Iran Military Chief Threatens US Warships

by Daveda Gruber:

On Thursday Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps leader, Major General Hossein Salami, claimed that his troops will “destroy any American terrorist force” that threatens his country’s ships in the Persian Gulf.

The statement was made on Iranian state TV by Salami after President Trump had tweeted out a message that warned Iran that he had instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.

Trump had been responding to incidents in International waters in the Persian Gulf  where Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in front and behind U.S. ships at exceedingly high speeds and very close range.

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels had made aggressive maneuvers near American ships, the Puller and the Maui, in International waters in the Persian Gulf. Iranian boats came within 10 yards of the Maui.

The Strait of Hormuz is the gateway to the Persian Gulf which is an important trade route and the United States has made efforts to protect it.

Reuters reported that on Thursday Salami said, “I have ordered our naval forces to destroy any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens security of Iran’s military or non-military ships. Security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities.”

In alliance with Salami, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted this:

Zarif ‘s tweet was referencing former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein who had gone to war with Iran before being overthrown by the United States. The tweet also shows a map that shows that most of Iran’s shoreline is the Persian Gulf.

War is never to anyone’s benefit. Lives are lost during hostile endeavors but the United States has  more military strength than Iran. It appears that Iran is flexing her power at Trump and the United States after Iran was the instigator with the U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf to begin with. Now that Trump has called Iran out for aggression, they want to make it like they are the victims.

President Trump: Soleimani Should have been Killed Years Ago

by Daveda Gruber:

On Friday President Trump made it clear that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was hated and feared in his own country and should have been taken out many years ago.

Trump was slinging back at people who have criticized him over the airstrike in Bagdad, Iraq that killed Soleimani, who was the top military general.

Here’s Trump tweet that told us about the death of Soleimani:

The tweets from the president came after the Pentagon confirmed that Soleimani, who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members was dead.

Also, other military officials at Baghdad International Airport were killed during the airstrike.

The State Department went on to say that Soleimani, who was considered the most powerful men in Iran, was guilty of the wounding of thousands more Americans and coalition members.

A designated terror group since 2007, the elite intelligence wing called Quds Force, was led by Soleimani for many years.

Quds Force is estimated to have 20,000 members and it considered Soleimani was referred to as its shadow commander or spymaster.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to take revenge for what he called a heinous crime carried out by the U.S. Rouhani said, as well, that Iran would “raise the flag” of Soleimani “in defense of the country’s territorial integrity and the fight against terrorism and extremism in the region.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted this:

Soleimani’s deputy commander since 1997, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, will take over for the now deceased Soleimani.

Iranian state media reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also warned “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the U.S.

The State Department on Friday issued a security alert that urged all U.S. citizens to “depart Iraq immediately” due to heightened tensions in the region.

The alert said, “Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all consular operations are suspended. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy.”

In addition, the agency shared phone numbers people concerned about U.S. citizens and other loved ones in Iraq could call toll free for information.

On Friday Trump tweeted this:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said that the strike was carried out to prevent an “imminent attack” by forces directed by Soleimani.

He added that the strike was carried out to prevent an “imminent attack” by forces directed by Soleimani.

On Friday Pompeo was on “Fox & Friends” and said, “I think the Iranian leadership understands President Trump will take action. . . . We made very clear that these responses would be swift and decisive. We have now demonstrated that. I hope the Iranian leadership will see that and see American resolve and that their decision will be to de-escalate and take actions consistent with what normal nations do.”

Who would want to go to Iran? Not me. Would any of you book a flight to Iran? I didn’t think so!