Hezbollah official says response of ‘axis of resistance’ to Soleimani killing will be decisive: al Mayadeen

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

A Lebanese Hezbollah official said the response of the Iran-backed “axis of resistance” to the killing of Iran’s military commander Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. air strike will be decisive, al-Mayadeen TV said on Saturday.

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There’s a winner from the US-Iran crisis, and it’s ISIS

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Terrorist group ISIS will likely be the winner as tensions between Washington and Tehran mount after the U.S. killing of Iran’s most powerful military commander, experts say.

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Conflict With Iran Threatens Fight Against ISIS

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

The American assassination of a top Iranian commander may make it impossible for American forces to stay in Iraq. That could ease an ISIS comeback.

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U.S. to designate Iran-backed Iraqi militia as foreign terrorist organization

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

The United States plans to designate an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia as a foreign terrorist organization, the State Department said on Friday, accusing the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group of being a violent proxy of Tehran.

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Iran | Millions of Iranians Take Part in the Funeral of General Soleimani and his Companions

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, January 6, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia News

Millions of Iranians took part in the massive funeral of Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani and his martyred companions in Tehran.

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Images from Rally Commemoration of Soleimani

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, January 6, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Iranians Bid Farewell to Soleimani in Mashhad

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, January 6, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Hundreds of thousands packed the streets of Iranian holy city of Mashhad to pay tribute to assassinated Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his companions, who were killed in a US drone strike in Iraq’s Baghdad early Friday.

Rally held in Iran Capital after Soleimani’s death

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, January 6, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Iranians have swarmed the streets of Tehran after US assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

Soleimani will be laid to rest in his home town, Kerman, in south of Iran.

Among the high-profile figures attending the funeral procession of the revered general are Hezbollah deputy leader Naim Qassem, Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniya, and Head of Iraq’s al-Nujaba Movement Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi.

General Soleimani, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi, and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.

The White House and the Pentagon confirmed the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.

Iraq Grand Ayatollah Condoles Iran for Soleimani death

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, January 6, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Iraq’s top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has extended condolences to Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the martyrdom of top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in an American drone strike in Iraq.

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Crowd gather for Soleimani’s body in Ahvaz

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, January 6, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

A massive funeral procession is currently underway in Ahvaz, the provincial capital city of Southwestern province of Khuzestan.

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Iraqi lawmakers approve bill to expel US forces from country

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Iraqi lawmakers have unanimously approved a bill, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country following the assassination of Iran’s top military commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

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Iran: US Forces in Region Like Piece of Meat under IRGC’s Teeth

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force says the American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf are no more deemed to be threats against Iran, and have turned into easy targets for the Iranian missiles instead.

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Lebanese Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General says resistance will continue

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Deputy Secretary-General of Lebanese Hezbollah Sheikh Naeem Ghassem stressed on Sunday that the path of the resistance will continue with more strength.

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Russia prepared to include strategic weapons in possible new START with US: FM Lavrov

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, says his country is ready to include two of its strategic weapons – the heavy Sarmat missile and the Avangard hypersonic missile – in a possible renewal of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with the United States.

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Department of Defense Establishes U.S. Space Force

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Today the President signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act and with it, directed the establishment of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

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Turkey to increase military support to Libya if necessary: President Erdogan

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Africa, Eurasia, Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will increase its military support to Libya’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) if necessary and will evaluate military options there.

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Pentagon Considering Major US Troops Pullback From Africa – Reports

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Africa, Eurasia

The Department of Defence contemplates scaling down or completely withdrawing US troops from West Africa as the first phase of US reallocating its forces to address the great power competition with China and Russia, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Su-57 Fighter Jet Crashes in Russia’s Far East

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

The pilot of the Russian S-57 fighter jet safely ejected and was picked up by a Mi-8 helicopter, according to a law enforcement spokesperson.

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China launches powerful destroyers, delivery expected in two years

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, South East Asia

China reportedly launched an additional Type 055 destroyer and a Type 052D destroyer right before the year draws to an end, a move Chinese experts called on Sunday an astounding achievement in shipbuilding, as they expect the ships to enter military service in two years.

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Ukraine, Russia-Backed Separatists Complete Prisoner Swap

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Ukrainian authorities and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have completed what was billed as an “all-for-all” prisoner swap near the village of Horlivka on December 29, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office said.

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Netanyahu says Arab states to normalize ties with Israel soon

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, January 5, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will soon have normal ties and formal peace agreements with a number of Arab countries.

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Iran condemns Soleimani assassination

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, January 4, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

President Hassan Rouhani once again condemned the US terroristic measure of assassinating IRGC Quds Force Commander, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, saying Washington will definitely face the consequences of its action.

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U.S. Kills Top Iranian Military Leader In Airstrike

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient
Iranian Quds Force commander Gen. Qassim Soleimani, seen in September, was killed Friday in a strike on the international airport in Baghdad.

U.S. forces assassinated Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike early Friday near the Baghdad International Airport, an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran that is prompting concerns of further violence in the region.

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U.S.-Iran Tensions Erupt in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

The December 29 U.S. strike on the Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah (KAH) militia in Iraq represented the first kinetic U.S. response to Iranian provocations that began in May.

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Iranian-Backed Militia Supporters End Siege of U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Protesters—including members and supporters of Iranian proxy Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH)—ended their efforts to storm the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday, after a spokesman for the U.S.-designated terrorist group ordered the demonstrators to disperse. The withdrawal was reportedly conditioned on Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, agreeing to move ahead with legislation to force American troops from Iraq. Abdul-Mahdi resigned in November but is currently serving as a caretaker leader.

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U.S. Kills Qassem Soleimani in Major Escalation of Conflict with Iran

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

A U.S. strike that killed the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force, IRGC Major General Qassem Soleimani, and the founder of the pro-Iranian Iraqi militia Kata’ib Hezbollah, represents a major escalation of U.S. conflict with Iran.

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Bahraini militias decry U.S. airstrikes on Hezbollah Brigades

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia News

Several Iranian-backed Shia militias in Bahrain have joined the public chorus of various groups and political organizations denouncing the recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against Kata’ib Hezbollah (or the Hezbollah Brigades, KH).

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Iran Says ‘Not Afraid Of War’ After Trump ‘Threat’

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Iranian military leaders have warned Washington against threatening military action after U.S. President Donald Trump said Tehran would be held responsible for anti-U.S. protests in Iraq.

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Esper: US Prepared to Take ‘Preemptive’ Action on Iran

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

The U.S. is prepared to take “preemptive” military action to prevent future attacks on U.S. forces, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday.

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Statement by the Department of Defense

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.

This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.

Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, PMU deputy head martyred in US strike

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have been killed in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

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IRAN PREVAILING IN IRAQ AND LEBANON

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Iran is pursuing a variety of methods in an effort to preserve its influence in Iraq and Lebanon in the face of protests against existing power structures.

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U.S. Conducts Air Strikes On Iran-Linked Paramilitary Group In Iraq, Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

The United States said on December 29 that it had bombed five targets in Iraq and Syria controlled by an Iraqi Shi’a paramilitary group with suspected ties to Iran’s elite Quds Force.

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Hezbollah Brigades threatens retaliation after U.S. airstrikes

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Following deadly U.S. airstrikes on five locations in Iraq and Syria belonging to the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah (commonly referred to as the Hezbollah Brigades, or KH), the Shia jihadist militia has threatened more attacks on U.S. troops in the region.

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Injuries Reported After Protesters Storm U.S. Embassy Compound In Iraq Following Strikes

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Protesters have stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to condemn recent U.S. air strikes that killed at least 25 members of an Iran-backed militant group, causing Iraqi security forces and compound guards to fire tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

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