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IRGC Quds Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani Posts Video after Attacks in Abqaiq and Khurais: We Are the Nation of Martyrdom; Iraqi PMU, Yemeni Ansar Allah Are Following Imam Hussein’s Path

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Source: The Internet - "Soleimani on Twitter"

On September 14, 2019, a video was posted to a Twitter account associated with IRGC Quds Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani. The video showed excerpts from a speech by Soleimani in which he said: “We are the nation of martyrdom... Our victories in all fronts were guaranteed by adherence to Imam Hussein’s culture… Today, Ansar Allah in Yemen are following the path of Imam Hussein and his household. Today, the [Iraqi] PMU is also getting inspiration and the power of resistance from this valuable position.” The video was posted following the Yemeni drone attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil fields in Saudi Arabia, and it concluded with an image of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem being viewed through binoculars.

 

Qasem Soleimani: We are the nation of martyrdom. We are the nation of Imam Hussein. Ask! We have already overcome difficult events. Since the beginning of the Revolution, our victories in all fronts were guaranteed by adherence to Imam Hussein’s culture, and we have won many victories as a result of this path. This front is founded on the reliance on Imam Hussein, the Prophet’s family, and the Imams and their companions. Today, you can witness it being reborn every day. Yesterday, it had a branch only in Iran. Today, it has branches in many [locations] as a result of this reliance. Today, Ansar Allah in Yemen are following the path of Imam Hussein and his household. Today, the [Iraqi] PMU is also getting inspiration and the power of resistance from this valuable position.

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Al-Jazeera Debate about Drone Strikes on Saudi Oil Fields: Total Failure by U.S., Saudi Air Defense Systems; Drone Attacks Can Paralyze Saudi Arabia; UAE Still a Potential Target

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On September 14, 2019, Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) hosted a debate about the drone strikes that took place earlier in the day against the Abqaiq and Khurais oil fields in Saudi Arabia. General (Ret.) Mamoun Abu Nowar of the Royal Jordanian Air Force said that the attack is unprecedented and technically impressive because of its precision, because of how powerful the explosions were, and because of the fact that ten drones flew 1,000 kilometers in two hours without being detected or without having their systems jammed. General Nowar said that the success of the attack is an indication that the American presence in Saudi Arabia and the Patriot air defense system were unable to stop the drone attack, and he argued that it changes the future of warfare in a fashion similar to the use of Stinger missiles by the mujahideen during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He said that Saudi Arabia is vulnerable to being paralyzed by Houthi missile and drone strikes against its power plants, computer systems, infrastructure, and desalination plants. U.K.-based Yemeni expert Ahmed Almoaiad pointed out that the Yemenis have successfully attacked Saudi soil four times despite seven Saudi air bases and despite the presence of American Green Berets in Saudi Arabia, and he said that the UAE may soon suffer an even more devastating attack because of its failure to withdraw from Yemen.

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Host: How did those drones manage to cross all that distance and strike their targets with precision – according to the Houthi [statement] – without being shot down?

General (Ret.) Mamoun Abu Nowar: This is unprecedented. This is rare. From my experience in this, I can tell you that we must appreciate the flight distance – over 1,000 kilometers – as well as the precision. This is no easy feat, even for fighter planes. What is noteworthy here is that these planes use satellites, GPS, or onboard computers, and that there were ten of these drones, yet they were not detected. Their radar footprint is small, and they are slow – their flight time was 2 hours – yet they were not detected. Why weren’t the drones jammed… With your permission, this is important. Why weren’t these drones jammed? Why weren’t they shot down? Why wasn’t the satellite connection, or the drones themselves, jammed? This is a big failure. I see this as an indication that the Americans are incapable… They are present in Saudi Arabia, in the King Khalid Air Base, but they could not do anything about these strikes. This changes the future of warfare. Whoever wants to see how future wars will be fought in the future should look at the war that is taking place in Yemen.

 

[…]

 

This is a complete failure on the part of the Patriot system that was protecting these highly sensitive sites. In all honesty, Saudi Arabia has become unsafe. It’s tough, really. A great threat and a great challenge to Saudi Arabia are being posed by the ballistic missiles, drones, and cruise missiles used by the Houthis. They have completely turned the tables. Let me remind our viewers about [the Soviet war] in Afghanistan. When the mujahideen were given Stinger should-fired missiles by the Americans, they managed to drive the Russians out of Afghanistan. The same scenario is playing out now. For four years, the [Saudi-led] coalition had total air dominance in Yemeni skies, but right now they cannot even defend their own skies against something so simple. This is after four years. What is happening in Yemen has changed the future of warfare.

 

[…]

 

Ahmed Almoaiad: Yemen has shot down over 190 drones, filmed the operations, and showed the debris. This includes the MQ-9 [Reaper] and the Chinese Wing Loong. These are top-notch Chinese and American drones, and they were shot down in Yemen.

 

[…]

 

The Saudis have the base in Najran, the King Khalid Air Base, the Sulayyil Base, and the King Salman Air Base, and the Abqaiq and Khurais oil fields are within the protection of the King Abdulaziz Air Base. There are seven air bases, supported by a brigade of American Green Berets, as well as another brigade that arrived south of Riyadh in July 2019. The sole mission of this brigade is air defense from drones. The Yemeni drones overcame all of these [obstacles] – not once, twice, or three times, but four times. The Shaybah oil field was attacked, a missile hit Dammam, the East-West Pipeline was also hit, and now Abqaiq and Khurais were attacked.

 

[…]

 

General (Ret.) Mamoun Abu Nowar: I’d like to say that the quantity of explosives used by those drones was not insignificant. This was a different kind of munition. From what I saw in the video, and from my expertise in this field, I can say that these were powerful explosions. Specific kinds of munitions were used in this case. But I’d like to reiterate: How come America and Saudi Arabia failed to down these drones, or to jam their satellite communication or the drones themselves, in order to bring them down? This will remain a dangerous threat to Saudi Arabia. It can paralyze the country.

 

[…]

 

From a technical perspective, the precision was outstanding. They can strike any target and paralyze Saudi Arabia – the power plants, the computers that run the systems, the infrastructure… It’s called SCADA systems, the computers, the desalination [plants]… This is dangerous.

 

[…]

 

Ahmed Almoaiad: The UAE is still a target. It has not withdrawn from Yemen. The UAE has only made things worse. I have no information, but my analysis leads me to worry that the UAE will be hit by a more powerful strike than the one in Saudi Arabia, because the UAE did not fulfill anything… It wasn’t true to its promises.

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Dr. Mahmoud Moradkhani, a France-based Iranian opposition activist who is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's nephew, said in a September 8, 2019 interview on Alan TV (UAE) that the leaders of the Iranian regime are responsible for the presence of extremists in the Middle East and in the world. He said that he opposes the "religious democracy" that the Rule of the Jurisprudent claims to espouse because it means that one man has tyrannical control over both civil and religious life in the country. In addition, Dr. Moradkhani said that elections in Iran are meaningless, that Iran has essentially become a Russian colony, and that Iran has been exhausting the resources of the region by plundering oil and spending huge sums of money on weapons. He further expressed disappointment that the opposition in Iran is unable to unite, and he said that it should not "sit and wait for a miracle to bring change."

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Dr. Mahmoud Moradkhani: In my opinion, and in the opinion of many other experts, the leaders of the [Iranian] regime are the reason for the presence of extremists in the region and worldwide.

 

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Interviewer: Dr. Moradkhani, why are you opposed to the Rule of the Jurisprudent?

Dr. Mahmoud Moradkhani: The Rule of the Jurisprudent, as founded by Khomeini, constitutes absolute tyranny and a monopoly on both civil and religious rule. It means that the Jurisprudent Ruler is the head of state, as well as the top [religious] authority. This means that the Rule of the Jurisprudent contradicts all the principles of democracy and modern civil and civilized rule. In addition, the term “religious democracy,” which is always used by the government of the Rule of the Jurisprudent, is far from the truth and is completely unacceptable. Even the elections in this regime are meaningless. I, and anyone who believes in democracy and human rights, cannot accept or agree to the Rule of the Jurisprudent.

 

[…]

 

As we have seen in Syria and Iran, Russia is capable of invading and deploying its forces, and, in a way, the [Iranian] regime has become a Russian colony. This is most unfortunate. As for the economic situation, the resources of the region have been exhausted by this regime, which has plundered the oil revenues. They have spent huge sums on weapons, and I do not think there is much to add to this.

 

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I am personally very angry and sad that the opposition in Iran is unable to unite its ranks and create an alliance. I am convinced that in order to bring an end to this regime, we must have a united, committed, and empowered political force. The uprising of the Iranian people requires a strong incentive and a democratic leadership accepted by all. The Iranians always shout the slogan: “The enemy is local, and the solution to the problem is also local.” I do not think that we should sit and wait for a miracle to bring change. The sanctions will bring nothing but more pain and suffering. They will not be successful. The Iranian people should bring about the lifting of the sanctions. I believe that the time for hesitation is over, as the dangerous nature of this regime and the damage that it causes to Iran and the region have become clear to all.

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September 13, 2019 Special Announcements No. 808

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary

September 13, 2019
Special Announcements No. 808
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: ISIS Supporter Urges Followers In The UK To Assassinate British PM Johnson On September 8, 2019, a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) who calls himself “Lion of Islam” urged followers of the organization residing in the UK to assassinate British PM Boris Johnson.   EXCLUSIVE: Islamic Scholars Call For Jihad In Kashmir, Say: 'Students Of Over 40,000 Madrassas... Will Stand Shoulder To Shoulder With Their Armed Forces [Of Pakistan Against India]' According to an Urdu daily, various religious organizations in Pakistan and Pakistani Kashmir have appealed for jihad against India in Jammu & Kashmir state.   EXCLUSIVE: Report In Al-Arab Daily: Hizbullah Brigades Are Taking Control Of Baghdad International Airport An article appearing on September 4, 2019, published in London reported that Hizbullah Brigades (Kata'ib Hezbollah), an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militia which is a member of Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi (Popular Mobilization Units, PMU), is seeking to take control of Baghdad International Airport.   EXCLUSIVE: Al-Qaeda's Urdu-Language Magazine Commemorates 9/11 Attacks, Quotes Bin Laden: 'If Our Message Could Reach You (The Americans) Through Words, Then We Would Not Need To Send It Through Planes' The latest issue of the Urdu-language jihadi magazine Nawa-i-Afghan Jihad ("the Voice of Afghan Jihad"), now published by Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), marks the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on American cities.   EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Social Media – Account Review (JSM-AR): Houston Man From Minneapolis Communicates With Known Jihadis, Complains Of Facebook Bans, Posts Content From Jihadi Clerics Including Sheikh Ahmad Musa Jibril The following information is based on a general overview of a social media account demonstrating engagement with jihadi clerics and ideology.   EXCLUSIVE: Media Reports In Somalia, Saudi Arabia, And UAE Following Appointment Of Former Al-Jazeera Journalist Fahad Yasin To Head Of Somalia Security Apparatus: Qatar's Man In Somalia Has Connections To Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen On August 22, 2019, the official Somali news agency reported on a leadership reshuffle in the upper echelons of the country's security apparatus, "at the instruction of the ministers of defense, internal security, and justice, and with the agreement of a vast majority [of government ministers]."   EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Al-Qaeda Writer Praises Taliban Following Cessation Of Negotiations With U.S. On September 9, 2019, following the announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump that he had called off negotiations with the Taliban, an Al-Qaeda supporter published a post on Telegram praising the organization.   EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Al-Qaeda Media Outlet Solicits Donations Via Bitcoin, Western Union, And PayPal On September 7, 2019, an English-language pro-Al-Qaeda outlet posted a request for donations on a pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram group.   EXCLUSIVE: On Telegram, Jihadis Celebrate 9/11 Anniversary, Vow To Strike America Again On September 11, 2019, jihadi groups and supporters online marked the 18th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. As they have in previous years, they turned to social media, where they published celebratory and threatening posters, messages, and articles. Following is a review of some of the content shared by supporters of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and HTS on Telegram.   ISIS Infographic On Its Operations Over The Last Year Claims 3,665 Attacks, 15,845 Enemies Killed And Wounded Issue 198 of ISIS's Al-Naba' newsletter, released on September 5, 2019, features a full-page infographic titled "Harvest of the Soldiers," detailing the group's operations in the Hijri year 1440 (September 2018 - August 2019).   In New Video, ISIS Sinai Stresses Resilience, Threatens Egyptian Military And Collaborators On September 8, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) Sinai Province released a new video, the third installment in the series "Commitment and Steadfastness – the Solid Edifice."   ISIS Claims Bomb Attack Targeting Christians In The Philippines On September 7, 2019 the Islamic State (ISIS) East Asia Province claimed responsibility for the bombing of a public market in the Philippines, in the Kalawag area of the city of Isulan in the Sultan Kudarat province.   ISIS Claims Coordinated Baghdad Attacks Targeting Shi'ite Pilgrims On September 7, 2019, ISIS claimed responsibility, via its A'maq news agency, for a series of bombings in Baghdad that targeted Shi'ites, including convoys of pilgrims headed for Karbala to observe Ashura rituals.   ISIS Claims Deadly Raids In Nigeria On September 10, 2019, the Islamic State (ISIS) West Africa Province claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Nigerian army in Borno State, northern Nigeria.   Article In 'Youth Of The Caliphate' Magazine Warns That Enemies Of ISIS May Acquire Information About Its Supporters From Telegram And Propose Developing A Secure App An article appeared in Issue 12 of the Islamic State (ISIS) Youth of the Caliphate magazine, published on Telegram.   Pro-ISIS Media Outlets Promise A New 9/11; Urge Muslims In The West To Strike Along with the customary celebrations of the anniversary of 9/11 by jihadi supporters online, Islamic State (ISIS) media outlets and media operatives have issued new threats to the West, calling on Muslims to perpetrate terror attacks, and promising that ISIS will soon strike Western targets.   Al-Qaeda Releases Video Featuring Its Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Urging Mujahideen To Target Israeli, American, European, And Russian Interests Worldwide 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 11, 2019, Al-Sahab, the media arm of Al-Qaeda, released a video featuring the group's leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri urging the mujahideen in Palestine and across the Muslim ummah to target Israeli, U.S., European, and Russian interests worldwide.   Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Apologizes For Killing Civilians In IED Attack, Promises To Pay Blood Money To Victims' Families On September 11, 2019, Al-Zallaqah, the media arm of the Mali-based and Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) released a statement expressing its remorse for the death of a group of people by an IED that had been initially planted to target French patrol units and their agents.   Al-Qaeda In The Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Takes Over Urdu Magazine Focused Until Now On Taliban-Related Developments In Afghanistan In an unusual development, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has taken over the Urdu-language magazine Nawa-i-Afghan Jihad ("The Voice Of Afghan Jihad"). According to a press statement issued by the Media Commission of AQIS on August 25, 2019, a "new editorial team" took over the magazine after one of its editors was arrested by Pakistan's secret intelligence agencies.   Al-Qaeda Publishes Urdu-Language Jihadi Magazine On U.S. Version Of Amazon Cloud, Available For Free Download Via Link Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), a branch of Al-Qaeda focused on South Asian countries, has published the latest issue of the Urdu-language jihadi magazine Nawa-i-Afghan Jihad ("The Voice Of Afghan Jihad") and posted it to the U.S. version of Amazon Cloud.   Sahel-Based Al-Qaeda Affiliate Claims Capturing 2 Officers In Attack On Joint Malian-UN Patrol On September 6, 2019, Jama'at Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimeen (The Group to Support Islam and Muslims – GSIM), Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the Sahel region of West Africa, claimed an attack on a joint patrol of Malian and United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.   French HTS Fighter In Interview: We Are Resistance Fighters; Russians, Iranians And The Syrian Regime Are The Real Terrorists On September 9, 2019, a French media activist, who is affiliated with the rebels and reports from rebel-held areas in Syria, released a video interview with a French fighter who describes himself as a combat soldier and trainer for Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), likely as part of its Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Army.   Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Calls On Fighters With Military Experience To Join Its Liwa Al-Shamal Division, Provides WhatsApp Number On September 8, 2019, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published an announcement calling on fighters with: experience in operating anti-tank and anti-aircraft machine guns; with knowledge in conducting air surveillance; building fortifications; making explosives; firing mortar shells; and sniping, to join its Liwa Al-Shamal division.   Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Commemorates Uyghur Fighter Killed In Syria In 'Lovers Of Paradise' Video Series On September 10, 2019, Sawt Al-Islam, the media center of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), a Uyghur jihadi group active in Syria, released Part 30 in its "Lovers Of Paradise" video series.   Afghan Taliban React To President Trump's Cancellation Of U.S.-Taliban Talks, Warn: 'This Will Harm America More Than Anyone Else'; 'We Shall Continue Our Jihad' The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information,click here. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement after U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled the U.S.-Taliban negotiations and a secret meeting that he was to hold at Camp David on September 9, 2019, with the Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.   Taliban Claim Responsibility For Three Suicide Attacks On American Targets In Afghanistan The Taliban has claimed responsibility for several suicide attacks in Afghanistan against U.S. forces over the last few days. On September 5, 2019, the Taliban's official Telegram channel posted a claim of responsibility for two car bomb suicide attacks targeting U.S. forces, one in Kabul, the other in Logar province.   Afghan Website: The Taliban Have Expanded Their War To 'Relatively Stable Provinces Of Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Balkh, Farah, And Herat' The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has expanded its attacks on the Afghan security forces in at least six provinces of the country in the past few days, even as it has been engaged in peace talks with the U.S., an Afghan news website reported on September 2, 2019.   Afghan Taliban Remember Former Mujahideen Commander: 'Sheikh Jalaluddin Haqqani Showed Us How To Never Be Deterred By Anything In The Path Of Jihad' The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has issued a statement paying tribute to the former mujahideen leader Sheikh Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose faction within the Taliban organization came to be referred to by the U.S. as the Haqqani Network. However, the Taliban always denied that there was any entity that could be called Haqqani Network.

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September 13, 2019 Special Announcements No. 809

The MEMRI Weekly: September 6-13, 2019

September 13, 2019
Special Announcements No. 809
The following are links to reports from MEMRI's Special Dispatch Series and Inquiry and Analysis Series, as well as to transcripts from the MEMRI TV Project, released during the past week. *MEMRI REPORTS Special Dispatch No. 8274 – On Ashura Day, Iran Delivers Message To U.S., Muslim World: The Resistance Camp, Including Iraq, Stands With Khamenei; Nasrallah: Khamenei, You Are 'The Hussein Of Our Time,' 'We Will Not Abandon You', September 12, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8273 – Al-Qaeda Releases Video Featuring Its Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Urging Mujahideen To Target Israeli, American, European, And Russian Interests Worldwide, September 11, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8272 – Jordanian Journalist: Muslims Are The True Victims Of 9/11 – Since Then, Six Million Muslims Have Been Killed In Wars Against Them Launched By The West, September 11, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8271 – Russian Media Outlet Ng.ru: Russia May Deploy Kalibr Missiles In Caribbean; Moscow Seeks Symmetrical Response To Threats From U.S. Tomahawk Missiles, September 11, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8270 – Al-Qaeda Affiliated Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Official Sheikh Yahya Bin Taher Al-Farghali: More Large-Scale Attacks After 9/11 Would Have Caused The U.S. To Collapse, September 10, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8269 – Iraqi News Bulletin On September 11, 2001: The Heart Of Evil Has Been Struck; Whoever Carried Out The Attack Had Had Enough Of Hostile American Policy (Archival), September 10, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8268 – 'Rai Al-Yawm' Daily: U.S. Has Admitted Defeat In Afghanistan; The Taliban's Islamic Emirate Is Coming Back, September 10, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8267 – Afghan Taliban React To President Trump's Cancellation Of U.S.-Taliban Talks, Warn: 'This Will Harm America More Than Anyone Else'; 'We Shall Continue Our Jihad', September 9, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8266 – In Lebanon, Criticism Against Hizbullah For Dragging Country Into War For Sake Of Iran, And Against Lebanese Leaders For Supporting Hizbullah, September 9, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8265 – Conservative Orthodox Media Outlet Tsargrad TV: Navalny And Khodorkovsky Are Devastating The Opposition, September 8, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8264 – Pakistani Writer Dr. Sughra Sadaf Urges Pakistan To Establish Diplomatic Ties With Israel, Says: 'The Thing To Remember Is That The Freedom Of Palestine Is Not Just The Problem Of Muslims', September 6, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8263 – Russia This Week – Focus On Bilateral Relations – September 6, 2019, September 6, 2019   *MEMRI TV MONITOR PROJECT MEMRI TV Clip No. 7479 – Iraqi Shi’ite Militia Leader Abu Alaa Al-Walai: U.S. Forces In Iraq Will Be Taken Hostage In Event Of U.S.-Iran War; We Are Deployed Near All U.S. Bases, Al-Alam TV (Iran), Al-Sharqiyah TV (Iraq) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7478 – Paris-Based Iraqi Writer Hilal Al-Obaidi: Iran is Exploiting Iraq in Order to Confront Israel; Iraq Is in No Position to Fight Israel, Its Sons Must Be Rescued, Zagros (Iraqi Kurdistan) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7477 – Al-Qaeda Releases Video Featuring Its Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Urging Mujahideen To Target Israeli, American, European, And Russian Interests Worldwide, The Internet To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7476 – Saudi Strategic Expert Muhammad Al-Qabiban: Israel Has The Right To Defend Itself, Its Borders From Iranian Lackeys; Iran Is Destroying The Region, Al-Sumaria TV (Iraq) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7474 – Chicago-Based TV Host Eddie Redzovic, Muslim-American Academic Dr. Kevin Barrett: Denying Muslim Involvement In 9/11 Is A Form Of Jihad, The Internet To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7473 – Hizbullah Leader Nasrallah Pledges Allegiance To Khamenei, Adds: Regional War Would Spell The End Of Israel, U.S. Hegemony, Al-Manar TV (Lebanon) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7472 – HTS Hosts 'Wage Jihad With Your Soul' Recruitment Event In Atmeh Refugee Camp Near Idlib, Syria; Dozens Of Young Men Join, The Internet To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7471 – Iraqi Researcher Muayad Algehiche: We Should Recognize That Iraq Does Not Have The Military Capability To Pose A Threat Yo Israel, Al-Rasheed TV (Iraq) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7470 – Iranian Filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh Discusses 2019 'New Horizon' Conference That Will Take Place In Lebanon, Says It Will Be About Israel's Infiltration Into America's 'Deep State,' Announces Next Conference Will Be In Iraq, IRINN TV (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7469 – Spokesman Of Iranian Atomic Energy Agency Behrouz Kamalvandi: We Are Starting Experiments With New Centrifuges Despite JCPOA Restrictions; They Will Have Ten Times The Capacity Of Current Centrifuges, IRINN TV (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7468 – Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki: Gulf Countries Led By 'Midget-State' UAE Are Interfering In Our Affairs, Invading North Africa; We Have A Right To Defend Ourselves, Libya Al-Ahrar (Libya) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7467 – Iraqi Academic Dr. Akeel Abbas: Iranian Influence Is Preventing A Unified, Democratic Iraq; Israel Hasn't Posed A Threat To Us In Almost 20 Years, NRT TV (Iraqi Kurdistan) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7466 – Iraqi Shiite Politician Jalal Al-Din Al-Saghir: Iraq's Shiite Movement Stands Up To America, Israel; We Have Taken America's Political Share In Iraq, Al-Ayyam TV (Iraq) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7465 – Iraqi Writer Rafe' Al-Falahi Criticizes Iran For Transferring Missiles Into Iraq: Iran Does Not Have Iraq's Best Interests In Mind, Al-Rafidein TV (Iraq) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7464 – Sudanese Religious Affairs Minister Nasr Al-Din Mufreh Invites Jews Who Have Left Sudan To Return, Reclaim Their Citizenship, Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai/Saudi Arabia), Sudania 24 TV (Sudan) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7463 – Lebanese Politician Wehbe Katicha: Israel Would Not Attack Us If We Had A Real Government; We Will Have No Economy So Long As We Have Extralegal Militias, OTV (Lebanon) To read the transcript, click here.

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September 13, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8275

Russia This Week – Focus On Bilateral Relations – September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019
Russia | Special Dispatch No. 8275
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 (Source: Vk.com/politics_today) In The News: Speech Of The Week – Russian FM Lavrov: An Order Based On One Center Of Decision-Making As Promoted By Our Western Colleagues Cannot Be Effective By Definition Drills – Center 2019 Russia In Syria INF Treaty And The Global Strategic Stability Conspiracy Theories – Russian Experts: Environmental Disasters In Siberia Were Caused By The US-Funded HAARP Russia's Local Elections News In Brief: Iran-Russia Relations; Russia-China Relations Speech Of The Week Russian FM Lavrov: An Order Based On One Center Of Decision-Making As Promoted By Our Western Colleagues Cannot Be Effective By Definition (Source: Mid.ru) In a meeting with the students and faculty of MGIMO University on the occasion of the new academic year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: "I believe that more people are realizing that an order based on one center of decision-making as promoted by our Western colleagues cannot be effective by definition. As I said, this does not take into account the appearance and consolidation of new world centers that do not want to be token money in somebody else's game. These people are primarily guided by their own national interests. They show a willingness to take an active part in forming and implementing the international and regional agendas. "A realization of the cardinal changes in the geopolitical picture of the modern world was recently reflected in a colorful statement by President of France Emmanuel Macron at the meeting of French ambassadors where he bluntly predicted the end of Western hegemony in international relations and emphasized the need to develop cooperative work with the involvement of Russia, China, and other leading countries of the modern world. Of course, we can only welcome such initiatives and their implementation. The main point is for them to develop into practical actions and help maintain an equitable dialogue aimed at reaching practical agreements based on equality, mutual respect and a culture of consensus. "Russia is the largest Eurasian power. We will continue to contribute to the consolidation of international and regional security in all dimensions, from military and political to economic and energy, and others. We will work on eliminating any dividing lines that, unfortunately, are still there after the end of the Cold War, contrary to all assurances and promises; they remain in Europe, and are even moving closer to our borders, cutting 'deeper,' as they say." (Mid.ru, September 2, 2019) U.S.-Russia Relations Lavrov: Bolton's Dismissal Will Not Influence Relations Between Moscow And Washington During a press conference with his Moldavian counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answered a question on U.S.-Russia Relations. (Source: Kremlin.ru, October 23, 2019) Question: "Do you see any new potential for improving Russian-U.S. relations in the context of John Bolton's resignation? How do such frequent changes in negotiators affect the development of relations? If this is appropriate, can you tell us what impression you had of him considering that at home he is seen as a somewhat controversial figure?" Sergey Lavrov: "I will try to be politically correct. I have known John Bolton since the 1990s. He was Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. I did the same job in our Foreign Ministry. Later on he worked as U.S. acting ambassador to the UN. We met, but when I was sent to New York he left government service and worked in different political think-tanks. We spoke from time to time and had coffee when he came to New York from Washington. He is very pleasant to talk to, a very knowledgeable and educated man. It is very interesting to talk to him. As for his political views, we did not agree most of the time. He has a sharp style with an emphasis on using power, including armed forces. As you know, he put forward quite a few initiatives on current crises, in Venezuela, Iran, and in other countries. "I do not want to guess how this will affect Russia-U.S. relations. Policy in the United States is determined by the president. He has repeatedly expressed interest in normalizing trade, economic, humanitarian, and political ties between our countries and in promoting cooperation in the international arena. We have heard such statements and we welcome them. This was reaffirmed in the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka last June. Importantly, those that fulfill the president's policy need to translate these declared political principles into reality. This is not yet the best process, but there is progress in some areas. Thus, we have resumed the dialogue on counterterrorism. Recently, our deputy foreign ministers completed yet another round of talks. We have contacts on Syria, the Korean Peninsula, and Afghanistan. We are interested in developing cooperation although the mechanisms that existed in these spheres have yet to be revitalized. However, we are ready for it. "As for changes in the U.S. position on various foreign policy matters, I heard Mike Pompeo saying at yesterday's news conference that there would be no changes. Let us be guided by what is happening in reality. This is how we will understand if there are changes or not." (Mid.ru, September 11, 2019) Drills – Center 2019 (Source: Mil.ru) On September 3, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu talked about the upcoming Strategic Command Post exercise, called "Center-2019," which will be held from September 16-21 and will complete the complex of measures of combat training of the Armed Forces this year. Its main purpose is to train troops to conduct military operations in modern conditions and improve the interoperability of the military command and control organizations of the armed forces of Russia and the allied states. As part of preparations for this large-scale event, since June, many things have been worked out, including: issues of localization by the state and the armed forces of military threats; the management of force groupings in the fight against international terrorism; and the prevention of possible aggression in the Central Asian region. Currently, the troops are completing development into areas where the exercise will take place. The exercises will involve about 128,000 servicemen, more than 20,000 units of equipment and weapons, about 600 aircraft, and up to 15 ships. Together with the Russian military, their colleagues from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, China, and Pakistan will solve the tasks. The presence of heads of state and defense departments of the participating countries is expected. The main actions will unfold on eight training grounds, as well as in the Caspian Sea. Interested persons and representatives of the military-diplomatic corps were informed of the timing, the number of troops, weapons, and military equipment, as well as the design of the exercise. According to Sergei Shoigu, "Center 2019" is not directed against other countries and the "warring party" simulated in the exercise is meant to represent conditional states that contribute to the spread of terrorism. (Mil.ru, September 3, 2019) INF Treaty And The Global Strategic Stability In a meeting with the students and faculty of MGIMO University on the occasion of the new academic year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was asked of the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Question: "Could the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty lead to the end of the existing system of maintaining global strategic stability? What steps will Russia take in this context?" Sergey Lavrov: "The U.S. terminated the ABM Treaty and now it has walked away from the INF Treaty under a far-fetched pretext. These are done deals. The U.S. has already tested a medium-range ground-based missile using a facility that it claimed was only capable of launching anti-missiles. We said the opposite, and now the Americans have proved that we were right. Their actions show that they do not intend to return to the treaty. Demands and preconditions are being made on what to do with medium- and shorter-range missiles. The main precondition is the participation of the PRC [People's Republic of China] in future talks. China has said that the scale of its nuclear potential is incomparable to the U.S. and Russia's and for this reason its participation cannot be supported. But the U.S. continues to insist on it and asks us to persuade the PRC to take part. We are not going to do this. If the U.S. gets the PRC's consent, we will be ready for talks. But in my opinion compelling Beijing to do this against its will is not right and inappropriate. "There are other nuclear powers. As President Vladimir Putin has said more than once, we are ready to meet in any format. The Nuclear Five format is one of the main ones. We are working on a daily basis in the UN and in other capitals. Depending on the consent of the relevant countries, we are ready to meet in any format. Let me recall that despite the termination of the INF Treaty by the U.S., we have made a very important political gesture. Vladimir Putin said that even though the INF Treaty does not exist, we will only take reflective measures. If the U.S. starts developing relevant weapons we reserve the right to do it as well. If the U.S. tests these weapons, we will have the right to follow suit. But the President emphasized that we will not deploy medium- and shorter-range missiles in regions where U.S.-made weapons systems are not deployed. If the U.S. does not deploy them in Europe or Asia we will not do it either. This is a serious proposal, in fact, it is a moratorium that we have announced for NATO. We have proposed that NATO join it collectively. For now, they have not expressed their consent. "As for the termination of the INF Treaty, does it mean the complete end to arms control? We still have the START III Treaty, that is, the 2010 Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms that will expire in February 2021. The Russian Federation has already expressed its willingness to extend it for up to five years. We are waiting for Washington's response. President Vladimir Putin spoke about this with U.S. President Donald Trump when they met at the G20 summit in Osaka last June. We have not yet received a response. There are certain questions regarding the implementation of this treaty today. I think dialogue on this important issue is necessary in any event. We would prefer its extension for another five years to be the main goal of the dialogue." (Mid.ru, September 2, 2019) Russia In Syria Comment by Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the U.S. airstrike in the Idlib de-escalation zone: "... According to reports, at 15:00 on August 31, two USAF aircraft carried out a raid on the command center of the Hurras Al-Deen armed group located seven kilometers northeast of the city of Idlib... At the same time, the Russian Defence Ministry's Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria said in a statement that the U.S. airstrike was carried out in violation of the Idlib de-escalation agreements and that Russia and Turkey, which have military experts in the region, had not been notified of the planned attack. Besides destruction, witnesses report numerous casualties, among them children, in Maarat Misrin and Kafer Haya following the U.S.-led airstrike." (Mid.ru, September 2, 2019) Commenting on the strike, Russian security expert Evgeny Mikhailov said: "The American strike is first of all a demonstration of the fact that Washington is not going to listen to anyone and not going to coordinate its action with anyone." Mikhailov asserted that Moscow's and Ankara's reaction to the strike should include a coordinated strike against the U.S. allies in the conflict zone. "Yet, we should be somehow grateful to the Americans for their arrogance and self-confidence in taking such decisions, that pushed Turkey to strengthen an economic and military-political alliance with Russia," Mikhailov said. (Sputniknews.ru, September 3, 2019) Russian Middle East expert Kirill Semenov said that the U.S. strike cannot be considered a ceasefire breach. "In this case the U.S. acted against internationally recognized terror organization, namely Al-Qaeda," Semenov said. Semenov also said that neither Turkey nor Russia will react to the U.S. strike. Semenov opined: "Both countries [Russia and Turkey] consider Al-Qaeda a terror organization... Maybe the Russian and Turkish sides got offended since the U.S. did not notify them prior to the strike..." (Sputniknews.ru, September 3, 2019) Conspiracy Theories – Russian Experts: Environmental Disasters In Siberia Were Caused By The U.S.-Funded HAARP (Source: Kp.ru) Russian experts hinted that the recent environmental disasters in Siberia were caused by the U.S.-funded "Weather Control Weapon," the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). Komsomolskaya Pravda military correspondent, Colonel (ret) Victor Baranetz, talked to various Russian experts exploring the possibility that the latest natural cataclysms in Russia were caused by HAARP. Nikolay Levashov, an academic and physicist, said: "What is happening in Russia right now proves the use of geo-physical and climate change weapons. I, at least, am witnessing this for the first time in my career. The Americans used climate weapons in the past – for example against Europe in 2003, when [they created] an artificial heat wave. It happened in France and other EU countries, while the goal was to force the Europeans to buy U.S. genetically modified products. Europe expressed its firm stance for the consumption of organic products, which is damaging the U.S. profits. Thus, the United States arranged a drought, which led to a lack of crops." Andrey Volkov, physicist, professor, and head of the research laboratory for climatic anomalies at the Russian State Research Institute, said: "Essentially, HAARP is a huge microwave oven. It radiates with a focus on any point on the Earth. Any point! Including Siberia, Far East, Central Russia, and Europe. The Americans keep silent regarding their research, yet in many places different actors try to 'cook the weather.' Our satellites spotted a very powerful radiation originating from Alaska. Including this summer. According to the information our laboratory obtained, I am increasingly convinced that HAARP is one of the sources of global geophysical weapons, which cause natural disasters – wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis." (Kp.ru, September 3, 2019) Russia's Local Elections On September 8, 2019, Russians went to the polls for local and regional elections. However, the focus of debate within the opposition was the vote for the Moscow city council, as the summer's organized rallies protested the barring of dozens of independent candidates from these elections. (Source: Meduza.io) Meduza.io: Moscow's Election Results The Opposition Wins Nearly Half The City Duma Seats, And United Russia's Local Leader Loses His Seat Members of Russia's "systemic opposition" (registered parties and candidates that ostensibly oppose the ruling party, United Russia) won 20 of the Moscow City Duma's 45 seats. In Moscow's September 8 parliamentary elections, the Communist Party won in 13 precincts, the liberal opposition party "Yabloko" won in four, and "Just Russia" won in three. The authorities' winning candidates were nine active members of United Russia who ran for Moscow City Duma seats as independents, as well as three incumbents from the pro-government "My Moscow" association. Additionally, the capital's parliament will welcome another 13 independent winners whom Meduza and BBC Russian Service have identified as candidates promoted by the Moscow Mayor's Office. According to Andrey Turchak (the party's General Council secretary), United Russia's faction in the City Duma will be made up of independent candidates and include 24-25 deputies. Twenty candidates endorsed by Alexey Navalny's "Smart Vote" system won their elections... (Meduza.io, September 9, 2019) Read More: 'Intimidation and robbery' Police launch nationwide raids against Alexey Navalny's regional offices, days after 'Smart Vote' potentially shifts election results in Moscow. (Meduza.io, September 12, 2019; read the full article) St. Petersburg Re-Elects Governor Beglov After Controversial Campaign. (Themoscowtimes.com, September 11, 2019; read the full article) "People on horses" opened fired at elections observers in Tuva. On September 8, unknown assailants attacked a bus with observers and journalists traveling to the elections of deputies of the Supreme Khural [Parliament] of Tuva. As the State Duma deputy from the Krasnoyarsk Territory Sergei Natarov reported on the social network, the incident occurred at the border of these two regions. Local media reported that the attackers were on horses, their faces were covered with masks. They opened fired at the bus wheels. (Mk.ru, September 8, 2019; read the full article in Russian) Kremlin spokesperson Dimitry Peskov commented on Google's "interference" in the Russian elections. "I hope that the State Duma commission will objectively investigate on Google's interference in the election", Peskov said. (Mk.ru, September 9, 2019; read the full article) Google has responded to allegations of meddling in the internal policy of the Russian Federation on election day, saying it supported "responsible political advertising that complies with Russian laws," RIA Novosti reported. (Crimerussia.com, September 9, 2019; read the full article) St. Petersburg police completely ignored an attack on an election monitor inside a polling station, even though it happened right before their eyes. (Meduza.io, September 9, 2019; read the full article) News In Brief Iran-Russia Relations Iran and Russia to hold joint military drills in Indian Ocean. Iran and Russia will hold joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean, visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a briefing on September 2. (Tass.com, September 2, 2019; read the full article) US sanctions against Cuba, Russia, Syria and Iran serve as an attempt to achieve illegitimate political objectives through intimidation of innocent people, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated on Twitter. (Tass.com, September 6, 2019; read the full article) Russian and French Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, called for pooling efforts of all the parties concerned to keep the Iran nuclear deal in place, the Kremlin press service said on Sunday after their telephone conversation. (Tass.com, September 8, 2019; read the full article) Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency confirms the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program, Russia's Permanent Representative at International Organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said at a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors. (Tass.com, September 10, 2019; read the full translation) Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Iran's third stage of nuclear commitments reduction is about building research centrifuges to enrich uranium and "Iran accepted those limits within the 2015 nuclear agreement." (Mehrnews.com, September 10, 2019; read the full article) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Iran has been able to hold regular and constant talks with Russia over the past six years, adding that the Iran-Russia relations are in the interest of international peace and security. Zarif said that Iran-Russia relations have been growing to a considerable degree over the past six years. The Foreign Minister noted that the relations between the two countries are based on mutual interests and mutual understanding of international issues, and this situation is unprecedented in the history of relations between the two countries since the Islamic Revolution Iran in 1979. (Mehrnews.com, September 3, 2019; read the full article) The Iran-Russia cooperation is fully-fledged and is definitely in the interest of the two nations, the region and the entire world, according to the Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. Zarif made the remarks in a joint conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. (Mehrnews.com, September 2, 2019; read the full article) Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said Moscow is interested in overcoming the impasse surrounding the situation with the implementation of the JCPOA. "We follow and look at how the situation is developing, we welcome this if the steps are aimed at overcoming the current impasse, returning to the implementation of activities that are consistent with the JCPOA," Lavrov said in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in Moscow. (Mehrnews.com, September 2, 2019; read the full article) Russia-China Relations The global economy is experiencing a slowdown because of the US-China trade dispute, and Russia will have to take this into account, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Rossiya 24. (Lenta.ru, September 11, 2019) Russian Senator Viktor Bondarev, chairman of the defense and security committee of Russia's Federation Council, said that Russia and China do not threat U.S. security. (Ria.ru, September 11, 2019) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will pay an official visit to Russia from Sept. 16 to 18 at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced. During the visit, Li and Medvedev will hold the 24th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government, according to spokeswoman Hua Chunying. (Xinhuanet.com, September 9, 2019) Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his country welcomes Chinese investment and expects more positive outcomes from bilateral cooperation. Putin made the remarks here at a meeting with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on the sidelines of the fifth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). (Xinhuanet.com, September 5, 2019)

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