Is Iran Or America The World’s Leading State Sponsor Of Terror?
SPUTNIK NEWS / BATTLE FOR WORLD – September 21, 2018: The article highlights points from a Sputnik News interview conducted with Dr. Mohammad Marandi on Thursday (September 20). Where he was asked the question: Who is really the global leader in the sponsorship of terrorism? And he replied: In my opinion, the US government.”
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Dr. Marandi continues, regarding Lebanon, ever since Hezbollah was created — and it was created as a result of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon [in 2006] as national resistance organization, which liberated the south of Lebanon and forced the Israelis to exit the country. So the creation of Hezbollah was a result of Israeli violence. Hezbollah has an armed wing that is in coordination with the Lebanese army and is accepted by the state. It is felt [by Lebanon] that it is necessary as a deterrence for further Israeli aggression.
As a matter of fact, in the years since the rise of Western and Saudi-backed extremists in Syria and the takeover of territory in Lebanon by these extremist groups, including ISIS [Daesh] and al-Qaeda, it was Hezbollah along with the army that helped to defeat and expel these groups from the country. So I think that one could say that it is with the help of Hezbollah that the country has remained independent and that both the Israeli occupation and the existence of [Daesh] and al-Qaeda, or the Nusra Front, on Lebanese territory has come to an end.
And with Syria, it’s the same argument. I would just add that again, as in Lebanon, where foreign powers such as the United States and regional powers such as Saudi Arabia, which helped the extremists in Syria — the spillover in Lebanon was blocked by Hezbollah. And the same applies to Syria where US-backed and Western-backed and Saudi-backed and Israeli-backed extremists such as al-Qaeda and [Daesh,] they are using different extremists groups with each one supported by a different foreign power, sometimes simultaneously different powers at the same time. Iran, Hezbollah and the Russians, as well as Iraqi and Afghani volunteers, helped push them back. Otherwise, if it wasn’t for their support, black flags would have been flying over Damascus, and the same is true for Iraq.
Continuing, he said: In reality, the countries that have promoted violence in these countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are the countries that have been promoting Wahhabism (i.e. Islamic extremism). It’s the same thing that had happened in Afghanistan in the 1980’s. The United States and Saudi Arabia in the 1990’s created extremists in Afghanistan and now they’ve repeated this only much more extensively in Syria. The US policy of supporting extremists is nothing new, we saw it in Afghanistan and also Central American with the right-wing groups and the contras in Nicaragua, so this is nothing new for the United States.
General Michael Flynn, the head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency at that time, he has admitted that the United States took a willful decision to support its allies and client regimes in the region in their support for extremists. So, happened in Syria, with the spillover in Iraq and in Lebanon, is what happened in Afghanistan in the 1980s, only that it was a much larger catastrophe that was brought about by the western intelligence agencies cooperating with regional dictatorships by and large, especially Saudi Arabia.
With Iraq, the main problem with Western media and Western think tanks is that they try to present the situation in the region as they would like it to be. For example, they said that opponents of Iran won the election. But it has happened that despite immense US pressure, the US candidate, who is the current Prime Minister of Iraq, doesn’t seem to have any chance of remaining as Prime Minister and the groups that are closer to Iran are forming the government [of Iraq] despite US threats — US pressure and contacts from senior officials — Secretary Pompeo made phone calls, the Special Envoy in Iraq [made calls] — they were cooperating with the Saudis and Emiratis to form a government that was close to the United States and hostile to Iran. But they failed.
Now Yemen: The Iranians don’t even have a real presence there, because the Yemenis are — this is one of the extraordinary things about the world that we live in — and it is that the Yemenis are surrounded by the Americans and the Saudis. The Americans and the Saudis have done something unprecedented in contemporary human history, in that they have imposed mass starvation on the whole country in order to bring the people to their knees with the aid of American weapons. Americans have been refueling their air force [in Saudi Arabia] [during air strike missions]. And together they [the United States and Saudis] are imposing this siege to prevent food from getting into the country.
Leaked State Department memo reveals Mike Pompeo backed continued US involvement in war on Yemen because a cut off would undermine 2 billion dollar deal to sell 120,000 @Raytheon precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates https://t.co/VJAzwQnenA
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) September 20, 2018
This monstrous act was done on the same day that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “the government of Saudi Arabia and the government of the United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.” https://t.co/cq1wFIpqMg
— Alex Rubinstein (@RealAlexRubi) September 13, 2018
Top US Diplomat Sustained Support for Yemen War to Protect $2B in Weapon Sales
SPUTNIK NEWS / BATTLE FOR WORLD – September 21, 2018: The article highlights that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to continue US funding and military support for the Saudi-led coalition devastating Yemen with its blockade of the vital port city of Hodeidah and relentless bombings of civilians and civil infrastructure.
On September 12, the US Secretary Pompeo certified to Congress that the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United States and the United Arab Emirates are “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.” And in the horror of it all the statement came within hours of a coalition airstrike on a bus station that left 27 civilians dead.
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Iran blames ‘regional terror sponsors & their US masters’ after military parade attack
RT / BATTLE FOR WORLD – September 22, 2018: The article highlights a deadly attack on a military parade in southern Iran, the country’s foreign minister said that regional sponsors of terrorism and their “US masters” are to be held accountable for such assaults.
On Twitter top Iranian diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed to respond “swiftly and decisively” after gunmen opened fire in Ahvaz on Saturday leading to multiple casualties. The minister claimed that the terrorists were sponsored and trained by “a foreign regime.”
“Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks.”
Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz. Children and journos among casualties. Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks. Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives. pic.twitter.com/WG1J1wgVD9
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 22, 2018
Iran Summons Netherlands, Denmark, UK Ambassadors After Parade Attack – Reports
SPUTNIK NEWS / BATTLE FOR WORLD – September 22, 2018: The article highlights that Iran has summoned ambassadors of the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Denmark over the recent terrorist attack on military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, according to the local media.
Ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Denmark were summoned by Iran and accused of harboring Iranian opposition groups, said Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency.
The move comes after 24 people, including a journalist were killed in a terrorist attack at a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday (September 22).
The Saudi-linked Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
“It is not acceptable that these groups are not listed as terrorist organizations by the European Union as long as they have not carried out a terrorist attack in Europe,” quote by Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi, according to the Iranian Islamic Republic News Agency.
Trump’s Lawyer Giuliani: US Sanctions May Lead to ‘Successful Revolution’ in Iran
SPUTNIK NEWS / BATTLE FOR WORLD – September 23, 2018: The article highlights that the US president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that the US sanctions on Iran could lead to the the overthrow of the Iranian government.
At a hotel in Times Square New York City, speaking in his own capacity this Saturday (September 22), Giuliani noted, contrasting to the US administration official position, that the current implementation of the economic sanctions could lead to a “successful revolution” and change of the Iranian government, the news service Reuters reported.
“I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them,” he said at an Iran Uprising Summit held by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities which opposes Iran policies, “It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years. But it’s going to happen.”
Iranian Supreme Leader Blames ‘US-Backed’ Countries for Ahvaz Terror Attack
SPUTNIK NEWS / BATTLE FOR WORLD – September 23, 2018: The article highlights that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the US-backed states of the region of being responsible for the terrorist attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz.
“The tragic and heartrending incident of the martyrdom of a group of our dear people in Ahvaz at the hands of the mercenary terrorists has once again exposed the atrocity and viciousness of the enemies of the Iranian nation … Their crime is a continuation of the conspiracies by the US-backed regimes in the region which have aimed at creating insecurity in our dear country,” Khamenei said in a Saturday (September 22) statement as quoted on his website.