Iran’s Suleimani: IS, U.S. ‘Doomed To Failure’ in Syria
The Qods Force is the branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) responsible for overseas operations. In recent weeks, Iran has gone to lengths to demonstrate that Qods Force commander Suleimani (and, by extension, Tehran) are playing an important role in combating IS in Iraq and Syria.
At the same time, Iran has also emphasized that it believes the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is both ineffective and part of an attempt by the United States and its allies to gain regional power.
In his latest comments, Suleimani effectively dismisses both the United States and IS as being part of the same group of enemies, who oppose both Iran and Shi’a Islam, which Iran considers itself as representing.
Defa Press quotes Suleimani as saying that he was certain “any venture, be it large or small, from America’s campaigns to IS’s acts of terror, have no other outcome than failure, because since the beginning they lack truth.”
Suleimani went on to clarify that all movements that were against “Islam, Iran and Shi’ism” were lacking in the quest for truth, while Iran’s success was due to its “inner truth”.
Terrorists had always failed in the end, the Qods Force commander added.
Iran’s Fars News, affiliated with the IRGC, also quoted Suleimani as saying that the United States’ “solution” in Iraq and Syria would “not lead to victory”.
“We have all seen in Syria that the measures they adopted were not fruitful,” he said.
Suleimani’s comments echo those of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has repeatedly accused the United States and its allies of creating IS in order to sow discord among Sunni and Shi’a Muslims.
Khamenei has said that the West’s “creation of IS” is also intended to counter the “Islamic Awakening,” a term used by the supreme leader’s camp to describe what Khamenei believes is a spreading of the values of its 1979 Islamic Revolution — including the concept of “resistance” against the West — to the region.
Fars’ English service went one step further in linking Suleimani’s comments about the U.S.-led coalition against IS to the Islamic Republic’s concept of the “resistance,” noting that the deputy secretary of Lebanese Hizballah had previously commented on “U.S., Israeli, and Takfiri plots” against Iran.
Iranian military and diplomatic figures have been quoted as saying that a “resistance” movement similar to Hizballah has sprung up in Syria.
Earlier this month, Iran’s ambassador to Syria, Mohammad Reza Rauf Sheibani, praised Syrian “popular militias” for fighting “IS terrorists” and said that Hizballah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah had called for such a “resistance” against IS.
— Joanna Paraszczuk
CIA Insider Warns: “25-Year Great Depression is About to Strike America”
You will want to remember this date April 19, 2015.
According to one of the top minds in the U.S. Intelligence Community, that is when the United States will enter the darkest economic period in our nation’s history.
A 25-year Great Depression.
And alarmingly, he and his colleagues believe the evidence they’ve uncovered proves this outcome is impossible to avoid.
In an exclusive interview with Money Morning, Jim Rickards, the CIA’s Financial Threat and Asymmetric Warfare Advisor, has stepped forward to warn the American people that time is running out to prepare for this $100 trillion meltdown.
“Everybody knows we have a dangerous level of debt. Everybody knows the Fed has recklessly printed trillions of dollars. These are secrets to no one,” he said.
“But all signs are now flashing bright red that our chickens are about to come home to roost.”
One of the signals the CIA is most concerned with is the Misery Index.
Decades back this unique warning sign was created for determining how close our country was to a social collapse. It simply adds the true inflation rate with the true unemployment rate.
However, the Federal Reserve has repeatedly changed the way the Misery Index has been calculated over the years. Which Rickards believes is now being used to cover up the true scope of the problem.
“Today you rarely hear the government talk about the Misery Index with the public,” Rickards said. “The reason is they may not want you to know the truth. And the truth is, the Misery Index has reached more dangerous levels than we saw prior to the Great Depression. This is a signal of a complex system that’s about to collapse.”
During the shocking interview Rickards revealed the 5 dangerous “flashpoints” the Intelligence Community is closely monitoring that they believe will unleash this catastrophe.
And he also described how it would all unfold.
“Once it becomes clear that it’s not a flash crash – it’s a systemic meltdown in the economy itself, that’s when the gravity of the situation will sink in. And there will be no digging out from it.
Along with his CIA responsibilities, Jim Rickards has spent more than 3 decades on Wall Street as a leading international investment banker, hedge fund manager, and as the architect behind the technology nicknamed “the brains” of the NASDAQ.
This unique skillset has placed him at the center of some of the most important events in recent history.
For instance, Rickards helped negotiate an end to the Iranian Hostage Crisis in the early 1980s.
Then, in the late 1990s, despite being one of its most outspoken critics, the Federal Reserve called on him to step in to prevent a $1.25 trillion Wall Street meltdown during the Long Term Capital Management crisis.
And after 9-11, the CIA tasked him with tracking down potential terrorist insider trading that took place prior to the attacks.
This led to him helping lead a sensitive operation called Project Prophecy.
The mission was to use the financial markets to predict pending national security threats from terrorists, rival nations, and from internal weaknesses lurking inside our economy.
The system he built through Project Prophecy proved its accuracy on August 7, 2006, when it detected the warning signs of an impending terrorist attack.
Three days later, in London, a plot to blow up 10 U.S. passenger jets was thwarted. And 24 Pakistani extremists were arrested.
However, Rickards now warns that the next attack is going to come from within. And he is not alone in his fears.
Recently, a sensitive report containing the consensus view of all 16 branches of the U.S. Intelligence Committee surfaced.
It revealed that these agencies have already begun to jointly estimate the impact of “The fall of the dollar as the global reserve currency.”
The nightmarish endgame presented in this report involved “a worldwide economic breakdown and an extended period of global anarchy.”
And Jim Rickards believes we can no longer stop this, we can only prepare for it.
“Look at it this way. Americans are standing at the bottom of a very tall mountain – Mt. Everest, Mt. Kilimanjaro…they look up and see an avalanche barreling down.
Determining the one snowflake that started this chaos shouldn’t be our focus. Recognizing the severity of the situation and moving to safety should be,” Rickards explained.
The question we should all be asking ourselves now is “what if he’s right?”
Nuclear talks failure would be a disaster: Iran
Munich, 1 days ago
Iran’s foreign minister held rare private talks with his US counterpart on Sunday and said it would be a “disaster” if Tehran did not turn a provisional agreement to defuse a decade-old dispute over its nuclear programme into a permanent deal.
In a sign of the thawing climate between the Islamic Republic and the West, Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had held bilateral talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as with other ministers from the six powers negotiating with Tehran, during a three-day security conference in Munich.
His talks looked forward to negotiations starting in Vienna on February 18 when Iran and the six powers will attempt over a period of six months to build on an interim agreement on Tehran’s nuclear activities to reach a definitive deal.
“What I can promise is that we will go to those negotiations with the political will and good faith to reach an agreement because it would be foolish for us to only bargain for six months,” Zarif told the conference after his meeting with Kerry.
“That would be a disaster for everybody – to start a process and then to abruptly end it within six months,” he said.
Zarif said Iran and the West had an historic opportunity to improve relations. “I think we need to seize it,” he said.
Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful but Western countries have long suspected Tehran of seeking the ability to develop a nuclear weapon.
Under a landmark preliminary deal with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany sealed last November, Iran agreed to halt its most sensitive nuclear operations in return for winning some relief from sanctions.
The deal has lessened the risk of Israel or the United States launching a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities to prevent Tehran acquiring a nuclear bomb.
Kerry stressed to Zarif the importance of both sides negotiating in good faith and of Iran abiding by its commitments under the November deal, a US State Department official said.
The US and the European Union have suspended some sanctions on Iran under the interim deal, but Kerry told Zarif the US would continue to enforce other sanctions.
Kerry and Zarif have met several times since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, last June paved the way for the thaw in ties with the West after years of confrontation and hostile rhetoric.
Zarif said Iran was prepared to address important outstanding questions in the nuclear negotiations but said there was still a lack of trust on both sides, including mistrust among Iranians about the West’s intentions.
Zarif told Reuters in an interview on Saturday however that Iran was not prepared to give up research on centrifuges used to purify uranium as part of a final nuclear deal.
Zarif held out an olive branch to Saudi Arabia, Tehran’s regional rival, saying he was ready to start talks at any time with Riyadh on improving relations.
“I believe Iran and Saudi Arabia share a common interest in a secure environment,” he said. “Neither one of us will benefit from sectarian divisions, neither one of us will benefit from extremism in this region … We can work together in order to have a safer neighbourhood. There is no need for rivalry.”
The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, said possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme needed to be clarified and he said his agency also wanted to clarify the issue of small amounts of polonium-210 that had been produced by the Tehran research reactor.
“Polonium can be used for civil purposes like nuclear batteries but can also be used for a neutron source for nuclear weapons. We would like to clarify this issue too,” Amano told the Munich Security Conference. – Reuters