MSNBC’s Chris Hayes vented over the Trump administration’s “de-escalation” of tensions with Iran, slamming reports of a new airstrike in Baghdad.
Hayes tweeted Friday evening amid reports of an airstrike allegedly targeting leaders of a pro-Iran militia following Thursday’s Trump-ordered airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq just days after New Year’s attacks on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad.
“I guess the de-escalation of last night’s airstrike wasn’t enough to fully de-escalate and stop war,” Hayes tweeted, mocking claims that the administration is not looking to escalate tensions in the Middle East.
“So today the US has ordered another airstrike at a top Iraqi militia commander to further de-escalate and stop even more war,” the MSNBC host mocked.
“We took action last night to stop a war,” Trump said Friday. “We did not take action to start a war.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 4, 2020
The Pentagon revealed that Soleimani, a longtime enemy of the U.S. who was reportedly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. personnel, was “developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq” and the Middle East region.
But even as criticism by Democrats and the left continued to pour in against the president’s decision, another airstrike was reported north of Baghdad.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi official says airstrike hits cars carrying Iran-backed militia north of Baghdad.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 3, 2020
Reports came in Friday that five members of an Iran-backed militia were killed in another airstrike. Reuters reported that the strikes killed six people and critically wounded three.
MORE: Two of three vehicles making up an Iran-backed militia convoy were found burned north of Baghdad, as well as six burned corpses, an Iraqi army source said. The strikes critically wounded three and took place at 1:12 a.m. local time, he added https://t.co/Hz4DCG6TCB pic.twitter.com/CAMnAv3As9
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 3, 2020
But conflicting reports with varying details made the news even more confusing.
— Asaad Hanna (@AsaadHannaa) January 3, 2020
— Feras Kilani فراس كيلاني (@FerasKilaniBBC) January 3, 2020
Iran-backed Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq has reportedly confirmed the death of Hamid al-Jazairi, deputy leader of the Saraya al-Khorasani in an airstrike in Baghdad.
— Faisal Irshaid (@faisalirshaid) January 3, 2020
Iraqi media outlets say leader of the Iran-backed Kata’ib al-Imam Ali, Shibl al-Zaydi, and his brother were killed in an airstrike north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Not confirmed) #Baghdad #Iraqhttps://t.co/ix1pBUT8Zy
— Luna Safwan – لونا صفوان (@LunaSafwan) January 3, 2020
But the US denied the reports.
“The Coalition did NOT conduct airstrikes near Camp Taji (north of Baghdad) in recent days,” Colonel Myles B. Caggins III, spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said in a statement.
FACT: The Coalition @CJTFOIR did NOT conduct airstrikes near Camp Taji (north of Baghdad) in recent days.
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) January 4, 2020
The Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces claimed the strike targeted a medical convoy but said none of its top leaders were killed.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) January 4, 2020
Meanwhile, Hayes’ knee-jerk reaction to the airstrike before it was even determined who was involved – or who even launched the attack – was just more of the same from the anti-Trump mainstream media.
you can sleep confidently tonight Chris …trump’s got this
— papabear (@papagerbear) January 3, 2020
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