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Source: IRIB Ofogh TV (Iran)

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a January 8, 2019 speech that aired on Ofogh TV (Iran) that the ballistic missile attacks on U.S. bases had been a "slap" to the Americans, that military operations against America are not enough, and that America's corrupting presence in the region must come to an end. The audience, in which many people were holding up pictures of Qasem Soleimani, energetically chanted: "Death to America! Death to America! Death to Israel! Death to Israel!... Allah Akbar! Khamenei is the Leader! Death to those who oppose the Rule of the Jurisprudent! Death to the hypocrites and infidels!"

 

Audience: "Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to Israel! Death to Israel! Death to Israel! Death to Israel! Death to Israel! Death to Israel! Death to Israel!"

 

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "There is one important issue: What is our role? After all, something important has happened. The issue of revenge is another thing. Meanwhile, they received a slap last night. This is another thing."

 

Audience: "Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Khamenei is the Leader! Death to those who oppose the Rule of the Jurisprudent! Death to America! Death to England! Death to the hypocrites and the infidels! Death to Israel!"

 

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "What's important is that as a response, such military operations are not enough. What's important is that America's corrupting presence in the region must come to an end."

 

Audience: "Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Khamenei is the Leader! Death to those who oppose the Rule of the Jurisprudent! Death to America! Death to England! Death to the hypocrites and the infidels! Death to Israel!"

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Syrian Opposition TV Channel Criticizes Al-Jazeera’s Coverage of Soleimani Killing for Echoing Iranian Narrative, Ignoring Massacres Perpetrated by Iran in Iraq

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On January 6, 2020, Orient TV (Syrian opposition) aired a report that criticized Al-Jazeera TV’s coverage of the killing of Qasem Soleimani. The reporter said that the killing of Soleimani was the "last nail in the coffin[s]" of Al-Jazeera TV and other hypocrite media outlets and that Al-Jazeera has echoed the official Iranian narrative so much that watching it has become similar to watching pro-Iranian media outlets such as Al-Manar TV (Lebanon) or Mayadeen TV (Lebanon). She said that the difference between Al-Jazeera and these channels is that Al-Jazeera does not receive funding from Iran, but that Al-Jazeera is still aligning itself politically with Iran. The reporter went on to criticize Al-Jazeera for only reporting on the funeral held in Iraq for Soleimani and not on Iraqi celebrations of his death. She said: "How could Al-Jazeera report on the joy of those Iraqis when it has been silent [about] the massacres perpetrated against them by Iran’s militias?" In addition, the reporter said that many of Al-Jazeera’s journalists have defended Qasem Soleimani on their personal social media accounts.

 

 

Reporter: "The killing of Qasem Soleimani was also the death of Al-Jazeera TV – or, at the very least, it served as the last nail in its coffin and in the coffin of the hypocrite media.

 

"The Iranian officials – both religious leaders and politicians – talk of nothing but revenge. It is only natural for every TV channel, including Al-Jazeera, to cover such a huge event. But many noticed – and reacted with shock and cynicism – how this Qatari TV channel covered the killing of the terrorist Qasem Soleimani. Titles and terms are quoted accurately on the channel's website, its screen is divided to twos, threes, fours, and even more, and whole hours are dedicated to guests who echo the official Iranian narrative. You start to think that you are watching Al-Manar TV, Mayadeen TV, or any of the other outlets that glorify the mullahs, because they are connected to them financially and ideologically. However, Al-Jazeera TV is not connected to Iran and it does not need its [financial] aid. Yet the TV channel with the slogan 'The Opinion... And The Other Opinion' has become part of an axis that does not follow this slogan, because killings and crimes are neither an 'opinion' nor 'the other opinion.'

 

"To demonstrate the contrast, it aired what it referred to as a 'popular funeral for Qasem Soleimani in Iraq,' while completely ignoring other Iraqis' joy over the killing of that arch-killer, whose hands were soaked in their blood. This can be seen in this footage."

 

The report now shows footage of Iraqis celebrating the death of Qasem Soleimani.

 

Narrator 1: "These are celebrations of the killing of Soleimani. This is for the blood of the Iraqi martyrs and victims..."

 

Reporter: "But how could Al-Jazeera report on the joy of those Iraqis, when it has been silent about their revolution and about the massacres perpetrated against them by Iran's militias? The TV channel that purports to represent the peoples, not the regimes, has ignored the revolution of the Iranians in occupied Ahwaz, and changed its [editorial] line regarding the revolution of the Syrians, following a dispute over the 'prey,' as a former Qatar official said."

 

The report now shows footage of the former Qatari official.

 

Former Qatari Official: "We fought over the prey, and then the prey escaped, but we continue to fight over it."

 

Reporter: "While this position by Al-Jazeera TV can be explained as political alignment, one could notice that the channel's journalists defended the criminal Qasem Soleimani on their personal social media accounts. For them, principles can be divided. They opposed him in Syria but supported him in Palestine, for which he did nothing."

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Former Iranian Defense Minister IRGC General Hossein Dehghan, who currently serves as a defense advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, was interviewed on Channel 1 (Iran) on January 5, 2020. He said that if the fact that Qasem Soleimani had been responsible for the death of Americans was a valid reason for the U.S. to kill him, then countries like Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan have the legitimate "right" to kill as many as one million Americans because of all the deaths that the U.S. has caused in these countries. He said that Iran will respond militarily to Soleimani's killing, that any Iranian response will constitute a legitimate form of self-defense, and that the response will be a retaliation on par with the killing of Soleimani. General Dehghan threatened that if war is forced upon Iran, it will respond in a way that will make the U.S. regret its actions. In addition, General Dehghan said that while Iran will not target American civilians, it will consider any American military base, naval vessel, or gathering center to be a legitimate target. He compared President Trump to a rabid dog and said that if Iran doesn't respond to Soleimani's killing in a way that makes Trump regret what he did and feel ashamed, then Trump will only be encouraged to commit more crimes against Iran.
 

Hossein Dehghan: "Trump is bragging..."
 

Interviewer: "Right, he said that he would hit 52 cultural targets in Iran."
 

Hossein Dehghan: "He said that he would hit 52 targets, and then he added that 52 is the number of the people taken hostage at the former American embassy [in Tehran]. First of all, our people kept the Americans safe and sound, and then returned them. Was any one [of the Americans] killed that Trump wants to exact revenge now? Well, how many people have the Americans killed in Iran? They killed 290 in the Airbus [incident of 1988]. Then, with American support, the hypocrites [Mojahedin-e Khalq] have turned many of our people into martyrs. There was also the [Iran-Iraq] War of Holy Defense. Today, Trump's words provide legitimacy for the whole world to... If [Trump's] logic for taking action is valid, then everybody has the right to kill as many Americans as the Americans have killed [from among their people]. The Iraqis have the right to kill as many as one million Americans. After all, the Americans killed very many Iraqis during their invasion of Iraq. Then, ISIS killed Iraqis with [American] support. The Afghans have the same right. It is the same with Yemen. In Obama's time, the drones carried out very many crimes."
 

Interviewer: "They would attack weddings and mourning ceremonies..."
 

Hossein Dehghan: "Yes, they bombed everywhere. Fine – if this is the logic and if this legitimizes action, then America in its entirety should feel vulnerable to this legitimate action. This is a legitimate form of defense. If we say that they turned Qasem into a martyr and that we will avenge him, then this is a legitimate form of self-defense. The U.S. violated Iraq's sovereignty and killed a senior [Iranian] commander, who was there in an official capacity following an official invitation from Iraq. What is the meaning of this? This means that any action we take will constitute total and legitimate self-defense.
 

[...]
 

"First of all, we declared – and the Leader referred to this in recent days – that we would not start any war, but that if a war is forced upon us, we would respond in a way that would make them regret it. Therefore, we will respond by exacting revenge in a way that is on par with what they did. It will certainly be a firm response.
 

[...]
 

"The geography of the threat doesn't matter to us anymore. Wherever there is anything American – be it a military base, a warship, or a gathering center of theirs..."
 

Interviewer: "But you won't target civilians..."
 

Hossein Dehghan: "Of course not. We will never target any American civilian. We will make sure of this."
 

[...]
 

Interviewer: "Some people are asking Iran to give up on its legitimate right to revenge because Trump is a crazy man and because our response might lead to war."
 

Hossein Dehghan: "Is it conceivable... Perhaps it is suitable to use this term with regard to Trump... Can one come near a rabid dog and expect it not to bite? If America does not receive an appropriate response, then Mr. Trump will be encouraged to repeat his crime. Mr. Trump must receive an appropriate response so that he regrets what he did and feels ashamed. There can be no other option."

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January 7, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8476

Shi'ite Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr Lashes Out At President Trump; Spokesperson Tones Down Earlier Statement On Harsher Actions Against U.S.

January 7, 2020
Iran, Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8476
Iraqi Shi'ite Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Sadr Movement, issued an online statement on January 6, addressing U.S. President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. The statement[1] comes in response to President Trump's threat to impose sanctions on Iraq, if the latter demands a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq. (Source: Twitter.com) Using offensive language, Al-Sadr starts by challenging President Trump's threats: "Are you threatening a nation with hunger [sanctions] you son of the casinos? Are you threatening a nation with a blockade, you son of gambling halls? Are you threatening a nation with punishment, you son of the night clubs?" He further sullies Saudi-U.S. cooperation, the U.S. intelligence community, and the U.S.'s military arsenal. "Do you think that Saudi money will benefit you? Do you think that the traitors will benefit you? Do you think that Saudi money will benefit you? Do you think your war arsenal will bring you any good? Do you think your spies will inform you? Your weapons are weaker than a mosquito's prick," he tweeted. Al-Sadr then vows that he will strike back if the U.S. decides to impose sanctions on Iraq: "No, [I vow] by the lord of the dancers [used to describe Camels] Your house is weaker than a spiderweb. Your weapons are weaker than a mosquito's prick." Citing the Vietnam war as an example, Al-Sadr asserts that he and his followers can defeat the U.S. in another confrontation: "Did you forget Vietnam? Or are you yearning for another mess? By God, you will meet an army that you cannot stand against, and legions that will start in Basrah and end in Dohuk". Commenting on the rising tension between Baghdad and Washington, Al-Sadr said that the U.S. is an occupier not a liberator. "Your intentions have become clear today. He who wanted to liberate us yesterday, today wants us [kneel] on our knees. Trump, if you dared to attack the country of our holy sites, then I shall deal with you. And if you want my advice, don't be like your predecessor, or else you shall regret it." He concludes by noting that he seeks peace, while reminding President Trump that he [Al-Sadr] will "seek war, if you wage war," and that he who starts this war is the oppressor. Al-Sadr signed his statement with "your enemy". On January 5, Al-Sadr, in a statement,[2] demands that the Iraqi parliament take harsher actions to end the U.S. presence in Iraq, including an "immediate cancellation of the security agreement, a boycott of American products." He also calls on the Iraqi "resistance factions and the factions outside Iraq for an immediate meeting to announce the formation of international resistance regiments." However, his spokesperson issued an online statement[3] that clarifies some details and tones down some of Al-Sadr's recommendations for the parliament. (Source: Twitter.com) The statement says that Al-Sadr proposes that no military action should take place against the U.S. until the parliament and the government run out of options, noting that any faction that takes military action before then does not represent Al-Sadr. He further warns that no factions that are based outside Iraq should operate inside Iraq, just like Iraqi factions should not operate outside Iraq. He then thanks those who responded positively to his call for holding a meeting for all factions, saying that this call should not be taken on a sectarian basis, and explaining that he has no intentions of being the commander of this alliance. He also says that Al-Salam Brigades, which he commands, will not be involved in this proposed meeting. As for Al-Sadr's call to boycott American products, the statement from his spokesman explains that the boycott "will not include products that provide necessary technology, aside from those related to industrial or agriculture products." He goes further to say that "the U.S. terrorist aggression on the sovereignty [of Iraq] is a terrorist act and that anyone who promotes it, or stays silent about it, is a traitor." On January 5, anonymous Iraqi hackers,[4] who are supportive of the anti-Iran protesters, posted a letter in Arabic and English on Al-Sadr's official website. The message also includes a photo of Al-Sadr who has the Iranian flag on his face. The message in Arabic reads: "How many pure innocent souls of women and children have you killed over the past years? How much money have you stolen over the past years from the budget of the State that belongs to the poor families and the people of Iraq? Do you really fight in the name of Imam Al-Mahdi? Imam Al-Mahdi is absolved of you, Mohammad Sadik Al-Sadr [Muqatda's father] is absolved of you, if he knew of your sins, he would disown you, you criminal. The Iraqi people should remember that your hands are stained with the blood of more than 10 thousand Iraqis. The mask has fallen". (Source: Twitter.com) The English message asks the international community, including the United States, to extend help to the Iraqi people, and help them get rid of Muqtada Al-Sadr, who it describes as a "criminal" who wants to "put Iraq in the downward spiral of war." (Source: Twitter.com)   [1] Twitter.com/Mu_AlSadr/status/1214248564693618688/photo/1, January 6, 2020. [2] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8464 Reactions In Iraq To Parliamentary Decision Demanding That Iraqi Government End Foreign Military Presence In Iraq, January 5, 2020. [3] Twitter.com/salih_m_iraqi, January 6, 2020. [4] Twitter.com/m4xpro_, January 5, 2020.

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January 7, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8475

Iraqi Caretaker Prime Minister Counters Mark Esper's Remarks: 'Letter Notifying Of The U.S. Withdrawal Is Formal And Considered Official Notice And Iraq Will Abide By It'

January 7, 2020
Iran, Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8475
In a cabinet meeting held on January 7, 2020, the Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi told his cabinet that the United States does not see the Iraqi government as equal and is therefore willing to violate Iraq's sovereignty. The televised cabinet meeting[1] comes in the aftermath of conflicting news reports about a letter from U.S. Brig.-Gen. William Seely to the director of the Iraqi Joint Operations Task Force informing the Iraqi government that the U.S. would be "repositioning forces over the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement." The U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said that there are no plans for U.S. troops to leave Iraq, adding that some forces are being "repositioned inside Iraq." The Iraqi government provided another version of the story on January 6. Though it confirmed that it had received a letter from the U.S., it said the letter was not about repositioning of U.S. forces, but about withdrawal plans. The Iraqi Account Of The Letter In today's cabinet meeting, Abdul-Mahdi said his government "received yesterday a letter from the American leadership speaking about the withdrawal. When the letters arrived – at around eight o'clock, the Arabic translation of the letter contradicted the one in English. It was said that the letter was a mistake, however it clearly states a withdrawal from Iraq." He added that he immediately sent the letter to the Iraqi foreign minister and Iraqi ambassador in Washington and other parties. Doubling down on his insistence that he got a letter saying that the U.S. forces are withdrawing, he noted that the Arabic translation that arrived with the letter did not match the English, saying: "It was meant to say troops will reposition in order to withdraw from the country." He assured his cabinet that it was an official letter signed by U.S. Brig.-Gen. William Seely. He explained that nearly four or five hours later he had received another Arabic translation that matches the English. (source: Nasnews.com) The Relationship Between Us [U.S. And Iraq] No Longer Appears To Be Between Equals" Abdul-Mahdi acknowledged that there is a mistrust between the U.S and the Iraqi government that caused a confusion, adding: "The relationship between us [i.e., the U.S. and Iraq] no longer appears to be between equals." He said that the U.S. did not provide evidence of who launched the attacks on its troops in Iraq, and therefore it is hard for him to defend their position in reference to the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Referring to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's statement on the letter, Abdul-Mahdi said that the Iraqi government did not receive an official written notification from the U.S. to clarify the situation. "Good, you say it was a draft, but it is a draft that we received. We – as a state – how should we act? So, let another letter be sent to us to clarify the situation so we can explain to our people or clarify the picture to us also. Not through talk exchanged by the media," he said. Abdul-Mahdi Seeks To Reestablish His Role As Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi, who was forced to resign by angry protesters on November 30, 2019, over corruption and Iran's growing influence in the country, tried in the January 7 cabinet meeting to reestablish his authority as premier, saying he has a responsibility to abide by the letter that indicated U.S. withdrawal.   "My responsibility before my people, before you [cabinet members], before the Council of Representatives [i.e., parliament] means that we have to be clear about what we are talking about. But, if one time I take the talk seriously and, at another time, I say that the talk was a compliment, who can decide what the matter here is?" On January 5, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, had dismissed Abdul-Mahdi's call for all foreign troops to leave, saying that the latter is only operating in a caretaker role.   [1] Youtube.com/watch?v=vgOJuccydDw&feature=youtu.be, January 7, 2020.

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January 7, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8474

Responses On White Supremacist Platforms To U.S. Killing Of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani

January 7, 2020
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 8474
The January 3, 2020 killing by the U.S. of IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani prompted responses from white supremacist groups and individuals, who regularly comment on global issues. There have been two main types of response: mourning for an anti-U.S. and anti-Zionist figure, and support for or indifference to his killing since he was a) responsible for the deaths of U.S. soldiers and civilians, and b) a Muslim in a region far from the U.S. Also expressed was criticism of the U.S. government for the attack, on the grounds that it is fighting Israel's battles. The following is a review of reactions on white supremacist platforms and social media accounts: Support For Soleimani On January 5, the official Telegram channel of a white nationalist para-military organization posted an image of Soleimani with a message of support reading: "[we] would like to express our condolences to the Islamic Republic of Iran for the loss of the great Major General Qasem Soleimani." On January 5, a white supremacist Telegram channel shared a pro-Soleimani post that was translated from the original Ukrainian and posted other white supremacist and neo-Nazi channels. The post states that the Jews had used the U.S. government and its Trump-administration puppets to kill Soleimani; it included his image and a list of his accomplishments: Organized 120 direct terrorist attacks on Jews. Commanded Hezbollah in a victorious war with Israel. He commanded the Iraqi militia in the battles against ISIL and Al-Nusra. Suleimani's quote about the Third Reich: "it was the last battle of the anti-Zionists of the West" Collaborated with Hamas, Hezbollah, Europe's Right. Quote about migrants flooding the Europe: "Untermensch, human dirt" Has organized several terrorist attacks on Americans in the Middle East." The post also includes a quote attributed to Soleimani: "The battlefield is a paradise lost to mankind, where morality and true human behavior are visible in their highest manifestation. Usually people's view of paradise is a breathtaking colorful landscape, creaking murmurs, beautiful women. But there is another kind of paradise – it's a battlefield" On January 4, the Telegram channel of a Ukrainian ultra-nationalist group posted images of their activists standing outside an Iranian embassy, likely in Kiev, where they left a portrait of Soleimani, a bunch of roses, and two notes to him. One of the notes read: "Your life was a war on globalism [...] Glory to Qasem Soleimani." The Telegram post also wrote that its activists had "honored the memory of the fallen general, Qasem Soleimani, under the Iranian Embassy. Soleimani noted the relentless fight against ISIL groups in Syria and Iraq. Qasem also played an important role in stabilizing the political situation in Iraq following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from there." On January 3, an anonymous comment was posted on 4chan in a thread titled "Qasem Soleimani – did he deserve it?" The comment referred to Soleimani as a hero: "He protected his country and others against Jewmerican/Israeli aggression. He's a hero." On January 6, a VK user referred to Soleimani as "a great hero!", and posted a screenshot of an anonymous 4chan thread titled "Let me tell you about Soleimani" that enumerated Soleimani's accomplishments: ">Responsible for over 120 direct terror attacks on Israelis ">Behind the propping up of Bashar Al-Assad, the Syrian tyrant ">Known ally of Russia and China ">Responsible for the deaths of over a thousand Saudi soldiers in Yemen ">Commanded Hezbollah in its victory over Israel ">Commanded Iraqi militias in their attacks against Sunni defence forces like ISIS and Al-Nusra ">Was caught on camera praising Hitler and the Nazi regime as "the last stand of the western anti-zionists" ">Known to have links to Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis and the European far right ">Was caught on camera describing sunni migrants to Europe as 'subhuman filth.'" Comments to this post include the calls "RIP" and "EIP.. ZIEG Heil," as well as a smiley with a thumbs-up emitting a red and blue flame accompanied by an image of a burning Israeli flag. On January 6, this VK user posted another image of Soleimani with the text "General Soleimani. Anti-Zionism," writing: "A hero..." In a January 3 radio show on David Duke's website, Duke, co-host Patrick Slattery, and British white supremacist Mark Collett discussed Soleimani's killing in what Duke calls "a terrorist, murderous attack." Duke referred to the U.S. as "under the control of the Zionists," and in the article accompanying the show stated: "[O]ur Zio elites are convinced that they can blame anything and everything on Iran, and the goyim are too retarded to know any better. The irony... is that Trump is so vulnerable and flailing so pathetically that he may well wind up being removed from office over attacking Iran by the very people who want him to attack Iran." Image on David Duke's website, captioned "Rest in peace, Qasem, we miss you!" Support For And Indifference To Soleimani's Killing A Gab user posted, on January 7, a cartoon depicting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for "Death to America and Israel" both "Before" and "After" Soleimani's killing. He added: "Nothing's really changed, huh?" On January 3, also in the 4chan thread titled "Qasem Soleimani – did he deserve it?" a commenter said that Soleimani's killing was justified because of his link to the deaths of Americans in the Middle East, including the December 27, 2019 rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that killed an American contractor and the subsequent December 31 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The comment stated: " He killed Americans on multiple occasions in a country of which they were officially welcomed in. If there were Americans in say... the UK and some other countries general launched an attack on them, do you think a response would be considered acceptable? Also, he was blown to hell while riding away with the group that had just attacked the U.S. embassy so it can easily be argued as justifiable. Media reporting per usual on this type of thing is grossly negligent and or deceptive/manipulative." An anonymous January 6 comment on a 4chan thread titled "What a fucking chad"[9] justified Soleimani's killing on the grounds that he was a Muslim: "he was islamic, fuck him and fuck allah."   [9] Boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/238575648. A "chad" refers to the "Virgin vs. Chad" meme; in this case it means that Soleimani is a strong, confident, nonconforming man.

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The Iraqi Shi'ite militias continue to threaten revenge for the deaths of Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the Quds Force of the IRGC, and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Iraqi Al-Hashd Al-Shabi (the Popular Mobilization Units, PMU) in an American drone strike, and in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to impose sanctions on Iraq if it compels the American forces to withdraw from its territory. Deputy Secretary General Of The Al-Nujaba Movement: The American Embassy In Baghdad Is A Big Target; The Campaign Has Moved To The Arena Of The U.S. Allies In The Region Nasser Al-Shammari, Deputy Secretary General of the Iraqi Hizbullah Al-Nujaba movement, reported that an upcoming meeting is expected among the heads of the resistance factions in order to discuss a response to the deaths, and threatened that it would be directed against American allies in the region. Al-Shammari said: "Senior officials of the Iraqi resistance are planning to meet today or tomorrow to establish a united front against the American presence in the region. It would be beneficial if we, as factions of the resistance, formed a single entity to confront Washington, which defines us all in the same way [as terrorist organizations] ..."[1] He added: "Trump would not have dared to perpetrate this crime if it were not for the incitement  from 'Israel' and the Saudi rulers. As far as we are concerned, the American military presence is a target in Iraq. The American Embassy in Baghdad is like a military base and a den of espionage, there are thousands of Marines there and it is a very big target for the resistance. The campaign has now moved to the center of the countries which are Washington's allies in the region and agitate to attack us. The big result of the [shedding of the] blood of the martyrs will be the annihilation of Israel. The revenge for the blood of the martyrs will be shocking when the missiles fall on their heads."[2] Al-Nujaba insignia Hizbullah Brigades: We Will Destroy the American Air Force Base In Iraq Several senior militia officials responded to the threats made by Trump that the U.S. would impose sanctions on Iraq if it expels the American forces from its territory. Abu 'Ali Al-'Askari, the military commander of the Hizbullah Brigades tweeted: "If the stupid Trump imposes economic sanctions on Iraq, we will take action with our friends to prevent the flow of oil from the Gulf to America. With respect to the [American] air base [in Iraq][3] – it will be destroyed if [Trump] insists on remaining in Iraq. We are prepared to assist the Iraqi government to protect the activities of the Chinese companies."[4] Abu 'Ali Al-'Askari's tweet However, Hizbullah Brigades spokesman Muhammad Muhi subsequently clarified that the Iraqi factions will respond only after Iran retaliates. In an interview with the Lebanese Elnashra channel Muhi said: "The Iraqi resistance factions are an inseparable part of the resistance axis; they operate within its framework with due consideration for the political and popular situation in Iraq and the extent of the crimes perpetrated by the U.S. against the Iraqi people. We are waiting for the Iranian response... and then we will determine the character and breadth of our response..."[5]   [1] Almaalomah.com, January 6, 2020. [2] R-m-n.net, January 6, 2020. [3] In response to the decision by the Iraqi parliament about expelling the foreign forces from Iraq, President Trump said: "We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that's there. It cost billions of dollars to build. We're not leaving unless they pay us back for it." bbc.com, January 6, 2020. [4] Twitter.com/abualiaalaskry, January 6, 2020. [5] Elnashra.com, January 7, 2020.  

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January 7, 2020 Special Announcements No. 858

MEMRI Iran Studies Project Adds 36 New Translations And Research, Following Killing Of IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani

January 7, 2020
Special Announcements No. 858
WASHINGTON, DC – Following the January 3 killing of Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, MEMRI has added new translations and research to its Iran Studies Project archive. MEMRI maintains the largest archive of translated Iranian media from the past two decades as part of its Iran Studies Project. The new reports and clips include archival translations of statements by Qassem Soleimani as well as initial reactions from Iranian government, military, religious, and media figures. MEMRI has also covered what media are saying in Arabic, Turkish, and Urdu media. In the coming days, many other translations, reports, and videos will be added to our archives. The MEMRI Iran Studies Project, headed by native-born Iranians, is the only research project in the world that monitors and analyzes materials from the Iranian media on a day-to-day basis. It has produced hundreds of hours of translations from Iran's most important media outlets and websites, including over 40 newspapers and more than 30 TV channels. Also, it has published hundreds of original analyses on issues of vital importance, such as Iran's pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile capability and its expansion of its military; the increasing activity of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) within the country and the IRGC Qods Force outside its borders; political revolt in the country and its violent suppression by the regime; speeches and statements by military leaders including Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami and Esmail Ghaani, successor to Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani; speeches by leaders including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rohani; sermons by senior religious figures; and more. The project also monitors reformists, including women's and human rights activists and others, in the country.   Some of the Iranian TV channels whose content MEMRI translates are: Al-Alam TV; IRINN TV; Press TV; IRIB Ofogh TV; IRIB/Jaam-E-Jam1 TV; IRIB/Jaam-E-Jam2 TV; IRIB/Jaam-E-Jam3TV; Channel 1 (Iran); Channel 2 (Iran); Channel 3 (Iran); Channel 4 (Iran); Channel 5 (Iran); Tehran TV; Al-Kawthar TV; Bushehr TV; Dena TV; Esfahan TV; Fars TV; Hamoon TV; Jaam-E-Jam3; Kerman TV; Khorasan Jonoobi TV; Khorasan Razabi TV; Khorasan Shomali TV; Khozestan TV; Koran TV; Mazandaran TV; Sahand TV; Sahar TV; Tasnim News Agency; and Yazd TV. Some of the Iranian print media and websites covered by MEMRI are: Farsnews.com; IRNA; ISNA; ILNA; Javan; Farsi.khamenei.ir; President.ir; Baladi-news.com; Horanfree.com; Tasnim; Basirat; Sepah News; Kayhan; Mehr; Mashreq; Al-Dustour; Asr-e Iran; Aljumhuriya.net; Almodon.com; Orient-news.net; Smartnews-agency.com; 7al.net; Raialyoum.com; and Yjc.ir, among others. How To Support The MEMRI Iran Studies Project In the past week, MEMRI has published 36 clips and translations on Iran, and producing such content for the Iran Studies Project is very costly. Your help allows us to continue our vital work of supporting counterterrorism efforts in the U.S. and throughout the West. To support the Iran Studies Project, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. Latest Clips And Reports From MEMRI Iran Studies Project New MEMRI TV clips on reactions to the killing of Qods Force commander Soleimani include translations of statements by Iranian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Turkish, and Afghan figures, among others: IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Hossein Salami: “The Muslims Will Leave No Spot Anywhere Safe for the Americans” Afghan MP Belquis Roshan: Soleimani Was Responsible for the Death of Thousands of Afghan Youth Senior IRGC General Naqdi Predicts: Muslims Will Pull Americans out of Embassies and Military Bases and Hang Them Blindfolded from Trees Senior IRGC Commander General Naqdi: White House Should Retreat from the Region or Order Coffins; The Zionists Should Go Back to Europe or Suffer "Decisive Blow" Iranian Video Depicts Assassination of President Trump as Revenge for Soleimani’s Death; Caption Reads: "If You Begin the War, We Will End the War" Hizbullah Sec.-Gen. Hassan Nasrallah: Everyone in the Region Should Seek Retribution; Trump will Lose the Elections when U.S. Troops Arrive in Coffins; Soleimani’s Shoe is Worth Like Trump’s Head Iraqi Shiite Milita Leader Qais Khazali: American Forces Must Leave Iraq Now or Face Dire Consequences; We will Erase Israeli Entity from Existence Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami in Tehran Sermon Pledges Vengeance against US; Resistance in Iraq Must Say: "Yankees Get Lost!" Iranian Defense Minister General Amir Hatami: Retaliation for Soleimani's "Martyrdom" May Take Place Anywhere in the World New Qods Force Commander Esmail Ghaani: We will Remove American Presence from the Region and Bring About Global Rule of Hidden Imam Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Family of Qasem Soleimani: Everybody Will Avenge His Blood; America's Evil Hand Will Be Severed from the Region In Iran, "Gift" Of $80 Million Offered For Head Of "Crazy Little Man With Yellow Hair"" - Trump Lebanese Political Analyst Faysal Abdel Sater on Al-Jazeera: Iranian Retaliation is Inevitable, Could Be Anywhere in the World; There Are 52 U.S. States Former Iranian Diplomat Amir Musawi on Al-Jazeera: Iran has a Black List of U.S. Politicians and Military Officers; The Iranian Hand will Reach Them Mohammad Marandi, Head of American Studies at Tehran University on Al-Jazeera: American, Western Citizens Should Leave the Region Immediately IRGC Spokesman Gen. Sharif Bursts into Tears while Discussing Soleimani's Death, Adds: Before Long, the Joy of the Americans and Zionists over Soleimani's Killing Will Turn into Grief Worshippers Burst into Tears When News Breaks of Soleimani Killing; Preacher: He Was an Agent of Unity between Muslims and Jews Iranian TV Announcement about U.S. Killing of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani: He Met His Creator with Gratitude for Years of Jihad The new MEMRI reports include reactions from Iranian, Turkish, Iraqi, Lebanese, South Asian, and Russian media, among others: An Iranian Attack On The U.S. Homeland May Already Be In The Works The Iran-U.S. Crisis Following Soleimani's Killing – Analysis And Assessment: Part I After Gen. Soleimani's Death In U.S. Drone Strike, Pakistani Government And Military Call For 'Constructive Engagement' And 'De-Escalation Of Tensions' Iranian Government Outlets: Turkish President Erdoğan Offered Condolences To Iranian President Rohani Over Killing Of 'Martyr Soleimani' Reactions In Iraq To Parliamentary Decision Demanding That Iraqi Government End Foreign Military Presence In Iraq Lebanese Pro-Hizbullah Daily Lists U.S. Bases In Middle East As 'Possible Targets' Reactions In South Asian Newspapers To Assassination Of Qasem Soleimani Shi'ite Militias In Bahrain And Saudi Arabia Threaten To Avenge Soleimani And Al-Muhandis By Targeting U.S. Interests Russia’s Officials And Media Commentators React To The Killing Of Soleimani Iranian Government Outlets: Turkish President Erdoğan Offered Condolences To Iranian President Rohani Over Killing Of 'Martyr Soleimani' Al-Jazeera Reporting Following Soleimani's Killing: Retaliation Is 'Something Absolute And Inevitable' And Its Arena Will Stretch From Palestine To Uzbekistan Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Threaten To Target U.S. Bases There: Iraqi Forces Should Keep Their Distance From These Bases; Our Missiles Are Prepared Reactions To U.S. Killing Of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani – Part I Turkish Government, Press Respond To U.S. Killing Of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani: 'The Bandit U.S. Is Pursuing A New Order In The Middle East,' U.S. And Israel 'Will Drown In The Clean Blood Of [Soleimani] And All The Martyrs' Archival: IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani: 'War Is A Grand School For Love, Morals, [And] Loyalty' Archival: Iranian Campaign Touts IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani As 'Savior Of Iraq'; Soleimani: Iran Has Thousands Of Organizations Like Hizbullah; I Pray To Die A Martyr Appendix: From The MEMRI Archives: Reports And Clips On IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani

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