Huge Iranian Guards base rising near Baghdad for missile-drone attacks on Israel

Exclusive: The Shaykh Mazhar Air Base 48km southwest of Baghdad is under intensive renovation by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as their primary base for missile and armed drone attacks on Israel, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources reveal. The base is 1,200km from northern and central Israel as the crow (or a missile) flies. Iranian Air Force fighter jets are to be brought in to provide Baghdad with air cover against Israel air strikes, such as those recently staged against Iran’s Iraqi arm, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU), the umbrella of Iraq’s Shiite militias.
Our military sources report that during September, one of those militias, the Imam Ali Battalions, took control of the air base, known also as Suwayrah, for intensive construction work, placing its entire area off-limits to Iraqi military personnel. The conversion is providing fortified hangars alongside the runways to protect planes, drones and ballistic missiles from Israeli air strikes. Tehran has also installed at the air base Bavar-373 air defense missiles, the Iranian version of the Russian S-300s.  

The PMU has a fighting strength of some 160,000 men, whose superior weaponry is more advanced than the Iraqi army’s equipment.
Iraq’s prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s tacit consent to the construction of Iran’s main base of attack against Israel near Baghdad is consistent with his policy of rapprochement with Tehran. On Monday, on his instructions, the Al Qaim border crossing to Syria was reopened for the first time in eight years of warfare, offering Iran free passage for its convoys of missiles and other weapons systems via Iraq to Syria and Lebanon in the guise of commercial freights.

This new Iranian air base in Iraq, which brings its deadly weaponry closer to Israel, and Tehran’s deepening military foothold in that country presents Israel and its military with tough decisions on how far it can afford to expand its attacks on Iranian targets in Iraq. The Israeli air force has so far confined itself to striking imported Iranian ballistic missiles and the Iraqi Shiite militias serving Tehran as active proxies. However, attacking a large Iranian air base under construction deep inside Iraq would start a whole new ball game. This decision is up to Israel’s top policy makers and strategists. But the highest government levels are unfortunately preoccupied at present with the task of forming a new government or, alternatively, getting set for their third election campaign in a year, instead of dealing full time with the expanding peril advancing ever closer from Tehran.  

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91 thoughts on “Huge Iranian Guards base rising near Baghdad for missile-drone attacks on Israel

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 10:09 at 10:09
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    nuke them. tac nukes. russia style.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 11:02 at 11:02
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      YES !

      Paraliyse Iran with a EMP and after strike all Iranian offensive Targets !,

      Arb.Sweden

      • Oct 2, 2019 @ 12:07 at 12:07
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        Build a space rocket with 120 seats, put all of israeli irresponsible + insane politicians on it and launch it to the moon. There the can play their sandbox-games of 5yrs olds the next 100yrs…

        • Oct 2, 2019 @ 14:17 at 14:17
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          put your mother the sharmouta on the rocket and the satanic 120 ayatollahs pigs like you

          • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:30 at 4:30
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            Well at least you still have that: “Blahblahbla Sharmouta Blahblah Pigs Blahblah”.

        • Oct 2, 2019 @ 14:59 at 14:59
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          Put “the farthest mosque” and “the mahdi” on a rocket ship and sent it on course to the Moon.

        • Oct 3, 2019 @ 18:17 at 18:17
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          That’s about what they deserve,

      • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:27 at 4:27
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        Yeah I’m sure it will be fine. They won’t mind a bit. They won’t do anything to you.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 20:09 at 20:09
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      Let’s be clear, Iran by Expanding Bases Outside of Iran has no interest in Peace or Nuke Joint Agreement!

      • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:32 at 4:32
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        Exactly.

        The US on the other hand, by expanding its bases all over the World, is exactly the opposite — it has an interest in both Peace and Nuke Agreements.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 22:37 at 22:37
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      Somebody Call Trump 📞🗿

      • Oct 2, 2019 @ 23:38 at 23:38
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        HE’S TOO BUSY PREPARING FOR PRISON IN 2020!

        • Oct 3, 2019 @ 10:29 at 10:29
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          It’s soooo obvious… Just as God purged the original non Jewish Israeli tribes… And kept a remnant of Judah within Judah/Benjamin.

          So too are these last days similar. Ezekiel 38/39 and more… Refer to the purging of many, many, many Jews. As if they will receive similar treatment to the original tribes of Israel. A thorough purging. With only a remnant to remain.

          Only once Israel has been cleansed. And also the middle east, and the rest of the world. Then Messiah will come.

          This will come as a surprise to very many.

          The last physical temple has a significantly larger outer court. And it is written that this is for people from all around the world.

          There is no mention specifically of Jews only within the small inner court area.

          It only goes to show that the whole land is for all… And not exclusively a jewish state.

          This is remarkable as the largest portion of such a holy place on holy ground is given to the everybody.

          This does make sense. As Abraham. And not Abram. Certainly did indeed become a father of many nations…

          And the fact that 700 years before Jews are mentioned… The real Israel dwelled around the Mediterranean. Forced out by God with many fatalities. They travelled to Spain, and Malta, and Greece, Italy, France, Britain, North Europe, Cyprus, Lebanon, turkey, and many other nations…

        • Oct 4, 2019 @ 4:54 at 4:54
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          You really don’t understand how anything works in the US! IF they had anything on Trump he would have already been gone! It also shows that you’re heavily influence by propaganda, which indicated that you are illiterate and have little or no independent thought even if you went to the toilet! The Demorats won’t file due to once they do that, the Republicans than instantly have Subpoena power/investigative power which they don’t have right now due to them being a minority party. Anyway your at best an useful idiot for the Iranian Mullahs. The folks who are Bleeding their people too poverty.

      • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:34 at 4:34
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        He’s busy clearing all his expensive targets out of Al Udeid. Try him again next week.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 10:14 at 10:14
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    Human Men & Women Appeared 2 Million Years Ago! Beliefs Appeared Only 8,000-4,000 Years Ago! The Ability To Develop Beliefs Separate Man’s Origins To Mankind Advancement From The Animals. Religion is Relatively New & Brought People Together & Still Can Do It!

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 10:19 at 10:19
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      ” Religion is Relatively New & Brought People Together & Still Can Do It!”

      Yes…………………….one particular sect of a major religion is “bringing people together”………………..just read the Debka article to discover for what specific purpose!

      • Oct 2, 2019 @ 20:19 at 20:19
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        Convoking, Conniving & Convincing People to follow Beliefs to Go to War is Not Wise! It must have Justification Beyond Beliefs with Wise Reasons Plans to Cooperate with Persian People with Iran Together making a better Mideast!

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 20:24 at 20:24
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      And this time frame is established how?

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 10:15 at 10:15
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    Just another fine day in the Middle East on the horizon………..stay tuned!

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 10:16 at 10:16
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    The Iranian Base Explains Why US Navy Took Down Iranian Drone!

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 21:59 at 21:59
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      Sauda bint Zamaa… Good Point, Few Notices US Navy Brought Down Iran’s Drones Without A Shot, Drone Fell By Way Defenses On 1 Ship1 Iran Money For Worthless Weapons Now?

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 10:22 at 10:22
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    Bomb iranian soil targets. no merci.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 10:23 at 10:23
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    The Iranian Air Force Is A Joke & Can’t Defend Against IAF! The Bigger Joke Is Iran’s Bavar-373 Air Defense Missiles. It Will Not Defend Air! LOL! Still, Israel Government Must Come Together To Defend Against The Base!

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:48 at 4:48
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      The Iranian airforce just got through hitting your Friend-with-Benefits’ oil refinery right in the smelly crotch and nine if you can do anything about it.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 11:00 at 11:00
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    Allowing Iran to build forward bases on Syrian land or Iraqi is an act of war of those hosting the base. Remove the bases and hostile forces or face destruction as well.

    But they could also just make peace with Israel and stop all the warmongering. O but wait.. their ideolgy wants to conquer the world and destroy Israel. I get it. Luckely their fake hatred filled belief is not real and will face destruction in the future.

    The future is real peace and no fake enforced sharia peace based on fear.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 11:06 at 11:06
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    Warming up for the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39. Get ready Israel.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 12:46 at 12:46
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      If that happens then it will be the end of Islam.

      • Oct 2, 2019 @ 16:26 at 16:26
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        Don’t you smell the end of the Zionism ?

        • Oct 2, 2019 @ 23:41 at 23:41
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          BEN WE CAN SMELL THE STENCH FROM YOUR SHARMOUTA MOTHER’S CROTCH.

          • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:40 at 4:40
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            What kind of a pig has his nose in a sharmouta’s crotch? It makes me sick to picture you with your big hooked nose crammed up ben’s mother’s smelly crotch. What’s wrong with you people — is no sort of filth and perversion too much?

            Now I can’t get the picture of your big nose in a sharmouta’s crotch out of my mind.

        • Oct 6, 2019 @ 23:07 at 23:07
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          no israel BEN i smell napalm used by the mighty IAF on its enemy and burning flesh of 100,000 enemy arab soldiers in the next war the arabs start

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 17:36 at 17:36
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      perhaps Daniel chapter 8?

      • Oct 3, 2019 @ 11:29 at 11:29
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        Daniel 8:14 was fulfilled on June 7 1967. The rest of Daniel 8 will be fulfilled after the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39. I expect to see things hotting up over the next 10 years.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 11:14 at 11:14
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    Righteousness from the hegemonic invaders with no genetic connection to the region. Using an ideology to usurp the indigenous and righful inhabitants.
    Only proficient in culling defenceless women and children. Internationlal law acknowledges the right to self defence. Clearly these bases are to impede the Yinon plan of greater Israel.
    Clown Prince MBS suffering apoplexia from his recent epiphany.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 11:51 at 11:51
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      B_U-L-L-F-E-A-T-H-E-R-S!

      @ “Tiberius Pantera”,

      The archaeology and surviving documents clearly show who the Land of Israel truly belongs to and has belonged to for well over 3000 years!

      • Oct 2, 2019 @ 15:24 at 15:24
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        Davefromorange
        DNA versus verses

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 12:43 at 12:43
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      tiberius:your mother is illegitime for the start

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 11:25 at 11:25
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    More work ahead for the IAF.It’s quit simple bomb or get bombed.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 12:41 at 12:41
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    This base is right out in the open and obvious. Iran wants you to focus on this construction to deflect your interest from something else. What is it?

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 14:02 at 14:02
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    One match away, then the people will take to the street, realising France, Germany and UK have abandoned the crazy Obama deal.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 14:36 at 14:36
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    What a JOke! Look at all the Israelis here panicking!!

    DEBKA EXCLUSIVE!! DEBKA EXCLUSIVE!!!!

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    Sh*t news & propaganda.

    NEWS OF THE DAY IS THAT THE CRIMINAL IS INCHING CLOSER TO JAIL TIME!!! WHEN HE IS IN JAIL THINGS WILL SETTLE DOWN. PEACE WILL PREVAIL!!!!

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 20:06 at 20:06
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      Yosef… There is No Panic Here just Information from Debka. The Panic is in Iran & Iraq Shiia Now!

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 14:43 at 14:43
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    Elections or not the IDF and IAF know what to do. The politics have no say in Israel defense policy.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 16:12 at 16:12
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    Very interesting to see what the Iranian and Hezbollah thinking was. I hope they publish the full details in the second part. Very interesting

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 16:32 at 16:32
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      Make sure you subscribe for all details. Thank you.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 17:01 at 17:01
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    The Israeli Air force will overcome this serious challenge as well…!

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 17:02 at 17:02
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    let´s test Bavar 373 , see how good it is.
    without a true filed test is any weapn system useless

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 17:02 at 17:02
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    You want to create genocide?

    Once Iran announces they have nukes, threats like yours will stop.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 17:13 at 17:13
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      @Troll
      Iran destroyed saudo oil filed , not one pewople is killed
      how you comes to genocide ?

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 17:13 at 17:13
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    Trump is too preoccupied to help. Unfortunately Israel stands alone for now. G-d Bless Israel.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 19:48 at 19:48
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      Iraq belongs to Iran. They are just responding to Israeli threats.

      • Oct 2, 2019 @ 20:14 at 20:14
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        Anktious… Iraqi don’t believe in Iraqi Shiia Inequality. This is Not Sustainable with Future Earthquake Political Implications Blowback for Iran & Iraqi’s Shiia! Iraq Sunnis, Kurds, & Others Will Not Join!

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 20:31 at 20:31
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      JP… Israel Has Always Stood Alone With Every Door Closed Because Israeli Have Been A Promise A Land Of Their Own!

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 20:20 at 20:20
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    You think Iraq would learn after the beating they took, The Iranian base in Iraq is not a problem, simply wait until it is almost ready to come online then destroy it, The Iraqi so-called Air Force is a joke that the Israeli Air Force will blow out of the sky or will run to Iran again. A direct attack on Israeli territory by either or both is a suicide.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 20:43 at 20:43
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      Infidel… Good Point, Let Ten Base Be Built & Taken Over Used As An Israel IAF, America USAF, & Arabia AAF Base Later Used To Support Persian Revolts & Rebels Removing the Regime!

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 20:38 at 20:38
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    WB… The First Saudi-Iranian Talks Should Be The Recognition Of Israel’s Right To Exist With Sunnis-Shiia Agreement! It Will A Long Way To Heal Shiia 632 AD-CE Sunnis Old Blood Feuds & Make A Mecca Of Jewels For All Mideast Nations.

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 21:10 at 21:10
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    If Iran does develop nuclear weapons for hypothatical purposes, how can they use it against Israel? If they nuke Israel, it will destroy the Palestinian and the Arab people along with the Jews! I don’t think that would be a good idea to sell the Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East. It’s like to save a kidnap victim, you kill the kidnaper and the victim. If let’s suppose they don’t care about the Palestinians and Arabs getting killed as collateral damage, the land of Israel will be useless to live in for hundreds of years! Again, no point then of nuking Israel. Therefore, I am of the belief, the Nuclear threat Israel is using is to scare their stupid public who doesn’t know where Iran is located on the Map and what religion they practice, in order to blindly support their Zionist Military-Industrial Complex.
    What do those of you who have open and logical minds and who are not under Zionist political propaganda mind control think?

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 5:01 at 5:01
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      They won’t be nuking you.

      Look at the last 40 years of this war on Iran. They are the grand masters of the long and slow war.
      You should sell up and get out while the prices are good.

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 20:48 at 20:48
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      Mystic,
      Iran considers the people in the region as collateral damage. The goal is to destroy Israel and the land that GOD gave to the Jews through Abraham (an Iraqi). So really deep, deep, down this is a Persian (iran)- Iraqi spat. Iran is just miffed God gave the good property to Iraq rather than Iran……

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 21:17 at 21:17
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    Iraq is no longer a country but just a suburb of Iran. The A yatowelhead runs the Iraqi government and nothing can change that. Therefore, Israel has every right to strike into Iraq to preempt an attack by the Iranians. I hope the Israelis open up on this base very soon just to let Iran know, we know where you are and we can destroy you.

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 22:14 at 22:14
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      Iraq Is still A Weak Central Government Republic of 19 Provinces Sunnis & Shiia & 1 Autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Suburb Is Only Baghdad No Longer Powerful! Three Regions Under 3 Controls!

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:31 at 4:31
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      go to walmart and unload yank

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 22:45 at 22:45
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    This is very sensable for Iraq and Iran. The best way to prevent attacks is to have a solid minimum deterrent. 20 or 30 thousand cruise missiles and drones spread across Syria, Iraq, Jordan (in time) and Lebanon will achieve a significant diplomatic presence that will deter those that like to attack others lol

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 23:12 at 23:12
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    Very intersting… Iraq will host at the same time US and Iranian bases…
    In the near future Iran will attack US bases in Iraq and the Shia militia will take responsability…
    The same strategy used in Yemen… Iran strikes… The houtis take responsability… and Iran remains unaccontable…
    Do you really think that the houtis defeated the saudis at Najaran?
    The kill-ratio in favor of the houthis is way to high…
    Such a good kill-ratio is possible only when SOF operators strikes a conventional force…
    I’d bet my two cent on iranian SOF operators…

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 23:17 at 23:17
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  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 23:21 at 23:21
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    Of course the one to blame for the rise of Iran as a regional power is who removed Saint Saddam Hussein…
    The US has a great ability to create and grow u their enemies…

  • Oct 2, 2019 @ 23:39 at 23:39
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    HE’S TOO BUSY PREPARING FOR PRISON IN 2020!

    • Oct 2, 2019 @ 23:54 at 23:54
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      You must be thinking of your thieving BIBI the bloated BLOB Netanyahu. DONALD is fighting the Jewish Deep State, Jim the Pedo Crim Carrol.

      • Oct 3, 2019 @ 0:30 at 0:30
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        DON THE CON IS HOOKING UP WITH YOUR PORN-STAR MOTHER RIGHT NOW!

        • Oct 3, 2019 @ 1:05 at 1:05
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          No its JUST THE REVERSE PROJECTION OF YOUR PERVERSE MIND AND KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY LIFE.

          Jim the Pedo Crim Carrol,

          • Oct 3, 2019 @ 2:18 at 2:18
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            ARE YOU SMOKING DONNIE’S CRACK AGAIN, LOSER?

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 5:03 at 5:03
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      The ‘Shifty Schiff’ and Nancy Pelosi are trying to undertake a coup here. Anything to protect themselves and Israel has the Democratic TRIBAL MEMBERS out to try and subvert the will of the people. JEWISH DEEP STATE hard at work to make this possible.

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 5:05 at 5:05
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      The ‘Shifty Schiff’ and Nancy Pelosi are trying to undertake a coup here. Anything to protect themselves and Israel has the Democratic TRIBE out to try and subvert the will of the people. JEWISH DEEP STATE hard at work to make this possible.

      • Oct 3, 2019 @ 15:13 at 15:13
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        WE ARE ALWAYS HARD WHEN WE PENETRATE YOUR SHARMOUTA MOTHER. SHE LOVES OUR DEEP STATE

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 0:29 at 0:29
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    Bomb the base and be done with it already.

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 1:13 at 1:13
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    Bust those Bunkers!!

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 3:09 at 3:09
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    The Planning Of Persian Dark & Impenetrable Night Revolts While Iran Regime IRGC Expands & Falls Like A Thunderbolt!

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:11 at 4:11
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    silly muslims when will they learn that the IAF will strike as soon as the base is open as it did to the syrian nuke site

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 4:35 at 4:35
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    The Baghdad government is letting Iran IRGC proxies dictate Iran will to the nation, and Nouri al-Maliki is their man, still threatening Kurds and Sunnis into a corner of last resort.

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 6:20 at 6:20
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      Agree….”Pompeo remarked that Iran was “Operating in Five Countries,” ………taking Direct Orders from the Ayatollahs thousands of miles away….Iran is perceived as the 21st Century version of the Persian Empire….. biding time before it quickly swallows up territory and plants its flag across the Middle East. The reality, however, is far different.” https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/irans-military-total-joke-82801

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 5:16 at 5:16
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    Bomb it soon

    • Oct 3, 2019 @ 6:21 at 6:21
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      “Nor is Iran’s economy all that great. At $454 billion, Tehran has a GDP that is smaller than the U.S. State of Georgia…..Iran’s GDP is roughly 2% of the total U.S. economy. Saudi Arabia & UAE, more than double what Tehran could even dream of having in the current environment.”https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/irans-military-total-joke-82801

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 9:34 at 9:34
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    Rosh HaShanah Greeting? IRGC’S General Hossien Salami said, Iran has “The Capability to Annihilate” Israel & Must be “Wiped Off The World” Salami said, “This Idea Is Within Iran’s Reach, The Second Step of the Revolution We will be Thinking of the Global Mobilization of Islam”!

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 10:03 at 10:03
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    The next time the US spends trillions of dollars and thousands of lives on a war as in Iran, make sure that you take over and rule instead of leaving the enemy to form alliances with mullahs and terrorists who push for more war and terror and installations which threaten neighbors. Hold the Islamist Iraqi-Iranian terror troops responsible and let loose on their installations of death and war.

  • Oct 3, 2019 @ 10:07 at 10:07
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    …war as in IRAQ.

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