US air bombardment of Iranian sites on Syrian-Iraqi border – reprisal for Iran’s bid to attack US base in Iraq

“Multiple Iranian military sites” were struck by US warplanes early Monday, Feb. 3, , near Abu Kamal in Deir ez-Zour on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Reporting this, Syrian military spokesmen claimed that Syrian artillery positions were also hit and sustained casualties.
DEBKAfile’s military sources revealed on Saturday, Feb. 2, that three Iranian missiles were posted ready to strike the big US Ain Al Assad air base in Anbar, the Iraqi province bordering on Syria, when they were discovered in time by Iraqi security forces. They were to be launched by one of the pro-Iranian Iraqi militias. This incident graphically demonstrated Tehran’s ruthless resolve to drive US forces not just out of Syria but from Iraq as well. For the Trump administration, this foiled attempt crossed a red line.

The USAF struck during a CBS TV interview with President Donald Trump, in which he referred to the same Ain Al Assad base when he stressed the importance of maintaining US forces in Iraq. “All I want to do is to be able to watch,” he said. “We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq, It is perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East.” Rather than pulling it up, he said, “We’re going to keep watching and we’re going to keep seeing and if there’s trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we’re going to know it before they do.”

Posted at Ain Al Assad is a US intelligence station.

DEBKAfile’s sources report that the US air raid over Iranian targets was prompted additionally by a video film released on Sunday, Feb. 3 by Tasnim, mouthpiece of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). It depicted what was described as a US army patrol near the northern Iraqi town of Nineveh being “forced to return to their base” by “pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) fighters.

Our sources identify the “multiple Iranian sites” attacked by US aircraft as the headquarters of the IRGC’s Al Qods Brigades, which are visited regularly by their commander Brig. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Located there too are command centers of the PMU and another pro-Iranian Iraqi militia, Kata’ib Hezballah, which collaborates with the Lebanese Hizballah in southern Syria.

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58 thoughts on “US air bombardment of Iranian sites on Syrian-Iraqi border – reprisal for Iran’s bid to attack US base in Iraq

  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 9:09 at 9:09
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    The mullahs are not dealing with a weakling, empty suit, leftist anymore. I’m hoping that”Ben-zona” Solelmani & lots of his Al Qods were picked up with a sponge (vaporized) during the USAF visit. Too much to ask, but maybe next time…

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 12:53 at 12:53
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      This article made me remmember that fake news about 200 russians that killed in US attack.
      If US attacks with it’s airforce on a iranian position, that would be the first time they attack iranian target in syria ever, which israel begging US to do so, but they didn’t and they never do that in future

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      • Feb 4, 2019 @ 23:12 at 23:12
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        Typical Troll!!! How much do you get from the Mullahs?

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        • Feb 5, 2019 @ 4:00 at 4:00
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          ZG is right: stop reminding this board of the clownish Mossad LIES promulgated on these pages by the LOSERS during their antisemitic attack on the semitic people of Syria.

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 10:34 at 10:34
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    Great, dead Qoddis are always good news. Good job US.

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 23:16 at 23:16
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      Yes a very good job, but all good things come in pairs.

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 10:44 at 10:44
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    @ Jewish middleweight,

    I’d like to take this opportunity to second on your post and hope it becomes reality!

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 11:15 at 11:15
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    Trump is making America Great Again. His foes are trying very hard to make America Hate Again. Congratulations, USA, for beginning to putting Iran into its place and sending it back to its huge, energy rich country of over 80 million citizens who need help to throw off the chains of the evil regime now going around the world trying to conquer and expand and oppress others as their people suffer.

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 11:32 at 11:32
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      Not enough. The US needs to go all the way and get rid of the Iranian regime.

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 11:33 at 11:33
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      Not enough. The US needs to go all the way and get rid of the Iranian
      But i agree 100% with you.

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      • Feb 4, 2019 @ 14:52 at 14:52
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        Yes, but I also agree with Trump that not one drop of blood should be shed in the process. Iraq was/is a disaster because we cared more about their children then they care about their own children and we were too cautious and careful. This resulted in a prolonged war that actually had more casualties than one or two strong deadly blows. It also wasted American lives and one trillion dollars.

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        • Feb 4, 2019 @ 18:42 at 18:42
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          No no, we didn’t create a solid victory in Iraq due to the State Department constantly fighting with our Defense Department over who would be the “lead horse” in our campaign–meaning is it a war or a peace corps operation? Guess who won that battle?

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          • Feb 5, 2019 @ 20:25 at 20:25
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            Cheney?

    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 16:49 at 16:49
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      You seem to forget that nuke in NY, that’ll throw it all out of kilter.

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      • Feb 6, 2019 @ 4:27 at 4:27
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        A nuke in NY would be replied with a Nuke in Mecca, Tehran, Qom, Moscow, Pyongyang, Islamisbad and more. 🙂

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 11:42 at 11:42
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    To the author : are you saying strikes took place on Sunday February 3 or on Monday February 4 ? Thanks

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 13:59 at 13:59
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    this news does not appear anywhere else in the media whatsoever… sounds wrong

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 15:55 at 15:55
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      Obama funneled $2 bn through the Pentagon and CIA to fund the mainstream media that are controlled by 6 media corporations for 2 years, to push relentless fake news about Trump and to black out anything positive that made him look as a President capable of being the C in C. Those funds are now finished and the two years is up. Now the fake news corps will struggle to survive on their propaganda. See:
      infowars.com/watch/?video=5c54f135495b3c0017da8c4a

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      • Feb 4, 2019 @ 16:14 at 16:14
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        We now have that same problem beginning in Canada where our clown prince just came out with a 600 million dollar bribe for leftist media supporting the feminist-clown’s policies (the usual pro-terrorist nonsense – giving about 50 million to real terrorists, for instance, Omar Khadr; “Islamophobia” motions to silence criticism and prevent exposure of terror; open borders after meeting with S%^s; using climate lies to increase taxes and strangle oil and gas and pipelines; firing and hiring based on political stances, etc.)

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    • Feb 5, 2019 @ 4:02 at 4:02
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      Yep: pure Mossad LIES, meant to cover up the fact that the USA bombed the Syrian ARAB army to facilitate an attack by their ISUS buddies.

      The clownish LOSERS who write for this page use their fake intelligence ‘sources’ to put everything on Iran, since they know the Persian’s can annihilate the antisemitic squatter colony.

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 14:07 at 14:07
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    Not enough. Country who says Israel should be annihilate has no right to exist…..

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 14:14 at 14:14
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    The world without the iranian leathership will be a better and healthy world….
    Remember Saddam Hussein? We breathe better without this waste ….isnt it?
    Same thing…..

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 14:55 at 14:55
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      You get a thumbs-up from me, Mario!!

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 14:21 at 14:21
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    Antisemit audience !!! dont waste your time to reply my post with your anti-Israel spits. The wind is versus your direction. We already know your mediocre reading of the situation …be more creative,…..

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 14:25 at 14:25
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    In these trying times, I have given up kosher. The shamoutras who run the government have let us all down by being weakling losers.

    My parents have shown me the ways of the piggie, and I now enjoy being penetrated in the backside by them.

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 16:08 at 16:08
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      No, Jim, now you’re losing it. I am disappointed in you. Please be more polite on this site.

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 15:08 at 15:08
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    jim… Is this the top of your intelectual level permit you to say? a great political view!!!….its true… you really are on the pig’s way..stay on it…your place…and have a nice day with the penetration!!

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 16:15 at 16:15
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    We now have that same problem beginning in Canada where our clown prince just came out with a 600 million dollar bribe for leftist media supporting the feminist-clown’s policies (the usual pro-terrorist nonsense – giving about 50 million to real terrorists, for instance, Omar Khadr; “Islamophobia” motions to silence criticism and prevent exposure of terror; open borders after meeting with globalists; using climate lies to increase taxes and strangle oil and gas and pipelines; firing and hiring based on political stances, etc.)

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 17:02 at 17:02
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      Bribes Justin-time for the 2019 federal election. Who in media will dare to endorse the Conservatives with Liberal lucre in their pockets?

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    • Feb 6, 2019 @ 1:50 at 1:50
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      Nice to see another Canadian out there has not bought into the garbage our educational system and media is indoctrinating us to believe. Well said my friend.
      There is nothing more terrifying than a radical leftist government than a democratic population that wants it.

      Dan Dale

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 17:03 at 17:03
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    Bribes Justin-time for the 2019 federal election. Who in media will dare to endorse the Conservatives with Liberal lucre in their pockets?

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 17:04 at 17:04
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    “when he stressed the importance of maintaining US forces in Iraq”

    Troops aren’t coming home under Trump.
    We’re the goyim dogs used as cannon fodder to fight Israel’s wars–the enemies of all mankind (1 Thess 2:14-16).

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    • Feb 8, 2019 @ 3:14 at 3:14
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      “israel’s wars”? in what alternate universe is iraq “israel’s war”? have you ever looked at a map, fool?

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 18:23 at 18:23
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    Iran cannot possibly think it would survive a conflict with the US. It seems so illogical to me, that it only strengthens the idea that Iran is indeed trying to hasten the return of their Mahdi.

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    • Feb 8, 2019 @ 3:17 at 3:17
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      they won’t survive a conflict with israel, either. clearly, they don’t plan to survive.

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 19:40 at 19:40
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    my guess is “they” made Pres Trump an offer “he could not refuse”, same offer as JFK was made, and he refused. RIP JFK; another man who could not keep his pants up, but he had a few good ideas, mainly end the vietnam money machine, put the cia on a short leash, and restore precious metal based currency. Any one of those three would have gotten him killed, he wanted to do all three.

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 19:43 at 19:43
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    Trump got elected on the promise to bring the guys home. Who got to him?

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 20:34 at 20:34
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      Walter, It’s pretty obvious “who got to him”. He is owned by the Russian-Israeli establishment. Google Moscow on the Hudson and Moscow on the Mediterranean. Israel is a Soviet satellite State. Why do you think they sell our technology to the Russians and Chinese?

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      • Feb 8, 2019 @ 3:33 at 3:33
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        your tinfoil hat is on too tight! remember, just one twist of the tourniquet….

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 19:52 at 19:52
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    “Syrian military spokesmen claimed that Syrian artillery positions were also hit and sustained casualties…”

    That’s right muslee, call daddy Putt-Putt. We’re ready for him.

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  • Feb 4, 2019 @ 20:44 at 20:44
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    Lapid: Netanyahu running to avoid going to prison, plans to shut down probes

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    • Feb 4, 2019 @ 21:19 at 21:19
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      Tick Tock Netanyahus- ‘2 weeks’ ‘If AG not about to announce an intent to indict the prime minister within approximately two weeks, the trial of his wife would be huge news’

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  • Feb 5, 2019 @ 1:03 at 1:03
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    Breaking- Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’ from bases in Iraq – President Salih of Iraq

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  • Feb 5, 2019 @ 1:28 at 1:28
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    ‘As commander-in-chief, I will work to end the new cold war, nuclear arms race and slide into nuclear war. That is why the neocon/neolib warmongers will do anything to stop me’ – Tulsi Gabbard

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  • Feb 5, 2019 @ 3:44 at 3:44
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    What is wrong with ‘peace through strength’ ?
    So in other words Gabbard would accommodate Putin. He would slide into something else. Good grief. Where do they find people like this? How is it that the Democrat line-up is full of liars, con artists and dangerous, nasty and highly ignorant communists.This is 1917-19 all over again. He who does not understand history is doomed to repeat it. I don’t know if you feel it, but so many people have felt what I have felt recently – that reality, the world, people, their ideas, their actions, governments and politicians just don’t hang together properly anymore. There are no standards and legal consequences left for grossly immoral actions. The world is more and more bizarre, fluid, and unreal. Satanic rituals, slave trafficking, harvesting of murder victims for body parts. Like the US Virginia Governor actually proposing that born babies could be made comfortable and then the mother and the doctor could discuss whether to kill it (and harvest the organs for a sum of money of course).

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  • Feb 5, 2019 @ 5:16 at 5:16
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    Not a single American media network has reported this story. Because it didn’t happen. Debka has a history of fake news.

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    • Feb 5, 2019 @ 6:00 at 6:00
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      Governor Al Jolsen was televised clearly speaking those very words about “comforted babies” waiting for mom to give them thumbs up or down… “Shedding innocent blood” brings Divine Judgement/end of a civilization….. Democrats in cahoots with planned genocide are building a large account of innocent blood.

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  • Feb 5, 2019 @ 6:42 at 6:42
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    A kid can only play with his/her mothers breast but not Dad’s genitals- When Redlines are nearly crossed, such things happen and many more could happen

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  • Feb 5, 2019 @ 16:45 at 16:45
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    These pro-Iranian militias are nothing else than terrorist groups which try to commit terrorist acts against Israel and US troops.

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  • Feb 5, 2019 @ 17:17 at 17:17
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    DEBKA you need to either back this up or make a retraction. Why spread fake news? Are you looking to ruin your reputation?

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    • Feb 5, 2019 @ 18:32 at 18:32
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      ‘Are you looking to ruin your reputation?’——– Bwahaha!

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      • Feb 6, 2019 @ 0:44 at 0:44
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        @Jacob —- well… whatever that reputation is. And I take it whomever is running DEBKA doesn’t defend their actions, either, eh?

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  • Feb 5, 2019 @ 21:49 at 21:49
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    Furious Backlash – Iraqi Parliament to act quickly to push out the Americans. Over all, the incident lays bare that the American presence in Iraq is on thin ice and that United States military and political leaders have little room to maneuver.

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  • Feb 6, 2019 @ 19:58 at 19:58
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    The European worshippers of the Nazarene have proven that Jesus is god and alive in heaven. Some say he is now piloting warplanes remotely thus the never missing all seeing radar strikes.

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  • Feb 7, 2019 @ 13:38 at 13:38
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    Boom Boom!!!! Where’s Vlad?

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