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Apr 07, 2020
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Muslim-American Academic Dr. Kevin Barrett on Iranian TV: Coronavirus May Have Been Unleashed by the U.S. as An Act of Biological Warfare Targeting China, Iran

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Source: IRIB Ofogh TV (Iran)

On April 7, 2020, Ofogh TV (Iran) aired a discussion about coronavirus on the Nader Talebzadeh Show, which is hosted by Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh. Muslim-American academic and conspiracy theorist Dr. Kevin Barrett, who sat next to a picture of deceased IRGC Quds Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani, said that the coronavirus may have been unleashed by the United States as an act of biological warfare targeting China and Iran. For more about Dr. Kevin Barret, a convert to Islam, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 7474 and No. 4220. Later in the show, Iranian lecturer Dr. Ali Karami said that pandemics are a way of controlling the world population, which he said is consistent with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s beliefs about foreign policy. He also said that there are U.S. Patents for the coronavirus. In addition, Ayatollah Mohammad Mehdi Mirbagheri, a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, said that if the coronavirus is really an act of biological warfare, Iran must strengthen itself.

 

Nader Talebzadeh: "[Dr. Barrett] has a picture of the martyr [Qasem] Soleimani. He put it there deliberately. I didn't tell him to put it there, he did it himself.

 

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"It's interesting that you put the image of the martyr Soleimani, the Iranian martyr. All these things happened after that huge funeral, and also the American media and the American president... Both parties claim that he is the biggest terrorist and the biggest force of evil, whereas we know who he was and what he did against ISIS. And it all started after that. Do you have any interpretation about this [cataclysm], as we sat in the Quranic language, that has happened in the real of corona... Do you have an interpretation about that?"

 

Dr. Kevin Barrett: "Yes, I suspect that the same leaders who ordered the murder of General Soleimani also may have unleashed the coronavirus as an act of biological warfare, primarily against China and Iran.

 

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"The people around Trump are all afraid of a country like China becoming stronger. To stop China, they must stop its economy from getting stronger. To do that they have to cripple the entire world economy."

 

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Talebzadeh: "[Dr. Barret] used to be Christian, and he converted to Islam. He has become a lover of the Prophet Muhammad's family."

 

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Dr. Ali Karami: "All the intellectuals in the world know the NSSM-200 document. It has to do with America's national security. It was written by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. This document was recently declassified, and out friends are welcome to read its full version. In it is Kissinger's famous statement: 'We will control governments by means of oil, and we will control nations by means of food.' What this resulted in is a project called 'depopulation.' Look at what Henry Kissinger said. He said that depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy. Epidemics and viruses are among the ways to control the world population. As the American doctor said, healthcare for seniors in the U.S. is very expensive. They are not productive and do not contribute to the economy, but they still incur costs. It is strange that coronavirus kills older people. It is interesting that in hospitals, they are leaving the older people in the hallways to die. This is how people like Trump and Boris Johnson think. Trump called it 'the Chinese virus,' and [Johnson] has referred to 'herd immunity.' The exact meaning of this term is evolution, meaning that the strong will survive and the weak will die. I will conclude with this: Look at this U.S. Patent. In 2014, they patented the coronavirus. Academics should look at the U.S. Patent registry. In 2014, 2017, and 2018, the coronaviruses were being patented. They are even patenting the virus just like they patented our saffron, and just like they stole our genome."

 

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Ayatollah Mohammad Mehdi Mirbagheri: "Let's say that they create a virus, and it backfires and entangles them... We aren't very concerned about this, but if this is really a biological war, we absolutely must strengthen ourselves. If this is really a biological war, we have no choice but to strengthen ourselves. As the Quran says: 'Prepare against them however you can.' We must strengthen ourselves and cause the balance of power to favor us.

 

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"The abilities demonstrated by our health apparatus, by our industries, and by our scientific and medical communities have proven that [we] are not lagging behind the international community. They make it unnecessary for us to listen to the WHO's [World Health Organization] protocols. The WHO is the target of many accusations. As you know, all the organizations that belong to the U.N. have been accused of making big schemes. This includes the World Bank, the IMF [International Military Fund], and the WTO [World Trade Organization.] As you know, these have all been accused of leaving the third world in poverty. The WHO is being accused of creating global pandemics. All the documents about this have already been published. I do not need to show them."

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April 18, 2020 Special Announcements No. 898

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Montior (JTTM) Weekend Summary: Week of April 11-18, 2020

April 18, 2020
Special Announcements No. 898
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: On Social Media, Al-Hol Camp Detainees' Celebrate Coronavirus Deaths, Quarantine Policies In The West: 'My Heart Feels At Ease That Kuffar Are Locked Up... Europe Is Shut... The Way They Locked Us Up' Women in Syria's Al-Hol Camp, which holds people displaced from territory that the Islamic State (ISIS) held temporarily, have recently been discussing the coronavirus pandemic.   EXCLUSIVE: Photos Show ISIS Khorasan Chief Aslam Farooqi Under Arrest By Afghanistan – Pakistan Seeks Custody Photos have emerged recently of Islamic State in Khorasan (ISIS-K) chief Abdullah Orakzai aka Aslam Farooqi, who was arrested by Afghan officials. Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has asked for the custody of Farooqi, who is a Pakistani national.   EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Hacking Group Declares 'Cyber War' Against Unbelievers In South Africa In Video Showing Hacked Websites A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacker group released a video that lists websites in South Africa that it says it hacked and defaced as part of a "cyber war" on the unbelievers in South Africa.   Mali-Based Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Group Claims Attack On Military Base In Burkina Faso, Says Impact Of Its Attacks And Coronavirus Will End G5 Military Alliance On April 16, 2020, a media arm of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Mali-based Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) released a statement claiming responsibility for the killing of five soldiers and seizure of loads of weapons and military equipment in an attack on a military base in Burkina Faso.   In 'Exclusive' Report On Al-Naba' Weekly, ISIS Claims First Attack In Maldives On April 16, 2020, Issue 230 of Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba' included an "exclusive" report claiming responsibility for the burning of five boats belonging to the government of the Maldives. This is the first attack ISIS has ever claimed in the small island nation in South Asia.   ISIS In West Africa Military Commander: Ongoing Military Campaign Has Not Achieved Objectives, 'Soldiers Of The Caliphate Will Chase Down The Unbelievers And Fight Them Everywhere' On April 9, 2020, the Islamic State (ISIS) released the latest issue of its weekly Al-Naba', which included a report with an exclusive interview with the military commander of its branch in West Africa in which the commander claimed that the ongoing military campaign "did not achieve any of its objectives" and vowed to continue chasing down and fighting the "unbelievers everywhere."   Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Celebrates Recent Kabul Attack On Sikh Temple As Revenge On India On April 11, 2020, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) media outlet released a short clip celebrating the recent attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul, describing it as revenge for the mistreatment of the Muslims of India.   Pro-ISIS Hadm Al-Aswar Foundation Advertises Positions Within Its Media Staff On April 14, 2020, a pro-ISIS group shared a job posting on its Telegram channel.   Somalia-Based Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims 'Qualitative Operation' In Wajir In Northeast Kenya, Killing Six Kenyan Soldiers On April 14, 2020, the official news agency of the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadi group Al-Shabab claimed that six Kenyan soldiers were killed and five machine guns were seized in a "qualitative operation" carried out by Al-Shabab fighters in the suburbs of Wajir county in northeast Kenya.   Al-Qaeda Affiliate Group For Support Of Islam And Muslims (GSIM) Claims Killing 30 In Raid On Malian Base On April 11, 2020, a pro-Al-Qaeda news agency forwarded a statement from the Group for Support of Islam and Muslims – GSIM) in which GSIM claimed responsibility for an April 7 raid on a Malian military base in the town of Bamba.   Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Opens Registration For New Recruits To Join Its Ranks, Gives Phone Numbers, Telegram Channels As Contact Information On April 16, 2020, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) announced that registration was open for those in the rebel-controlled areas to join its ranks.

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April 17, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8672

Egyptian-Canadian Writer Said Shoaib: Erdoğan Believes In Islamic Imperialism Like The Muslim Brotherhood Does; We Must Abandon The Idea Of An Islamic Caliphate, Or Else The MB Will Remain In Control

April 17, 2020
Egypt, Turkey | Special Dispatch No. 8672
Egyptian-Canadian writer Said Shoaib said in a March 23, 2020 interview on Mehwar TV (Egypt) that the time has come to stop giving ideological support for Islamists in the West, which he said are led by the Muslim Brotherhood. He said that organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood are responsible for spreading lies about Muslims in Canada being persecuted, that there is no systematic anti-Muslim discrimination in Canada, and that some people in the West are naturally afraid of Islam because of Islamic terrorism. He also said that the purpose of his book Erdoğan's Islam is to tell Muslims that the Islamists are only pretending that they want to build a free and just country. Furthermore, Shoaib said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shares the Muslim Brotherhood's beliefs that imperialism is a part of Islam. Shoaib added: "If we do not abandon the idea of Islam as a country and a Caliphate, then the Islamists will remain in control of the Middle East." To view the clip of Said Shoaib on MEMRI TV, click here or below. "There Is No Systematic Discrimination Against Muslims In The Law Or Constitution" Said Shoaib: "It is time to stop giving ideological support for the Islamists [in the West]... I am talking about Islamists, and they are led by the Muslim Brotherhood – the Muslim Brotherhood is the most organized [Islamist] group, but they are all one and the same. It is time to stop supporting them ideologically. "They say, for example, that Muslims in Canada are persecuted. That is a lie. Islamic centers tell lies and the religious institutions come and say: 'Look, Islamophobia!' But these are all lies. I am not talking about the West in general. I am talking about what I have experienced in Canada. There is no systematic discrimination against Muslims in the law or constitution. If you want to build a mosque, the same laws apply for building a synagogue, a Buddhist place of worship, or a church – most Canadians are Christians." [...] "People Are Afraid Of Muslims And Of Islam Because Of The Terror Attacks That Some Muslims Have Carried Out" Interviewer: "In the West – Europe and America – nobody talks about hostility towards Muslims?" Said Shoaib: "No" Interviewer: "So there is none?" Said Shoaib: "People are afraid of Muslims and of Islam because of the terror attacks that some Muslims have carried out. This fear is natural. I am not making excuses and some mistakes might be made. I am not talking about the governments, since they have a different logic, with which one can agree or disagree. I am talking about the society. "As a Muslim in Canada, I have not experienced any discrimination, and if this does take place, I would be lucky, because then I would receive a lot of compensation." [...] "[Erdoğan] Is More Dangerous Than A Dictator Because He Has An Imperialist Plan" "[My book] Erdoğan's Islam tells Muslims that the Islamists are pretending to build a country of freedom and justice, but you do not need to try it out [to see the truth]. There is the example of Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan and of Erdoğan, who has fooled the world. He has managed to fool the Muslims and the West. He has used the West in order to distance the army from the political arena. After he used the rules of the EU to oust the army, he took control of the country and exposed his ugly imperialist face. He is more than just a dictator. He is more dangerous than a dictator because he has an imperialist plan that he considers to be a part of Islam. [He believes that] reviving the Ottoman imperialist enterprise is a part of Islam. "Erdoğan is not crazy, nor is he mentally disturbed and it bothers me when people describe him like that. Erdoğan believes, just like the Muslim Brotherhood, that in order to enter Paradise, he needs to restore the Islamic Caliphate." [...] "Islam Is Neither A Country Nor A Caliphate" "The time has come to abandon the idea of Islam as a country and a Caliphate. Islam is a religion. It is important for me to say these things. If we do not abandon the idea of Islam as a country and a Caliphate, then the Islamists will remain in control of the Middle East. Islam is neither a country nor a Caliphate. It was never so, and it should never be so."  

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April 17, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8704

On China's Official Arabic-Language TV: COVID-19 Does Not Appear To Have Originated In China; Evidence Suggests It Came From The United States

April 17, 2020
Special Dispatch No. 8704
Chinese vlogger "Ms. V" said in an episode of "China View" that was published by CGTN Arabic TV (China) on March 17, 2020 that the presence of multiple coronavirus strains in the United States, the coincidence between the initial coronavirus outbreak and the 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan in which the U.S. participated, the possibility that the U.S. may have had many coronavirus deaths that have been documented as influenza deaths, and the CDC's shut down of former U.S. biological weapons research lab Fort Detrick all suggest that COVID-19 originated in the United States, and not in China. To view the clip of Ms. V's China View episode on MEMRI TV, click here or below. "The Research... Reported That The Virus Had Started Spreading After The Wuhan International Military Games Ended In October 2019" Ms. V: "Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China some followers have asked me, do you believe a story that the new coronavirus is made by the USA? And every time my answer was: No. I can't believe it unless there is evidence to prove that. "Now there may be some new facts indicating a new interpretation of the source of the new coronavirus. This is Ms. V, welcome to China View. "Initially, many thought that the beginning of the virus' emergence was from one of the seafood markets in Wuhan, but Chinese researchers reported in a new research that the transmission of the new coronavirus had started since last December outside this market, and the virus may have transmitted from a source or other sources to the seafood market, where the rapid spread of transmission began due to the presence of a large number of close contacts within this place, and the research also reported that the virus had started spreading after the Wuhan International Military Games ended in October 2019. So, it is expected that the 'patient zero' in China has come from outside China." "The Asahi Corporation Of Japan Published A Report... Indicating The Possibility Of New Cases Of Coronavirus In The United States [Were Registered] Among Deaths Caused By Influenza" "The Asahi Corporation of Japan published a report in the past days indicating the possibility of new cases of coronavirus in the United States among deaths caused by influenza infection and the US government recently recognized this possibility. This news has caused a widespread debate on social media about the possibility of the virus being transmitted to China from abroad during the period of the Military Olympic Games in Wuhan, which was attended by 109 countries, including the United States." "By Deciphering The Viral Genome In Iran And Italy, We Found That It Is Different From The Nature Of The Virus That Was Discovered In China, And This Also Indicates That Its Source Is Not From China" "Then, a Taiwan virologist also put forward the same hypothesis and based his theory on the premise that it makes sense to expect a country with the most strains of the virus to be the source of the original virus, because the virus would not be born by itself."This scientific expression is relatively difficult to understand. To clarify the meaning to you in a simpler way: if we consider viruses as one family, the first generation that passed from bats is the serious virus. The new virus developed to be group A and group B, and the group B developed group C, and the group C developed group D and E. The viruses currently in China are all from the group C, but the viruses in the United States are from all give groups. We can say that what we found from all the viruses in China were children or grandchildren, no grandparents. So it is clear that the virus in China was transmitted from abroad. By deciphering the viral genome in Iran and Italy, we found that it is different from the nature of the virus that was discovered in China, and this also indicates that its source is not from China." "In September 2019 Some Japanese Were Infected... After Returning From Hawaii...Shortly After The CDC Suddenly And Completely Shut Down... The Fort Detrick Biological Weapons Laboratory..." "The outbreak may be earlier than expected. In September 2019 some Japanese were infected with the new coronavirus after returning from Hawaii, though they had not visited China before. This happened two months before the beginning of the outbreak in China. Shortly after the CDC suddenly and completely shut down the facilities, after claiming that the Fort Detrick Biological Weapons Laboratory had failed to fully prevent the loss of pathogens. Now the data related to this lab has disappeared on the internet." "It Is Expected That The New Coronavirus Has Started Outbreaks In The United States For A While, And Its Symptoms Were Like The Symptoms Of Other Diseases, So It Was Easy To Hide The Truth" "The virologist reported that he had carefully researched these cases as well as his Japanese colleague, and they got the same conclusion. It is expected that the new coronavirus has started outbreaks in the United States for a while, and its symptoms were like the symptoms of other diseases, so it was easy to hide the truth. "Of course, we cannot be 100% sure about the validity of this analysis, because the United States has not yet announced a possible number of new cases of coronavirus from deaths thought to have been caused by influenza. In fact, there is still no definitive conclusion about the source of the epidemic in the scientific community so far. As the new coronavirus spreads around the world, we are looking forward to an answer from some governments, and their facing the public with greater transparency. I'm Ms. V, follow me, wish you all the best, bye."

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April 17, 2020 Special Announcements No. 899

The MEMRI Weekly: April 10-17, 2020

April 17, 2020
Special Announcements No. 899
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. 8672 – Egyptian-Canadian Writer Said Shoaib: Erdoğan Believes In Islamic Imperialism Like The Muslim Brotherhood Does; We Must Abandon The Idea Of An Islamic Caliphate, Or Else The MB Will Remain In Control, April 17, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8703 – Visions Of The Post-Coronavirus World – Part V: Iranian Regime Mouthpiece 'Kayhan': God Sent The Coronavirus To Expose The Hollow, Atrophied Nature Of Western Civilization Versus The Human And Life-Affirming Civilization Of Islam; America, Israel Manufactured, Spread The Coronavirus In The World, April 17, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8702 – Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor – Account Review (DTTM-AR): White Supremacist Telegram Channel Calls To Kill German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Shares Manuals For Manufacturing Weapons, Lionizes White Supremacist Terrorists, April 16, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8701 – Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor – Account Review (DTTM-AR): Telegram Channel Of International Neo-Nazi Group Led By 13-Year-Old Estonian – With Recruits Across The U.S. And In Canada, UK, Italy, Netherlands – Is Still Active; Group Planned To Bomb Synagogue, U.S. News Network, April 16, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8700 – Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor – Account Review (DTTM-AR): White Supremacist Telegram Group Posts Cryptocurrency Guide, Explains Utility Of Cryptocurrency Amid Coronavirus, Says Coinbase Run By 'Scummy Anti-White Jews So I'd Starve Them For Business', April 15, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8698 – Following Erdoğan's Promise To Convert Hagia Sophia 'Back Into A Mosque,' Quran Verses, Call To Prayer Recited In The Ancient Church, April 15, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8697 – Google Algorithm Continues To Spread Antisemitism And Holocaust Denial – Contrary To Google's Claim That It Has Removed Such Material, April 14, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8694 – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Criticizes the West's Response To COVID-19: Altercations Over Toilet Paper, Standing In Line To Buy Weapons – Natural Outcome Of The West's Materialistic, Atheistic Philosophy, April 14, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8696 – Visions Of The Post-Coronavirus World: Senior Russian Legislator Pushkov: American Helplessness And Selfishness During Pandemic Put The End Of American Hegemony Into Sharp Relief, April 14, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8695 – Dissident Qatari Royal Family Member: Emir Has Turned Qatar Into Colony Of Turkish President Erdogan – Who 'Has Planted His Troops And Weapons On Every Inch Of Qatari Territory', April 14, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8693 – ISIS Women At Al-Hol Refugee Camp: Coronavirus Does Not Infect Muslims; Only Infidels And Oppressors Die Of The Virus, April 13, 2020   *MEMRI TV MONITOR PROJECT MEMRI TV Clip No. 7937 – Egyptian Islamic Preacher Mohammed Al-Hefnawi Al-Ansari: Thank You Coronavirus For Shutting Down Cinemas, Coffee Shops, And Whorehouses; May Allah Use This Virus To Annihilate The Infidels And Shi'ites, The Internet MEMRI TV Clip No. 7936 – On China's Official Arabic-Language TV: COVID-19 Does Not Appear To Have Originated In China; Evidence Suggests It Came From The United States, CGTN Arabic TV (China) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7935 – Jordanian Islamic Scholar Dr. Ahmad Al-Shahrouri: MEMRI Has Taken My Statements Out Of Context And Refuses To Apologize; Coronavirus And Zionism Are Both Pandemics We Need To Fight, Yarmouk TV (Jordan) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7934 – IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Hossein Salami Presents New Technology, Claims It Uses Magnetic Fields, 'Bipolar Virus,' To Detect COVID-19 From 100 Meters Away Within Five Seconds, IRINN TV (Iran) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7933 – Saudi Journalist Nadine Al-Budair: It Isn't Racist To Criticize China With Regard To The Coronavirus; This Pandemic Is A Result Of China's Neglect When It Comes To Health; The World Has Earned The Right To Intervene In What Is Eaten In China, Rotana Khalijiya TV (Saudi Arabia) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7932 – Lebanese Nuclear Physicist Dr. Hadi Issa Dalloul: Jews Evade Financial Collapse Due To Coronavirus Economic Crisis Like They Escaped The WTC On 9/11, Al-Ikhbariya TV (Syria) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7931 – Iranian Academic Dr. Mohammad Marandi: Iran Among Few Countries Not Affected Economically By COVID-19, Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7930 – Visions Of The Post-Coronavirus World - Abdel Bari Atwan: Coronavirus Will Bring The End Of The U.S. Empire; Let China Rise – It Won't Be Worse Than America, The Internet MEMRI TV Clip No. 7929 – Yemen Friday Sermon By Houthi Islamic Scholar Ibrahim Al-Ubeidi: Allah Brought Coronavirus Upon The West, China As Punishment For Having Passed Legislation Against Hijabs; Lo And Behold, Now They Are Wearing Face Masks, Al-Eman TV (Yemen) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7928 – Prominent Syrian Opposition Politician Riad Al-Turk: Syrian Revolution Faltered Because It Resorted To Violence And Because The Muslim Brotherhood Tried To Dominate Other Political Forces, BBC Arabic (The UK) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7927 – Former Grand Mufti Of Egypt Sheikh Ali Gomaa: Coronavirus Is The Result Of 5G Technology And The Disruptions In Earth's Electromagnetic Field That It Causes, ON TV (Egypt) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7926 – Gaza Friday Sermon Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: Islamic Rituals Such As Fasting, Ablution, Prayer Strengthen Our Immune Systems, Have Positive, Healing Energy, Palestine Today TV (Lebanon) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7925 – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Criticizes The West's Response To COVID-19: Altercations Over Toilet Paper, Standing In Line To Buy Weapons – Natural Outcome Of The West's Materialistic, Atheistic Philosophy, Channel 1 (Iran) MEMRI TV Clip No. 7924 – ISIS Women At Al-Hawl Refugee Camp: Coronavirus Does Not Infect Muslims; Only Infidels And Oppressors Die Of The Virus, Rudaw Network (Iraqi Kurdistan)

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ISIS Al-Naba' Editorial Anticipates The Collapse of Multinational Joint Task Force Due To ISIS Escalating Attacks In West Africa And The Economic Implications Of COVID-19

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April 17, 2020 MEMRI Daily Brief No. 214

Pasdaran Preppers: While Iran Faces A Pandemic, IRGC Girds Itself For War

April 17, 2020 | By Alberto M. Fernandez
Iran | MEMRI Daily Brief No. 214
Iran has been hard hit by the coronavirus. By mid April 2020, the official statistics showed over 75,000 cases and almost 5,000 deaths. Regime critics and media outlets surmised that the real number of infected and the death toll is much higher. One estimate is that the number of dead is at least four times the declared official numbers.[1] Many of the pandemic outbreaks in neighboring countries can be traced back to Iran; indeed, one of the characteristics of the virus's proliferation in the Islamic Republic was how it initially spread through the regime's elite from an original epicenter in the holy city of Qom. Much of the discourse on Iran in the past few months has been on the Trump administration's pressure campaign, on the sanctions (or the supposed need for sanctions relief), and on the coronavirus epidemic raging inside the country. Some in the Western media look at the stances of Western governments in the past few months and contrast them to what the press thinks should be done in responding to the pandemic. It is worth placing Tehran under a similar microscope and looking at the priorities of the Iranian regime in the past few months while thousands died.   That the regime in Iran has covered up the spread and nature of the pandemic has been well documented.[2] Less attention has been given to the timeline of Iranian actions in the region as the virus spread at home. Undeterred for a moment by the health crisis, Iran has been active in trying to prevent its hard-won regional empire from unraveling. Iran didn't postpone its parliamentary elections on February 21 as the pandemic spread.[3] Nor did the outbreak delay its subversion and war in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. A crisis brought about by a new aggressive virus overlapped with aggressive new Iranian actions in the region implemented by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). In some cases, this activity has involved political action, such as in Lebanon and Iraq where the Tehran regime has tried to ensure governments in place (in January 2020 in Lebanon and April 2020 in Iraq) that are at least sympathetic if not servile to Iranian interests. They have succeeded in Lebanon by replacing pro-Hizbullah politicians by an even more slavishly pro-Hizbullah crowd. It is too early to tell how subservient the Iraqi government currently being formed by Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kadhimi could be. Iran's interest in hobbling hardy popular demonstrations in both countries has been helped immeasurably by lockdown methods used to combat the Covid19 virus. Given that Iran is widely seen, through inaction and deception, as having spread the virus in the region, some of the regime's acts have been to try to burnish the virus-fighting credentials of its key forces, such as the IRGC, the Iraqi militias it controls, and Hizbullah. This has led to a burst of propaganda media production featuring these death squads performing health-related activities. Iran has also created and aggressively disseminated disinformation campaigns blaming the U.S. and Israel for the pandemic.[4] But while some of Iran's actions in the past months have focused on politics and propaganda, other activities have been more deadly. In Iraq, the liquidation of terror masters Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis by an American drone strike initially sparked competition between rival pro-Iranian militias over who would be more anti-American and could do more to force U.S. forces out of the country. Several rocket strikes against Coalition Forces located on Iraqi bases culminated in a March 11 strike on Taji base which killed three service members, two Americans and one British. The Americans retaliated the following day inside Iraq, while another strike seemed to hit Iraqi militias based in Syria.[5] Since then, the tempo of Iranian-controlled militia provocations has measurably decreased. Meanwhile in Syria, Iran, working with Russia and the Assad regime, pressed a brutal offensive in Idlib that began in December 2019 and peaked in February 2020. A million Syrians, many of them women and children, were displaced by the offensive, which showed no sign of slowing down. The elimination of the Idlib pocket, with both its Syrian rebel and terrorist forces and its more than two million civilians, many displaced by regime offensives elsewhere in Syria, seemed at hand.[6] Hundreds of Iranian-controlled fighters from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Lebanon participated in the offensive, portrayed by key regime advisor Ali Akbar Velayati as part of a final push to finish with anti-Assad forces everywhere, whether rebels in Idlib or Americans and their allies in Northeast Syria.[7] On February 27 – the same day that media reported that Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar was stricken with COVID19 – Russian/Assad forces killed more than 30 Turkish soldiers in an airstrike. The Turkish response was massive and militarily effective, with significant casualties among Assad forces, including many killed among the Iranian-controlled Fatemiyoun and Zeinabiyoun militias.[8] Hizbullah fighters and even Iranians were also among the dead. Had it not been for the lethal effectiveness of the Turkish response in March 2020, there is little doubt that the Idlib offensive would have continued just as Iran was being battered by the coronavirus. Iran's military and terrorist actions in Iraq and Idlib in early 2020 were aimed at shoring up its presence and proxies in both countries (and driving enemies, including the Americans, out). In Lebanon, as the coronavirus raged throughout the region, Iran and Hizbullah focused on the war that was to come by upgrading Hizbullah's offensive arsenal through upgraded precision-guided munitions (PGMs).[9] This single-minded focus on upgrading Iran's offensive capacity against Israel in order to overwhelm IDF air defense could well see the region descend into a dangerous "Missiles of Coronavirus" crisis at any time. Upgrading Hizbullah missile technology is happening at exactly the same time that Lebanon – because of its dire economic crisis – and Iran – because of the coronavirus – are demanding economic assistance from the West. What an irony that, as Lebanon collapses into poverty and economic depression and Iran continues to battle waves of the pandemic, there is time and money enough to plant the seeds of future death and destruction.[10] The strategy seems to be that Hizbullah and the IRGC, parasites feeding on their nation-state hosts, intend to pursue the regime's hegemonistic agenda while continuing to wage and plan for war no matter the health crisis raging around them.   *Alberto M. Fernandez is President of Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN). The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of MBN or the U.S. government.   [1] Radiofarda.com/a/iran-s-coronavirus-coverup-figures-decisions/30538662.html, April 7, 2020. [2] Carnegieendowment.org/2020/03/25/iran-s-coronavirus-disaster-pub-81367, March 25, 2020. [3] Newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/how-iran-became-a-new-epicenter-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak, February 28, 2020. [4] Forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/04/15/iran-linked-group-caught-spreading-covid-19-disinformation-on-facebook-and-instagram/#1088b4581f21, April 15, 2020. [5] Rferl.org/a/iran-backed-fighters-killed-in-syria-air-strikes-after-iraq-base-attack/30483752.html, March 12, 2020. [6] Washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/idlib-may-become-the-next-gaza-strip, March 26, 2020. [7] Al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/02/iran-battlefield-idlib-syria-soleimani.html, [8] Arabnews.pk/node/1637736/pakistan, February 5, 2020. [9] Aijac.org.au/fresh-air/dr-jonathan-schanzer-to-aijac-webinar-2020-the-year-of-irans-precision-guided-missile, April 3, 2020. [10] Aawsat.com/english/home/article/2233951/imf-projects-lebanons-economy-will-shrink-12-2020, April 14, 2020.

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