Antichrist Warns Obama

Shia faction leaders warn US of armed resistance

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A powerful political faction in Iraq opposes the Obama administration’s decision to send additional military personnel to help in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and warned it could lead to armed “resistance” by Shia militias against American presence in the country.

Supporters of the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday cautioned against the deployment of troops without the approval of Iraq’s parliament. The White House announced on Friday it would double the number of American boots on the ground with the deployment of 1,500 extra non-combat troops to train and advise Iraqi forces to fend off the group, known as Isis or Isil, in Baghdad, Anbar province and other hotspots.

“The option of military resistance is already there,” said Dhiaa Assadi, a Shia parliamentarian and adviser to Mr Sadr. “I am afraid [the US military personnel] are going to be considered occupiers and for occupiers to be present in any country, this will call for a military resistance.”

Mr Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia and other armed groups loyal to the 41-year-old cleric’s family of religious leaders fought against US troops from shortly after their 2003 invasion until their 2011 withdrawal. The Isis threat has revived and strengthened the Shia militias, which now play a key role in the fight against Sunni insurgents, especially inside and around the capital, Baghdad.

Mr Assadi said in addition to the Sadrists, other Shia political tendencies including cleric Ammar Hakim’s Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq were uncomfortable with the expanding US military footprint, arguing that it would not help defeat Isis. “Iraqis can face [Isis] or all other terrorists groups provided that they get the equipment and the weapons and the ammunition,” he said.

While the Sadrists have quietly accepted US air strikes targeting Isis positions in the country’s mostly Sunni north and west regions, Mr Sadr himself said he opposed a US military presence whether troops, intelligence operatives or advisers. Mr Assadi predicted that the proposed deployment would encounter obstacles in the Iraqi parliament.

On Friday, US-led forces struck a convoy of alleged senior Isis militants and the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi. On Sunday night, an Iraqi-government controlled TV station claimed that Mr Baghdadi had been wounded in a US air strike.

A US military spokesperson confirmed that three air strikes struck an armed truck and a convoy of 10 vehicles, while Iraqi officials said they believed a number of top militants were killed.

No Change In Iraq Government

Uprooting the Shia Dawa Party after the Baath

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While the world is busy rallying politically and militarily against ISIS, I believe that in Iraq and America the blame is mainly put on ex-Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. He is regarded as the source of all corruption, ethnic cleansing and killing in Iraq during his eight years in government. The same world, however, is meeting the current corruption, ethnic cleansing and killing that is taking place daily under the current government with a deafening silence, apparently blind to what is happening.There is a hidden agreement between Iraqi politicians collaborating with the US administration to be quiet about the government and its ministers and officials, even though they are the same as those of the Maliki government, with a small difference: Al-Maliki is now Vice President and Haider Al-Abadi is prime minister; the latter is one of the leaders of the Dawa Party, of which Al-Maliki is Secretary General. There is a campaign by ministers of Al-Abadi’s government to deny responsibility for anything that took place during the past eight years and to accuse Al-Maliki, as if they were not members of his government. Hoshyar Zebari, the ex-minister of foreign affairs and now the minister of finance, was very evasive in a recent interview, outdoing the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr in his ambiguity, blaming everyone but himself for the looting, corruption and collapse of law and order. Viewers are justified in wondering how this politician demonstrating such honesty and patience could accept one position after another in a government that he describes as corrupt.

In any case, Al-Maliki is not that innocent, and continues to have a hand in everything going on, with his own “special forces” and expanding influence through his eldest son, family and relatives. This means that he and the party he belongs to, the Shia Islamic Dawa Party, has succeeded in committing all of the sins of successive Iraqi governments for the past 90 years put together, and in record time. What draws our attention to the current Iraqi situation includes the media silence on the national, Arab and international levels, regarding the ongoing crimes of the regime, despite the killing of ever more citizens. The UN mission in Iraq, (UNAMI), announced this week the death and injury of 4,100 Iraqis during the month of October, which is the highest monthly toll of 2014, although it does not include victims in the Anbar province.

Furthermore, rewarding Al-Maliki by promoting him to vice president has gone ahead even though everyone insists that he is to blame for the disasters in Iraq in recent years. His name is no longer mentioned unless accompanied by adjectives such as foolish, lazy and short-sighted. Anyone who has seen the documentary about the Howayha massacre, when Al-Maliki, as general commander of the armed forces, gave orders to shoot and kill demonstrators, knows full well that this man deserves to be put to trial rather than get promoted.

We also have to take into account the “loss” of billions of dollars from Iraq’s Developmental Fund. The latest news on the money is that on 13 October this year between $1.2 and $1.6 billion, which was stolen during the American invasion of Iraq and transferred to Lebanon for safe keeping, has been found in a Lebanese basement. According to Stuart Bowen, US special inspector general for the investigation of corruption and wasting money in Iraq, he spoke to Al-Maliki about the missing funds and the discovery of the basement but the then prime minister did not take any action. More recently, they’ve been talking about the disappearance of $11 billion from Iraq’s currency reserves during the month that preceded the appointment of Al-Abadi; this is a scandal that has still to be made public about funds that are equal to the entire budgets of many countries.

Does rotating ministers and presenting them in new offices, in a government headed by a leader in the Dawa Party called Al-Abadi, mean that they are absolved of responsibility for crimes committed during the government that was headed by the Dawa Party’s Secretary General Al-Maliki? Doesn’t the logic of accountability and justice, which is being applied in order to uproot the Baath Party, require us to demand the same policy to uproot the Dawa Party? This is especially important given that the balance for measuring crimes was broken many years ago, under the heavy weight of crimes committed (and still being committed) by the Dawa Party and its allies and the militias that were planted, nurtured and grown under its sectarian patronage.

It has to be said that Al-Abadi’s position is no less sectarian than Al-Maliki’s. They speak with one sectarian voice when they say: “We applaud Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in these days in which Iraqi forces are having consecutive victories which would not have been possible without the historic fatwa on ‘Ulkipaúa jihad’ in defence of Iraq, its people and their sanctities.” The Dawa Party knows very well that this fatwa was addressed to the Shias only and not the entire Iraqi people. It is well known that only the Shias are the ones who follow such reference points and not the Sunnis, Christians or Yazidis. Writer Taleb Ramahi made this important point in a letter addressed to Al-Sistani in August: “We failed in marketing the fatwa correctly, so it seemed like a sectarian rally against the Sunni component, and it was our duty, especially the state media, to work on the involvement of the Sunni component in the fatwa.” Ramahi though, like the Dawa Party, has welcomed the fatwa, describing it as a “pure step”, and stressing, at the same time, that it addresses followers of the Shia sect, because it is “obedience to the imam Alhuja, may God speed his reappearance, believing that what comes out from Grand Ayatollah is not far from the desires of the hidden imam.” The timing of the fatwa was in sync with the success of the Dawa Party, led by Al-Maliki, in the consolidation of the idea of linking Sunnis with terrorism, or that terrorism is a Sunni phenomenon. This in turn means legitimising the bombing and displacement of residents of Sunni areas as collective punishment against ISIS terrorism, although the latter is aimed against all those who disagree with their opinions and beliefs.

Finally, if we manage, for any reason, to overlook all of the points relating to political and moral decline mentioned above, can we overlook the opening of the borders for Iranian death squads and summoning them with America and its allies to occupy Iraq for the second time? This is happening under the pretext that “all we need from our friends in weapons and support”, according to Al-Abadi and his party, who are overlooking the fact that those who lose the support of their people may benefit for a short while from the occupation. However, will they turn against them when there are no more interests to protect? Will the future of Iraq be one uprooting after another?

Translated from Al Aquds Al Arabi, 3 November, 2014

Iran Intent On Obtaining Nuclear Bomb

Iran: Maryam Rajavi Warned About Offering Concessions to Mullahs in Nuclear Talks and Said Mullahs Still Insist on Obtaining The Bomb

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PARIS, November 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran stated on Saturday, November 8: “The mullahs still insist on manufacturing the nuclear bomb. They are not confident about their future and seek the bomb as the guarantor of their survival.”

Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that the interim agreement between Tehran and P5+1 signed last November, should lead to a comprehensive agreement that puts an end to the mullahs’ quest for the nuclear bomb. But from the time the mullahs realized that their hand-picked government in Iraq was destined for failure, Ali Khamenei, the regime’s leader, changed his tone. The mullahs’ about face is due to shifting calculations regarding the consequences of a nuclear agreement, which they now see as exponentially devastating.

According to Ms. Rajavi, another element that contributed to mullahs’ brazenness was repeated concessions by the West. Those concessions included not insisting on the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Iran’s nuclear program to increasing the number of centrifuges that the regime is allowed to have. As a result of this policy, the regime “was emboldened to seek more concessions from the West or to buy time to keep open its path to nuclear bomb.”

On the verge of the Nov 24th deadline for a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, Ms. Rajavi warned that any agreement should include complete implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions, an absolute halt to all enrichment, acceptance of Additional Protocol, and snap inspections from all the suspicious sites in Iran.

President-elect of the Iranian resistance reiterated that Western governments have kept silent on escalating human rights violations in Iran and the mullahs’ exportation of mass terror in the region in order to obtain the clerical regime’s acquiescence in the talks. She said this policy has only resulted in emboldening the Iranian regime. Thus,any agreement should include stop of execution and torture in Iran as well as an end to the clerical regime’s belligerent polices in the region.

During the meeting at the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Auvers- sur-Oise, in northern suburbs of Paris Ms. Rajavi addressed a crowd of leading political and social figures, concerned Iranians and others concerned by the Iranian regime’s drive for nuclear arms.

Scores of French dignitaries, including Henri Leclerc, the honorary President of the French League of Human Rights, Yves Bonnet, the former head of DST, the French counter-intelligence agency, and Abderrahmane Dahmane, President of Council of Muslim Democrats of France, participated in the event and expressed their support for the Iranian resistance in their remarks. A significant number of representatives of Iranian youth associations from Europe took part in the event.

Mrs. Rajavi reviewed the despicable human rights record during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, including a new wave of acid-attacks against women, suppression of ethnic and religious minorities, and the exponential increase of executions, including execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari whose sole crime was defending herself against egregious physical abuses.

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that this regime cannot survive without the execution of the youth and the suppression of women, since it is very fragile and fearful of popular uprising. This regime is the primary patron of fundamentalism, terrorism, and the main exporter of crisis and terrorism in Iraq and Syria. This export of terror is a vital component of the regime, as it is submerged in irremediable political, social, and economic crisis.

In another portion of her remarks, Mrs. Rajavi addressed the issue of the pressures exerted by the clerical regime and its agents in Iraq on Iranian dissidents residing in Camp Liberty, Iraq, , members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MeK), the principal Iranian opposition movement. She demanded that camp liberty be recognized as a refugee camp and be placed under the supervision of the UN, and all the siege on the camp, in particular the medical siege be put to an end and the minimum needs of the camp for safety and security of the residents be guaranteed.

The Devil And His Endearing Words

Khamenei: The Only Cure for Israel is its Annihilation

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By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/9/2014, 4:24 AM

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Saturday once again called for Israel’s destruction.

Khamenei’s latest provocation came in a series of tweets in which he launched a tirade against the Jewish state and called to arm Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

“This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated,” read one tweet.

“The only means to confront a barbaric regime like #Israel is arming West Bank,” read another tweet by the Supreme Leader.

“We’ve seen 100s of times that #Israel doesn’t abide by #peace.They didn’t even tolerate Arafat who cooperated w/them& poisoned him to death,” charged Khamenei in another post, referring to the death of former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

“#WestBank should be armed just like #Gaza. Friends of Palestine should do their best to arm People in West Bank,” another tweet read.

This is certainly not the first time that Khamenei has called for Israel’s destruction. Last month, the Iranian leader accused Israel of having “no limit or boundaries regarding viciousness, cruelty, and trampling underfoot all human standards and ethnics. Crimes, genocide, mass destruction, the killing of children, women and the homeless…they take pride in.”

He previously said on Twitter that the Israel government was “the most wicked terrorist” in the world.
Khamenei has also called Israel an “illegitimate and bastard regime,” and further called the United States a “smiling enemy” that is not to be trusted.

The latest Twitter rant, ironically enough, comes just days after reports indicated that U.S. President Barack Obama had written a letter to Khamenei in which he indicated that cooperation on ISIS depends on an agreement being reached by the November 24 deadline regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

The White House would not comment on the reports and would only reiterate that Washington’s policy toward Iran has not changed, but Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, on Friday said that Washington was “not engaged with Iran” regarding ISIS.