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US Prepares for Payback
News Bytes 01/8/2020 28 Comments

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike. The strike hit two cars that were leaving the international airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Five people died. Among the dead were Iranian militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Major General Qassem Soleimani. Now U.S. leaders are preparing for the “possibility of Iranian action” as payback.

The targeted attack came after the killing of an American contractor in Iraq and intelligence reports about Iranian plots against the United States.

Soleimani was a respected figure in Iran. His death sparked huge displays of anger and grief. Some believe the strike against him could draw the United States and Iran closer to conflict. Iran has already threatened more nuclear development and violence because of the strike. U.S. officials are also aware that Iran could try to harm a high-level American leader. One official says the United States expects a “major” attack within the next few days.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Maritime Administration put out the warning for ships in the Middle East. The warning cites rising threats after Soleimani’s killing.

Iran and the United States have moved from one flare-up to another since President Trump began his “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran shortly after taking office in 2016. He repealed the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposed crushing economic policies.

Some lawmakers complain that President Trump did not provide advance notice of his airstrike in Baghdad. Such notice would have given civilians time to flee. Others point out that the strike was extremely precise, hitting only two vehicles.

Army General Mark Milley says U.S. intelligence showed Soleimani was plotting attacks soon. He believes the United States would have been wrong not to act. “[An attack] was imminent,” he says. “It was very, very clear in scale and scope. Did it exactly say who, what, when, and where? No, but he was planning, coordinating, and synchronizing significant operations against U.S. military forces in the region, and it was imminent.”

(Members of the Iranian American community of Washington, D.C., who support the overthrow of Iran’s government, rally outside the State Department in Washington, Monday, January 6. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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I'm just glad Britain isn't involved in this...Yet. Or are we?

I'm worried about this. And I'm worried about the people. What if people begin to increase their anger and start a war! I saw this on the news a couple of days ago. I'm just glad Britain isn't involved in this...YET. Or are we...

We should be praying about this.

This is not good. All I can really think to say is that we should pray for this situation and the people involved..


A lot of people are saying (or joking, which really isn't a good idea) that the conflict between the U.S. and Iran is going to start a WW3. I don't really believe this, but I really hope is doesn't start a war. Praying for peace.

This sounds really bad. I do

This sounds really bad. I do not think that Trump's drone strike was a good idea. That is so sad that people died.

I hope Trump thought through

I hope Trump thought through this very carefully before the drone strike.

They .....

Yesterday..Iran either threaten( or did) shoot mistles over into our U.S military base in Saudi Arabia.
I hope Iran dose not try to fight US. I do not want another WW....I do not want this war espeshaly wish Iran...i mean where we live there are Muslim people everywhere! I wonder what the Iranian people think about this.
Iran only has one button.........and that's war..I think trump has pushed that button.....
I hope this works out for the good of US.....

To Above

Woops! I mean our military base in Iraq not Sadi Arabia.


Anyone remember when President Trump predicted President Obama would start a war with Iran in order to get reelected?

@ Zack W

No, when was that?

Janna @Lena P

I'm worried about this, there's a good friend of my family that is in Iraq right now, and I'm worried for him..............Hopefully this doesn't start a WW3........(@Lena P, one of the people that was killed was planning several terrorist attacks on the US, so I'm thankful that he was killed!)


And if this will become WW3 we'll become history............I'm not sure if that would be bad or good.

the drone strike.

one of the people killed was planning attacks on the U.S.we only hit his 2 one else was harmed.i think trump did good.

Did you know that Iran just

Did you know that Iran just launched 15 missiles into Iraq on US bases but it didn't kill any Americans.

@Taiyo N

Wow that's horrible! Hopefully this resolves soon...

@ tayio

That's what I meant by: Yesterday..Iran either threaten( or did) shoot mistles over into our U.S military base in Iraq.
i know it is terrible!
If Iran goes to war with U.S then.....if they win.....
I hope this dose NOT start a WAR!!!


It is good that trump killed this man because soleimani has killed thousands of people in his lifetime.
It is also disappointing as well because no one should kill anyone even if its your enemy. We are all made
in Gods image. I`m worried as well if WWIII is going to break out or not. In my opinion trump is doing the best he can to save our country.

During his funeral...

I also heard that during his funeral, because there were soooooo many people, like 16 died from being crushed to death.


I agree.

@Mirela J


I am currently learning to

I am currently learning to draw the world and I am focusing on the Middle East this week. Every time I draw it I think of this.

@ Bethsarah G

I know!

To Above

''Babe Ruth bat a hit''

Elsie (Emelias sister)

I wish so badly there was no fighting and that nobody died, but that is never going to happen. I think that Trump did what he felt he should do in an intense situatation and none of us should harshly judge him because none of us understand what it's like to be in his shoes. There has been so much tension with Iran lately..


Did you all know that Russia, China and Iran are all banning together and doing military training together? This is not good. If anyone teams up with Iran.they are probably planning to do something agansed either the U.S or Israel...
Did you all hear that: Iran shot down a comarshal air plane a few days ago? They denied it.( oh cores) But satellite images show that they shot in down on perpus and now the people are protesting over there saying that there leaders are murderers. Iran is poking fingers...


I thought that the missile was headed for somewhere else and they made a mistake and it hit the plane.

To Above

No. that was Iran's lie. they also refuse to hand over the lack box.

@ Beth G

Iran said they did not shoot down the plane,but they refused to hand over the black box so that people could find out what really happened. Then all the other countries cheaked their satellite images and saw that Iran perpously shot a rocket to shoot down the plane. The Canadian leader was very upset (Canadians were on the plane) he said something about Iran but I don't remember exactly.


Russian's government just resigned. All but Putin. All the government officials are no more. It's Putin and Putin alone...

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