Leader's Top Aide: US Unable to Keep Military Forces in Raqqa

Leader's Top Aide: US Unable to Keep Military Forces in Raqqa
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati blasted Washington's plots to bolster military deployment in Syria, stressing that the US forces will be expelled from Raqqa in the near future.

"The Americans have set up 12 bases in Syria and have decided to increase the number of their forces to 10,000 but they should know that they will fail," Velayati said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Sunday.

Warning that the Americans want to keep Raqqa as a base for themselves, he said, "They should know that they will be expelled from Raqqa soon as they thought that they can remain in Albu Kamal but they were expelled from there too."

In relevant remarks last month, a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) official said that the US has established a new military base in the regions that are under the control of the continuing to occupy Syrian territory.

A senior SDF official, who requested to remain anonymous, said that the US had set up a military base in Raqqa city in Northeastern Syria, which was recently liberated from the ISIL.

"The United States is building military bases in areas freed by our forces from ISIL. We consider it to be the right strategy. Recently, the US forces established a military base at the entrance to the territory of Raqqa, in the Jezra neighborhood," the official added.

He explained that the neighborhood was chosen by the US army because it was slightly damaged during a military operation in Raqqa and can now be seen as the city's safest area.

"The base and the adjacent territory are reliably protected by the US soldiers. No one, except these soldiers and SDF fighters, has access to the base," the official concluded.

Footage released in July revealed that the US was operating an airbase in the Eastern parts of Aleppo near the provincial border with Raqqa.

The footage showed a large US plane taking off and plenty of Humvees protecting the site.

Also, an American flag was hoisted above the air field which was located in the territory controlled by the SDF.
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Lavrov: Unlike NATO, CSTO Not to Opt for Ultimatums, Blackmail

Lavrov: Unlike NATO, CSTO Not to Opt for Ultimatums, Blackmail

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a security alliance of former Soviet republics, will not take the path of ultimatums and blackmail, typical of NATO.

"I strongly believe that the CSTO will not take this path. We do not blackmail anyone and do not issue ultimatums to anyone," Lavrov said, TASS reported.

"We are concerned about own security within the territory of the CSTO members. We have enough problems and we are not trying to play geopolitical games."

Lavrov is convinced that "NATO still exists artificially."

"Following the collapse of both the Soviet Union and Warsaw Treaty, the alliance forfeited its raison d’etre," the top diplomat said. "Our counterparts across the ocean were the ones to support the military and political bloc of the North Atlantic Alliance aspiring not to lose leverage over Europe."

First, to justify the meaning of "their unity," NATO employed the theme of Afghanistan, afterwards "the Russian Federation ‘has turned up’ as a country that defends its interests in close cooperation with its allies in the territory that historically belongs to us."

"It caused frustration, primarily, because we voiced disagreement with NATO’s gross breaches of the agreements adopted in the 1990s, which are as follows: security is indivisible, NATO will not expand to the East, and a later compromise that NATO’s expansion to the East will not include deployment of considerable combat forces in the new member countries," Lavrov said.

"NATO has trampled in the grossest way on all the agreements and they have tried to trap all our neighbors in a double bind - either they side with Russia or with the West," the Russian foreign minister said. "We can see in Georgia and Ukraine what has been brought about."

The CSTO is not limited to solving only military or political issues, Lavrov said.

"A big policy of integration is included, mostly ensuring security in our common space in all its meanings and dimensions - anti-terrorism, anti-drug and anti-crime," he said.
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US Firms Seek to Restart Nuclear Pact Talks with Saudi Arabia

US Firms Seek to Restart Nuclear Pact Talks with Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN (FNA)- US firms are pushing Washington to resume talks with Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom develop atomic energy.

Riyadh has welcomed the lobbying by the firms attracted by Saudi plans to build nuclear reactors, Reuters reported, citing its sources.

The sources did not identify the firms, according to the report which also said US and Saudi officials in charge of nuclear energy issues refused to comment on the news.

In October, Riyadh requested information from nuclear reactor suppliers in order to open a multi-billion-dollar tender for two nuclear power reactors, and now it wants to award the first construction contract in 2018.

Washington is already negotiating with other US-based firms to form a consortium for the bid, the report said.

According to one of the sources, Saudi officials had told Washington they do not want to forfeit the prospect of one day enriching uranium.

"They want to secure enrichment if down the line they want to do it," noted the source who is in contact with Saudi and US officials.

This comes before US Energy Secretary Rick Perry visit to Saudi Arabia to hold talks early next week.

Meanwhile, another source said that Saudi Arabia and the US had already held talks about a nuclear cooperation pact.

The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), the Saudi government agency drawing up the nuclear plans, has said that the kingdom is considering building 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2032.

That means the kingdom is considering building up to 17 standard nuclear reactors.

However, deep pockets and the lack of any meaningful anti-nuclear movement in the country could easily turn Saudi Arabia into one of the most lucrative markets for an industry that has been struggling for contracts following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.
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UAE denies its nuclear plant targeted by Houthi missile

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Report: Yemeni Missile Hits UAE's Nuclear Plant in Abu Dhabi

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and popular forces' missile hit the United Arab Emirates' nuclear power facilities in Abu Dhabi with a cruise missile, media reports said.

The Barakah nuclear plant in the UAE capital city came under attack by Yemen's cruise missile, the Arabic-language Al-Masireh television reported.

The Yemeni popular forces had earlier said that they had fired a cruise missile towards the UAE.

The 30-billion-dollar Barakah nuclear power plant is located in Abu Dhabi and it generates electricity at a capacity of 5,600 megawatts. South Korea's KEPCO electricity company has designed the UAE's Barakah power plant and it was scheduled to start operations in 2017.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 15,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster; however the Riyadh regime has failed to reach its goals despite suffering great expense.

Nearly 3.3 million Yemeni people, including 2.1 million children, are currently suffering from acute malnutrition. The Al-Saud aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

The director of Yemen's national blood bank has announced that the blood bank may be forced to close due to a lack of money after an international medical charity decided to end two years of support.

The head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the war-torn country has also announced early August that Yemen's ongoing conflict and a “man-made” humanitarian catastrophe has “no end in sight", warning that nearly 7 million people are at risk of starvation.

Also, according to reports, a total of 2,000 people have also been killed by a cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen since late April, as Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
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Syria: War on ISIL Led by Iran’s Top Commander


CIA Chief Admits Sending Letter to Iran's General Soleimani
TEHRAN (FNA)- CIA Director Mike Pompeo acknowledged that he had written a letter to Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani who commands the Quds Force of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to warn him about the US interests in Iraq, but the general refused to read it.

“I sent a note. I sent it because he had indicated that forces under his control might in fact threaten the US interests in Iraq,” Pompeo made the announcement at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley, California on Saturday.

"He refused to open the letter-didn’t break my heart to be honest with you," Pompeo added.

Battered by foreign-backed terrorist groups such as the ISIL, Iraq's central government has sought the assistance of its Muslim neighbor, Iran, to defend its borders and bring security back to the country.

"What we were communicating to him (General Soleimani) in that letter was that we will hold him and Iran accountable ... and we wanted to make sure that he and the leadership of Iran understood that in a way that was crystal clear.”

In a recent congratulatory message to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, General Soleimani hailed the “great victory” over the ISIL terrorists.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Chief of Staff of Iran’s Supreme Leader Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani revealed that the CIA chief had reportedly sent a letter to General Soleimani while he was in Syria, but the top general had refused to even open the letter.

Mohammadi Golpayegani said that just recently, while in Syria’s Albu Kamal town, Major General Soleimani received a letter from the CIA chief through one of his intermediaries in the region.

“Our commander refused to receive the letter saying we don’t have anything in common for talk,” Fars news agency quoted Mohammadi Golpayegani as saying.

Golpayegani praised Major General Soleimani’s move, saying people like him are the fruits of the Islamic Revolution.

Iran’s General Soleimani Declines CIA Chief’s Letter
TEHRAN (FNA)- The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has reportedly sent a letter to Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani while he was in Syria, but the top general has refused to even open the letter, a senior official disclosed.

Chief of Staff of Iran’s Supreme Leader Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani revealed that just recently, while in Syria’s Albu Kamal town, Major General Soleimani received a letter from the CIA chief through one of his intermediaries in the region.

“Our commander refused to receive the letter saying we don’t have anything in common for talk,” Fars news agency quoted Mohammadi Golpayegani as saying.

Golpayegani praised Major General Soleimani’s move, saying people like him are the fruits of the Islamic Revolution.

The CIA has not yet commented on the report.

Major General Soleimani is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq War and commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. The General is in charge of orchestrating the war on terrorism in the region.

Despite his unique services to the country in nearly four decades, the Iranian General came under the spotlight in the world media only after his leading role in the war on terrorism in Syria, specially after masterminding the 2015 South Aleppo offensive. His role in leading the war on terrorism in Syria that encouraged the Russians to join the alliance of Syria, Iran and Hezbollah of Lebanon changed everything in the battlefield and reversed the trend of the victories of the terrorists that had brought them to the door-steps of the capital, Damascus.

The first striking victory gained under General Soleimani's leadership that received wide world media coverage was lifting the terrorists' several-year-long siege of the Syrian Army's Kuweires airbase in Eastern Aleppo in 2015.

Then in December 2016, his strategic thoughts led to the capture of the last major city under the Al-Nusra Front's rule, Aleppo. After capturing the city, photos emerged in the world media, showing the IRGC Quds Force Commander at the Citadel of Aleppo.

Months earlier in September 2016, people and activists in different parts of the Arab world hailed General Soleimani for his efforts, bravery and sacrifices in the fight against terrorism in the region.

Arab activists from different Middle-Eastern countries used #Shokran (Thank You in Arabic) Soleimani and #Shokran Iran on their web pages and tweeter accounts to show admiration of and appreciation for the Iranian General's efforts, bravery and sacrifices in fighting terrorism.

The large number of tweets and posts to hail the Iranian General astonished many political analysts and critics in the Arab world.

Social media activists also wrote short sentences and used photos of General Soleimani and the Iranian flag on their web pages to show their appreciation.

Iran is providing Iraq and Syria with military advice and humanitarian aid in their fight against terrorist groups.

General Soleimani said last March that Takfiri terrorism threatens all Muslims, and Iran has waged war on those terrorists that trade enslaved women and children.

"The fire of Takfiri and Takfirism has engulfed in homes of our Sunni brothers. Those behind this are under the illusion that they can bring Shiism and the Islamic Republic to their knees. More than anywhere else, Takfiri groups have targeted the sanctity of humanity and the Sunni world," General Soleimani said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran in March 2016.

General Soleimani then asked those behind the smear campaign to question Iran's policy in its ongoing war on terror, "Is it adventurism if the Islamic Republic makes sacrifices to defend Muslims? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to battle a group that in just one region is buying and selling some 20,000 unfortunate enslaved young women? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to stand against the anti-Muslim current and stop the demolition of Mosques and Muslim holy sites?"

His remarks came after Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Mahdi Ameen al-Bayati said the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has sold thousands of women and girls merely from Iraq’s Izadi Kurdish minority in their slave market.

Also in August, Spokesman of the Iraqi popular forces Ahmad al-Assadi confirmed that General Soleimani would play a major role in the operations to liberate Mosul, stressing that his country is in dire need of Iranian military advisors.

"The presence of Brigadier-General Soleimani in the operations to free Mosul and Nineveh province is necessary and General Soleimani is the greatest advisor that has helped the Iraqi government in the war against the ISIL," al-Assadi told FNA last month.

"Hajj Qassem Soleimani is one of the most important military advisors of the Islamic Republic of Iran who is in Iraq at the invitation, demand and agreement of the Iraqi government," he added.

In May, 2016, Iraq's al-Nujaba Movement published photos of the Iranian General in the popular forces operations room discussing Fallujah battle strategies with Badr commander Hadi Al-'Amiri, Nujaba's Akram Al-Ka'abi and another popular fighters' commander, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.

General Soleimani has been present in all major anti-ISIL operations conducted in Iraq, including the assaults that led to the liberation of Tikrit and Beiji.

Iraqi Commander: US Plots to Assassinate Hashd al-Shaabi Leaders
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of Hashd al-Shaabi, warned of Washington's plots to assassinate leaders of the Iraqi popular forces.

"Hashd al-Shaabi has changed all US plans and has changed all previous equations. Iraq will no more go under disintegration and this has angered Washington," Jabbar al-Amouri was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Wednesday.

"The US, supported by certain Persian Gulf littoral states financially and politically, is mulling plots to assassinate leaders of the Iraqi popular forces, though" he warned.

Amouri also warned that Iraq won't be able to restore calm and tranquility as long as the US stays in the country.

In relevant remarks in October, Spokesman of Hashd al-Shaabi Ahmad al-Assadi warned that the US enlistment of Hashd al-Shaabi deputy chief commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis as a terrorist is a direct threat to his life and Washington should account for it.

"We take Washington responsible for any possible aggression and attack against Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis," al-Assadi told the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel.

He also called on the Iraqi foreign ministry to show reaction to the US threat against Hashd al-Shaabi's deputy chief commander.

His remarks came after US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert called al-Muhandis as "a terrorist".

In response, Iraq’s foreign ministry declared the Hashd al-Shaabi an “inseparable” part of the national forces, and rejected the United States’ labeling its deputy commander a terrorist.

The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), under the deputy command of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, are a legal Iraqi force that has fought bravely against terrorism in Iraq, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday.

As such, the ministry rejected US comments describing al-Muhandis as a terrorist, and called on the US State Department to review their position, particularly in light of American support for the Iraqi forces.
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Tokyo and Seoul will be first to fall victim if there is war on Korean Peninsula – Lavrov
Japan and South Korea, whom the US is trying to involve in provocations against North Korea, will become the first victims if conflict breaks out in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned.

“While condemning Pyongyang's nuclear missile adventurism, we cannot but condemn the provocative behavior of our American colleagues,” Lavrov said in an interview with Belarusian broadcaster STV. “Unfortunately, they are trying to drag the Japanese and South Koreans in the same direction, who... will be the first victims in the event of war on the Korean Peninsula.”

Earlier this week, North Korea carried out its first missile test in two months, firing an ICBM that allegedly can reach the US mainland. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, reacted to the test by urging more sanctions against Pyongyang and threatening that “if war comes… the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

Lavrov reiterated that in September, the US made it clear that the next military exercises with South Korea were not to come until spring. Russia appreciated that and made efforts to work with Pyongyang to turn the lull into more lasting stability.

“There was a hint that in this situation, that this natural pause in the US-South Korean exercises could have been used by Pyongyang to avoid disturbing peace, as well, and conditions could be created for starting a dialogue,” the foreign minister said. Instead, the US suddenly announced it would be holding the drills in October, then November, then December. That, according to Lavrov, was probably what provoked Pyongyang.

“There’s a feeling that [the US was] intentionally provoking [North Korea’s] Kim Jong-un to break that pause, to fall for their provocation,” he said.

Tensions have been on the rise on the Korean Peninsula in recent months as Pyongyang keeps pursuing its nuclear program and missile testing despite international sanctions and condemnation, while the US and its allies intensify drills near the North Korean borders. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly warned of a military scenario for North Korea, and recently included the country on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, paving the way for more sanctions.

Russia and China have proposed a roadmap for settling the Korean crisis through a transition to negotiations, which implies rejection of any actions that fuel tensions. The proposal called for North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile tests, in return for the US giving up on joint military drills with South Korea in the region, but it was rejected by Washington. A group of Russian MPs, who visited Pyongyang earlier this week, said that the North Korean side expressed readiness to engage in talks, but demanded that Moscow play a mediating role.

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