdrawal of the roughly 5,000 US soldiers currently in Iraq on counter-Isis and training missions. However, Abdul-Mahdi did not give a deadline for the US departure.

Trump, who has previously called for a general US withdrawal from the region, has threatened to punish Iraq by imposing sanctions if the Baghdad government expels them.

“We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” the president said.
Trump came under fire on Monday for his threat to strike Iranian culture sites among 52 targets that the US would bomb in reprisal for any future Iranian attack. The number, he explained, was the same as the number of Americans taken hostage when the US embassy in Tehran was seized after the Islamic revolution in 1979.
“I think that Iran has many military, strategic military sites that you may cite are also cultural sites,” Kellyanne Conway, a Trump adviser, told reporters on Monday, but clarified later she was not accusing Iran was camouflaging military targets as cultural sites.

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, responded furiously to Trump’s threat.
“Those who refer to the number 52 should also remember the number 290,” Rouhani said, referring to the number of Iranians killed when a US warship accidentally shot down a civilian airliner, Iran Air 655, in 1988.
“Never threaten the Iranian nation,” Rouhani said.

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Trump was also under continued pressure from Democrats on Monday for the lack of transparency over his justification for the assassination of Suleimani, who commanded the elite Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, have claimed the general was plotting imminent attacks against US targets.
Abdul-Mahdi said the Iranian military leader had flown to Iraq to negotiate, and claimed Trump had asked the Iraqi government to mediate.

Trump did not consult Congress or US allies before ordering the strike in the early hours of the morning in Baghdad. On Saturday, the White House delivered a formal notification to Congress as required by the 1973 War Powers Act, but its contents were classified. Normally such notifications are public documents with a classified section if required.
The Democratic senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez wrote to Trump on Monday, demanding the war powers notification be declassified.

“We did not see anything here that he deemed required such a classification,” a Senate staffer said. “The War Powers act provision requiring the 48-hour notification was included partly for transparency purposes with the American people during these delicate moments. [It’s] pretty self-defeating to hide something meant to be transparent.”
Conway accused Schumer and Menendez of “chest-thumping” and said: “They know Congress will be briefed.”
The White House has suggested it will brief selected members of Congress this week, but Conway said the decision on timing was up to the Pentagon.

US allies in Europe and the Middle East have stressed that Suleimani had been a destabilizing and destructive presence in the region, but have largely stopped short of supporting Trump’s decision, calling for restraint on all sides.
The US briefed Nato ministers on Monday on the Suleimani killing. Speaking to journalists later the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, distanced the alliance from the operation.

“This is a US decision, it is not a decision taken by neither the global coalition nor Nato, but all allies are concerned about Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region, Iran’s support to different terrorist groups,” Stoltenberg said. He also confirmed the suspension of the Nato training mission in Iraq.

“In everything that we do, the safety of our personnel is paramount. As such, we have temporarily suspended our training on the ground,” the secretary general said.

The US-led counter-Isis in Iraq has also suspended operations, and redeployed its forces back from forward operating bases.
There is mounting concern that the more cautious stance by the US-led coalition would make it much less effective and allow Isis to regenerate.

“The bottom line is that there won’t be much counterterrorism going on in Iraq and Syria any time soon,” wrote Luke Hartig, former senior director for counter-terrorism on the national security council, now at the New America foundation. “Trump’s counter-terrorism legacy in Iraq and Syria may be a series of dead bodies but nothing that addresses the core of the problem and no partners willing to help us root it out.”


  • Israel must not be involved. If it does, the minor events will become a big war with more casualties. Israel has too many enemies anyway, including within the Democrat Party. After all, it was an American contractor that was killed by Iran's terrorists. Why should NATO or Israel be involved?
  • Nearly everyone in the world is distancing themselves from Trump's crazy new war.

    Only Trump's deranged fans support it. But they support everything he says and does so they have no credibility. image
  • Wrong. Again FM. If ever iran tries anything stupid and provoke Trump into attacking iran, Canada & The UK along with Australia will go in with the US.

    I know this for a fact. All that Trump is isolated story is none sense. Here is a little secret we received intel on Soleimani location from 3 different intel organizations of UK, Canada and Australia along with our own.

    The Aussie the brits and the Canadians played a role in keep track of soleimani location and according to a friend they played a role in the intel report that got him killed.
  • And i don't think this will be a high intensity war. Trump will bomb them and grind them down from the air and sea.

    No orders have been issued to the Army to mobilized its Armor or Cavalry units. This is how you know a ground war will take place. None of the Army's active cavalry or armor units have received frag orders to mobilize. If ever Trump orders the Army to get its Armor and Cavalry units to get ready that is when you know Iran will be invaded or war with iran will start.

    This will be a one sided war. With US destroying Iran's military, infrastructure and economy from the air. That will be Trumps preferred course of action with iran. Bomb them to hell from the air.
  • Yeah right! take it from a CIA analyst Pawn Star.. laughable. lol
  • That's because "5th Avenue" is where the wealthy live. But we don't expect libtards to get the gist of his humor.
  • Trust me visa i know. I was in Iraq and Afghanistan. And before we went in Bush send frag orders alerting the Army to mobilize its active duty armor units and Cavalry units. Cavalry and Armor are the big boys of the US Army they are meant for a single purpose and reason to spearhead attacks and hold grounds.

    If You have friends or family members who are in the Army and who are in Armor and Cavalry MOS and they tell you they are being mobilized that's how you will know a ground war in iran is about to happen.

    Most importantly the 3rd I.D and first I.D along with first A.D haven't been mobilized. These 3 units have all been involved in every US war or invasion since word war two.

    None of these units have been mobilized.
  • your out of your mind PS we all know war is about to happen, there is no secret about it, your papa Trump cant seems to hide his worries and paranoia state of mind hes already spill the beans all over internet.. LOL at analyst CIA Paw Star. the thing is, you will be deployed to fight this Trump war all alone with no allies support.. now that's sad! compliment from your mop in chief
  • Wrong. Iran is in containment mode right now. They are in no way prepared to fight a war with the US. Terrorist attacks yes but war no.

    Them ayatollahs in iran maybe bat shit crazy but they are not that crazy enough to start a war with the US. Iran is not going to because its main ally Russia will not got war with Trump over A dead terrorist. The Russians hate the Iranians more than Trump. The enemy of my enemy in my friend. That's whats holding iran and Russia together. Both opposes Trump but this Alliance between Iran and russia won't last.

    Russia like the US will never allow Iran to get nuclear weapons.

    @visafree, didn't you said Trump was going to start a war with North Korea? Your thoughts were wrong then as they are now.

  • They are not crazy enough to start a war when Trump just parked a few planes that can deliver air burst and bunker buster nuclear bombs 2 hours flight from Iran.

    I heard it was 5 or 6 planes. These planes are capable of delivering B61-12 and B6-7 thermonuclear bombs anywhere around the world within 24 hours. Iran is 1 or 2 thousand miles from where Trump parked these planes. It will take them 3 to 4 hours to deliver their payload may it be conventional or nuclear anywhere in iran.
  • at least you know already, its going be a terrorist attacks all over once again, the sad part is the world is healing from terrorist attack but the stupid president Trump just started one what i was saying and i stand behione is that Trump stared this for two reasons, one is to distract attention away from his impeachment trail and the posibility of him going to jail. and the secod one is to cater to putin's wants..
  • Terrorist attacks are not war. And Iran has been doing that since the 70s.

    Iran will used its proxies to carry out terror attacks. Trump will response by bombing them not invading them. I won't be surprise if Trump orders the targeted killing of Irans Top military leaders and its supreme leader.

    Iran ayatollahs are not that crazy. They know Trump is no weakling like Obama.

  • Germany will pull out some of its troops from Iraq, following an Iraqi parliamentary resolution calling on all foreign military forces to leave the country.

    Some of Germany’s small contingent of troops in Iraq will be moved to neighboring Jordan and Kuwait, the German government said on Tuesday. German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote to lawmakers that the troops stationed in Baghdad and Taji would be “temporarily thinned out.”

    The move comes a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi about the issue. Merkel had stressed the importance of continued cooperation between Iraq and the EU in the fight against terrorism.
  • Trump has made the worst foreign policy blunder since George Bush invaded Iraq based on false intel that Iraq had WMD's.

    Pawnstar, will you be deployed....along with Trump's sons? lol
  • Trump is isolated? I think not.

    Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve/Countries helping Trump/US in Iraq

    1.United States
    2.United Kingdom
    12.Saudi Arabia
    13.United Arab Emirates
    16. Bahrain
    25.South Korea
    26.New Zealand
    47.Bosnia and Herzegovina
    52.North Macedonia
    57.Czech Republic

    None of these COUNTRIES have pulled their support or troops out of Iraq. They are still committed to the mission.
  • The Germans are good soldiers served with them in both Sadr City, iraq and logar province, Afghanistan. They are good no doubt but we don't rely on them to do heavy lifting. Canada, Australia & Britain are who the US trust to share in the heavy lifting. The Germans are always given the peaceful areas.

    The Germans are what we called support countries. They are there to do humanitarian missions and peace keeping.

    There are 74 US allied COUNTRIES in iraq and none of pulled their troops or support for the US mission in iraq.

  • What's the morale situation in the military?
  • The morale is at a all time high. Training cycles have improved. New equipments and weapons are in. The new and improved version of the stealth F-35 that can carry nuclear weapons is now ready for combat operations.

    80 new F-35 fighters just became operational last night. This new version of the f35 is capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
  • Commander Bone Spurs Space Farce. lol
  • What is that a camel?
  • Not bad for Commander Bone Spur. Bagdadi dead. Irans top terror leader dead. Iran attacked empty spaces in the desert. And the economy is still going up.

    Americans have confidence in Trump. The tow industrial average is at 20 point and climbing while ww3 is happening.


    Where the fuck is the war you democrats promised?
  • maybe we should thank Iran for being the only adult in charge, see, Iran gave a warning shot and the dodler in chief retreat to his crip..
  • I'm just glad the Obama-funded missiles did not kill Americans this time.
  • Crib not Crip. Crip is a gang in California.
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