After the airstrike that killed Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, Iranians and Iraqis are celebrating.
The U.S.’s action came in response to an Iranian-supported militia attack on the U.S. embassy in Iraq.
According to Steve Watson of Summit News, Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, was a despised figure in Iran and Iraq among those persecuted by the Iranian government and its proxies.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo viewed both Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Soleimani as equal threats.
After news of the strike, President Trump tweeted an American flag without any comment:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020
Following news of Soleimani’s death, Iraqis were dancing in the streets:
Iraqis are celebrating the death of #QassemSoleimani.
Let's not forget. When Iraqi pro-democracy activists were demonstrating Tahrir Square, forces propped up by Soleimani were terrorizing them.
Now, can you blame these Iraqis for celebrating the death of Soleimani? https://t.co/AMUGxqnlo9
— 𝕍𝕒𝕙𝕚𝕕 𝕐𝕦𝕔𝕖𝕤𝕠𝕪 (@vahid_yucesoy) January 3, 2020
Who is breathing a sigh of relief that Gen Soleimani is dead? Dissidents, feminists & secularists from Iran, Iraq, Syria & Lebanon.
He was a Shia Osama bin Laden with a national treasury & flag.
Who is crying foul? Obama alum Ben Rhodes, CodePink & Squad cocreator Cenk Uyger🤷🏽♀️
— Asra Q. Nomani, PI (@AsraNomani) January 3, 2020
Another tweeted, “As an Iranian, I wanted to thank you with all my heart @realDonaldTrump, for putting an end to #Soleimani. You just made the world a better place to live in#TnxPOTUS4Soleimani#FreeIran2020”
— آیدیناتور (@Da_Aidinator) January 3, 2020
Other reports suggested that US Marines captured high profile terrorist actors:
DEVELOPING: U.S. Marines have captured and arrested the following outside Baghdad:
Qais Khazali (Leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq)
Hadi al-Amiri (Head of Badr Organization)
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) January 3, 2020
Trump was definitely placed in an awkward spot, but he had to defend the U.S. embassy staff from a potential repeat of the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis.
Nevertheless, Trump re-assured the world that he is not pursuing war.
There is no need for him to bow down to pressure from interest groups who have no desire in abiding by Trump’s America First agenda.
Hopefully, Trump pulls more troops out of the Middle East and focuses more attention on America and its southern border.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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