Pompeo suddenly in Iraq
In chronological order yesterday — three acts plus commentary. Note the time stamps on the tweets.

Deutsche Welle confirms:
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Tuesday to meet with the Iraqi prime minister and other bigwigs, citing US concern over Iraqi illusory sovereignty due to increasing Iranian activity in the region.

Pompeo had been on his way to Germany where he was due to meet both Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslems ..
and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, but suddenly canceled the trip due to "pressing issues," the State Department initially said, without elaborating where he was going.

"I wanted to go to Baghdad to speak with the leadership there, to assure them that we stood ready to continue to ensure that Iraq is a sovereign, independent nation," Pompeo told news hounds.

Following the meetings, Pompeo said that Baghdad had promised to protect US interests, the French news agency AFP reported.

"We talked to them about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it's able to adequately protect Americans in their country," Pompeo said of his discussions with President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. "They both provided assurances that they understood that was their responsibility."

Pompeo said he made the trip to Iraq because Iranian forces are "escalating their activity" and the threat of attacks were "very specific."

"These were attacks that were imminent," Pompeo said without discussing the intelligence in detail.

"We wanted to let them know about the increased threat stream that we had seen and give them a little bit more background on that so they could ensure that they were doing all they could to provide protection for our team," he added.

Many of the articles today are linked together. This trip links with the reports of Iran wanting to attack US troops in Iraq/Syria and sink the USS Teddy R.

That ties into the missile barrage back and forth between Israel and Gaza as Israel was supposed to be tied down and unable to work with the US. I would not be surprised to find out that NKor misbehavior and Venezuela situations are tied into it with some orchestra direction from the Kremlin.

The USA put fear in the hearts of some of the players that one could see on Twitter with panic over the number and ranges of the SkyKing messages. Wikipedia on SkyKing Emergency Action Messages: part of U.S. military's strategic nuclear weapon nuclear command and control (NC2) system.

The game is still in the early stages. Iran has been moving IRBMs to islands in the Persian Gulf and to Yemen in hopes of killing a carrier. The Houthis have also shelled a major southwestern Saudi port (Jazan? - sorry I forget) with IRBMs, and UAVs supplied by Iran.

The ____ is literally hitting the fan with regards to Iran.

Oh and the controlling clergy in Iran can't get the teaching clerics in Qom to agree with them so they are forming their own theological seminary to train the next generations of ruling clerics. (As compared to regular clerics.) Much murkiness is evident.

Besides the TR armada some Barksdale AFB B-52s are now moved to bases somewhere in the Gulf.

Houthi attack last Friday on Jazan

Posted by: 3dc 2019-05-08