MENA File: Iran fires 22 missiles at two Iraqi military bases housing US, Canadian and other anti-ISIS coalition forces, near Ain Assad and Erbil, around midnight local time, Jan. 7, no casualties reported; Iranian FM Zarif admits barrage retaliation for US drone assassination of Quds Force cmdr. Soleimani, four days earlier: “Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched”; former US amb. to UN Haley condemns Democratic Party’s treasonous pro-Tehran stance: “The only ones mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates”; President Trump unimpressed by Baghdad’s decision to expel 5,200 US troops, orders deployment of more forces to Iraq, inc. 2,200 Marines and 4,000 soldiers with US Army’s 82nd Airborne Div., six B-52 strategic bombers to Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory beyond range of Islamic regime’s most powerful missiles; PM Johnson orders Royal Navy to Persian Gulf to protect British-flagged vessels, Putin makes second official visit to Syria, where Russia maintains naval and air bases, confers with counterpart Assad, both allied with Iran; meanwhile NATO member Turkey shrugs off EU disapproval, plans mil op in Libya, bolster government in Tripoli against Moscow-backed rebel cmdr. Haftar

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MENA = Middle East and North Africa, or “Greater Middle East”

This is our first use of the geographical category MENA at OUTW.

President Trump’s showdown with the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, is enough to provoke fears of WW3. Now Turkey, a very significant regional power, is stirring the pot by planning a unilateral troop deployment to Libya. Turkish troops already occupy parts of northern Syria (since 2016) and all of northern Cyprus (since 1974).

BTW, this would be a good time for DJT to move against America’s domestic enemies, while they are distracted by international events . . .

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