Tuesday, 26 October, 2021


Iran Brands U.S. Military a Terrorist Organization (Again)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg briefs media after a meeting of the alliance's ambassadors over the security situation in the Middle East in Brussels Iran Brands U.S. Military a Terrorist Organization (Again)
Bennie Garza | 09 January, 2020, 15:25

The bill was an amended version of a law adopted in April a year ago that declared the United States a "state sponsor of terrorism" and its forces in the region "terror groups".

Soleimani's death has sparked calls across Iran for revenge against America for a slaying that's drastically raised tensions across the Middle East. Previously the Iranian government had already designated U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees military operations in the Middle East and West Asia, as a terrorist organization, but not the entire U.S. Department of Defense.

The alert reflects the heightened tensions between the USA and Iran in the wake of last week's United States drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.

Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, was killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad International Airport on Friday.

Hours later, Iran struck back, firing the missiles at bases housing US troops and warning the United States and its allies in the region not to retaliate. Soleimani also led forces supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad in that country's civil war, and he also served as the point man for Iranian proxies in countries like Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. Trump and his advisers are under pressure to disclose more details about the intelligence that led to the USA strike.

The future of United States troops in the Middle East was thrown into confusion yesterday when a letter confirming a withdrawal from Iraq was apparently circulated by mistake.

He said top Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate plus the chairmen and vice chairmen of the intelligence committees in both chambers were getting a classified briefing Tuesday afternoon on what led to the decision to kill Soleimani.

After the Iranian missile attack, state television showed footage of the Soleimani burial, with hundreds of people chanting: "God is greatest" when the strikes were announced over loudspeakers.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared at a meeting of the government's National Security Council in the hours that followed the strike and called for a direct and proportional hit on the U.S., according to a report from the New York Times, which cited three Iranians familiar with the meeting. U.S. officials have claimed the strike against the general was carried out to prevent an "imminent" attack in the region that would have put American lives at risk, but have so far declined to provide details about the intelligence. On Monday, the US Maritime Administration issued a warning to commercial vessels operating in the Middle East that "there remains the possibility of Iranian action against USA maritime interests in the region".

News of the alert comes shortly after Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, told CNN that Iran planned a "proportional" response to the "state terrorism" strike that killed Soleimani, Iran's longtime military and intelligence leader.

His slaying has pushed Tehran to abandon the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. "You can speak with American people from Tehran, too, and we will do that", said Zarif, according to the report.

Parliament also agreed to bolster the coffers of the Quds Force by $244 million (200 million euros).

There was no immediate reaction from Iranian officials to Trump's comments. "In the wake of all its misleading statements we must make clear to the administration that the president by himself does not have the authority to launch a war against Iran".

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