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The Daily Stirrer is constantly looking at the news and trying to dig out the stiory behind the story. With latest news that does not make mainstream media and controversial reporting and opinion, we are loking forward to bringing you inside information on the disintegration of the European Union, the replacement of the Petrodollar as global reserve currency, the continuing decay of the USA (unless Trump can neutralise the authoritarian warmongers of the deep state, and we don't think he can) and the ongoing problems caused by the flood of illegal immigrants from the third world to Europe and North America. We certainly do live in Interesting Times.

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January 2020

WEF Davos 2020: Trump slams climate 'prophets of doom'


Climate protestors at Davos (Picture: Getty via Deutsche Welle)

Despite climate topping the agenda at this year's World Economic Forum, prominent climate change skeptic Donald Trump was one of the first speakers. He and the darling of Social Justice Warriors, Swedish munchkin Greta Thunberg laid out competing visions: Trump spoke of economic progress, Thunberg extolled the hippy - dippy dream of abandoning civilisation and going back to a planet friendly, hunter - gatherer lifestyle.

President Donald Trump dismissed the concerns of environmental activists as "pessimism," and said the world must ignore prohets of doom, in an impressive speech made political and business leaders at the sta the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, but with the US domestic audience very much in mind. Climate change and global warming are topping the agenda at this year's annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, with activists at odds with businesses and governments about how to tackle the issue. We can only conclude from the importance attached to climate change that the global banking cartel have developed a way to make money out of it. Here are a main points of Trump's speech:

The US leader dubbed climate activists "prophets of doom" and rejected their warnings, saying: "Fear and doubt is not a good thought process."
Despite concerns about emissions, Trump praised the US as one of the world's largest producers of natural gas.

He announced that the US would be joining the WEF's 1 trillion trees initiative.

When asked about his stance on climate change by reporters ahead of his speech, he said: "I'm a big believer in the environment. The environment is very important to me." Much of Trump's speech focused on praising his administration's domestic economic policies, saying that by rolling back regulations, prosperity "would come thundering back at record speed."

"A nation's highest duty is to its own citizens," he said. "Only when governments put their citizens first, will they be invested in their national futures."

Following Trump's speech, Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, recently exposed as a front for much older though no less immature far left activists when it was revealed her father operates her online activities, writing and posting items in her name. Greta predictably criticized world leaders and business executives for failing to meet their climate.

What makes me sure this whole phenomenon is a carefully managed Public Relations campaign is that nobody is asking: "Hey kid, you haven't even reached school leaving age yet, you are certainly not old enough to vote, who the fuck elected you to speak for the people of the world?"

Addressing the audience of business leaders Thunberg said, as she has many times before "Unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight. The facts are clear but they are still too uncomfortable for you to address."

"Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fueling the flames by the hour. And we are telling you to act as if you loved your children above all else," Thunberg said, repeating comments from her WEF appearance last year.

At a panel just before Trump arrived, Thunberg emphasized that moderate changes will not be enough to slow the impact of climate change. So if she gets her way, millions will starve and billions will be plunged into poverty as the industrial economies are shut down in order to achieve zero Carbon Dioxide emissions.

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The carbon dioxide driven climate change scam is back on the agenda as yet another monstrously expensive and fossil fulel gobbling jolly for politicians, scientists, freeloaders and general wankers gather to eat, drink, talk a lot and do nothing about a problem that exists in mathematical models but not in the real world.

Minister In Spain's Socialist Government Claims Country Needs ‘Millions and Millions’ of Migrants

The Minister for Social Security, Inclusion, and Migration in Spain's socialist interim government, has said the country, which already has phenomenally high unemployment, requires millions of new migrants from third world nations, similar to the hundreds of thousands of illiterate, unskilled professional benefits claimants who have flooded the country in recent years, to combat the forecasted demographic decline in the near future.

Escriva claimed the demographic projections for Spain are so bad that the country will require “eight or nine million people just to keep our working population at the same level”, and noted that other countries should be “prepared to integrate” large migrant populations, France Info reports.

“The demographic trajectories are there. It will happen, we will not escape it,” Escriva said during a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on Thursday.

“We must be prepared to integrate into our societies, if we want to maintain our comfort levels, a certain number of additional migrants and our population will be more mixed,” he said and added: “We have to prepare societies for this. Explain to them why it is good for them, for their children, and for generations to come."

He's talking bollocks of course, mass immigration is a sacred cow policy for socialists throughout the European Union, but the EU's 'open doors' policy, imposed on member states by Brussels is responsible for the social and economic problems being experienced by many EU member states.

European Commissioner for Migration Ylva Johansson, who also attended the meeting, went on to state that European Union citizens are worried that we cannot manage migration, that we cannot control it”.

“We must show that we control immigration,” she said and added that the EU could do more to deal with illegal immigrants. Johansson went on to state: “Those who have the right to stay, they are welcome, we must welcome them.”

While many establishment politicians, particularly on the left, have idiotically championed mass migration as a way to boost the economies of European countries by paying out more benefits to unemployable people, serious economic studies such as a 2016 report from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) claimed mass migration was harmful to long term economic growth.

A University of Basel study released in 2018 agreed, concluding that in the short term mass migration can benefit the economy but in the long term migrants are a net loss for the state, rather than a contributor.

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Police Failed To Act Against Muslim Grooming Gang Due To Fears Over "Community Tensions"

A new report based on the evidence of former Grester Manchester Police Detective Constable Maggie Oliver acknowledges that the force failed to stop dozens of girls being groomed and sexually exploited by a network of Pakistani men despite being fully aware of what was happening due to fears over creating “community tensions.” The report notes that the instruction to avoid prosecuting came "right from the top," which can only mean from the Director of Public Prosecutions at the them, Sir Kier Starmer, who is currently a leading contender to take over leadership of the Labour Party when Jeremy Corbyn steps down.

Our sister publication Boggart Blog reported earlier in the week on the results of the inquiry into the failures of police and local authority care workers which led to Ms. Oliver being hounded out of the police force, and eventually to The BBC making the drama documentary Three Girls which featured the case of a trio of girls, all under age when the sexual abuse began, who were firs groomed then raped, pimped out, gang raped, beaten and mentally abused by member of one of the gangs operating in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

The report, authored by Malcolm Newsam and Gary Ridgeway and published earlier this week reveals that Greater Manchester Police “failed to take appropriate action more than 15 years ago, despite getting details of nearly 100 “persons of interest” who were using fast food shops and taxi company offices as a base from which to organose the grooming, rape and abuse of children in care between the ages of 11 and 17” and despite the fact that the culprits were operating “in plain sight,” and after many reports of criminal activity by members of the public, including parents of some of the children involved.

It is noted that all the victims were “young white females” aged 11-17 while all the perpetrators were “almost exclusively Pakistania or Bangladeshi adult males, many of whom are associated via the Asian restaurant trade,” according to the report. It is not racist to point out the common ethic origin of the perpetrators, or the fact that they are equally predominantly Muslim. However is is wrong to suggest such sexual proclivities are shared by all Muslims. Islam tends to flourish in regions where tribal identity rather than national identity is a cultural factor, thus when people from such societies migrate they tend to take aspects of those tribal cultures with them. And as a Conservative member of the British parliament who is a Muslim woman of Pakistani origin said this week, Pakistan is one of the worst places in the world to be a woman. Pakistani women who are not of the wealthy elite have no staus in society and are considered the property of their husband or father.Unattached women are considered whores while the freedom enjoyed by European and American women leads Pakistani men to regard them with hatred and contempt.

The police operation in Manchester identified 57 girls who had been exploited, including one who died after being injected with heroin by her abuser, but the case was shut down in 2005 and “very few” offenders were brought to justice. The report's authors agree unequivocally this is just the tip of the iceberg and there are hundreds, maybe thousands of cases that have never boon recored. In some cases victims or their families were afraid to report the crimes, in others the police did not take the complaints seriously, often dismissing the complainants as racist.

“The report includes shocking stories of how children told their carers of the abuse and pleaded to be removed from harm,” Fox News reported.

“One child is said to have begged her carers to get her away from Manchester as she was too involved with Asian men and that one “made her do things she didn’t want to.”

Another spoke of how she was taken to apartments with friends and was given vodka and cocaine and made to allow numerous men to “do whatever they wanted us to do.” The report states that the children were not protected by the appropriate agencies.”

One of the reasons why police failed to take adequate action was due to concerns over “sensitive community issues” because the men involved were “predominantly adult Asian men from local minority ethnic communities in the area.”

A separate unrelated case involving Kurdish people had also been dropped to avoid “creating community tensions.” Senior police officers are reported to have said such factors “clearly had to be considered by the gold command group.”

It was also revealed that police were even ordered to try to find culprits who were white to hide the fact that the grooming gang issue was a problem in the Pakistani Muslim community. Police were even ordered to try to find culprits who were white to cover up the fact that the grooming gang issue was a Muslim/Pakistani problem.

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“This week feminists shed more tears over a few rude headlines about Meghan Markle than they did over the sexual abuse of 57 working-class girls by Pakistani gangs in Manchester.”

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Is Greta Thunberg Great? Umm, Maybe Not

Don't you get sick of hearing people blethering about how great Greta Thunberg is, how she has raised awareness off the climate emergency and what wonderful speeches she makes and what wonderful articles she writes.

Such scaremongering might convince gullible millennials, power seeking politicians politicians ready to jump on any bandwagon, and virtue signalling media luvvies, but ordinary punters have realised they've heard all this shite before - several times. And yet snow is not a thing of the past, polar bears are not extinct, global temperatures are not soaring and the 50 million refugees who were displaced from their homes in low lying lands by 2015 must be huddled under Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility because nobody has seen them.

Nothing is great about Greta, she is very obviously a puppet being used by a group of people whose political aganda has nothing to do with saving the planet and a lot to do with enslaving the planet. The popular names for these people include globalists, international socialists and cultural Marxists, and their aim is to cause the collapse of the global economy so it can be replaced with their vision of a socialist utopia, a world run by a hierarchy of bureaucratic committees, a world where there is no such thing as democracy or individual freedom.

They though the doomsday scenario predicted by the Anthropogenic Global Warming hoax would be enough to scare people into submission to the extent that we would surrender individual and national sovereignty to technocrats. Unfortunately the predictions of catastrophe failed to be realised, snow is not a thing of the past, low lying nations have not been inundated by rising sea levels, temperature are not soaring globally and the predicted 50 million refugees displaced by climate change before 2015 are obviously hiding under Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility, because nobody has seen any of them. On top of that the “climate science” we had been told was unquestionable, when subjected to scrutiny failed at the level of basic arithmetic. These supposedly infallible “experts” did not know how to calculate a simple average.

Naturally the credibility of the environment lobby collapsed, and seeing their bid for global power evaporating faster than a raindrop in the Sahara, the cultural Marxists resorted to emotional blackmail, using a physically immature - Greta (17) looks several years younger than my 13 year old granddaughter and reportedly has problems relating to emotional development as well.

Using Greta to front the latest push in the climate catastrophe scam is very like the scam employed by left wing media in a bid to bully Europeans into demanding the borders be opened to let in hundreds of thousands of economic migrants incorrectly described as refugees. They carefully posed the corpse of a small child on a Mediterranean beach and claimed this was a fate shared by many “refugee” children trying to get to Europe “to seek a better life.”

It turned out the kid was the child of a criminal who had taken his son along for a joyride on one of his people trafficking runs.

The Greta Thunberg hoax will be similarly exposed, in fact the process has already begun. The girl’s father (an actor) and other far left activists involved with her campaign have been revealed as being responsible for the highly articulate posts this otherwise taciturn and anti - social child is alleged to have written and posted online.

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Angry Swedish brat Greta Thunberg lectures the world on how to be a stupi. angry brat. Shock! H|orror! The world listens (well some of it.

Little Greta Thunberg, who was elected by nobody but apparently now speaks for us all on matters relating to climate change,

The Swedish climate change hustler who is making a fortune for her handlers from donations to her campaign, again castigated Australia for continuing to mine and export coal despite her previous complaints, adding a call for an end worldwide to the actibity to her list of climate demands to be delivered at the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos. Obviously this backward child hasn't the slightest idea how disatrous for national economies and the livelihoods of industrial workers such an action would be.

And yet political leaders and captains of industry listen to her as if she is some kind of prophet rather than a child who is being manipulated by far left extremists who have a very nasty political agenda.

Thunberg also called on German industrial giant Siemens AG to abandon its plan to provide equipment to a massive new coal mining venture in Queensland, Australia.

Adani mining, the name of the new operation, is a business owned by India’s Adani Power which the Australian government approved last year. Siemens won a contract to provide part of the signalling system for the railway lines necessary for moving the coal out of the plant and to the coast, a move Thunberg has objected to, and that followers of the quasi religious cult forming around her.

Thunberg has already issued a long list of demands for consideration by The World Economic Forum, which convenes in Davos, Switzerland, every January, warning she will admonish world leaders for providing subsidies to the oil and gas industry, which is responsible, in part, for advancing civilization by providing abundant and affordable energy.

The World Economic Forum website posted a commentary written by Thunberg and other youth activists and published in the Guardian.

Here is an extract, showing the astounding naivete of Thunberg and her followers:

“Anything less than immediately ceasing these investments in the fossil fuel industry would be a betrayal of life itself,”

We demand that at this year’s Forum, participants from all companies, banks, institutions and governments immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction, immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.

We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021, we want this done now – as in right now.

The world of finance has a responsibility to the planet, the people and all other species living on it. In fact, it ought to be in every company and stakeholder’s interest to make sure the planet they live on will thrive. But history has not shown the corporate world’s willingness to hold themselves accountable. So it falls on us, the children, to do that. We call upon the world’s leaders to stop investing in the fossil fuel economy that is at the very heart of this planetary crisis. Instead, they should invest their money in existing sustainable technologies, research and in restoring nature. Short-term profit should not trump long-term stability of life.

But despite Thunberg’s and others’ claims, experts say that not only are fossil fuels responsible for improving human conditions around the globe but activists’ call for ending subsidies to oil and gas corporations will do little to help the environment.

The Library for Economics and Liberty wrote about the idea that fossil fuels harm not help humanity:

No one exposes its sheer absurdity better than Alex Epstein in The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. You cannot have modern civilization without abundant energy. And despite decades of government favoritism, alternative fuels have yet to deliver. As global wealth has skyrocketed, energy use has risen 80%, thanks almost entirely to increased production of fossil fuels:

“From the 1970s to the present, fossil fuels have overwhelmingly been the fuel of choice, particularly for developing countries. In the United States between 1980 and 2012, the consumption of oil increased 8.7 percent, the consumption of natural gas increased 28.3 percent, and the consumption of coal increased 12.6 percent. During that time period, the world overall increased fossil fuel usage far more than we did. Today the world uses 39 percent more oil, 107 percent more coal, and 131 percent more natural gas than it did in 1980.”

And the ScienceDaily website took on the subsidies debate:

Removing fossil subsidies would only slightly slow the growth of CO2 emissions, with the result that by 2030 they would only be 1-5% lower than if subsidies had been maintained, regardless of whether oil prices are low or high. This equates to 0.5-2 gigatonnes (Gt/year) of CO2 by 2030, significantly less than the voluntary climate pledges made under the Paris climate agreement, which add up to 4-8 Gt/year and are themselves not enough to limit warming to 2°C.

“The reason for this small overall effect is two-fold,” says IIASA researcher Jessica Jewell, lead author on the paper. “First, these subsidies generally apply only to oil, gas, and electricity. That means that in some cases the removal of subsidies causes a switch to more emissions-intensive coal. Second, while these subsidies add up to substantial sums of money, the rate per unit of energy is not high enough to have a big effect on global energy demand, which would decrease by only 1-7% after subsidies are removed.”

In addition, subsidy removal would not boost renewable energy use significantly, the team found. This is because it is generally cheaper to reduce energy demand than to substitute subsidized fuels with renewables.

The White House announced that President Donald Trump will attend the forum, which touts its purpose is to “shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year.” In their last confrontation Thunberg, having spoken with her usual anger and disregard for reason as she parroted hippy nonsence written for her by extremists, concluded by trying to stare down Trump. The Donald, a man not short on ego, was predictably unmoved.

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The Facts Lady, Just The Facebook Approved Facts

"The facts lady, just the facts;" it was the catchphrase of Joe Friday, the lead character in Dragnet, a 1950s TV series I loved to watch when I was about eight or nine years old. Since them I have beome worldly and cynical and learned that facts are untrustworthy, slippery things, harder to get a firm grip on than an eel. And that was before the internet came along and threw mud in my, and everybody else's eyes.

Now we are told that the facts are whatever te powers that be say they are. One of the leading arbiters of "the new truth" is social media giant Facebook, a for profit corporation that has been busy setting itself up as the official censor to the New World Order.

Facebook underlined its refusal to fact-check political ads or limit advertisers'ability to target voters with advertising material they are likely to be susceptible to, much to the chagrin of political organisations whose spokespersons talk of “media literacy” yet desperately want the information people can see policed and only material favourable to their own cause to be made visible.

The social media network announced this week that it will continue to allow political ads to target users based on specific attributes (“microtargeting”) and exempt these ads from fact-checking, two controversial practices that have been the subject of much wailing and gnashing of teeth as the 2020 US presidential election approaches.

Facebook briefly entertained the notion of limiting microtargeting according to insiders,but explained in a blog post on Thursday that talking with political campaigns, NGOs, and other groups that use the technique had convinced the company that it was a necessary technique in ensuring people get the appropriate information. Instead, Facebook opted for “expanded transparency,” allowing users to learn about what ads are targeting them and why. A feature allowing users to see fewer political ads will be introduced in the summer, Facebook promised.

Facebook watchers went apeshit. The US Federal Election Commission’s Ellen Weintraub accused Facebook of “hurting democracy” and placing its profit margins above “protect[ing] the democracies that have nurtured its existence.”

“These so-called ’transparency’ solutions are neither transparent nor solutions,” she sniffed, hinting that the platform’s intransigence might persuade Congress to take away the Section 230 exemptions that allow it to avoid publisher's liability for content users post. Microtargeting, Weintraub warned in the Washington Post recently, “may be undermining the united character of our United States.”

Others suggested somewhat hysterically Facebook puts users’ lives at risk by giving politicians to pay for the ability to lie to their constituents without fear of being called to account. They may be right, Facebook is known to have hooked up with with NATO-backed pro-war think tank Atlantic Council in 2018 and since then has been deplatforming dissident voices at a rapid clip, many on mere suspicion of being linked to foreign "manipulators," the platform's users would be wise to take his words to heart.

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Iran refuses to release black box data from crashed aircraft fuelling suspicion

As we reported late last nigh (Ian has become a nocturnal creature,), the Boeing 737, a different model the 737 MAX which has been involved in two recent air disasters, a variation of the plane which has an excellent safety record, crashed over Tehran just minutes after takeoff, killing all 176 people onboard.

The aircraft's operator, Ukraine International Airlines, released a statement that the plane involved was in excellent condition and had undergone necessary maintenance just days before the crash, according to a report in RT.

Evgeny Dykhne, the company’s president, told reporters in Kiev the aircraft was "one of the best." The flight, bound for Ukrainian capital Kiev, plunged from the sky just minutes after departing Imam Khomeini International Airport, according to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency.

"I heard a massive explosion and all the houses started to shake. There was fire everywhere," Din Mohammad Qassemi, an Iranian who lives near the crash site, told the AP. "At first I thought (the Americans) have hit here with missiles and went in the basement as a shelter," Qassemi added. "After a while, I went out and saw a plane has crashed over there. Body parts were lying around everywhere."

Overnight, the rumor mill pointed to mechanical errors, which caused Boeing's shares, already under pressure from the 737 MAX fallout, to slide.


Picture via Zero Hedge

The crash happened shortly after the plane departed Tehran's main airport on Wednesday morning

UIA flight director Ihor Sosnovsky even ruled out pilot error as a potential cause of the crash, explaining that the ill-fated flight was manned by a "reinforced crew," including Captain Volodymyr Yaponenko, Pilot Instructor Oleksiy Naumkin and First Officer Serhiy Khomenko.

All of this makes the decision of Iran's civil aviation department to withold release of the black box flight recorder data somewhat suspect. Was the plane accidentally struck by one of the Iranian missile fired at US bases in Iraq? The timing sure seems suspicious, given that the plane crashed over Iran during the same timeframe that the country was lobbing missiles at American bases in Iraq. On the other hand Tehran is in northern Iran, not the most likely place to launch missiles at the sites targeted.

if the plane just happened to crash over Iran just as the country was firing off missiles, well, that certainly would be one hell of a coincidence, wouldn't it?

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Following the ritual exchange of threats over the past few days, following the assassination in a targeted airsrike of Iran's top soldier, General Qasem Soleimani, we are picking up unconfirmed reports that at least 5 Iranian missiles missiles have struck a US base, Taji camp, situated about 17 miles north of Baghdad. US troops are known to be billeted at the camp.

If this is an Iranian attack, as seems likely, the timing, at the end of the four days of mourning for General Suleimani. The drone strike which killed the General and several more Iranian military personnel is reported to have been ordered by President Trump himself while Suleimani was attending a meeting in Baghdad.

Thanks to our friend Amna Ibezil for traslating the Urdu / Farsi language tweets for us.

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As more than 3,000 US troops are readying to deploy to the Middle East this week following the killing of the IRGC's Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani, the Pentagon will additionally send major military hardware in the form of an additional B-52 strike force.

After a weekend of threat and counter - threat following the assassination of Iran's top soldier, a US defense official confirmed today (Monday) the Pentagon has dispatched six B-52 bombers to the major US military base at Deigo Garcia in the Chagos Islands.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. Image source: USAF
The deployment of B52s does not indicate there are immediate plans to launch a fulkl scale bombing campaign against Iran. The major US military base at Diego Garcia, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean on the largest island in the Chagos archipelago, is often used as a staging ground forUS military operations in the eastern hemisphere.

Currently, American B-52 Stratofortress bombers are stationed at a US airbase in Qatar, after a strike group was previously ordered there by US Central Command (CENTCOM) last May over increasing tension with Iran.

For that prior deployment, the Trump administration said it had been sending a "message to Iran".

Meanwhile, Iranian state media channels on Monday began "answering" US threats, broadcasting military "shows of force" against the United States to its population.

President Trump's decision to kill Iranian General and revolutionary icon Qasem Suleimani - an attack that caused maony of Trump's critics t warn the action could start WWIII - might have given the US exactly the cover it needs to pull out of Iraq, once and for all.

In a letter from Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William H. Seely III, obtained by AFP whose authenticity has since been confirmed by both US and Iraqi defense officials, the US Army informed Iraq that it is "preparing for onward movement" out of respect for Iraq's "sovereign decision to order our departure." Troops will be re-positioned within the country as they prepare for withdrawal.

Iraqi lawmakers voted on Sunday to expel foreign troops from the country. Interim Iraqi prime minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi, stressed during the emergency session, that while the US government notified the Iraqi military of the planned strike on Soleimani, his government denied Washington permission to continue with the operation.

ON Monday, Mahdi, the caretaker prime minister who said in November he would resign, told US Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller that the US and Iraq needed to cooperate "to implement the withdrawal of foreign forces in accordance with the decision of the Iraqi parliament," according to a statement from the PM's office that was cited by the Washington Post.

Though the Iraq war 'officially' ended in 2011, thousands of coalition troops are still based in the country, mainly because of the attempt by ISIS Islamic extremists to establish a new caliphate in territory seized from Iraq and Syria. Ending the US troop presence in Iraq has been a longtime goal of non-interventionists like Ron Paul and his son, Rand, but support for withdrawal from US allies in Europe has been patchy because of fears that without a strong allied presence in the region ISIS could regroup and organise terrorist attacks on European population centres.

That said, even without troops in Iraq, the US will still have plenty of capacity to bully Iran, and other other regional powers from its bases in the middle east.

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The assassination of a popular Iranian general in Baghdad could turn out to be the game-changer in the midle east after years of increasing tensions between between the deep state in Washington and the Ayatollahs in Tehran. Until now, mainly due to the looming presence of Iran's allies Russia and China hostilities have been confined to the proxy war, occasional terrorist outrages such as the attacks on shipping in the gulf and a lot of over the top rhetoric. The Trump administration has however escalated the situation with with Iran to what is perhaps a point of no return on Friday by ordering a targeted air strike on a convoy leaving Baghdad airport, ostensibly a response to what The White House claims was an organised attack on the US embassy in Iraq by armed militiamen, but looked far more like a planned assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force. (No linked sources here sorry, the information is all from TV news bulletins or internet news feeds not available to non subscribed users - editor) The Iranian general and some say 2nd most powerful man in the country was blown up along with 11 other people, including a senior commander of an Iraqi militia backed by Tehran, when their motorcade was hit by US guided missiles.

A a destroyed vehicle on fire following a US strike on Baghdad international airport road in which top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed. ©Iraqi military via AFP
All day world media have speculated about how and when the inevitable Iranian revenge attack would happen. The government in Tehran must respond to the assassination of Soleimani or lose face internationally. Unconfirmed reports tell us Iranian missiles have hit Ain Al-Assad the largest US military base in Iraq. IRGC Telegram news channel reports 'massive explosions' at the installation. Bear in mind this is an Iranian domestic news source so information from it should be treated with scepticism until conformed by more reliable agencies. President Trump on Friday said that America does not seek "regime change" in Iran, and that the United States "took action last night to stop a war" by killing Iran's #2 commander, Qasem Soleimani, on Thursday. A similar report came from reporter Sina Toossi who notes that an Iraqi Twitter has posted a picture of the alleged missile attack on al-Ain base, and notes that Iranian outlet Mehr has also reported massive explosions at the Ain al-Assad military base in Iraq’s Anbar province, the largest US military base in the country. Speaking from Mar-a-Lago one day after the strike, President Trump said that Soleimani "made the death of innocent people his sick passion." "We caught him in the act and terminated him," said Trump, adding that The US is "ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary." "We took action last night to stop a war." RELATED POSTS:
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