An American killed, 4 injured in heavy Iraqi Shiite rocket strike on US K-1 base near Kirkuk

At least 30 rockets launched against the US K-1 base near the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Friday, Dec. 27, killed an American civilian contractor and injured 4 US soldiers. Some 11 to 14 exploded inside the base; the rest outside. They were fired from rocket-launching trucks parked outside the facility. The crews then abandoned the launchpads and took off in waiting getaway vehicles.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that analysis of the shrapnel quickly identified the Iranian-made rockets that are supplied to their Iraqi proxy, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), whose commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, is a deputy of Al Qods-chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

According to our sources, the PMU rocket attack was Iran’s punishment for the month-long US aerial offensive for breaking up the Iraqi Shiite militia concentrations around Abu Kamal and Deir ez-Zour near the Syrian border with Iraq, According to a division of labor, the US Air Force has targeted the  Der ez-Zour contingents and Israel, the units present around Abu Kamal and up to Palmyra.

Urgent consultations began in Washington on Saturday for a decision on how and when the US should retaliate for the attack on the K-1 base. The US maintains some 5,000 troops in Iraq.

On Dec. 13, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a strong warning that any attack by Iran or its proxies that “harm Americans, our allies or our interests will be answered with a decisive US response.” He was reacting to more than 10 rocket and mortar attacks against US military facilities in Iraq and the US embassy compound in Baghdad. Three days later, Defense Secretary Mark Esper repeated this warning in a conversation with Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Not much can be expected from Baghdad since both the prime minister and this week the president have handed in their resignations over the turmoil generated by two months of protests that have paralyzed government.

DEBKAfile’s military sources note that while Iran retaliates habitually for US air strikes on its military facilities and those of its proxies in Syria, Tehran has so far mostly avoided responding in kind to Israel’s air campaign.  

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82 thoughts on “An American killed, 4 injured in heavy Iraqi Shiite rocket strike on US K-1 base near Kirkuk

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 12:40 at 12:40
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    Wow – the US doesnt know how to react to an attack by Iran which killed 1 and injured 4 US citizens…
    What about hitting those who ordered the attack? If you didnt know : the iranian dictators live in irans capital which is teheran…
    If you need further information, dont hesitate to ask…
    A nation like the US, who is afraid to fight those who attack her/kill her citizens – such a nation has no future….

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 14:43 at 14:43
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      Do we have to fight Israel’s battles? Is that our future? I don’t think so Schlomo.

      • Dec 28, 2019 @ 18:34 at 18:34
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        You gotut wrong dude!

      • Dec 28, 2019 @ 20:07 at 20:07
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        jesus of orlando It is the US battle too. Are you that stupid or is it you hate Israel so much, you don’t care?

        • Dec 28, 2019 @ 21:18 at 21:18
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          Those rockets that fire every day from Gaza is some kind of response which makes alarm of iron domes as national emblem of israel.

      • Dec 28, 2019 @ 23:58 at 23:58
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        YES YOU MUST CHRISTBOY. NOT GETTOUTA HERE, YOU SON-OF-A-PUTA!

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 2:54 at 2:54
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        What does Israel, have to do with this? Iran attacked an American base in Iraq. America, fought against Iraq in two wars. America, is keeping troops there in the meantime. It is up to America to retaliate for the murder of an American civilian.

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 7:51 at 7:51
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        Israel is attacking in Syria and Iraq. When Israel is attacked (see the 4 rockets shot) Israel knows how react. When Americans are killed is America’s battle. Hope now you understand. If you don’t read it again.

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 7:53 at 7:53
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        AS A CHOSEN JEW I ALWAYS PRAY TO GOD TO KILL MORE AMERICANS AND ARABS AND SAVE ALL JEWS!
        YOU AMERICANS ARE NOTHING COMPARED TO US YOU STINKY SHARMOUTAS.

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 12:30 at 12:30
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        Did you read the article? Israel’s battles against who wants to harm them are on their own. However, Israel are in the frontlines helping other countries. MOSSAD foiled hundreds of terrorists plan to terrorize European countries. Iraq inicdent was done by Rogue Iran proxies. The Americans are in Iraq to secure their oil industries so that it won’t go in the hand of evil Isis.

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 4:29 at 4:29
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      Trump uses a lot of trumped up words and bluster. Israel has the knife at her throat and she will strike back very very hard.

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 5:46 at 5:46
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      Right as rain. This is purely a U.S. fight. Should have had iron-dome, but that said, the U.S. needs to send the strongest message possible, directly to Iran.

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 11:31 at 11:31
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      “A nation like the US, who is afraid to fight those who attack her/kill her citizens –”

      @ “such a disgrace…”,

      Be patient…………….just wait and see.

    • Jan 1, 2020 @ 23:22 at 23:22
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      So true. If the US doesn’t stand up to it’s reputation of Superpower, they will lose that status and encourage other nations like North Korea to become more aggressive. If the US can’t dominate Iran, how can they stand up to China and Russia in a future conflict.

    • Jan 3, 2020 @ 4:33 at 4:33
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      Done

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 12:49 at 12:49
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    Fortunately, however, Aryan western civilisation was constructed along the lines of noble and not jewish principles.

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 18:33 at 18:33
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      “Fortunately, however, Aryan western civilisation was constructed along the lines of noble and not jewish principles.”

      Good old ivan, still upset because the side he supported……………….LOST WWII !

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 20:04 at 20:04
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      stupid nazi pig ”ivan” …western ”civilisation ” are pigs like you

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 0:29 at 0:29
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      FORTUNATELY SHARMOUTA LIKE YOUR MOTHER DOESNT CARE ABOUT THAT!

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 4:21 at 4:21
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      the Jewish principles are the base of Christianity, so you are not fortunate but retarded son of 60.000 scharmoutas

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 15:20 at 15:20
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        No, Neinstein, Messianism is the basis, obviously. (Beresh!t 3:15)

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 7:56 at 7:56
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      That’s why it is called Judeo-Christian and that would be what you call the western world. Aryan origins are in what would be today N Iran more or less. Go back to school moron.

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 15:06 at 15:06
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        No, Messianism is as old as Adam. Modern or post churban replacement theology Judaism, Zionism and modern political Zionism are false epistemology.

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 13:33 at 13:33
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    Any response yet ? More sanctions ?? Trump is playing golf………..

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 13:55 at 13:55
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    Donate some Iron Dome systems to protect our best ally

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 14:11 at 14:11
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    I am surprised the US military did not go after the fleeing trucks and kill them all. I think the commander of that base should get a lesson in sensing a threat and how to react without getting permission for Washington. To be a commander you should have that killer instinct.

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 15:04 at 15:04
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      Agreed, my first thought was HOW did rocket/mortar trucks get that close, that’s a fail!
      2nd, track down and destroy the militia, then track the plane of Solemani and place a nice sticky bomb on it

      • Dec 28, 2019 @ 21:49 at 21:49
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        I agree, they should have had several drones up within a minute, followed up by a fast reaction force that sleeps with it’s boots on, and knows the area like the back of it’s hand.

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 14:20 at 14:20
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    Hey Aryan, say Hi to Apollo,is he still carrying the world on his shoulder?(primitive pagan god) …..where did Diana the goddess of love disappear to?… getting the f****.
    I am also proud of your ancient Germanic tribes of vadals and babarians.
    You have a real Rich Noble history

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 15:26 at 15:26
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      Nonsense, framing allegory as science and holding it up to ridicule is primitive.

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 14:51 at 14:51
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    So basically Debka is saying that America has been attacking Iran. Someone attacks a American base supposedly as payback for all the American attacks on Iran and as the shrapnel could be Iranian, Itan is to blame.

    Firstly if America is attacking Iran do they seriously expect the victim not to fight back. Secondly if Iran is able to supposedly launch cruise missiles and drones from hundreds of miles away and hit targets perfectly in Saudi Arabia but here they manage to only get a single American? Does not make any sence, this is most likely a falseflag launched by Israel and the Zionist lobby to try to cause an escalation.

    If Iran wanted to retaliate it could do so much better in so many ways without leaving any evidence, such as use American, European or Chinese weapons from the captured stockpiles of Syria. So no this is most likely a Israeli false flag.

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 15:56 at 15:56
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      @tommy:the servile collaboraor of the enturbaned savages,wait until orban ,salvini and the afd come to the power,people of your type will be wiped out

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 21:28 at 21:28
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      (Sigh) I generally don’t denigrate the unwashed but you have resoundingly qualified by scoring highest on the stupidity scale!

      So in terms of name calling you are a … :

      Schlemiel
      Schlimazel
      Schmuck
      schmendrick
      Schmeggegi
      Putz

      And your mother is likely a sharmouta!

      Howzabout them apples?
      🍎

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 11:43 at 11:43
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      “——– this is most likely a falseflag launched by Israel and the Zionist lobby to try to cause an escalation. ”

      And so says……………………………♥️ Tommy ♥️.

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 15:36 at 15:36
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    They don’t attack Israel because they know the punishment will be devastating..hahahhaa

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 15:45 at 15:45
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    As the weak Russian & Chinese Ships of Servants Sail in the Gulf of Oman with Iran’s Boats That Can Barely Float In Tow. America Economy has moved to 25% Globally & Servants Don’t Win Wars On Land, Air, or Sea. Al-Muhandis & Soleimani won’t live long & Dozens of Taliban Leaders, & Harithi, Gaddafi, Ghadiyah, Awlaki, Bin Laden, & Baghdadi! All Dead & Forgotten Losers!

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 15:53 at 15:53
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    @ivan:apparently hitler did not kill all the ivans

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 16:13 at 16:13
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    Since when did Iraq invite armed Americans to Iraq? Most tourists don’t travel with weapons. Looks like the uninvited Americans have forced there waay into Iraq again… Did the Americans build up Iraq again?

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 16:31 at 16:31
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    We must SANCTION them!!

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 16:57 at 16:57
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    These killers are counting on D. J. Trump playing golf 24/7, instead of attending to state matters, even during Christmas vacation. And they just may be right…

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 16:59 at 16:59
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    SO WHEN IS DON THE CON GONNA FINISH TWEETING AND DO WHAT HE SAYS (FOR ONCE?)

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:21 at 17:21
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      I absolutely agree with you Jim. When is president Trump going to keep his campaign promises and bring all the troops home?

      When is America going to stop fighting other countries wars and put America first? We should be investing in American infrastructure and the American people not fighting pointless wars in these sh!thole countries.

      So that you very much for bringing up that very important point Jim.

      • Dec 28, 2019 @ 21:46 at 21:46
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        IF YOU AGREE WE ME TOMMY, SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG. I AM WORRIED.

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:00 at 17:00
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    The US IS a paper tiger !

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:47 at 17:47
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      Interesting the Chinese sent 1 Guided Missile Destroyer & Russian’s sent 3 Ships, 1 Frigate, 1 Tanker & 1 Rescue Tug Boat when Iranian Speed Boats Can’t Operate. What a “Mighty Fleet” of 4 Ships trying to Communicate in Farsi, Russian, & Chinese Languages. US Navy not worried, impressed & laughing!

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 16:22 at 16:22
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        but a limpe mine or two and the world has to end? you’re in the right place for a bbq. enjoy your meal

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:04 at 17:04
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    Hopefully President Trump is not playing golf 24/7…

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:05 at 17:05
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    Hopefully President Trump is not playing golf 24/7…

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:37 at 17:37
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    Iranians and pro Shiite politicians are in control of Iraq’s government and that is arming the Shiite Militias who attack US troops in Iraq. We can all thank President Barack Hussein Obama for the current events we are watching in the Middle East.

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 17:54 at 17:54
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      @Sonny… Iran’s So-Called Control of a Broken Iraq Nation Divided by Shiia, Sunnis, & Kurdish Regions is a Problem for Iran not America. When the Break Up Begins it will Spread to Iran that has the same Divisional Problems on Protest they can’t address either except by Prisons & Deaths? Iran Shiia are Facing Dire Consequences.

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 11:58 at 11:58
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        So very true about Iran’s political conundrum, GST001!

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 11:55 at 11:55
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      ” We can all thank President Barack Hussein Obama for the current events we are watching in the Middle East.”

      @Sonny,

      Don’t forget about the role played in all of this by our former Secretary of State Herman Munster!

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 19:48 at 19:48
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    Crank up the bombers, time to smack some Iranians.

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 21:00 at 21:00
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    since obama US HAD NO MORE ANY PRESIDENT WITH COJONE. THE BUSHS AND CLINTON HAD COJONE EXCEPT OBAMA AND TRUMP THE WORSE A BIG COWARD WHO HAS NO PLACE AT WHIT HOUSE . HE DOES NOT KNOW STRATEGYGIC MATTERS.TRUMP MAKES US A TIGER PAPER.UNABLE TO RESPOND TO IRANIAN PROVOCATIONS.
    AS HE IS STILL AT WHITE HOUSE TRUMP CAN READ PRESIDENT REAGN MEMORY TO LEARN HOW HE TREATED IRAN

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 21:44 at 21:44
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    Trump is smart enough to know to keep his attacks on simmer and the sanctions on full throttle strangling their economy. The Soviet Union wasn’t destroyed in a shooting war, it was crushed economically. Iran will soon crumble in the same way as it cannot sustain the cash flow need to hold everything between Iran and Syria in their control. Their populace is already protesting in the streets and sacking government buildings. Trump knows American blood is worth more than all of these sandy shltholes put together. He is playing you like a fiddle while he chills on the links. HAHAAAA!!!! Fools!

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 22:29 at 22:29
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      DUMBAZZ HE NEVER PLAYED ME CAUSE I CAN SMELL A DEVIOUS DOUBLE-CROSSING KHUUNT A MILE AWAY!

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 21:59 at 21:59
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    Lol, no attempt as usual to argue the facts. So in summary America is attacking Iranian forces and someone has responded against the Americans and its a provocation?

    To much Talmud my friend, what we have here is cause and effect, with our religiously challenged believing that they are right therefore any wrongs they committed do not count.

    It reminds me of the Catholic mercenary’s (called villains) that were used during the crusades and who committed horrible wrongs. Hence what the word villain is now synonymous with, or our rag headed friends who are also told that they will be rewarded and receive absolution for their deeds.

    American is attacking Iran and Iran may have responded, but due to the poor attempt when we know that if they wanted they could do so much better i smell a falseflag. Hmm who stands the most to gain from a falseflag, Zionism… the end ♥️

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 22:30 at 22:30
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      TOMMY DONT YOU HAVE A WELL-HUNG HUMP-BACKED FLEA-BITTEN ANIMAL TO CARESS AND SUCKLE INSTEAD OF POSTING YOUR WORTHLESS ANTI-SEMITIC BS HERE?

      • Dec 28, 2019 @ 23:15 at 23:15
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        What is it with your love for animals, defective Jim…?!

        • Dec 28, 2019 @ 23:17 at 23:17
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          I LOVE ALL ANIMALS INCLUDING SQUEEKY MICE LIKE YOU!

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 6:36 at 6:36
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      Yes, attack the Jew! They make us breed with neanderthal and lose mighty Russian empire!

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 12:38 at 12:38
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        “Yes, attack the Jew! They make us breed with neanderthal and lose mighty Russian empire!”

        @ Evgeny Vodkalov,

        Your breeding habits are your own.
        You lost your “mighty” Russian empire all by yourselves and the Jews had nothing to do with that!
        That other bottle of vodka is still waiting for you……………………….

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 12:13 at 12:13
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      “————– i smell a falseflag. Hmm who stands the most to gain from a falseflag, Zionism… the end ♥️”

      Tommy’s posts are just so absurd that they must be a “false flag” insert here on Debka by someone suffering from an inferiority complex from reading an abridged English translation of the Talmud!

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 22:23 at 22:23
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    all fake tommies are antisemitc pigs

  • Dec 28, 2019 @ 23:15 at 23:15
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    What is it with your love for animals, defective Jim…?!

    • Dec 28, 2019 @ 23:19 at 23:19
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      I LOVE ALL ANIMALS BUT I PREFER TO HAVE WILD ANIMAL FORNICATION WITH HOT SHARMOUTA LIKE YOUR MOTHER!

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 20:11 at 20:11
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        Jim , please get psychiatric help. Your rage is obvious as is your fascination with the words sharmouta, hairy and hump back.

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 2:55 at 2:55
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    What does Israel, have to do with this? Iran attacked an American base in Iraq. America, fought against Iraq in two wars. America, is keeping troops there in the meantime. It is up to America to retaliate for the murder of an American civilian.

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 7:41 at 7:41
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    DEEP DOWN I KNOW AMERICA DESERVES THIS .. AMERICA IS SHARMOUTA EVEN IF THEY SUPPORT JEWS. I HATE AMERICANS AS MUCH AS I HATE ARABS.

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 7:45 at 7:45
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    AMERICANS MUST DIE SO WE JEWS MAY LIVE IN PEACE AND PROSPERITY.
    GOD CHOSE US NOT AMERICAN PIGS.

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 7:55 at 7:55
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    AMERICA IS ONE BIG SHARMOUTA

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 8:03 at 8:03
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    AMERICAN WORTHLESS LIVES DOESN’T COUNT COMPARED TO ONE LIFE OF A CHOSEN JEW.

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 10:29 at 10:29
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    AMERICA IS A FILTHY SHARMOUTA

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 12:07 at 12:07
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    Scary…you’re starting to make sense, Big Jim

    • Dec 29, 2019 @ 12:28 at 12:28
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      “Scary…you’re starting to make sense, Big Jim”

      @ ❤ Tommy ❤,

      Just like your posts, Tommy, which make no sense at all only expressed in a different way.

      • Dec 29, 2019 @ 14:53 at 14:53
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        My mother is one big sharmouta and anything that reminds me of her can’t be all bad.

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 16:15 at 16:15
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    Even if they retaliate today or tomorrow, The mere hesitation shows that the old mighty America is no more.
    Looks like courage has departed from their souls from the top.

    I don’t believe American soldiers are fearful or weak but the leadership is and for many reasons, political or economical.

    But one thing for sure, from un-crippled tankers to a dead American, expect dead Marines next time, after all there’s huge graveyard of killed Marines in Washington from the hands of Suleimani, he won’t hesitate to repeat the feast as a legacy.
    Why are they not attacking Israel, well ask hajizadeh,a warship fired cruise missiles turned him into” Duffy duck the road runner”

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 18:20 at 18:20
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    the jews must either converting or leaving the state of palestine

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 19:57 at 19:57
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    LIFE IS SHORT SO MAKE SURE YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME ARGUING WITH STRANGERS ABOUT ISSUES THAT WILL CHANGE NEITHER THEIR NOR YOUR MIND.

  • Dec 29, 2019 @ 20:17 at 20:17
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    Jim Carrol, please get psychiatric help to relieve your rage. It is obvious as is your fascination with DEBKA and Jews, and the words sharmouta, hair(y) and hump back.

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