Soleimani takes helm of Iraqi security from prime minister Abdul-Mahdi

Desperate to quell the bloody protests spreading through Iraq, Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani flew into Baghdad and seized control of its army and security services. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, a special helicopter carried the Revolutionary Guards Al Qods chief from Baghdad international airport to the capital’s fortified Green Zone. In the prime minister’s office, he found a meeting in progress of military and security chiefs on ways to hold back the resurgent protest that from Oct. 25 had already claimed hundreds of dead and thousands of injured as it raged through Baghdad and the Shiite towns of the south.

Soleimani who swept into the meeting with a party of aides took the chair from Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. He then told the commanders gathered there, “We in Iran know how to deal with protests. This happened in Iran and we got it under control.”

It was obvious to the Iraqi officials present that the Iranian general was taking charge, DEBKAfile’s sources report. This was effectively an Iranian coup for the takeover of Iraq’s political and security leadership. This extreme step was intended to hold back the free fall of Tehran’s influence in Baghdad as well as Beirut – under the mounting weight of popular disaffection in Iraq and Lebanon.

In Lebanon, Iran failed to stop Saad Hariri from stepping down as prime minister and bringing down the government. Hariri was useful to Tehran because he was amenable to handing its proxy, Hizballah, a leading role in government and cooperating with Iranian interests in the country. His exit heightened the prospects of the national unity protest movement, demonstrating for more than two weeks, attaining their goal of a non-secular government led by technocrats and free of Iranian/Hizballah mastery. For the Islamic revolutionary regime in Tehran, this would be a crushing loss.

In Iraq, too, Abdul-Mahdi is ready to step down – against Tehran’s wishes. He is only waiting to find a suitable candidate to take over the premiership in an orderly transition.
Iran’s position is therefore reeling in its two key spheres of influence. The emergency brought Soleimani over for hands-on remedies. He appears to have left it too late.

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70 thoughts on “Soleimani takes helm of Iraqi security from prime minister Abdul-Mahdi

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 9:06 at 9:06

    Just like Heydrich was the Reichsprotektor for Czechoslovakia, Soleiman is the Iransprotektor for Iraq.

    These guys always die hard.

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 14:35 at 14:35

      Days numbered, scumbags

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 16:27 at 16:27

      Correct. But you are guilty of using a bold font to thump your message home. Why is that necessary? Can you not be civil? Or are you an authoritarian personality like you know who?

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 17:35 at 17:35

      Looks Like Iran Shiia Regime Is Taking Over Fighting On 4 Fronts Quickly Diminishing Resources For Persian People. As Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza, & Iraq Proxies Are Draining Iran’s Ability To Expand Its Chaos! All Is well Globally As Iran Regime Blows Itself Up As Acting As A Big Daddy?

    • Nov 2, 2019 @ 1:23 at 1:23

      Interesting point about saad hariri Well done debka perhaps if he go then shia groups will loose and sunnis will win. I don’t know how is that possible but there will be some chaos that’s for sure, and if just take a look at Syria we will see the result is not very in favor for Sunnis.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 9:16 at 9:16

    – Iran is sick and rotten to the bone!
    – Yes, but in exchange UN is blind.

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 11:17 at 11:17

      Hisballa wants to create civil War.
      When there will be civil War the only countries that Come to aid will be Iran an syria.
      As Donald Trump Said, there us only Sand ans blood in the middle east.
      I dont see Germany, UK or France coming to help.
      And when there will be cahos, Hisballa will eliminate the opposition leaders. (If in one side you have terrorists ans the other side are liberals… Its not going to be a fair fight)

      • Nov 1, 2019 @ 14:07 at 14:07

        When millions of refugees will flood Europe, believe me, they will do something.

      • Nov 1, 2019 @ 18:02 at 18:02

        Shushubandora… Hizballah Won’t Be A Problem. Once They Take Over A Few MOAB’s Can Take Them Out. Besides They Will Destroy The Economy Like Iran Shiia Did To Persia Since 1979. Keep Them Weak!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 9:52 at 9:52

    As a Baghdadi, lived through the 1958 revolution, and events to end of 1959 before I left, Iraq is the home to the fearless martyrs; They hate Shia, Iran and being ruled by a foreign power. Soleimani will enrage them the more and will lead to Saddam’s Officers coming out to regain power and send Soleimani home in a coffin

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 13:24 at 13:24

      From your lips to my G-d’s ear!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 9:56 at 9:56

    It will be very interesting…
    US military bases in an state rulled by Iran…

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 18:28 at 18:28

      LOL… Iran Rules Nothing & It Was Planned To Remove Shah That Created OPEC & American Oil Just Got Richer. The Best Thing That Happen To America Was Shah’s Removal America Arms Income Exploded Too!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 10:04 at 10:04

    Some kind of coup / putsch. How will the USA react ??

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 10:47 at 10:47

      @Strike Force Eagle One- The usual way, they’ll make it worse.

      • Nov 1, 2019 @ 18:54 at 18:54

        Frank…. America Far better Off Today While The Worst Place On Earth Is The Mideast! Iran Benefits America Far More Than America Benefits Iran! Iran Is The Bogey Mideast Man Makes America Richer!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 11:07 at 11:07

    Yes, but Iraq falls within the sphere of interests of Iran, and well outside the sphere of interests of Israel. So why is the situation there such a concern for the zionist scum? Gen. Soleimani is a serious man, he will bring the situation under control, with some help from his Russian and Chinese friends.

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 11:42 at 11:42

      Hey tough guy. When you see the Muslims killing each other, chaos, and civil war throughout the Middle East, know that it is all so they will be too busy to bother G-d’s people. The Arabs and their buddies will kill each other long before they ever get the chance to disturb the wonderul peace we have here in Israel. We sit in serenity while you blood lust racists kill everything that moves. It is a painful fact to swallow, and I’m sure you do swallow, but being worthless, it doesn’t matter much what you think.

      • Nov 1, 2019 @ 11:51 at 11:51

        Interesting. This particular post (PaulD) would also appear racist. Implies that certain people are not G-d’s people.

        That said, there are a lot of Iraqis who remember the Iran/Iraq war. Having Iran accomplish a coup and take over their government will not please them. The USA will likely make some adjustments in their policies which may please neither the former Iraqi government nor the Iranian government.

        • Nov 1, 2019 @ 16:34 at 16:34

          How ignorant about God can you get? Some people make themselves not God’s people. Also, the Jewish people are God’s chosen people and other peoples are supposed to study them and learn from them. That includes the good things they do and the wrong things they do. You appear to beinfected by PC culture. Have you ever read the Bible at all?

          • Nov 2, 2019 @ 14:44 at 14:44

            Yes, he’s very infected. He needs his binkie and his blanket, he’ll calm down for a little while. Then some hot cocoa and cookies.

      • Nov 1, 2019 @ 12:36 at 12:36

        His Mother Swallows more.

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 12:35 at 12:35

      Says the Child of a Sharmouta and her Pet Donkey.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 11:57 at 11:57

    for those that see between the lines we are seeing alignments forming it is like chess when you see it from below hard to understand but from above an entirely new vision forms be carefull from the disorder a new order will form

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 13:28 at 13:28

      I agree. Almighty
      God will have His way.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 12:41 at 12:41

    No one wants your f?#£ing Islamic revolution, Iran.

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 14:43 at 14:43

      Jimmy Carter is the Anti-Christ.

      He let the Shah be deposed and let Satan’s towel boy ayatoola khomeni to bring the World , WW3.

      Marg Bar Jimmy Carter and his tool Khomeni!

      • Nov 1, 2019 @ 17:40 at 17:40

        G-d Bless President James Earl Carter As Persia Runied By Its Own People Since Iran Shiia Ayatollahs’ Took Over In 1979 Reducing Iran To A Third World Power, Economically, Militarily & Culturally!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 12:51 at 12:51

    We await the happy news of the elimination of Soleimani

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 17:57 at 17:57

      @EUman… Soleimani is working 18/7 Days Flying To Save Shiia In Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, & Lebanon. Wait Until Protests & Riots Turn Bigger in Iran? General Will Die by Exhaustion! Shiia Are Not Winning Just Whining & Dying!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 13:30 at 13:30


  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 13:59 at 13:59

    As i said previously that these CIA/Mossad machinations have a tendency to backfire badly and worsen the Israeli strategic situation. Expect large numbers of Iranian troops to be deployed dressed in the uniforms of the militia and to stay for an extended period of time once these CIA/Mossad Color Revolution is put down.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 14:00 at 14:00

    As Israeli Special Forces liquidated Gen. Solomeini of Syria, may the same fate come to Gen. Solomeini of Iran.

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 17:44 at 17:44

      @YaakovZelig… Don’t Worry His Own Troops Will Shoot Him In His Back? Iran Problems Only Growing!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 14:02 at 14:02

    Why does anyone still try to sell color revolutions as organic anymore? People don’t care, just call a spade a spade. The techniques used are the same over and over, it’s apparent for any thinking person to see.

    I’m just waiting for the world war to kick off. It’ll just be the oligarchs working together to shed all the useless eaters; we know that too.

    If Putin or Xe wasn’t working together with the US to put on a show, they would have preemtively struck the US because you can’t negotiate with a lunatic or an idiot, and a first strike is the only thing that would have a chance now at saving themselves and the world, but they have not. Hence: all a show.

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 14:44 at 14:44

      Nonsense, a thousand cuts will suffice.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 14:48 at 14:48

    …Brain-deprived weaklings are posting again – with their Jew-hating emanations of verbal diarrhea…

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 15:04 at 15:04

    @keep your nose: did you know that your mother stinks so much, a scum bag would not f k her

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 16:40 at 16:40

      Those who use ad hominem attacks have nothing relevant to say. Try using your grey matter for a start, if you have any.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 15:20 at 15:20

    What I cannot understand, is that Unless Solemani is a deep cover Mossad agent or is Wired for sound 24/7, how he still breathing fresh air.

    How he hasn’t met an unfortunate Work Accident, plane malfunction, errant car bomb or simply been Droned amazes me,…….. let the Unit handle it

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 15:22 at 15:22

      Volunteering are we ?

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 15:21 at 15:21

    “Thanks” ex President Bush for your “mission accomplished” statement, yes, Iran completed taking over Iraq !

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 17:49 at 17:49

      @Dave… You Are Welcome, America Has Never Been Better Economically, Militarily & Culturally! While Mideast Have Been in Flames & Thank You, Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama & Trump!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 15:22 at 15:22

    Доброй ночи!
    Такой такой прикольный сайт.

    Масса приколов…Героин, Героин, Фен, Мефедрон, и т.д.
    Заходи на сайт:

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 15:44 at 15:44

    Just like what happened in Syria with the people protesting against Iranian influenced governments, the same is now happening in Iraq and Lebanon. First Iran will try to crush these protests with its militias and then with IRGC and Qods forces. If all of this fails then it will ask for Russian help. It would appear again that the rest of the world is just going to watch and do nothing. It is going to be a repeat of Syria It is interesting that the U.S. has the ability to eliminate Soleimani in Iraq but prefers to eliminate smaller terrorists like Baghdadi in Syria instead.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 16:00 at 16:00

    Israeli panic is the reason for this reckless Color Revolution, due to the growing friendship between the Shi’ite States threatens to derail the Greater Israel Project for decades. Peace and Unity between the States the Middle East has always been the greatest threat to the Zionist Agenda as divide and rule ceases to be possible.
    “What’s new here are the aerodynamics of the winglets very unique, unseen in Iran to date and unseen in any other country. Going to indigenous design rather than copying others indicates self-confidence. The purpose of the new and unique aerodynamics is probably to increase the maneuverability of the converted rockets.”

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 16:18 at 16:18

      Israel has made mistakes, and we now face a far more dangerous situation on our borders. Our leaders lie to us and tell us that everything is ok, but we can see that its not. So its good to see that we are trying to change the political situation but it is risky but what are our options? We either talk and hope that things get better and risk a more dangerous situation or go to war. Both are bad options but its what our leaders have brought upon us and now we will have to see what happens.

      • Nov 1, 2019 @ 22:06 at 22:06

        @Ari… Trubles In Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, & Gaza, Not Israel!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 16:45 at 16:45

    @Ari. Read Isaiah 17, Zechariah 12 and Ezekiel 38 and 39 and you will know what will ultimately happen to Syria and Iraq and the Lebanon. Hint: eventually Rosh will lead Turkey, Iran, Libya and Sudan and come against Israel.

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 19:50 at 19:50

      The mere fact that there exist discontent and rioting in a significantly large segment of shia population, specifically directed to Iranians in Shia neighborhood, is a failer to project Iran.
      The name of the game here is DEVIDE AND RULE, let the governments crumble into pieces that are easy to manipulate, Shia’s, sunni’s and Kurds,take over there wealth and let the stupidians tribe live within your command

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 17:41 at 17:41

    Does anybody believe Debra has sources who attended the meeting and told Debra what happened and what was said?

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 18:19 at 18:19

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s weird that an anti-Semite enjoys reading DEBKA?

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 20:42 at 20:42

      It Is Better Iran & Iranians Remain In Poverty Keep Killing In The Name Of Shiia Blood Feuds Of 632 AD-CE Rather Returning To King Cyrus Majestic Global Rule. The West Lives Off Mideast Oil, Weapons Buying, & Hate!

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 21:52 at 21:52

      Gaza Can Be A Mecca Of Tourism But Shiia Hamas Keeps it In Poverty? Blame Them Israeli Left Over A Decade Ago! Arabia Gulf States Billions Offered To Build Economy Hamas Refuses!

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 19:45 at 19:45

    Hopefully the protests will lead to Soleimani’s execution by firing squad like the Romanian protest led to the brains of Nicolae Ceausescu splattered on a wall.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 20:15 at 20:15

    International law???@trick….. rubbish, what with Russians in cremea, Chinese in Tibet, turkey in Greece and Syria,……stupiditian tribes, can’t you think…… Syrians have killed 500,000 and counting, Iraq has so far buried 300 and counting, turkey is Killing Kurds…… you’re worst muderes, you practice beheadings, slave traders, you are cursed,…. cold blooded

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 20:26 at 20:26

      The Syrian war was a Zionist regime change operation that made use of terrorist proxies which they armed and supported. The only group dripping in blood is your people. Yes you are cursed and may your sins be visited out sevenfold to the 4th and 5th generations of your kind.

      • Nov 1, 2019 @ 22:08 at 22:08

        Amy you sound like a complete idiot. To set the record straight, we are not cursed, we are blessed with so much to be thankful for and are enjoying our lives. Your Muslim world is cursed and is filled with fire, death, honor killings, murders, war crimes and serial abuses of women. Those aren’t even the worse things about your world.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 20:53 at 20:53

    Arab spring season I started in Tunisia, went to Egypt Lybian to Syria….. blame Zion
    Arab spring season II … Iraq, Lebanon, Algeria, Sudan…..
    Blame Zion
    In your life you live, what are you responsible for??? Everything is Zion to you like a married woman with a married mind
    I will define stupidity as a narrow thinking devoid of logic and incapable of processing multiple observation simultaneously

    • Nov 1, 2019 @ 21:40 at 21:40

      The point of a color revolution is to destabilize / gain control of a nation via a puppet government. So yes Mossad/CIA was very active in States that were not already controlled. Egypt got a Jewish born dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to help keep Israel safe from a leader who would act in the best interest of his Nation. But then American Politicians need to sign the APAC PLEDGE where they swear to put ISRAEL FIRST. This is treason and its why Israel is not a friend but a enemy of America.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 20:57 at 20:57

    Undeniable proof as to who won the US- Iraq war; Iran without a doubt.

    Murica was solidly defeated in Iraq just like in Afghanistan.

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 21:57 at 21:57

    @Anktious… If They Won, Why Are They Protesting, Being Shot & Dying?

  • Nov 2, 2019 @ 4:54 at 4:54

    GOD is moving in accordance to His will (Psalm 135:6).

  • Nov 2, 2019 @ 15:05 at 15:05

    Both Soleimani and Moughnieh were both together in Damascus in 2008 and they could both have been killed then but the U.S. CIA working together with Israeli Mossad made only Moughnieh the target and had Mossad not kill both of them. Now here we are over ten years later and Soleimani is now posing the greatest threat ever to many U.S. allies in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the U.S. has made it easier for Iran by doing things that have benefited Iran mostly. This can be added to removing Saddam which means Iran wins, to removing ISIS which means that Iran wins, to abandoning the Kurds which means Iran wins, etc.

  • Nov 2, 2019 @ 18:37 at 18:37

    BREAKING #1 Times of Israel: AG Mandelblit said aiming to time the indictment of Netanyahu to before the end November, setting up a likely ‘Festivus for the Rest of Us’ horizon of Festivus minus 27 days or better
    Avichai Mandelblit expected to rule incumbent PM CANNOT remain in office if charged with bribery
    BREAKING #2: ‘Festivus for the Rest of Us’ calendar firming up like Superglue with the Festivus Clock now set at minus 27 days or better, but a couple of tick tocks away! BREAKING #3: Netanyahu’s Final ‘Samson Doomsday Option’ on Iran and everybody else he can drag in is hereby cancelled

  • Nov 3, 2019 @ 3:12 at 3:12

    It seems really difficult to believe that the religious leaders do not know who is behind these uprisings that are not sudden but cyclical and represent the same script implemented by the coup leaders of the triple alliance between Americans, Zionists and Sunni Islamists both in Syria and in Ukraine, to name only two conflicts.

  • Nov 3, 2019 @ 6:57 at 6:57

    Nothing happens in these sh*thole countries spontaneously.

    Solemeni in Iraq working with IRGC and allies to crush protests? Probably.

    The rest of the article is speculation at best, pure fiction at worst.

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