US Carries out an Apparent Decapitation Strike on Iranian Proxy Militias in Iraq

Things are moving with lightning speed in Iraq right now. Reports are fragmentary and disjointed, though not as fragmented and disjointed as Qasem Soleimani

and I could very well be regretting this post by morning but right now it looks like the US military carried out a raid that decapitated the command structure of Iranian-backed militias inside Iraq.

A little earlier this evening, Iranian thug Qasem Soleimani made a visit to Baghdad. Given the fact that one of Soleimani’s subsidiaries, the Kataib Hezbollah militia, was directly involved in killing an American civilian on Friday and invading the US embassy compound on Tuesday, his arrival must have clearly breached the red line that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper warned about earlier today. The convoy he was traveling in was hit by an airstrike, my best guess is that it was a drone strike, and Soleimani and several other senior leaders of Iran’s Iraqi militias were killed.

Now it seems like the killing of Soleimani was not a one-off. Reports are coming in that US forces have detained the leaders of some of Iran’s militia proxies.

He’s one of the guys directly fingered for the embassy attack

If this is true, it is far beyond the killing of bin Laden or al-Baghdadi. This is nothing less than a complete, textbook decapitation of the Iranian proxy forces in Iraq. Not only is the overall commander, Soleimani, dead but several senior staff and two of the field commanders responsible for the militia attack on the US embassy are in custody. (For the record, it is highly unlikely that this, if it happened, was pulled off by Marines, this was a special operations mission that would have been given to either SEALs or Delta.)

If this is true, the implication is that we knew that Soleimani was inbound to Baghdad and we knew if far enough in advance to be able to pull this mission together. That, alone, should scare the bejeesus out of the Iranians.

What next, indeed. We’ve made our move, it is up to Tehran to take the “L” and move on, or to up the ante.

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