It has been a big news day on multiple continents. BIGLY.
How could #MaduroRegime think they would get away with this sham?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 5, 2020
Within minutes #Brazil the first (of many to come) who witnessed them using force to prevent @jguaido from entering National Assembly declares this a total fraud.
These people are really dumb! https://t.co/NVGPVHX2ct
Juan Guaido, the American neocon puppet in Venezuela who Trump and Marco Rubio tried to install in power last year, has been ousted from the Venezuela legislature.
“Earlier, the opposition leader announced his bid for reelection as speaker of the semi-defunct National Assembly legislature, as the Venezuelan political crisis he helped initiate approaches its one year anniversary.
Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed ‘president’ Juan Guaido has been removed from his post as chief of the National Assembly, multiple Venezuelan media outlets have reported.
According to reports, Guaido was succeeded by lawmaker Luis Parra with support from the pro-Maduro Bloc of the Motherland and multiple opposition MPs, with Franklin Duarte and Jose Gregorio Noriega elected as first and second vice presidents of the assembly. …”
BREAKING: #AlShabaab statement say their fighters “inflicted severe casualties on both #US and #Kenya troops, destroyed US military aircraft and vehicles” following the Sunday morning attack on Camp Simba in Manda Bay, #Lamu County.— Morad News (@MoradNews) January 5, 2020
No comment from U.S. or Kenya officials so far pic.twitter.com/p2vIUs98io
The first body of an American soldier just dropped in Kenya in a terror attack by al-Shabab:
“One U.S. service member and two American Department of Defense contractors were killed in a terror attack on a military base in Kenya that houses some U.S. military personnel. The Somali terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack that Kenyan authorities said had been repelled with four militants killed in the fighting. …”
#BREAKING: #LNA Commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar: The enemy (#Turkey) has decided to invade #Libya, we will stand up to them and defeat them.#NorthAfrica #Tripoli #GNA #Erdogan #Greece #Egypt #EastMed #Mediterranean #war #Misrata pic.twitter.com/chaUC1jp5X— Evan Kokkinos (@evankokkinos97) January 3, 2020
Erdogan is invading Libya now after occupying northern Syria.
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said troops are arriving in Libya after parliament authorized the government to back Libya’s internationally recognized administration against rival forces.
“The mission of our troops will be coordination and establishing an operation center,” Erdogan told CNNTurk television in an interview on Sunday. Turkish forces in Libya will be led by a lieutenant general, he added.
The parliament on Thursday voted 325-184 to give Erdogan one year to dispatch troops at the request of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. …”
#BREAKING: Another rocket landed on the other side of the US Embassy in #Baghdad. OFFICIAL Iraqi channels say the total rockets are 5, not 3. Several dead. Unidentified.— Imam of Peace / Pray for Peace… (@Imamofpeace) January 5, 2020
Militias are telling all Iraqi officers to stop protecting US bases for their own safety.
Pray for peace??
“New Rubio,” ladies and gentleman pic.twitter.com/FcKnnVIfYs— Curt Mills (@CurtMills) January 5, 2020
Iraqi Prime Minister AbdulMahdi accuses Trump of deceiving him in order to assassinate Suleimani. Trump, according to P.M. lied about wanting a diplomatic solution in order to get Suleimani on a plane to Baghdad in the open, where he was summarily executed. https://t.co/HKjyQqXNqP— Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) January 5, 2020
The Iraqi parliament voted to ask the Iraqi government to expel American troops from Iraq. Meanwhile, rockets are landing in the Green Zone. We also learned from the Prime Minister of Iraq that Trump had asked him to mediate the conflict with Iran and that Soleimani had been invited to Iraq to deliver the Iranian response when Trump assassinated him at the airport after luring him to the country under false pretenses.
“Iraq’s parliament reportedly voted on Sunday to expel the U.S. military from the country after an American airstrike killed top Iranian military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
Last week’s attack, which came on the heels of a number of other incidents between the U.S. and Iranian-backed militants, ratcheted up tensions in the region as Tehran threatened retaliation and Iraq protested the strike within its borders.
The nonbinding resolution passed Sunday demanded an end to foreign military presence in the country, with the aim of forcing the U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops, according to The Associated Press. It declared an “achievement of victory” in stopping the Islamic State’s advancement in the country and ended its “request for assistance” from the U.S. in the fight. …”
As military adviser to Iran’s Supreme leader Hossein Dehghan said, Tehran’s response “for sure would be military”https://t.co/O3O6zIXxXt— Sara Melkonyan (@MelqonyanSarah) January 5, 2020
BREAKING: What has to be the biggest ever funeral seen in the history of the world is currently underway. pic.twitter.com/XOvWslBVU3— Ismail Abramjee (@IsmailAbramjee) January 5, 2020
The loss of our dear General Soleimani is bitter. The continuing fight and ultimate victory will be more bitter for the murderers and criminals. pic.twitter.com/eKKNaHRCTv— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 5, 2020
Iran has completely withdrawn from the Obama era nuclear deal and has vowed military retaliation against American targets.
“TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Sunday it would no longer abide by any of the limits of its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, abandoning the accord’s key provisions that block Tehran from having enough material to build an atomic weapon.
Iran insisted in a state television broadcast it remained open to negotiations with European partners, who so far have been unable to offer Tehran a way to sell its crude oil abroad despite U.S. sanctions. It also didn’t back off of earlier promises that it wouldn’t seek a nuclear weapon. …”
Needless to say, any of these stories would have been big news last year, but events are quickening and all sorts of interesting things are popping off around the world now that Trump has plunged us into a war with Iran. Obviously, the calculation here is that we have our hands full at the moment. Don’t worry though about where this is going. Your favorite president will solve!