Trump-Iran: Backfiring?

When the civilized conscience of the world rejects the murder of a prestigious Iranian figure, Qasem Soleimani, Donald Trump celebrates it.

What’s more striking is that the head of the White House is proclaimed aware of such offense typically gangster-like.

This was reported on Monday from Tehran by a correspondent of the Associated France Press (AFP), Marc Jourdier.



As the journalist wrote, Trump declared: Soleimani’s bloody devastation is over after the United States struck him down.

A little later, Trump threatened Iran with "major reprisals."



When did he do it? Almost at the same time that the Iraqi Parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from its territory.



The AFP warned that after the murder of General Qasem Soleimani, the "architect of Iranian intelligence," the world fears a conflict.

He added the case of Abu Mehdi Al Muhandis, whom he called number two of a pro-Iran paramilitary coalition, Hashd al Shaabi.

The French agency also commented that Trump returned to Washington on Air Force One, after 14 days of vacation in Florida.

He did not issue statements that would ease people.



On Saturday, there was a demonstration at the Torch of Friendship, where Miami residents asked Trump to prevent a conflict with Iran.

They were referring to the president's threats to destroy 52 targets of that nation like the number of hostages during the situation in 1979 at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.



Just hours ago, witnesses said, several rockets struck near that embassy without any casualties.



For more than two months, dozens of rockets have fallen in areas where there were U.S. diplomats and military in Iraq.

Observers insisted on preventing the murders of Soleimani and Al Muhandis from generating "an unusual agreement against the United States in Iraq."

Equivalent to say? Strengthening the domestic unity against the empire.



One of the many events surfacing from the situation in that side of the world.


Also, at the Parliament a large number of its members joined their voices to shout: "No to the United States!"

After that demonstration Trump threatened Iraq with "very large" punishments if they forces his troops out of the country.

"They will make the sanctions against Iran seem almost weak," added the president.



Donald Trump in election year only acts spurred by them, but not without backfiring results.

China blames US for destroying nuclear deal with Iran

Beijing, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) China said on Monday that the United States pushed Iran to abandon commitments on uranium enrichment by unilaterally withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018.

Geng Shuang, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, noted in a press conference that with that step, Washington not only ignored international laws and obligations, but also opted to exert maximum pressure and obstruct the efforts of the other signatories of the deal to maintain it.

He stressed that despite the hostile stance of the White House, Tehran refrained from making the situation worse and showed the political will to effectively resolve the dispute.

Shuang considered it prudent to take into account all such elements before proceeding with an analysis of the issue, to ensure that any response is rational, measured, without interference and aimed at finding a political solution.

He also emphasized that China opposes the use of force in international relations such as the recent US maneuvers in Baghdad, where Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Iraqi militia, were assassinated.

He deplored US plans to destroy 52 Iranian sites, if the Islamic Republic responds with attacks following the death of the senior officer.

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'35 Vital US Posts Are Within Reach of Iran', Iranian Commander

The Trump-ordered murder of Iranian General Soleimani increased the risk of military conflicts in the Strait of Hormuz, the Oman Sea, and the Persian Gulf.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard commander Gholamali Abuhamzeh Friday warned that his country will punish the United States anywhere within the reach of the Islamic Republic in retaliation for the murder of General Qassem Soleimani.

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Abuhamzeh, who stressed that Tehran has identified vital U.S. goals in the Middle East for a long time, mentioned a series of possible targets for reprisals including the Gulf waterway through which a significant proportion of shipborne oil is exported to global markets.

"About 35 U.S. targets in the region are within our reach and Tel Aviv, which is the heart and life of the United States, is also within reach," he said.

"The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West. A large number of U.S. destroyers and warships crosses the Strait of Hormuz, the Oman Sea, and the Persian Gulf."

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The Pentagon says it killed Soleimani to protect Americans. WTF??? Americans, particularly US soldiers in the Middle East, are now sitting ducks. Look at all the US military bases around Iran!!!

General Soleimani was attacked and assassinated on January 2 when vehicles carrying him and other Kataib Hezbollah militia high-ranking officers ​​​were leaving Baghdad airport. The attack was ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani promised that his country and other nations in the region "will avenge the martyrdom of Soleimani."

Supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei​​​​​​​ also affirmed that the criminals who killed the Iranian general await hard revenge.

After announcing three days of national mourning for the death of Soleimani, Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani as the new commander of the Quds Force.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the U.S. attack as an "act of international terrorism," warning that such an "extremely dangerous" action will have its consequences for the U.S.​

 

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Iranian Leader vows harsh revenge following assassination of General Soleimani

Tehran, January 3 (RHC)-- The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says those who assassinated IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani must await a harsh revenge.

In a statement on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the “cruelest people on earth” assassinated the “honorable” commander who “courageously fought for years against the evils and bandits of the world.”

His demise will not stop his mission, but the criminals who have the blood of General Soleimani and other martyrs of the Thursday night attack on their hands must await a harsh revenge, the Leader added.

“Martyr Soleimani is an international figure of the Resistance, and all the devotees of Resistance are now his avengers,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.  "All the friends and foes must know that the path of Jihad of the Resistance will continue with double motivation, and a definite victory awaits those who fight in this auspicious path."

“The demise of our selfless and dear general is bitter, but the continued fight and achievement of the final victory will make life bitterer for the murderers and criminals,” he added.

In his statement, the Leader also offered condolences to the Iranian nation and General Soleimani’s family, and declared three days of national mourning.

Edited by Ed Newman
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US Presence In Gulf "Only Led To Disasters": Iran Foreign Minister

Tehran, Iran: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that military presence of the United States in the Gulf caused "disasters" and helped foment extremism.

"Some global actors look at disparities and unending rivalries in the region as an opportunity that provide a fertile ground to expand their military presence and to sell more weapons," Zarif made the remarks in Doha, the Xinhua news agency reported.

However, the presence of foreign forces in the region has failed to foster security and "only led to disasters," said Zarif.

In the meantime, Washington's policy of selling more arms to the Gulf countries has led to an arm race in the region, he noted.

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Iran’s Multi-Front War against America and Its Allies

Two days before Thanksgiving, as President Donald Trump was preparing his surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif phoned Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Ziyad al-Nakhalah and met with a delegation from the Taliban. The object of both discussions was to pressure U.S. and its allies: Zarif told the Taliban representatives that Iran wants a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and offered al-Nakhalah Iran’s full support for PIJ’s “valiant resistance” against Israel.

Iran’s decisions to push the Palestinians to fight Israel and to encourage the Taliban are part of a regional policy that seeks to evict the U.S. from the Middle East and stir up trouble for Washington worldwide. This is Tehran’s answer to the “maximum pressure” campaign of economic sanctions that the Trump administration has mounted since pulling the U.S. out of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal in May 2018.

Iran fought its multi-front war against the U.S. in multiple ways. In the Persian Gulf, it twice struck at foreign oil tankers over the summer, shot down a high-tech U.S. drone in late June, and launched drone and cruise-missile attacks on key Saudi oil facilities in September. It is also seeking to use its terrorist proxies in the Gaza Strip to provoke Israel into a wider regional war. In the fall of 2018, Israel accused Iran of ordering PIJ to attack from Gaza. The Palestinian terrorist group has thousands of missiles and fighters in Gaza, but is smaller than Hamas. Its leadership lives abroad and keeps in close contact with Iran, which supports it even though it’s made up of Palestinian Sunni Muslims. (In general, Iran tends to work with Shiite groups such as Hezbollah.) Israel was concerned throughout the summer of 2019 that PIJ might be trying to push it into a war in Gaza to distract it from Iran’s efforts to gain a permanent foothold in Syria and supply Hezbollah with precision-guided rockets. In response, Israel struck a PIJ commander on November 12, prompting the group to fire over 400 missiles over the Gaza border.

Evidence for how important the Palestinian group is to Iran comes from two phone calls that Zarif made after the November 12 battles. Iran’s Mehr News reported that Zarif congratulated al-Nakhalah on November 17. Then Zarif called again on November 25. Iran’s message was clear: Keep the pressure on Israel.

At the same time, Iran was also looking 1,900 miles away from the Gaza Strip, to Afghanistan. In the 1990s, Iran and the Taliban were on opposite sides of the war in Afghanistan, to the point where Iran almost invaded the country in 1998. Once the U.S. invaded to dislodge al-Qaeda after 9/11, Iran began to reconsider its antipathy toward the Taliban. The Islamic Republic now hopes to push the U.S. out of Afghanistan by whatever means are necessary and fill the resulting power vacuum. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Tehran of being behind a May suicide bombing in Kabul. Peace talks with the Taliban and the U.S. broke down in September, and Trump’s Thanksgiving visit notwithstanding, Iran believes the U.S. is leaving Kabul and hopes to hasten the process.

Israel Prepares For War With Iranian Proxies

As Iran works with PIJ and the Taliban, it also seeks to pressure the U.S. in the Gulf, in Iraq, in Syria, and in Lebanon. In Iraq, it hopes its allies in parliament and among various Shiite militias will force the U.S. to withdraw; militia mortar and rocket attacks have hit U.S. bases in the country every month since May. In Syria, Iran-backed militias allied with Bashar al-Assad’s regime are facing U.S. forces across the Euphrates, and would like to grab the oil facilities that the U.S. is currently protecting. In Lebanon, Iran’s proxy Hezbollah wants control over the choice of the country’s next prime minister.

The Iranian regime is facing maximum pressure from the U.S. and suddenly finds itself squeezed at home, too, forced to brutally crack down on massive recent protests against a large gas-price hike. Its response has been to challenge the U.S. and American allies across thousands of miles of terrain from Kabul to Gaza. While it is cornered, it should not be underestimated.

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Cuban team leaves Iran as Greco-Roman World Cup cancelation looms

The 2019 Greco-Roman World Cup was slated to be held on Tehran on Nov. 28-29 but the United World Wrestling announced last Monday that the event has been ‘postponed’ until further notice. The body described security concerns in Iran as the main reason behind this decision.

Meanwhile, the Cuban team had already entered Tehran on Monday and was scheduled to hold a joint camp with the Iranian team before participating in the World Cup. However, a few days after the announcement of UWW’s decision, Iranian teams coach Mohammad Bana shut down the training and sent players back to their homes.

The Iranian wrestling federation said that it has offered evidence of Iran’s safety to UWW, expressing hope that the event would be held in coming days. However, UWW didn’t issue any statement to clarify the situation and only removed the event from its calendar on its website to raise speculations of a total cancellation.

The federation hosted the Cuban team during the past week, even organizing some tours in Tehran for the team to get Cubans acquainted with some tourist sites and the Iranian culture.

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Iran, Cuba to expand scientific, tech cooperation

During his meeting with Cuba’s Ambassador to Tehran, Gholami emphasized the need for closer cooperation in exchange of professors, students, and researchers between the two countries, saying that this kind of partnerships can be beneficial to both parties.

Learning Persian and Spanish languages is a good opportunity for both countries to exchange university students, he added.

The Science and Technology Parks are also among the other areas of cooperation between Iran and Cuba, he noted.

He also expressed hope that Iran and Cuba will expand their cooperation in all fields with the support of the Cuban Ambassador.

Alexis Bandrich Vega, for his part, invited Gholami to visit Cuba to hold talks with the Cuban Minister of Science, Technology, and Environment.

Emphasizing four issues concerning scientific and technological cooperation between Iran and Cuba, he said that learning the Persian language is among the priorities of the Cuban Embassy to develop relations between the two countries.

A course on religious and Islamic education has resumed at the University of Havana, he added, saying that it is hoped that Iran would help the university in developing this course in the field of professor exchange and the necessary information and research.

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