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Source: Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)

British-Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan said in a December 29, 2019 interview on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) that America has “opened the gates of Hell” by carrying out the recent airstrike against Iran-backed militias in Iraq. He said that the recent Iraqi militia rocket attack against the American K-1 base in Kirkuk that killed an American civilian contractor is just an example of what the militias in Iraq are capable of, and he warned that America is going to miss the days of ISIS and of the pre-2011 Iraqi resistance. Urging the Iraqi people to support the new Iraqi resistance in order to drive out the Americans, Atwan said that the countdown has begun until President Trump withdraws American troops from Iraq. He also said that the proxy war between the U.S. and Iran has begun, and he added that American bases throughout the Middle East will become targets in this proxy war.

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Abdel Bari Atwan: America has really opened the gates of Hell. America knows the Iraqis very well. When the Iraqis say that they will drive out the U.S. bases and everybody in them, they are going to keep their word to the letter. America surrendered and defeated in Iraq, and it was forced to withdraw, broken and humiliated, in 2011, because of the blows dealt to it by the resistance.

 

[…]

 

In my opinion, we have to take into consideration that the war to expel the U.S. forces from Iraq has begun. All the forces in Al-Tanf, in Ayn Al-Assad, and in the K-1 base near Kirkuk – all the American bases – will be targeted now. The U.S. experienced this yesterday with the attack on the K-1 base in Kirkuk. What happened there? The rockets that hit that base were exceptionally precise. This drove the Americans crazy. By Allah, the Americans are going to miss the days of ISIS and the days of the resistance before 2011. They really opened the gates of Hell. The Iraqi people in its entirety must stand behind this new resistance, in order to drive out the American invaders from Iraq. I believe that the countdown has begun, and that it is not inconceivable that we will very soon see Trump announcing, in his defeat, the withdrawal of all the troops.

 

[…]

 

I believe that the proxy war has begun. I believe that America has made a mistake, along with Israel, because it was Israeli drones and planes that hit the PMU more than twenty times. I believe that the proxy war has begun. Iran will not remain silent. The American bases – not only in Iraq, but in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Al-Tanf as well – will all become targets in this proxy war.

 

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In a December 28, 2019 broadcast on Russia 1 TV, Russian TV anchor Dmitry Kiselev criticized the West for rewriting history and failing to recognize the Soviet Union’s role in defeating Nazism in WWII. Kiselev said: “While the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over fascist Germany is approaching, the attempts to rewrite the history of World War II are becoming more insolent. As a result, it's nearly said that it's the USSR's fault that the war in Europe began.”

 

Kiselev also discussed a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Putin described World War I as one of the greatest geopolitical disasters of the 19th century. Putin stressed that, in the Treaty of Versailles, the winners of WWI set conditions that created a revanchist sentiment in Germany, which had to pay “an astronomical sum” for those times. For Germany, the Treaty of Versailles became a symbol of blatant injustice and national humiliation. This revanchist sentiment was used by Adolf Hitler in his rhetoric to rise to power.

 

Then Putin moved on to discussing Poland’s role in WWII. “Hitler suggested that the Jews should be deported from European Countries, for starters, to Africa. The Poland’s envoy to Germany [Jozef Lipski, in a report to Foreign Minister of Poland Jozef Beck dated September 20, 1938] replied: ‘If that finds approval, we’ll set a beautiful monument to Hitler in Warsaw.”

 

Furthermore, Putin added that, answering Ribbentrop’s question on whether the Poles gave up Polish statesman Marshal Pilsudsky’s ambitious aspirations regarding Ukraine, Mr Beck said: “The Poles have already been to Kiev, and such intentions surely exist today.”

 

The state-owned Russian television channel Russia 1 reporter stated that Hitler always showed special regard towards Pilsudsky, and that he came even to his funeral in 1935. The reporter even noted that the memorial, under which Pilsudsky’s heart was buried, is still kept untouched in Vilnius. “The Poles bring flowers, the Lithuanians don’t object.” The Hitler-Pilsudsky Pact is the first agreement between a European state and Nazi Germany, while the reporter noted that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is the last.

 

At the CIS summit, Putin sought to set the record straight and listed all the pacts that were signed in Europe with Nazi Germany: the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact, also known as the Hitler-Pilsudsky Pact, signed in 1934, the Anglo-German Naval Agreement of 1935, Great Britain provided to Hitler an opportunity to have its own navy, the Anglo-German Declaration, signed by Chamberlain and Hitler, on September 30, 1938, the Franco-German Declaration, signed on December 6, 1938, another agreement was signed by the Foreign Minister of Lithuania and Nazi Germany on March 22, 1939, the German-Latvian Non-Aggression Pact signed on June 7, 1939. “Thus, the agreement between the Soviet Union and Germany was the last in the list of those signed by other European countries… I wish to note that the Soviet Union agreed to sign this document only after all other opportunities had been exhausted and all the Soviet Union’s suggestions had been rejected – the suggestions for creating a unified system for security, basically an anti-fascist coalition, in Europe,” Putin stated.

 

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Iranian Leader Khamenei In Response To Trump's Statements Blaming Iran For The Conflagration In Iraq: We Will Deal An Indiscriminate Blow To Anyone Who Threatens Us

January 1, 2020
Iran, Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8452
On December 31, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that he held Iran responsible for the December 27 attack on the K-1 airbase in Iraq's Kirkuk governorate, in which an American contractor was killed, as well as for the December 31 attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad by Iran-backed Shi'ite militias (in response for the December 29 U.S. attack on forces of the Popular Mobilization Forces – PMU). Trump's tweets (source: Twitter.com/realDonaldTrump, December 31, 2019) In response to Trump's statements, Iranian spokesmen threatened the U.S. not to act against Iran and expressed support for the actions of the Shi'ite militias. It should be noted that, while Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei denied Iran's responsibility for the attacks on Americans in Iraq, his mouthpiece, the daily Kayhan, bragged about the attack on the embassy, calling it "the latest slap in the face" delivered by Khamenei to America. The following are some of the Iranian reactions to Trump's threats. Iraqi rioters at U.S. embassy in Baghad (Source: aljazeera.com, December 31, 2019) Khamenei To The U.S.: We Will Deal An "Indisciminate Blow" To Anyone Threatening Iran Responding to Trump's statements in a January 1, 2020 speech in Tehran, Iran's leader Khamenei said that the American attacks were revenge for the PMU's actions against ISIS (not for the attack on the Americans in the Kirkuk base), and warned the U.S. that Iran would deliver an "indescriminate blow" to anyone who threatens it. The following are excerpts from the speech posted on his Twitter page: "Notice what [the Americans] are doing in Iraq and Syria. [They are] taking revenge on the PMU [for its actions] against ISIS. The PMU ran ISIS into the ground and exhausted [this group], which was created [by America], so now they are taking revenge. The [Iranian] government, nation and I harshly condemn this American atrocity. "Do you see the extent of the anti-American extasy throughout Iraq? Mister [Trump] again tweeted that [the Americans] hold Iran responsible. You are mistaken! If Iran wants to fight some country, it will do so openly. We are committed to the interests and the honor of our nation, and if anyone threatens us, we will confront him and deal [him] an indiscriminate blow." [1] Khamenei's tweets Regime Mouthpiece Kayhan: Khamenei Has Delivered A Slap To America's Face In Baghdad In contrast to Khamenei, who was careful not to claim responsibility for the attacks on the Americans, Kayhan took pride in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad by the Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, stating that the U.S. has once again been humiliated by Supreme Leader Khamenei. Kayhan compared this to the "humiliation of Britain" in the late 19th century by the senior Iranian cleric Mullah Ali Kani, who, according to the daily, prevented the Persian Shah, Nasir al-Din Qajar, from granting Britain extensive concessions and thereby prevented a national disgrace. It added: "The Leader [Khamenei] has slapped the masters of Britain – the Americans – in the face numerous times, the most recent of which was yesterday in Baghdad."[2] Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Moussavi To America: Be Careful And Avoid Unwise Action Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Moussavi rejected Trump's accusations and warned the Americans of the consequences of "miscalculation" on their part,[3] and added: "The bewildering insolence of the American officials has reached the point where, after killing at least 25 people and wounding many [other] Iraqis, they deludedly attribute their own vicious actions – the financial losses caused to [Iraq], the violations of its sovereignty and the complaints of the Iraqi people – to Iran. How, and based on what logic, do you [Americans] expect the Iraqi people to remain silent in the face of this crime? The Americans disregard the Iraqi people's demand for freedom and independence, while at the same time they forget their role in supporting Saddam [Hussein] and creating ISIS, and later in murdering and robbing the Iraqi people. They also seem to forget that the Iraqi people still regard them as an occupier." Moussavi called on the White House to reconsider its "destructive" policy in the region.[iv] Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Moussavi (source: Mehr, Iran, January 1, 2020) Iran's UN Ambassador Takht-Ravanchi: America's Accusations Against Iran Are Intended To Draw Attention Away From Its Killing Of Iraqis Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that Washington was accusing Iran in order to cover up its "brutal killing" of Iraqis: "America’s accusations against Iran are intended to divert attention from the recent brutal killing and also from 17 years of occupation in Iraq which have cost the lives of over 300,000 innocent Iraqis... The PMU and its branches are a purely Iraqi [force], acting under the control of Iraq’s democratic and legitimate government. They have played an important role in fighting and defeating the ISIS terrorists, and today they are the most important guarantee against the resurgence of this terrorist group."[5] Iranian Journalist: "The Americans Will Not Be Secure In Iraq" Iranian journalist Hossein Dalirian, previously a senior editor at the Tasnim news agency, affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), tweeted that the Americans will no longer be secure in Iraq, mentioning that the resistance has heat-seeking missiles for use against Apache helicopters: "Unlike those who have written that the Apache helicopters of the American army are dropping flyers to intimidate the protesters at the U.S. embassy, I believe that these helicopters are dropping flyers due to the fear of the heat-seeking missiles of the resistance. Starting today, it seems that the Americans will not be secure in Iraq."[6] Dalirian's tweet Hanizade, An Expert Close To The IRGC: "The Anti-American Riots Will Intensify From Day To Day" On January 1, 2020, political analyst Hassan Hanizade, who is close to the IRGC, said: "Since the latest American attack on the PMU base in Al-Anbar, which caused the deaths of 25 of the fighters of this popular militia, the situation in Iraq has changed completely. This attack reveals a new conspiracy orchestrated by America, the Zionist regime and Saudi Arabia against the sovereignty and independence of Iraq. The American attack on the PMU positions has changed the picture, and the Iraqi people have realized that America is attempting to destroy the security of their country and to orchestrate a civil war in Iraq. That is why they spontaneously gathered outside the U.S. embassy. This led to a confrontation with the protesters and even prompted U.S. helicopters to take to the air, intensifying the rage and the invective directed at the U.S. "Now the conditions have become very difficult for America, and an extensive presence of U.S. forces in the country is no longer possible. The Americans did not think that an attack on the PMU fighters would increase the Iraqis' unity. Now they falsely accuse Iran [of being responsible]. "America attacked on Iraqi soil... and this is an attack on international law and a violation of it. According to the Iraqi government, the PMU is a force operating within the Iraqi armed forces and follows their laws. Therefore, an attack on the fighters of this force is tantamount to an attack on the military and armed forces of this country, and all the Iraqi political streams, even the opposition, responded harshly to this attack and condemned it. "The riots against America in Iraq will intensify from day to day. The goal of the Americans is to affect the relationship between Iran and Iraq, and to that end [they] accuse Iran of mobilizing its agents against the U.S. embassy. But [in reality] it is Washington which, by perpetrating the military attack [on the PMU], created a serious challenge to its continued presence in Iraq."[7]   [1] Twitter.com/Khamenei_fa, January 1, 2020. [2] Kayhan (Iran), January 1, 2020. [3] Mehr (Iran), January 1, 2020. [4] Tasnim (Iran), January 1, 2019. [5] Mehr (Iran), January 1, 2020. [6] Twitter.com/HosseinDalirian, December 31, 2019. [7] IRNA (Iran), January 1, 2020.

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Qais Khazali, the Secretary-General of Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, an Iraqi Shiite militia, was interviewed by Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) on December 31, 2019 outside of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which was stormed that day by supporters of Iran-backed militias in Iraq. Khazali said that the U.S. Embassy is the center of spying and scheming against Iraq and of conspiracies to destroy Iraq and violate its sovereignty.

 

Qais Khazali: It has been proven that this [American] embassy schemes and spies against Iraq. This embassy is where the plans to destroy Iraq are managed. This is a place where conspiracies are hatched against Iraq. It supports the saboteurs and the American joker. This is the place where the plans to destroy this country are managed. This is the place from which Iraq’s sovereignty is being violated.

 

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Source: Al-Alam TV (Iran)

Sheikh Kazem Al-Fartusi, a leader in the Iraqi Shiite Kata’ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada militia, said in a December 30, 2019 interview on Al-Alam TV (Iran) in which he discussed the recent U.S. airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq that there is no guarantee of safety for any American soldier stationed around the world as an occupier. Emphasizing that any American soldier in Iraq and the Middle East can expect to be killed someday, Sheikh Al-Fartusi said that the recent airstrikes were a stupid miscalculation on the part of the United States. He advised American forces in Iraq to remain in shelters until the Iraqi people have had their revenge.

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Sheikh Kazem Al-Fartusi: I say to every American soldier that is currently abroad: No one should ask for a guarantee of safety. After all, they were the ones who went to places where they are not supposed to be, with the exception of places where this happened in the framework of international treaties or with the consent of the countries in question. This means that all the Americans in Iraq and outside of Iraq, and in any country that they entered by force and as occupiers, can expect to be killed someday.

 

[…]

 

I think that the American attack [against Iran-backed militias] was a miscalculation and that they based all their assessments on flawed considerations.

 

[…]

 

The Americans are in an unenviable position. I advise the American forces in Iraq not to emerge from their shelters until the Iraqi people and the families of the victims are satisfied [with their revenge].

 

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Source: Al-Rased TV (Iraq)Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)

Nasser Al-Shammari, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Iraqi Hizbullah Al-Nujaba Movement, said in a December 30, 2019 interview on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) in which he responded to recent U.S. airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq that Iraqi resistance forces can defeat American forces in the region several times over. He said that the U.S. must be expelled from Iraq and that the U.S. would be wrong to think that its desert bases are too remote to be targeted by the resistance. Al-Shammari also said that Iraq and the mujahideen have a right to defend themselves and that a conflict against the U.S. and Israel would end in the expulsion of the U.S. from the region and the collapse and destruction of Israel. In a same-day interview on Al-Rassed TV (Iraq), Al-Shammari said that Iraqis have the right to target the Americans wherever they may be found, that America only respects the language of the powerful, and that America will only respect the will and position of the Iraqi people if they respond powerfully to any American action. He also said that any American interests in Iraq can be targeted by the resistance.

 

 

Mayadeen TV [Lebanon]

December 30, 2019

Nasser Al-Shammari: The united States shows up and arrogantly claims responsibility, and it declares that it will do it again. We say: “Welcome back!” We did not fear America when it was in Iraq with all its capabilities. We fought it for more than eight years. We caused thousands of American casualties and destroyed all their military capabilities. America was defeated, and it will be defeated again and again, ten times over. Iraq is not a land suitable for the United States. They know this. The U.S. occupied several countries in the world for decades. In some countries, it remained for 50 or 60 years, but when facing the Iraqi resistance, it did not last more than eight years.

[…]

They wrong if they think that we cannot [target] their bases because they are in remote locations in the desert. The resistance today is not the same as it was in the beginning in 2003.

[…]

The American planes that bombed the Iraqi mujahideen fighters took off from Jordan – the same Jordan to which Iraq has been giving free oil from 20 or 30 years.

[…]

There is no solution but to expel these [American] forces. If this does not happen, we Iraqis, as well as the mujahideen, will have the right to defend ourselves and our lands.

[…]

Israel can rejoice, but it should wait to see how things turn out. The inevitable conclusion of any comprehensive battle or open conflict against American and Israel would be their removal from the region. America would be completely expelled from the region, and this would inevitably result in the collapse and destruction of Israel.

[…]

Al-Rassed TV [Iraq]

December 30, 2019

If the Americans do not recognize the existence of a state in Iraq and the existence of legal and constitutional institutions in the country, why do they expect us to recognize these institutions? We, too have the right to oppose the Americans and to target them wherever they may be found.

[…]

Even the previous air raids, for which the Zionist entity claimed responsibility, were not Israeli air raids. They were American air raids.

[…]

U.S. interests today are not only military forces. Today, American almost completely controls Iraq’s economy.  The electric companies are American, the gas companies are American, the oil companies are American… All these interests can be targeted by the weapons of the resistance.

[…]

Every day, their President says that the U.S. made a mistake in Afghanistan, a mistake in Iraq, a mistake here, a mistake there… [He said] “We made a mistake by supporting Al-Qaeda, and by supporting ISIS…” They make mistakes on a daily basis. This was one of America’s deadly mistakes in Iraq, and it will lead to the annihilation of American influence in Iraq. Rest assured, the United States of America has made a mistake today.

[…]

Believe me, America only respects the language of the powerful.

[…]

Any reaction that does not match the initial action will not be respected by America. It would not consider this to be a [proper] response. The reaction must be more powerful than the initial action. It must surpass the level of the criminal American attack. Then, and only then, will America respect the Iraqi will and positions.

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PMU Deputy Chairman Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis said in a speech that was uploaded to the Internet on December 30, 2019 that the PMU will “settle the score” with America, that it will no longer remain silent, and that America and its intelligence agencies must not think that the U.S. can sustain control of its bases in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Al-Muhandis warned that America and its Iraqi lackeys will be stopped. His audience chanted: “Away with the humiliation… We respond to your call, oh Hussein!” The speech was delivered on the backdrop of recent U.S. airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq.

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Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis: We will settle the score with America. By Allah, from now on, we will not be silent anymore. Imam Hussein said: “Away with the humiliation!”

Crowd: Away with the humiliation! Away with the humiliation! Away with the humiliation! Away with the humiliation! Away with the humiliation!

Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis: The U.S. Ambassador, the Americans, and their intelligence agencies must not think that they can sustain their control over their bases in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. By Allah, with these young men and with this Hussein-like determination, we will stop America and all of its Iraqi lackeys, who are hiding in their offices.

 

[…]

 

We respond to your call, oh Hussein!

Crowd: We respond to your call, oh Hussein! We respond to your call, oh Hussein!

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a December 30, 2019 speech that aired on IRINN TV (Iran) that his government is not fulfilling its election promises because those promises had been made "under circumstances of peace” and war has since been forced upon Iran. Urging the public to be patient, Rouhani said: "We did not choose to go to this war, nor did we start it." Rouhani’s speech was delivered on Iran’s National Petrochemical Industry Day.

 

Hassan Rouhani: Since November 4, 2018 in particular, we have been subjected to maximum pressure. In the past year and a few months, we could see our people’s steadfastness and resistance. Obviously, some of this steadfastness has to do with the people themselves. They must increase their endurance and patience, and they should be able to advance their lives under difficult circumstances. Obviously, normal circumstances are different than circumstances of war. Some address the [current] 12th government and say: “The promises you made at the beginning of the government’s term – why can’t you fulfill those promises?” Well, we made those promises under circumstances of peace, but then we engaged in war. We did not choose to go to this war, nor did we start it. We had not even provided them with any pretext for it. They started it.

 

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