Podcast Ep 14: Israel’s role in Trump assassination of Qasem Soleimani

In episode 14 of The Electronic Intifada Podcast, Nora and Asa welcome back As’ad AbuKhalil to the show.

AbuKhalil, a professor of political science at California State University Stanislaus and a commentator on Middle East politics, discusses the aftermath of the assassinations of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of Iraqi militias that were instrumental in the defeat of the Islamic State.

AbuKhalil analyzes Israel’s role not just in the assassinations, ordered by US President Donald Trump, but in expanding wars across the region.

“Every regional conflict, and every internal conflict in the region, Israel is always involved and always on the worst side,” says As’ad AbuKhalil.

“When Israel downplays its role, it’s insulting the intelligence of anybody who knows anything about the Middle East,” he adds.

Follow As’ad AbuKhalil on Twitter and read his column on Consortium News.

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Photo: A Palestinian holds a flyer at the mourning service for Qasem Soleimani in Gaza City on 4 January. (Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Production assistance by Sharif Zakout

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The initial (Katusha rocket) strike- instantly blamed on Iran - that sparked the US retaliation has been found by Iraqi and US investigators to have come from a Kia Pickup on ISIS territory near Tikrit, a week ? before now. Maybe as much a a month.

Nora Barrows-Friedman

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Nora Barrows-Friedman is a staff writer and associate editor at The Electronic Intifada, and is the author of In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine (Just World Books, 2014).