Rouhani slams Trump as an “authoritarian” with “Nazi disposition” 

Posted September 26, 2018 by josephwouk
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Source: Rouhani slams Trump as an “authoritarian” with “Nazi disposition” – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

In his speech, Rouhani argued that the most “pressing” issue facing the Middle East was Israel’s occupation of “Palestine” and characterized the state as a “racist” “apartheid” regime.

BY MICHAEL WILNER
 SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 22:28
Hassan Rouhani

NEW YORK – Iran’s president struck back at Donald Trump on Tuesday, hours after the US leader delivered a speech castigating the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic.

Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Hassan Rouhani accused the Trump administration of having a “Nazi disposition” within minutes of opening his remarks, later stating: “The United States’ understanding of international relations is authoritarian.”

“No state or nation can be brought to the negotiating table by force,” Rouhani said, using the majority of his time at the UN podium criticizing his American counterpart.

Trump withdrew in May from a nuclear deal with Iran brokered by the UN Security Council and Germany, providing Rouhani with ample opportunity to cite the agreement as rooted in international law. The council endorsed the 2015 agreement in a formal resolution.

“We consider nuclear knowledge an imperative and nuclear weapons prohibitive,” Rouhani said, warning that Tehran would meet “commitment for commitment, violation for violation, threat for threat.”

Earlier in the day, Trump characterized the Iranian government as a cancer on the Middle East.

“Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction,” Trump said. They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.

“The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury, seized valuable portions of the economy, and looted the people’s religious endowments, all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war,” Trump continued. “Not good.”

In his speech, Rouhani argued that the most “pressing” issue facing the Middle East was Israel’s occupation of “Palestine” and characterized the state as a “racist,” “apartheid” regime, slamming its passage of the Nation-State Law.

Israel, he charged, is “equipped with a nuclear arsenal and blatantly threatening others with nuclear annihilation.”

Rouhani offered interviews to American journalists during his visit to New York in which he slammed Trump’s attempts to zero out Tehran’s oil exports and worsen its dire economic crisis. He said that Trump has repeatedly asked to meet, but that he would decline to do so until Trump comes back to negotiations on the basis of the 2015 nuclear accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The Iranian president suggested that Trump had pulled out of the agreement to scuttle “the legacy of his domestic political rivals.” Former president Barack Obama spearheaded the agreement.

 

Bolton threatens Iranian generals: We will come after you 

Posted September 26, 2018 by josephwouk
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Source: Bolton threatens Iranian generals: We will come after you – International news – Jerusalem Post

John Bolton told the crowd that the US would use “every tool in its toolbox” to pursue Soleimani.

BY MICHAEL WILNER
 SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 04:48
National security advisor John Bolton at press conference at King David

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump‘s national security adviser John Bolton delivered an aggressive speech targeting Iran on Tuesday, warning the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, Qassam Soleimani, not to “cross” the United States.

Addressing an American group that has campaigned for a hawkish approach to Iran’s nuclear program, called United Against a Nuclear Iran, John Bolton told the crowd that the US would use “every tool in its toolbox” to pursue Soleimani, and that “there will be hell to pay” for regime officials who have targeted US troops and interests region-wide.

“The days of impunity for Tehran and its enablers are over,” Bolton said. “The murderous regime and its supporters will face significant consequences if they do not change their behavior. Let my message today be clear: We are watching, and we will come after you.”

Soleimani led a strategy in Iraq of using proxies to kill American soldiers during the US-led war there, and has spearheaded Tehran’s military efforts to keep Bashar Assad in power in Syria.

Before becoming national security adviser, Bolton advocated for regime change in Iran, characterizing the government there as corrupt, dictatorial, undemocratic and destabilizing to the region as a whole. The Trump administration has adopted the essence of Bolton’s view without calling for regime change outright.

The presidents of Iran and the US traded insults in dueling speeches at the UN on Tuesday, with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani calling US President Donald Trump an authoritarian figure with a “Nazi disposition.”

“Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction,” Trump charged. “They do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations.  Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who also addressed the UANI gathering, coordinated with his speech the release of a 45-page glossed State Department guide to Iran’s “destructive activities.”

“The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to our facilities,” Pompeo said. “America will respond swiftly and decisively in [defense of] American lives, and we will respond against the source of the attack on American interests.”

 

Russia’s first Krasukha-4 electronic warfare unit lands in Syria. It can jam spy satellites, enemy radar – DEBKAfile

Posted September 26, 2018 by josephwouk
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Source: Russia’s first Krasukha-4 electronic warfare unit lands in Syria. It can jam spy satellites, enemy radar – DEBKAfile

DEBKA Exclusive: The Russian Krasukha-4 mobile electronic warfare system, which can neutralize spy satellites and ground-and airborne radars and damage enemy EW, landed in Syria on Tuesday, Sept. 25. It was unloaded at the Russian Khmeimim Air Base near Latakia, one day after Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu pledged systems for jamming satellite navigation and the on-board radars and communication systems of combat aircraft attacking Syria, in punishment for Israel’s alleged role in downing the Russian IL-20 spy plane.

The Krasukha-4 is highly advanced, although not the most sophisticated EW system in the Russian arsenal. But it fits Shoigu’s book. The system can jam communications systems, disable  guided missiles and aircraft, and neutralize Low-Earth Orbit spy satellites  and radars (AWACS) at ranges of 150-300km, which cover northern and central Israel. The Krasukha-4 can also damage  opposing EW.

Israel’s military has focused its response to Russia’s hostile measures on the eight S-300 aid defense batteries promised the Syrian army in the coming weeks.  Little mention has been made by Israeli spokesmen of the electronic warfare duel awaiting the IDF with Russia.  Israel’s military and  air force know about the Krasukha-4 but have never met it in action. However, it is well known to the Americans. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to ask Donald Trump when they meet at UN Center on Wednesday to offer Vladimir Putin some incentive for removing the EW jamming threat. There is scarcely any chance of any such a trade-off. Our sources believe that Putin will hold out for nothing less than the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, to which President Trump will not agree.

 

Russia’s new missile defences in Syria look likely to set off a shooting war against Israel

Posted September 25, 2018 by josephwouk
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Source: Russia’s new missile defences in Syria look likely to set off a shooting war against Israel | Business Insider

The job of Israel’s air force just got a lot more dangerous.
  • Russia announced on Monday it would send its advanced S-300 missile defence systems to Syria after losing a spy plane to errant Syrian air defence fire.
  • Russia will now reportedly staff Syrian air defences to avoid such shoot-downs in the future, but this puts them in harm’s way.
  • Israel regularly bombs Syrian air defences, and if they kill Russians, it could quickly escalate into war.
  • The US also sometimes strikes Syria, raising the stakes all round of a meltdown in the conflict.

Russia announced on Monday it would send its advanced S-300 missile defence systems to Syria after it lost a spy plane to errant Syrian air defence fire – but the new set-up puts Israel at high risk of killing Russians and starting a war.

Russia blames Israel for Syria, its own ally, firing a Russian-made air defence missile that missed Israeli jets attacking Syria and instead killed 15 Russian servicemen on an Il-20 spy plane.

According to Russia, Israeli F-16s flew in low under the Il-20 to either shield themselves from air defence fire or make Syrian air defences, which use outdated technology, shoot down the bigger, easier to spot Il-20 rather than the sleeker F-16s.

Whether or not Israel purposefully used the Il-20 to its advantage remains an open question. But it exposed a glaring flaw in Syrian and Russian military cooperation, which Moscow is due to close with the S-300.

Russians hit the front lines, and Israel won’t back off

According to Nikolai Sokov, a Senior Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, the Russians will now sit on-site at Syrian air defence sites, which Israel frequently bombs.

Syria’s current air defences lack the highly-classified signal Russian planes send to their own air defences to identify them as friendly. Without this secret sign from the flying Il-20, Syria mistook it for an enemy, and shot it down.

If Russia could simply give Syria the signal and fix the problem, it would have likely done so already. But if Syria somehow leaked the signal, the US or NATO could trick all Russian air defences into their fighters were friendly Russian jets, leaving Russia open to attack, according to Sokov.

“The S-300 systems Russia plans to supply to Syria will feature a compromise solution,” said Sokov. “They will be fully equipped to distinguish Russian aircraft… but there will be Russian personnel present at controls.”

Israel has admitted to more than 200 air strikes within Syria in the last two years. These strikes have killed more than 100 Iranian fighters in Syria in the last month alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.

Frequently, Syria responds to these strikes with air defence fire against Israeli fighter jets. In February, Syria succeeded in downing an Israeli F-16. Israel responded with a sweeping attack it claimed knocked out half of Syria’s air defences.

Trends point to a big fight

Iran has pledged to wipe Israel off the map, and has for decades tried to achieve that by transferring weapons across the Middle East to Israel’s neighbours, like Lebanon where Hezbollah holds power.

Israel has vowed in return to destroy Iranian weapons shipments wherever it finds them. In the past, Israel has struck Iranian uniformed personnel, munitions depots, and Iranian-backed militias.

In short, Israeli strikes that require air defence suppression (such as blowing up Russian-made air defences in Syria) will not stop any time soon, judging by Israel and Iran’s ongoing positions.

But now, when Israel knocks down a Syrian air defence site, it runs the risk of killing Russian servicemen. When Israel kills Syrians, Syria complains and may fire some missiles back, but its military is too weak and distracted by a seven-year-long civil war to do much about it.

If Israel kills Russians, then Russia’s large navy and aviation presence could mobilize very quickly against Israel, which has fierce defences of its own.

“Obviously, this seriously constrains not just Israeli, but also US operations in case of possible bombing of Syria,” Sokov said of the new Russian-staffed S-300.

“Not only Syrian air defence will become more capable, but it will be necessary to keep in mind the presence of Russian operators at the Syrian air defence systems.”

So next time Israel or the US decides to strike Syria, it may not only find stiffer-than-usual resistance, it might find itself in a quickly escalating battle with one of the world’s greatest military powers.

 

Iran says ‘jihadist separatists’ behind attack, as probe points to IS

Posted September 25, 2018 by josephwouk
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Source: Iran says ‘jihadist separatists’ behind attack, as probe points to IS | The Times of Israel

Intelligence ministry: Attackers who killed 25 at military parade in Ahvaz were funded by ‘Arab reactionary countries’

People attend a mass funeral for those who died in Saturday's attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, that killed 25 people, in Ahvaz, Iran, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

People attend a mass funeral for those who died in Saturday’s attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, that killed 25 people, in Ahvaz, Iran, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran on Tuesday identified the perpetrators of a deadly attack on a military parade as “jihadist separatists,” announcing a series of arrests and appearing to tie the Islamic State group to the bloodshed.

The intelligence ministry published photos of the five men it said carried out the assault Saturday in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 24 people including civilians.

“The five members of a terrorist squad affiliated to jihadist separatist groups supported by Arab reactionary countries were identified,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The terrorists’ hideout was found and 22 people involved [in the attack] were arrested,” it said, adding that explosives were seized along with military and communications equipment.

The attack targeted a parade in Khuzestan province commemorating the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

The region, which has a large ethnic Arab community, was a major battleground of the conflict and saw ethnic unrest in 2005 and 2011.

Iranian officials initially blamed Arab separatists — who they claimed were behind previous unrest — for the latest attack, saying they were backed by Gulf Arab allies of the United States.

This version was bolstered when a movement called “Ahwaz National Resistance,” an Arab separatist group, claimed responsibility shortly after the assault.

This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian women and soldiers taking cover next to bushes at the scene of an attack on a military parade in the southwestern Khuzestan province on September 22, 2018. (AFP/ ISNA / MORTEZA JABERIAN)

But the Islamic State group (IS) was also quick to claim responsibility and later published a video of men it said were the attackers.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday linked the attackers to Iraq and Syria, where IS once had major strongholds.

“This cowardly act was the work of those very individuals who are rescued by the Americans whenever they are in trouble in Iraq and Syria and who are funded by the Saudis and the [United] Arab Emirates,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website.

IS screenshot

The photographs of the alleged attackers released by the authorities Tuesday showed the bodies of four men named as Ayyad Mansouri, Fouad Mansouri, Ahmad Mansouri, and Javad Saari.

The picture published by the intelligence ministry of an alleged fifth member of the group, Hassan Darvishi, was a screenshot taken from the video put out by IS.

According to local media two of the Mansouris are brothers and the third is their cousin.

Abdullah Ganji, the managing director of the ultra-conservative Javan daily, wrote on Twitter that a third Mansouri brother “was killed in a suicide bombing in Syria.”

There has been no known presence of Iranian Arab separatist groups in Syria.

Ganji also wrote in an article that the nature of the attack in Ahvaz, in which the assailants died, far more resembled IS than the “bombing or hit and run operations” typical of Arab separatist groups.

In this picture released by his office’s official website, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran, Iran, on August 13, 2018. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

“To kill until you are killed, without trying to leave the scene is the method of [IS],” he said, pointing to parallels with a high-profile attack in Iran last year.

On June 7, 2017, in Tehran, 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in simultaneous attacks on the parliament and on the tomb of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini — the first inside Iran claimed by IS.

Ganji, however, appeared to hedge his analysis and said that if it was still confirmed that the Arab separatists committed the attack then it could mean they are in league with IS.

Iranian authorities have blamed the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates of being behind the Ahvaz attack, which Tehran has promised to “rigorously punish.”

 

President Trump’s Address to the United Nations: Full Speech 9/25/2018 – YouTube

Posted September 25, 2018 by josephwouk
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IAF strike in Latakia destroys rocket factory, Iranian aircraft

Posted September 25, 2018 by josephwouk
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Source: IAF strike in Latakia destroys rocket factory, Iranian aircraft

Amid crisis between Russia and Israel over downing of Russian spy plane, newly released satellite images show Israel’s initial attack in Syria wiped out an ammunition depot, military factory and Boeing 747 of Fars Air Qeshm—Iranian airline affiliated with country’s Revolutionary Guards.
Satellite images of recent Israeli airstrikes in Latakia, following which a Russian spy plane was shot down leading to an international crisis, show a military rocket factory and a 155 by 35 meters ammunition depot were completely wiped out.

In addition, satellite footage of the attack on Damascus International Airport were published, showing the remnant of an aircraft, apparently Boeing 747 of Fars Air Qeshm, an Iranian airline affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

 (Photo: ImageSat International (ISI) )

(Photo: ImageSat International (ISI) )

After launching an investigation into the incident, the Kremlin published Sunday its findings.

 (Photo:  ImageSat International (ISI))

(Photo: ImageSat International (ISI))

According to the Russian Defense Ministry’s report, the IAF deceived the Russians by presenting false information regarding the area in which the strike in Latakia was planned on September 17 which prevented the Russian plane from leaving the danger zone.

According to a statement issued by the IDF after the attack, “The IDF aircraft attacked a facility from which the Syrian army intended to transfer systems for manufacturing high precision-guided weapons for Iran and Hezbollah.

“The weapons is meant to attack Israel and constitutes an intolerable threat to it,” the IDF said.

Israeli Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin presented on Thursday findings in Moscow related to the downing of the Russian plane.

The findings were presented at a special meeting held in Moscow, after the head of the defense ministry in Moscow accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of the Russian reconnaissance plane.

 (Photo:  ImageSat International (ISI))

(Photo: ImageSat International (ISI))

According to the report, the coordination system between the IDF and the Russian army prior to the attack operated according to procedure and fixed orders, as shown in more than 200 similar attacks in the last two years, with an emphasis on recent attacks.

The report added that the Syrian air defense system operated several anti-aircraft batteries deployed throughout Syria.

These batteries fired for more than half an hour, even while the Israeli fighter jets were en route to Israel.

 (Photo:  ImageSat International (ISI))

(Photo: ImageSat International (ISI))

According to the IDF maps presented to the Russians, there was no room for doubt: the Syrian anti-aircraft attack included dozens of missiles of various sorts, including the advanced Soviet S-200 missile that downed the Israeli fighter plane in the Galilee in February.

The Syrian warplanes fired missiles in all directions: south towards Lebanon, east to Syria, and west towards the coast—where the Russian plane was shot down. The Israeli report argued that this multifaceted attack demonstrates the Syrian army’s “rampage.”

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said on Tuesday that the Syrian facility the IAF targeted was about to transfer weapons to Hezbollah on behalf of Iran.

Satellite images presented by the IAF prove that in contrast to the official footage released by Syrian media,  the structures struck were rocket factories and not aluminum factories, as Assad’s regime claimed.

 (Photo: Photo: ImageSat International (ISI) )

(Photo: Photo: ImageSat International (ISI) )

For several years, Israel and Russia have maintained a special hotline to prevent their air forces from clashing in the skies over Syria. Russia has provided key air support to President Bashar Assad’s forces since 2015, while Israel has carried out dozens of strikes against Iran-linked forces. Israeli military officials have previously praised the hotline’s effectiveness.

Russian plane, file photo (Photo: Shutterstock)

Russian plane, file photo (Photo: Shutterstock)

But Russian defense ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov on Sunday accused Israel of using the hotline to mislead Russia about its plans. He said the Russians were unable to get the Il-20 to a safe place because an Israeli duty officer had misled them, telling them of an Israeli operation in northern Syria while the jets were actually in Latakia, in the country’s west

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday that Moscow will supply an S-300 anti-missile system to Syria within two weeks.

The anti-aircraft unit will reportedly be equipped with Russian tracking and guidance systems, and is intended to “calm down some hotheads” whose actions “pose a threat to our troops,” according to Shoigu.

Weapons keep being transferred from Iran to Syria

It was reported last week that Syria’s army Ilyushin Il-76 cargo aircraft are being routinely transferred from Iran to Damascus to supply Assad’s army with arms and ammunition.

However, one civil flight—believed to be linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards—which landed in the Syrian capital led to a new pattern of Syrian cargo flights near the Syria-Iraq border.

The aircraft took off at 4pm, and due to radar reception disruptions, it disappeared near the Iraqi border. The fact the plane landed back in Damascus at 8:30pm suggests it operated near the border.

On Thursday, Syrian planes were detected on their route to Teheran. At 8:30 an Ilyushin Il-76 cargo aircraft left for Iran’s capital and returned with cargo to Damascus at 4pm.

Another plane departed from Syria at 6pm heading towards the Iraqi desert. However, contact was lost with the aircraft due to reception problems. At 10pm it returned to Syria.