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Yesterday, Trump assassinated Qasem Soleimani, Iran's military leader.

Ironically, Soleimani was on a peace mission in Iraq invited by the Iraq prime minister.

Following the assassination near the Baghdad airport, the Iraqi Parliament Voted unanimously to Expel U.S. Troops.

​Iraq’s parliament voted Sunday to expel U.S. troops from the country, after the killing of an Iranian general put the country at the centre of an escalating conflict between its two key allies.

The nonbinding resolution urges Prime Minister Adel-Abdul Mahdi to rescind the invitation for U.S. forces that Iraq called upon for help after Islamic State overran around one third of the country in 2014.

Lawmakers during and after the session chanted: “Out, out, occupier! No, no to America! No, no to Israel!”

In his address to parliament on Sunday, Mr. Abdul-Mahdi said he had been due to meet Gen. Soleimani at 8:30 a.m. on the morning he was killed as he left Baghdad International airport. Mr. Abdul-Mahdi said Gen. Soleimani was carrying Iran’s response to a message Iraq had conveyed on behalf of Saudi Arabia aimed at easing tensions between the two countries in the region.

Nonbinding Request

The request is allegedly nonbinding because the US installed a puppet government in Iraq with certain conditions pre-attached.

Trump Beats the War Drums

After illegally assassinating Soleimani , while on a peace mission no less, President Trump renewed threats to hit back at Iran “VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” in the event of further strikes targeting Americans or U.S. assets.

Warmonger fools like senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) piled on, pressuring Trump to 'Crush Iranian Economy' By Targeting Oil Refineries After Assassination

Hey, let's carry out an illegal assassination and then for good measure, in an undeclared war, follow up by blasting Iranian oil refineries.

Left Wing "Liberal Media" Cheers War and Assassinations

As I noted yesterday, the Left Wing "Liberal Media" Cheers War and Assassinations.

The list includes CNN, NBC, the WSJ, CNBC, and USA Today.

Iran to Scrap Nuclear Agreement

In response to the above events, Iran Shifts on a Landmark Nuclear Deal. Tehran said in a statement that its nuclear program would “have no limitations” on enriching uranium.

The statement said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran will end its final limitations in the nuclear deal, meaning the limitation in the number of centrifuges. Therefore Iran’s nuclear program will have no limitations in production including enrichment capacity and percentage and number of enriched uranium and research and expansion.”

But the government said Iran would continue its cooperation with International Atomic Agency and return to the nuclear deal if the sanctions against it were removed and Iran’s interests were guaranteed.

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The nuclear agreement had ended many economic sanctions on Iran in return for its verifiable pledge to use nuclear power peacefully. The European parties to the deal, including Britain, France and Germany, had struggled to preserve the agreement amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Iran’s statement Sunday did not include details about its enrichment ambitions. And the country did not say it was expelling the inspectors who monitor its nuclear program.

Huge Crowds Protest Assassination

It was difficult task but Trump managed to unite nearly all of Iran against the US.

Well done, mr. president.

Why does Iran Want Nukes?

Please ask yourself: Why might Iran want nukes?

No doubt some of you will conclude to attack Israel, but the real answer is to protect itself from US aggression.

Iran and North Korea can both see what the US did to Iraq. Only by having a credible threat can Iran protect itself from the likes of Trump.

Addendum - Not Just Trump

Bush, Cheney, Obama, Hillary, and Trump all have made serious major mistakes in the region.

Addendum Two - Every Reason to Hate the US

A friend replied ...

I read an article by an Israeli defense analyst several months ago who said that Iran would be stupid not to develop nuclear weapons. We knocked their government over before and put in place a puppet who abided by US oil interests. This started a chain of events including the hostage crisis in 1979.

The past two US administrations have sent this message to the world: Give up nuclear weapons and actively help identify those who are passing along nuclear secrets.

Libya did that and its leader was killed. ISIS and Al Qaeda now run the country. Lovely.

Be a proliferator like Pakistan and you are an ally. Develop nuclear weapons and missiles and threaten to fire them on Japan and the United States and the president is in love with you.

Addendum 3

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Mike "Mish" Shedlock