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    As usual lately, poor timing on an unplanned "vacation" from this Forum meant I wasn't able to provide a more timely perspective and context on the subject of this Thread Title.

    So, excuse being a couple weeks late, but here's a start on context and essential details some might want to know;
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    Lt. Col. James McKinney is a retired U.S. Army Foreign Area officer with more than 30 years of service in strategic, tactical, and special operations assignments around the globe. He served as a senior defense official and defense attaché, the deputy chief of combating terrorism for U.S. Pacific Command, the security assistance officer for U.S. embassies in Albania and the Republic of Georgia, and a political-military adviser to the commander of U.S. Army Central in the Middle East. He’s now a consultant, and serves on the board of Saturna Capital. *
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    EXCERPT:
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    Soleimani’s personality tied together this collage of terrorists. His mission was to expand Iranian influence and protect the Islamic Revolution through violence, using guns, threats, money, loyalty, and fear to achieve his goals. He was the architect for suppressing the recent civil uprisings in Iran, killing an estimated 1,500 protesters.

    Soleimani wasn’t only the glue that kept the Iranian regime in power, he was also deeply involved in influencing Iraq. He directly planned, coordinated, and executed numerous attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq between 2004 and 2011. His organization developed explosively formed penetrators and conducted thousands of improvised explosive device (IED) attacks that killed more than 500 Americans, hundreds of allies, and thousands of innocent civilians and regional governments’ security forces. He also approved the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in December 2019.
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    His complex network is now scrambling for leadership. The culture of the Middle East is based on loyalty to individuals—not just anyone can step in to fill Soleimani’s role; this strike was massively disruptive. His absence forces small, diverse interests to question each other, and potentially splinter. That will create fear, mistrust, and scare the Ayatollahs in Iran—their protector is gone.

    Power matters in the Middle East. Soft negotiation shows weakness; hard negotiation gains respect. It’s the same for bargaining in the local markets as it is in politics.
    President Donald Trump just told the Quds Force network, and the world, that the United States has the intelligence, the capability, and the will to strike the very top—at the most powerful men, anytime, anywhere—to protect U.S. interests and to achieve regional stability. I argue it was the most precise, and possibly the most influential, U.S. projection of power in the region ever.

    No Western leader has had the courage to take such bold, independent, and risky action against an Iranian senior (terror) leader before. It will create some level of chaos in the short term. Retaliation is, of course, unpredictable—and dangerous. But it will certainly show that this U.S. administration won’t play the games of the past 40 years.
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    https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-im...h_3201535.html

    * = "Jim" happens to be an associate of mine via a couple of local "Conservative" political organizations/associations.

    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

  • #2
    The Middle Eastern Problem Soleimani Figured Out

    Militias have made much of the region ungovernable, and one general managed to exploit the chaos in Iran’s interests. Now the U.S. has an opportunity—maybe.
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    The Iranian general Qassem Suleimani is dead, and tensions with Iran appear to be simmering down. But the landscape he helped build is still very much a problem for the United States.

    Since his killing in a U.S. drone strike last week, experts have been rushing to explain just why Soleimani mattered so much to Iran’s ambitions—and what consequences his death really holds for the region. One simple way to think about it: He was the one man who had mastered the new landscape of the Middle East.

    Soleimani’s particular skill was in controlling what’s known as “nonstate actors”—a dry name that, in the Middle East, covers the fractious group of militias, religious groups and tribal forces that actually wield power in much of the region. These groups have grown vastly in importance in the past 20 years, confounding traditional diplomats and statecraft, and Soleimani not only exploited but empowered them in Iran’s interests. His absence might help the U.S. in the short term, but it also shows just how deep a challenge the region will pose in the near future—and why our adversaries, whether Iran or Russia, still enjoy a significant and unpredictable advantage in exerting power.

    For people who normally think of foreign relations in terms of governments and heads of state—Iran versus the U.S., or Vladimir Putin vs. Xi Jinping—it can be hard to grasp just how little governments sometimes matter in parts of the Middle East. Over the past four decades, nearly every institution in the region has been transformed in ways that weaken the traditional system of state power.

    In the 1980s, Islam in both its Shiite and Sunni variations fractured along traditional and revolutionary lines. The 1979 revolution in Iran galvanized Islamists across the region; civil wars in Lebanon and Syria, as well as the Islamist insurgency against the Soviets in Afghanistan and the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, strengthened the hand of armed groups outside government control. These historical and ideological trends accelerated after the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq broke down governing structures there in 2001 and 2003, respectively; and they were also fueled by the popular uprisings that swept the region in 2011, which brought down or weakened governments.
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    https://www.politico.com/news/magazi...=pocket-newtab
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    • #3
      An Opportunity Not to be Missed after Soleimani Assassination
      by Gregg Roman
      The Investigative Journal
      January 26, 2020

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      Most commentators responding to the assassination of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani are focusing on the possible negatives. They bemoan the potential retaliation against American targets or allies, some even theorize that it might lead to World War III much in the way that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria led to World War I.

      However, missing from most of the commentary is the upside, apart from the elimination of a person directly responsible for the deaths of thousands and indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the displacement of millions and the misery of countless more, throughout the Middle East, and beyond.

      At the outset, this piece by Jim Hanson looks at the damage done by Soleimani's demise to Iran's terror network of proxies and concludes:
      The gains Iran made in its push to unify Shia groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon advancing the goals of the Khomeinist revolution seem to have hit a rough spot. It will be very difficult for them to regain that momentum absent its architect Soleimani and in the face of an ever-increasing U.S. sanctions squeeze. Proxies cost money and the mullahs are running on empty.

      The removal of Iran's most visible weapon in spreading its malign and destructive attempts at regional hegemony could become an opportunity for the disparate group of nations most threatened by Iran to coalesce together and further cement cooperation against the Islamic Republic.
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      https://www.meforum.org/60333/an-opp...-assassination
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      • #4
        Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
        As usual lately, poor timing on an unplanned "vacation" from this Forum meant I wasn't able to provide a more timely perspective and context on the subject of this Thread Title.
        It was rough, but we managed.

        Please don't leave us ever again.

        Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
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        However, missing from most of the commentary is the upside, apart from the elimination of a person directly responsible for the deaths of thousands and indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the displacement of millions and the misery of countless more, throughout the Middle East, and beyond.
        Next on the hit list is George W. Bush then ?
        Last edited by Snowygerry; 27 Jan 20, 05:06.
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        • #5
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_...igence_Service
          Last edited by G David Bock; 27 Jan 20, 14:07.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post

            It was rough, but we managed.

            Please don't leave us ever again.
            I think you forgot this ...



            Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
            Next on the hit list is George W. Bush then ?
            Interesting convolution of logic, along with a curious perspective regarding Evil, but insight as to why your part of the world gave this planet two world wars in the previous century.

            If we were to go down that "rabbit hole", than W.J.Clinton would be higher on the list;
            1) He botched the earlier efforts to remove Osama bin-Ladin, resulting in OBL's departure from Sudan and landing in Afghanistan (helping to pave the path for the Sept. 11,2001 attacks on the USA)
            2) He also botched the midnight cruise missile attack on Saddam H's Iraq's Mukhabarat, killing mostly the cleaning staff (and some citizens in the neighborhood);
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_...igence_Service
            3) Did a poor job of containing and quelling the rise of Islamic Jihad.

            WJC would be closely followed by B.H. Obama whose kow-towing to the Mullahs of Iran and release of fund$ to their regime helped enable the activities of Soleimani further. Plus BHO failed to support the "Green Movement" which might have offered a path for transition to a less belligerent Iran.
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            The Iranian Green Movement (Persian: جنبش سبز ایران‎), also known as the Persian Awakening or Persian Spring by the western media,[1] refers to a political movement that arose after the 2009 Iranian presidential election, in which protesters demanded the removal of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from office. Green was initially used as the symbol of Mir Hossein Mousavi's campaign, but after the election it became the symbol of unity and hope for those asking for annulment of what they regarded as a fraudulent election. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are recognized as political leaders of the Green Movement.[2]Hossein-Ali Montazeri was also mentioned as spiritual leader of the movement.[3]

            Some have claimed that Green Movement protests were a major event in Iran's modern political history and observers claimed that protests were the largest since the Iranian Revolution of 1978–79.
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            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Green_Movement

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            • #7
              Soleimani's Network of Sleeper Agents in the Americas


              by Todd Bensman
              The Federalist
              January 7, 2020

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              Weirdly absent from much of the professional speculation about where and how Iran will exact its promised "severe revenge" for the U.S. drone strike killing of Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani is mention of the dead man's highly suggestive hint. During a time of intense saber rattling between Iran and President Donald Trump in July 2018, Soleimani gave a speech during which he called out the American president: "Mr. Gambler, Trump! I'm telling you that we are close to you, exactly where you wouldn't think that we are."

              So what might Soleimani have meant when he suggested his reach was closer than we think? You'd never know it from New York Times and Washington Post analyses. Their commentaries about where Iran and its Hezbollah proxy might strike primarily quote prognosticators naming bullseyes not only far away from the American homeland – American troops on Middle East bases, allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, shipping in the Persian Gulf, or American officials and citizens presumably also overseas – but also exactly where anyone would think the attackers are.
              ...
              Here's what is missing from the analysis. Iranian avengers, in the form of Quds Force-supported Hezbollah operatives of the clandestine "Unit 910," are stationed in cities across America, set to activate pending distant command on target lists they have painstakingly developed over time. Hezbollah operatives also are positioned throughout Latin America, where American officials and economic interests are ubiquitous, at least as close as Nicaragua.
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              We know Shiite Muslims from Lebanon have been recruited and trained to live in American cities as sleeper agents of Hezbollah's so-called clandestine External Security Organization (ESO), known colloquially as Unit 910, because agents have been prosecuted over the years, leaving behind detailed public records. The most current source of public information about Unit 910 in America comes from two federal prosecutions that resulted in 2019 convictions, one of Ali Kourani in the Bronx, New York, and the other of Samer El Debek in Dearborn, Michigan.

              These Lebanese immigrant terrorist spies were routinely sent home to train in weapons, spycraft, and killing on American soil as soon as they were eligible for useful U.S. citizenship and passports. Their main purpose from about 2007 until their 2017 arrests was to pose in plain sight as normal immigrant family men while they collected weapons and built target lists for when they were activated to strike, court records show.
              ...
              The purpose of all of this, he confessed to FBI agents, was to build a capability for "assassinations and attacks in the U.S." As one FBI document paraphrased, Kourani lived a double life as one of Hezbollah's "sleepers — tasked to maintain ostensibly normal lives, who could be tasked with operational activity should the ESO decide to take action."
              ...
              While the extent of Unit 910 cadres in American cities is publicly unknown, the cautious presumption should be that El Debek and Kourani were hardly the only two. Other prosecutions date to 9/11, including a 2011 plot authorized by Soleimani himself for a Texas operative to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C., at Cafe Milano, a plan which failed miserably.

              Indeed, lightly redacted, normally classified internal FBI reports show Kourani named 15 probable operatives in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Canada. The documents name a Queens mosque Kourani said was aligned with Hezbollah and list the names of sympathizers involved in credit card fraud, counterfeit clothing rackets, an auto parts theft scam, and schemes to export cars to West Africa, a Hezbollah global money-laundering hallmark.

              The network is prevalent enough in Western countries that an "association of Western intelligence organizations" hosts a public website titled "Stop 910." In English, Spanish, and Arabic, the site provides photos of suspected agents and instructions for how to anonymously inform.
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              https://www.meforum.org/60350/iran-h...eid=062f3a999b
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              • #8
                Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                The Middle Eastern Problem Soleimani Figured Out

                In the 1980s, Islam in both its Shiite and Sunni variations fractured along traditional and revolutionary lines. The 1979 revolution in Iran galvanized Islamists across the region; civil wars in Lebanon and Syria, as well as the Islamist insurgency against the Soviets in Afghanistan and the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, strengthened the hand of armed groups outside government control. These historical and ideological trends accelerated after the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq broke down governing structures there in 2001 and 2003, respectively; and they were also fueled by the popular uprisings that swept the region in 2011, which brought down or weakened governments.
                ...
                https://www.politico.com/news/magazi...=pocket-newtab

                Sir, you re right. I as a muslim (westerner) understand things you mentioned very well. Interesting is that one arab author mentions exactly what you said, same moment in history 1979-80. I ve read one book of Bakr Abu Zayd , Hiliyatu Taalib al-Ilm / Etiquette of seeking knowledge.

                Muslim people were colonized, those in central Asia were heavily suppressed by the communist regimes and all of sudden they have free themselves and that released incredible big energy, which, as we see, wasnt guided in the right way. ( The book i ve mentioned is exactly about guidance for young, energetic , ambitious men, students etc..)

                After all these centuries of backwardness, illiteracy and decadence- muslim world wanted their "glory days" back.

                Some frustrated people, dreamers, went with radical measures.

                Even if islamists succeed in making their "islamic" state, it will be backward dictatorship with village mullahs in position of power.

                Changing people is not easy, it cant be done in 1 day, or 50 years. Its a big process. Islamists think that militarism is the answer, but its not. They will kill their own people, ruin their societies even more. Many of them have goal to rule, to have big status and they re doing it through Islam. Worst thing is that many of them do not accept where mankind went in last 500 years, what we have today.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                  If we were to go down that "rabbit hole", than W.J.Clinton would be higher on the list;
                  As long you get them all in the end, I really don't care.

                  Killing only one of them, tends to destabilize things.


                  Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                  Interesting convolution of logic, along with a curious perspective regarding Evil, but insight as to why your part of the world gave this planet two world wars in the previous century.
                  My part of the world ? Wars only become "World Wars" when someone invades "my part of the world".

                  Stories that begin with "....and then they invaded Belgium …" rarely end with "....and they lived happily ever after.." do they
                  Last edited by Snowygerry; 03 Feb 20, 04:40.
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