On January 3rd 2020, a U.S. lead drotrike near the Baghdad airport has killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani. Coincidentally, this took place just a day after Shen Yi-ming, the newly appointed pro-US Taiwan military’s chief of general staff killed in a helicopter crash. The aforementioned airstrike happened a couple of days after Russian and Ukrainian finalized the contracts ensuring uninterrupted transit of Russian natural gas to Europe (December 30, 2019).
To the untrained eye, this series of seemingly unrelated events/incidents, but to me, the timing is more than suspicious.
My timeline of events to consider:
Dec. 8, 2019 — US Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus from the Middles East to the East Asia.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Dec. 7, 2019, that he plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. But he acknowledged and is worried by instability in Iraq and Iran.
This announcement from Mark Esper is well aligned with The 2019 US Department of Defense Indo-Pacific Strategy Report (IPSR), which was published on May 31, 2019 (and updated on Jun. 1, 2019)
Dec. 27, 2019 — One US defense contractor was killed and four US service members were injured in an attack on an Iraqi military compound near Kirkuk, Iraq. Rumors in the mainstream spread that Daesh may have been responsible for the attack. Our intel suggests that Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) has little to gain from directly attacking US.
Dec. 29, 2019 — The US led airstrikes on five major sites of Kataeb Hezbollah killed 25 Iran-backed militia members. This story was overlooked by numerous major news sources.
Dec. 31, 2019 — Funeral services for the fallen fighters killed in airstrikes were held on Dec. 29. Following these memorials protesters took to the streets and broke into the US Embassy compound in Baghdad. The Iraqi security forces didn’t try to stop the protesters, permitting them to pass a security checkpoint, according to many of our insider sources.
Jan. 1, 2020 — The protests outside of the US Embassy compound picked up again as the demonstrators started a fire on the roof of the reception area. This prompted US troops to fire tear gas at the crowd..
As of the Jan. 1, it’s reported that approximately the 750 US troops are expected to be sent as a result of the embassy attack and another 3,000 could possibly be deployed in the next few days.
Jan. 2, 2020 — The US airstrike near the Baghdad airport has killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.
Despite a long period of increasing tension between Iran and the US administration, this airstrike against a key figure in Iran’s security establishment came as a surprise to many analysts, in part because the US’ direct involvement was seen as likely to ignite a significant Iranian response.
Earlier that day (Jan. 2, 2020), the Washington Post was saying, in a breaking news, the Pentagon received an intel that Qasem Soleimani and his group “were actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region” and this airstrike was taken as a “decisive defensive action” based on said intel. But the portion of the page has now been replaced with the following:
Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said the Pentagon had taken “decisive defensive action” against Soleimani, the revered military figure who had close links to a network of armed groups backed by Iran across the Middle East and, according to the United States, bore responsibility for hundreds of American deaths.
Jan. 2, 2020 — Multiple Sources inside the region report: The US Marines have arrested multiple Iran-backed military leaders in Iraq.
Jan. 3, 2020:
In a press conference held by China’s Foreign Ministry, spokesperson Geng Shuang gave statements regarding the airstrike.
After reading the transcript, our team found something strange. In their statements China avoided mentioning Iran, or “how injustice this incident is to Iran” or “how the US airstrike was the US’ greatest strategic mistake for the region.” — The China’s spokesperson kept just saying that “Iraq’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity must be respected.”
On the other hand, Russia strongly condemned the killing of Qassem Soleimani, saying the US airstrike was a “reckless step” that risked “regional peace and stability” in the Middle East, RIA news agency reported.
Guess who just came out of the woodwork to try to calm down the tension? None other than a Direct beneficiary of Russian gas lines I mentioned above.
Jan 4, 2020 — German foreign minister will seek direct talks with Iran: newspaper
Where is China on this? Doesn’t China’s Belt and Road Initiative go through Iran and neighbouring area? So, if there’s to be a full blown military campaign or similar, isn’t it going to hurt China’s grand trade route plan? Not to mention immediate monetary loss? But one press release and that’s it?
On top of all this, we’ve recently uncovered a connection between China and Quds Force (commanded by Qasem Soleimani). Nov 18, 2014 — Exclusive: Iran uses China bank to transfer funds to Quds-linked companies
“The money transfers from accounts held by Central Bank of Iran (CBI) with Bank Kunlun (a China National Petroleum Corp unit) are initiated by the Quds Force and transferred to Chinese companies connected to the Quds Force in order to meet its financial needs,” the seven-page report said.
Dec 14, 2017 — Exclusive: China’s CNPC weighs taking over Iran project if Total leaves – sources
Under the terms of the agreement to develop phase 11 of South Pars, the world’s largest gas field, CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation) could take over Total’s 50.1 percent stake and become operator of the project if Total is forced to withdraw from Iran, a senior Beijing-based source with knowledge of the joint-venture agreement said.
CNPC officials have held internal talks in recent weeks to discuss the implications of taking control, according to three industry sources briefed on the talks.
So what could all this mean?
A. The current US administration and Pentagon just announced, in fact on Dec. 7, 2019, that the US will shift its military focus from the Middles East to East Asia (China). Then, almost immediately, this escalation in the Middle East is happening? It looks a lot like China’s insider influence could be shifting US military actions to further grow their dominance in Asia and the south pacfic.
B. The current US administration isn’t that interested in assassinating Qasem Soleimani. Because although he’s a general of the Iranian Quds, he’s not a figure who set Iran’s foreign policy & strategy. Qasem Soleimani is just a top officer who executes policies of Iran’s Guardian Council. Killing him wouldn’t lead to any serious long term changes in Iran’s policy, such as Iran’s attempt to produce nuclear weapons, its arms deal, or money laundering system. And the US administration knows this.
Then why US would want to be directly involved in this assassination? Instead, wouldn’t certain proxy combats in the region be more suitable for the purpose considering the current (geo)political climate?
C. If the current US administration would really want a full blown military campaign onto Iran, there have been several opportunities last year. But why now? Trump is well aware of the fact that if the current US administration goes to war against Iran now, his approval rating AND the stock market would drop significantly. And we need to consider that fact that this is an election year. — If his approval rating & the stock market go down, there’s little time to recover before the election campaign fully takes on. Battling this items as well as impeachment pressure from the democrats, very credible rumors are moving through the intelligence community that high level democratic supporters are working with the chinese to push the presidential election there way. Associates closely tied to Michael Bloomberg have also been tied to Chinese energy conglomerates with assets in the Iran/Turkish region.
I think what we see here is clearly an attempt by China to influence US elections as well as create energy dominance in Asia Pacfic as well as the Middle East and parts of Western Europe. Both credible news sources and insider intelligence show that major powers are at play and Iran is merely a distraction from the bigger game at play.
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