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Why Iran's Quds Force chose Esmail Qaani as Suleimani's successor


Mr Qaani's proxies stretch across Afghanistan and Pakistan, where Iran feels vulnerable to US invasion





Ahmed Quraishi
January 13, 2020

To understand Esmail Qaani, who replaced Qasem Suleimani as the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, you must look at his two decades of work in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He might be unknown in the region to the West of the country, but his eastern neighbours know him well, from Kabul and Islamabad, to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and even in India, a country that worked with him to support the overthrow of Afghanistan's Taliban government in the 1990s.







Iranians chant slogans and hold a placard reading in Farsi "Your mistake was unintentional, your lie was intentional" during a demonstration outside Tehran's Amir Kabir University. AFP

Mr Qaani is media-shy and less bombastic than his predecessor, but no less lethal. After the September 11, 2001, attacks in the US, his proxies on the ground co-operated with US military to help secure Afghanistan, exploiting a downturn in US relations with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, and other Cold War allies.

Tackling a nuclear-armed Pakistan without provoking a full-frontal confrontation might be one of Mr Qaani’s enduring legacies. He created an impeccable spy and terrorism network that operated inside Pakistan for more than a decade until 2015, destabilising the Balochistan and the Pakistani business hub city of Karachi. He orchestrated spectacular attacks that were meant to scuttle the ambitious joint China-Pakistan economic corridor linking western China to Pakistan’s Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea.


Mr Qaani used his Pakistan links to raise the Zeynabiyoun militia, which started as a formidable sectarian brigade of Pakistani volunteers to fight in Syria, until it was busted by Islamabad. These cells preyed on poor Pakistanis from the Shia minority, deploying their religious fervour to fight Iran’s wars.







U.S. soldiers are seen at the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq. Reuters







Adding to Pakistan’s woes, the IRGC and Quds Force often used Pakistani citizens or stolen passports for terrorism and espionage. For example, in March 2017, Pakistani Syed Mustufa Haidar Naqvi was jailed in Germany for spying on Israeli interests. German investigators proved he worked for the Quds Force, and was recruited when he came to Germany in 2012 to study.

Another example is an assassination attempt in 1985 on the now late Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah. The two Iranians involved in the attack carried Pakistani passports. It had been planned and executed by Abu Mehdi Al Muhandis, an Iraqi militia commander who was killed in the same drone attack that killed Suleimani on January 3.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan, Mr Qaani’s job description was simple: stop a possible ground invasion of Iran from Afghanistan or Pakistani and end landlocked Afghanistan’s dependence on Pakistani ports.

This area has one of the world’s most dangerous border zones: the badlands where Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan meet, which is infested with crime syndicates, human traffickers, extremist and separatist groups, and covert operators. The IRGC believe that if there were to be a US invasion, it would happen from here.

This is where the Iranian population is ethnically non-Persian, it is Sunni majority and the Iranian supreme leader is not popular there, with violent indigenous resistance to Tehran prevalent. It is the ideal environment to tempt covert foreign meddling and no amount of assurances from Kabul or Islamabad have assuaged Iran's leaders.

Mr Qaani engaged the US and allies Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states in an excruciating, five-year war of attrition in Afghanistan, prolonging the civil war in the 1990s. The Taliban seized Kabul in 1996, backed by Pakistan with tacit support from regional and international allies, and one year later Mr Qaani, under the guidance of Suleimani, put together a guerrilla alliance to challenge efforts to form an Afghan government.

While Suleimani focused on precipitating the collapse of Arab states, he had little appetite for work on Iran’s eastern border. But with Mr Qaani expertise in both the east and the Middle East, there is little room for optimism that Iran’s long-standing policy of region wide meddling will change.


 

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US troops were injured in Iran missile attack despite Pentagon initially saying there were no casualties
By Jake Tapper, Ryan Browne and Barbara Starr, CNN
Updated 11:40 PM EST, Thu January 16, 2020




(CNN)Several US service members were injured during last week's Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq despite the Pentagon initially saying that no casualties had taken place.

"While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed," the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria said in a statement Thursday.

"Out of an abundance of caution, service members were transported from Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for follow-on screening. When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening," the statement added.

A US military official told CNN that 11 service members had been injured in the attack, which was launched in retaliation for the US airstrikes that had killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani the previous week. Defense One was first to report on the injured service members.

Following the attack the Pentagon said that no casualties had resulted from the 16 missiles fired by Iran. The US military defines a casualty as either an injury or fatality involving personnel.

Asked about the apparent discrepancy, a Defense official told CNN, "That was the commander's assessment at the time. Symptoms emerged days after the fact, and they were treated out of an abundance of caution."

After this story published, Capt. Bill Urban -- the spokesperson for US Central Command, which oversees troops in the Middle East -- said the military had learned after the attack that 11 individuals were injured -- eight were transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and three were sent to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait for "follow-on screening."

"As a standard procedure, all personnel in the vicinity of a blast are screened for traumatic brain injury, and if deemed appropriate are transported to a higher level of care," Urban said in a statement. "All soldiers in the immediate blast area were screened and assessed per standard procedure, according to the Defense Department. ... When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening."

Last week, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper had said the initial assessment found only damage to property.

"The current (Battle Damage Assessment) is, if you will, again, we can get you details, things like tentage, taxiways, the parking lot, a damaged helicopter, things like that; nothing that I would describe as major, at least as I note at this point in time. So that's the state of -- of the attack at this point as we know it. Most importantly, no casualties, no friendly casualties, whether they are US, coalition, contractor, etc.," Esper said.

The news of the injuries come after Iran fired at two Iraqi bases housing US troops in retaliation for Soleimani's killing in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The administration sought to cast its strike on Soleimani as an attempt to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but Tehran has described it as an "act of war" and "state terrorism." Soleimani had been the second most powerful official in the country.

US officials have offered differing accounts of what they see as the motivations behind Iran's attack. Vice President Mike Pence said last week that the administration believes the strikes "were intended to kill Americans," and Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he believed that the attacks "were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft, and to kill personnel."

But a growing belief emerged among administration officials last week that Iran had deliberately missed areas populated by Americans. Multiple administration officials told CNN that Iran could have directed its missiles to areas populated by Americans, but intentionally did not. And those officials said Iran may have chosen to send a message rather than take action significant enough to provoke a substantial US military response, a possible signal the Trump administration was looking for a rationale to calm the tensions.

Iraq did receive a warning that the strike was coming and was able to take "necessary precautions," according to a statement from Iraq's Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi. A US defense official said that Iraq, in turn, warned the United States.

However, Pentagon officials have said they received no such warnings from the Iraqis but that the US was able to detect the attack in enough time to alert US forces on the ground.

Iran's UN ambassador said last Friday that the Iraqi bases housing US troops had been primarily selected to demonstrate target accuracy, not to kill Americans, disputing public claims made by top Trump administration officials.
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"We said before we took our military action that we would choose the timing and the place, and we chose the place where the attack against Soleimani was initiated," Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi told CNN's John Berman on "New Day" last Friday when asked about Pence's comments. "And we do not consider a high number of casualties as an instrumental element in our calculations."



UPDATE: This story has been updated with additional information on the attack and a statement from US Central Command.




 

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Air strikes on Yemen kill 31 civilians after Saudi jet crash
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Saudi Arabia has been leading a controversial bombing campaign against rebel-held areas of Yemen since 2015
Thirty-one people were killed in air strikes on Yemen Saturday, the United Nations said, the victims of an apparent Saudi-led retaliation after Iran-backed Huthi rebels claimed to have shot down one of its jets.


The Tornado aircraft came down Friday in northern Al-Jawf province during an operation to support government forces, a rare shooting down that prompted operations in the area by a Saudi-led military coalition fighting the rebels.

The deadly violence follows an upsurge in fighting in northern Yemen between the warring parties that threatens to worsen the war-battered country's humanitarian crisis.

"Preliminary field reports indicate that on 15 February as many as 31 civilians were killed and 12 others injured in strikes that hit Al-Hayjah area... in Al-Jawf governorate," the office of the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen said in a statement.

Lise Grande, the UN coordinator, denounced the "terrible strikes".

"Under international humanitarian law, parties which resort to force are obligated to protect civilians," she said.

"Five years into this conflict and belligerents are still failing to uphold this responsibility. It's shocking."

The rebels reported multiple coalition air strikes in the area where the plane went down, adding that women and children were among the dead and wounded, according to rebel television station Al-Masirah.

The coalition conceded the "possibility of collateral damage" during a "search and rescue operation" at the site of the jet crash, which left the fate of its crew uncertain.

- 'A major blow' -

Without stating the cause of the crash, a coalition statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency said the crew, comprising two officers, ejected from the plane before it crashed but the rebels opened fire at them in "violation of the international humanitarian law".

"The lives and wellbeing of the crew is the responsibility of the terrorist Huthi militia," the statement said, without specifying whether they had survived.

The Huthi rebels released footage of what they called the launch of their "advanced surface-to-air missile" and the moment it struck the jet in the night sky, sending it crashing down in a ball of flames.

"The downing of a Tornado in the sky above Al-Jawf is a major blow to the enemy and an indication of remarkable growth in Yemeni (rebel) air defence capabilities," Huthi spokesman Mohammed Abdelsalam tweeted.

The escalation follows fierce fighting around the Huthi-held capital Sanaa, with the rebels seen to be advancing on several fronts towards Al-Hazm, the regional capital of Al-Jawf.

The province of Al-Jawf has been mostly controlled by the Huthis, but its capital remains in the hands of the Saudi-backed government.

- 'Massively expanded arsenal' -

The downing of a coalition warplane marks a setback for a military alliance known for its air supremacy and signals the rebels' increasingly potent military arsenal.

"At the start of the conflict the Huthis were a ragtag militia," Fatima Abo Alasrar, a scholar at the Middle East Institute, told AFP.

"Today they have massively expanded their arsenal with the help of Iran and its proxy Hezbollah," Lebanon's powerful Shiite movement.

Huthi rebels now possess weapons bearing signs of Iranian origin, according to a UN report obtained by AFP earlier this month, in potential violation of a UN arms embargo.

Some of the new weapons, which the rebels obtained last year, "have technical characteristics similar to arms manufactured in the Islamic Republic of Iran," said the report, compiled by a panel of UN experts tasked with monitoring the embargo.

The panel did not say whether the weapons weredelivered to the Huthis directly by the Iranian government, which has repeatedly denied sending them arms.

The coalition intervened against the Huthis in 2015, in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, and sparked what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The coalition force has been widely criticised for the high civilian death toll from its bombing campaign, which has prompted some Western governments to cut arms deliveries to the countries taking part.

On Wednesday, the coalition said it would put on trial military personnel suspected of being behind deadly air strikes on Yemeni civilians.
 

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Saudi plane goes down in Yemen; Houthi leader says rebels shot it down
By Christen McCurdy | Feb. 15, 2020 at 8:21 PM





Yemenis walk through a popular market in the old quarter of Sanaa Saturday. Saudi and Houthi forces both confirmed that a Saudi plane went down in Yemen Saturday, with Houthi officials claiming credit for shooting it down. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA-EFE

Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has confirmed that one of its fighter jets crashed in the northern province of al-Jawf.

A coalition spokesman said the Saudi Tornado fighter jet had crashed while carrying out a support mission near Yemeni army units.

That statement came after Houthi rebels claimed credit for shooting down a Tornado jet belonging to "enemy forces."

Houthi military spokesperson said the aircraft was taken down by an advanced air-to-ground missile.

According to the United Nations, 31 civilians were killed in Saudi air strikes in the region Saturday and 12 others were injured.


The coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, has been fighting Yemen's Houthi movement since 2015, when the Houthis ousted the internationally recognized government in the capital Sanaa.

In January the U.N. reported that at least 80 Yemeni soldiers were killed in an airstrike at a military camp, and as many as 130 others were injured in the same attack.

 

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I might be wrong on this but I think this pilot is a Porki. Saudi Air Force employs a lot of Pilots from different Pisslamic States Especially there Slave States like PorkiShitan and Sudan. So according to the Reports coming in There was one pilot alive and other one dead as there flying the Two-Pilot Version of the fighter. After jumping from the Falling Tornado fighter The First pilot died after hitting the ground and the second one is alive and was captured by the houthis. I even posted a picture of one of the pilots in the Forum. I think he might a be PorkiShitani Pilot one of the lost ones Of DG PISSPR Babar ‘s Forgotten hijadas.
 

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The One of the Pilots of the Saudi Air Force Tornado IDS has been as it looks been captured by the Iranian Backed Houthis.


The Remains of the Saudi Tornado IDS Fighter







It seems the pilot's mask got caught on something and/or he struck his head somewhere with the mask.
Gory shit. The mask's gone in his mouth. :scared2:
 

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I think the best think Iran can go after that fker after his term end and assassinate him and his family
 

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#Iran's footage of today's incident in the Strait of Hormuz is revealing -- the #IRGC-N has no qualms in getting VERY close to U.S. vessels, as there's no cost associated with doing so.

 

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Cowards are those who attack in night time and miss their targets. From Bluster to Whimper. Al-Bakistan forewarned the entire world They are going to Retaliate. And Retaliated in the broad day light in next 24 hours. Trump that example of retaliation or bring any modern day example which trumps that.

Al Bakistan Retaliation struck fear in such a way It caused Fratricide at the rival camp. This is the way. As Mandalorain would say.
Cowards are those who Dropped several Bombs at Indian Military Installations and couldn't hit none anything. Cowards are Those who couldn't even Cross LOC(line of Control) and Instead of Fear Of Indian airforce dropped Guided munitions in Empty fields From Stand Off Ranges from own Airspace(Hahaha...lost an F16 to a mig 21)

Brave and heroes are Those who Crossed more Than 30km +in Pakistani Airspace and Destroyed Terror camps and Sent 300 Terrorist pigs. Brave are Those who Shoot down F-16s with vintage Aircrafts like Mig-21 Bison. Brave are Those who are able evade 4-5 AMRAAM. When indian airforce mirage 2000s came into Pakistani Airspace, your fighters didn't dare to Challenge them as they dropped bombs on Jaish e Mohammad Terrorist camps and came back.

Brave are those who accept losses like that of a mig 21 and an mi 17 because they accept their mistakes. Cowards are Those who doesn't accept they lost F-16 to a Mig 21 bison Aircraft.

@Sayaaf I have read your posts and I just want to tell you one thing that I hope you remember sir.

" @Sayaaf Madrasa cope harder ,we can Understand your pain and Frustration which you are ranting in this Forum so cope harder and Carry on with Life mate
 

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Mate your post reeks of desperation and self validation. Guess only burnol will heal this desperation. I know India were kept out of the loop. Their role were insignificant in this entire matter and this is the bitter pill that you can't swallow.
Mate. Listen to me ,we Indians don't want advice From People like you. We don't need anything. That burnol which you are Suggesting, well? I believe you will need it more Than Us for your information. See buddy. Let me tell you this again and I have already said this in a previous post in which I replied to your post and I am saying it Again. "@Sayaaf Madrasa cope harder, we can understand the pain you are trying to justify by ranting your Frustration in This Forum,so cope harder and Carry on With Life and Take a Chill Pill imao" best of luck from our side:cool1:
 

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Because they thought they were shooting down Air Force One.Stupid mullas.They killed their own children.God have mecy.RIP innocent 176 souls.
176 souls? Which inbred world are you living in and writing your retard posts mate? Konse nashe mai hoo?
The MI-17 was a case of 'blue on blue' or Fratricide but to make it simple for an ignorant retard like you, 'Friendly fire.
Only 6 IAF Personal and 1 Civilian were killed in the Incident and not 176 souls as you claim from that regard mind of yours.
India Accepts it's losses but this is not the case with a country like Pakistan!
You speak about friendly fire but mate, I hope you recall how during a skirmish with Soviet MIG-23s, an F16 was shot down due to Friendly fire by another F-16 (even though I have my reasons to believe that it was actually a Mig 23 which shot down that F-16)
So don't speak about friendly fire in Indian airforce! Go and check the History of your airforce and than do the Research and you will realise how Unprofessional Pakistan Airforce Truly is! Atleast indian airforce Accepted it's losses like a professional service which is truthful to its nation!
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