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US Airstrike kills Iran's Soleimani... in Baghdad

War threat?  Oil price impact?

Bold move, taking out Terrorist leader, "responsible for deaths of thousands of Americans"

How Soleimani was 'torn to shreds' by missile...
Body identified by ring...

Footage shows aftermath...
Killing triggers global alarm...
U.S. embassy urges citizens to depart Iraq immediately...
Tens of thousands rally in Iran capital against American 'crimes'...
Oil prices surge...

From Jonas R -  Oil Jumps as U.S. Strike on Iran General Raises Conflict Fears
(Bloomberg) --Oil jumped close to $70 a barrel after a U.S. airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump killed a top Iranian general in Iraq, intensifying fears of conflict in the world’s most important crude-producing region.
In a turbulent start to the Asian day marked by unusually heavy trading, futures in London and New York surged by more than 4% to levels not seen since the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s infrastructure in September. The strike near Baghdad airport killed Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general who led the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force, according to a Defense Department statement


Obviously, any flare-up is likely to push up Oil, and probably precious metal prices too

The OILB et f is up about 5% in London trading

GBS, the Gold etf, is up almost 1.5%

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BREAKING: Iran's national security council will announce its response to the killing of Qassem Soleimani within hours

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I will probably be selling some of my Silver if th the price rise is large enough - back near old highs


Fears of WWIII grow after Donald Trump airstrike kills Iran general


The phrase ‘World War 3’ began trending after the killing of the Iranian leader’s second in command in a US airstrike. Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a bombing ordered by President Donald Trump overnight at Baghdad Airport. After news of his death broke, the country’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei sparked fears of war after he promised ‘harsh vengeance’. Many of those tweeting about the airstrike used memes to bring light to the situation, joking about fears it could spark ‘World War 3’ – a phrase now trending on Twitter. Searches for ‘World War 3’ also spiked on Google within hours of the airstrike in Iraq overnight. Google Trends recorded ‘Iran’ as the second most searched term in the United States, with more than 500,000 searches for the topic.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/03/world-war-3-trends-donald-trump-airstrike-kills-iran-general-11993960/?ito=cbshare


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And then...  BAGHDAD AIRSTRIKE ! (early Friday)

UPDATE _ at the Turn of the Year, going into 2020, IWM peaked first : 10d-update

Thu. Jan. 2nd close:
SOXX: 256.29 +5.19, +2.07% O: 254.26, H: 256.29, L: 253.00 (12mo: 150.95 - 256.29)
SPY.  : 324.87 +3.01, +0.94% O: 323.54, H: 324.89, L: 322.53 (12mo: 243.67 - 324.89)
IWM. : 165.78 +0.11,  +0.07% O: 166.74, H: 166.75, L: 164.23 (12mo: 133.72 - 167.12)
XLF.  : $31.08 +0.30, +0.97% O: $30.89, H: $31.08, L: $30.80 (12mo: $23.82 - $31.08)



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Depart Iraq immediately...
Westerners 'should leave Dubai'...
Thousands rally in Iran against 'crimes'...
Israel braces for retaliation...
Oil prices surge... Stocks shook...
Strait of Hormuz in focus...
TRUMP: 'Reign of terror over'...
'Took Action To Stop War'...
How decision was made...

Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul warned against war with Iran without congressional approval following the death of top Iranian Gen.Qasem Soleimani.

Paul spoke out in a series of tweets Friday morning, saying President Donald Trump “understands that the toppling of Saddam Hussein made Iran stronger” and that though Soleimani and Hussein were both evil men, “the question remains, whether his death will lead to more instability in the Middle East or less.”

. . .

President Donald Trump, in his first comments since he ordered the drone attack that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, said Friday that the general's decades-long campaign of terror across the globe has finally been ended.

In brief remarks at his Mar-a-Lago resort in south Florida, Trump said Soleimani, who commanded Iran's Quds Force, had been caught "in the act" planning "imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel."

"We caught him in the act and terminated him," Trump said in a brief address. "His reign of terror is over."

A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters the attacks planned by Soleimani targeted U.S. diplomats, U.S military personnel and facilities that house Americans in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Soleimani was killed in "a flawless precision strike" Thursday, Trump said. The drone strike occurred near the Baghdad airport.

"What the United States did yesterday should have been done long ago. A lot of lives would've been saved," Trump said, adding that the Iranian general had "made the death of innocent people his sick passion."

"For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds Force under Soleimani's leadership, has targeted, injured, and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen. The recent attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq — including rocket strikes that killed an American and injured four American servicemen very badly, as well as a violent assault on our embassy in Baghdad — were carried out at the direction of Soleimani," Trump said.

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Soleimani Planned Bombing of D.C. Restaurant

Flashback: Iran’s Soleimani Hired Mexican Cartel Associate to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador on U.S. Soil


In May 2011, discussions began secretly in Mexico between a known Los Zetas associate and Quds Force operative Manssor Arbabsiar. The discussion would lead to planning a C-4 detonation at a Washington, D.C. restaurant frequented by Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. The Quds Force operative did not know that he was being recorded in a DEA operation.

Over the course of a few months, several clandestine meetings in Mexico planned strikes against the Israeli Embassy in Washington, plus and the Saudi and Israeli Embassies in Argentina. New opium trafficking lanes between the Middle East and Mexico were also charted.

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Quds Force Leader Qasem Soleimani’s Death Marks Huge Blow to Iranian Regime

Who Was Soleimani?

Behind Deaths of 600+ Americans in Iraq…

…Huge Blow to Iranian Regime…

The U.S. military, at the direction of President Donald Trump, killed Iran’s most significant military figure, Qasem Soleimani, in airstrikes in Baghdad early Friday morning in a huge blow to the Islamic Republic.

The Pentagon confirmed in a statement that it killed Maj. Gen. Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite military forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, as well as the commander of Iranian-controlled Shia militia forces in Iraq, Syria, and around the world.

The reported deaths of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani and the Iraqi commander of the militia that killed an American last week was a bold and decisive military action made possible by excellent intelligence and the courage of America’s service members,” said Lt. Col. (Ret.) James Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy.

“His death is a huge loss for Iran’s regime and its Iraqi proxies, and a major operational and psychological victory for the United States,” Carafano added.

Phillip Smyth, an expert at the Washington Institute on Iran-controlled Shia militias and the Middle East, agreed.

“This is a major blow,” he said. “I would argue that this is probably the most major decapitation strike the United States has ever carried out. … This is a man who controlled a transnational foreign legion that was controlling governments in numerous different countries.”

Smyth said Soleimani had a cult of personality, as well as a unique leadership role in the Iran-controlled Shia militia network.

“He had a hell of a lot of power and a hell of a lot of control,” he said. “You have to be a strong leader in order to get these people to work with you, know how and when to play them off one another, and also know which Iranians do I need within the IRGC-QF, which Lebanese do I need, which Iraqis do I need … that’s not something you can just pick up at a local five and dime. It takes decades of experience.”

Several other experts also agreed that Soleimani’s death was even more significant than al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s, or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s.

. . .

Carafano argued that Soleimani’s death should be treated similarly to bin Laden’s. Trump designated the IRGC-Quds Force a foreign terrorist organization in April, essentially designating Soleimani a terrorist leader.

“The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), led by Suleimani, was responsible for the deaths of more than 600 Americans in Iraq between 2003-2011, and countless more injured. He was a chief architect behind Iran’s continuing reign of terror in the region. This strike against one of the world’s most odious terrorists is no different than the mission which took out Osama bin Laden – it is, in fact, even more justifiable since he was in a foreign country directing terrorist attacks against Americans,” he said.

According to local reports, the U.S. airstrikes also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the founder of Kata’ib Hizballah and leader of the network of Iranian-controlled Shia militia groups in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.

“It’s an incredible two-fer,” Smyth said. “This is another one of those old hands. These guys don’t grow on trees. It takes time.”

The U.S. airstrikes also reportedly killed the public relations chief for the umbrella group of Iran-controlled Shia militia in Iraq, the Popular Mobilization Forces, Mohammed Ridha Jabri, as well. Smyth said Jabri had some significance to the militia network as a spokesman, but his death would not be of the same significance as Soleimani or al-Muhandis.

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CHEST BEATING shows this is action was "for the Elites", not the ordinary Americans who may die

Tucker slams 'chest-beaters' cheering US strike on Soleimani

Tucker: Someone should explain "how this action will make US Citizens richer and more secure"

A good interview about the sources and dangers of...


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Airstrike "didn't even move the needle"

Kevin O'Leary on oil prices amid severe tension with Iran


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Thought Leaders = Money Leaders
Gold right now (Sunday evening North America time zones) is rising $27 USD an ounce. At $1,579 an ounce, gold thus far this week of January 6, 2020, is notching an almost-7-year high. (March 2013 - $1,575)
The technicals are not what is important. Yes, the why is important: Middle East conflict and probable $60 and $70 oil, messed-up shipping lanes. Bloodshed.
But for me, and for folks who make money for me, most important is the incessant rise of all metals in 2019, and really, with pauses and exceptions, for the past 15 years or more in real purchasing power.

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Colonel Douglas McGregor's comments about Trump & Iran on Tucker Carlson show are right on. 

"We will see if we have the President we voted for" 

"Unfortunately, he has surrounded himself by people who did not support him, who are pushing him towards War with Iran... a war that will destroy his Presidency." 

Tucker: "The Left has driven Russia into the arms of China. It did not have to be that way."

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