We urge the reader to read this Mint Press analysis of the true US interest in Iraq that led to the murder of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. It has absolutely nothing to do with an alleged imminent threat to US interests in the region and everything to do with the oil, which Trump admits he wants to “take” in payment for the US “help” in fighting ISIS in Iraq (recall that it was the West that created ISIS in the first place, as a thoroughly researched analysis
shows). And it has to do with the deals, future and present, between China and Iraq that enable China to rebuild infrastructure destroyed during the war against ISIS there, in exchange for oil shipments to China. The existing agreement is said to be more favourable to Iraq than a similar American offer.
“Abdul-Mahdi continued his remarks, noting that pressure from the Trump administration over his negotiations and subsequent dealings with China grew substantially over time, even resulting in death threats to himself and his defense minister:
‘After my return from China, Trump called me and asked me to cancel the agreement, so I also refused, and he threatened [that there would be] massive demonstrations to topple me. Indeed, the demonstrations started and then Trump called, threatening to escalate in the event of non-cooperation and responding to his wishes, whereby a third party [presumed to be mercenaries or U.S. soldiers] would target both the demonstrators and security forces and kill them from atop the highest buildings and the US embassy in an attempt to pressure me and submit to his wishes and cancel the China agreement.’ “ (our emphasis)
If this is true, then it sheds light on the various “protests” that involved US actions, including the Maidan uprising, where unknown shooters killed both pro-government and opposition protesters.
The article also says China has offered military assistance to Iraq. Both China and Russia are waiting in the wings for an invitation to enter the Iraq war against ISIS. When this happens, the US will face unprecedented military opposition in Iraq that will either force it to leave or severely limit its movements in that country.
The noose is tightening and so far, the US understands that war with the two superpowers is unthinkable. So far.