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March 5, 2015 8:34 pm

Saudi Arabia Tells Kerry Iran is Taking Control of the Region as Hundreds of Iranian Fighters Enter Iraq

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Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani is commanding Iranian militias in Iraq. PHOTO: The Iran Project.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Saud Al-Faisal, told Secretary of State John Kerry in a joint press conference on Thursday that Saudi Arabia is worried about Iran’s regional expansionism and nuclear weapons, pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported.

Al-Faisal said that his country, “supports the P5+1 in pursuing a strict regime of inspections which ensures that Iran will not pursue or possess nuclear weapons, meanwhile ensuring its right, and that of all countries in the region, to use nuclear energy peacefully according to IAEA’s requirements and under its supervision, and in connection to that Iran is now taking over Iraq.”

Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera reported that hundreds of Iranian fighters had entered into Iraq’s Diyala Province through the Khanaqin border crossing, under the pretense of fighting ISIS. These fighters were accompanied by what the report called “columns” of transport trucks carrying large amounts of weapons and military equipment.

Sources also added that “hundreds” of 4-wheel drive vehicles, which can hold up to 7 individuals each, crossed in the past two days through the Manthariya border crossing, and continued on towards areas in the Salahuddin Pronvince in Iraq, which over the past four days has witnessed armed confrontations between Iraqi forces supported by Iranian-backed militias called the “Hashd Al-Sha’abi” [Popular Mobilization] and the fighters of ISIS.

The sources elaborated that these columns of military support assembled in the Ashraf Barracks, east of the city of Ba’quba, which in the past had been used by the Mujahideen e-Khalq [MEK] Iranian opposition organization as a headquarters, before they moved to the Salahuddin Province to fight ISIS.

This surge of Iranian fighters into Iraq is meant to reinforce Tehran’s role in fighting ISIS, where the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps- Quds Force’s (IRGC-QF) commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, is overseeing the eastern sector of the push into Iraq’s Tikrit.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International noted their fears that “massacres” and “revenge killings” would be carried out by the Iranian-backed Shi’a militias against the local Sunni population in Tikrit, as has happened in other Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq that came under their control.

Meanwhile, in Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the US was aware of the participation of Iranian fighters in this operation against ISIS in Tikrit, and did not negate the possibility of coalition planes participating in the fight against ISIS in Mosul.

Experts have said that the campaign in Tikrit resembles the Iranian military strategy laid down by Iranian advisers in Syria, which helped Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad to regain control over some of the territory that he lost to the armed opposition in that country.

The preparation for the Tikrit attack was extremely precise, starting with armed bulldozers digging up revetments to protect the advancing forces, and – emphasizing the increasingly sectarian nature of the conflict – assigning Shi’a clergymen as well as “ideological guidance” units to give inspirational speeches to the fighters before they entered battle.

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  • Jack

    Iran is no ones pawn, but neither is Israel.
    The problems today with ISIS are as much a result of the US to fail to spin off the Kurds into independence as Iranian meddling.
    Just cause Bebe isn’t happy with the perception of the type of signals he thinks he is getting from the White House affects the reality of long term support for Israel very little.

  • I watched part of a movie the other day. It was about Genesis and how God created the world. It included the part about Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, the Egyptian Hand Maiden.
    You know how it goes. Sarah was barren so she told Abraham to procreate with Hagar. I am not sure, but I think either God did it himself or God dispatched an Angel to do it, but either way, Sarah got pregnant after Hagar produced a Son. Well, we all know it is hard for two women to share a tent with one man. So,as the story goes, Hagar and her son got kicked out. God made a separate pact with Hagar and her son. And so you have it. I am satisfied that is how the Jews and Arabs first fell out. This is an age old rivalry that is self perpetuating. After WW2 the Jews started flooding into Palestine. This was much to the Chagrin of the native Palestinians.
    I am a Southerner and have some experience of being invaded by a horde of unwanted Yankees. They come in here with their funny ways and hard to understand way of talking and try to take over. After 150 years we have learned to deal with it.
    I remember my school days. My elementary school was mostly homogeneous. We were the children of blue collar working class parents, there were few to none scalawags and only one or two Yankees and one Mexican girl. We got along just fine. The principal put me on the Safety Patrol. Every morning and evening I helped the coming and going students cross the street and get to school.
    When I got to Junior High School I was put in advanced Classes. Not so when I got to High School! Mrs. East took one look at me and my fellows and regulated us to the junk heap. We got no advanced courses and were encouraged to take the minimum to graduate, or drop out. No exceptions. It was only years later that I figured it out. The Yankees and Scalawags parents had figured out how to steal all the public funds and get all the benefits for their children. This left nothing for the Native Sons and daughters! We had no idea what they did to us at the time. I graduated with the minimum credits. I was never even offered the opportunity to take the S. A. T. tests, (college placement). I was automatic cannon fodder and the draft board soon found me and off I went to fight for my Uncle Sam. This turned out to be a fortunate thing for me though. I was able to go to college on the G. I. Bill and earned a degree, without taking their damned S. A. T. test.
    A community of Jews migrated South with the Yankees. They were sent to the High School I attended. And, being pre disposed to their ways of doing things, received a lot of public money and were given the advanced college preparatory classes,regardless of their qualifications, to the detriment of the Indigenous students such as myself. I do not have fond memories of my associations with the Jewish children. They were better dressed and had more money than we did. Their fathers were haberdashers and store owners. They looked down on us and kept to their own group.
    I left school early to work at the gas station. I had a car. One of the Jewish students asked me for a ride one time. I obliged him. I did not catch on at the time, but realized some time later, he had me let him out a block from his house in the rich neighborhood. He did not want any one to know that I had given him a ride. He had not ever spoken to me before and did not ever speak to me after that. He did not even say thank you. I was and still am naturally friendly but any offers of friendship by me to the Jewish students was met with a rebuff. So, I went my way.
    You have basically the same situation with Israel in the Middle East. A horde of people from God knows where flooded into Palestine and rooted the Natives out. You forced many of them into refugee camps! Now think about this. Wouldn’t you be pissed off if a bunch of outsiders forced you off your land and into a tent in a refugee camp? Automatic Animosity. There in lies the basic problem of the conflict between the natives and the invaders.
    What they did here to try to quell us is make up a bunch of lies about how the War between the states came about. They claim that stove pipe hat wearing son of an unrighteous woman gallantly rescued the Negro from bondage. Well, that was not the cause of the conflict, far from it. I want get into that here. But, basically what they did is make up a bunch of lies about how rotten southerners are and it is and was the God Given right of Yankees to just come into our land and do as they please.
    So, there you have it. The Jews are not going to change their culture and neither are the Arabs. So, just get used to it. This is a perpetual conflict that probably will not end until Jesus returns.

    • Isaac

      What does this have to do with Iran?
      You are rationalizing your own shortcomings as a legitimate excuse for the Palestinians not to recognize Israel. If you were worthy of a public dole, you wouldn’t write such a stupid letter.

    • Joel

      Mr. Johnson, you are ignorant of the truth of the word of God by quite a large margin. I’m sorry I don’t have the time or space to help you, but I strongly urge you to spend a lot more time in Genesis and then spend time in the New Testament to understand the end of the story as to God’s purposes. I’d do it right away, because if you don’t repent of your unwillingness to conform yourself to the truth of God’s Word you are going to be very sorry. Even if you are a true believer, there is the Bema judgment for our actions and motives if you have Genesis wrong, you will sorely regret it

    • You lie and twist things. As a daughter of Hoocaust survivors, I believe you are jealous of perhaps a few well to do families which many cultures have.
      You are twisting the truth to suit your own anti-Semitism.

      • I meant Holocaust survivors, and I was born in a DP camp, and what you say makes no sense to me at all.
        We came with nothing and shared an apt with another Holocaust survivors. The women took in sewing and the men eventually got jobs in a fur factory These people were the kindest most generous souls ever, and helped all regardless of religion etc.
        You are filled with hate and jealousy.

    • This is Jewish land. There are 555 Arab lands and so , please do not twist the truth.
      There was the San Remo Accord, The Balfour Declaration, and the Arabs belong in Jordan
      One million Jewish people were kicked out tortured, and were dhimmis to the Muslims. You are a disgrace Johnston and know nothing of their history in the Middle East
      The Jews had to lower their heads without complaint, and were harassed and suffered violence and insults.
      Read a history book by Sir Martin Gilbert, aand become educated

      • So maybe 55 Muslim lands, including Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia.
        You have your nerve
        After the Holocaust we lost 6 million to the horrid Nazis.
        Many of them are Jewish. You are disgusting, I cannot stand anti-Semites like you, jealous and likely lazy,
        All Jewish people I know work very hard. Israel has so much agriculture thanks to our irrigation systems We invented them

    • Jack


    • Tomm

      The land was rather vacant. The Jordanians invaded and wrested land from the Judean Palestinians. The Arab Palestinians were attracted to the economic development brought by immigrants after the war. The Land was given, first by deed and title and then by international law. Citizenship was accorded to all residents, resulting in the anomaly of Muslim women voting.
      All lives involve struggle. You have chosen to place blame by race and origin for yours.

  • Joseh Milthon

    Só não vê quem não quer as manobras do Iran,nesse sentido das coisas.
    Se as potencias Ocidentais não fizerem a sua Parte logo, fica em Aberto um Possível Ataque da IAF

  • This is going to land at Israel’s doorstep! If the US will not support Israel now, I am convinced, the US will receive G-d’s curse worse than ever. Israel will be miraculously protected. This will not be the end of Israel. It’ll be the end of Obamaland!

  • Barry

    Saudi Arabia is getting squashed little by little.
    The Iranians have the means already with conventional arms to close off the Red Sea and Suez to shipping as the have a functioning military base in Eritrea and a “foreign legion” taking over Yemen.
    Currently the West still has the option of using its forces to keep the trade route open, but imagine the nightmare if Iran has nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.
    Pity Netanyahu didn’t make this more visible to Congress, and those assisting his speech, that it’s not only Israel that will suffer but Europe and the U.S. with Iranian control of the flow of petroleum but also trade with Asia.

  • ..seems that the situation has grown from bad to worse. Or just changing to a New agressor?

  • Richard Kirschenbaum

    Let Iran get mired in a ground war in Iraq. What was it were told just a month ago? That it would take years to defeat ISIS? Let Iraq be Iran’s funeral while we sit on the sidelines and cheer both sides.

  • Mandrake

    The enemy of your enemy is your enemy, not your friend. Yeah! Iran will fight Isis and at the same time terrorism around the world and threaten to wipe out countries! How nice is the Iranian regime. We had it all wrong!

  • A nuclear-armed Iran puts the whole world in danger.
    Nuclear-armed jihadi terrorists are the greatest threat our civilization may ever face.

    Bibi’s address to a joint session of the US Congress this week 3.3.2015 was appropriate and necessary. There are some who have ears but they do not hear and eyes but could not see. Such people said and asserted that Bibi said “nothing new”. There is an adage which says “a dog that is destined to get lost will not hear the hunter’s whistle”. Majority of Americans heard the whistle, loud and clear on Tuesday, when Benjamin Netanyahu delivered his speech about terrorist Iran’s acquiring nuclear capabilities is a threat to the world at large.
    We must learn to face reality and not delude ourselves to wishful thinking.
    Iran the destabilizing factor in the Middle East and beyond..
    The PM stated the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.”
    A nuclear-armed Iran puts the whole world in danger.
    Nuclear-armed jihadi terrorists are the greatest threat our civilization may ever face.
    Radical Islam is not just a threat to American and Israel. It is a threat to Western Civilization everywhere. Unless the West wakes up now before it’s too late and stops this evil.
    Do you want prevent nuclear terror? Do you care about you children and your family’s future? Vote for nuclear free Iran.
    A terrorist state must not be permitted to possess nuclear capability.
    Iran already controls; Libya, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Gaza, etc. how much more before we stop them from devouring the Middle East and more.
    When Israel takes defensive action for its survival. Israel would rather be condemned for its actions as a live Israel than eulogized as a dead Israel.

    YJ Draiman

  • Bill

    The Instability created by the Middle and Near East is playing int Irans hegemonistic machinations. It seams they want a fundimentalist empire that they will rule with an iron belief and fist reinforced by an atomic theat. Have no doubt.

  • steven L

    Perhaps that precisely what this Adm wants!

  • Yale

    I wonder whether it has occurred to any of the geniuses in Washington that the nuclear deal Obama is negotiating with Iran serves as a powerful recruitment tool for ISIS. Sunnis who fear Iran are being given ever more reason to fear for their future at the hands of Shi’ites with access to “the bomb”, and one way of acting to protect themselves is to join ISIS. That the US is also in an effective alignment with Iran on the ISIS issue simply enhances the encouragement for Sunnis to join the fight.

    • Valery

      executions, destruction of historical monuments, the terror in Baghdad – you call the fight Sunnis against Iran?

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Seems that our “beloved”President is intent on looking through the window and the fine English garden, while the cockroaches are hustling about in his home.

  • Paul Cerar

    No, the Russian Empire is taking over the region. The fascist dictatorship of Iran is Russia’s pawn.

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

    • Jacobite

      At last somebody looking at the big picture, once the Arabs exhorst themselves, who’s going to come to pick up the spoils? No signs or clues today that Russia is preparing for WAR?