Anti-War Protests Flood U.S. Streets As American Airbase and Other Locations Attacked (Updated)

By Aaron Kesel

Thousands of people took to the streets across the U.S. today to protest against what has become known as “Trump’s War” on social media, more commonly referred to as potentially the start of World War Three. This is amid claims that Northern Baghdad, Balad Airbase, has been struck by missile fire after explosions were also heard in Iraq’s Green Zone and that an Iranian base was also hit by shelling, suggesting the two events are potentially connected.

Following the attacks, video posted by RT Spanish affiliate — ActualidadRT — show several helicopters flying across Baghdad’s skies.

This follows a droning of Iran-backed Shi’ite militias near camp Taji north of Baghdad, less than 24 hours after another U.S. drone attack assassinated Iranian military leader, Qasem Soleimani. Zerohedge reported the incident, calling it “round two.” The attack is said to have killed six pro-Iran militia commanders and critically wounded three others according to an Iraqi army source.

This recent attack on a U.S. airbase in Northern Iraq is likely retaliation by the Iraqi pro-Iran militia or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), possibly even Iran themselves for the assassination of Soleimani.

Al-Arabiya (and other local news sources) report rockets landed in the Green Zone in Baghdad, where the U.S. Embassy is stationed. Several witnesses told Reuters that explosions were heard in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad.

Shortly after the rockets landed in the Green Zone of Baghdad, less than 1 mile from the U.S. embassy, another attack took place at Balad Airbase which stations U.S. troops. Reports suggested that multiple rockets have struck Balad Airbase, located just North of Baghdad, which hosts U.S. troops.

Reports on Twitter also showed an attack that took place along the Syrian and Iran border which hit Iranian-backed Iraqi militias or the PMU again.

“Fire and smoke rising from a base housing Iranian troops in eastern Syria.” “All forces on the Iraq-Syrian border are on alert.”

Meanwhile, further reports suggest there are numerous other locations being hit with rockets or mortar fire; upwards of five to six different places, including the former Palace in Iraq, have now been struck with attacks according to unconfirmed social media reports. Another attack, this time a mortar shell, wounded 5 people in the Al-Jadiriya neighborhood in Baghdad.

Iraqi police have also opened fire at armed PMU militiamen during the funeral procession of Abu-Mahdi al Muhandis and Soleimani.

It is also now being reported by The Telegraph that Britain’s Royal Navy is heading toward the Persian Gulf to protect British ships stationed there.

So far a letter to the U.S. Congress to end this dangerous escalation has received close to 75,000 signatures in a matter of 48 hours since the petition was created. You can sign the petition here and demand Congress intervenes in Trump’s war efforts.

Update 4:30 p.m. —1/4/20 — Iran has issued a terrifying warning to the U.S. as it raised a red flag over the Holy Dome, a symbol which is known in the Islamic world as the start of “holy war” or the end times.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed, on Friday vowed “severe revenge” in response to the killing of Soleimani, Express reports.

U.S. war planes can be seen in a video uploaded to Twitter flying over Babel southern Baghdad.

An estimated 3,500 Fort Bragg soldiers have boarded flights as they are deployed to the Middle East after Soleimani’s death as Iran chillingly vows to exact revenge, Dailymail reports. This is after 750 paratroopers were deployed to Kuwait on New Year’s day prior to the assassination of Soleimani and bombing of Iraqi militias.

Allegedly, a warning was put out prior to today’s attacks by Hezbollah warning Iraqi soldiers not to be within 1,000 meters of U.S. bases in Iraq, RT reports.

Update: 8:00 p.m.

A report from BNO News indicates there was just an airstrike by forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar against a military academy in Libya’s capital Tripoli, killing at least 30 people, according to the news agency.

Videos have emerged on the ground from near the U.S. Embassy which show missile fire and planes flying in the dead of night in Iraq.

Hackers who claim to be working for the Iranian government hacked a U.S. government website the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The hackers warned this was just the first move and “only a small part of Iran’s cyber ability.”

The hackers posted:

This is message from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

We will not stop supporting our friends in the regions, the oppressed people of Palestine, the oppressed people of Yemen, the people, and the Syrian government, the people and government of Iraq, the oppressed people of Bahrain, the true mujahideen resistance in Lebanon and Palestine.

They will be supported by us.

Approximately two thousand U.S. Marines in naval amphibious assault ships are headed to Iraq on U.S.S. Bataan battleships, skipping a planned training exercise in Africa, as the situation continues to escalate in Baghdad according to The Military Times. The news agency states that once all these U.S. troops are overseas the number of soldiers sent to the Middle East since May will approach 20,000.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of pro-Iranian fighters marched through the streets protesting removal of the U.S. and remembering their fallen leader Soleimani.

Iraqi Parliament is expected to vote to expel American forces as reported by Fox News. A military TV pundit then went on to hilariously say, “If they vote to expel our forces, I don’t think we should respect that vote.” This is after we went over there to spread “democracy” in the first place.

General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, the commander of the Guards in the southern province of Kerman, stated that any Americans within the reach of the Islamic Republic were now targets, Reuters reported.

“The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships cross there … vital American targets in the region have been identified by Iran since long time ago … some 35 U.S. targets in the region as well as Tel Aviv are within our reach,” Gholamali Abuhamzeh said.

Trump responded to the comments by threatening 52 different targets in Iran, including civilian and military sites if any American is harmed by Tehran, “very fast and very hard.”

The New York Times reports that last “Sunday, the Pentagon announced that airstrikes approved by the president had struck three locations in Iraq and two in Syria controlled by the group, Kataib Hezbollah.” However, officials in the Pentagon were shocked to see Trump take the more extreme option of assassinating Soleimani.

Update: 1:04 a.m. — 1/5/20 — Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) has sent a message via third party to Lebanon’s government warning if Hezbollah “makes a mistake” IDF will respond “very hard” in “strategic places.”

Iranian lawmakers were caught chanting “death to America” during a session of parliament a video posted on social media shows.

A base in Kenya, Camp Simba, has been attacked by Al-Shabab militants, the military installation houses both U.S. and Kenya soldiers in Lamu’s Manda Bay.

This story is a live active developing story, this author will try to keep this article up to date with accurate information as much as humanly possible.

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