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Donald Trump Deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for the Abraham Accords
"Question. I wanna ask you and you can go anywhere you want. But when people talk about the abraham accords. I'm not sure. I understand the significance of that. I haven't heard much about it. Tell us what's your perspective on that. What did trump achieve anything. Well the media did a terrible job covering most important storage game. Changing set of arab-israeli peace agreements in a generation re literally have not had an arab-israeli peace accord in twenty five years We've only had two prior egypt and jordan and president trump who was told by everybody in the peace industry in washington. You'll make the middle east worse you'll never make peace. You don't know what you're doing. You're a moron. And yet he accomplished four arab israeli peace agreements plus an agreement between kozo a muslim majority but non arab country and israel. It's extraordinary what trump pulled out and eric. You know this about me. In sixteen i was a sharp critic of trump. i would've considered myself a never-trumper. But i did would always know whether never-trumper did i said. Okay i have these deep concerns about him but let's let's pray for him every day and let's see how he how how he does. When i sat with them in the oval office a scene described in this book. I told him that. I'd been a never-trumper now eric. You know the man. How often does the term never-trumper get used with mr trump in his presence particularly in the oval office because judging from the looking at his is not that often. But i said to him. Listen i didn't believe your promises. I didn't trust you. But i've been stunned by what you've accomplished and i began rattling these things off. Let's just take a few right. The abraham accord had not yet happened. But we were trending there. It was clear to me that he was going to be able to pull these things off. Four arab-israeli agreements. Okay plus destroying the isis kathy. Liberating five million christians and muslims and yazidi from the reign of terror of isis taking out the isis terror. Commander abu bacher all-body taking out the top iranian terror general qasim sulamani ripping up the iran nuclear deal of imposing a maximum pressure sanctions campaign against iran. Moving the us embassy from talbot to jerusalem recognizing israel sovereign rights over the golan heights. And i could go on. And on as i do in enemies and is i believe. Trump deserves a nobel peace prize for the abraham accords. I doubt that he's going to get it. But if you don't win a nobel peace prize for creating peace with four arab countries and israel. What's the price
"sulamani" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"Willie. We'd be remiss if we didn't ask you for your thoughts about what happened 20 years ago this Saturday. Was sitting resting comfortably about 8 35 8 45 8 46. And of course, I'm monitoring all events simultaneously, and I saw a plane fly into the World Trade Center just a couple minutes after it happened, and I called the Jim Scott show and on the board was Mo Egger. Moe was producing the show, and I said No, there was a plane that just flew into the World Trade Center. I said. It's probably one of those smaller planes that happen the 19 thirties and he said, Oh, we'll keep an eye on that. And then when the other plane flew in, we knew the world had changed. All hell broke loose. America went to war and really Afghanistan, which was just more or less concluded in a terrible way. As a result of what happened on 9 11. Oh one. What happened in Iraq? 9 11? Oh, one the war on terror. 9 11. Oh, one. It's all relatable to that terrible incident in which about twice as many Americans died on that day is dying and Pearl Harbor and now about three times something in a range of 20,000 Americans. Have died of related cancer incidents after that transpired, and it is the scar that began the 21st century. So will this is 2000 and one? What? What hour of the day were you on? It's time I at that point I was on you know one I would have been on 12 to 3, and we did not do regular programming for a long time. I think, As I recall, we went to ABC long form for a day or two because there was little or nothing we could say. I would add to anything and it was strictly it was strictly case of, you know, Long form ABC broadcasting that that was it. So when it did come back to your show, and not ABC, what would do you recall what Some of the conversations were some of the topics and what were the American people wanting to talk about as it related to 9 11? At that time, there was a little bit of a little bit of anger, but the resolve to attack To do something was great, and because it was assumed it was Osama bin Laden, although not certain, everyone assumed it was them that there was a sense of go get him and I think Bush 43 launched those attacks. In the mid October or November and within six or seven months. That whole thing was over. As far as getting Osama bin Laden Al Qaeda they didn't exist anymore. And then the Afghan national Front. We funded the ability of Afghans and then they marched in Kabul. I would say five or six months later, and, uh, you know the war. Basically, we owned Afghanistan. We broke it, and now we see the results of that that they had policy. The good policy was to go after Al Qaeda bad policy that everyone supported from Rocky Boy Mint Eddie fingers to Gary Burbank to Jim Scott's. Everybody at the time to support for the war was in the 80 percentile. It was quite rare to be against it, so it's easy to take Medical pot shots at Bush 43 for all the failures, but the temper of the times was, go get them and make them pay. And them would have to be defined later on because them wasn't exactly when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor we they had zeros on the planes that attacked here. Uniforms in a military correct Us. I mean, who's them? Let's go get him with them. Well, it's Al Qaeda and then by march of 03, it morphed into, uh, Saddam Hussein. And that was another political disaster. But the support for the war at that time Eddie. I would think it was 80 90% it. Let's go get him And I can recall when the bombs flew over over Baghdad with Baghdad, Bob from CNN that I owned Willie Sports Bar at that time, all the T V sets and all the restaurants and bars had nothing to do with sports had everything to do with putting on CNN or Fox News, mainly CNN did the job. And sports bars. It was 80% 90% share. People wanted to win that war and in Iraq, Afghanistan morphed into Iraq. And then after Iraq here we are 18 years later from March and went on March 19th of 23. Now we see that the bokko the disaster of trying to take over countries. I can recall Eddie that I had on Bush 43. And he said, Well, I said, How do you know when you win Mr President Bush that that in 15 or 20 years if the flag of democracy is flying over Baghdad, and if we have shown to the Middle East, there's a better way than what they're doing it, it would have been a great success. And so I would say Here we are 18 years later, and the flag of freedom is not flying over Baghdad correct, in fact, controlled directly or indirectly by other terrorists and the same thing in Afghanistan, Afghanistan might feel worse thing than Iraq ever was because Isis and the northwest corner of Iraq and it took over parts of Syria and Trumpster went in there and just blasted them back to smother rains. And now there's a llama extremists. In fact, Sulamani was the guy in southern Iraq from Iran. That Bush. I'm sorry. Trump lit up about a year and a half ago, and the Sulamani types are running right now. Iran is overtaken Iraq, and there's no one going to go back into Iraq at this point for any reason. And so it's like going back into Vietnam. For God's sakes. It will never happen. You think of America, guys? What if America had the right political leadership in the 19 sixties? And with Bush 43, then with Obama won If America did not invade Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. What with the status of our country be then? I mean, I'd say it would be so much better, but at the time at the time we had to attack at the time it push it. We're not going to We're not going to do. We're not going to do it. I think he might have been impeached. And, uh, Dick would have become the president. So that is my question is I mean, God forbid something like this happens again. We wake up tomorrow and the North Koreans have sent, you know bombs over here the next day. The whole country Despite all the evidence of the Vietnam War and the Iraq war in Afghanistan works of saying We don't want to get involved in that. At the time, everyone, let's go, Daddy, we got it. We got to get it on. Sign him up. In fact, history books have indicated that except for Pearl Harbor, people lined up from the NFL people lined up to fight the terrorists. From that point on, it was like Pat Pat Tillman. Yeah, he said. We're going and it was a great honor and At times quickly changed as the war dragged on. As more things got blown up. I can recall the statue of Saddam Hussein being pulled down and downtown Baghdad and beaten by shoes. And within three months we were an unmitigated disaster, and we've been in that We were in that disaster for about 12 years and disaster in Afghanistan ended recently in the worst way possible that's going to incentivize more terrorists to attack the United States. And I read articles and reason magazine elsewhere that the Communist Red Chinese now think If we take Taiwan 100 miles off our shore, No one's going to come to their assistance. The North Koreans might be thinking. You know what if we do something in South Korea, I think we're okay with this guys. And what about Putin with Lithuania and Latvia and Estonia? What if he's saying Obviously America is not going to defend somebody else now is the time to act and that's the danger of the way we exited Vietnam. And that's the way to exit Afghanistan. So let me ask you because the Taiwan thing I scratched my head over that. Why does China want Taiwan so bad? Is it just expand the empire? I know that it's it's Chinese by by their thought. But is that we're going to war over? 1949 try Kite check who was a revolutionary. Also, Chinese lost the war with mouse a tongue because he was being assisted by the By the Russian Chinese..
The inside story of the Iranian attack on Al Asad Airbase
"General Frank Mackenzie, commander of US forces in the Middle East, monitored the attack from his headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Walking into this small room off his main operation Center, where he could talk directly to the only two people above him in the chain of command. They bring in secretary defense and a little bit later they brought in the president to this conversation. We're listening to the reports of the missiles flying. You ever been on one like this? I've never been on one like this, where real missiles being fired at our forces and where I thought the risks were so high Iranian attack on al Assad was in retaliation for a stunning US operation. President Trump ordered six nights earlier, a drone strike, which killed Iran's most powerful general Qassim Suleimani. The blood of many Americans is on the hands of the same salamoni. He was this close to an indispensable man as you could find inside Iran, where he went violin. And death followed during the American occupation of Iraq. Sulamani had orchestrated attacks which killed more than 600. U. S troops and, according to Mackenzie, He was planning to do it again. We saw intelligence reports where the same cell Amani was moving various attacks, dreams forward against our forces in Iraq against our embassy and against other bases there. With the imminent perhaps an hour's, perhaps in days, probably not weeks. Until then, the USAID shied away from going after Sulamani for fear, killing such a high ranking government official. Would only provoke Mauritanian attacks. I never take killing anyone is a zone easy decision, but I think the risk of not acting in this case Outweigh the risks of acting So yes, I was good with the decision on January 3rd of last year on airport security camera recorded. Sulamani is arrival in Baghdad on a commercial flight from Damascus. Kensi was watching from a different angle. You have the drones overhead. Do you see him Healthy? Yes, yes. As soon Money's entourage pulled away from the plane. McKenzie gave the kill order to the commander controlling the drones. And then I said, Take your shot when you got it. Missile slammed into both vehicles simultaneously. There's no backslapping. There's no cheering because now I have to prepare to deal with the consequences. The action, General Mackenzie was sure Iran would retaliate, but he didn't know how and neither for awhile. Did the Iranians. I believe they went into a period of this organization because they had lost the officer. Who really spoke up and shaped everything up and told them what they were gonna do. So he's kind of ominous silence. It was a very ominous silence. And what was the first sign that Iran might really be thinking of her? Ballistic missile attack, they began to move their ballistic missiles. The attack was just hours away. When major Alan Johnson got the word. Iran's most powerful weapons were aiming for al Assad. My intelligence officer pulled me aside and Basically said, Sir, I've got some bad news for you. What's up? We have information that Iran is fueling 27 medium range ballistic missiles in their intention is the level this base And we may not survive. This was a completely different threat. Lieutenant Colonel Jim Garland commanded an army battalion at Al Asad. Sprawling air base about 120 miles west of Baghdad, where the U. S operated scores of helicopters, drones and other aircraft. Did the base have any defense against ballistic missiles now, sir? It was such a unprecedented threat. I don't think it was ever calculated. S o the capability to, uh, prevent a ballistic missile attack. It wasn't there. Did you have a plan for what to do? Way came up with the plan. The only real defense against ballistic missile attack is to get out of harm's way.
"sulamani" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM
"Alexa Former President Trump's new impeachment lawyer says Democrats are unlawfully using impeachment as a political weapon. This process is completely unconstitutional and that this is a very, very dangerous road to take with respect. The First Amendment, putting it risk any passionate political speaker, which is really and a against everything we believe in this country. Attorney David shown. Speaking on Fox's Hannity joined to the legal team over the weekend after some of its other members and Mr Trump parted ways the House of Representatives about to put some teeth into security measures. Connected after last month's riots, said the capital. The House will vote to find members who refused to walk through metal detectors to get onto the house floor $5000 for a first defense $10,000 for a second offense. The House installed the Maggs after the January 6th. Ryan U. S. Capitol Police block GOP Maryland representative Andy Harris from getting onto the floor two weeks ago, a gun Harris carried set off the metal detectors. Republicans claim the extra layer of security is a stunt. Fox's Jed program, the city of Rochester, has suspended several police These officers saying in body camera video spraying chemical irritant in the face of a distraught and handcuffed, nine year old girl said. He says the suspensions will last at least until an internal police investigation is completed. Community outrage swelling with demonstrations on Monday, former Florida resident has been returned to the U. S to face terrorism charges. 33 year old Mohammed Fatty Sulamani, U. S citizen has been charged with attempting to provide material support for a foreign terrorist organization if convicted. Faces up to 20 years in prison. Authorities say. He left Orlando on June 2014 and was eventually arrested in Turkey and accused of illegally crossing into Syria. A search of Superman's emails reportedly revealed attachments containing various audio messages. Calling for jihad,.
"sulamani" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"News and Amazon, Alexa Former President Trump's new impeachment lawyer says Democrats are unlawfully using impeachment as a political weapon. This process is completely unconstitutional and that this is a very, very dangerous road to take with respect. The First Amendment, putting it risk any passionate political speaker, which is really and a against everything we believe in this country. But certainly David shown. Speaking on Fox's Hannity joined the legal team over the weekend after some of its other members and Mr Trump parted ways the House of Representatives about to put some teeth into security measures. Enacted after last month's riots at the Capitol. The House will vote to find members who refused to walk through metal detectors to get onto the house floor $5000 for a first defense $10,000 for a second offense. The House installed the Maggs after the January 6th. Ryan U. S. Capitol Police block GOP Maryland representative Andy Harris from getting onto the floor two weeks ago, a gun Harris carried set off the metal detectors. Republicans claim the extra layer of security is a stunt. Fox's Jed program, the city of Rochester, has suspended several pulled These officers saying and body camera video spraying chemical irritant in the face of a distraught and handcuffed nine year old girl. The city says the suspensions will last at least until an internal police investigation is completed. Immunity outrage swelling with demonstrations on Monday. Former Florida resident has been returned to the U. S to face terrorism charges. 33 year old Mohammed Fatty Sulamani, U. S Citizen, has been charged with attempting to provide material support for a foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. Authorities say. He left Orlando in June of 2014 and was eventually arrested in Turkey and accused of illegally crossing into Syria. Search of Superman's emails reportedly revealed attachments containing various audio messages calling for jihad. John Selfie, a Fox News that I'm Jack Callahan, This is Fox News. From.
Iran Is Escalating Its Nuclear Program
"Iranian government has resumed enriching. Uranium in one of its underground facilities. The order reportedly came from president hassan ronnie and it again breaches the terms of the thousand fifteen iran. Nuclear deal agreed on by numerous world powers. President trump withdrew from the deal in two thousand eighteen. Nancy walk us through. What's important here. What is the significance in. Help us with this idea that it's increased its levels to twenty percent purity. What does this all mean. Sure so under the twenty fifteen deal. It had a three point six seven percent cap and now the running governments said that as soon as possible. They want to get to twenty percent. The reason that's significant is to build a nuclear weapon. You have to be ninety percent now. Ninety percent sounds like A big gap. But it's much more difficult to go from three point. Six to twenty once you get past at twenty two ninety is easier or so say the experts i will defer to them and so the reason. This is caused such anxiety because this is the biggest breach of byron its commitments under that deal and so the question becomes. Why are they doing it. Part of it one could argue is that this is in response to the assassination of its top nuclear scientists. This is when the running government purse. Pass this law. It appears to be A way of building negotiation leverage ahead of the incoming biden administration as you recall president elect biden has said that he wants to Enter into that deal again. Assuming that iran is willing to comply. And i also think that there's an element of Answering to domestic audiences. This came at the same time that there was the anniversary of the one of the death of qassem sulamani by us. Drone strike and bag died in their heightened tensions between the two countries and congratulate you that this was a way of sort of iran. Reasserting itself that. It wasn't gonna be bullied by the usa in its To keep a carrier strike group in the region to send b fifty two bombers and so the totality that has led to A really major escalation in terms of capabilities towards an a nuclear weapon. So nancy. this is the million dollar question. What is all this mean about what we know of how close iran is to creating a nuclear weapon or do we assume it has one already well. The the challenges we don't ha- they didn't announce a time. They they said as soon as possible and they alerted the Of its intentions so the question becomes whether it Can do it in a in an until what time now to be fair. One could argue that they can turn this back just as quickly. So if this is towards reaching leverage vis-a-vis the incoming biden administration. You can see this pulled back almost as quickly as a as the announcement was made the challenge becomes if you start to see countries seeing this as a real threat or real movement towards building nuclear weapon particularly israel remember a decade ago when the writings were moving towards us they hit there was almost a strike campaign that was triggered by this. Then you have a different situation. So it's if it's a move towards leverage it's a very risky
"sulamani" Discussed on 77WABC Radio
"Tens of thousands of Iraqis gathering in Baghdad to mark one year since the killing of a top Iranian general in a U. S drone strike. Iran responded to the death of custom Sulamani by launching a barrage of missiles at bases in Iraq more than 100 U. S troops suffered traumatic brain injuries in those attacks. So far, covert 19 vaccination targets for the American people have fallen well short of promises. Doctor Moncef, slowly top adviser for US Vaccine Development, says there must be a better effort in getting vaccines to people. He feels the inoculation rate will rise, but said on CBS's face the Nation they need help from states to determine where doses should go, whether it's health facilities or drug store chain that has to be done. People that have granular knowledge off their population, their movements where the older people are Dr Slough, he says. Not only will getting past the holiday season help numbers, but there is the promise of yet another vaccine approval that could come in a matter of weeks. Gurnal Scott Fox News MBA Hall of Famer Paul Westfall has died. Westfall won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and moved to coaching after his playing career ended. The 70 year old was diagnosed with brain cancer last August. The Star of Wonder Woman, 1984 announces a new series documenting accomplishments of women gathered that took to Instagram to announce a brand new National Geographic docuseries that focuses on women across the globe. It's titled Impact. It's a powerful Docuseries that tells the story of Exceptional women making a true impact in their communities that continued about six part series have stories from women making a difference from California all the way to Brazil. Wonder Woman actress also revealed the serious first trailer, which features various spots across the world. A day for release has not been announced. Michelle Pelino Fox News. I'm Steve Rapoport, and this is Fox News..
"sulamani" Discussed on WHAS 840 AM
"This'll is 2020 the year and review from ABC News Here is ABC News correspondent Alex Stone. Constant silver. Mani was a name the average American probably did not know before the beginning of January. Almost a year ago, before Cove, it 19 and the election took over our world. One of the big headlines was a killing of the Iranian general. He was a very high profile figure in Iran. In fact, he was Iran's highest intelligence official taken out by an armed American drone. In the days that followed. Nobody knew if Iran would retaliate. I take you back now. To that time returning to the team, it start here in host Brad Milky. For the last several days, This has been the vibe on American airwaves Number one There will be dead Americans dead civilian Americans. What is our plan that where does it go? Because the Iranians won't stop. They do worry tonight. That's why, Blumenthal said. Sleepless night they can strike practically anywhere. Continuing Syriza's Escalations. It's easy to see how these things get to spiral out of control. Like you could see it. People have freaked out and not just national security analysts in Washington, right. I was walking my dog the other day and guys that would usually be talking about the playoffs on the sidewalk. They were talking about the American decision to take out costume Sulamani and how Iran might retaliate. Iran and its allies have sworn harsh revenge against the U. S. That red flag of vengeance on fraud above the mask and one of Iran's holiest cities. The first time in history. And so if the stakes seem high here, imagine the scene in Iran. Sulamani was one of their most venerated figures. Well yesterday as what is left of his body was transported back to Tehran. People gathered in some of the biggest demonstrations of morning you will ever see. We don't know what's gonna happen.
"sulamani" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Is 2020. The year in review from ABC News Here is ABC News correspondent Alex Stone. Constant Soleimani was a name the average American probably did not know. Before the beginning of January. Almost a year ago, before Cove, it 19 and the election took over our world. One of the big headlines was a killing of the Iranian general. He was a very high profile figure in Iran. In fact, he was Iran's highest intelligence official taken out by an armed American drone. In the days that followed, Nobody knew if Iran would retaliate. I take you back now to that time returning to the team it start here and host Brad Milky. For the last several days. This has been the five on American airwaves Number one There will be dead Americans dead civilian Americans. What is our plan? Then? Where does it go? Because the Iranians won't stop. They do worry tonight. That's what Blumenthal said. Sleepless night. They can strike practically anywhere, continuing series of escalations. It's easy to see how these things get. Spiral out of control. Like you can see it. People are freaked out and not just national security analyst in Washington, right. I was walking my dog the other day and guys that would usually be talking about the playoffs on the sidewalk. They were talking about the American decision to take out costume Sulamani and how Iran might retaliate. Iran and its allies have sworn harsh revenge against the U. S. That red flag of vengeance on fraud above the mask in one of Iran's holiest cities. The first time in history. And so if the stakes seem high here, imagine the scene in Iran. Sulamani was one of their most venerated figures. Well yesterday as what is left of his body was transported back to Tehran. People gathered in some of the biggest demonstrations of morning you will ever see. We don't know what's gonna happen next in this story,.
"sulamani" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Celebration will still go on. But without the hundreds of thousands of people packing into the square to watch the ball drop. This year's gonna be different, But this whole year has been different, he says. There's roughly an 80% reduction in the amount of officers needed since there won't be all those Spectators. Margaret Malard ABC NEWS New York, a show of force in the Persian Gulf For the second time this month. The U. S is flying strategic bombers in the region and respond to signals that Iran may be planning attacks against ally targets to mark the one year anniversary of the killing of a top Iranian commander. This officer said the intelligence of preparations for an attack Is the most concerning he's seen since the immediate aftermath of Sulamani is killing when the Iranians retaliated by launching ballistic missiles at a military base in Iraq, where U. S troops were located this time, the officer said the intelligence indicates the launching of attacks by Iranian backed militias in Iraq against the U. S embassy in Baghdad or military bases. 1000 U. S troops. David Martin. CBS NEWS The Pentagon. A Wisconsin health system, says 500 doses of a Corona virus vaccine that had to be thrown away appear to have been deliberately spoiled by an employee here is more from CBS is Thomas A. Lasky, originally the health care system said more than 50 files have been destroyed due to human error, a mistake. Well now, Aurora Hell says the act was intentional and internal review found the person in question admitted to removing the vials, which contained about 500 doses of modern A vaccine from refrigeration. Aurora Medical Center says it has now fired the worker and refer the matter to authorities. Thinking about taking a polar plunge to kick off the new year. Well, CBS is Allison Keyes reports in the midst of a pandemic, Your best bed might be a virtual dip..
"sulamani" Discussed on NewsRadio WIOD
"This'll is 2020 the year and review from ABC News Here is ABC News correspondent Alex Stone. Constant silver. Mani was a name the average American probably did not know before the beginning of January. Almost a year ago, before Cove, it 19 and the election took over our world. One of the big headlines was a killing of the Iranian general. He was a very high profile figure in Iran. In fact, he was Iran's highest intelligence official taken out by an armed American drone. In the days that followed, Nobody knew if Iran would retaliate. I take you back now to that time returning to the team it start here and host Brad Milky. For the last several days. This has been the vibe on American airwaves Number one, There will be dead Americans dead civilian Americans. What is our plan that where does it go? Because the Iranians won't stop. They do worry tonight. That's why, Blumenthal said. Sleepless night They can strike practically anywhere continuing Syria's of escalations, It's easy to see how these things get. Spiral out of control. Like you can see it. People are freaked out and not just national security analyst in Washington, right. I was walking my dog the other day and guys that would usually be talking about the playoffs on the sidewalk. They were talking about the American decision to take out costume Sulamani and how Iran might retaliate. Iran and its allies have sworn harsh revenge against the U. S. That red flag of vengeance on fraud above the mask and one of Iran's holiest cities. The first time in history. And so if the stakes seem high here, imagine the scene in Iran. Sulamani was one of their most venerated figures. Well yesterday as what is left of his body was transported back to Tehran. People gathered in some of the biggest demonstrations of morning you will ever see. We don't know what's gonna happen next in this story, but ABC chief.
"sulamani" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"That President Trump branded yesterday he pardoned the husband and wife involved in the great balloon boy hoax of 2009, where a couple said their six year old son had somehow accidentally been carried up into the air. Homemade helium balloon. We all watched it live as that balloon sailed around. When it finally came down. There was no kid on board. The kid had been hiding in the attic. Because his parents told him too, because they wanted to get attention for a reality show and they were convicted of. Well, the wife was convicted. I think, just filing a false report and did community service. Husband got convicted of several things, and now they are part own. Yeah, he got 30 days on. That's it. And I remember that so vividly because for hours we were covering that And watching it in helicopters and aircraft were in the air following the balloon and anybody who knew anything said it's impossible. You cannot have a £60 kid. In that V that balloon it would never get off the ground. But it didn't matter. I remember all all of us in the newsroom, watching it like it was OJ's Bronco going down the freeway was just crazy. A dubious anniversary is coming up, and some officials say they're worried about Iran America back on January, 3rd was when we waited a drone strike on the revolutionary Guards, Commander Sulamani and Baghdad. Oh, that anniversary's coming up, and we know how terrorists love their anniversaries. YEP. And top U. S general in the region Top U S general in the Middle East, saying.
"sulamani" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"This is all things considered. I'm Ari Shapiro and I'm Mary Louise Kelly in Tehran on a reporting trip earlier this year, my producer and I walked amid throngs of Iranians in the streets. Some were weeping. Some carried red flags with the words hard revenge. Well, this was it. The funeral procession for the first towering figure in Iran's national security establishment to be assassinated this year. General Qasem Soleimani back in January, and I thought about those red flags about the calls for revenge these last few days as news broke of another assassination, this time of Iran's top nuclear scientists and this time on Iranian soil in a mountain town outside Tehran. Iran has blamed Israel for the attack and accusation, a U S official told NPR appears to be true. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied it. But to consider what revenge might look like what the risks and opportunities are for Iran. We turn to Abbas Milani. He directs the Iranian studies program at Stanford. Professor Maloney welcome. Thank you for having let's start with the question of whether revenge whether retaliation for the death of this scientist Mostyn fuckers, Adi, whether that is a given. Do you believe Iran has to do something? Run, I think has to do something because by their own rhetoric and the rhetoric of revenge, they have to make a response. But I think they also recognized virtually everybody. That a response at this time might get them into a full confrontation with Israel Assistant maybe with Saudi Arabia eventually, maybe even the United States and I don't think they want that. So I think whatever revenge they will try to make. I think it will be later than it will be more symbolic. They meet Who have peace at this time. They can't afford a war. Why? Why is this question of timing? Why would it be better to take revenge later rather than sooner? Because I think they know that one of the reasons for this hip at this time is too in fact, get them maybe to a full confrontation with Israel and the United States. And that would make the possibility of the rapprochement with the Biden administration more difficult and it isn't just because of Bible that Iranian regime has to be careful. Russia and China as well as Europe have also cautioned Iran to not respond. So their hands are tied in multiple ways, making the idea of an immediate revenge much less likely. How is this playing in Iran? To the extent that you're able to track that from here? I remember after the Sulamani killing when I was there, speaking to people a lot of people, whether or not they agreed with and supported the regime. They fell to their honor had been offended that there was a sense of national pride that had been hit when Sulamani was killed. Is that same conversation playing out in Iran following Fuck? Rosati is death. Some in the regime are trying to play that card that I don't think it's working, because so the money was a different kind of a character. The regime had, in fact, for at least five years before he was killed. The started the campaign to create of him, this kind of a mythical national hero. The converse is the case here. They have been hiding this guy. There's one picture of him Existing solely. Money was everywhere from kissing babies to front fighting Isis. There was a picture of silly money on every child that went to school notebooks stay, but there were pictures, absolute money..
Iran's top nuclear scientist killed
"April 2018, the Israeli Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a dramatic presentation in English of what he said was a huge Israeli intelligence hall. He said it proved that Iran had pursued a nuclear weapons program. On the stage. Behind him were shelves full of ring binders and dozens of CDs. Microphone in hand. He gave a lengthy power point presentation. At one point. He emphasized that one off the main Iranian nuclear scientists was a man called Mohsen Factory today. Key part of the plan was to form new organizations to continue the work. This is how Dr Muslim Fuck is a dead head of project about put it, remember that name Fuck is a day. So here's his director. That's right here. And he says the general aim is to announce the closure of project Ahmad. But then he adds special activities. You know what that is? Special activities will be carried out under the title of Scientific Know how developments. Remember that name, said Mr Netanyahu will on Friday. Most in factories today was killed by a gunman just outside Tehran. Iran has accused Israel of the assassination on the president has sent. Rouhani said that the killing of their top nuclear scientists will not slow down Iran's nuclear program. This is what Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif, tweeted on Friday. Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today, this cowardice with serious indications of an Israeli roll shows desperate warmongering of the perpetrators. Iran calls in the international community and especially the European Union. And their shameful double standards and condemn this act of state terror. Well, there's been no response so far from Israel. Let's speak to the BBC's chief International correspondent Lease Do Set, whose lives on the line from Saudi Arabia is Capital, Riyadh and in the region as a whole lease. Presumably people are still digesting this news and the significance of it. Adjusting and worrying about the news. I have to say, because the region divides along those who would firmly back this Alliance, If you like between Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, the Saudi leadership on by the team of President Trump in regarding Iran is the main enemy in the region, and that would include the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, who recently signed Theo peace deals as they were called with the state of Israel, But countries like Iraq Lebanon. Syria, which have very close ties to Iran, one way or the other will be worried because what we've seen in the past when retaliation comes and it is certain to calm in some form at some time. It is often executed in the region through proxies. So I think the region as a whole is nervous. But they were nervous already because there is a growing sense in the region that this is being regarded but particularly by Israel and Saudi Arabia as a last moment to try to inflict crippling blows on Iran's nuclear program before the new team of President Biden enters the White House, talking about Joining the 2000 and 15 nuclear deal that President Trump pulled out of and has been trying to destroy ever since. If that retaliation is, as you say, certain to common, it will probably happen. In the region. When you look back at what Iran has done in the past, when faced with similar situations, what has it tended to do by way of retaliation? This is a very sensitive moment fraught with risk and Iran. Knows that everyone knows that and not not just in the region, but in many Western capitals as well. The If Iran retaliates now there is a risk and it knows it that there will be another retaliation and that the region could again be plunged into even greater attention. Just as a new administration takes takes pop power in Washington, and this will jeopardize what is already going to be a very, very difficult effort. Try to get a negotiating track underway between the United States and Iran and the other big powers who were involved in the 2000 and 15 nuclear deal. So it Zaveri dangerous because Iran summon Iran maybe thinking we must retaliate because many will remember that after the assassination of Awesome Sulamani almost a year ago. The remained scene is the main architect of of Iran's policies across the region. There was a retaliation but a limited one. It wasn't a to use a word that's often used a spectacular one. But Iran must be wondering now. Well, what will we do This time? Our honor is at stake. Our strategic interests are at stake, but they may also fear that they're being Baited If you like that, if they attack that will be a signal for an even greater escalation by its enemies in the region. It's very, very, very difficult balance now. And everyone knows that If the Israelis are behind this, what are they? What are they thinking about the possible consequences of it? Do you believe Benjamin Netanyahu has had one driving ambition. You heard him in 2000 and 18. I wasn't the only time he brought a big power point presentation to the world stage to warn the world about the evils of Iran but the evils of there not just a nuclear program but of weaponized dead nuclear program. It has to be said that Yah yah! YAH also investigated and believe that that program was shelved in 2000 and three. They also talked to the report about most in factories a day. But since then, Israel, Israeli and American intelligence have believed despite Iran's denials that that program is continuing, so I think I mean, I can't put myself in the shoes of Israeli intelligence, the Saudi leadership, but Regard the greatest danger as Iran. Anything else pales in comparison least Thank you very much. Indeed. At least two set in Riyadh some thoughts from my guests and Holly Dagres. I mentioned at the start of the program that you're Appearance today is timely. What's your take on this? Well, I think we need to look for a moment at that Power Point presentation and April 2018 after Netanyahu gave his power point to an audience of one that being President Donald Trump. Weeks later, he withdrew unilaterally from the Iran nuclear agreement and reimpose sanctions as part of his maximum pressure policy. We're now a little over two years into that maximum pressure policy, and it has proved to be a failure. It has neither changed the country's behavior nor trigger the regime's collapse in Iran. And so what's been happening here is that in the past couple of weeks U S President Donald Trump actually asked his national security team, at least after reports tell us and sought options to strike Iran over its nuclear program. And so while it was, he was dissuaded from a military strike. This possibly could have been one of the options that was floated to respond to the latest nuclear build up, which is that as part of The sanctions. Iran has decided for the past year it is going to it's going tol continue aspects or breach aspects of the nuclear court until these sanctions are removed. So essentially, this could very much be a last ditch effort by the Trump administration to tempt her on to retaliate. And scuttle any future diplomacy.
"sulamani" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Governor Gavin Newsom's live press briefing, which you could hear it known all here on VD public radio today. This is for, um Michael Krasny. We're talking to Jim Sciutto, chief National security correspondent and anchor for CNN and author of a new book called The Madman Theory. Trump takes on the world. Jim, I know you're probably familiar with the fact that a number of Psychiatrists had a meeting at Yale with a discussion of this on this program and decided that Trump perhaps, really is a madman. They even came up with a diagnosis that is not in the books, but they called him a malignant, solid assist and Solipsism is a good operative word in some ways, because to some extent, a lot of your book probes how he sees things through his own subjectivity and his own subject. You can keep talking about his gut and transactional. What's in it for me all this? What's in it for the United States may be in a secondary position to what's in it. For me. It's hard to determine sometimes, In fact, the president doesn't see himself as the United States of America doesn't he doesn't see much of the distinction between Who he is in his position and his office and the rest of us the country. It's late August 7 women in one of my chapters is named that based on his interactions with Ukraine, an instance of exactly that I did ask everyone I interviewed for this book if they have any doubts about his Until sharpness. Is he mad? No one said they believed he was clinically mad, but they do describe him almost uniformly as someone who sees everything one through his own interests. It makes no distinction. Right between the national interest in his own aunt to sees everything through his own view of the world, right? And that is On the one side. He believes his opinion is right. His analysis. His gut is right. But the more warriors inside of this sand a couple minutes ago is that He believes his own fax. And that's An alarming thing for the leader of a democracy in the 21st century. It's alarming also on the facts or not based on science, But just the contrary, I'm going to read a couple of comments that are coming in and I go to calls. Noel writes the way Trump dismisses briefings in favor of his gut feeling. Dovetails closely with Mary trumps observations of the psychological state. Another listener writes married Trump. His niece is a clinical psychologist. Another listener writes. My fear is that Trump is setting the US up for a major conflict in an attempt to stay in power in particular. Taiwan or China. I cannot put anything past this president and before I go to callers, and they're a lot of people want to talk to you by phone here, Jim I just want to zero in on that because it's an important key to your book. And I think understanding her book early on his military advisors did not want to necessarily give him options. I mean, they were trying to I mean, that's where we get to the madman theory on another level. He is so flip with the use of us military power and his judgment that in the tensest time is not the only time that happened, but this is one of 2017 2017 tensions with North Korea. He was seeking military options and the Pentagon military officials. Senior diplomats were hesitant to give them to him because they were concerned he was going to use them. And get the U. S into a bloody war with North Korea. You may remember discussion at the time of a quote unquote bloody nose strike on North Korea. The fact is no one in the Pentagon believe such a thing existed. Because from North Korea's perspective, even a quote a quote limited strike would be perceived as the beginning of a decapitation strike and that they would respond by raining Hellfire down on soul, which they have the capability of doing and the estimates from us Intel of Time was that this was going to cost tens of thousands of lives so without calculus. And knowing that this was a president who made decisions on the fly his own military advisors held back and that's remarkable. His own advisors don't trust his judgment. There is a kind of contradictory sense, though. That one gets to put it mildly, but certainly In terms of the madman theory because Trump did use missile strike on Syria's We know back in 2017 when Syria was using chemical weaponry, but said he would against Iran and then pulled back on it against Iran. That inconsistency seems to Ah Give a whole different nuance to your theory, doesn't it? Well, here's the thing in the whole chapter on Iran to the the back and force, which is again another instance of his own advisors couldn't keep up with because they couldn't figure out what the judgment was that was going to lead. The military action. There were repeated instances of Iranian aggression in the region, including as you mentioned shooting down $100 million drone to the point where the planes were in the air, ready to drop their bombs, and the president pulled it back. I tell the story about how that A little conversation with Tucker Carlson, another phenomenon of informal advisers in his ears. And then later Iran attacks Oreo Oreo oil facilities, no response. So then when we get to customs Sulamani, arguably the riskiest of the strikes, he does do that one and now to be fair. And I write about this in the book. There is Benefit is the right word. Or, you know, justification for that. Sulamani was a bad guy responsible for killing some 600 U. S. Soldiers in Iraq by the weapons. They supply the insurgency there. The question was What was next, right? And what would you do if you ended up in a kind of tit for Tat IX escalation, and that's what his advisors can articulate. They can't articulate what the strategy is. Because there is no strategy have one. Hey, doesn't have one. That's that's the raw fact. I've got a collar on in. Ah, always delighted when young people call in the program. Sahara's 16 years old and Sarah, join us. Welcome to the program. Great. Hi. My name is actually Johanna. But anyway, my question is about policy and more. So how you would try a target Those loyal some supporters and try to help them see your side in your book and if that will ever happen? Hi, Savannah. Thank you for calling. It's a great question. One thing I tried to do with this book, and I try to do in my reporting every day, right is to understand, right. Understand? Not just The folks who see the folly in this but the folks who see the wisdom in it and not just his advisors, but the people who support him and I suppose what I try to do is Explain where they're coming from, right? And that's part of the thing I was talking about earlier that right that the and Steve Bannon talks about this. He refers to them as the deplorables, he said. You know, they've gotten screwed. And you, you get it. You could see why they believe that so then understand why they see these moves like pulling troops kind of summarily out of Syria or other things that Trump is doing why they see that he's looking out for them. But then then my approach is OK. I get where you support where he's coming from. So then the question is Sort of like the are you better off now than you were four years ago? Question like, is the country actually safer from, say, North Korea today than it was four.
"sulamani" Discussed on Biz Talk Radio
"Welcome to American friends. Thank you for being with us this hour fuller you with you to America, TV networks and or radio. Top Pentagon general says early warning systems prevented loss of life when Iran fired missiles at two Iraqi basis housing US troops. Iran launched the missiles late Tuesday against the basis in retaliation for the air strike that killed Iranian major. Hello Kasem Sulamani last week, military officials say they do believe the missiles were intended to cause structural damage and to kill U. S personnel. Meanwhile, President Trump says Iran is standing down from future strikes. All things indicate that and that the U. S will immediately impose more sanctions on Iran. The president says that the days of tolerating Iran's malign behavior are over. He addressed the nation at the White House this morning. As long as I'm president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning. I'm pleased to inform you The American people should be extremely grateful and happy. No Americans were harmed in last night's attack. By the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military basis. Great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down. Which is a good thing for all parties concerned at a very good thing for the world, No American or Iraqi lives were lost. Because of the precautions taken the dispersal of forces. And an early warning system that worked very well. I salute the incredible skill and courage of America's men and women in uniform for far too long all the way back. To 1979 to be exact. Nations have tolerated Iran's destructive stabilizing behavior in the Middle East and beyond. Those days are over. Iran has been the leading sponsor of terrorism and their pursuit of nuclear weapons. Threatens the civilized world. We will never let that happen. Last week, we took decisive action to stop a ruthless terrorist from threatening American lives. At my direction. The United States military eliminated the world's top terrorist System. As the head of the cuts force, Solomon E. Was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst. Atrocities. He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against targets. He fueled bloody civil wars. All across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of US troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that Mame and dismember their victims. Solomon E directed the recent attacks on U. S personnel in Iraq that badly wounded for service members and killed one American and he orchestrated the violent assault. On the U. S embassy in Baghdad in recent days. He was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him. Solomon, his hands were drenched in both American An Iranian blood. He should have been terminated long ago by removing Salameh Ni. We have sent a powerful message to terrorists. If you value your own life, you will not threaten the lives of our people. As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime. These powerful sanctions will remain until Aran changes its behavior. I've always wanted to learn another language. So I decided to give babble a try. And I really like the teaching method of the APP. I started with the beginner lesson on babble. And soon you're putting words into a conversation. Each lesson takes about 10 to 15 minutes, and they're all really different, But she keeps things interesting. I can't wait to use my Spanish skills in real life does services for Now try babble free. Just go to babble dot com and start learning a new language..
Iran Issues Arrest Warrants for Trump and 35 Others in Suleimani Killing
"Issued an arrest warrant for President Trump, the country's top prosecutor wants to detain the president and other U. S government officials for the assassination of former Revolutionary Guard General Qassim Suleimani. A drone strike in January killed Sulamani. Iranian officials say they will continue to pursue President Trump even after his presidency is over. He may not
"sulamani" Discussed on PRI's The World
"Hamsa has been on sin bridge above the beach for forty days. Well we've been here of being kidnapped and you've been intimidated. What kind of threats have you received? I received three kidnaps ATTEMPTS UH-HUH I run away. I receive a thread an envelope with bullets. And they're saying to me good if had enough of of being patronised and enough of history they never talk about Saddam Hussein or the Iran Iraq war. And they've had it with a government excuses. Almost five hundred mostly young. Protestors have died at the hands of the security forces and Iranian backed militia since these protests started in October among Iraq is a country with a personality disorder it is Iran and this is America their influence and power effect politics takes the economy on the military. I traveled to Allah Saad Airbase unbought province. The latest site where the proxy the war between Iran and America has burst into view. Database is a great barometer of America's commitment to Iraq. The Future of the Americans Alaska base is under question because Iraq is so outraged at the breach of its sovereignty. By by the Americans attacking and killing Qasim Sulamani Iran's leading general who was a guest of Iraq on their soil. The no one the Americans to get out of a lawsuit lawsuit and all their other Basir.
"sulamani" Discussed on Fresh Air
"From whyy in Philadelphia. I'm terry gross with fresh air today. Secret Iranian intelligence reports that were leaked to the news organization the intercept except the documents reveals secrets behind. How the Iranian general that the? US recently killed Qassem. Suleimani wielded power in Iraq. He did transform that's former himself from just being kind of military figure into also being the political godfather of Iraq. He could walk into any room in Baghdad the government and get what he wanted. That's Pulitzer Prize. Winning reporter James Reisen who now covers national security for the intercept. He'll tell us how Iranian spies co opted Iraqi leaders and paid Iraqi agents working for Americans to switch sides. And we'll talk about the unique role played by Sulamani. Nater David in Cooley reviews. The new BBC nature documentary series. Seven worlds one planet support for this podcast comes from the Neubauer family foundation supporting putting. WHYY's fresh air and its commitment to sharing ideas and encouraging meaningful conversation. We're going to talk about a trove of secret Iranian on your intelligence reports and cables that were leaked to the news organization the intercept they reveal the unique military and political role. Played by General General. Qassem Suleimani who led Iran's elite coulds force and oversaw Iran's proxy wars in Iraq and Syria. Sulamani is the general the US killed earlier this month in a drone strike the leaked documents. Also reveal how Iran has embedded itself in the politics of its neighbour Iraq by by coopting leaders and buying off Iraqi agents who had worked for the Americans getting them to cross over to the Iranian side and reveal American. Reckon intelligence secrets last year the US army released. Its official history of the Iraq war which concluded that the only victor appeared to be a. and emboldened an expansionist Iran. These leaked documents. Help explain why my guess is James Reisen senior national security correspondent for the intercept. He's part of the team of reporters examining these documents. The intercept shared the documents with the New York Times and they published the first story simultaneously. Last November reisen used to cover intelligence and national security for the times and won two pulitzers. He's also the author of the Book State of of war the secret history of the C. I. A. and the Bush Administration James Horizon. Welcome back to fresh air. Thanks for having me. Can you explain what the documents documents are that you acquired. Yeah the intercept received from an anonymous source a large file about seven hundred pages which amounts mounts to several hundred reports and cables of the Iranian intelligence service known as M S or Ministry of Intelligence and security of the Iranian government. It's the first time that a western news organization has ever received a leak like this from the Iranian national security apparatus and it's a phenomenal archive of documents. That date date primarily from two thousand thirteen through two thousand fifteen and they are essentially almost all cables between gene. MIS intelligence officers in other words Iran and spies working in Iraq and they are filing cables back back to headquarters in Tehran about their operations in Iraq and the provides an amazing picture. Her of the degree to which Iran has gained dominance over Iraq. And it shows that Iran spies kind of had the run of Iraq and The really interesting aspect of this is that the documents reveal by name name. Many of the top officials in Iraq top Iraqi government officials who are secretly working for the Iranians on have secret intelligence relationships with Iran and many of the reports are about private meetings between Iranian Ronin. MOLIS officers what we what the see. I would call a case officer someone who goes out and meet say source and they are there reports courts back to headquarters about meeting all kinds of Iraqi officials at the highest levels and then down into the lower levels as as well as reports about things going on in Iraq at the time. One of the things of note in these documents is that a General Assoumani who the US recently killed You say he leaps off the pages and I was surprised hoop to read you. Consider him like the U. considering them Iran's political fixer in in the whole Middle East. I thought he was just more of Military leader but he was both yes. I mean I. That's one of the things that jumps off the page in. These documents is Qassim Suleimani. Suleimani was The commander of what's called the codes force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran. It is the EH The interesting thing from these documents is it's the I.. R. G. C. is a parallel organization to the Amoy S. The MOS are the. AH The professional spy service the I. R. G. C. is more of a paramilitary ideologically driven Intelligence and Military Organization the could force which Sulamani was the head of was the foreign Entity foreign unit of the I. R. G. See the most kind of the special forces of the special forces so he had a military very leadership role but after the invasion the US invasion of Iraq. Where we kind of threw out Saddam Hussein and there was chaos that developed Sulamani and the cooks force became may very dominant political player in Iraq did transform himself Over the last fifteen years or so from just being kind of a military figure into also being the political godfather of Iraq where Iran had enormous power. He was the representative of Iran in Iraq in virtually all always always and he he was the man you went to see in Iraq. If you had a problem and there's one great document document. I can read briefly from where he the Iraqi top. Iraqi officials are so intimidated by him and his power. That in there was one document where he where the Iraqi Transportation Minister Describes Sulamani coming to see him because Sulamani wanted clearance from the Iraqi Transportation Ministry to have flights Iranian and flights go through Iraqi airspace to Syria to help in the Iranian involvement in Syria. And he this one this Iraqi official is telling an MIS officer about his meeting with Sulamani and he's just it reads like something out of the Godfather. It says Sulamani came to me in requested that we let Iran and airplanes use the Iraqi airspace to pass onto Syria. The Iraqi Transportation Ministry officials said then the officials tells the Moya's I put put my hands on my eyes and said absolutely as you wish then he stood up and came close and kissed my forehead. And that's Sulamani Mani the power. He had he could walk into any room in Baghdad and in the government and get what he wanted but then the transportation minister sure basically rats out Sulejmani by reporting him group in Iran. That's the fascinating thing about these documents. Is that it. Reveals feels that the MOH s the professional spy service hated Sulamani. And they hated the I. R. G. C.. They saw them as the you know the roughneck paramilitary militia types and there's a lot of reports in this where they are criticizing Sulamani Johnny in criticizing the I. R. J. C.. For the atrocities that they committed in the war against Isis still monies critics in Iran. Saw Him as a showboat yes and that becomes clear in these documents. There's one document where Moya's officers reporting back to Tehran. And at the top of the document it says do not share with the I heard you see and these attacking Sulamani for going to every battlefield in the Isis war and having his picture taken and making it clear that Iran is behind these Shiite militias that are attacking Isis and. He says he's clearly running for president of Iran while we're on the subject of Sulamani. This isn't from the documents. But you've reported on what Sulamani did in Iraq to try to stop the protests against the Iraqi government and tried to protect the Iraq then Iraqi prime minister. Yeah right the really interesting thing is that as the protest built in the fall of last year in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq it became clear that the protesters in the streets were anti Iranian one of the goals of the protests. US has been to get rid of Iranian influence in Iraq and Sulamani was backing the Iraqi government government against these protesters. How backing them? The Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi was being pressured to resign in the face of these protests because he was seen as being too close to Iran and Sulamani came to Baghdad met with him met with a lot of other top Iraqi officials in October of two thousand nineteen and negotiated among the top Iraqi officials to keep Abdelhadi power. The interesting thing about that is that in the documents that we do have. There is one document that describes Abdul Mahdi as having a special relationship with Iran and so that really provides provides the context for why Sulamani felt so determined to keep Abdul Mahdi and power was. He had a special relationship with Iran and they didn't want somebody else who didn't have that kind of relationship in power. So what did you learn about pseudomonas role in driving isis out of Iraq. And that's a goal that Iran and the US shared although we're on opposite sides of so many other issues. Yeah I mean that's the fascinating anything to me is that You know the United States Just killed a guy who in many ways was as responsible as anyone else for the defeat of Isis in Iraq the Shia militias of Iraq were organized is largely by the I. R. J. C. by the cuts force and they were re they really were run and directed by custom Soleimani. The let's say you're you're saying that Sulamani really was responsible for overseeing the Iraqi forces that were trying to drive isis out of Iraq. Yes to a great degree the Shiite light militias which in many of the Earl especially the early battles took a real lead role in fighting isis on the ground and along with some Iraqi military units. Were really responsible to Suleimani. Sulamani helped develop and create them any any random and paid for them and he directed them and he was through the cuts force. Basically running the ground you know a large chunk punk of the ground war against Isis at the same time the United States was conducting the air war. Now there's no evidence in these documents of cooperation between American forces and Iranian forces in the Isis War. But it's clear that we were fighting the same war in parallel and we we were going along with a campaign by Sulamani that was filled with breath. Awful atrocities against Suny villages in their campaign against Isis the US strike that killed so money was in Baghdad. How much time did Sulamani actually spend in Iraq when he was overseeing the ground war in Iraq against Isis a lot? I mean I don't know exactly but he was. He was a constant presence in Iraq and in Baghdad. He was completely out in the open he was. He wasn't trying to hide. Did you know he was a top government official of Iran and he was constantly welcome at the highest levels of the Iraqi government. I talked to a State Department official for our project. One of them said you know one of the things that the US was irked about was that Abdel Mahdi the Prime Minister When Donald Trump came to Iraq I think in for Christmas Two Thousand Eighteen Abdul Almighty refused to meet him and then when Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo went to Iraq I think November Abdul Mahdi refused to meet them but Abdul Mati was constantly traveling between Tehran and Baghdad meeting with Sulamani and other Iranian officials? And so the it's fair to say the Iranians and Sulamani in particular had a better relationship with the prime minister of Iraq than President Trump. Did you mentioned that sue. Moroney was responsible for some atrocities while I'm fighting Isis in Iraq An example that you learned about from these leaked documents was in a place called Europe also car and this was in late two thousand fourteen..
"sulamani" Discussed on Skullduggery
"ISIKOFF chief. Investigative correspondent for Yahoo News. And I'm Dan Kleinman editor in chief of Yahoo News. You know I've been anxious anxious to talk to Kosta for some time ever. Since a few months ago I met him at a security conference in Doha of all places but now seems seems the exact best time to do. So Kosta was deeply involved in shaping counter-terrorism policy during the first a year of the trump White House and certainly on his radar screen was General Sulamani and the Iranian role in the Mideast on his radar screen. Because if you've been doing counterterrorism anytime at all in the last few decades as you're gonNA know about general Sulamani because he and his Could Force which has led for all this time has been a pretty active. have on the terror front largely in the region in in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East but they have been a force for a very long time. And and you know to some extent This event was kind of coming to ahead but lots of interesting questions about how it was done why it was done the legal rationale behind it and pretty legitimate questions about whether the trump administration kind of handle all of it and the fallout from it and the explanation of it. Well Yeah I mean fair to say that the communications on this end the public explanations have been about as disastrous astras as you can imagine you get these shifting explanations about what prompted it you get the claims of an imminent attack that Sumani was supposedly plotting that we have no details on and then we have the secretary of Defense Asper over the weekend which was after we taped the interview with Kosta. We should point out saying that well. Actually in spite of the president's ends claim that there was intelligence about attacks imminent attacks on probably four embassies. The guy in charge of planning the counter strikes. The Secretary of Defense never saw that intelligence at all didn't know anything about what for embassy's Sulamani was supposedly preparing to attack. So now you know why because listen to any because there wasn't any any you know because it's it's the president you know. Just Kinda mouthing off and say whatever he thinks about in the moment it's just crazy but listen. There was a that happened over the weekend and then there was another story that NBC had that actually despite all the claims of imminence the president gave the Authority Conditional Authority for the military to take out Sulamani seven months ago and so You know the notion in that there was some imminent attack and yet they waited seven months to carry it out is kind of incredible and you know look. We've talked about this on the show before for. Why is this question of imminence important? It's important because it goes to the heart of the idea that this strike was done in self defense. Why is that important? It's important because if it's not done in self defense and under international and domestic law under executive orders originally signed by Gerald Ford but then and signed by other presidents from both parties. It's an assassination and assassinations are illegal. So this is important stuff. Yeah well we do get into into this with Kosta in our interview but I should point out as we. I think have also pointed out that the Obama White House sort of set the precedent of a very broad definition of imminent that in their legal memos is justifying the targeted killings by drones of a Laki Anwar Lockie in Yemen and others. They specifically said imminent doesn't really mean. We have information about attack about to happen a broader concept of imminence and. That's an exact quote used in the white white paper that was sent to the hill to explain the legal justifications for the attack on a Laki they made it clear. The Obama lawyers that imminence can be defined more broadly as we have information that this is a bad guy. This is a bad guy who's affiliated with groups that mean US harm and we can assume that if he hasn't disavowed those groups and prior rhetoric. Eric that the targeted individual is likely planning another attack on us. And that's imminent enough for us. But before we close out on that I should quote from the president's Earlier tweet today on Monday responding to some of this criticism and I'll read it as it was originally written the fake news media and their Democrat partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack attack by terrorists. Sulamani was and the president wrote eminent or not E. M. I. N. E. N. T.. Ah and was my payment agreement. That's since been thick extend the correct spelling of imminent is now on the president's twitter twitter feed but once again proof positive that nobody actually reads these trump tweets before they go out and Misinformed the world. We should we should point out that it was also you also put out a tweet of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in and wearing turbans. So and you don't think that was real. You know I mean I haven't done any reporting on it yet so check it out Save your comments for when you have reporting to whether or not that was Pelosi wearing a turban on the president's twitter handle anyway. Let's get to cost. Because because it's a fascinating discussion for the first year of the trump administration. Chris Kosta was a member of the National Security Council and the director for counterterrorism before that he was a longtime army counterintelligence specialists and a special operations officer at the US Special Operations Command. He joins US Today on. SKULDUGGERY Duggary Chris. Welcome to the show. Thank you for having me so so much to talk about right now but I want to sort of take big picture. The critique that that a lot of people have had about the trump administration's national security policies is that it has been episodic chaotic black no clear strategy and a lot of people look at events unfolding in recent days with the confrontation with Iran after the operation the drone strike on General Salomone as new evidence of just how chaotic this administration has been. And do you agree with that assessment. I don't agree with that assessment. I view the world through a counter-terrorism Lens because that's the work that I did the first year the administration station in I think it was a very coherent strategy. That was the result of our work. We operationalized the first year while I was there and and It or we grew that strategy and subsequently it was published. I couldn't be more happy with the work that our team did focus on counterterrorism terrorism. I like to say chaos but uncertainty in the first months of the administration just because consider the fact that the National Security Adviser General Flynn left the NFC than we had general McMaster after small gap. So there was a lack of continuity for a month or two and it wasn't new the administration we look. I WANNA I WANNA go back to those days but we're talking about right now in the wake of the Sulamani assassination and that's what it was. The Iranians have pulled out of the nuclear agreement entirely saying they're going to enrich uranium just today Friday. The the Iraqi Prime Minister has told Secretary of State Pompeo. He wants a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops. He appears to be on board award. With what the Iraqi parliament voted. Neither of those can be good consequences for the United States in the wake of the Sulamani Killing killing right well. First of all I do take issue with the characterization assassination. I really think it was an act of self-defence within the authority of the president. These is aren't administrative talking points. This is my assessment as a career professional. I truly believe it was an act of Self-defense. It was proportionate and I I think it was the right thing to do soula money in his forces killed Americans that I know and I can still be dispassionate about the action and I think think I didn't see the current intelligence but I think anywhere along the way President Bush W Bush as well as President Obama. I have heard that that they considered taking strikes chose not to do it right because of the consequences were right. And that's the question and I will tell you. I read a piece by General Portrayal that really was thought provoking on the idea of deterrence. I think deterrence is back in place to the points that you just made. I don't know what's going to happen. I could be wrong. But I think that this also sets the stage in town because there's passions that have been unleashed but I think in time I'm there is the strong possibility to get the Iranians back to the table. Chris let me let me follow up on something that Mike was alluding to. which is this notion? Russian that the national security policy has been somewhat chaotic in this administration. And so it's kind of a process question. The National Security Council you know is there to make sure that there is a thoughtful process. The president gets all the information he or she should be a woman president that they need to make these. He's operational decisions sometimes thoughtful way and to consider all the potential ramifications of those decisions. So based on your experience was there a a good thoughtful careful deliberative process and do you think that played out in this particular case. Do you think that the president and his advisers talked seriously about the the possibility that Iraq would expel. US forces from the country and that Iran would pull entirely out of the Iran nuclear agreement. So those are all fair questions. I let me go back to your first point. I'm a believer in the national security decision making process. It's been around for seventy years a key point. It's whatever the president wants to do. With that staff they are fall under the rubric of the the executive. It is how the president chooses to use models. That's right there's different models and I understand there's going to be some streamlining and I think that's probably a good idea and I trust that Robert. Brian will do that very effectively. All of that said I can't speak to what went on in the internal debate. Even though I was there I couldn't talk about that. But I believe that when you lay out even if it's on an index card in you go into briefed President you talk about the ramifications the what ifs and I believe that those ramifications were discussed the day after was discussed. I just don't know the extent that it occurred. So Assoumani on your radar screen where you were at the National Security Council. I can say that I was not tracking Sulamani. I was tracking broadly. What was happening with the Kurds force? Certainly what was happening with Iran. We always had an awareness of where Sulamani was in the battlespace. But I will tell you that my focus our focus. The first year of the administration in this goes back to my initial comments. We were focused on defeating Isis. Taking away the physical Calvin and on that Front Soon Amani and his Iranian backed militias. Were on your side. He was an asset for. What was your top priority is director of counter moreover if if? US forces are ex- expelled from from Iraq. It's GonNa make that fight against Isis so much harder and the likelihood that Isis will reform so much more likely right so I do worry about a resurgent Urgent Isis. I'm not going to come off that point it. It's something that concerns me. But we've also demonstrated the United States has demonstrated capabilities to to do offshore operations and we can do that. In other words with a smaller footprint in Syria it can be done and to your point Michael and that's an excellent point. It is a strange strange truth right that we are aligned with Iranian objectives to destroy Isis. Which back to my point it allows allow some room in the future? It really does. Somebody wrote a piece actually someone who served with me on the NFC. It was published yesterday in the hill. That talked talked about the very nature that there's room for cooperation. Stranger things have happened in the world of counter-terrorism look after the drone strike administration officials officials at every level described Sulamani as a terrorist. You were the director of counter-terrorism for the trump national security council but you weren't tracking this terrorist because he was an asset for what the United States was trying to accomplish in the region. I wouldn't say he was an asset again. I was on your side. He was fighting line. He was aligned with our same enemies absolutely fair but but our priority was in fact Isis and it was a very high priority. They were the ones that posed an immediate threat to the United States. We have with people on in my world have been tracking the fact that Iran has lethal capabilities. But they didn't demonstrate an intent to unleash those rowsley lethal capabilities toward the United States. Now that it seems to me that recently and dramatically the Iranians tested the United States the result of what just happened and that goes back to my point on the necessity for deterrence is also the case that Iran between two thousand eleven seventeen at the time of the nuclear agreement and when the US pulled out of nuclear agreement that the Iranians did not take any shots at at Americans they were. We're not conducting themselves the way they have been more recently. So do you draw any connection between the withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and Iran's malign actions toward the United States specifically not entirely because what the Iranians are adept at doing is in Sulamani was a master of it and I don't want to give him too much credit because others can fill his shoes in time. Then what do we gain by going. After but by taking him out because he was in fact a terrorist he wasn't fact operating writing inimical to US interests. And I believe he was involved with attack planning aligned with popular mobile as Ation Force leadership and again that the dynamic in their threat calculus changed evidently Iranians. They were ratcheting up the pressure and it looks like they were moving toward some kind of action..
US kills Iran general Qassem Suleimani in strike ordered by Trump
"It it has been the defining dynamic of Donald Trump's presidency indeed of Donald Trump's life 'cause crisis solve crisis or pretend to then claimed credit nevertheless trump's decision to order the drone strike which killed senior Iranian military officer Kassim Salamone in Baghdad? Doc Dead on January third was a surprise major general. All the money was the long serving commander of the coulds force of Iran's Islamic Revolution in regards core the could force considered a terrorist organization by the United States is the unit largely responsible for Iran's various foreign military enterprises in Iraq Syria Lebanon Yemen Afghanistan and elsewhere Sulejmani was one of Iran's most powerful for men in cities across Iran. His death prompted scenes of mass mourning reminiscent of the one thousand nine hundred nine funeral of Ayatollah Khamenei leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution. Iran was obliged to respond and did so but incuriously circumspect fashion at least for for the moment on January eighth a barrage of ballistic missiles struck two basis in Iraq at which. US forces are stationed but did only the kind of damage that gets done when you're not trying all that hard to do real damage as we go to where it is unclear whether or not the passengers and crew who of a Ukrainian airliner which crashed near Tehran on Wednesday will accidental victims of Iran's retaliation in this episode. Tom Edwards Chaz a special discussion looking. At how the. US and Iran got here and where they might go. Next does the United States killing of Sulamani really make relations relations between Washington and Tehran. Any worse than they already were is Iran. Really willing to call it a draw. Can we expect further confrontation tation as America's presidential election looms and does Iraq get any say in any of this. This is the foreign desk. I I think right now yes. The focus is on the United States because of these airstrikes but the reality is once the dust settles are GonNa be focusing on both again. I it just right now this at this time of tension and these strikes that had come out during the past week is diverting attention which is the taking back. The country of Iraq Iran was on the losing end in many any of these countries in Iraq people were saying we don't want your in Syria in Lebanon and Yemen Iran. Although it seems to be so powerful was on the back foot at the end of two thousand nineteen and and the potential that this strike gives Iran is a way to try and change that so there is a benefit potential benefit. Iran could take advantage of the base has really divided lighted about. US engagement in the Middle East by enlarge. They want the war's end they want the president to focus on the United States and its interest. He has to balance to the looking tough but he hasn't liked to take action that puts us back in the middle of what is really an unsolvable challenge. That is the middle at least at this moment in time.
Iran and Ukraine begin plane crash probe
"Start this hour with the series of events that have led to the accusations that Iran shot down a Ukrainian plane by mistake killing everyone on board a week ago today a US drone strike killed. Iran's top military commander Mander in Baghdad. Iran responded with its own missile strikes on basis in Iraq where American troops were stationed hours later that Ukrainian jet bound bound for Kiev crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. Iranian officials deny they shut down that jet although the US and Canada have publicly said they have evidence to the contrary for the latest on all of this in the crash investigation. We're joined by the BBC's Joanna Fisher in Kiev and Jona what are Ukrainian officials officials saying about this today. Well it's been very difficult. Actually to get comment out of Ukrainian officials. I think they are in a very difficult position here. They we have a team on the ground in Tehran. That was sent there in the immediate aftermath of this crash on Wednesday and they are trying to do everything they can to make sure that that team who are in Iran at the moment get access to the crash site and to the debris that has been collected. I think they are concerned. -cerned that if they immediately come out and echo what has been said In the United States and in Canada an in Great Britain very firmly pointing the finger at the Iranians blaming them for shooting down this plane that that will make it too difficult for for these investigators who are now inside drawn to do their job said they'd been walking something of a of a tight robe yes definitely a tight rope. in a very delicate situation more than sixty Canadians died in that crash crash reporters yesterday press Canadian. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on whether the United States was partly to blame because this was all created by the volatile atmosphere miss fear the US caused by killing General Qassam. Sulamani is there at the same sentiment in Ukraine about that. Look I think the overwhelming sentiment here in Ukraine is naught again because you have to cost mind back five years to m h seventeen. The Malaysian airlines that was shot down in eastern Ukraine crane. Shot down by a Russian missile almost certainly by Russian forces with the death of all nearly three hundred people on board and I think lots of people here their immediate reaction was surely. This couldn't have happened again and not to our country Has Horrible echoes for many many people about what happened then and the idea that Once again what appears to be happening on the ground in Iran is that they going out of their way to make it very very difficult for a proper investigation take base in that once again echoes. What has been the experience of the seventeen investigation that Russia has done almost everything cancer trying and make it very difficult? This has been a miserable flashback for many Ukrainians to what happened five years ago. We also shouldn't forget that this is a human tragedy how are the deaths of that. Those Eleven Ukrainians resonating there. There's been a memorial setup at the airport. Boris Bill Apple which is where the plane was due to arrive lots of passenger cruise Of other airlines have been going. They're paying their respects. The president has also been. They're extremely the extremely sad scenes around around the airport on Wednesday and on Thursday as well the voss majority of the actual passengers on the plane and they weren't going to End Up in Ukraine. They were transiting onto candidature about one hundred and forty also Of One hundred and seventy six people on board the plane we're going to fly on later that day Onto destinations in Canada. Basically this route Was One of the most efficient to one of the cheapest pissed ways for Iranian Canadian Air Iranians to get from Tehran to to various places in in Canada I wonder to to what thoughts there are about Ukraine again being in the middle of this huge news story because the country is also connected to impeachment here in the United States involved in a military conflict with Russia as well. There's a lot going on in the world that really affects Ukraine. Your thoughts on that. You have to say that Ukraine rain has found itself once again in extremely difficult geopolitical position. this is a country that history is not kind to and Ah once again it finds itself in an impossible position to be quite frank in the last twenty four hours or so Ukraine's friends in the West have not not been particularly helpful towards it. It seems almost that Ukraine was the last one to have access to this intelligence from from the United States pointing to it. Being a shoot down I think it's only in the last few hours. Actually the American embassy here in Kiev has come forward and given that information to the presidency. Here that's the BBC's Jonah Fisher. Kiev Jonah thank you so much. Thank you well. As tensions rose this week between Iran and the United States dates. Saudi Arabia was watching closely. The country is a US ally and a rival of Iran. Joining us. Now from Riyadh is Vivian. Near I'm WHO's a reporter with Bloomberg News Vivian. Welcome thank you would. How has this recent flare up between the US and Iran affected Saudi Arabia? Well something that a lot let people forget because Saudi Arabia of course has in the past taken a very hawkish tone toward Iran. Is that if we're we're actually going to break out. Saudi Arabia would be among the countries that would face potential retaliation could actually be severely hurt security-wise economy wise. So what we seen during this last flare up is Saudi officials really setting a message far and wide that we walked de-escalation. We do not want to see this turn into a military confrontation you know can wiser heads prevail. And let's think about the risks to the region because obviously if there were to be sort of a retaliatory attack to one of the Gulf countries or Saudi Arabia itself that would really heart Saudi Arabia and particularly at a time when they need things to be peaceful when they need things to be good for their economy because they're hosting the g twenty this year. They're trying to bring in foreign. Investors are trying to bring tourist wrist. This is not the time when you WANNA have a war right around the corner and it was just a few months ago that missile in drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities did a lot of damage to oil production there in Saudi Arabia. Arabia blamed Iran for that attack. Although Iran denied responsibility do you think that the Saudis were caught off guard by the killing of Sulamani by the United States. So it's an interesting question because there have been a couple of media reports suggesting that Saudi Arabia was not Informed or consulted ahead of time But I it doesn't seem surprising that perhaps this was a very quick attack. That Saudi Arabia was not informed about was caught off guard about about It's interesting that you mentioned the attack in September because Saudi Arabia actually so just stopped short of blaming Iran for that attack which was really interesting at the time I and a lot of people took that as a sign of Saudi Arabia trying to de-escalate and realizing we don't actually want more so they did go as far as to say Iraq had weapons were used in they even said the attack was launched from the north but I remember being at press conferences where we asked them was around behind this and they would not quite go there they would stop short of that. Okay and and in terms of the killing of Sulejmani were the Saudis happy about it do you think or do. They think that it was not good for them. Well there's been a real mixture of feelings because on the one hand so Damani is somebody who is widely viewed here as a war criminal in a state sponsored terrorist who had caused mayhem around the region through proxy wars supporting militias. So there was actually quite a lot of celebration in the Saudi media and from Saudi pundits and commentators but at the same time you did see simultaneous kind of concern and worry about the potential for that to escalate into a wider conflict. So you saw people saying we're glad so. They money's dead but let's be careful that this doesn't turn into a war you know. I was wondering as people were talking about General Suleimani and the fact that he was really The military commander for all of Iran's activities what effect His death will have on the war in Yemen which has been kind of a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It's a bit too early early to say but we've already seen even before his death steps and effort toward ending Saudi Arabia's his involvement in the war in Yemen thought at this point. The war in Yemen has really devolved into this complex civil war. You know merged with famine and this horrible humanitarian catastrophe. So I don't think we can really talk about an end to the war in an easier way but you do see that. Saudi Arabia does seem to be moving towards trying to disengage and trying to kind of end their role in that conflict which seems to be part of a broader strategy to take a step back from some of the crises and conflicts that the kingdom has gotten involved in over the past couple of years. Does it appear to so you that because of the recent of flare up in tensions that maybe there is a chance right now for the longstanding rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia to kind of cool down for them to move toward a detente. That's a very good question and something that a lot of people are asking in the region right now now for two reasons first of all because there have been reports of some sort of talks perhaps going on between Saudi Arabia Iran whether those have been through intermediaries perhaps add Oscar Pakistan or whether they have been more kind of tier two unofficial think-tank level engagements has not really clear clear. But there has been a lot of chatter about our Saudi Arabia and Iran. Actually engaging in talks over the past few months prior to this killing and then the second question is whether the killing of Damani Johny ultimately could perhaps open up some space for Saudi Arabia add on to have some sort of talk because he was a large roadblock in the view of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries towards any kind of negotiated when the Ron because they viewed his role in these proxy wars and it Cetera. Something they just couldn't stomach and now he's gone. Vivian near I'm reporter for Bloomberg based in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. Thank you thank you so
Dr. Patrick Clawson Breaks Down the U.S.-Iran Crisis
"After after the US assassinated Iranian General Qassem Sulamani last Thursday night cable news and social media were inundated with people sharing their thoughts. What's on what the strike would mean for the future of the Middle East and whether it might mean war between the US and Iran? This week I spoke with two foremost Middle East. Experts is to clear the noise and get the real sense of what this all means. I here's my interview with Dr Patrick. CLAWSON director of research at the Washington Institute a fluent Farsi Speaker an eminent Iran expert. Who helped us understand what is going on right now inside Iran? Patrick thank you so much for joining us. Yes thanks for having me now. I saw a few people comparing the other night. The assassination of Qassams Sulamani to if an enemy had killed the American American Vice President Chairman of the joint she says staff of the Armed Forces and the director of the CIA all rolled into one. I'm not sure if that's exactly Accurate but it certainly gets. The point across that Sumani was a hugely important figure in Iran. Who did most of his work outside of the country? So maybe you can tell us who was costume Sumani when he was only responsive to the supreme leader so he was somebody operated outside completely outside of the control rule the elected government and he had had quite a low profile until the battle against Isis when is is the Islamic state launched some spectacular tax writing Tehran against the modulus parliament and against Khomeini's tune. Many the Iranians became afraid that Isis was going to wound their country your same way that it unexpectedly rolled across northern Iraq and over much just Syria and there was the perception that was the role luminary guards particular vessel money who saves the country from that fate and that really is what launched him on this past being so incredibly popular and then he capitalized on on this by showing up on the front lines and the battles against Isis and the battles against the opponents of the Syrian regime and he showed up on the front lines. It's both in Iraq and Syria repeatedly tried to claim credit for Iran For the battle against Isis which was not very deserved of course the irony is that it was the sectarian policies ultra sectarian policies. That Isis had the knicks had a push the Iraqi government to adopt which. We're so responsible for young Sudanese turning to Isis. They're only possible savior. And it's this part of the broader kind of complexity the day of the Middle East that you know when we think of maybe America's enemies or or Western enemies in the Middle East. We often think of well. I guess nowadays now as we think of the Sunni extremists Isis but kind of historically we think of Shiite extremists backed by Iran groups like Hezbollah for instance. Right right right and Iran has a long history of being prepared to work with the Sunni radicals at the same time that it's fighting. That's what it did with the Taliban with what with al Qaeda in Iraq would simultaneously work with and fight these organizations and so that history of Iran being both the firemen and the arsonist is what he wrong same approach Brought to the fight against Isis. What do we know about the specifics of the attack last week? That Killed Sumani. Well we know that it was remarkably stupid on the part are risky shall always say on the part of Some money and his key Iraqi interlocateur arguably the most important person in Iraq effectively able to control all the militia. Many who adopted the The Sudan Hondas To be in the same car they made a very attractive target so so the United States was able to track some of these movements across the Middle East he had become much less discreet over the years and decided they would interact attack attack him here at the Baghdad airport at a spot where there was no possibility of collateral damage is very isolated area now in the hours after the attack a lot out of elected officials and foreign policy types you know landed on roughly the same assessment. I would say they felt that Sumani was a bad actor Dr. no-one should shed any tears that he is dead. But without any serious strategy for what comes next they felt that the assassination wouldn't be helpful. Awful step do you share that assessment. Oh I think the fascination clearly had to be accompanied by a whole lot of additional steps and We won't have to see how things things unfold for instance. I would say that. It was pretty obvious that after the assassination Iran would pick some reprisals and the hope would be that The reprisals would be like like the ones that we saw the other night in the missiles fired at Iraq year basis actions which Iran could claim were bowled strikes against United States dates but which in fact inflicted very little damage. And if that's all Iran does well and Mr Trump's decision to take out Mr Solomon need look pretty good The question is what will come next. Will Iranians Start Planning something which they will carry out in the months ahead. That'll hokey much damage than what we've seen to date. Of course that wasn't the only staff writer. The Iranian regime also announced an additional degree of noncompliance with the JCP with twenty fifteen Iran. Deal right but that had nothing to do with saw money. I mean they've been saying for some time that they plan to announce that on January fifth and sure enough. They did so since we've been told ever since November fifth that every sixty days Iran would be announcing the next step. It was hardly surprised that Iran announced measures January fifth breath. And when they did they measures were markedly less veer than what people had fought in that the expectation ever since the November fifth actions of reducing adducing Iran's commitment to nuclear deal had been announced that a good chance that on January Feron would announce it's going to stop cooperating with the enhanced inspections nations by the International Atomic Energy Agency. He wanted nothing of the sort And Iran is still cooperating. Those enhanced inspections So what Iran announced in January fifth was if anything less than what people have thought they might get. Maybe you just have a cooler demeanor but you sound rather less concerned than a lot. Lot of people out there on Cable News on twitter. Would you say that there's less to be concerned about. Then some people are portraying the situation. Well I'm a believer in the muddle through theory of history three and the dramatic events or not as likely as muddling along. I would simply say that You always have to ask yourself once the alternative So for instance a number of people partially criticizing the decision to kill someone. Money are people harshly criticized trump's decision not to respond militarily early after the attack on Saudi oil facilities and if salamone in fact was planning terrorist attacks with killed dozens or more Americans uh-huh and he'd carried those out. Then these some of these critics would have been complaining that Mr Trump hadn't done anything to forestall the actions so I would just simply say that Often when you're in a tough situation all the options facing you are tough and imperfect and in this case Mr trump came down a very different side. They come down on over the last six months. I think that we calibrating had some merit to it. Call the goodness knows. This step was a very bold and potentially dangerous injury step. Let's just turn before ran. Let's just turn quickly to a little bit about how this killing has been received inside of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ron. You mentioned that Sumani is seen or had been seen within Iran kind of the figure who saved Iran from Isis or or from other bad actors in the region there were reportedly millions of Iranians at his funeral a gathering so massive that fifty people actually died in a stampede in the middle middle of the proceedings so to what degree is that due to him truly being a revered and beloved figure or is there some degree to which the turnout was is more a sign of fear of the regime and kind of a sense of needing to fall in line. Well the government's certainly encouraged and siltation people turning out. I wouldn't say that he was beloved and revered I would say that he was respected and that many people who can't stand the Islamic republic. We'll tell you look. We don't like the Revolutionary Guards yards at all but in their hand they did save us from a worse fate namely the Dash and furthermore that last summer when Iran I was having a record floods. It was the goods for us. which effectively organized relief thought areas after the government had turned out to be utterly incompetent doing that and so there were large numbers of people in several of the cities where the funerals were held Who felt a personal gratitude to for the coots force had done for them and their neighbors? But I don't think that he was so much loved as he was respected And the image that the regime constructed for him was not really entirely accurate. Put it mildly. I mean this is a man who is also a brutal thug at home as well as a terrorist abroad and It really was a clever marketing to take advantage of the role that you played against Isis. Won't he played in flood relief to make him into a popular figure. The last question. Since president trump reimpose sanctions on Iran. The value of the Iranian riyal has plummeted. I think the exchange rate eight today stands somewhere around forty two thousand riyal to a single. US dollar there have been major protests against the regime in recent months over over economic dissatisfaction. Yes but also interestingly pushing back on repression of women and and perhaps other social issues does the US killing Sulamani Johny weaken or strengthen the standing of the regime at home. I think that it makes a lot of rainy INS scared where the future is headed. And I don't think that's good for the regime so while it's certainly true that some of the money was a unifying figure in Iran. People Kinda got S- care net the possibility that it'll be war with the United States while all this is certainly something that will be watching very closely over the coming days and weeks weeks and months. Patrick thank you so much for joining us and sharing your
At least 56 killed in stampede at Soleimani's funeral
"Start the hour again in Iran where a stampede during a funeral procession for General Qassem Sulamani left dozens of mourners. Dead Secretary of State. Mike pompeo reiterated today that the US will abide by the laws of war if it retaliates any retaliation by Iran he was asked about President. Trump's threats to attack running in cultural sites NPR's Mary Louise. Kelley is in the Iranian capital. Tehran and joins joins us now once again Mary. Louise let's start with the stampede. What more can you tell us about that? Hey it's an awful event what we have our reports from Iranian news agencies of several dozen people. It sounds like who were killed in the stampede. This was in the city of Kerman which is a big city in southeastern turnaround about five hundred miles from the capital Tehran. Where I'm speaking to you from And it is the hometown of Kassam. Soula money so oh the body has been making its way through cities in Iraq and now Iran these last several days. This was to be the last procession where mourners owners could come out and more than he was to be buried today obviously events Got Out of control there. You sat down today with the Iranian Foreign Minister. mohammad-javad Hamad Javad Zarif. Let's listen to a little bit of what he said to you. This was an act of aggression an armed attack albeit a cowardly armed armed attack against Iran efficient encoding territory it amounts to war and we will respond. According to our own timing naming choice it amounts to war and we'll respond according to our own timing choice. What did he tell you about the options? Iran is considering four response to the killing of money. Well that was exactly the question. I was trying to pin him down on as you can imagine and you will be stunned to hear. He did not telegraphed to me. Exactly what Lebron's next move will be. He was very clear. As you got a sense from there there will be retaliation. There will be revenge. He spoke talk about how about people's feelings here hurt and the outrage here and you could hear it. Sulamani was was a close personal friend of his and you could hear that the determination termination that this country will act. What exactly they will do when exactly they will do it? He wouldn't go there He said they will respond at a time and place they're choosing. I will say we heard from a different top official here today. Says a man named Ali Sean Connery. He's the top official on Iran's answer to the National L. Security. They're they're National Security Council and according to Iranian media he has said they are considering thirteen specific options for retaliation in which means journalists are now scrambling to try to figure out what those thirteen are What about the nuclear deal? We heard Iran say in the last couple of days that they're not going to be complying with the main parts of it but it sounds like they may be willing to come back to the nuclear deal at some later point. Can you tell us more. About what Zarif said about the nuclear deal sure and this is also personal sheriff. It's worth noting he. He is the one who negotiated on behalf of Iran. Back in two thousand fifteen when it was John Kerry at the state eight department was the it was the two of them who sat down and really hash this out. I asked him today. Point blank is the nuclear deal dead. He conceded it is not good news for the deal. He said specifically specifically going forward we will cease compliance with the limits laid out in the deal in terms of centrifuges but as you noted he he was emphasizing they are suspended spending compliance not cutting it off forever he said should circumstances change should Europe which is still party to the nuclear deal. Find a way to ease the the sanctions that Iran has come under that they may well find their way back into full compliance and and that international inspectors will still be allowed into Iran. So that's it's another not good news but watch the space for what exactly Iran decides to do and what their next action is. Finally Mary Louise We. We spoke with you a day ago. What has changed in the last twenty four hours as both the United States and Iran worry about the possibility of war? Well I'll speak to just what it feels like here It's it's a normal day yesterday. Most people were off work because they wanted to observe here in Tehran The procession of Sulamani Casket through the streets and the funeral services were held at Tehran University and many many hundreds of thousands perhaps more than a million people turned out for that so that was a very different feeling today. You see people out buying bread going to work. You asked me yesterday. Does this feel oh like a country on war footing and the answer is yes and no people are out taking their kids to school. I saw somebody walking his dog down the street this morning. Life continues as you would imagine. And yet he's walking his dog. Underneath this huge billboard showing Sulamani portrait and is describing Sulamani as a martyr and saying retaliation is coming. So that's what it feels like to be in Toronto right now that's NPR's Mary. Louise Kelley joining us from Tehran. Mary Louise thanks so
Trump defends 'war crime' threat to target cultural sites in Iran
"Donald Trump insists that Iranian cultural sites. A fair game for the US military dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing doing so could constitute a war crime under international law but Congress is pushing back in what is expected to be a pivotal week is lawmakers return from a holiday today recess on Monday to top Senate Democrats cold on trump to immediately declassify the administration's reasoning for the strike on the Iranian general enroll saying there is no legitimate justification for keeping the information from the public and House Speaker. Nancy Pelosi said late on Sunday. The House would introduce and vote this week on a war powers resolution to limit the president's military actions regarding Iran in a letter to house Democrats Pelosi called the yeah strike provocative and disproportionate and said that it had endangered our service members diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions as with Iran a similar resolution was introduced in the Senate Congress which has the sole power to declare. War has complained that trump did not provide advance vence notice of his airstrike on Solani in Baghdad. The administration is expected to brief lawmakers on. Its actions this week trump. I raise the prospect of targeting Iranian cultural sites on Saturday in a tweet speaking with reporters on Sunday as he flew back to Washington from his holiday in Florida. He refused refused to back. Down Despite International Prohibitions on Iraq trump said the. US wouldn't leave Iraq without being paid for its military investments assessments there over the years. Then said if the troops do have to withdraw. He would hit Baghdad with economic penalties secretary of State. Mike Pompeo Heo said the US military may well strike more Iranian leaders if the Islamic republic retaliates. He tiptoed around the questions about trump's threat to to attack Iranian cultural sites military action. That likely would be illegal under the laws of armed conflict and the UN Charter. Trump's threat to attack. Tech Cultural Sites rattled some administration officials hathaway an international law professor at Yale and former national security lower official at the Defense Department's Department's legal office said trump's threat amounted to a pretty clear promise of commission of a war crime. US allies have distanced themselves from Donald. Trump's CBS decision to assassinate Kacem Sulamani both Israel and NATO's stressed. They would not involved in the strike on Thursday the response of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin. Netanyahu was particularly striking as he has been one of trump's staunchest supporters on the
Trump was reportedly given a 'menu' of options for the Iran strike that included ships, missile facilities, and militia groups
"Have woken up to a more dangerous work. That is what a French government official told The Washington Post about president. Trump's trump's choice of the most extreme option presented to him to deal with Iran's aggressions in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East that extreme option was of course the killing of Iran's top military commander journal Sulejmani last week a team of New York Times reports using sources inside the trump administration reported on on the options presented to the president. This way the options included strikes on Iranian ships or missile facilities or against iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq the Pentagon also oh tacked on the choice of targeting General Sulamani mainly to make other options seem reasonable when Mr Trump chose the option of killing killing General Sulamani top military officials flabbergasted. Were immediately alarmed about the prospect of Iranian retaliatory strikes on American troops in the region The Times reports that the execution of the plan to kill the general depended entirely on who might greet the general when he arrived at Baghdad or airport. If General Sulejmani had been met by an Iraqi government official or someone else who the United States was unwilling to kill General Sulejmani would be alive today. Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo was not one of the trump administration officials who was flabbergasted. By the President's decision to kill General Sulejmani The Washington Post reports that Mike Pompeo had been urging the president to kill General Sulejmani for months. Sanitary Pompeo did a victory lap. On Sunday morning. Television television saying quote we took a bad guy off the battlefield. We made the right decision. I'm proud of the effort that president trump undertook. Someone else who wasn't wasn't flabbergasted is Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton. He tweeted his congratulations. Congratulations on the killing of General Selemani. But unlike Mike Pompeo John Bolton refused to name president trump as the person responsible for the killing John. Bolton's tweet simply said congratulations to all involved in eliminating some Sola money. Hope this is the first step in regime change in Tehran. Warhawks hawks like John Bolton frequently. Try to avoid the real language of what they advocate so they like to use words like eliminating when they mean killing and regime change when they mean all out war. No one is more aggressive toward Iran than John Bolton and it may be the John Bolton is now so confident that Donald Donald Trump has now put the United States on an irreversible path to all war with Iran the John Bolton no longer needs Donald trump in the White House especially with the Washington Post reporting that Vice President Mike Pence was also urging the killing of General Sulejmani along with Secretary the State Pompeo because today of all days as the situation got worse and worse for the United States in Iraq with the Iraqi parliament having voted one hundred seventy two zero to expel the American military and American government officials from Iraq. Today of all days is the day that John Bolton decided added to publicly announce in writing on his website that he is ready willing and able to testify in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the United States set quote. I have concluded that if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony I am prepared to testify now. You can believe in in coincidence cements. We've all seen instances of it in our own lives. John Bolton doesn't do coincidence John Bolton does calculation and John Bolton calculated the worst thing he could possibly do to Donald Trump. Today is say I am prepared to testify and John Bolton and did that no one has dreamed of war with Iran and regime change in Iran more fervently John Bolton and the reward the the John Bolton gave the present today who has brought us closer to that war than any previous president was the announcement. I am prepared to testify testify in the impeachment trial of that president. Does that mean now. That war with Iran is simmering. John Bolton wants the steady steady your hand of Mike Pence at the controls John Bolton doesn't want a rerun of the time when president trump called off an attack on Iran ten minutes before scheduled. It'll take place. John Bolton doesn't WanNa President tweeting that he will commit war crimes by bombing non military sites in Iran including cultural sites. John Bolton wants war with with Iran done right. If it's going to be done he wants it. Done Pompeo and pence style and the Obama White House. Susan Rice was the president's National National Security Adviser the same job John Bolton hat and the trump White House and op ed piece for the New York Times. She writes Donald. Trump's action against around quote now locks our two countries in dangerous escalatory cycle but will likely lead to wider warfare. Americans are not safer. American citizens are at greater risk of attack across a far wider battlefield than before. It's hard to envision how this ends ends short of war leading off our discussion tonight. Is Susan Rice. Who served as President Obama's national security advisor after serving as President Alabama's ambassador to the United Nations? She used the author of tough love. My story of things worth fighting for Susan Rice. Thank you very much for joining us. Really appreciate it it I want to go first of all to this tweet. That the president put out where he basically said basically committed the United States committing war-crimes attacking cultural sites saying there are fifty two targets and that number was chosen simply for symbolic purposes Not necessarily military tactical purposes of your in. Mike Pompeo now trying to walk that back and say we won't do that. Administration officials saying. We won't do that. The commander in chief has said we will well Lawrence. It's very disconcerting to say the least when the president of the United States is publicly and recklessly threatening to commit war crimes and I should hope that saying our heads would prevail that in in the State Department certainly in the Defense Department that they understand what the laws of war are what our domestic law also requires and and would refuse to execute an order that was in stark violation of international and domestic law. War So I'm mm is hard as it is to swallow some of the the rank craziness that comes out of the president's twitter feed their. At least I think it would be a very difficult thing for the president to execute assuming that the leadership that that is even now in the Pentagon has its its own. Say What would you be looking for. I know the OP ed piece. You wrote is not autumn optimistic one But if you were looking for signs of that. The trump administration is capable of steering away from war. Here her. What would you need to see them do? Well I think. In the first instance we would need actually to see efforts by the administration ministration to de-escalate you had mike pompeo blanket. The Sunday shows and claim that this was all about deescalation. And you had the president earlier. You're saying this was about stopping the war. And in the same moment the president you know issues as extraordinary threat to retaliate against fifty two sites including cultural sites. He's now threatened Iraq with sanctions which is even more mind. Boggling in some ways because the Iraqis are threatening to throw the United States out of Iraqi territory and so frankly eh you know. It's very hard to understand what to expect out of this This crew I want to go to the announcement that Iran made aide about the nuclear deal. What they're what they now intend to do in that arena? It seems a little more complicated than is generally being recorded. I want to read the the near the Washington Post text on this says Iran announced over the weekend that it would no longer respect limits set. On how many centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium Iranian. Foreign Minister said the move was a remedial step but taken within the framework of the nuclear deal and he said that it could and be reversed I heard of commenters on the BBC Today. Also being more optimistic British observers more. We're optimistic about the possibility of salvaging the deal of especially for example if a new president is inaugurated a year from now. Well I'm not L.. optimimistic I think this really might have been the the last blow to the Iran nuclear deal but it was an interestingly crafted statement on the part of the Iranians Arabians. It said they would no longer be constrained by any of the restrictions that they adhered to in the context of the nuclear program and that can be interpreted win and then a number of ways and they said that would sanctions be removed and the United States come back into compliance that they would be prepared themselves to come back into compliance so that could be construed as a potential off ramp but given everything else. That's going on given president. Trump's extraordinary INARI disdain for the nuclear deal given the crippling sanctions that have been imposed in now this latest escalation by killing Sulamani. It's it's hard hard to see how that happens in the near term of course is very hard to in this world. Is You know to have any prediction about where we'll be a year from now and so I'm not I'm not gonNA jump off that cliff of the New York Times kind of backstage reporting at the White House indicates that the options that were given the president in this case case included the options of killing the general only to make the other options. Look better and look more reasonable. Did you present options is to President Obama that way and include one that you firmly believed should not be an option but did it just to steer him in another direction no lawrence. I didn't and I don't believe the Pentagon did you know.
"sulamani" Discussed on NPR News Now
"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Nora Raum. President trump is asserting the US could attack cultural sites in Iran. Quick say that it would be a war crime. The issue came up when the president said his administration has identified fifty two sites for attack if Iran retaliates for last week's killing of Iran's top military officer General Qassem Sulamani in Baghdad trump told reporters Sunday. There will be major retaliation if Iran attacks. US interests he also earned warned Iraq the US will impose sanctions if it expels US troops. Iraq's parliament voted in favor of expulsion Sunday. European leaders are calling for all sides to de Escalate. The Crisis Teri Schultz has more. NATO ambassadors will hold an urgent session. Monday afternoon to discuss heightened tensions in Iraq rock where the alliance has suspended its program for non combat training of the Iraqi military. It's unclear how the Iraqi parliament's call for foreign forces to leave the country will impact NATO's mission there. Iran says as one response to the killing. It will now abandoned all limitations of the twenty fifteen nuclear deal brokered by the European Union Teri Schultz reporting British Prime Minister. Boris Johnson says Duly Mani posed a threat and was responsible for destabilizing the Middle East. NPR's kisses kisses reports. Boris Johnson blamed Iranian military leader Qasim Sulamani for thousands of deaths in the Middle East he said the UK would not quote lament his killing but Johnson added that he's also urging the US and Iran to de escalate tensions saying reprisals will only lead to more violence. The assassination is already causing turmoil in Iraq and his prompted Iran to declare. It will no longer abide by the twenty fifteen nuclear deal that European leaders leaders were hoping to salvage. Johnson says he will keep talking to world leaders an update parliament when it convenes on Tuesday Joanna Kakissis. NPR News London and in Venezuela president. Nicolas Maduro is facing an international outcry after trying to seize control of the National Assembly. NPR's Phillip Reeves has has more but don't always moving to marginalize the man trying to remove him from power opposition duck one guido the US nearly sixty other nations recognized Guido as the country's he's legitimate president they say maddow's reelection in two thousand eighteen was fraudulent and the guidos entitled to step in Transitional President. Because he's head of Venezuela's list National Assembly on Sunday that Assembly was expected to award Guido a second term as leader yet when Guido arrived at the vote but Doodo security forces blocked him from entering. The chaotic scenes arrival politician supported by Medusa. Socialist Party appeared to be sworn in later the assembly voted a second time at an emergency. She section outside a newspaper office and quite a one yet. This dispute isn't over the reeds. NPR news this is NPR news from Washington in Indonesia power outages and mudslides are hampering efforts to find people.
"sulamani" Discussed on News-Talk 1400 The Patriot
"Welcome back, America to Hewitt, one of my favorite people in media Stephanie role. She knows what she's talking about. And she's on MSNBC, and she always brings him formation with their stuff and Stephanie good morning to you. How are you? I'm pretty good today. Do you know Kevin Barron by chance over at defense one? I do actually I think he's a great guy. He's a wonderful reporter. But he and I are having a cat fight this morning, and it's not pleasant about whether or not the media is doing its job about what I think is a potential crisis. These are the Iran. What do you think is going on right now? And how dangerous is it between the US and Iran. Well, why don't you? I help me understand. What is the cat fight? Oh, I just blasted media for not covering it enough. And kevin. Oh, it's everywhere. I don't think it's anywhere. I don't think it's got anything near the it's sort of like the run up to the Iraq war got saturated coverage and barely see AP. Just put out a story on how many saying they're going to enrich uranium that. To me is what we need every day everywhere. I would say as far as media coverage goes where I can only speak for myself. Absolutely covering it. Every single day. I mean, I think that there are a lot of moving parts at this point. I think it's getting a lot of coverage. But one hundred percent this is a very dangerous situation. People don't understand how complicated it is. And if we were or. Eastgate escalate in in a at a military basis. It's huge. It's huge. I mean, if you consider the impact of reach I mean, we're not talking Grenada here. Iran is passage in the straits of Hormuz where I think seventy percent to eighty percent of the oil from the Middle East flows. If we go back to an eighty seven replay of the tanker war, Ohio could go crazy because Venezuela is broken. And so the economic stakes are high as they are. But if we actually I think the American public would be surprised if shots are fired. That's what I get to. We should never be surprised. Without a doubt, the American people would be apprised. So I think what you're saying is they would be surprised that it's because it's not getting ample news coverage is that it's not being amplified enough. It gets a few stories here. And there I know you've said a couple of times on on your show. I talk about it daily. I just think it needs to be saturation. The answer is somewhere in the middle. I mean, I think that you don't wanna have in the American people in a state of panic because it's a complicated situation, and it is always been one. And I think it's being monitored closely. And I think people are absolutely reporting on it. But I think we don't wanna get hysterical ever. Well, hysterical is not what I want. I want people to understand that. When four ships are attacked, it's by Iran and proxies, and they said in August of last year in memory reported it they are ordering the who teased to do this and bats the sorta high stakes game the plays. And I don't even know if the United States, I asked President Trump who Sola Monywa was and he didn't know, and and that became quite a big story. But I'll bet you not seven out of ten reporters know who Sulamani is. Could be the case. But that could be because that's not what those reporters are covering. You know, that might not be there be. But I'm sure if you talked to Richard Anglo if you talk to Andrew journal one hundred percent because that's their jam. But I think if you're talking if you're talking about reporters in general, they might that might not be what they cover. And so my argument, he's the Rommel of Iran. He goes any any is a tremendous leader Stanley mcchrystal sat in the studio and told me he he is every bit the equal of any American military mind. And I I think that what we used to cover a national security has gone by the boards because we like other stories like Donald Trump junior versus Richard Burr. That's a pretty easy story, and it's very well covered then important story. But boy with gotta get Sulejmani up and Khomeini up on the news on the news feed. Last week. We were interviewing and Cessna at one hundred percent wants to focus on foreign policy and national security, and isn't this interesting. That's tough pot to make that your primary focus as a candidate. Because in general for the American people. They don't put foreign policy as their top priority. So it's a little bit of a chicken or the saying, you got somebody writing Hussein most important thing, and this is not and that's a challenge because your average person. Disconnected or something abstract. When your exact point. It's a major issue that shouldn't be distracted should be a core. Focus. I love your term. That's a tough putt that that is going to steal that. Stephanie all credit, you occasionally that is a tough putt percent molten. I hope he drains a sixty foot or on a two level green. Stephanie roll? Thank you. We will see you a little bit later on NSMBC Jinzhou. No is next America from a different network. CNN got a brand new book.
New York State plans to install anti-terrorism facial recognition technology
"And what they did a console many dolls for females in aviation After the news BBC's Hello I'm Garris follow the former Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan has declared victory in the general election amid accusations of vote-rigging by rivals in a live. Television address Mr. Khan said his party was successful and had been. Given a mandate he also promised that his government's will be the first that will not carry out. Any political victimization Sarah, Pakistan unitl I stay. Or Pakistan to unite I want to make clear that any of our opponents people who voted against us I think the kind of personal attacks that I faced no one has ever faced and before I have forgotten. All of this and Pretoria. This behind me this is not about me this is about my country partial, results indicate Mr. Khan's party will emerge as the single, largest impediment succumbed commodity is in Islam about supporters and journalists have been gathering outside Iman cons house on the. Outskirts of Islamabad off to delays in the counting of the votes results, are, still coming in there. Seems to be a consensus. That. His party have secured the most seats they're likely to fall just short of an outright majority but analysts say they should easily be able to form a government. By allying with independent candidates or smaller parties the PM then party. Which has been power for the past five years however has rejected the results human rights groups had Raised. Concerns about the build up to the polls amidst allegations Pakistan's powerful military we're trying. To fix the result in favor of Mr. Khan's party both he and the army. Have dismissed those claims Mr. Kearney's seen by many voters as a break, from the dynastic politics that. Is dominated the country for, decades a government minister. Increase says one of the country's worst won't find disasters was exacerbated by residents in the hardest hit community Panos commandos the defense minister told the BBC people in the resort of Marty had built unlicensed properties near wooded. Areas thus blocking their own. Escape routes Mr. commandos insisted the Greek defence forces acted promptly in difficult weather, conditions the man seen as Iran's key military commander in, Syria Iraq and given has issued a strong threat to President Trump not Twitter Iran in a speech Qasim Sulamani. Who's head of the coots force told Mr. Trump that if he started, a, war Iran would finish. It Sebastian OSHA reports Wants a. Figure of the shadows exerting a near mythic influence Iranian military engagements around the world Qassam Suleimani has increasingly come out. Into the open in the past few years pictures of a grizzled commander smiling on various frontlines of popped up. Regularly some Photoshop others genuine, now he's been quoted on Iranian television channeling inflammatory rhetoric at the US president in response to Mr. Trump's. Own recent tweet warning in block capitals but Iran will suffer untold consequences if its leaders threaten America again, well with news from the BBC. This is WNYC in New York at nine oh four good morning I'm. Kerry Nolan New York state is installing facial recognition software, to catch criminals at the city's bridges and tunnels WNYC Zoe, as ULA has, more at a press conference governor Cuomo painted a picture of a world where facial recognition technology guarded the city at its airports bridges, and, tunnels keeping Track of those who, enter an exit he claimed facial recognition tack is. The future of anti-terrorism security privacy and activist, groups disagree executive director, of, NYC l. you Donna Lieberman says. The tech sometimes gets faces wrong can receive tend to be in the area. Of young people old people, women people of color so you're talking about. Like lots, of, vulnerable. Populations the MTA says so far it's. Just a pilot and no data's being shared with law enforcement adding our priority is balancing public safety with, civil liberties New Jersey's attorney general. Is responding after two local radio. Hosts, made racist and xenophobic comments about him on air Gooby or gray wall. Tweeted, his. Name this. Morning and added. Quote I'm the sixty first attorney general of New Jersey I'm a Sikh American I have three. Daughters, and yesterday I told them to turn off the, Radio New jersey one zero one point five hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco said they couldn't recall gray walls name, yesterday And referred to, him as quote turban man and quote the guy with a turban. The station says both have been taken off the air. Until further notice a post office in Chinatown will soon get a name change to honor late suffragette and local community organizer President Trump signed a Bill into law renaming the door. Your street building the Mabel Lee memorial post office. Lee who died in. Nineteen sixty six was the first Chinese woman to receive a PHD from Columbia, University she was well. Known for organizing classes for Chinatown's residents congresswoman Nydia Velazquez sponsored the bipartisan Bill this is WNYC Hello and welcome to NewsHour from the BBC World Service coming.