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Markets Whipsawed As Ghost Of Qassem Soleimani ‘Goes Bump In The Night’

"Be careful about bullishness at the close of the US trading".

"Be careful about bullishness at the close of the US trading".
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2 comments on “Markets Whipsawed As Ghost Of Qassem Soleimani ‘Goes Bump In The Night’

  1. Holy fuck that was faded fast. Although things are looking good this morning, I’d say it’s hardly the end.

  2. Iran may have chosen a face saving attack for now, i.e. one that shows them reacting by clearly using their own assets to attack, not a proxy army. This is what Ali Khamenei had demanded of his military. It is like they checked a PR box by doing the demanded revenge attack. But they did not really do any big harm, not enough to push the US further toward war.

    I suspect that Iran will take their time to have a more damaging attack and make sure that it has deniability attached to it. It may be cyber in nature and will probably try and hurt Trump directly. Perhaps a leak of his tax returns or something with his hotels? Who knows; we live in interesting times. Paradoxically I think most Americans around the world can relax, as I suspect if they intend to kill an American somewhere, it has to be someone pretty high up to be commensurate.

    I was reading the leaks from Iran’s intelligence service from earlier this fall and there was some pretty strong criticism of Soleimani internally. Some accused him of trying to prepare for his own political career by building a cult of personality and thought he was pissing off a lot of people in Iraq by flaunting how directly he was controlling events there. As this led directly to massive protests in Shia Iraq over the last few months against Iran as well as in Lebanon, there is some real good analysis there. They make a point of saying to make sure that Soleimani does not get to read this criticism so there is clearly factions fighting in the Iranian secret services. Wouldn’t it be ironic to eventually find out that someone in the Iran intelligence agency dropped a dime on him by letting the US know that he would be landing in Baghdad when he did.

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