Headlines of interest for January 2020 [Editor’s note: it’s been a busy month, and we have much catching up to do. Check for updates and see also our Minds page]…

A timeline of the major events in the Middle East…

Jan. 1

Press TVTrump says does not foresee war with Iran over Iraq

Middle East MonitorIsrael’s countdown to achieve the ‘alternative homeland’ in Jordan begins

Jan. 2

BloombergLeaders From Israel, Cyprus, Greece Sign EastMed Gas Pipe Deal

Al MonitorPentagon: Preemptive strikes on table to deter Iran in Iraq

Stars and StripesPentagon: Iran’s Gen. Soleimani killed in airstrike at Baghdad airport

Jan. 3

Press TVIran Leader vows ‘harsh revenge’ following assassination of Gen. Soleimani

SputnikIran Deploys F-14 Jets to Borders After Vowing to Avenge General Soleimani’s Murder – Reports

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – US starts the Raging Twenties declaring war on Iran

“Israel gave the US the coordinates for the assassination of Qasem Soleimani as they wanted to avoid the repercussions of taking the assassination upon themselves.”

Al MonitorIsrael’s security chiefs fear possible Iran war

USNI NewsUSS Bataan, Marines 26th MEU Heading to Middle East Amid Tensions with Iran

AntiwarUS to Send 3,500 More Troops After Killing Top Iranian General

Jan. 4

Al Masdar NewsUS airstrike targeted Hashd Al-Shaabi convoy north of Baghdad – Iraq TV

Zero HedgeRound Two: US Drone Airstrikes Kill Six Pro-Iran Militia Commanders

Retaliation Begins: Multiple Mortar Attacks On US Presence In Iraq, Hezbollah Warns Security Forces “Stay Away”

Now The End BeginsIn An Unprecedented Move, Iran Raises The Red Flag Of Battle For First Time In History In Stunning Harbinger Of ‘A Great Battle’ On The Horizon

RTGeopolitical puzzle: What is behind Pompeo’s visit to Kazakhstan?

ThereAreNoSunglassesBi-Partisan Support For Murder and State Terrorism

Craig MurrayLies, the Bethlehem Doctrine, and the Illegal Murder of Soleimani

Jan. 5

SputnikIran’s Foreign Minister Compares Trump to Ancient ‘Barbarians’ Over Threat to Target Cultural Sites

TASSRussian defense ministry highlights Solemaini’s contribution to combating IS in Syria

South FrontIran Is Investigating Possibility Of Mole Behind Soleimani Assassination

Press TVSoleimani was to deliver Tehran’s reply to Saudi de-escalation letter when killed: Iraqi PM

RTIraqi parliament passes resolution asking government to cancel request for assistance from US-led coalition

Elijah J. MagnierFragmentation in the Axis of Resistance led to Soleimani’s death

Jan. 6

Asia Times (Pepe Escobar) – Financial N-option will settle Trump’s oil war

Consortium NewsPATRICK LAWRENCE: The Iranian General’s Intent

Al MonitorPentagon pushed back internally on strike against Iranian military leader

Defense Post‘Draft’ letter saying US forces to leave Iraq was sent by ‘mistake,’ Milley says

Asharq Al-AwsatKuwait Denies Drone Used to Attack Soleimani Flew from its Territories

Daily MailIraqi prime minister says Qassem Soleimani was in Iraq to ‘discuss de-escalating tensions between Iran and Saudis’ when he was killed – and claims Trump had asked for help mediating talks after embassy attack

South Front (Ida’at) – Iraqi Prime Minister Was Forced To Resign After Trump Threatened His Life

RT‘Never threaten the Iranian nation’: Rouhani rebuffs Trump’s warning that 52 Iranian targets may be hit

US denies Iran’s FM Zarif visa to address Security Council in violation of UN treaty

Zero HedgeTrump Says “US Will Not Leave” Iraq Unless Billions For Air Base Are Repaid, Threatens Baghdad With “Very Big” Sanctions

Jan. 7

Trump Says “US Will Not Leave” Iraq Unless Billions For Air Base Are Repaid, Threatens Baghdad With “Very Big” Sanctions

Epoch TimesTwo Earthquakes Hit Iran ‘Close to Nuclear Power Plant’

The CitizenForeign Troops on Indian Soil as US Threatens War Against Iran?

Great Game IndiaWere Russians Spying On Qassem Soleimani Assassination Discussions At Mar-A-Lago

Consortium NewsPEPE ESCOBAR: Trump to De-Escalate: Intel Source

National Public RadioTranscript: NPR’s Full Interview With Iran’s Foreign Minister

Jan. 8

USA TodayUS denies visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif before UN Security Council meeting

No casualties?… (see Jan. 31)

Zero HedgeTrump Tweets “All Is Well” After Iran Fires Missiles At Two US Airbases In Iraq

South FrontIranian TV Claims ’80 American Terrorists Killed’ As US And Iraq Deny Any Casualties

Ukrainian Boeing 737 With 177 Aboard Crashed In Tehran Just A Few Hours After Iranian Strike On US Forces In Iraq

Al Jazeera‘No survivors’: Ukrainian jet crashes in Iran with 176 on board

LB.uaUkraine president cuts short visit to Oman over Iran air crash

London EconomicIran warns US allies not to retaliate to missile strikes and threatens to hit Israel and Dubai too

Fort RussWAR PREPARATIONS: U.S transfers 6 B52s to Diego Garcia’s base

Jan. 9

РИА Новости (translation at Al Monitor) – Жириновский: России следует предложить Ирану военное сотрудничество

New York TimesVideo Shows Ukrainian Plane Being Hit Over Iran

The DriveLet’s Talk About How Iran Could Have Shot Down A 737 Full Of Innocent People

Islamic World NewsFull details of IRGC missile attack against US bases in Iraq

YnetIranian official: ‘Injured at attacked Iraqi bases were evacuated to Israel’

Al ArabiyaTwo rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone near US embassy

Zero HedgeIsrael Bombs Weapons Depot Run By Iranian Militia

ReutersU.S. senators back bill to provide $3.3 billion for Israel

Jan. 10

Just Security (Adil Ahmad Haque) – U.S. Legal Defense of the Soleimani Strike at the United Nations: A Critical Assessment

Al JazeeraUS targeted Iranian official in Yemen in failed strike

Islamic World NewsExclusive: US commander of the Ain Al Assad airbase was killed in Iran’s missile attack

Jerusalem Post8 killed in strike on Iranian militias on Iraq-Syria border, media blame Israel

Jan. 11

HaaretzSultan Qaboos Bin Said, Under Whose Rule Oman Became Key Mideast Mediator, Dies at 79

Tasnim News AgencyIran President ‘Deeply Regrets’ Unintentional Downing of Ukrainian Plane

Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people. Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake. #PS752

State of the NationDid Israeli cyber-terrorists hack the Iranian air defenses to trigger the Ukraine airliner shootdown after the plane was sabotaged forcing a turnaround?

Jan. 12

ReutersFour wounded in attack on Iraqi military base that houses U.S. forces

AFPIran agrees de-escalation ‘only solution’ to solve crisis with US

The NationThe Iranian Entrapment of Trump by the Deep State

Jan. 13

NBC NewsTrump authorized Soleimani’s killing 7 months ago, with conditions

South FrontDanish Troops Testify To Greater Damages At US Base in Iraq, As Well As To NATO’s Lack of Readiness

– UK Ambassador Arrested In Tehran As London And Washington Seek To Fuel Riots In Iran

Al MonitorKillers target activists performing logistics for Iraqi protests

Schiller InstituteIran-Iraq-Syria Plan to Move Ahead on Historic Transnational ‘Land-Bridge’ Railroad

Jan. 14

European powers trigger Iran deal dispute mechanism

Confirming Pepe Escobar’s early reports…

Times of Israel (NBC) – Israeli intel helped US carry out strike that killed Iran’s Soleimani — report

Zero HedgeEsper Contradicts Trump: “Didn’t See” Specific Evidence Of Iran Plot To Attack 4 Embassies

World Socialist Web SiteAustralia’s Pine Gap spy base likely involved in the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

Jan. 15

American Herald TribuneWho Targeted Ukraine Airlines Flight 752?

Jan. 17

Mint Press News (Whitney Webb) – How a Hidden Parliamentary Session Revealed Trump’s True Motives in Iraq

Jan. 18

Al MonitorTurkish and Syrian spymasters meet in Moscow

Jan. 20

Press TVProtests resume in Iraq after rising calls for US withdrawal

Jan. 21

Arutz ShevaIran threatens to quit Non-Proliferation Treaty

Jan. 22

ReutersMilitia ally of Iran’s Soleimani shot dead in southwest Iran: IRNA

Jan. 23

Al MonitorIraq president calls for restraint after meeting Trump in Davos

Jan. 24

Al Jazeera‘We want them out’: Iraq protesters call for US troops exit

The number keeps rising, though still no admission of deaths…

New York Times34 Troops Have Brain Injuries From Iranian Missile Strike, Pentagon Says

Jan. 25

ThereAreNoSunglassesUS Continues To Manipulate Massive Anti-US Iraqi Demonstrations and Conspirators

ReutersIran has capacity to enrich uranium at any percentage: nuclear agency

Jan. 27

Jerusalem PostRockets make ‘direct hit’ on US embassy, Baghdad, reportedly injuring one

Jan 28

Times of IsraelTrump’s ‘Conceptual Maps’ show Israel, ‘enclave communities,’ ‘Future Palestine’

Jan. 31

UPIPentagon now says 64 troops injured in Iran strike

Al MonitorTrump’s plan revokes Israeli Arabs’ citizenship

HaaretzAnalysis ‘Trump Loves You Israelis So Much, He May Love You to Death’

Worse comes to worse, they can flee to Mecca…

Israel Officially Allows Israelis to Travel to Saudi Arabia

In other news…

West Africa NewsletterParis manoeuvres to persuade Trump to limit his disengagement

Ari Ben-Menashe is a familiar name – from Iran-Contra related charges (WaPo 11/29/90) to his recent claims concerning Jeffry Epstein (The Sun Dec. 3) …

Al MonitorDefeated Tunisian presidential candidate paid ex-Mossad agent $250,000

Egypt refuses to extradite Gadhafi-linked leaders to Libya

Holding the Qaddafi ancestral home…

Maghreb ConfidentialHow Haftar wants to cordon off Syrte

BloombergLibyan Oil Exports Blocked Ahead of Berlin Peace Conference

CNNUkrainian jet victim ran company suspected by UN of violating Libyan arms embargo

South FrontThousands Turkish Proxy Fighters Flood Into Libya Amid Berlin Peace Talks

Haftar Reportedly Declines To Sign Berlin Agreements As Libyan National Army Limits Oil Input Even Further

Anti-Government Riots in Lebanon Continue With A Rise in Violence

Haaretz (Avraham Burg) – Opinion // Get Ready for the ‘Jew-niversal’ Decade of George Soros and Open Society

38 NorthSAR Imagery Reveals the Presence of Concealed Submarine at North Korea’s Sinpo Naval Base

NK NewsRi Yong Ho replaced as North Korean foreign minister, sources say

Look for the warm relationship between Trump and Kim to become more chilly, given the choice for replacement, Ri Son Gwon…

“He is generally known to be a hard-liner with little to no experience in diplomacy”

Ri Son Gwon appointed North Korean foreign minister, diplomatic note confirms

With a “crude” new foreign minister, North Korea strengthens its hard-line turn

Zero HedgeChina Quarantines City Of 11 Million As Hong Kong Confirms Second Case Of Coronavirus

China Suddenly Increases Death Toll By Over 60% As Virus Jumps To Europe

Reporters Claim To Have Proof China Lying About Virus Death Toll As Total Cases Near 8,000; Another 12,000 Suspected

“This Time I’m Petrified”: Virologist Who Helped Discover SARS Offers Chilling Take On Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”, Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon

South China Morning PostChina coronavirus: Wuhan residents describe ‘doomsday’ scenes as patients overwhelm hospitals

Great Game IndiaCoronavirus Bioweapon – How China Stole Coronavirus From Canada And Weaponized It

Business InsiderHealth experts issued an ominous warning about a coronavirus pandemic 3 months ago. Their simulation showed it could kill 65 million people.

Strategic Culture (Cynthia Chung) – Secret Wars, Forgotten Betrayals, Global Tyranny. Who Is Really in Charge of the U.S. Military?

Intelligence OnlineDoD seeks to maintain ties with Russian military agencies

Radio Free Europe/Radio LibertyOn Eve Of Pompeo Visit, A Shakeup In Belarus’s Military And Snap Drills. What Gives?

Intel NewsCyprus issues international arrest warrants for three Israelis wanted for spying

Al MonitorMagnitsky law spawns cottage industry of sanctions lobbying

Zero HedgeDurham Probes Early, Suspicious Contacts Between Obama State Dept And Papadopoulos

New York TimesFormer Marine Posed as Security Member for Trump’s Marine One, Officials Say

Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says

BreitbartSource: Alexander Vindman’s Brother, Yevgeny, Clears Publications by NSC Officials

Daily BeastParnas Associate Tracked Ousted Ambassador’s Movements in Kyiv: Docs

Just SecurityUnredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon’s Legal Concerns

Consortium News (Olivier Berruyer) – UkraineGate – Inconvenient Facts

21st Century WireUN Rapporteur: US Using Coercion By Torture Against Manning

Cryptogon (Gazette) – Are Mysterious Drone Sightings Related to Air Force Counterdrone Program?

End Of The American DreamArmies Of Unidentified Drones Are Appearing Over The Western U.S. At Night, And It Is Really Freaking People Out

ThereAreNoSunglassesEventful Days…Drone Ban Over Va. Gun Rally, Richmond…Military GPS Jamming Exercise Over S. E. US

Organic PrepperThe UN Is Hiring English-Speaking DISARMAMENT OFFICERS in New York

Intelligence OnlineElliott Broidy relaunches offensive against Doha’s cyber-spies

Al MonitorIsraeli spyware company accused of hacking activists hires lobby firm

CBS News60 Minutes investigates the death of Jeffrey Epstein

The SunBRAZEN ‘MADAM’ Ghislaine Maxwell ‘has so much dirt on powerful people she thinks she’ll avoid Epstein charges & return to high society’

Tiffany FitzHenryMother of Sexually Abused Boy Bander Breaks Her Silence, Implicates Disney, CAA, Hollywood Records, LAPD, DA & Industry Elite in Pedophile Ring & Cover-up

Washington PostGeorge Nader, key witness in Mueller probe, pleads guilty to child sex charges

Washington TimesMichael Flynn withdraws guilty plea

Intelligence OnlineUnit 8200 parts ways with cyber reservists

Mint Press News (Whitney Webb) – Why a Shadowy Tech Firm With Ties to Israeli Intelligence Is Running Doomsday Election Simulations

Electronic IntifadaWe “slaughtered” Jeremy Corbyn, says Israel lobbyist

SCMP85,000 Chinese museum artefacts lost in New York fire in Lunar New Year disaster

Mind UnleashedPhysicists Just Achieved Quantum Teleportation Between Computer Chips for the First Time

Zero Hedge (Michael Snyder) – Why Are Volcanoes All Over The Globe Suddenly Shooting Giant Clouds Of Ash Miles Into The Air?

Electricity Mysteriously Surged Through Norway’s Soil On Monday?!

Updates on old news…

Global Research (Paul Antonopoulos) – Ukranian Whistleblower Reveals MH-17 Tragedy Was Orchestrated by Poroshenko and British Secret Service

GuardianChilling role of ‘the Preacher’ confirmed at CIA waterboarding hearing in Guantánamo

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