(Millions of Iranians protest America's murder of Major General Qassem Soleimani. A funeral procession in Tehran. Do we really want a war with all these people?)
President Donald Trump assassinated two top military figures of foreign countries on January 3rd, 2020. He ordered a drone strike to kill Major General of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani. He also ordered a drone strike against Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units leader, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, a popular Iraqi military official who helped lead the war against ISIS.
Tensions between American and Iran are now escalating dangerously.
Since the assassination of these important military figures, hundreds of thousands of people in both Iran and Iraq have taken to the streets in protest, and a million people attended Soleimani's funeral. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wept in prayer and vowed vengeance.
The Iranian government says it will no longer abide by the key terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, lifting restrictions on centrifuges, uranium enrichment and more. (CBS NEWS, 1-6-20)
The Iraqi Parliament approved a resolution calling on the government to expel some 5,000 U.S. troops from the country. President Trump said, "we are not leaving unless they pay us back" for an air base in Iraq. (CBS NEWS, 1-6-20)
The day after the drone strike, President Trump tweeted the that the U.S. would target 52 Iranian sites if Iran retaliated for the strike.
The cost of the U.S wars in the Middle East have already added up to a devastating $6.4 trillion price tag. (Common Dreams 2019). Millions of people are dead.
Many Americans oppose a major new war in the Middle East. News stories and bills before Congress are listed below.
It is time to stop a war with Iran before it's too late.
Thousands of Iraqis rally for Soleimani funeral
Write Congress: No war with Iran! Repeal 2002 AUMF! (Win Without War petition)
REPRESENTATIVE RO KHANNA RESOLUTION - PASSED
H.R.5543 - No War Against Iran Act (Read Bill Here)
House Passes Measures to Limit the President’s Unauthorized Use of Military Forces Against Iran (Congressman Sires Official Page)
Sanders, Khanna introduce legislation to block funding for a war with Iran (The Hill, 1-3-20)
Sanders, Khanna Announce New Legislation to Block Funding for War with Iran (Senator Sanders Official Site, 1-3-20)
REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA LEE RESOLUTION - PASSED
H.R.2456 - To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Read Bill Here)
Reps. Ilhan Omar and Barbara Lee Announce War Powers Resolution To Prevent War With Iran (Representative Ilhan Omar Official Site, 1-5-20)
REPRESENTATIVE ELISSA SLOTKIN RESOLUTION - PASSED
H.Con.Res.83 - Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran (Read Bill Here)
Pelosi Letter to House Democrats on War Powers Resolution (Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House Official Site, 1-5-20)
The House sent a major message about checking the president’s war powers on Iran (Vox, 1-9-20)
Pelosi: House to vote on resolution limiting Trump's actions against Iran (The Hill, 1-6-20)
Pelosi says House will introduce 'War Power Resolution' aimed to limit Trump's Iran military action (CNN, 1-6-20)
SENATOR TIM KAINE RESOLUTION
S.J.Res.63 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress (Read Bill Here)
Kaine introduces resolution to block war with Iran (The Hill, 1-3-20)
Kaine Files War Powers Resolution To Prevent War With Iran (Senator Tim Kaine Official Site, 1-3-20)
STATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF IRAQ
STATEMENT Office of the President of Iraq
FURTHER NEWS STORIES
Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated, exploding Trump’s lie of ‘imminent attacks’ (The Gray Zone, 1-6-20)
Iraqi PM: Trump Asked Me to Mediate With Iran Then Assassinated My Guest (Anti-Empire, 1-6-20)
Iraqi parliament calls on government to expel U.S. troops (Axios, 1-5-20)
A Million People Attend Iranian General Soleimani's Funeral (TeleSur, 1-5-20)
Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Is a 'Monster' for 'Threatening to Target and Kill Innocent Families, Women, and Children' in Iran (Common Dreams, 1-5-20)