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Saudi FM Adel Al-Jubeir: The International Community Must Stand Firmly against Iran; Loans, Money Transfers, Normalization Only Encourage Iranian Hostility

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Source: Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai/Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said in a September 22, 2019 interview on Al-Arabiya Network (Saudi Arabia) that the international community's procrastination and lack of determination regarding Iran will only encourage Iran to carry out further acts of sabotage in the region. He said that the attempts to loan money to Iran and to create a system of financial transfers that will serve as an alternative to the SWIFT system will also make Iran more stubborn in its hostile positions. Addressing Saudi Arabia's allies, Al-Jubeir said that normalizing relations with Iran will not be successful because Iran has proven that it responds to offers of peace and friendship with killing and destruction. In addition, he urged the international community to adopt a firm stance against Iran, saying that avoiding a firm stance only leads to more Iranian aggression like was manifest in the September 14 attack on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil fields.

 

Adel Al-Jubeir: The international community's procrastination and lack of determination with regard to Iran will encourage Iran to carry out additional acts of sabotage. I believe that the attempt to create a mechanism for [financial] transfers – parallel to SWIFT – will not serve Iran. Rather, it will encourage it to become more stubborn in its positions. Trying to provide loans to Iran will not help deter it. On the contrary, it will encourage Iran to adopt more negative and hostile positions. We are telling our friends that making contact with Iran and attempting to normalize relations with it will not succeed, because Iran has proven in the last 40 years that anyone who extends a hand in peace and friendship is met with a gun, killing, and destruction. If the international community does not adopt a firm stance in the face of Iran's acts of sabotage, then Iran will stay on its erroneous path, and the international community will pay the price. When a firm stance is avoided, it leads Iran to greater aggression. Look at what happened in the last two or three years. [Iran] started something, the reaction was weak, and so they did something worse, and then something even worse, and now we see what they have done in Abqaiq and Khurais.

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In Al-Aqsa Mosque Address, Palestinian Sheikh Abu Mahdi Baydoun Calls on Soldiers, Officers in Muslim Armies to Overthrow Muslim Leaders, Support Those Who Strive to Establish an Islamic State

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Source: The Internet - "YouTube channel dedicated to Al-Aqsa addresses"

Palestinian Sheikh Abu Mahdi Baydoun said in a Friday, September 13, 2019 address at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that the current Muslim rulers falsely claim that they are defending the Palestinian cause while actually supporting the Jews and signing agreements with Israel, enabling it to attack Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Sheikh Baydoun called on the soldiers and officers of the Muslim armies to no longer allow the Muslim rulers to "sell out" Palestine and its people, and he said: "Hasn't the time come for you [to] rid the nation from the evil of those rulers and support those who loyally strive to establish [a] Caliphate that will mobilize its army and liberate the blessed land of Palestine?"

 

Sheikh Abu Mahdi Baydoun: Oh Muslim commanders in the Muslim armies, will you not save us from the rulers of our time, who are toying with the issues of the Muslims the same way they are accustomed to doing with regard to the Palestinian cause? They falsely claim that they are defending the Palestinian cause. This is done by Jordan's rulers and the rest of the rulers as well. They are the ones who support the Jews and guard the borders of the Jews' entity. They establish warm relationships with them, and they sign agreements and pacts with them. This enables that entity to strike with all its might in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. After all that, they claim that they are defending the Palestinian cause. What's with you, oh officers and soldiers of the Muslim armies? Until when will you let those rulers sell out the land and its people? Hasn't the time come for you to act like Qutayba ibn Muslim Al-Bahili, rid the nation from the evil of those rulers, and support those who loyally strive to establish an Islamic state on their ruins – a Caliphate that will mobilize its army to liberate the blessed land of Palestine?

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Source: The Internet - "Feeneeq Internet TV (Jordan)"

This clip is a compilation of videos that were published in September 2019 by Feeneeq Internet TV (Jordan) featuring Jordanian physics professor Hisham Ghassib discussing Zionism, Israel, and the Jews. In a September 7 video of a lecture at the Jordanian Philosophical Society, Ghassib said that the concept of a Jewish nation is a myth, and he strongly discouraged his colleagues from respecting and defending Judaism as a religion. Rather, Ghassib said that Judaism, the Talmud, and the Torah are “primitive” and “despicable” and that Zionism nationalized them and turned them into a modern fascist ideology. He added that “global Jewry” is very powerful because of its control of the international banking system, which he said it has controlled since the Middle Ages. In a September 10 video of a lecture at the Socialist Thought Club, Ghassib said that he would support Hizbullah in its fight against Israel, America, and “petro-reactionaries” despite its religious orientation because “its compass is pointing in the right direction.” He praised Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah for “acting humanely” and for, according to Ghassib, only targeting Israeli military targets. Ghassib was born in Amman and has studied at Leeds University in the United Kingdom. He has previously served as the President of the Princess Sumaya University College for Technology in Amman, and he has received two national cultural prizes.

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Hisham Ghassib (on September 7, 2019): Accepting the Zionist entity means accepting the myth of a Jewish nation. It's a myth. Anyone who studies history knows this.

 

[…]

 

Other Professor: We hold Judaism as a religion in high esteem. It's like all other religions.

Hisham Ghassib: Speak for yourself.

Other Professor: I'm talking about Judaism as a religion. Our principle is that we respect others. Our problem is that these people occupy Palestine. The founders of Zionism… Perhaps people are unaware of this. They were atheists. Herzl was an atheist.

 

[…]

 

Hisham Ghassib: All the despicable sayings of the Jewish religion… It is a despicable religion. Don't defend it. We don't hold this religion in high esteem. We don't. It is a despicable religion – very despicable!

Other Professor: It is despicable to others…

Hisham Ghassib: What do you mean "to others"? Have you read the Torah?

Other Professor: Yes, I've read it. [It is despicable] to the gentiles…

Hisham Ghassib: So read the Torah… Rather, read the Talmud. And the Torah itself. I've read the Torah in detail. This is a despicable religion. It's very despicable. I can't say, for example, that Buddhism is a despicable religion. I'm not a Buddhist, but if you want to say that we hold Buddhism in high esteem, then okay. But this is not the case with regard to the Jewish religion. Judaism is a primitive religion. Zionism nationalized it and turned it into a modern fascist ideology.

 

[…]

 

As for the strength of the Jews… Yes, global Jewry is very powerful. Nobody can deny this. Hitler talked about it. Historically speaking, the Jews' strength has stemmed from their control of the banks. Many of the people who control the international banks… The banks rule the world. The world is ruled by the capital of the banks. The international banks control the world, and the Jews play a major role in those banks, like they did in the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages, the financial sector was controlled by the Jews.

 

[…]

 

(On September 10): I am willing to join hands with Hizbullah, because it is fighting the Israeli and American enemies. I prefer it to joining hands with someone who claims to be secular but who has normalized relations with the Zionist enemy. It's as simple as that. I see Hizbullah's conduct, even its sectarian conduct. It fought a vanquished the takfiris. Hizbullah's compass is pointing in the right direction. It has been the enemy of the Zionist enemy, and then of the Americans and the petro-reactionaries, just like we are their enemies.

 

[…]

 

If you look at it objectively, he behaves in a humane fashion. See how Hassan Nasrallah retaliated. The Israelis wanted to kill civilians in Dahieh with their drones, but Nasrallah responded by attacking the military. He refused to attack civilians. He acts humanely.

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Mashhad Friday Sermon by Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda: The PMU, Hizbullah, Ansar Allah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Are All Iran; We Can Destroy Israel in Half a Day

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Source: Khorasan Razavi TV (Iran)

Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, Khamenei's representative in Khorasan Razavi province, said in a Friday, September 20, 2019 sermon in Mashhad that aired on Khorasan Razavi TV (Iran) that today's Iran is not limited by geographical borders because the PMU in Iraq, Hizbullah in Lebanon, Ansar Allah in Yemen, the national front in Syria, and Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Palestine "are Iran." He said that if Iran's border is trespassed, Israel will be turned to dust in half a day, and he added that Iran played a role in the September 14 drone attack on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil fields in Saudi Arabia.

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Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda: Today's Iran is not just Iran. It is not limited by geographical borders. Today, the PMU in Iraq is Iran. Hizbullah in Lebanon is Iran. Ansar Allah in Yemen is Iran. The national front in Syria is Iran. The Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Palestine are Iran. They have all become Iran. Iran is no longer just us. The sayyed of the Resistance [Nasrallah] has announced that the resistance in the region has one imam and that this imam is the honorable leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution.

 

[…]

 

Today, Iran is the resistance in the region. This means that if you trespass our border, Israel will turn into dust in half a day.

Audience: Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Khamenei is the leader! Death to those who oppose the Rule of the Jurisprudent! Salutations upon the warriors of Islam! Peace by upon the martyrs! Death to America! Death to England! Death to the hypocrites and the infidels! Death to Israel!

Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda: Do you even understand where Iran is? Do you look to see where it is? Isn't south Lebanon Iran? Isn't Hizbullah Iran? The Yemeni-sent drones that caused such damage to Saudi Arabia – wasn't Iran there? You say that [the drones] came from the north and not from the south. South or north – what difference does it make? Iran is both to your south and to your north.

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September 22, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8286

Russia This Week – Focus On Bilateral Relations – September 19, 2019

September 22, 2019
Russia | Special Dispatch No. 8286
Russia This Week is a weekly review by the MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project, covering the latest Russia-related news and analysis from media in Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Photo Of The Week Trilateral summit on settlement in Syria (Source: Kremlin.ru) In The News: Trilateral Summit On Settlement In Syria Reactions To Erdogan's Nuclear Ambitions Baghdad Considering Buying S-300, 'Pantsir' Or 'Buk' Missiles Belarus-Russia Relations Causes And Consequences Of The Exchange Of Prisoners Between Russia and Ukraine Trilateral Summit On Settlement In Syria (Source: Kremlin.ru) On September 16, 2019, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani took part in a trilateral summit on the settlement in Syria, in Ankara. Rajab Safarov, director of the Moscow-based Center for the Study of Modern Iran, wrote an article, titled "Russia-Turkey-Iran Are Expelling The US From The Middle East", commenting on the trilateral meeting. "Four years ago, when some experts spoked of the possibility of creating a new geopolitical bloc between Russia, Turkey and Iran, skeptics unequivocally stated that such an alliance had to be completely ruled out. A fatal incident added fuel to the fire when the Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian SU-24 bomber in November 2015, which seemed to have been flying inside the airspace of the Republic of Turkey for 17 seconds. After which, Russia imposed severe sanctions against this country. "The contradictions between Iran and Turkey on certain issues are irreversible. In addition, Turkey has always perceived Iran as its main economic rival and political opponent in the region and in the Islamic world as a whole. In Turkey it is predominantly preached Sunni Islam whereas Iran is the main Shi'ite state in the world. To this, it must be added [their] geo-political and economic antagonism for the supremacy over the Near East and Asia. Turkey and Iran have long been on opposite sides in the trenches of the war in Syria. "However, four years have passed, and we are observing a completely different situation. The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran are meeting for the fifth time to discuss important issues in the region, and are mostly managing to agree. "Already back in August 2017, during the visit of the of the Iranian Armed Forces' Chief of the General Staff, Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, Turkey and Iran reached an agreement on intelligence sharing and cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The solution to the issue of eliminating the Kurdish national state, a new hotbed of controversy and bloodshed created by the United States and Israel in northern Iraq, was the fruit of the joint efforts of Tehran and Ankara. Saudi Arabia and its satellites did not manage to strangle Qatar in their garrote thanks to the joint action of Turkey and Iran. Over the past five years, trade between Iran and Turkey has exceeded $ 53 billion, and, given the determination of the presidents of the two countries, that figure could rise to $ 150 billion over the next five years. "Russia recently delivered two batteries of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey, which indicates an unprecedented high level of relations and trust between our countries. This took place despite the angry US screams directed at the Turkish president. However, he [the Turkish president] has already figured out who is really a friend of his country, and who abuses the trust and the good faith of the Turkish people only to implement scenarios aimed at creating chaos for the prosperity of "Great Israel". Trade turnover between Russia and Turkey for 2018 increased by 16% and reached 25.5 billion dollars. "Relations between Iran and Russia are characterized by the statements of the leaders of the two states about the strategic cooperation of our countries. In Syria, the cooperation between Russia and Iran has flourished. As they say, the Russians from the air, and the Iranians from the earth destroyed one of the most sinister products of the West - the Islamic State (this organization is banned in the Russian Federation). Soon, Iran will officially enter the EAEU, which will contribute to an even greater rapprochement of our states. "During the meeting of Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani, held yesterday in Ankara, the topic of Syria's Idlib, where terrorist gangs, prepared by the special services of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and their allies, continue to resist was discussed in detail, as well as the situation in Zaevfrath. As a result of the trilateral summit, in particular, concrete measures were agreed upon in order to improve the humanitarian situation and intensify the political process in Syria. "It was noted that the work for the formation of the Syrian Constitutional Committee was almost complete and that the procedure for the [functioning] of this institution now needed to be harmonized. The presidents of the three countries agreed to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria and the inadmissibility of its division into separate enclaves, and unanimously opposed foreign interference in the country's internal affairs. Vladimir Putin considered that the main achievement was that the countries managed to lay the foundations for a sustainable and viable political and diplomatic settlement in Syria on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. "Yesterday, at a joint press conference of the three presidents in Ankara, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that "it was a very constructive summit, and all three countries have a common position on maintaining the integrity of Syria." The Iranian President added that Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to continue the fight against terrorists in the Syrian province of Idlib, noting that Syria has suffered from the presence of terrorists in the country for too long. He stressed that the presence of US troops in Northern Syria is illegal and threatens the sovereignty of this country. "Our contacts and our work with Russia, which is the most important player in the world, against the backdrop of the crude and cynical manifestation of the U.S. hegemony in almost all sectors, are very important," Hassan Rouhani said. "In addition to the trilateral meeting, separate negotiations [were held] between the presidents of the three countries. During the discussions on economic issues, each of the parties came to the conclusion that it is necessary to accelerate the transition to [the use of] national currencies as concerns mutual trade among the countries participating in the summit. This will contribute to the growth of trade. "As of July of this year, the share of payments in national currencies between Turkey and Russia has already reached 11%, whereas, concerning Turkey's imports from Russia, this figure is still only 0.5%, and Ankara stressed its desire for Russian business to start to conduct more transactions in national currencies. "Vladimir Putin asked Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to "respond as soon as possible" to the draft of the intergovernmental agreement, on payments in national currencies, which was submitted on September 3. "On September 3, we submitted to our Turkish friends the draft for an intergovernmental agreement on payments in national currencies. We are asking [you] to respond to it as soon as possible, especially considering that this is the result of joint work," Putin said at a meeting with Recep Erdogan. "The transition to payments in national currencies will allow the parties to solve the issue of de-dollarization, and, consequently, this will remove a number of problems related to the cooperation between the two countries not only in simple trade, but also in the military-technical field. "This meeting has shown an even closer rapprochement of the once fierce antagonists. Perhaps Russia, Turkey and Iran are not yet inseparable friends in every sense, but, in any case, they have common enemies. And, on this basis, friendship can also develop fruitfully. At some point, it will be clear that all three countries have exactly the same challenges, and then the region will be under reliable control, and extremely aggressive countries from another continent will not be able to interfere with their affairs. "The next, sixth summit of the heads of state of Russia, Turkey and Iran will be held in Tehran." (Echo.msk.ru, September 17, 2019) Reactions To Erdogan's Nuclear Ambitions Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a September 4, 2019 speech that was aired by the Anadolu News Agency (Turkey) that he cannot accept a situation in which "almost all the developed countries" have missiles with nuclear warheads while Turkey is not allowed to have them. He said that Turkey is "continuing its work," and he criticized the world for opposing Turkey's acquisition of the S-400 air defense system. In addition, Erdogan reassured the audience that Turkey's S-400 system will be finished by April of 2020. Commenting on Erdogan's speech, the Russian media outlet Vz.ru wrote: "From military point of view, Turkey does not have any need to buy Su-57 fighters… nor Ankara needs S-400, which were purchased already. According to military experts, Turkish intention to buy such weapons systems is based on the desire to strengthen its prestige in the region. "It’s also widely known that there are nuclear weapons in Turkey – warheads are stored in the warehouses at Incirlik airbase, yet they belong to the Americans. There was some information that the Pentagon had moved the warheads to Romania, but most likely it was no more than rumors… "Uryi Mavashev, head of the Center for the New Turkey Studies, asserts that Erdogan is just bluffing in order to bargain more profitable stance in the framework of NATO. 'Erdogan is building a 'New Turkey', which seeks to demonstrate its independence to all. This is a claim for power. However, it’s impossible by definition to obtain this status without obtaining nuclear weapons … Yet, the Turks' capability to develop a nuclear program is problematic since they lack the scientific and the technical bases," Mavashev said. "The expert noted that the mere fact that Russia is building the only nuclear power station in the country - the Akkuyu [Nuclear Power Plant] – proves that Turkey lacks any nuclear technology…" (Vz.ru, September 8, 2019) Baghdad Is Considering Buying S-300, 'Pantsir' Or 'Buk' Missiles The Russian media outlet News.ru reported that Baghdad's officials are discussing with Moscow the acquisition of Russian air defense systems. A News.ru source said that Iraq is considering the acquisition of either the missile defense system S-300 (which are not produced in Russia any longer and are substituted by the S-400 in the Russian Forces), or of the Buk missile defense system, or of the Pantsir missile defense system. According to the News.ru informant, Baghdad's officials have already conveyed to the Russian side their interest for these types of weapons. Earlier, a News.ru source in the Iraqi security agencies, reported that the recent visit to Moscow of Iraqi Prime-Minister’s National Security advisor and leader of "Hashd al-Shabi", Falekh Al-Fayad, was mainly related to the prospects of purchasing Russian air defense systems. In Moscow, the politician held talks with the Special Representative of the President of Russia for the Middle East and Africa a Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and with the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, as well as with the Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentiev and with the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin. The focus was not only on regional issues, but also on various aspects of military-technical cooperation (MTC), as official communications reported. (News.ru, September 7, 2019) Belarus-Russia Relations Belarus May Look For New Markets For Purchasing Oil On September 13, Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. According to Andrey Suzdaltsev, the deputy dean of the Faculty of Global Economics and International Affairs of the Higher School of Economics of the National Research University, Lukashenko is trying to find other oil suppliers. Suzdaltsev said that Minsk is actively negotiating with Moscow the prices for Russian oil. Russia is implementing a tax scheme at the moment, as the result of which the oil will be sold in local market at international prices, but while the Russian oil refining facilities are to receive governmental compensations for their losses, there will no such subsidies for Belarusian refineries. According to Belarusian estimates, the country will lose 10.5 billion US dollars as a result of the Russian tax scheme. Suzdaltsev said that this is the reason why Lukashenko is looking for ways to apply pressure on Moscow – one possible pressure point is to purchase oil from an alternative supplier. Recently, the President of Belarus said that he is considering the option of partially loading the Druzhba pipelines with oil from Poland and the Baltic countries, in case he fails to come to terms with Russia. The recent visit of former US National Security Advisor John Bolton to Minsk gave birth to multiple rumors regarding Belorussia readiness to purchase energy from the US. According to Suzdaltsev, it cannot be excluded, that as part of this strategy Lukashenko is hinting to Moscow that he may purchase oil from Middle East suppliers. (New.ru, September 13, 2019) Russian Influential Blogger El-Murid: Belarus Is Interested In Preserving Its Identity And In Keeping At An Equal Distance From Large Predators Commenting on the visit by former US National Security Advisor John Bolton's visit to Belarus, a move also seen as an attempt to increase Minsk's freedom of manueverRussian influential blogger El Murid wrote: "… According to rumors, Lukashenko almost asked Bolton to protect Belarus from Russia's takeover. Whether this is true or not is a separate issue, something else is important here. "The comments and evaluations that followed these rumors [hinted] that Lukashenko was almost trying to betray Russia. In reality, of course, the situation is completely different. "Any small country has only two possible choices for integrating into the interests of leading States: [it can] either be a target of their policy, or have the status of a tool. The careful leadership of a small country must always seek a balance of interests between strong states on its own territory. That is called an attempt to sit on a few chairs [at once]And it is worth noting that such a policy is the most reasonable. Balancing allows a small country to maintain its target status; the loss of balance turns it into being the instrument of one of the external forces. And it cannot become the instrument of their interests. "The Ukrainian elite, for example, did not change its policy and failed to balance between the interests of the United States, Europe and Russia and was almost turned into an instrument of the U.S. foreign policy… "The Belarus president, of course, is seriously concerned about the position of the Kremlin, which can be regarded almost as an attempt to have an Anschluss in Belarus under the guise of establishing the Union State [between Russia and Belarus]. The Kremlin is engaged in its own internal maneuvers for keeping Putin in power after 24 years, and a Union State is one of the scenarios for the so-called transfer of power. Of course, [in this position] the interests of Belarus are not discernible. "Lukashenko is extremely interested in repelling this attack from the east, which is why [he organized] a demonstrative meeting with Bolton and [there was] a leak about the content of the face to face conversation… "Nevertheless, Lukashenko looks much smarter than his Ukrainian counterparts, and therefore the last thing he will do is to bet on one external force. It doesn't take cleverness to become the instrument of someone else's policy, but to carry out your own policy, even though subordinated to external circumstances, is still not an art for amateurs. And so far Lukashenko is coping with the task. "So Belarus is not running away. It simply doesn't need it. The Belarusian leadership is interested only in preserving its identity and in being at an equal distance from large predators. And this, for the present time, is the key to survival." (El-murid.livejournal.com, September 5, 2019) Causes And Consequences Of The Exchange Of Prisoners Between Russia and Ukraine (Source: Themoscowtimes.com) Commenting on the September 7 exchange of prisoners, Russian media outlet Novaya Gazeta analyst Andrey Lipsky wrote: "The long-awaited hostage exchange of the Donbass conflict between Russia and Ukraine finally, thank God, went through. This action, in which humanism and cold political calculation were interwoven in a bizarre 'hybrid' fashion, provoked approval from almost everywhere - both in Russia, Ukraine, and in the European countries participating in the "Normandy format", as well as in the US… So what really happened on September 7, why did the parties manage to do this and what can arise from this? What happened? "The nullification of the status of 'exchange fund' happened, no matter how cynical it may sound. It is no secret that each of the detainees and convicts in Russia and Ukraine had, as it were, their own exchange equivalent - a price tag for the release of a prisoner of equal value from prison on the opposite side. "Moreover, some went to jail precisely as potential material for the implementation of the forthcoming exchange. "Moreover, both parties were engaged in this shameless calculation. It is clear that in the release list (35 to 35) there were mainly the most media-promoted characters whose retention, contrary to public demands for their release, caused the most harm to the prestige of the retaining party. Given that in international public opinion Ukraine is a victim and Russia is an aggressor, it was the Ukrainian prisoners in Russian isolation wards and penal colonies that became the main objects of protection for the international community. "By the degree of displeasure at prosecution by the international community, on the Russian side, only Kirill Vyshinsky (who was supported by some international human rights organizations and the OSCE representative on freedom of the press Harlem Desir), can be perhaps compared with Ukrainians prisoners: Sentsov, Klykh, Kolchenko, Suschenko and sailors detained after the Kerch incident. "The exchange has exhausted the 'status fund' of POWs, and those in Russia and Ukraine who have remained in custody are mostly those whose fate is much sadder because they are less famous. And there are much more of them than those '35 by 35' who gained freedom on September 7 (for example, Ukrainian side talks about 113 citizens [in Russian custody]). What was the interest of the parties? "For the Kremlin, the success of the exchange has a few important bonuses. "Firstly, this is the beginning of clearing the springboard for at least a partial improvement in relations with the European Union and the United States. The time of belligerent and arrogant self-isolation has passed. "The Kremlin would like to move from a new Cold War to a new easing of tensions - without passionate embraces and fictitious strategic partnerships, but also without an escalation of hostility, which in its eyes develops into something dangerously uncontrollable, as well as with more pragmatic benefits Kremlin intends to get. "Indeed, against a background of a worsening situation within the country, it would be useful to restore the ruined economic ties with the developed countries, and in the future, maybe gradually (step by step) to get out of the sanctions regime. Let us say that this will follow the forgotten 'Steinmeier plan', which was supposed to weaken the 'non-Crimean' sanctions depending on the good behavior of Moscow in the Donbass conflict… "For Kiev and its new leaders, this is, above all, the fulfillment of one of the main election promises of President Zelensky. People who know him well claim that he really wants peace in the Donbass. That it was not a mere pre-election trick for him for collecting the votes of war weary Ukrainians, but something deeper and more personal. "He promised to return the sailors and returned [them]. He promised to talk with Putin and, no matter what, and he is talking… On the implications and prospects "Alas, there is no need to count on the large-scale normalization of Russian-Ukrainian relations in the foreseeable future. At the present stage, advances are possible only in the humanitarian sphere and in urging the parties to the conflict to stop skirmishes and casualties. "… The Kremlin, however, is ready to settle only on its own terms, only on the basis of step-by-step implementation of the Minsk Protocol, retaining its influence in the separatist enclaves, but preferably without continued bloodshed and at the same time demonstrating its 'goodwill' and Kiev's 'intransigence' to Western partners on political points of agreement. "Thus, the most realistic prospect is the 'freezing' of the Donbass conflict. But that should be with the weakening of its military component in favor of diplomacy and the intensification of the struggle for the minds of the Donbass inhabitants. So to speak a 'freeze lite.'" (September 13, 2019)  

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Khamenei's Special Military Advisor General Yahya Safavi: If We Are Attacked, We Will Respond from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean

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Source: The Internet - "Ali Javid on YouTube"

Former IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Yahya Safavi, who currently serves as Supreme Leader Khamenei's Special Military Advisor, said in an address that was published by IRIB News (Iran) on September 20, 2019 that the Iranian people will retaliate from the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean if the Americans are "contemplating a conspiracy." He said that any act against Iran would cause turmoil in the region as promised by Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, and he said that the power of the Islamic Revolution is on the rise while the power of America and its supporters is declining. Safavi's speech was delivered prior to a Friday sermon in Tehran.

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General Yahya Safavi: If the Americans are contemplating a conspiracy, the Iranian people will retaliate from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. They should take the words of sayyed Hassan Nasrallah seriously. Any anti-Iranian act will cause turmoil in the region.

 

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The Americans know that the new power of the Islamic Revolution and the Resistance Front is on the rise, whereas the power of America and its supporters is in decline.

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IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Hossein Salami: A Limited Attack on Iran Would Not Remain Limited; We Will Pursue and Punish Any Aggression to the End

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IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Hossein Salami said in a speech that was uploaded to the Internet on September 21, 2019 that a limited attack on Iran would not remain limited because the Iranians are a people who "pursue and punish." He said that Iran would not rest until the complete collapse of every invader, that it would not leave a single place safe, that it would never allow a war to take place on Iranian soil, and that its determination to launch an "overwhelming response" to any aggression is certain. General Salami delivered the remarks at the recently-opened Exhibition of the Vulture's Hunt, which showcases drones that Iran has captured or shot down.

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General Hossein Salami: Listen carefully: A limited attack [on Iran] will not remain limited. We are people who pursue and punish. We have demonstrated this. We will not rest until every invader has completely collapsed. We will not leave a single place safe. Pay attention to what you are doing. Do not make any mistakes.

 

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Our determination [to launch] an overwhelming response to any aggression is certain. We are people who respond.

 

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If anyone wants his land to become the main battlefield – by all means. We will never allow any war to be dragged into Iran's soil, and we will continue to the end.

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British-Palestinian Journalist Abdel Bari Atwan: Attack on Saudi Oil Installations Has Rocked the Prestige of America; Where Was the Protection That Trump Promised?

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Source: The Internet - "Atwan on YouTube"

British-Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan said in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel on September 20, 2019 that the September 14 Houthi drone attack on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil fields in Saudi Arabia has rocked the national, intelligence, military, and political prestige of Saudi Arabia and the United States. He said that the American defense umbrella that Saudi Arabia has spent hundreds of billions of dollars has collapsed and turned out to be a failure. In a related video posted on September 15, Atwan asked why the American Patriot missiles in Saudi Arabia failed to intercept the Houthi drones, and he asked why U.S. President Donald Trump did not protect Saudi Arabia even though he had "extorted" it and the Gulf for money in exchange for protection.

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Abdel Bari Atwan (on September 20): This unprecedented and exceptional attack on Saudi oil installations – considered to be the jewel in the crown of the Saudi oil industry – has rocked the prestige of Saudi Arabia as a state. It truly did. Saudi Arabia is dear to us, as are all the Arab and Islamic countries. The [Saudi] prestige was rocked by those missiles. This is a big problem. The [Saudi] defense theory of relying on the U.S. was also rocked. Huge sums – hundreds of billions of dollars – have been spent on F-15s, F-16s, F-22s, Patriot missiles, defensive missile systems, radars… They have all turned out to be worthless. Really. This American defense umbrella, which Saudi Arabia relies upon, has completely collapsed, one way or another. In addition, America's prestige collapsed. America pretended to be a superpower defending whoever seeks its defense with the most advanced weapons systems in the world. America's intelligence, military, and political prestige has collapsed.

 

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(On September 15): Where were the Patriot missiles that cost $5-7 million per unit? Where were they? Why didn't they intercept those drones? Don't we have the right to ask? Hundreds of billions of dollars were spent on the defense of the Saudi oil installations. Fine. I'm not against this, but where were they? Why didn't they intercept those planes? These are legitimate questions. What about America? Trump has extorted Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. He said: "We want money in order to protect you. Without our protection, Saudi Arabia will not survive two weeks." Didn't he say this? So where is your protection, Mr. Trump? Didn't you say that you would protect the interests of America and its allies? Isn't Saudi Arabia an ally? Why didn't you protect it?

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September 21, 2019 Special Announcements No. 810

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary

September 21, 2019
Special Announcements No. 810
The following are some of this week's reports from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, which translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock, among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs. (To view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to jttmsubs@memri.org with "Membership" in the subject line.) Note to media and government: For a full copy of these reports, send an email with the title of the report in the subject line to media@memri.org. Please include your name, title, and organization in your email.   EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Congratulates Hurras Al-Din Leaders For Inclusion On 'U.S. Most Wanted List;' Promises Suicide Attacks Inside U.S. On September 13, 2019, the pro-Al-Qaeda Al-Hijrah Media outlet released a three-page communique in English on Telegram, in response to the U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program announcement of a reward for information about three senior Al-Qaeda operatives and leaders of the Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate Hurras Al-Din.   EXCLUSIVE: The Facebook Presence Of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, Deputy Chief Of Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi, Founder Of Hizbullah Brigades, And U.S.-Designated Terrorist In 2009, Jamal Jafaar Mohammed Ali Ebrahimi, known as Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi (Popular Mobilization Units, PMU) in Iraq and founder of the Hizbullah Brigades, was included in the U.S. Department of the Treasury list of people and organizations designated as "terrorists," alongside the Hizbullah Brigades.   EXCLUSIVE: Protests In Idlib Against HTS And Its Leader, Al-Joulani; HTS Responds With Demonstrations Of Its Own According to several Syrian sources, demonstrations against the Assad regime held in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib region since the beginning of September 2019, also included condemnation of Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the most powerful jihadi faction in Syria and the de facto leader of the opposition in Idlib, as well as calls for its leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, to step down.   EXCLUSIVE: In Reaction To Al-Baghdadi Audio Message, ISIS Supporters Worldwide Post Messages Of Solidarity With ISIS, Renew Their Allegiance To Al-Baghdadi In the hours following the release of an audio message by Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi on September 16, 2019, many social media accounts belonging to ISIS supporters celebrated the message and commented on it.   EXCLUSIVE: In Audio Recording, ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Says Operations Underway, Urges 'Caliphate Soldiers' To Free Captives The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. On September 16, 2019, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media wing Al-Furqan Foundation released an audio recording featuring the group's leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, urging "Caliphate soldiers" to redouble their efforts in all levels, embrace those who had repented, and use force to release ISIS captives held in prisons and refugee camps. In the 30-minute 15-second recording, titled "And Say, 'Do...,'" which was posted on official ISIS Telegram channel Nashir News Agency and other pro-ISIS Telegram channels, Al-Baghdadi also reaffirmed the continuation of ISIS operations in various provinces and mocked the United States of being "exhausted" due to the attacks of ISIS fighters and said that it has been "dragged" into Mali and Niger.   EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Columbia, South Carolina Man Praises ISIS On Facebook, Shares ISIS And Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Videos The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating engagement with jihadi ideology.   EXCLUSIVE: After Reported Arrest Of ISIS Supporters, Pro-ISIS Telegram Channels Urge Followers To Exercise Caution While Participating In Online Campaign Celebrating Release Of Al-Baghdadi's Speech On September 17 and 18, 2019, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram channels warned ISIS followers worldwide to exercise caution and remain alert after several ISIS supporters reportedly arrested in Turkey.   ISIS Releases Pictorial Report Documenting Its Ambush Of Nigerian Army Convoy, Shows Bodies Of Dead Soldiers, Seized Military Vehicles On September 11, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) in West Africa released a pictorial report documenting an ambush its fighters carried out against a Nigerian army convoy near Lake Chad, showing bodies of dead soldiers as well as several military vehicles that it seized.   ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack On Congolese Army And UN Forces In North-East Congo On September 15, 2019, Islamic State (ISIS) in Central Africa announced that on the previous day its fighters killed and wounded soldiers of the Congolese Army and UN forces in the Beni area, in north-east Congo.   ISIS Sinai Summarizes Its Operations In The Last Hijri Year The latest issue of ISIS's Al-Naba news bulletin (Issue 199, published September 12, 2019) features an infographic tallying the operations carried out by ISIS in Sinai during the Hijri year 1440 (September 2018-August 2019).   ISIS Releases Video Of Grad Rocket Attack On Military Base In Niger On September 17, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) official news agency A'maq released a short clip showing two Grad rockets being fired at what the organization claims was a military base in Niger. The attack was said to have taken place on September 4.   Inspired By 9/11, Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Urges Supporters In U.S., U.K., Europe To Target 'Crusader Coalition Countries' On September 12, 2019, the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Al-Dir' Al-Sunni Telegram channel shared a poster showing a plane crashing into what appears to be the World Trade Center.   Pro-ISIS Telegram Group Posts Threats To The Netherlands On September 19, 2019, members of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram chat group GreenB1rds shared posters threatening the Netherlands.   ISIS Supporters Distribute Posters Threatening Rome, London In mid-September 2019, members of an English-language, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram chat group distributed posters threatening attacks in London. Around the same time, a poster distributed by another pro-ISIS media outlet threatened an attack on the Vatican.   Syria-Based Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Arrests Commander For Accusing Group's Leadership Of Corruption And Journalist For Posting Video Of Remarks Online On September 9, 2019, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-affiliated military commander Abu Al-'Abd Al-Ashidda' released on his Telegram channel a 19-minute, 33-second video titled "So That The Ship Does Not Sink" offering an "important advice to HTS's leaders."   Al-Shabab Hands Out Cash To Families In Mogadishu On September 12, 2019, the Al-Shabab-affiliated Shahadah News Agency reported on an event held by Al-Shabab in the outskirts of Mogadishu in which it handed out cash to families in need.   Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Yemen, Houthis Swap Prisoners in Al-Bayda' Province On September 15, 2019, a pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel posted a photo set showing fighters of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen Ansar Al-Shari'ah, also known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), welcoming released fighters after a prisoner exchange with the Houthis that took place on September 13. While the number of Al-Qaeda prisoners was not mentioned, the photos show six fighters being welcomed by armed militants following their release.   Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Group For The Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Claims Attacking Military Outposts In Burkina Faso, Vows To Continue Waging Jihad Until Departure Of Last 'Crusader Soldier' On September 17, 2019, Al-Zallaqah, the media arm of the Mali-based Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Group For The Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM), released a statement claiming that its fighters had taken over two military posts in Burkina Faso, killing at least four soldiers, and seizing loads of weapons and ammunition.   Afghan Taliban On The Failed Peace Talks: '[America] And Specifically Donald Trump Are The Ones Who Are Now Responsible For The Continuation Of War And Bloodshed' In a statement, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) blamed America, and specifically U.S. President Donald Trump, for the failure of the U.S.-Taliban talks held over the past year in Doha, Qatar.   Taliban Tell Afghan President Ashraf Ghani: 'If You Were To Lose The Shadow Of Your American Masters, You Would Fail To Cope For Even A Week' Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), issued a statement denying claims by U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that about 2,000 Taliban fighters had been killed during the second week of September 2019.   Urdu Daily: Afghan Taliban Move To Establish 'Parallel Government,' Delegations Sent To China And Russia To Seek Diplomatic Support, Iran And Turkey Stand By Taliban The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has taken steps toward the formation of a parallel government following the September 7, 2019, cancellation of the U.S.-Taliban talks by President Donald Trump, an Urdu daily reported.   Taliban Statement On Cancellation Of U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks: 'Trump Has... Fully Exposed His Evil Satanic Agenda Of Prolonging The War In Afghanistan' The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement in which it expressed its anger at the U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to cancel the U.S.-Taliban peace talks. The negotiations, nine rounds of which had been held in Doha, with a peace pact about to be signed – were cancelled by the U.S. president, who announced the cancellation in a series of tweets, after an American soldier was killed in an attack by Taliban militants.   Taliban Website Claims That 1,164 Afghan Government Officials Defected To The Taliban In August 2019 According to a statement issued by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), at least 1,164 officials of the Afghan government joined the Taliban during August 2019. The defections are due to the efforts of the Islamic Emirate's Preaching, Guidance, And Recruitment Commission in all provinces of the country.

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