Liveblog - Updates on the Iranian Crisis 1-7-20

Without any facts to back up her preposterous claim, Darling Nikki Haley went on the Sean Hannity show to throw out some fresh, bloody-rare red meat for the Cult to chew on and regurgitate.

Dozens of people have been killed in a stampede that erupted in the Iranian city of Kerman at the funeral procession for a top commander killed in an air strike by the United States, according to officials.

“So far 40 people were killed and 213 others were wounded in the incident,” the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an emergency services official.

Al Jazeera:

Iran OKs bill calling U.S. military, Pentagon terrorists after Qasem Soleimani killing:

Iran’s Parliament Tuesday approved a bill designating the entire U.S. military and Pentagon terrorist organizations after the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. 

Lawmakers also backed a motion allocating $220 million to the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards Corp’s (IRGC) Quds Force to take revenge for Soleimani’s death in a drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump. 

US forces and air-defense missile batteries across the Middle East were placed on high alert overnight Monday to possibly shoot down Iranian drones as intelligence mounted about a threat of an imminent attack against US targets, two US officials tell CNN.

US intelligence also has observed Iran moving military equipment, including drones and ballistic missiles, over the last several days. US officials said the movement may be an Iranian effort to secure its weapons from a potential US strike, or put them in positions to launch their own attacks.

“There were indications that we needed to monitor the threats” even more closely than is already being done, one of the US officials said, referring to Monday night’s state of heightened alert. The second official described it as “all Patriot batteries and forces in the area on high alert” against an “imminent attack threat.”

UK pulls staff at Iranian and Iraqi embassies as PM distances himself from Trump threats to cultural sites:

Britain has reduced staff at its embassies in Iran and Iraq to a minimum level amid security concerns after the killing of a top Iranian general in a US airstrike, Sky News understands.

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “The safety and security of our staff is of paramount importance and we keep our security posture under regular review. Both our embassies in Baghdad and Tehran remain open.”

Rand Paul: “Is The Death Of Diplomacy With Iran,” “I Don’t See A Way Out Of This.”

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