Pompeo: People In Iran, Iraq Will View Assassination Of Gen. Soleimani As 'Giving Them Freedom'

Chris Menahan
Jan. 03, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that America's targeted assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani will be viewed by the people of Iran and Iraq as "giving them freedom."

Ari Fleischer said in 2003 that the Iraqis would "welcome freedom" and be "a liberated people" once we overthrew Saddam Hussein.

Dick Cheney in 2003 said the US would be "greeted as liberators" in Iraq.

The Iranians in fact held a giant rally in Tehran celebrating Soleimani as a martyr.

Just hours before Pompeo said Iraqis and Iranians will view us as "giving them freedom" his State Department was urging all Americans to flee from Iraq "immediately."

Iraq's parliament was also moving to ban the US from their country entirely.

On his own Twitter Thursday night, Pompeo shared this video allegedly showing a group of Iraqis "dancing in the streets for freedom" after hearing of Soleimani's death.

The actual origin of that video appears to have been a largely unknown Twitter user going by "Mo_Allamy" whose profile lists his location as "Germany."

[UPDATE BELOW: Though Pompeo may have ripped this person's video after it went viral on Twitter, this guy is a liar and was not the original source.]

The text translates to: "Demonstrators celebrations in #[Liberation Square, Baghdad] With the killing of the terrorist Qassem Soleimani. #نريد_وطن"

I contacted Allamy on Twitter and he claimed he took the video himself. He also said no one from the State Department contacted him to confirm the video's authenticity. When I asked him why his location was Germany, he told me that "when you live in Iraq and you speak against the militias, then you know that your location on the media will kill you as it did before."

He got angry after seeing I opposed the strikes and accused me of wanting to "blow" him up.

As a reminder, the famous video of Iraqis toppling a statue of Saddam Hussein after the US captured Baghdad was a completely staged psy-op.

We're watching a "reboot" of the Iraq war with the media even bringing back the same old cast of characters who sold us the first war!

[Updated with statements from Allamy.]

UPDATE II: The New York Times actually did their job and looked into the origin of the video Pompeo tweeted.
The video was authentic, but the problem was that Mr. Pompeo’s description of it was exaggerated.

Witnesses in Iraq who watched the event said that only a handful of men carrying Iraqi flags had run — not danced — along a road while the voice of one man was heard praising the death of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran in a targeted United States airstrike on Friday at Baghdad International Airport. The group of men were chanting that General Suleimani’s death had avenged the deaths of Iraqis protesting Iran's presence in their country.

But the witnesses said that the group of men was very small, that no one joined in and that the minor demonstration was over in less than two minutes.

[...] The original video and the earliest version that appeared online was on a Facebook page at 8:41 p.m. Thursday Eastern Standard Time. That Facebook user uploaded the same video six times over 10 hours. One of the six was then picked up by Storyful, which verifies and publishes material from social media. Storyful contacted the uploader via Facebook Messenger to confirm that the individual had filmed the video in Tahrir Square and had posted it.
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