Iran on the rise: Militarily, Technologically and Strategically. Did 40 years of US sanctions hurt or help?

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Pompeo claims Al-Qaeda has new home base in Iran, but doesn’t provide evidence — RT World News

Pompeo claims Al-Qaeda has new home base in Iran, but doesn’t provide evidence


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From designating Cuba to fictitious Iran "declassifications” and AQ claims, Mr. “we lie, cheat, steal" is pathetically ending his disastrous career with more warmongering lies. No one is fooled. All 9/11 terrorists came from @SecPompeo's favorite ME destinations; NONE from Iran.


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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed, without providing any hard evidence, that the Islamic terrorist organization Al-Qaeda has established a new base in Iran.
“We must acknowledge it, we must confront it… we must defeat it,” Pompeo said during a press event on Tuesday held specifically to make the bold announcement.
“We ignore this Iran-Al-Qaeda nexus at our own peril,” he added.
Pompeo acknowledged that, to many Americans, the alleged development may come as a “surprise,” as the US military and foreign intelligence have been on the offensive against the group since the September 11 terror attacks in 2001. However, according to the official, it was this relentless US pursuit that drove Al-Qaeda into a “safer heaven” – namely, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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The state secretary called Iran the “perfect choice” for the terrorists’ supposed new hideout, adding that some Al-Qaeda operatives have had decades-long connections inside the country.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif responded to Pompeo’s “fictitious” claims by accusing him of propagating “warmongering lies.”


Pompeo also announced the killing of Al-Qaeda’s “second in command,” Abu Muhammad al-Masri, on August 7 last year at the behest of the US government. Al-Masri’s having been in Iran at the time of his death appears to be the main basis of the US State Department’s assertion about a connection between the group and Iran.
He called for an end to the diplomatic “appeasement” of the Iran government, and announced the deployment of sanctions on several “Iran-based al-Qaeda leaders,” as well as a $7 million reward for information about the whereabouts of one of the extremists.
During his tenure in Trump’s administration, former CIA chief Pompeo has maintained a hard line on Iran, including enacting a sweeping sanctions policy that has ravaged its economy.
The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is widely expected to hail the return of a more diplomatic approach to US-Iranian relations. Biden was part of the Obama administration that brokered the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. Trump pulled the US out of that agreement in 2018.
 

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Top Iranian General Says Israel Could Be Defeated With 'a Single Operation'

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said recent events across the Middle East have exposed vulnerabilities in Israel, which he argued could be defeated with just one, decisive blow should a conflict break out between the two top foes.

In an interview aired Wednesday by the semi-official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Major General Hossein Salami discussed recent developments he argued belied Israel's weakness.

These included an apparently ongoing series of cyberattacks affecting dozens of Israeli companies that began late last year; the alleged execution of suspected Israeli spies in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil in January; explosions that rattled a petro Israeli port city of Haifa in February; last month's missile factory blast at a missile site; and landing of a Syrian anti-air missile near the Dimona nuclear reactor—as well as a recent fire that broke out by Ben Gurion International Airport.

Salami said that "all the vulnerabilities of the Zionist regime were demonstrated" over the past few months and that after 10 incidents, an eleventh could follow.


The senior military official said Israel was especially at risk due to its reliance on maritime trade, something he claimed accounted for 90 percent of Israel's trade. These routes, he said, "could be easily disrupted," and he argued the country's relatively small size made it susceptible to a devastating strike.

"Their biggest weakness is that any tactical action could bring about a strategic defeat to them," Salami said, "meaning that just a single operation can ruin this regime."


iran, irgc, hossein, salami, rally

Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami speaks during a pro-government rally in the capital Tehran's central Enghelab Square on November 25, 2019.ATTA KENARE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES


The remarks came as indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran continued to play out in Vienna with the aim of coordinating Washington's return to a multilateral nuclear deal abandoned in 2018 by former President Donald Trump. The two sides are attempting to overcome an impasse over the terms of a potential reentry by President Joe Biden's administration and Tehran's reimplementation of uranium enrichment limits it suspended as a result of non-compliance by Western parties to the accord.

As negotiations play out involving China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom, political tensions have arisen within Iran ahead of a presidential election set for June. The vote will bring about the end of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's second and final term, and the Guardian Council is expected to soon announce a list of candidates that will vie to succeed him.

Many are expected to represent more conservative elements, and even former military officials skeptical of Iran's strained diplomacy with the United States and Europe.

Meanwhile, a shadowy conflict between Iran and Israel has continued to play out across the Middle East. Both sides have often blamed one another for unclaimed incidents such as attacks that appear to have struck ships owned by both countries in the Red Sea in recent months.


Israel Prepares to Live with U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal And Middle East Impact

Iran has also accused Israel of clandestine efforts to disrupt the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, such as the assassination of a leading nuclear scientist in November and a blackout that struck a key facility in Natanz last month. Iranian officials have argued their nuclear program was never intended to produce a weapon of mass destruction, but Israeli officials doubt this and oppose a U.S. return to the nuclear agreement.

At home, Israel was also undergoing political tensions and the country struggled to form a government after the fourth election in just two years was held in March. Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to form a governing coalition on Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin tapped the Israeli leader's rival, Yair Lapid, to attempt to pull together a new government, a development that would end the tenure of the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history.

The contest unfolds as clashes continue between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem. The strife erupted in recent days amid Israeli efforts to oust Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the disputed city's occupied east and replace them with Israelis claiming to have lived there prior to the establishment of Israel and the subsequent war with Arab states that broke out in 1948.


The case has received international attention, including from Iran, which backs Palestinian claims to territory settled prior to Israel's establishment. Tehran also has ties to militias operating in the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip, from which a wave of rocket attacks was launched last month.
 

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Top Iranian General Says Israel Could Be Defeated With 'a Single Operation'

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said recent events across the Middle East have exposed vulnerabilities in Israel, which he argued could be defeated with just one, decisive blow should a conflict break out between the two top foes.

In an interview aired Wednesday by the semi-official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Major General Hossein Salami discussed recent developments he argued belied Israel's weakness.

These included an apparently ongoing series of cyberattacks affecting dozens of Israeli companies that began late last year; the alleged execution of suspected Israeli spies in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil in January; explosions that rattled a petro Israeli port city of Haifa in February; last month's missile factory blast at a missile site; and landing of a Syrian anti-air missile near the Dimona nuclear reactor—as well as a recent fire that broke out by Ben Gurion International Airport.

Salami said that "all the vulnerabilities of the Zionist regime were demonstrated" over the past few months and that after 10 incidents, an eleventh could follow.


The senior military official said Israel was especially at risk due to its reliance on maritime trade, something he claimed accounted for 90 percent of Israel's trade. These routes, he said, "could be easily disrupted," and he argued the country's relatively small size made it susceptible to a devastating strike.

"Their biggest weakness is that any tactical action could bring about a strategic defeat to them," Salami said, "meaning that just a single operation can ruin this regime."


iran, irgc, hossein, salami, rally

Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami speaks during a pro-government rally in the capital Tehran's central Enghelab Square on November 25, 2019.ATTA KENARE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES


The remarks came as indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran continued to play out in Vienna with the aim of coordinating Washington's return to a multilateral nuclear deal abandoned in 2018 by former President Donald Trump. The two sides are attempting to overcome an impasse over the terms of a potential reentry by President Joe Biden's administration and Tehran's reimplementation of uranium enrichment limits it suspended as a result of non-compliance by Western parties to the accord.

As negotiations play out involving China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom, political tensions have arisen within Iran ahead of a presidential election set for June. The vote will bring about the end of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's second and final term, and the Guardian Council is expected to soon announce a list of candidates that will vie to succeed him.

Many are expected to represent more conservative elements, and even former military officials skeptical of Iran's strained diplomacy with the United States and Europe.

Meanwhile, a shadowy conflict between Iran and Israel has continued to play out across the Middle East. Both sides have often blamed one another for unclaimed incidents such as attacks that appear to have struck ships owned by both countries in the Red Sea in recent months.


Israel Prepares to Live with U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal And Middle East Impact

Iran has also accused Israel of clandestine efforts to disrupt the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, such as the assassination of a leading nuclear scientist in November and a blackout that struck a key facility in Natanz last month. Iranian officials have argued their nuclear program was never intended to produce a weapon of mass destruction, but Israeli officials doubt this and oppose a U.S. return to the nuclear agreement.

At home, Israel was also undergoing political tensions and the country struggled to form a government after the fourth election in just two years was held in March. Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to form a governing coalition on Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin tapped the Israeli leader's rival, Yair Lapid, to attempt to pull together a new government, a development that would end the tenure of the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history.

The contest unfolds as clashes continue between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem. The strife erupted in recent days amid Israeli efforts to oust Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the disputed city's occupied east and replace them with Israelis claiming to have lived there prior to the establishment of Israel and the subsequent war with Arab states that broke out in 1948.


The case has received international attention, including from Iran, which backs Palestinian claims to territory settled prior to Israel's establishment. Tehran also has ties to militias operating in the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip, from which a wave of rocket attacks was launched last month.

You mean how the loser Suleimani was swatted in a single operation?
 

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Top Iranian General Says Israel Could Be Defeated With 'a Single Operation'

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said recent events across the Middle East have exposed vulnerabilities in Israel, which he argued could be defeated with just one, decisive blow should a conflict break out between the two top foes.

In an interview aired Wednesday by the semi-official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Major General Hossein Salami discussed recent developments he argued belied Israel's weakness.

These included an apparently ongoing series of cyberattacks affecting dozens of Israeli companies that began late last year; the alleged execution of suspected Israeli spies in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil in January; explosions that rattled a petro Israeli port city of Haifa in February; last month's missile factory blast at a missile site; and landing of a Syrian anti-air missile near the Dimona nuclear reactor—as well as a recent fire that broke out by Ben Gurion International Airport.

Salami said that "all the vulnerabilities of the Zionist regime were demonstrated" over the past few months and that after 10 incidents, an eleventh could follow.


The senior military official said Israel was especially at risk due to its reliance on maritime trade, something he claimed accounted for 90 percent of Israel's trade. These routes, he said, "could be easily disrupted," and he argued the country's relatively small size made it susceptible to a devastating strike.

"Their biggest weakness is that any tactical action could bring about a strategic defeat to them," Salami said, "meaning that just a single operation can ruin this regime."


iran, irgc, hossein, salami, rally

Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami speaks during a pro-government rally in the capital Tehran's central Enghelab Square on November 25, 2019.ATTA KENARE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES


The remarks came as indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran continued to play out in Vienna with the aim of coordinating Washington's return to a multilateral nuclear deal abandoned in 2018 by former President Donald Trump. The two sides are attempting to overcome an impasse over the terms of a potential reentry by President Joe Biden's administration and Tehran's reimplementation of uranium enrichment limits it suspended as a result of non-compliance by Western parties to the accord.

As negotiations play out involving China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom, political tensions have arisen within Iran ahead of a presidential election set for June. The vote will bring about the end of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's second and final term, and the Guardian Council is expected to soon announce a list of candidates that will vie to succeed him.

Many are expected to represent more conservative elements, and even former military officials skeptical of Iran's strained diplomacy with the United States and Europe.

Meanwhile, a shadowy conflict between Iran and Israel has continued to play out across the Middle East. Both sides have often blamed one another for unclaimed incidents such as attacks that appear to have struck ships owned by both countries in the Red Sea in recent months.


Israel Prepares to Live with U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal And Middle East Impact

Iran has also accused Israel of clandestine efforts to disrupt the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, such as the assassination of a leading nuclear scientist in November and a blackout that struck a key facility in Natanz last month. Iranian officials have argued their nuclear program was never intended to produce a weapon of mass destruction, but Israeli officials doubt this and oppose a U.S. return to the nuclear agreement.

At home, Israel was also undergoing political tensions and the country struggled to form a government after the fourth election in just two years was held in March. Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to form a governing coalition on Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin tapped the Israeli leader's rival, Yair Lapid, to attempt to pull together a new government, a development that would end the tenure of the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history.

The contest unfolds as clashes continue between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem. The strife erupted in recent days amid Israeli efforts to oust Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the disputed city's occupied east and replace them with Israelis claiming to have lived there prior to the establishment of Israel and the subsequent war with Arab states that broke out in 1948.


The case has received international attention, including from Iran, which backs Palestinian claims to territory settled prior to Israel's establishment. Tehran also has ties to militias operating in the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip, from which a wave of rocket attacks was launched last month.

"Top Iranian General Says Israel Could Be Defeated With 'a Single Operation'"

So, what's stopping him.
 

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"Top Iranian General Says Israel Could Be Defeated With 'a Single Operation'"

So, what's stopping him.

The best answer that comes to mind is what's stopping Israel from nuking Iran?

If this is not satisfying answer, let me redirect your inquiry to the Newsweek:


 

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The best answer that comes to mind is what's stopping Israel from nuking Iran?

If this is not satisfying answer, let me redirect your inquiry to the Newsweek:



Let's not get confused here - Israel has never claimed wanting to destroy Iran, so do not try to change the subject.
 

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Let's not get confused here - Israel has never claimed wanting to destroy Iran, so do not try to change the subject.
Both sides are using the same language suggesting they can do precision strikes but not saying they are willing to do it without provocation.

Having said that, time is not on Israel’s side thanks to Trump’s miscalculations. Iran’s Uranium enrichment is reaching new records everyday while you’re sleeping at the wheel and bragging about your superiority. Reminds be of the turtle and the rabbit fable doing a race where the complacent rabbit took a nap and let the turtle beat him at the finish line while sleeping.

Iran is the only country in that part of the world capable of defending itself even from the US in spite of the historic and unjust sanctions against its people and the criminal chemical warfare against it by no one else but Saddam under a biased UN cover up.

This is what the topic is all about it:

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