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Sep 23, 2019
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Khamenei's Special Military Advisor General Yahya Safavi: Our Scope of Defense Stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean

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Source: Channel 2 (Iran)

Former IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Yahya Safavi, who currently serves as Supreme Leader Khamenei's Special Military Advisor, said in a September 23, 2019 interview on Channel 2 TV (Iran) that Iran's military strategy has changed over the past two years because Iran has acquired a "deep defense strategy" that spans from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean and that involves Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. He explained that Iran's strategic navy is in the Indian Ocean and that Hizbullah is right next to Israel, which he said has played a role in economic, political, and domestic conspiracies against Iran. In addition, General Safavi said that Iran's scope of defense has expanded to tens of thousands of kilometers past its borders and that it includes powerful long-range missiles. He added that Iran's military men want to make sure that war does not break out. For related statements by General Safavi, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 7497.

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Interviewer: Has our military strategy changed in the past year or two?

General Yahya Safavi: Yes. We have acquired a deep defense strategy. We used to defend our borders from within the limits of our land, but now we have expanded the borders of our defense all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. In other words, the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon axis has reached the Mediterranean Sea by the establishment of Hizbullah in Lebanon and by confronting the threat of the Zionist regime that wants to annihilate Iran.  [Israel] has played a part in all the economic and political conspiracies, and even in the conspiracies against our domestic security. Who assassinated our nuclear scientists? The Zionist regime did. They admitted this. Now, the Lebanese Hizbullah is right next to the Zionists. The courageous commander of Hizbullah, sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said: "If you endanger Iran in any way, the whole region will confront you." This was a major statement. A few days ago, I said during the Tehran Friday sermon that the Americans should take Nasrallah's words seriously. Look, our defense has now become deep. Our force of defense has reached the Mediterranean Sea, and it stretches from the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean. The strategic navy of the Islamic Republic is now in the Indian Ocean. You see? We expanded our scope of defense to tens of thousands of kilometers beyond our borders. The powerful missiles produced by the Islamic Republic can reach thousands of kilometers further, in case the enemy decides to cause any problem for us.

 

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We, the military men, understand war better than the politicians do, because we have been to war. More than the politicians, we want to make sure no war breaks out.  Even before a war, the economy and the management of our country and society is not that satisfactory.

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Senior Houthi Politician Sheikh Sultan Al-Samie: We Have a List of UAE and KSA Targets, Can Cripple Their Economy by Hitting Power Grids, Desalination Plants

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Houthi politician Sheikh Sultan Al-Samie, a member of the Supreme Political Council, said in a September 22, 2019 interview on Al-Alam TV (Iran) that the Houthis have a list of very important targets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He said that the Houthis can cripple Saudi Arabia and the UAE if they do not stop their aggression in Yemen, and he explained that the target lists include electric grids, desalination plants, and other targets. Sheikh Al-Samie said that one rocket can cause all of the investors in the "Emirates of Glass" to run away with their money, and he said that the Houthis are preparing to strike a well-known and vital target in Saudi Arabia.

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Sheikh Sultan Al-Samie: It is well known that [the Saudi-led coalition] bombs women and children, but we have a [list] of important targets. The economies of Saudi Arabia and the countries of the aggression will be totally crippled, Allah willing, if they do not incline toward peace. Yes, we have a [list] of very important targets, such as the electricity grids, the desalination plants, and other targets that we will not disclose for now.

 

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If they continue with their aggression… The UAE is known as "The Emirates of Glass." One rocket will cause all the investors in Dubai to run away and pull out their money. They will return to how they were 50 years ago. The targets that we are preparing to strike in Saudi Arabia are well known, and this will take their economy back decades. Saudi Arabia has become the laughing stock of its people and the whole world. We have made a mockery out of their former prestige.

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September 24, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8291

Senior Iranian Official Mohsen Rezaee: We Will Catch Trump And Place Him On Trial; The Americans Cannot Defend Themselves, So How Would They Defend Saudi Arabia?

September 24, 2019
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 8291
Former IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Mohsen Rezaee, who currently serves as the secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, said in a September 22, 2019 interview on Channel 2 TV (Iran) that there can be no security in the Persian Gulf unless America, England, and other foreign countries pull out of the region. He said that America's presence is at the root of the lack of security in the region and that all the countries in the region will "become friends" the day America leaves. In addition, Rezaee said that America's inability to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone is evidence that the U.S. cannot help defend Saudi Arabia. He said that Iran will eventually catch President Trump, who he said has "played all his cards," and place him on trial before an international court for the crimes he has committed against Iran and other nations. Furthermore, Rezaee said that China has been strengthening its relations with Iran and that the two countries are working on a 25-year strategic agreement. To view the clip of Senior Iranian Official Mohsen Rezaee on MEMRI TV, click here or below. "The Root Of The [Region's] Lack Of Security Is America's Presence" General Mohsen Rezaee: "Commerce in the Persian Gulf has never stopped. The [export of] oil through the Persian Gulf has never stopped. If we had wanted to block the Strait of Hormuz or to prevent international trade, we could have done it. We did not do it and we did not let others do it. [...] "Look, there cannot be security in the Persian Gulf unless the foreign forces pull out. As long as America, England, and other foreign countries wish to remain in the region, the lack of security of the past 40 years will continue. "So the first condition for security is the independence of [the region's] countries. There can be no security without the independence of these countries. The root of the [region's] lack of security is America's presence. The day the Americans leave the region, all the countries will become friends with one another. [...] "We forgave [Saudi Arabia] once after the [Iran-Iraq] War of Sacred Defense. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait had provided Saddam with $150 billion in aid." [...] The Americans "Cannot Defend Themselves, So How Would They Defend Saudi Arabia?" "A sort of friendship began [between Iran and Saudi Arabia], but a few years ago we could see that they were betraying us again. The reason for these betrayals is their dependence on America. The way Saudi Arabia is serving America and Israel today is paralleled by no European country. [...] "We must be at the top of our [defense] preparedness. But when the Americans are incapable of retaliating against Iran for the downing of their ultra-secret plane, would they be able to help Saudi Arabia? They cannot defend themselves, so how would they defend Saudi Arabia? Everybody has received that message." [...] "Ultimately, We Will Catch Trump And Place Him On Trial, Inshallah" "Ultimately, we will catch Trump and place him on trial, inshallah. An international court will convene and Trump will have to stand trial. He should stand trial not just for what he did to our people, but for his crimes against other nations as well. [...] "Mr. Trump has already played all his cards. He has already fired all his bullets. Now he is standing in front of us with no bullets, and the world is laughing at him. In the future, it will be even worse." "China Is Upgrading Its Relations With Us, We Are Working On A 25-Year Strategic Document With The Chinese" Interviewer: "We are seeing military maneuver by Iran, Russia, and China in the Sea of Oman. Has our strategy of turning eastward entered a new phase?" General Mohsen Rezaee: "It has indeed. Day by day, China is upgrading its relations with us. We are working on a 25-year strategic document with the Chinese. Before all this, the Chinese refused to participate in our maneuver. After [Chief of Staff] General Bagheri's trip to China, they agreed to participate in Iran's exercises."

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Al-Qaeda Urdu-Language Jihadi Magazine Uploaded To U.S. Version Of Amazon Cloud, Available For Free Download Via Link

September 24, 2019

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September 24, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8290

Editor Of Hizbullah-Affiliated Lebanese Daily: The Resistance Axis Has Moved To The Stage of Punitive Attack And Is Prepared For All-Out War; If UAE Does Not Withdraw From Yemen, It Will Face A Harsh Attack

September 24, 2019
Lebanon | Special Dispatch No. 8290
Following the September 14, 2019 Iranian attack on Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim Al-Amin, editor of the Hizbullah-affiliated Lebanese Al-Akhbar daily, which is known to support the resistance axis, warned in a September 23 article in the paper that further attacks, against Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and additional targets, are likely. In his article, Al-Amin outlined the "new strategy" which he says has been adopted by the resistance axis to contend with the enemy led by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and their allies, especially with respect to the Yemeni arena. The most significant aspect of this strategy, he said, is the transition from the stage of restraint to the stage of punitive attack. According to Al-Amin, the stage of punitive attack is already in effect, and cannot be stopped unless the American enemy and its allies cease their wars against the resistance axis. He also claimed that the resistance axis is willing and able to move to the stage of all-out war if necessary. Stressing that the punitive attack is not limited to a specific period of time or to a specific target, he noted that it may be extended to include all those involved in these wars against the resistance axis. The operation against the Aramco facilities, he said, had revealed only "the tip of the iceberg of the capability of the countries and forces of the resistance axis," and that the punitive attacks will include more painful blows to the aggressive countries. He added that recently the UAE had received a clear and final warning that it must quit the war in Yemen or face an extremely harsh attack. September 14 attack on Aramco facilities (Source: NBCnews.com, September 17, 2019) Mocking Saudi Arabia and its allies, which he said had been embarrassed and surprised by the technological and military means which the Houthis have proven that they have at their disposal, Al-Amin warned that the Houthis will, if they have no choice, escalate their response to the point where red lines no longer constrain them. It should be noted that  in recent days the Houthis have continued to threaten Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin Al-Houthi and Houthi Supreme Political Council chairman Mahdi Al-Mashat announced that if the coalition headed by Saudi Arabia does not cease its aggression against Yemen, the Houthis would step up their attacks.[1] Similarly, in a September 17, 2019 Al-Jazeera interview, Houthi spokesman Muhammad 'Abd Al-Salam warned of an attack on UAE territory. The next day, September 18, Houthi military spokesman Brig. Yahya Saree said that the Houthis have a list of dozens of potential targets in the UAE, and added, addressing the UAE leaders: "Even one single operation will cost you dearly."[2]  The following are translated excerpts from Al-Amin's article:[3] "...There is still a lack of clarity with respect to the numerous and important details about the high-quality heroic operation [against] Aramco. In the event that Saudi Arabia does not agree to the Yemeni initiative [announced by the Houthi leader on September 21, under which the Houthis will halt the attacks on Saudi Arabia if it ceases to attack in Yemen[4], this operation will recur, and against additional targets as well... "How is it possible that the armies of the U.S., Israel, Britain, France, Germany, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are not able to reach a conclusion about the manner in which the Aramco operation was carried out...[?] Are we up against idiots or what? "Put simply, the fact of the matter is that the next challenges facing the U.S. and its gang are not only related to which decision they have to make on the political level and how to deal with the resistance axis, but have more to do with the question of how to deal with the technological, military, security and intelligence elements which the resistance axis has demonstrated that it possesses. It should be noted that what was seen [in the Aramco operation] is but the tip of the iceberg of the capability of the countries and forces of the resistance axis. "The Resistance Axis Strategy "In this context, it has become clear that the resistance axis has a new strategy for confronting its enemies – and not in just one arena. With regard to the Yemen arena, the following can be said: The resistance axis decision to move from the stage of strategic restraint to the stage of punitive attack has begun to be put into effect, and it cannot be stopped unless the American enemy and its allies stop the military, security, and economic wars they are waging [against it]. This decision accompanies another decision [on the part of the resistance axis] to be completely willing to launch all-out open confrontation if necessary, or if the enemy chooses all-out war... The punitive attack has its own clear and declared aims: to stop the current aggression [on the part of Saudi Arabia and its allies]. When that aim is achieved, the [punitive] attack will end. But if the enemies do not concede [i.e. do not cease their aggression], it means that, without a doubt, there will be  a transition to strategic attack aimed at completely changing the political, military, and even economic status quo. The punitive attack is not limited to a particular time period or to a particular target – it can be extended to include all those involved in these wars against the resistance axis, without exception. This means that those involved in this war must prepare for harsh responses [which will be delivered] when they are required. The punitive attack necessitates [that we] today strike more painful  blows against the countries [carrying out] the direct aggression. It can be said that the [September 14] Aramco operation will seem like a pinch on the ear as opposed to what [the resistance axis] is capable of doing in accordance with [its] specified plan of targets. The UAE was sent an explicit warning by means of a third party and was granted a short, limited extension: Either abandon the current maneuver and begin the process of leaving this coalition [which is attacking Yemen] and of withdrawing from Yemen, from the war and destruction, from the north and from the south, or expect [to receive] your portion of the punitive attack, and it will be a powerful attack... "With regard to the Yemeni forces' ability to carry out such operations, the great intelligence activity being carried out in Yemen by the countries of aggression... leads their military intelligence teams to a clear conclusion: Inside Yemen, there is unprecedented [Houthi] activity aimed at creating these capabilities [themselves], and it no longer depends [only] on smuggling high-quality weapons from across the border [i.e. from Iran into Yemen]. This is because the aggression axis [i.e. the coalition, led by Saudi Arabia] inspects activities on all the roads leading to the areas under Ansar Allah [i.e. Houthi] control, and in the process uses every imaginable technical, human, and security means, in the air, on land, and on the water. This makes it very difficult for the countries of aggression to understand how Ansar Allah has achieved this level of technical progress that [appears] incompatible with both its military history and Yemen's current capabilities. They [ i.e. the enemies] feel more relaxed [due to their supervision of border crossings, but when there is an attack] they scratch their heads helplessly and scream, 'It was Iran [that carried out the attack!]' "These [enemies] must know that the Ansar Allah [i.e. Houthi] leadership has perceptions, rules, means of deterrence, and considerations, that [at the moment] limit their military forces' ability to operate in the enemy's highly sensitive places. But these rules will be cancelled later on, when the hour requires the loosening of these [limiting principles]. Then no red lines or anything of the kind will remain."   [1]  Raialyoum.com, September 20 and 21, 2019. [2] Ansarollah.com, September 18, 2019; Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), September 18, 2019. See also MEMRI TV Clip No. 7492, Houthi Military Spokesman Brigadier Yahya Saree Threatens The "Glass Towers" Of Abu Dhabi And Dubai, Adds: We Have Dozens Of Targets In The UAE, September 18, 2019. [3] Al-Akhbar, Lebanon, September 23, 2019. [4] Raialyoum.com, September 21, 2019.

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Urdu Daily: Taliban And Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Reach Understanding For A 'Joint Struggle' Against U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

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