Oppose US and Iran War

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1968 ... January 5, 2020
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Oppose US and Iran War:
Solidarity with Uprisings in the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Region

Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists

In the early morning of January 3, at the order of US President Donald Trump and without any authorization from the US Congress, US airstrikes targeted a convoy near the Baghdad airport in Iraq and killed Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Mauhandis, top Iraqi militia commander/founder of Kataib Hezbollah militia and at least six others. The US Department of Defense stated that this attack was in response to Iranian-orchestrated attacks on US bases in Iraq during the past few months, including a December 27 attack on an Iraqi military base near Kirkuk which killed a US contractor and wounded 4 US soldiers. There are currently 5300 US troops in Iraq. 3000 more are on their way to the Middle East. 14,000 additional troops have been sent to the region since May 2019.

The idea of assassinating Qasem... Soleimani was publicly endorsed by a December 31 Wall Street Journal editorial statement which also called on Trump to attack Iranian militias in Syria. Soleimani himself had challenged Trump in July 2019 by addressing him in a statement and saying that “I and the Quds force are your contenders.”

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