January 06, 2020

Soleimani’s Daughter Warns Families of U.S. Troops: ‘Waiting for the Death of Their Children’
The daughter of slain Iranian general Qasem Soleimani warned the families of U.S. soldiers to expect the imminent "death of their children" at her father's funeral on Monday."Families of the American soldiers in western Asia have witnessed America's humiliation in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yemen, and [the] Palestine wars," Zeinab Soleimani said in a speech to mourners. She said the families "will spend their days waiting for the death of their children."President Trump ordered the killing of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force, on Thursday in a precision drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. American officials said Soleimani was planning an "imminent attack" on U.S. forces and facilities in the region.Soleimani was at the head of Iranian war efforts in Syria, and according to the U.S. is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians turned out for the general's funeral. Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who led prayers at the funeral, openly wept over Soleimani's casket.The general's successor as head of the Quds Force, Esmail Qaani, told state television that "the minimum retribution for us is to remove America from the region." President Trump told reporters on Friday that Soleimani's killing was not intended as a prelude to regime change."We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war," Trump said. Following threats of revenge by Iranian officials, Trump warned over the weekend that the U.S. would strike dozens of targets in Iran, including "cultural sites," in response to any escalation."Iran has been nothing but problems for many years," Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites…some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD."
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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