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Jamal Al-Mahmoud, a political science professor at Damascus University, said in a December 30, 2019 interview on Al-Ikhbaria TV (Syria) that he calls for the conflict with the U.S. to be decided militarily. He said that the Iraqi PMU and other forces should take advantage of the upcoming U.S. elections and kill American soldiers in order to "rein Trump in to some extent." For more from Jamal Al-Mahmoud, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 3195 and No. 6535.

 

Jamal Al-Mahmoud: "I call for [the conflict] with the Americans to be decided militarily. I do not call for talking politics with the Americans. Absolutely not. So I call upon the PMU factions and the national forces in Iraq to unite their ranks and create an alliance in order to expel the American forces from Syria [sic].

 

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"A year from now, in November 2020, there will be presidential elections in America. We should take advantage of this opportunity and wage military operations against the American forces, because the death of an American soldier – or two or three American soldiers – will play a role in the elections game – in the coming presidential elections. This may rein Trump in to some extent. This is why we should take advantage of these circumstances."

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In a January 6, 2020 speech in Tehran that aired on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh offered his condolences to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, to the Iranian leadership, and to the Iranian people for the January 3 killing of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani by the United States. He praised Soleimani for having provided the Palestinian resistance with what it needed in order to attain the power, steadfastness, and devotion it has today. In addition, Haniyeh said that the Americans' "heinous crime" reflects the arrogant and thuggish spirit that covers for the massacres and bloodshed carried out by Israel in Palestine. He said that such assassinations only make Muslims more determined to move forwards towards the liberation of Jerusalem, Palestine, and the will of the Islamic nation. Haniyeh added that Soleimani is "a martyr for Jerusalem."

 

Ismail Haniyeh: "[I have come] to offer our condolences to the Leader Ali Khamenei, and to the Islamic Republic of Iran – its leaders, its government, and its people – for the martyrdom of the commander Qasem Soleimani, may Allah have mercy on his soul.

 

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"We stand here today in order to express our sincere feelings towards a dear brother, a leader, a martyr who provided Palestine and the resistance with what enabled it to attain the power, steadfastness, and devotion it has today.

 

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"This heinous crime committed by the Americans reflects the criminal, arrogant, and thuggish spirit that covers for all the massacres, and specifically the massacres in the blessed land of Palestine.

 

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"The spirit of criminality that revealed itself with the murder of the martyr and leader Soleimani is what gave the cover for the crimes and the spirit of criminality of the Zionist occupation to murder the leaders of the resistance in Palestine and outside Palestine.

 

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"The entire world should reject and condemn this heinous crime and punish those who committed it.

 

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"I say that the enterprise of resistance in Palestine and in the region will never weaken and it will never retreat. The assassinations only make us more powerful, steadfast, and determined to move forward towards the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine, and towards the liberation of the will of this Islamic nation, Allah willing.

 

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"I would like to end my words on this mighty occasion by saying that the martyr and leader Soleimani – who spent his life supporting the resistance as the head of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – by virtue of all that he has done, is a martyr for Jerusalem. He is a martyr for Jerusalem, he is a martyr for Jerusalem!"

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January 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8481

Iraqi Government, Politicians React To Iran's Attack On Iraqi Military Bases Housing U.S. Troops

January 8, 2020
Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8481
After some delay, Iraqi government and political leaders reacted to the Iranian missile attack, which took place on Iraqi soil, highlighting internal division over the attack. Following are some of the reactions: Iraqi lawmaker Faiq Al-Sheikh Ali of the Reform Movement, known for his disapproval of Iran's growing influence in Iraq, posted a tweet that[1] mocks Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr's threats[2] against the U.S. and President Trump, while condemning the Iranian missile attack, saying: "I vow by the lord of the dancers [...] that Iran will not dare to fire a bullet from a gun on a U.S. national in any U.S. base in any country aside from Iraq. It [i.e. Iran] has no respect though for our country and our people and there is no respectful man to discipline it."    (Source: Twitter.com) In reaction to Iran's missile attack on an Iraqi military base housing U.S. and Iraqi troops, Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief Adel Abdul-Mahdi released a statement[1] on January 8, saying that he was notified by Tehran that its response to the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was "either imminent or under way."   (Source: Pmo.iq) The statement explains that shortly after midnight on January 8, he received "a verbal message from the Islamic Republic of Iran that the Iranian response to the assassination of the martyr Qassem Soleimani had started, or was about to start, and that the attack will be limited to U.S. military sites in Iraq without specifying which." At the same exact time in which Abdul-Mahdi received the verbal message from the Iranians, the U.S. commanders in Ain Al-Asad military base in Anbar, Harir base in Erbil, and other bases contacted Abdul-Mahdi, says the statement, elaborating that by then "the attack was happening." The statement further explained that Abdul-Mahdi warned "Iraqi military leaders," and asked them to take precautions once he received the information from Tehran. Confirming that the attack caused no casualties among Iraqi military personnel, the statement notes that the Iraqi government rejects any violation of its sovereignty and acts of aggression on its land, and also calls on all parties to practice self-restraint and respect for the Iraqi state and its decision. Iraqi President Barham Saleh issued a brief statement on January 8, saying that he discussed with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, the recent developments in the region, and warned that Iraq should not be a battlefield for the conflicts of other nations.   (Source: Twitter.com) He also denounced the attack in a tweet,[2] calling on all Iraqi political parties "to favor Iraq's interests and avoid conflicts that could only bring destruction to Iraq".   Earlier, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Masoud Barzani commented on the attack in a statement[3] that says "a very dangerous situation has emerged in the region and Iraq in the last few days, and a great threat is felt everywhere. In such conditions, reason and logic should be used to find a solution rather than useless emotions." Abu Alaa Al-Walai, leader of Kata'ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada, which is a Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) group, responded on Twitter to President Trump's tweet[4] after Iran's attack, saying "America is the mother and father [i.e. source] of lies, its losing men, women, money, and history but it says: All is good!!" Addressing Americans, he pledges to expel them in a humiliating manner, adding that the attack in Ain Al-Asad military base is just a "drop of rain, with heavy rain that will follow." He concludes: "Wait for us, we won't forget the spilled bloods and shall not forget to seek vengeance for the martyrs."    (Source: Twitter.com) Iraqi Shi'ite Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Sadr Movement, issued a statement[5] late on Wednesday questioning why PM Abdul-Mahdi received calls from "both parties" [i.e. the U.S. and Iran] before the attack. "Did he approve it or did he not? God knows," he asks. After listening to President Trump's speech, and hearing Iran's remarks, he concludes that the crisis is over. He further calls on Iraqi politicians to select a candidate for the position of Prime Minister within 15 days, in hopes that this will help expedite the departure U.S. forces. He further advises armed factions to not carry out any attacks, and also recommends the closure of all PMU offices and bases, so that if the PMU "pursue the path of resistance, should the occupiers refuse to leave," it will be more difficult to target them. (Source: Twitter.com)     [1] Pmo.iq/press2020/8-1-202001.htm, January 8, 2020. [2] Twitter.com/President_bs, January 8, 2020. [3] Aa.com.tr, January 8, 2020. [4] Twitter.com/aboalaa_alwalae, January 8, 2020. [5] Twitter.com/Mu_AlSadr, January 8, 2020

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January 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8480

Iraqi Lawmakers' Decision To End U.S. Military Presence Sparks Debate Among Iraqis Regarding Parliament's Lack Of Legitimacy, Quorum

January 8, 2020
Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8480
In response to the Iraqi Parliament's decision, on January 5, that demands that the Iraqi government take measures to end the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq, anti-Iran protesters in Iraq issued a statement on January 6, accusing the government and the parliament of working "against the interests of the nation." "What happened in the parliament session are actions that are not related to the national interest, but actions that are trying to plunge Iraq into an international conflict," the statement says. (Source: Ar.parliament.iq) Further noting that the current parliament is lacking in legitimacy, the statement asserts that the parliament does not represent the Iraqi people, and that the last election in 2018 was widely boycotted: "Until it [parliament] restores its legitimacy it can not take actions or issue decisions against the interests of Iraq and its oppressed Iraqi people." In their statement, the protesters also call on other Iraqis to stand together in the face of the "foolish adventures" that threaten to return Iraq to the "dark ages" – a reference to the period of time that Iraq had been under the economic sanctions that were imposed by the United Nation's Security Council on regime of Saddam Hussain. On January 5, the Iraqi parliament asked the government to "end the presence of any foreign forces"[1] on its soil by initiating a "cancellation of the assistance request" submitted to the international coalition to fight ISIS. The Iraqi Parliament's press release[2] notes that 172 Iraqi lawmakers, out of 329, voted to approve a "decision," not a law, to end the presence of the U.S.-led international coalition in Iraq. However, a photo analysis report[3] published on January 6 by Shar Press, a Kurdish news website, which thoroughly examined a video documenting the Iraqi parliamentary session, says that only 130 MPs were present on the day of the vote, while 167 MPs are required for quorum. The report suggests that 58 out of 59 Iraqi Kurdish MPs boycotted the session and only 15 of the 70 Sunni MPs were present. Further the report also points out that six of 26 MPs from Nuri Al-Maliki's bloc (The State of Law Coalition), five out of 25 MPs from Haider Al-Abadi's bloc (Al-Nasr), and four of 15 MPs from Iyad Allawis's bloc (Al-Watinyia) were in attendance. The report further provides photos of the attendees and counts them. (Source: Sharpress.net) Additionally, a video[4] documenting part of session that was not broadcast to the public raises questions regarding the validity of the quorum during that session. The video shows parliament speaker Mohammad Al-Halbousi, one of the few Sunnis who attended the session, addressing the lawmakers after the vote and requesting that the cameras be turned off. He then warns the lawmakers of the consequences of their decision, saying that after the passing this decision, Iraq may not be able to fulfill its financial obligations to its citizens – possibly a reference to the potential sanctions that the U.S. may impose on Iraq should a withdrawal be imposed. He further points out that many lawmakers who represent Sunnis, Kurds, and other minorities were not in attendance: "Today the attendees are Shi'ites, I wish - as in previous times - that the decision would have been Iraqi. Today you are [Shi'ite MPs] the older brother and you bear the responsibility of everyone. You bear the responsibility of your sons, brothers, and sisters from the Shi'ites, Sunnis, Kurds, and minorities from all over Iraq." (Source: YouTube)   [1] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8464 Reactions In Iraq To Parliamentary Decision Demanding That Iraqi Government End Foreign Military Presence In Iraq, January 5, 2020. [2] Ar.parliament.iq, January 5, 2020. [3] Sharpress.net, January 6, 2020. [4] Youtube.com/watch?v=WdAfZumFNYo, January 6, 2020.

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January 8, 2020 Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1496

The Iran-U.S. Crisis Part II – Iran, The Paper Tiger

January 8, 2020 | By A. Savyon, Yigal Carmon
Iran | Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1496
Introduction In the crisis with the U.S., Iran has yielded. On the morning of January 8, Iran carried out a dummy attack designed to save face, launching missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq and succeeding in killing and wounding – no one. Iran is now turning to diplomacy as it strives for the political achievement that violent extortion and threats of terrorism have failed to bring about – the retreat of U.S. forces from Iraq and the region. Coverage Of The Attack In The Iranian Media It should be noted that the Iranian regime, headed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has launched a propaganda campaign in the media, claiming that 80 Americans were killed and 200 were wounded in a large-scale attack – a fact which, they claim, the U.S. is covering up.[1] Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, chairman of the Assembly of Experts and the Guardian Council, has even claimed that the U.S. base in Ein Al-Assad was destroyed completely.[2] The anti-U.S. media of Turkey and Qatar are similarly exaggerating the supposed achievement of the missile strike on the U.S. bases in Iraq, in an effort to support Iran and present it as powerful and deserving of political concessions.   Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quick to announce following the attack that Iran does not want war, without conditioning this on an American retreat from Iraq. Iranian TV, January 6, 2020 Khamenei's Iranian Regime – A Paper Tiger Foreign Minister Zarif said that the Iranian regime had informed Iraq of its plans to launch missiles at the U.S. bases in advance, with the intention that Iraq would then inform the U.S. so that precautions would be taken to prevent the loss of life.[3] Furthermore, according to an exclusive January 8 Iran Wire report, an unnamed Iranian diplomat had revealed that the missile attack had been launched after several days of discussion by the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, and was "deliberately aimed at military bases and infrastructure and not personnel." The diplomat added that some IRGC officers had insisted that Iran's vengeance on the U.S. must be restrained "because killing Americans will cause an all-out war, which will cause massive destruction in Iran and might even bring down the regime."[4] Regime spokesmen threatened to retaliate more strongly against the U.S. and Israel if the U.S. responded to the planned Iranian attack. Iran's current behavior exposes its weakness, revealing it to be a paper tiger. The following is a list of the threats made by leaders of the Iranian regime, and of the scope and consequences of the actual attack: List Of Main Iranian Threats Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei tweeted on January 3, 2020 that "severe revenge" awaits the Americans. IRGC commander Gen. Hossein Salami said on January 7, at Soleimani's funeral in his home town of Kerman: "Let me start at the end: We shall exact revenge! "We shall exact revenge and it will be hard and severe, the kind of severe that causes remorse, decisive and final... No spot anywhere will be safe for the Americans... We say to the Americans: You have set all your investments on fire with this cowardly assassination..."[5] To view this clip on MEMRI TV, click here or below: Senior IRGC Commander Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi warned, on a January 3 television program: "We have various capabilities and weapons. We can do things to them in land and in sea... launch a few missiles or kill several of their senior officers... The U.S. is not safe anywhere in the world – not only in Iran and Iraq, but in the other Islamic countries as well. America has no security anymore. Many young people now have the motivation to attack it... The pressure America exerts on the Islamic nation will lead the peoples of the Islamic countries to pull them out of their nests of spies [i.e. U.S. Embassies] and their military bases... They will pull them out and hang them blindfolded from the trees in their cities..." To view this clip on MEMRI TV, click here or below: Nakdi also said that the White House should quickly withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq – or order coffins. To view this clip on MEMRI TV, click here or below: Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Adm. Ali Shamkhani said on January 7: "...We announce this so that the Americans know: So far, 13 different plans for vengeance have been proposed in the council. If a consensus is reached, even if it is for the least intense plan [of the 13 proposed plans], its execution could become an historic nightmare for the Americans... "The Americans know they are very vulnerable when facing Iran... Most of their forces are located in bases... they know Iran's long-range capabilities and know that Iran's response is very likely to be with long- and medium-range missiles, which are a threat primarily to their scattered patrol units... "The American people will itself feel the heavy cost of its administration's terror operations in our region. For this reason, our response will target American forces in the region, and we emphasize that these forces must be obliterated. If they want to fortify themselves in bases, we will destroy the bases in addition to their forces. "Do you want to know what will be the fate of the Americans who crawled into bomb shelters? The answer is clear. Those who crawl into bomb shelters and close the door, hoping to escape retaliation, do not know that Iran will open the gates of hell on them... Thus, if the American forces do not leave our region vertically, on their own feet, we will make sure that their bodies leave horizontally."[6] The commander of the IRGC Tharallah Division in the city of Kerman, Gholem Ali Abu Hamza, on January 3, 2020, at the mourning ceremony for Soleimani in his birthplace Kerman, threatened attacks on U.S. naval targets, apparently aircraft carriers, with surface-to-sea missiles, and added that Iran had identified 35 American targets: "The Islamic Republic will strike back everywhere in the world for the betrayal and brutality that martyred Hajj Qassem [Soleimani] and his companions. The Islamic Republic has in its hands open [response options], and we will punish them anywhere the Americans are on the radar of the Islamic Republic... Every U.S. cruiser [sic] and destroyer passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf is on our radar. When we refer to a cruiser [likely a reference to an aircraft carrier], the closest path [for us to strike] using surface-to-sea missiles is in the Strait of Hormuz, in proximity to hundreds of helicopters and airplanes and thousands of soldiers. "The Strait of Hormuz is the primary shipping lane, and the most vital to the West. Over 60%-70% percent of the West's oil passes through it. We have identified 35 points among the vital American positions in the Middle East; they are on our radar. The lives, heart, [and] spirit... of America, Tel Aviv, and Israel are on our radar. We have Shahab-3 missiles with a range of 2,000 km. At every single point in the countries of the Middle East, we, all those who are faithful to the resistance of the Islamic Revolution of the Rule of the Jurisprudent and to the values of Qassem Soleimani, say that we will absolutely avenge the blood of Hajj Qassem [Soleimani] and the other martyrs."[7] Former Iranian diplomat Amir Moussavi said on January 4 on Al-Jazeera TV that the Supreme National Security Council had sent orders sanctioned by Khamenei, to all branches of the military, who are now waiting for zero hour. He added that Iran has a blacklist of U.S. politicians and military personnel and that "the Iranian hand will reach them." To view this clip on MEMRI TV, click here or below:   The Kayhan daily, the regime mouthpiece, wrote on its January 5 front page: "The Islamic Republic's response to America's criminal operation will be determined, swift, and lamentable." Its January 5 editorial warned: "From this day forward, both the Americans and the Zionists should live in fear of reprisal for this crime. They must be ready, anytime and anyplace, for the harsh response. The American president and the Zionist regime's prime minister must hear the outcry of the Iranian nation and the nations in the region [stating] 'We will lie in wait for you.' They must know that all their bases and forces – which are terrorist bases and forces – are not safe, not [only] in the region but across [the entire] world. They must know that we will not avenge the blood of this brave martyr once, but drop by drop, several times over – and [America] will be slapped so hard that the entire world will hear it; this slap will impact the entire international and regional equation." Majlis National Security Committee chairman Hujjat Al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour said on January 5: "...As of today, most of their forces in the region are within our range of fire. Of the 36 American bases in the region, from the closest [to Iran] in Bahrain to Diego Garcia Island in the Indian Ocean, which is thought to be the farthest [from Iran], all are within range of our missiles. They also cannot withdraw most of their forces from the region..."[8] Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami warned that Iran's response could come anywhere in the world. To view this clip on MEMRI TV, click here or below: The scope of the attack, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, was over a dozen ballistic missiles (according to Iranian TV it was 15) at two bases in Ein Al-Assad and Irbil, Iraq, with zero casualties.[9] * A. Savyon is Director of the Iran Media Studies Project; Yigal Carmon is President of MEMRI.   [1] The regime-affiliated Mehr and Fars news agencies, January 8, 2020. [2] Fars (Iran), January 8, 2020. [3] Mehr (Iran), January 8, 2020. [4] Iranwire.com, January 8, 2020. [5] Mehr (Iran), January 7, 2020. [6] Mehr (Iran), January 7, 2020. [7] Mehr (Iran), January 4, 2020. [8] ISNA (Iran), January 5, 2020. [9] Defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2052103/dod-statement-on-iranian-ballistic-missile-attacks-in-iraq, January 7, 2020.

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January 8, 2020 MEMRI Daily Brief No. 204

The Doha Plot To Give Afghanistan To The Taliban

January 8, 2020 | By Tufail Ahmad
MEMRI Daily Brief No. 204
1972: Afghan women in the streets of Kabul city (picture: Laurence Brun/Rapho). It is an international plot against the Afghans, hatched in Doha but authored by America. It is facilitated by the Qatari government and it will destroy Afghan women's liberty. Until the 1970s, Afghan women, dressed in miniskirts, breathing in the air of liberty, upholding their personal individualism, walked the streets of Kabul, going into offices, schools, and universities. Kabul was the most cosmopolitan city. Delhi was a village of orthodoxy, irrational ideas, and obscurantism. From Afghanistan to Pakistan and India and beyond, Afghan women were the first to get the right to vote as early as in 1919. American women were not yet allowed to vote at that time. Then the Russian military intervention in 1979 destabilized the order of Afghan liberty. The mujahideen, backed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, mentored and guided by Pakistan, emerged victorious by the end of 1980s. The Taliban are their successors. During the 1990s, the Taliban seized power and unleashed their orthodox and obscurantist ideas on the Afghans. The burqa-clad Afghan woman became the global face of Afghanistan. Benazir Bhutto, the leader of Pakistan on a visit to Washington D.C., called the Taliban "our children." In 2001, history offered a chance to Afghans to redeem their glorious, liberal past. American soldiers, arriving to avenge the attacks of 9/11, were seen as harbingers of democratic rights, as a promise to re-establish the order of Afghan liberty. Pakistan, which had been seeking for decades to establish an Islamic corridor to Central Asia, sheltered the Taliban jihadis fleeing Afghanistan. Over the next 18 years, while the American soldiers fought in Afghanistan, Pakistan hosted the Taliban commanders, on the watch of the U.S., in Quetta. As we move into the year 2020, an international plot against Afghanistan, conceived in Doha, has unfolded before our eyes. Over the past few years, the Taliban safehavens in the Pakistani city of Quetta and the region of Waziristan have moved to Qatar – facilitated by America and Pakistan. It is in Doha from where the Taliban's topmost leadership plots and directs jihadi terrorists in Afghanistan. While the safehavens continue to exist in Pakistan, Doha has emerged as another safehaven for the Taliban. On December 30, 2019, it emerged that the U.S. has agreed to the release of 5,000 Taliban terrorists from Afghan prisons as part of a future agreement with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization). According to a report by the Associated Press, the Taliban prisoners' release has been written into the draft agreement. The move to free 5,000 Taliban jihadis is a Doha plot to arm the Islamic Emirate and transform it into a formidable force of terror, which will protect Qatar, whenever needed, alongside the Turkish forces. It's a tragedy – desired by Qatar, facilitated by America, authored by Zalmay Khalilzad, the lead U.S. negotiator with the Taliban. It helps Pakistan. It harms Afghans; it damages the democratic government of Afghanistan elected by the people just a few months ago. It curbs women's rights and liberties; it blocks the path of individual freedom necessary for the advancement of tribes, communities, and nations. If America's sole goal is to withdraw its soldiers from Afghanistan, it is free to do so without handing land to the Taliban in a peace agreement by which they will not abide anyway. On December 27, 2019, media reports indicated that some Taliban leaders were open to a short ceasefire. However, the Taliban are a jihadi force, motivated by a religious ideological outlook, not the interests of Afghans, especially women and civil society groups that form the infrastructure of a modern society in any country. It came as no surprise that Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, released a statement saying that the Taliban will not agree to a ceasefire. Zabihullah Mujahid described media reports about the ceasefire as "false and baseless" and as "propaganda" by media organizations. He wrote: "The reality of the situation is that the Islamic Emirate has no intention of declaring a ceasefire." Through ten rounds of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, the Taliban strategy has been to use Doha to hold international talks and gain diplomatic legitimacy and sign an agreement in which the Taliban are equal with the U.S. without committing even to a ceasefire. If the U.S. wants to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, it should just walk out and continue to support the democratically elected government of Afghanistan with no boots on the ground. The withdrawal of American troops without a ceasefire monitored by a United Nations peacekeeping force will unleash an era of repression on the Afghans. The result of a shady pact with the Taliban jihadi force will not be different. The Doha agreement will herald a new dark age for Afghans and will, more worryingly, arm the Taliban again, much to the delight of Pakistan and Qatar. * This article was first published on January 1, 2020, by Afghan news agency Khaama.com. Tufail Ahmad is Senior Fellow for the MEMRI Islamism and Counter-Radicalization Initiative.

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January 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8478

Urdu Daily Says Soleimani's Death Could Be Avenged In Afghanistan: 'Thousands Of Volunteers… Trained By General Qassem Soleimani Are Present In Afghanistan'

January 8, 2020
Pakistan | Special Dispatch No. 8478
The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. An Urdu-language daily in Pakistan reports that the assassination of Iran's General Qassem Soleimani could be avenged in Afghanistan. The Urdu daily, Roznama Ummat, which is said to be close to the Afghan Taliban and other jihadi organizations, reported: "Thousands of volunteers of the Fatemiyoun Brigade trained by General Qassem Soleimani are present in Afghanistan who can undertake retaliatory action against American forces."   "The chief of Qods Force [General Soleimani] had played an important role in the Iran-Taliban understanding," the Urdu daily said. The understanding was struck in 2011. "Qassem Soleimani had not only played a role in arranging a meeting between the former Taliban emir Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and key officials of Iran, but had become their interlocutor too," it noted. The Urdu newspaper quoted unidentified sources for its report. It added that after Soleimani's assassination, "All operations at Shindand airport and Mazar-i-Sharif airbase have been suspended, while the U.S. has also limited activities at the Bagram airbase." Roznama Ummat said in its report that General Soleimani had been seen in western Afghanistan, along the Iran border, many times, and once in the Nimruz and Herat provinces "after which the Taliban had launched attacks on the capital of Nimruz [Zaranj]." According to the report, the U.S. at that time understood that Soleimani helped the Taliban plan the attack. The Afghan government lodged a complaint against Soleimani with the government in Tehran, after which Iranian intelligence chief Ali Shamkhani paid a visit to Afghanistan and warned the Afghan president against creating obstacles in Taliban-Iran relations, the report stated. "In October last year, a Taliban delegation also visited Iran. The delegation, under the leadership of Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi, had also held meetings with General Soleimani. The Taliban delegation had also met the spiritual leader of Iran Ali Khamenei, following which Taliban-Iran relations achieved new heights," the Urdu daily said. According to the Urdu daily, "General Soleimani acquired great importance in Afghanistan because he established the Fatemiyoun Brigade comprising of Afghans volunteering for the protection of sacred places in Syria and Iraq. And its training was undertaken by the Qods Force under General Soleimani's monitoring. The Fatemiyoun Brigade took part in full against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Qassem also attended the funeral prayers of some commanders who had fought in Syria. Four of these commanders belonged to Afghanistan." The report noted that about 15,000 members of the Fatemiyoun Brigade returned to Iran and Afghanistan in September 2019, and are now present in Afghanistan, mostly in the regions of Bamiyan, Jowzjan, Balkh, Badakhshan, Panjshir, and Herat. "Important sources informed Roznama Ummat that the Fatemiyoun Brigade can join with the Afghan Taliban, following which it will be easy to carry out a coup against the government in Afghanistan. If the Fatemiyoun Brigade agrees to work under the control of the Afghan Taliban, then the Taliban would acquire the greatest strength in past 19 years.," the Urdu daily added. Source: Roznama Ummat (Pakistan), January 4, 2020.

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