REPORT: Embassy Attack Leader Invited to Obama White House
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The pro-Iran attack comes in response to U.S. airstrikes against Kataib Hezbollah (KH), an Iranian proxy group that had recently killed an American citizen.
Twenty-five KH fighters died in the bombings.
Am I crazy or is the media now referring to the Hezbollah militants attacking our Embassy as “mourners”?— Robert J. O'Neill (@mchooyah) December 31, 2019
At the compound gates, Iranian proxies vowed to "not spare a single employee" if they breach the defenses.
Militiaman in military fatigue tells #Rudaw: "We will not spare a single employee" inside the U.S. embassy if they breach the building, warning the U.S. administration and President Donald Trump over recent airstrikes. pic.twitter.com/UIv5lnBbCF— Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) December 31, 2019
Responding to rapidly deteriorating conditions, President Trump deployed Apache helicopters and 100 Marines to the embassy.
Yet another aspect of the story is being largely ignored.
Badr Corps chief Hadi al-Amiri, one of the three leaders of today's attack, was previously invited to the White House by President Obama in 2011.
Al-Amiri's Badr Organization is one of the most powerful pro-Iran Shiite militias in the Popular Mobilization Forces, which were incorporated into the Iraqi military after repelling Sunni-inspired ISIS.
More than eight years ago, Fox News and the Washington Times reported on a White House visit by then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his transportation minister, al-Amiri.
Intelligence agencies linked al-Amiri to a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. soldiers. Yet he accompanied the prime minister to the United States for an event trumpeting the end of the Iraq War.
Fox News' Ed Henry questioned then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on al-Amiri's appearance at the White House. The transcript, obtained from RealClearPolitics, reads in part:
Ed Henry, FOX News: When Prime Minister Maliki was here this week there have been reports that a former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which U.S. officials say played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
Jay Carney, WH: Who’s [sic] report is that?
Henry: I believe the Washington Times has reported it. I think others have as well, but I think this is a Washington Times —
Carney: I have to take that question then, I’m not aware of it.
Carney tells Henry he will check back with him. You can read the full transcript here.
Veterans of the Obama administration are already attempting to spin their negligence off as President Trump's folly but not without significant criticism.
As you attack Trump’s foreign policy, Iranian militia members are — at this very moment — attacking American soldiers using the $1.7B cash you and Team Obama sent to Tehran.— Bryan Dean Wright (@BryanDeanWright) December 31, 2019
What a time to be self righteous. https://t.co/FUtg02WTwZ
And the differences between the responses to besieged diplomats on December 31, 2019, versus September 11, 2012, could not be starker.
Benghazi:— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) December 31, 2019
-No military response
-4 Americans dead
-Militiamen (or "mourners according to NYT) storm US embassy
-immediate military response
-Marines dispatched to reinforce
-No deaths so far, thank God
Yeah, those sound exactly the same.
The Marines have arrived at the U.S Embassy.— ☤𝓢𝒌𝓪𝓲☤ (@Ravagiing) December 31, 2019
Along with AH-64 Apaches.
[Meanwhile Iraq PM announced three days of mourning as he called them "martyrs" ]
No doubt there will be a lot more "mourning" if Iran & Hezbollah do not stand down. pic.twitter.com/dMNyMYiFfV
BREAKING: US Marines arriving to Baghdad embassy pic.twitter.com/nRGUKF7MJc— Iraqi Mourner Poso 🇮🇶 (@JackPosobiec) December 31, 2019
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