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Former CIA Officer: Israel & Saudi Arabia Want To Drag US Into War With Iran

November 17, 2017 Leave a comment

An ex CIA officer claims that Saudi Arabia and Israel want to drag the United States into war with Iran.

Philip Giraldi, a former American counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer for the CIA says Israel and Saudi Arabia are not in a position to defeat Iran which is why they are trying to draw the US into a war against the Islamic Republic.

Press TV reports :  Giraldi made the remarks in an article headlined Saudi Arabia and Israel Know They Cannot Defeat Iran, Want to Drag the US into an Uncontainable War published on Monday.

“Both Saudi Arabia and Israel know they cannot defeat Iran,” Giraldi wrote, “without the active participation of the United States.”

“That would require shaping the “threat” narrative to start with a series of relatively minor military actions that appear defensive or non-controversial to draw the United States in without really appearing to do so,” he added.

“American involvement would be against Washington’s own interests in the region but it would serve Saudi and Israeli objectives, particularly if the situation is inherently unstable and is allowed to escalate,” he warned.

“Both the Saudis and, more particularly, the Israelis have powerful lobbies in Washington that will push a friendly Congress for increased US involvement and the Iranophobic mainstream media is likely to be similarly positive in helping to shape the arguments for American engagement,” the expert observed.

Giraldi predicted that “the escalation will be starting in Lebanon, where the resignation of Prime Minister al-Hariri has created a plausible instability that can be exploited by Israel supported by heavy pressure from the Saudis to harden the Lebanese government line against Hezbollah.”

During a visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this month, Hariri announced his resignation. The announcement is widely seen to have been made under Saudi influence. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to formally consider Hariri’s resignation, saying he has to return first.

Lebanese government officials also said they believed Hariri was “being held” in Saudi Arabia against his will, and signaled that his resignation had not been voluntary.

Last week, Saudi Arabia escalated its threats against Iran, saying there will be a response “in the appropriate time and manner,” following a missile strike from neighboring Yemen, which has been under a nonstop bombardment campaign by a Saudi-led coalition for over two and a half years.

Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills over 330

November 13, 2017 Leave a comment

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday.

Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor, with Iran’s state-run news agency reporting the quake killed 328 people in the country. State television said some 3,950 were injured. The area is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming to make a living.

In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535 there, all in the country’s northern, semiautonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq’s Interior Ministry.

The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at a depth of 23.2 kilometers (14.4 miles), a shallow depth that can have broader damage. Magnitude 7 earthquakes on their own are capable of widespread, heavy damage.

Iranian social media and news agencies showed images and videos of people fleeing their homes into the night. More than 100 aftershocks followed.

 

Iran’s state-run news agency says at least 328 people are known dead in Iran, after a powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border. At least seven are known dead in Iraq. The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered outside Halabja, in eastern Iraq. (Nov. 13)

The quake’s worst damage appeared to be in the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

Kokab Fard, a 49-year-old housewife in Sarpol-e-Zahab, said she could only flee empty-handed when her apartment complex collapsed.

“Immediately after I managed to get out, the building collapsed,” Fard said. “I have no access to my belongings.”

Reza Mohammadi, 51, said he and his family ran out into the alley following the first shock he felt.

“I tried to get back to pick some stuff but it totally collapsed in the second wave,” Mohammadi said.

Those in Sarpol-e-Zahab also said the power and water were out in the town as telephone and cellphone lines were spotty.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered his condolences on Monday morning and urged rescuers and all government agencies to do all they could to help those affected, state media reported.

The semi-official ILNA news agency said at least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected by the earthquake.

Officials announced that schools in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces would be closed on Monday because of the temblor.

In Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a directive for the country’s civil defense teams and “related institutions” to respond to the natural disaster. Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, an Interior Ministry spokesman, gave the casualty figures for Iraq.

The quake could be felt across Iraq, shaking buildings and homes from Irbil to Baghdad, where people fled into the streets of the capital.

The Iraqi city of Halabja, closest to the epicenter, is notorious for the 1988 chemical attack in which Saddam Hussein’s regime killed some 5,000 people with mustard gas — the deadliest chemical weapons attack ever against civilians.

Iraqi seismologist Abdul-Karim Abdullah Taqi, who runs the earthquake monitoring group at the state-run Meteorological Department, said the main reason for the lower casualty figure in Iraq was the angle and the direction of the fault line in this particular quake, as well as the nature of the Iraqi geological formations that could better absorb the shocks.

Turkey dispatched emergency aid to northern Iraq as officials expressed their “deep sadness” at the tragedy. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said his country took immediate action to provide medical and food aid to northern Iraq.

Kerem Kinik, Turkish Red Crescent’s vice president, told The Associated Press from Habur border crossing that 33 aid trucks were en route to Iraq’s city of Sulaimaniyah, carrying 3,000 tents and heaters, 10,000 beds and blankets as well as food.

A Turkish military cargo plane arrived in Iraq as the official Anadolu news agency reported multiple dispatches by Turkey’s disaster agency. Ankara also said it would help Iran if Tehran requests assistance.

Relations between Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region and Turkey were strained following the Iraqi Kurds’ controversial September independence referendum.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s government also extended its deepest condolences for the loss of life and injuries suffered by “our Iranian and Iraqi brethren.”

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Pakistanis’ “thoughts and prayers are with the Iranian and Iraqi brothers who lost their lives in this tragic calamity and we pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. The last major casualty earthquake in Iran struck in East Azerbaijan province in August 2012, killing over 300 people.

Russia, China, And Iran Join Forces To Bring Down The US Dollar

November 10, 2017 Leave a comment

(Anti Media) It is becoming increasingly more common for the corporate media to pay attention to the dollar’s dying status as the world reserve currency. The media can no longer realistically ignore developments that ultimately chip away at the dollar piece by piece considering Russia, China, and Iran have become brazen about their intentions to erode the dominant currency in the not-too-distant future.

While Anti-Media has documented the decline of the dollar throughout the course of the year as a result of a number of significant geopolitical decisions, there is still one major elephant in the room that needs to be addressed. Once it is, it should shed some light on just how detrimental these recent developments are to America’s status as the global authority.

Just last week, it was reported that Russia and China would be seeking to link their national payment systems to counter rival Western alternatives.

“I think that the more financial instruments there are in the modern world, the more stable the global financial system will be,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at an event in Beijing. “The world needs a balanced system of financial relations, based on the use of different reserve currencies for different transactions. There should not be dominance by any single currency.”

At around the same time, Iran was urging similar action in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

dollarTo anyone who has been paying attention, these developments are nothing new and arguably somewhat predictable. However, one should consider the statements these defiant states are making as they illuminate the real intention behind the decision to bring down the U.S. dollar.

“We can nullify US sanctions, using methods such as eliminating the dollar and replacing it with national currencies in transactions between two or more parties; thus, isolate the Americans,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reportedly said.

Medvedev said something similar, albeit less direct, during the event in Beijing, stating:

“I think this has great prospects, which can allow to avoid problems that arise with the use of American payment systems. I am referring to Visa, MasterCard and others of the like.”

In other words, Russia, China, and Iran are seeking to find ways to nullify American-led sanctions. Russia, China, and Iran have all been on the receiving end of American sanctions for some time now. By trading in alternative currencies and creating a market for these currencies, China and Russia have kept Iran afloat during years of crippling U.S. sanctions.

Not too long ago, the Times of Israel reported that a Chinese state-owned investment firm provided a $10 billion credit line to Iranian banks, which will specifically use yuan and euros to bypass U.S.-led sanctions. This was merely the beginning of these countries’ efforts to undermine the U.S. dollar.

If these developments continue, Washington’s system of punishment through sanctions will become completely worthless. No longer will states be bullied into submission through Washington’s manipulation and control of the global markets. This means the United States may have no other means of threatening another state other than with direct violence.

As former MI6 officer Alastair Crooke explained:

“As economic sanctions are increasingly part of the West’s arsenal, those non-Western countries that are the target — or potential target — of such sanctions are devising a counterpunch: non-dollar trading. It would, in effect, nullify the impact of sanctions.

Whether in yuan or roubles, non-dollar trading — which enables countries to bypass U.S. claims to legal jurisdiction — will transform the prospects facing Iran and Syria, particularly in the field of energy reserves, and deeply affect Iraq which is situated between the two.”

Iran Issues Threat, Claims “All U.S. Bases” In Jeopardy As Missile Program Reached

November 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Sources: The Free Beacon

Regular news readers will recall vividly how former Secretary of State John Kerry promised that we could trust Iran. He even boasted that this deal that he and the Obama White House worked out with the vile Islamic regime would lead to better monitoring and safety for all. Unfortunately for Mr. Kerry and everyone affiliated with him, news from the Free Beacon today proves him dead wrong.

One of Iran’s top military commanders has “threatened to launch ballistic missile attacks on U.S. forces in the region amid a public effort by the Islamic Republic to show off its advanced missile capabilities,” according to U.S. officials. This was what minds like Obama and Clinton promised would not be the case.

It is said that leaders in Iran “disclosed that their advanced ballistic missile technology” can be used to further the development of nuclear weapons. This breaks the rules of the deal that President Trump is working so very hard to eliminate.

Data shows that Iran’s weapons are “sophisticated enough to strike U.S. forces up to nearly 1,300 miles,” a fact that puts every base in that region easily within the kingdom’s crosshairs.

The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has proclaimed that their missiles can currently “cover all U.S. bases in the region” and that they have even stronger weapons at their disposal.

Based on the policies specified by the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei], the range of our missiles is limited to 2,000km, but we have the capability to increase the range,” said Iran’s Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari. Does this sound like a country that we want having nuclear fuel?

Some speak of putting a cap on Iran’s weapons growth but they already can strike all U.S. bases near them so it is a bit too late for that. “At present, it [this distance] is sufficient because the Americans are in a 2,000 km radius from our country and their attacks will be responded,” bragged Jafari.

One of the most hateful men in the whole of the Middle East.

Saeed Ghasseminejad, a man who the Beacon calls “an Iran expert” and research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said, “The IRGC commander says at this time the current range is enough. He clarifies it by saying that there are enough Americans to target inside the 2000 km range that Iran does not need to go beyond it at this point.” This shows the peril that U.S. bases are in near Teran.

Iran is working on its satellite program which is a cover to develop its ICBM program,” he adds. “So at the same time that Iran is developing its intercontinental ballistic missile, the head of the terrorist organization, the IRGC, assures the world that Iran has no plan to go beyond 2000 km range even though it has the technical capability. How gullible should one be to buy such assurance?

Well, as at least as gullible as Mr. Kerry.

 

Iran Air Force launches large-scale drills

November 1, 2017 Leave a comment

Iran’s Air Force has started military maneuvers recruiting the service of all the bases under its command throughout the country.

The two-day drills, codenamed Fada’ian-e Harim-e Velayat 7 (Death-defying Defenders of Velayat’s Sanctuary) 7, began on Tuesday morning.

Brigadier General Massoud Rouzkhosh, the spokesman for the drills, had said on Monday that the Air Force’s Shahid Babayi Airbase in Iran’s central Isfahan Province would be playing the pivotal role among the bases.

Dozens of the Air Force’s strategic Sukho-24, F-4, F-5, F-7, F-14, MiG-29, and Sa’egheh (Lightning bolt) fighter bombers would be participating in the maneuvers, alongside interceptor and refueling aircraft, as well as manned and unmanned reconnaissance planes, Boeing 707 and 747 cargo planes, and logistical aircraft.

The Air Force is scheduled to drill air-to-surface and surface-to-air firing, and test-fire highly-destructive air-to-air munitions, as well as to practice aerial fire control and surveillance.

The missiles to be used are of the laser-guided, television-guided, radar-guided, and thermal types.

According to Rouzkhosh, the exercises carry the message of security, stability, friendship, and lasting peace for the countries of the region.

Speaking upon the launch of the exercises, the commander said that the drills would first witness flying of manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft, which would gather and relay information from predetermined targets.

Subsequently, the F-5 and Sa’egheh fighter planes would release 500-pound (226-kg) bombs onto airstrips, radar stations, rocket launch sites, fuel depos, and ammunition dumps. The F-7 aircraft, he added, would also fire smart and precision bombs and domestically-produced rockets at mock enemy forces.

New radar unveiled

A picture taken on October 30, 2017 shows Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami attending a ceremony held to unveil the Afaq (Horizons) radar system in the capital, Tehran.

On the eve of the maneuvers, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami unveiled a new radar system named Afaq (Horizons), which has been developed by the electronics industries associated with the Defense Ministry.

The radar, he said, would be used for coastline surveillance, adding that it could monitor a 200-kilometer-long stretch and reconnoiter airborne targets as well.

The system has remarkable electronic warfare technological capabilities and could monitor and track as many as 100 mobile targets simultaneously, the Iranian defense chief said.

Iran says its military doctrine is one of deterrence and would only be used in combat if the country is attacked.

Israel Admit They Are Preparing For War With Iran

October 31, 2017 Leave a comment

Israel has admitted that it is preparing for war with Iran in an attempt to block Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. 

Israel’s intelligence minister said on Thursday that the military are on standby for a full ground and air invasion of Iran in the event that Trump fails to take a tougher line with the Iranian government.

Usnews.com reports:  Trump said on Oct. 13 he would not certify Iran is complying with an agreement on curtailing its nuclear program, signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, opening a 60-day window for Congress to act to reimpose sanctions.

“If international efforts led these days by U.S. President Trump don’t help stop Iran attaining nuclear capabilities, Israel will act militarily by itself,” Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said in an interview in Tokyo. “There are changes that can be made (to the agreement) to ensure that they will never have the ability to have a nuclear weapon.”

Israel has taken unilateral action in the past without the consent of its major ally, the United States, including air strikes on a suspected nuclear reactor in Syria in 2007 and in Iraq in 1981. A strike against Iran, however, would be a risky venture with the potential to provoke a counter strike and roil financial markets.

An Israeli threat of military strikes could, nonetheless, galvanize support in the United States for toughening up the nuclear agreement but it could also backfire by encouraging hardliners in Iran and widening a rift between Washington and European allies.

So far, none of the other signatories to the deal – Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, Iran and the European Union – has cited serious concerns, leaving the United States isolated.

Japan relies on the U.S. military to help defend it against threats from North Korea and elsewhere. Tokyo’s diplomatic strategy in the Middle East, where it buys almost all its oil, is to maintain friendly relations with all countries, including Iran.

“I asked the Japanese government to support steps led by President Trump to change the nuclear agreement,” said Katz, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party. “The question of whether Japanese companies will begin to work in Iran or not is a very important question.”

Katz’s visit to Tokyo comes ahead of a planned trip by Trump from Nov. 5 for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Officials at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs were not immediately available to comment.

Israel, Katz said, wants the nuclear agreement to be revised to remove an expiration date, and to impose tighter conditions to stop Tehran from developing new centrifuges used to make weapons-grade nuclear material.

He also urged sanctions to stop Iran from establishing Syria as a military base to launch attacks on Israel and action to put a halt to Tehran’s development of ballistic missiles.

“We will not allow Iran to transform Syria into forward base sea harbors, air bases and Shia militias,” he said. “We will act together with the United States and other countries in the world until they stop the ballistic missiles that threaten Israel.”

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday backed new sanctions on Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militia.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls Trump “Foul Mouthed Retard”

October 22, 2017 1 comment

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has lashed out at President Trump, accusing him of being a “foul-mouthed retard.”

Following Trump’s refusal to recertify Iran’s nuclear deal with the U.S., Khamenei penned a scathing rant on his website, labelling Trump as “foul-mouthed”, uttering “nonsense,” and “suffering from retardation”.

“The President of the United States displays nonsense; however, this should not lead us to ignore the mischief of the US regime,” Khamenei said on his website.

Rt.com reports: Khamenei declined to comment on Trump’s “irrational behaviour towards Iran,”  saying that it would be “a waste of time to respond to such blatherings and nonsensical remarks by the foul-mouthed US President.”

The supreme leader claimed that the US President and his team were “suffering from retardation because they do not understand the developments in Iran and the region.”

Last week, the US President proceeded with his disavowal of the Iran deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and refused to recertify Tehran’s compliance with the agreement. Later, Trump added that there was “a very real possibility” that the deal would be terminated altogether.

Khamenei said that the pact “serves its interests.”

“We will not tear up the deal before the other party does: if they tear up JCPOA, we shred it,” he cautioned.

The supreme leader went on to urge the European nations that are also signatories to the agreement “to stand up against the US measures” such as sanctions, which “they anticipate to emerge from Congress.”

Trump referred the matter to American lawmakers, who have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions on Tehran, which were lifted in exchange for capping its nuclear program under the deal.

“They want to take back young, faithful and developed Iran to 50 years ago,” Khamenei added, saying that this was not possible.

“Due to backwardness, they are incapable of understanding this reality, and for this reason they have made a miscalculation and suffered, and will suffer successive defeats at the hands of the Iranian nation,” the supreme leader continued, noting that Washington was “furious” at Iran for thwarting its “plots” in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, according to Press TV.

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