Washington, Tehran place one of Soleimani’s assassins in power in Iraq

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17-05-20 09:44:00,

Washington and Tehran concluded an agreement to appoint one of General Qassem Soleimani’s assassins, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, to the post of Prime Minister of Iraq.

Despite having dual British and Iraqi nationality, Mr. al-Kadhimi is reportedly close to the CIA. He was part of the Iraqi government in exile set up by Washington around Ahmad Chalabi to overthrow President Saddam Hussein. He is also close to Saudi Arabia, whose crown prince, MBS, was the first foreign figure to congratulate him on his appointment. He worked as a journalist for Al-Monitor, and subsequently served as director of Iraqi Intelligence. He was the Iraqi face of the double operation that in January 2020 took out Qasem Soleimani, major general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and Abu Mahdi al-Mouhandis, deputy head of Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi (pro-Iranian Iraqi militia).

General Qasem Soleimani was unanimously regarded as the main architect of Daesh’s regional defeat on the ground. His death was experienced as a tragedy, not only by the Iranian people, but by all those in the Middle East who had suffered at the hands of Daesh. The Leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, truly mourned a brother. Surprisingly, the Iranian government of Sheikh Hassan Rohani also joined in the crying, when it was no secret that he despised Soleimani and saw him as a serious political rival. The idea was even floated of a possible prior agreement on President Rohani’s part to his assassination.

Be that as it may, the appointment of Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraqi Prime Minister certifies that:
- 1. The United States and the Iranian government, since 2003, have continuously joined forces in overseeing Iraqi political life despite their disagreement on other matters.
- 2. The assassination of General Soleimani not only failed to elicit any significant retaliatory action, but was experienced instead as a justified call to order. The deaths of the principal Shiite military chief preceded a few weeks earlier by that of the top Sunni military chief, caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, marked the takeover of the Middle East by President Donald Trump.

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Tehran slams France’s ‘irresponsible’ suggestion to trigger nuclear deal mechanism that could lead to UN sanctions on Iran

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28-11-19 01:58:00,

France’s idea to trigger a provision in the nuclear deal that could result in UN-imposed sanctions against Iran has no merit, Tehran argued, noting that it breached the accord only after Washington’s exit from the agreement.

“Iran’s scaling back of its nuclear commitments was implementation of its legal rights to react to America’s illegal and unilateral exit of the deal and the European parties’ failure to fulfill their obligations,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday.

Under these circumstances… such remarks by the French official are irresponsible and not constructive.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday that France should consider implementing a dispute resolution clause that could mandate UN sanctions on Iran for putting “dents” in the 2015 deal.

US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the pact last year. Since then, Washington has imposed increasingly harsh sanctions on Tehran. European signatories have worked to preserve the deal, which places restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment program in exchange for sanctions relief. However, Europe has so far failed. Britain, France and Germany have sought to salvage the pact, under which Iran undertook to curtail its uranium enrichment program in return for relief from crippling sanctions. However, Europe has so far been reluctant to bypass US sanctions.

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How Tehran Fits into Russia-China Strategy – Global Research

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13-08-19 05:09:00,

Complex doesn’t even begin to describe the positioning of Iran-Russia in the geopolitical chessboard. What’s clear in our current, volatile moment is that they’re partners, as I previously reported. Although not strategic partners, as in the Russia-China tie-up, Russia-China-Iran remain the crucial triad in the ongoing, multi-layered, long-term Eurasia integration process.

A few days after our Asia Times report, an article – based on “senior sources close to the Iranian regime” and crammed with fear-mongering, baseless accusations of corruption and outright ignorance about key military issues – claimed that Russia would turn the Iranian ports of Bandar Abbas and Chabahar into forward military bases complete with submarines, Spetsnaz special forces and Su-57 fighter jets, thus applying a “stranglehold” to the Persian Gulf.

For starters, “senior sources close to the Iranian regime” would never reveal such sensitive national-security details, much less to Anglo-American foreign media. In my own case, even though I have made several visits to Iran while consistently reporting on Iran for Asia Times, and even though authorities at myriad levels know where I’m coming from, I have not managed to get answers from Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps generals to 16 detailed questions I sent nearly a month ago. According to my interlocutors, these are deemed “too sensitive” and, yes, a matter of national security.

Predictably, the report was fully debunked. One of my top Tehran sources, asked about its veracity, was blunt: “Absolutely not.” After all, Iran’s constitution decisively forbids foreign troops stationed on national soil. The Majlis – Iranian parliament – would never approve such a move barring an extreme case, as in the follow-up to a US military attack.

As for Russia-Iran military cooperation, the upcoming joint military exercises in the “northern part of the Indian Ocean,” including the Strait of Hormuz, are a first-ever such occasion, made possible only by a special agreement.

Analyst Gennady Nechaev is closer to reality when he notes that in the event of growing Russia-Iran cooperation, the possibility would be open for “permanent basing of the Russian Navy in one of the Iranian ports with the provision of an airfield nearby – the same type of arrangement as Tartus and Hmeimim on the Mediterranean coast of Syria.”  To get there,

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If Tehran wants to fight, that’ll be the official end of Iran, Trump warns

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20-05-19 09:08:00,

President Donald Trump has warned Tehran that it would be “the official end” of the Islamic Republic if it threatens the US, just as Washington builds up its military presence near Iran under the pretext of national security.

It’s unclear what triggered the US leader this time around, as Iranian officials have consistently said in recent days that they want to avoid a military confrontation with the US. Earlier on Sunday, the commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, insisted that Iran only wants peace, but isn’t afraid to fight America.

If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019

Earlier, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said there will be no war in the Persian Gulf. However, he added that Tehran won’t be involved in talks on a new nuclear deal with the US.

The Trump administration has recently been increasing pressure on Iran with sanctions and a military buildup near its territorial waters. The US and its allies began enhanced maritime security patrols in the international waters of the Persian Gulf this week after Washington beefed up its Fifth fleet.

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A USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group was deployed to the Persian Gulf and B-52 bombers were sent on patrol in the area in a move to send a message to Tehran.

Tensions in the region escalated after the US started building up its military presence, citing “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” coming from the Iranian side. It has not yet been revealed what led to the escalation, with various media reports suggesting versions from misunderstanding to Israeli influence.

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