US Politics in Trump era Public date: 19.05.2020 20:05:49

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13 Jan 2020

Esper Says He Saw No Evidence Iran Targeted 4 Embassies, as Story Shifts Again

For 10 days, President Trump and his team have struggled to describe the reasoning behind the decision to launch a drone strike against Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite security forces, propelling the two nations to the brink of war. Officials agree they had intelligence indicating danger, but the public explanations have shifted by the day and sometimes by the hour.On Sunday came the latest twist. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said he was never shown any specific piece of evidence that Iran was planning an attack on four American embassies, as Mr. Trump had claimed just two days earlier.
For 10 days, President Trump and his team have struggled to describe the reasoning behind the decision to launch a drone...
11 Jan 2020

On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they launched another secret operation targeting a senior Iranian official in Yemen

On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top secret mission against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to U.S. officials. The unsuccessful operation may indicate that the Trump administration’s killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week was part of a broader operation than previously explained, raising questions about whether the mission was designed to cripple the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or solely to prevent an imminent attack on Americans as originally stated.
On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top secret...
11 Jan 2020

WSJ: Link between impeachment trial and the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani

Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.
Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he...

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9 Jan 2020

Pompeo Upended Middle East by Pushing Trump to Kill Iranian General

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the loudest voice in the administration pushing President Trump to kill Iran’s most important general. This week, he is back in his role as the nation’s top diplomat, trying to contain the international crisis the general’s death created.
Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the loudest voice in the administration pushing President Trump to kill...

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9 Jan 2020

Trump Backs Away From Further Military Conflict With Iran

President Trump backed away from further military action against Iran on Wednesday and called for a new diplomatic effort as the bristling confrontation of the last six days appeared to ease after Iranian missile strikes that proved more symbolic than deadly.
President Trump backed away from further military action against Iran on Wednesday and called for a new diplomatic...
7 Jan 2020

There Is Zero Actual Evidence Iran Is Responsible for Killing Hundreds of Americans

The skepticism expressed by some leading Democrats and the mainstream media regarding the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has been refreshing, after decades of bipartisan support for disastrous U.S. policies in the region.  However, the claim that Soleimani and the Iranian government are somehow responsible for the deaths of “hundreds of Americans” in Iraq—which has been repeated by leading Democrats and the mainstream media—appears to be groundless.
The skepticism expressed by some leading Democrats and the mainstream media regarding the U.S. assassination of Iranian...

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7 Jan 2020

Trump Threatens Iranian Cultural Sites, and Warns of Sanctions on Iraq

President Trump on Sunday evening doubled down on his claim that he would target Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliated for the targeted killing of one of its top generals, and threatened “very big sanctions” on Iraq if American troops are forced to leave the country.
President Trump on Sunday evening doubled down on his claim that he would target Iranian cultural sites if Iran...
6 Jan 2020

Iraq’s PM Adel Abdul Mahdi says ‘urgent measures’ should be taken to remove foreign forces

Following the killing of a senior Iranian commander, Iran announced it is suspending all its commitments under the nuclear agreement it struck with world powers in 2015, although it will continue to cooperate with the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog.
Following the killing of a senior Iranian commander, Iran announced it is suspending all its commitments under the...

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6 Jan 2020

Iraqi parliament calls for expulsion of foreign troops

In an extraordinary parliamentary session on Sunday, parliament called on the government to end all foreign troop presence in Iraq and to cancel its request for assistance from the US-led coalition which had been working with Baghdad to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
In an extraordinary parliamentary session on Sunday, parliament called on the government to end all foreign troop...

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3 Jan 2020

Trump Orders Strike Killing Top Iranian General Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad

President Trump ordered the killing of the powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, in a drone strike on the Baghdad International Airport early Friday, American officials said. General Suleimani’s death was confirmed by official Iranian media.
President Trump ordered the killing of the powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qassim...

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8 Feb 2019

Year Before Killing, Saudi Prince Told Aide He Would Use ‘a Bullet’ on Khashoggi

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia told a top aide in a conversation in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist killed in October, if Mr. Khashoggi did not return to the kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government, according to current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of intelligence reports.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia told a top aide in a conversation in 2017 that he would use “a...
5 Dec 2018

Senators accuse Saudi crown prince of complicity in Khashoggi murder

Senators emerged from a closed-door briefing with the CIA director on Tuesday and accused the Saudi crown prince of complicity in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In some of their strongest statements to date, lawmakers said evidence presented by the U.S. spy agency overwhelmingly pointed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the assassination.
Senators emerged from a closed-door briefing with the CIA director on Tuesday and accused the Saudi crown prince of...
17 Nov 2018

CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination

Thanks to an ACLU victory in federal court, we know much more about how CIA doctors violated the medical oath to “do no harm.” One of the most important lessons of the CIA’s torture program is the way it corrupted virtually every individual and institution associated with it. Over the years, we have learned how lawyers twisted the law and psychologists betrayed their ethical obligations in order to enable the brutal and unlawful torture of prisoners.
Thanks to an ACLU victory in federal court, we know much more about how CIA doctors violated the medical oath to “do...

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13 Nov 2018

‘Tell Your Boss’: Recording Is Seen to Link Saudi Crown Prince More Strongly to Khashoggi Killing

Shortly after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated last month, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to “tell your boss,” believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, that the operatives had carried out their mission, according to three people familiar with a recording of Mr. Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence.
Shortly after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated last month, a member of the kill team instructed a...

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23 Oct 2018

Trump Says Saudi Account of Khashoggi Killing Is ‘Worst Cover-Up’ in History

President Trump on Tuesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s account of the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “the worst cover-up ever,” and his administration warned for the first time that it would impose human rights sanctions on those who took part in the plot.
President Trump on Tuesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s account of the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “the...
17 Oct 2018

Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says

Saudi agents were waiting when Jamal Khashoggi walked into their country’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Mr. Khashoggi was dead within minutes, beheaded, dismembered, his fingers severed, and within two hours the killers were gone, according to details from audio recordings described by a senior Turkish official on Wednesday.
Saudi agents were waiting when Jamal Khashoggi walked into their country’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Mr....
15 Oct 2018

Saudi Arabia and U.S. Clash Over Khashoggi Case

The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi is opening a rift between Washington and Saudi Arabia as the kingdom blasted President Trump on Sunday for promising “severe punishment” if the royal court was responsible. If Saudi Arabia “receives any action, it will respond with greater action,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement, citing the oil-rich kingdom’s “influential and vital role in the global economy.”
The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi is opening a rift between Washington and Saudi Arabia as the...

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15 Oct 2018

Trump Says ‘Rogue Killers’ May Be Involved in Saudi Journalist Case

President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge of what happened to a missing Saudi dissident journalist. After the call, Mr. Trump said it was possible that “rogue killers” were behind the disappearance of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge of...
13 Oct 2018

Saudi summit in crisis as Khashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals

A high-profile investment summit in Riyadh later this month is rapidly becoming a fiasco as prominent businesses and media groups pulled out over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the disappearance and possible murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
A high-profile investment summit in Riyadh later this month is rapidly becoming a fiasco as prominent businesses and...
8 Dec 2017

Assassins Kill ‘Panama Papers’ Journalist Who Linked Ivanka Trump To Russian Money Launderers

Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in her  native Malta after exposing a massive web of corruption through the “Panama Papers,” including a revelation  that Ivanka Trump helped her father’s Panama hotel venture with the  help of an alleged international fraudster with ties to Russian money  launderers.
Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in her  native Malta after exposing a massive web...

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