Categories for Iran

32,025. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/LIBYA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JackPosobiec: Did You Know: Soleimani planned the 2012 attacks in Libya because he knew about the gun running to Syrian rebels that w…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 11:02 am

32,022. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: Soleimani was a murderer with the blood of Americans on his hands—and plotting more attacks. Thank God for our military…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 11:01 am

32,018. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @BuckSexton: What’s really amazing is that we had been told to accept for so long that the head of IRGC Quds was able to direct operatio…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 10:37 am

32,015. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/IRAQ/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SecPompeo: Iraqis — Iraqis — dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more. https://t.co/huFcae3ap4

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 10:35 am

32,014. 1/3/2020

IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @DineshDSouza: Neither were the Iranians, and for pretty much the same reason https://t.co/M1LSVjsFVO

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 10:34 am

32,011. 1/3/2020

IRAN/IRAQ/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States has paid Iraq Billions of Dollars a year, for many years. That is on top of all else we have done for them. The people of Iraq don’t want to be dominated & controlled by Iran, but ultimately, that is their choice. Over the last 15 years, Iran has gained more….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 10:09 am

32,010. 1/3/2019

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/PROTESTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself. While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 8:54 am

32,009. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 8:54 am

32,008. 1/3/2020

IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 7:44 am

32,006. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @jimsciutto: Tonight, there are hundreds of American families watching news of Suleimani’s killing particularly closely. He engineered a…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 3, 2020 7:15 am

32,003. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday [1-3-20] said that the top Iranian commander killed in a U.S. air strike, Qassem Soleimani, was planning to kill Americans. ‘General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more,’ Trump wrote in a tweet.”

Lisa Lambert, “Trump: Soleimani was plotting to kill ‘many more’ Americans,” Reuters, January 3, 2020 6:09 am

32,001. 1/2/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “Trump says airstrike was ordered ‘to stop a war.’ President Trump said Friday afternoon that the airstrike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the powerful Iranian commander, was ordered ‘to stop a war’ and prevented attacks on Americans…Mr. Trump said the United States is not seeking regime change in Iran, but called for Tehran’s ‘aggression in the region’ to immediately end. He also warned Iran against retaliating, saying, “If Americans anywhere are threatened, we have all of those targets already fully identified, and I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary’…The airstrike directed by Mr. Trump dramatically ratcheted up tensions between Washington and Tehran, and Iran’s leaders quickly promised retaliation for the general’s killing. Around the time of the overnight strike, a Special Operations unit based in the United States boarded transport aircraft bound for the Middle East, one Defense Department official said.”

NYT Staff, “The Killing of Gen. Qassim Suleimani: What We Know Since the U.S. Airstrike,” The New York Times online, January 2, 2020

32,000. 1/2/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s killing of one of Iran’s top military commanders means the elimination of a dangerous U.S. foe – but it also represents a risky escalation in a volatile feud that could backfire on U.S. personnel and allies in the Middle East and beyond. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Qassem Soleimani, who leads Iran’s elite Quds force, was killed in what it termed a ‘defensive action.’ Iraqi and other media said Soleimani died in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport. Some media accounts described the airstrike as coming from a U.S. drone, but the Pentagon did not specify…Even the possibility that the U.S. had directly targeted Soleimani – especially on Iraqi soil – sent shockwaves around the globe, spiking oil prices and leading to instant assessments of the potential fallout. U.S. officials have long depicted Soleimani as a paramilitary and terrorist mastermind, deemed responsible for attacks on American troops in Iraq and against U.S. interests all over the world.”

-Nahal Toosi, Daniel Lippman and Wesley Morgan, “Trump takes massive gamble with killing of Iranian commander,” Politico, January 2, 2020 10:01 pm

31,966. 12/31/2019

IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “President Trump toughened his rhetoric toward Iran on Tuesday [12-31-19], saying the country would ‘be held fully responsible’ for the attack by Iraqi demonstrators on the United States Embassy compound in Baghdad, an assault that Mr. Trump said was directed by Tehran…The growing crisis has strained Mr. Trump’s aversion to war with Iran as well as his distaste for Middle East entanglements generally, including in Iraq. Mr. Trump faced pressure from hawkish allies in Washington to confront Iran forcefully, while memories of the deadly attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, loomed over the administration. Many analysts said Iran had thrown the Trump administration on its heels and was forcing a president entering his re-election year into unpalatable decisions about escalation and the risk of wider conflict.”

Michael Crowley and Edward Wong, “Trump Warns Iran as Risk of Wider Armed Conflict Grows,” The New York Times online, December 31, 2019

31,919. 12/31/2019

IRAN/IRAQ/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “To those many millions of people in Iraq who want freedom and who don’t want to be dominated and controlled by Iran, this is your time!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 31, 2019 10:44 am

31,914. 12/31/2019

IRAN/IRAQ/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 31, 2019 7:02 am

31,622. 12/12/2019

IRAN/LEGAL/PRISONER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against two more individuals linked to a prisoner swap with Iran announced by the Trump administration on Saturday. An Atlanta-based federal judge on Wednesday [12-11-91] dismissed the sanctions-violation cases against scientists Mahboobe Ghaedi and Maryam Jazayeri. Both women were co-defendants in the prosecution of Masoud Soleimani, a renowned Iranian stem-cell researcher who was arrested last year in the U.S. on charges of arranging the export of human growth factors to his home country. Jazayeri was carrying the vials when they were seized from her as she boarded a flight in Atlanta in 2016. Ghaedi, a Yale researcher at the time, was accused of helping arrange the transfer of the biological materials.”

Josh Gerstein, “U.S. quietly drops 2 more prosecutions linked to Trump Iran prisoner swap,” Politico, December 12, 2019 12:14 am

31,601. 12/11/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday [12-11-19] that the United States plans to impose new sanctions on Iran’s largest shipping company and a major airline for what he said were their roles in transporting material for the country’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs…He added that the sanctions on the shipping company and a subsidiary would not take effect until June 8, to give exporters of humanitarian goods to Iran time to find other transportation companies with which to work. The sanctions on the airline and three of its general sales agents are effective immediately. The sanctions are intended to limit the activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines; one of its subsidiaries, E-Sail Shipping, based in Shanghai; and Mahan Air.”

Edward Wong, “U.S. Turns Up Pressure on Iran With Sanctions on Transportation Firms,” The New York Times online, December 11, 2019

31,330. 12/7/2019

IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States will not rest until we bring every American wrongfully detained in Iran and around the world back home to their loved ones! https://t.co/2kWgJhvrtY

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 7, 2019 1:51 pm

31,168. 12/3/2019

IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States of America supports the brave people of Iran who are protesting for their FREEDOM. We have under the Trump Administration, and always will!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 3, 2019 10:33 am

30,883. 11/21/2019

IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….They want ZERO transparency, thinking the world will not find out the death and tragedy that the Iranian Regime is causing!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 21, 2019 12:54 pm

30,882. 11/21/2019

IRAN/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran has become so unstable that the regime has shut down their entire Internet System so that the Great Iranian people cannot talk about the tremendous violence taking place within the country….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 21, 2019 12:54 pm

30,476. 11/10/2019

FBI/IRAN/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “If Iran is able to turn over to the U.S. kidnapped former FBI Agent Robert A. Levinson, who has been missing in Iran for 12 years, it would be a very positive step. At the same time, upon information & belief, Iran is, & has been, enriching uranium. THAT WOULD BE A VERY BAD STEP!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 10, 2019 9:25 pm

30,244. 11/4/2019

IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @IranIntl_Ar: #العراق: حرق جدار القنصلية الإيرانية في #كربلاء https://t.co/C4jZyZkDeC

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 4, 2019 12:19 am

30,243. 11/4/2019

IRAN/IRAQ/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @arabnews: #BREAKING: Dozens of Iraqi demonstrators have stormed the Iranian consulate in #Karbala, lowering the flag and burning part o…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 4, 2019 12:18 am