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We don't ordinarily publish on Sunday, but this important dimension is missing from many U.S. discussions of the crisis.

The strikes on #Soleimani and Iran-backed militia are also killing members of the Iraqi state, writes Crispin Smith.

2. Read how Crispin Smith dissects a paragraph in the most recent NYT report. 👇

It was good of the Times to address the issue in part (a rare reference to it), but this is buried in the 30th paragraph, and does not get at the heart of the problem that Crispin's article raises.
Here’s the link to the New York Times report and the excerpt about U.S. decision making in lethal operation that killed #Muhandis along with #Soleimani…

(@helenecooper @EricSchmittNYT @maggieNYT @rcallimachi reporting)
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Watch Brian Katulis of the Center for @amprog meltdown when I point out that he is parroting the #echochamber's talking points & tweets on @realDonaldTrump's decapitation strike on #Iran's #Soleimani.
@amprog @realDonaldTrump According to Mr. Katulis, Trump's maximum pressure on #Iran only gave us maximum resistance. Our allies don't trust us and Trump has no plan because he receives different opinions for advice. Incidentally, hearing the same advice repeatedly is part of what an #echochamber does.
@amprog @realDonaldTrump If we back up to the beginning, you hear the same #echochamber talking points that Team Obama used. It shouldn't be surprising. He works at @amprog, which is headed by @neeratanden. They dislike what Trump would call, #winning 👇…
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THREAD #Soleimani is rightfully stealing headlines, but for Iraq the killing of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis alone has big ramifications. This is him last year at an event celebrating the anniversary of formation of (mostly) Shiite paramilitary forces of the Popular Mobilisation in Iraq
At the event, marking 5 yrs since Iraqi cleric Sistani urged Iraqis to rise up against ISIS (mostly Shi'ites responded), Iraq's top brass - military and paramilitary - were all there. But the man whose ear everyone wanted to bend, and whom they swarmed, was #Muhandis
I spoke to a senior Iraqi politician who was concerned about Muhandis's rise, saw him as a potential to enter the political field, and who like others was concerned about the increasing economic and social activities of the PMF (which Reuters has reported on extensively) #iraq
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Breaking: Both @AlMayadeenNews & #Iraqi TV confirm the assassination of #IRGC #Quds Force commander, #Qasem_Soleimani & commander of #Iraq's #PMU (Hashd al-Shaabi), #Abu_Mahdi_al_Muhandis .
#Iraq #العراق
.2/ The consequences of assassinating #Soleimani & #Muhandis will be catastrophic for #Iraq, the region, as well #US & #Israeli interests in #Mideast.
#Iraq #العراق
.3/ The decision to assassinate both these commanders, is a clear #American message to escalate in Iraq & to draw #Iran into a military conflict.
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Holy cow! Senior militia leaders killed in American strikes in Iraq, and could include Iran’s Qassem Soleimani or one of his top aides from Iraq. Beyond insane.
So far confirmed — the Pentagon is saying two senior operatives “linked to Iran” were targeted.

Iraqi TV claims that Qassem Sulaimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed.

If true, this is no doubt the most significant/consequential killing probably in a decade.
Whoa! Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi (iranian-backed popular mobilization forces) is reportedly confirming that its deputy and Qassem Sulaimani have been indeed killed in American strikes.
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The #US could just have set the entire country of #Iraq on fire with this.

Pro-Iranian militants will now target every American in the country, pro-reform protesters will also be among the first to suffer the consequences.
Syrians meanwhile are celebrating the killing of #Soleimani all over social media.

Soleimani was the mastermind behind any #Assad regime offensives, thanks to him large parts of #Syria were re-conquered by rhe regime, displacing millions.
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Breaking: #US Airstrikes on Hashd al-Shaabi Forces West of al-Anbar

According to reports, the US warplanes have targeted the positions of the 45th Brigade of Hashd al-Shaabi in the al-Mazraah area on the road to Akashat, west of Anbar province.…
The #US terrorist command in the region, #CENTCOM releasing a statement said that they attacked five positions of Kata’ib Hezbollah forces in Iraq and Syria.…
First images from the one of the bases which targeted by the #US warplanes
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