Veterans Today – by Dr. Trita Parsi
1. Iraqi prime minister says Soleimani was in Iraq for a mediation effort
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has made some shocking revelations that put the assassination of Soleimani in a completely different light. He told the Iraqi parliament on Sunday that he “was supposed to meet Soleimani on the morning of the day he was killed, he came to deliver me a message from Iran responding to the message we delivered from Saudi to Iran.” Continue reading “Iraqi PM Confirms Soleimani on Diplomatic Mission at the Request of the United States”
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Organizers of a monthly storytelling gathering for the children of soldiers are planning to spend part of their next meeting making yellow ribbons. A doughnut shop owner who often donates his fried goods to troops who are shipping out has spent the last few days rushing a batch of hundreds.
And Jade Morales, a young military wife, welcomed the new year feeling deeply unsettled as her husband, so close to retirement from the U.S. Army, hurried off to an uncertain situation with far less warning than usual. Continue reading “As 3,500 Soldiers Deploy, a ‘Whirlwind’ Whips Through Fort Bragg”
Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden
Update (1545ET): The US State Department has expressed its “disappointment” at the Iraqi parliament’s vote to expel US forces. However, as Axios’ Jonathan Swan notes in a tweet, that he just spoke with a senior Iraqi government official, who explained that people should be very cautious about drawing certain conclusions from Iraq’s parliamentary vote to expel the U.S. Continue reading “Iraq Votes To Expel US Troops As Iranian MPs Chant “Death To America””
American Mirror – by Kyle Olson
Californians who like to be clean and wear clean clothes can now face a daily $1,000 fine, thanks to a new state law.
Residents are restricted to only using 55 gallons of water per day, attorney Richard Lee told KTLA when reviewing laws taking effect Jan. 1. Continue reading “CA residents now face daily $1,000 fine for showering, doing laundry on same day”
NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.S. military said the security situation was “fluid” at a Kenyan airfield used by U.S. forces after a pre-dawn attack Sunday by the al-Shabab extremist group. The attack destroyed U.S. aircraft and vehicles, Kenyan authorities said, and at least four attackers were killed. Continue reading “US military aircraft, vehicles destroyed in Kenya attack linked to al-Shabab extremists; 5 attackers arrested, 4 dead”
For decades, American men over the age of 18 have gone through the ritual of registering with the government in case of a military draft. In recent years, this action has felt more like going through the motions, simply checking a box.
But Friday, after a U.S. drone strike in Iraq killed Iran’s top security and intelligence commander, prompting concerns about the possibility of a new war in the Middle East, that oft-forgotten paperwork became a reason for spiking anxiety among many Americans. Continue reading “Will There Be a Draft? Young People Worry After Military Strike”
Breitbart – by Neil Munro
The nation’s Military-Industrial Complex needs to import at least 600 million immigrants to counter the growing push by China for world power, says a forthcoming book by Matthew Yglesias, the top editor at the influential progressive website, Vox.com.
The One Billion Americans book is “a bold case for massive population growth in the name of national greatness,” says the blurb from the publisher, Penguin Random House. The press release continues: Continue reading “Vox Editor Says U.S. Needs 600 Million Migrants to Counter China”
Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden
Nobody knows where they are coming from, or why they are there.
Back on Christmas we wrote about large, non-governmental drones flying in mysterious patterns in Colorado. Since then, sightings have only increased, despite there being no explanation as to why. Continue reading ““Creepy”, Mysterious, Unexplained Drones Are Flying In Precise Formations Over Colorado, Nebraska”
The Daily Sheeple – by Sean Walton
Virginia’s second amendment gun sanctuary movement has turned its attention to fighting the governor’s call for a $4.8 million, 18-officer team to enforce his proposed “assault weapons” ban.
Two key groups issued an alert this week to push gun owners to four budget hearings Thursday around the state, asking them to quiz state legislators if they will vote to ban or confiscate weapons. Continue reading “Push back on VA governor’s plan to hire 18-officer team to enforce proposed gun ban”
Tensions are running high in the Middle East as Iran promised a decisive retaliation against the United States following the killing of Iranian top military official Qasem Soleimani.
Two Katyusha rockets have hit the country’s Balad Air Base north of Baghdad hosting US forces, Reuters reported citing security sources. There are no immediate reports of casualties. Continue reading “Rocket Attacks Hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, Balad Base Hosting US Troops – Reports”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is sending nearly 3,000 more Army troops to the Mideast as reinforcements in the volatile aftermath of the killing of an Iranian general in a strike ordered by President Donald Trump, defense officials said Friday.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision not yet announced by the Pentagon, said the troops are from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. They are in addition to about 700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne who deployed to Kuwait earlier this week after the storming of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad by Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters. Continue reading “US sending 3,000 more troops to Mideast as reinforcements”
Information Liberation – by Chris Menahan
Former Vice President Joe Biden told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Thursday that he plans to “fight antisemitism” by enacting new gun control laws, aggressively prosecuting “hate crimes” and passing a “new federal domestic terrorism law.”
The last federal domestic terrorism law the US passed was the civil liberties destroying so-called “PATRIOT Act,” which Joe Biden voted for. Continue reading “Joe Biden’s Plan to Fight Antisemitism: Gun Control, Hate Crime Prosecutions & New Domestic Terror Law”
PHOENIX – The U.S. government on Thursday began sending asylum-seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Juarez, Mexico.
Authorities are expanding a program known as Remain in Mexico that requires tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait out their immigration court hearings in Mexico. Until this week, the government was driving some asylum-seekers from Nogales, Arizona, to El Paso, Texas, so they could be returned to Juarez. Continue reading “US Starts Sending Asylum-Seekers Across Arizona Border”
Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden
Tehran has deployed Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jets to its borders hours after the U.S. killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike at Baghdad international airport, according to Sputnik News.
NBC News Tehran Bureau Chief Ali Arouzi tweeted that “Iranian f14 fighters jets maneuvering on the western skies and on alert and patrol.” Continue reading “Iran Deploys F-14 Fighter Jets, Places Ballistic Missile Bases On ‘High Alert’”
Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to Fox News and CNN on Friday morning about the White House’s rationale to take out Iran’s top elite general, Qasem Suleimani, saying “there was an imminent attack” in the works and “imminent threats to American lives” which had to be stopped. Continue reading “Pompeo: US Strike Thwarted “Active Plot” For Major Attack On Americans”
Free Thought Project – by Matt Agorist
Late Thursday night, without any congressional authorization, president Donald Trump ordered and carried out the assassination of one of the most powerful people in Iran, knowingly setting off what could amount to a new world war. Qassim Suleimani, the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was killing in Iraq “to protect U.S. personnel abroad,” according to the Pentagon. In reality, however, this move just hurled the United States and its citizens into perpetual danger and inevitable chaos and debt. Continue reading “#WWIII Now Trending as Trump Fulfills Neocon Wet Dream of Provoking War with Iran”
NewsWars – by Paul Joseph Watson
The threat posed by Iran-backed Hezbollah sleeper cells embedded in major American cities has once again come to the fore following the killing of Iran’s Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani.
Following last night’s assassination of the Iranian military leader, authorities in both New York and Los Angeles announced that they were ramping up security in readiness for possible revenge attacks on U.S. soil. Continue reading “Iran Has Hezbollah Sleeper Cells in the U.S. Ready to Strike”
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United States embassy in Baghdad urged on Friday all citizens to depart Iraq immediately, hours after the U.S. killed Iranian Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in an air strike. Continue reading “U.S. embassy urges citizens to depart Iraq immediately: statement”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s spoken with top city officials about immediate steps the New York Police Department will take to protect key locations “from any attempt by Iran or its terrorist allies to retaliate against America.” The city will be “vigilant against this threat for a long time to come,” de Blasio tweeted. Continue reading “New York City takes extra measures after US airstrike kills Iranian commander”
TownHall – by Beth Baumann
Now that it is officially 2020, illegal alien adults in California are now eligible for Medi-Cal, the state’s health care system for low-income families. Starting January 1 – today – Medi-Cal is now extended to illegal aliens ages 19 to 26. Before today those under the age of 19 were able to receive Medi-Cal benefits, the Modesto Bee reported.
Before the new legislation took effect, quite a few illegal aliens were receiving limited Medi-Cal benefits (basically emergency services). Now they are able to receive full-scope Medi-Cal benefits, which include preventative and primary care on top of emergency services. Continue reading “Nothing Says ‘Happy New Year’ Quite Like Giving Taxpayer-Funded Health Care to Illegal Aliens”