Terror War Escalation on Iran Faces Fierce Resistance

Digest note: legitimate Iranian english language FarsNews.en

UPDATES: Terrorists Attack Crowd of Bystanders in Military Parades in Southwestern Iran
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:57

Various units of the Islamic Republic Army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Law Enforcement Police and Basij (volunteer) forces started nationwide parades in Tehran and other cities across the country on Saturday morning The parades mark the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.
The parades started in Ahvaz city on 8:30 local time and 30 minutes later, four unidentified assailants fired bullets at the civilian crowd watching the ceremony. The four terrorists intended to attack the military commanders and officials on the podium but were wounded by the security forces.
An informed source told FNA that 2 of the terrorists have been killed, one wounded and another one has been captured by the security forces.
There is yet no report on the number of casualties.

President Rouhani Warns of Crushing Response to Terrorist Attack in Ahwaz
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:39 http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970631001091
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the Saturday terrorist attack during the military parades in the Southwestern city of Ahwaz, warning of Tehran's crushing response.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's response to the slightest threat will be crushing but those who support these terrorists with their propaganda and intelligence should account," President Rouhani said in separate phone conversations with Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and Governor-General of Khouzestan province Gholamreza Shariati on Saturday.
He extended his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, and ordered all relevant bodies to adopt all necessary measures to treat the wounded people.He also ordered the intelligence ministry to mobilize all possibilities and security and military bodies to identify and punish the terrorists and their links.

Context: Post WW2 US global domination: critical importance of the ‘Middleeast’:
US war on Iran began decades ago—with overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected President Mosadegh before he could nationalize Iranian oil. i US installation of the Shah. Please type “IRAN” into the burbankdigest.com search engine for more background.

Senate testimony: by Zbigniew Brzezinski, US geostrategist, Carter’s National Security Advisor and Obama foreign policy ‘consultant’

SFRC Testimony -- Zbigniew Brzezinski February 1, 2007
Mr. Chairman: Your hearings come at a critical juncture in the U.S. war of choice in Iraq, and I commend you and Senator Lugar for scheduling them. https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/BrzezinskiTestimony070201.p...

It is time for the White House to come to terms with two central realities:
The war in Iraq is a historic, strategic, and moral calamity. Undertaken under false assumptions, it is undermining America’s global legitimacy. Its collateral civilian casualties as well as some abuses are tarnishing America’s moral credentials. Driven by Manichean impulses and imperial hubris, it is intensifying regional instability.
Only a political strategy that is historically relevant rather than reminiscent of colonial tutelage can provide the needed framework for a tolerable resolution of both the war in Iraq and the intensifying regional tensions.

If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody involvement in Iraq, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large. A plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks; followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure; then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a “defensive” U.S. military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

A mythical historical narrative to justify the case for such a protracted and potentially expanding war is already being articulated. Initially justified by false claims about WMD’s in Iraq, the war is now being redefined as the “decisive ideological struggle” of our time, reminiscent of the earlier collisions with Nazism and Stalinism. In that context, Islamist extremism and al Qaeda are presented as the equivalents of the threat posed by Nazi Germany and then Soviet Russia, and 9/11 as the equivalent of the Pearl Harbor attack which precipitated America’s involvement in World War II.

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Why Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen
https://www.counterpunch.org/1998/01/15/how-jimmy-carter-and-i-started-t...

Trump: ‘ISIS end is in sight’ ... “We will soon transition into a new phase...”
10/21/17
Trump said “After a four-month battle, US-backed militias declared the “total liberation” of Raqqa on Friday.
“We will soon transition into a new phase in which we support local security forces, de--escalate violence across Syria, and advance conditions for lasting peace, so terrorists cannot return again to threaten our collective security, We will support diplomatic negotiations that end the violence, allow refugees to return safely home, yielding a political transition that honors the will of the Syrian people. ISIS leaders, and anyone who supports them, must and will face justice”

“ ...to neutralize, counterbalance and shape the destabilizing impact Iran has across the region...”
U.S. Central Command undertaking realignment to meet future concerns
2/27/18 http://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/NEWS-ARTICLES/News-Article-View/Article/145...
USCENTCOM Commander Army Gen.Joseph L.Votel speaking to the House Armed Services Committee emphasized that the recently published National Defense Strategy “rightly identifies” resurgence of great power competition as the United States’ principal national security challenge, not terrorism.  Based on military progress in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), undertaking operational alignment and rebalancing so USCENTCOM military efforts are aligned with its broader interagency and international efforts to neutralize, counterbalance and shape the destabilizing impact Iran has across the region...to confront the scourge of terrorism, Iran's malign activities across the region pose the long-term threat to stability in this part of the world” ....and Votel futher pointed out that “both Russia and China are cultivating multidimensional ties to Iran...Lifting U.N. sanctions under the joint comprehensive plan of action (JOCA nuclear deal) opens path for Iran to resume application to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”

Israel Wages a Growing War in Syria
4/9/18 Robin Wright https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/israel-wages-a-growing-war-in-s...
The Trump Administration’s decision, last week, to withdraw two thousand U.S. troops deployed in northern Syria could trigger even broader Israeli military intervention, former senior Israeli military officers told me. Defying advice from his military advisers—and repeated appeals from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...Trump has told his generals to withdraw American forces from the area within four to six months...
Israel has launched at least a hundred military operations on Syria. Most go unclaimed, even though all parties know where they come from. The campaign has intensified in recent months as the civil war approaches its end game. Israel struck again on Monday in a pre-dawn raid on the T-4 military base, near Homs, in central Syria. The strike killed fourteen, including Iranian fighters....
Israel has hit a wide range of sites, including convoys of Hezbollah or Iranian fighters near the Golan, trucks ferrying missiles and rockets destined for Hezbollah en route to Lebanon, bases for Iranian drones, and an Iranian command-and-control center.

Trump Shutters Palestinian Diplomatic Mission—and Middle East Peace
9/10/18 By Robin Wright
Prospects for Trump peace plan already bleak, but the Administration’s latest moves might kill it off completely.

Iran Blasts Israel for 'Increasing Syria's Problems' by Interfering in War 
Iran's President Rohani attacks Israel before meeting Erdogan and Putin, blaming it for bombing 'areas in Syria' and 'supporting terrorists'
4/3/18 Reuters https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/iran-blasts-israel-for-increasing-syria-s-problems-by-interfering-1.5975252
Iranian President Hassan Rohani attacked the United States and Israel  for their roles in Syria before he boarded a plane for Turkey to meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The Americans oppose the Syrian government establishing its national authority throughout the whole country and are thinking of a breakup [of the country]," he said...

Trump, Putin to Cooperate on Syria, Ensure Israel's Security 
7/16/18 https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/trump-and-putin-hold-joint-press-confere...
Reuters contributed to this report
Last week, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow for talks with Putin focused on Israel's demand that Iranian forces leave Syria. Netanyahu said he spoke to Trump on Saturday concerning "security and diplomatic issues in light of developments in the region, with Syria and Iran first and foremost, of course."
These issues Netanyahu said, will also come up during Trump's meeting with Putin. "I thanked President Trump for his strong policy against Iran because since this policy has been taken, we have seen a great effect on – and inside – Iran.," Netanyahu said. "President Trump clearly reiterated his commitment to the security of Israel and his willingness to help the State of Israel in various fields and, of course, I thanked him for that."...
Trump said he saw no reason to believe Russia hacked U.S. 2016 presidential election to help him win, Putin 'was extremely strong and powerful in his denial... Trump told the joint news conference. "We both spoke with Bibi and they would like to do certain things with Syria having to do with the safety of Israel. Russia and the United States will work jointly (in this regard)."
Trump also said he had stressed the importance of putting pressure on Iran, an ally of Russia, while Putin said he was aware of U.S. opposition to the international nuclear agreement on Iran, which Russian supports. Putin added that all conditions are in place for effective cooperation on Syria, calling for enforcement of the 1974 Israel-Syria Separation of Fores Agreement to bring peace to the Golan Heights.

RUSSIA-CHINA WARGAMES
9/13/18 https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-wargames-putin/russias-putin-in...
The Vostok-2018 (East-2018) drills taking place in eastern Siberia near border with China involve 300,000 Russian troops and Chinese army. joint exercises...involve over a thousand military aircraft and up to 36,000 tanks, come amid tense relations between Russia and the West that have fallen to a post-Cold War low. Addressing a gathering of the soldiers, Putin said Russia was a peaceful country ready for cooperation with any state interested in partnership, it was a soldier’s duty to be ready to defend his country and its allies. “Therefore we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment, develop international military partnership”...
FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at news conference with President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia following their meeting in Tehran, Iran September 7, 2018. Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool via REUTERS

Iran says missile attack on Kurdish dissidents a warning to hostile powers
9/13/18 7:18AM https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-sanctions-un/u-s-accuses-r...
ANKARA (Reuters) - The chief of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Thursday that Tehran’s missile attack on an Iranian Kurdish rebel base in northern Iraq last week was a warning to hostile powers, Iranian state television reported.  The Guards fired seven missiles at the headquarters of the Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) opposition group fighting for greater autonomy for Iran’s Kurdish community. Iranian media said at least 11 people were killed. 
“The attack against the terrorists in Iraq’s Kurdistan conveys a message to the enemies, particularly those superpowers who think they can impose their evil plots on Iran and bully us,” state TV quoted Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari as saying. 
Iran has repeatedly threatened to destroy U.S. military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes if attacked by the United States and its regional allies. “All those who have forces, bases and equipment within a 2,000 km (1,200 mile) radius should know that our missiles are highly precise.” 
Israel sees Iran’s regional influence and involvement in conflicts from Yemen to Syria as a threat to Israel’s own existence. 
The tension between Tehran and Washington, foes for decades, has heightened since May, when President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a 2015 international nuclear deal with Tehran.... 
In August, Washington re-imposed sanctions on Iran’s acquisition of U.S. dollars and trade in gold and precious metals that were among those lifted under the nuclear deal President Trump cancelled for the U.S. In November heavier U.S. sanctions are expected on Iran’s oil sector, its economic lifeline. Washington has also urged Iran’s oil buyers to cut their imports of Iranian crude to zero...
The European Union, China and Russia, all the original parties to the nuclear pact, are working to maintain trade with Iran, which has threatened to stop complying with curbs on its nuclear work if it fails to see the promised benefits from its compliance to the deal. 

US Marines conduct military exercise with rebels in southern Syria
Last update: Friday 9/14/18 11:03 UTC
The Syrian government and Russia have repeatedly called on Washington to pull its troops from the Tanf base where it declared a 55km-radius "deconfliction zone" off-limits to others....Tanf lies on the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway into Syria. This makes the base a US bulwark against Iran and part of a larger US campaign against Iran's military expansion in the Middle East. Rebels say the US military's new policy to bolster Tanf is a big shift. "If Tehran does not respond to the demands of the Americans there is a big likelihood they will be hit. It's inevitable the Iranians leave Syria. This should happen quickly and in a decisive way," Talaa said....
Colonel Muhanad al-Talaa, commander of the Pentagon-backed Maghawir al-Thawra group, told Reuters the eight days of drills that ended this week at the US military outpost in Tanf were the first such exercises with live-fire air and ground assault involving hundreds of US troops and rebel fighters. to join special US operations troops already there... sent a strong message to Syria, Russia, and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend to stay and confront any threats to their presence...whether the Syrians, Russians or Iranians want or not."
Colonel Sean Ryan told Reuters in an email response to questions "The exercise was conducted to reinforce our capabilities and ensure we are ready to respond to any threat to our forces within our area of operations."...
Tanf lies on the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway, once a major supply route for Iranian weapons into Syria. This makes the base a US bulwark against Iran and part of a larger US campaign against Iran's military expansion in the Middle East. Rebels say the US military's new policy to bolster Tanf's capabilities is a big shift.
"If Tehran does not respond to the demands of the Americans there is a big likelihood they will be hit. It's inevitable the Iranians leave Syria. This should happen quickly and in a decisive way," Talaa said.

US Sanctions Chinese Military for Buying Russian Jets, Missiles
9/21/2018

“...Potentially the most dangerous scenario would be an 'anti-hegemonic' coalition united not by ideology but by complementary grievances...a grand coalition of China, Russia, perhaps Iran...reminiscent in scale and scope of the challenge posed by the Sino-Soviet bloc, though this time, China would likely be the leader and Russia Zbigniew K. Brzezinski 1997 The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives,follower. Averting this contingency...will require US geostrategic skill on the western,eastern, and southern perimeters of Eurasia simultaneously.’
Zbigniew K. Brzezinski 1997 The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives,

US state terrorist proxy ‘rebels’ , Al-qaeda, Al-Nusra, Jaysh al Islam, Islamic State, ad infinitum, mobilize more liberation fighters
Hillary Clinton Explains Why U.S. Created 'al-Qaeda',
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd0fLAbV1cA

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Why Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen
https://www.counterpunch.org/1998/01/15/how-jimmy-carter-and-i-started-t...

Iran summons some European envoys over attack on military parade - IRNA
9/22/18 1:58PM https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-military-foreign-ministry/iran-su...

US Conducts Another Heliborne Operation to Rescue ISIL (ISIS) Terrorists: Eastern Syria
9/22/18 2:25
A US military helicopter landed on farms near the village of al-Morashedah between two small towns of al-Souseh and al-Baqouziyeh, to take away a number of non-Syrian ISIL commanders possibly cooperating with US-led coalition...amid the US claims of fighting ISIL terrorists on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Similar operations have been underway on a regular basis in the region despite US' claims of war on ISIL   

Russia's Putin inspects war games and vows to beef up arm
9/13/18uk.businessinsider.com/r-russias-putin-inspects-wa...
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday promised to strengthen the army and supply it with new generation weapons, as he traveled to watch Russia’s biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union. The Vostok-2018 (East-2018) drills taking place in eastern Siberia close to the border with China involve 300,000 Russian troops as well as joint exercises with the Chinese army. “This is the first time our army and fleet have undergone a difficult and large-scale test,” Putin said in comments published on the Kremlin website. 
The exercises involving over a thousand military aircraft abd up to 36,000 tanks, come amid tense relations between Russia and the West that have fallen to a post-Cold War low. Addressing a gathering of the soldiers, Putin said Russia was a peaceful country ready for cooperation with any state interested in partnership, but that it was a soldier’s duty to be ready to defend his country and its allies. 
“Therefore we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment, develop international military partnership,” Putin said. 

Digest note: Iran has suffered the ravages of US zionist imperialism for decades but resisted and responded in a strong, principled way, as the Islamic Republic of Iran has done since 1979.
Regardless of wishful ‘anti-imperialist’ thinking’, China and Russia are traitors to genuine anti-imperialism and socialism. Both nations treacherously betrayed socialism, and with long-time patient US help led by diplomats Kissinger and Brzezinski, reestablished capitalism.
Both ‘new’ capitalists, have deepened the US crime and crisis-ridden post—WW2 global world destroying order. China and Russia make deals with anyone—including maximum enemies like Israel—in the name ‘rebalancing’
China’s 40 extremely successful year state capitalist imperialism is at this stage able to replace USNATO, IMF, World Bank genocidal, blood sucking ‘partnerships’ -- in Africa, Asia, and Latin/Central America — continuing to ‘raise’ hundreds of millions from dire poverty in rural areas---as-
its major cities accentuate US decay in everything from schools, roads, transportation, to healthcare
to ‘third world’ countries detroyed by US takeover and democratization. (see burbank digest for info)

Anti-Empire Report
July 28, 2011 by William Blum  http://killinghope.org/bblum6/aer96.html
Updated summary record Since World War 2, USA has attempted overthrow over 50 governments, most democratically-elected. 7
Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries. 8
Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries. 9
Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries. 10
Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders. 11
In total: Since 1945, the United States has carried out one or more of the above actions, on one or more occasions, in the following 69 countries, more than one-third of the countries of the world: world map of US interventions: 
http://killinghope.org/index.html#intervention_map
Digest note: Blum left US State Dept in protest of Vietnam war