Iran Denies Bombing ISIL In Coordination With The U.S……..You Be The Judge

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Iran Strongly Rejects Reports on Cooperation with US against ISIL


Dec 02, 2014
TEHRAN (FNA)- Top military officials in Tehran strongly rejected western media reports alleging that Iranian fighter bombers have struck ISIL positions in Iraq in coordination with the US.

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces General Massoud Jazayeri on Tuesday dismissed as totally untrue the western media reports quoting US defense officials as saying that Iranian warplanes have bombed ISIL positions in Iraq in cooperation or coordination with the US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS and IS).

“The Islamic Republic of Iran blames the United States as the root cause of unrests and problems as well as the terrorist actions of ISIL in Iraq,” Gen. Jazayeri told FNA.

The General complained that the infrastructures, cities and villages of both Iraq and Syria have been destroyed and their people have been massacred by ISIL as a direct result of the plots and supports rendered to the terrorist group by the US and a number of regional states.

Reiterating that Iran has no cooperation with any troops or coalition which is run by the US, the Number two man of the Iranian Armed Forces said, “Now the Iraqi nation along with its government, army and volunteer forces are in war with aliens and terrorists in a vast front and have achieved much success and the future of independent Iraq depends on this very cooperation and sympathy, and the United States will definitely have no room or place in the future of that country.”

His comments came after Israeli website Jerusalem Post claimed that the Iranian Air Force has bombed ISIL targets inside Iraqi territory in coordination with the US military which is leading the anti-ISIL coalition.

The Al Jazeera TV in a report on a joint operation by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Iraq’s army and Shiite militias to recapture two Kurdish towns in Northeastern Iraq, near the Iranian border, showed the footages of a fighter jet in operation against ISIL targets in the area. The Al Jazeera report mentioned “Iraqi jet-fighters,” but Jerusalem post claimed that “the plane seen bombing ISIL positions is an F-4 Phantom, which is not in Iraqi service”, adding that “the venerable Phantom which first entered service in 1960 (and was retired by the US Air Force in the 1990s and Israel in 2004) still flies with two air-forces in the region, Turkey and Iran”.

The Israeli website acknowledged that “the Phantom’s markings are not visible in the Al Jazeera footage but since Turkey has so far refused to militarily aid the Kurds fighting across the border and the proximity to Iran, it is almost certainly an Iranian fighter”.

The Israeli media later claimed that the Al Jazeera footage “is the first documented of Iranian air attacks on Iraqi territory”.

The Obama administration has repeatedly denied that it is coordinating with Iran military action against ISIL. Last month, following the report in the Wall Street Journal on a personal letter sent by President Barack Obama to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, US national security adviser Susan Rice said that “we are in no way engaged in any coordination – military coordination – with Iran on countering ISIL”.

But Jerusalem Post insisted that “it is highly unlikely that fighter-jets would be operating in the same area where dozens of American planes, along with those of other air-forces of the international coalition, are also carrying out attacks against ISIS, without significant coordination”.



Urgent – Abadi denies Iranian air strikes against ISIL shelters in Iraq

December 3, 2014 by Ahmed Hussein

Follow- Up ( The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi denied reports over conducting air strikes by Iranian Air Force against shelters of the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.

Abadi said in a press statement in Bruxelles on Wednesday “We did not give any orders or permission for any Iranian or Turkish Airplanes to bombard ISIL shelters in Iraq.”

He added “There is an international coalition to fight ISIL and every action requires permission from Iraq.”



Iran confirms air strikes in Iraq against ISIL


A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in Iraq against ISIL fighters

A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighboring Iraq against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported.

It quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour as saying the strikes were not coordinated with the United States, which is also waging an air campaign against the radical Sunni Muslim militants who control large parts of north and west Iraq.

The purpose of the strikes was “the defense of the interests of our friends in Iraq”, the newspaper quoted Rahimpour as saying in an interview in London.

“We did not have any coordination with the Americans. We have coordinated only with the Iraqi government,” he said. “In general, every military operation to help the Iraqi government is according to their requests.”

Rahimpour’s reported comments were the first from an Iranian official confirming Iran’s role in the air strikes in the Iraqi province of Diyala, which borders Iran, in late November. On Dec. 4 an Iranian official had denied that Iran had launched any such strikes. 

Diyala is an ethnically mixed province, where the Iraqi army, backed by Kurdish Peshmerga and Shi’ite militias drove ISIL out of several towns and villages last month.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Dec. 3 he had no knowledge of Iranian air strikes. On Dec. 6, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told a security conference in Bahrain: “It’s not 100 percent confirmed.”

The Iranian role was first highlighted in footage filmed by Al Jazeera television, which appeared to show an F-4 Phantom striking ISIL positions in Diyala. Defence experts said Iran and Turkey were the only regional operators of the F-4, and Turkey is reluctant to take on Islamic State militarily.

“We will not allow conditions in Iraq to descend to the level of Syria, which has been created by foreign players,” the Guardian quoted Rahimpour as saying, referring to Syria’s catastrophic three-year war in which Iran supports President Bashar al-Assad against rebels including Islamic State.

“And certainly our assistance [to Iraq] is stronger than our assistance to Syria, because they are nearer to us,” he said.

Rahimpour said Iran was also assisting Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, but repeated Tehran’s insistence that it did not have any ground troops in Iraq. “This is only an advisory presence. There is no need to send Iranian troops to Iraq. There are sufficient Iraqi and Kurdish troops there,” he said.



U.S. and Iran Now Allied in Iraq Against ISIS

  29 December 2014

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In an odd turnabout that few might have predicted a year or more ago, the United States now finds itself allied with Iran in the battle to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

ISIS/ISIL, which has received a great deal attention after its capture of much of northern Iraq and its posting of Internet videos of its beheadings, is the successor to the group commonly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). On May 14, 2014, the U.S. State Department announced its decision to use “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) as the group’s primary name, most likely to avoid reminding the world that that U.S. aid to the anti-Assad rebel coalition in Syria benefited ISIS.

The Washington Post, citing U.S., Iraqi, and Iranian sources, noted in a December 27 report that Iran has greatly increased its military involvement in Iraq over the past year by providing much-needed aid to the Baghdad government in its fight against Islamic State militants. ISIS conquered much of northern Iraq, including the major city of Mosul, last June, extending its scope of its operations from its activities against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair commented at the time, “There is also no doubt that a major proximate cause of the takeover of Mosul by ISIL is the situation in Syria.”

The Post quoted a senior Iranian cleric identified as having close ties to Tehran’s leadership, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The cleric said that since the Islamic State captured much of northern Iraq, Iran has sent more than 1,000 military advisers to Iraq, as well as elite units, and has also conducted airstrikes and spent more than $1 billion on military aid.

“The areas that have been liberated from DAESH have been thanks to Iran’s advice, command, leaders and support,” the cleric said. DAESH is an Arabic acronym used almost exclusively by opponents of ISIS.

The Post also quoted Ali Khedery, an Iraqi-American who advised four U.S. ambassadors in Iraq, who said that the tensions that existed between the United States and Iran since 2003 (mostly stemming from Iran’s opposition to the U.S. flying of drones over Iran to obtain intelligence Iran’s nuclear fuel enrichment program) have been eased by their shared interest in defeating ISIS.

“ISIS will be defeated,” said Khedery, chairman and CEO of the Dubai-based Dragoman Partners. “The problem is that afterwards, there will still be a dozen militias, hardened by decades of battle experience, funded by Iraqi oil, and commanded or at least strongly influenced by [Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps]. And they will be the last ones standing.”

The Huffington Post reported on December 1 that Iran had joined a U.S.-led coalition that included Canada, the U.K., and France in bombing ISIS targets in Iraq. An unnamed defense official told the Post that he believes the Iranian bombing is unlikely to end as long as Iran feels threatened by ISIS. The official said that Iran’s bombing will not require a U.S. response unless Iran presents an immediate threat to U.S. forces in the air.

“We are aware of that. I wouldn’t say we’re necessarily concerned with it — we kind of have our eyes on it,” the official said. The official noted that the Iranian bombing has been taking place near the Iranian border, in a different part of Iraq from most U.S. and coalition activity. He noted that he could confirm reports of the bombing only on the condition of anonymity.

The Post also quoted a statement made by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest in November that although the United States and Iran were not actively cooperating, they did share a common interest. Said Earnest, in typically vague bureaucratese:

We won’t share intelligence with them, but their interest in this outcome is something that’s been widely commented upon and something that on a couple of occasions has been discussed on the sidelines of other conversations.

We noted in our article on November 7 that in a letter sent secretly to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in October, President Obama maintained that the two nations shared a common interest in fighting ISIS or ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The story was broken by the Wall Street Journal, which attributed information about the letter to unnamed “people briefed on the correspondence.”

The president’s letter to Khamenei sent a mixed message, according to the report. While advocating that Iran cooperate with the United States in military action against ISIS, it also insisted that such cooperation was contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of Tehran’s nuclear program by a November 24 diplomatic deadline set by the six world powers (called the P5+1).

A November 7 report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cited an agency statement that Iran and the IAEA had agreed to a “technical meeting to further discuss the two outstanding practical measures … but not before November 24.”

U.S.-Iranian cooperation — however distant and qualified — in fighting ISIS is only the latest in a long history of reversals and inconsistencies in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. When the U.S. government stopped supporting the Shah in Iran — a ruler the CIA and British SIS (MI6) had helped to gain power by covertly working to force the Shah’s predecessor, Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh, from office — the Shah was replaced in 1979 by a militant Islamic regime led by the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. On November 4, 1979, radical young Islamists, angered by U.S. refusal to return the Shah to Iran after he had sought medical treatment in the United States, invaded the U.S. embassy and seized its staff, starting what was called the Iran hostage crisis. Fifty-two U.S. diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days. The crisis was the beginning of a period in which the two nations have had an adversarial relationship, and diplomatic relations severed after the revolution were never reestablished.

The United States aided Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War. Hussein received diplomatic, monetary, and military support from the United States, including large loans, political support, and intelligence on Iranian deployments gathered using U.S. spy satellites.

But U.S. policy in the region is fickle. The United States and a coalition of allies invaded Iraq and removed Hussein from power in 2003. Had he remained in power, it is highly unlikely that ISIS or similar terrorist groups would have succeeded in overrunning much of Iraq.

Not satisfied with removing one dictatorial strongman who at least kept his nation somewhat stable and free from terrorists, our government tried once more. The Obama administration has aided the rebel forces attempting to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The ISIS militants we are now trying to subdue are allied with the rebel coalition fighting against the Assad regime in Syria — a coalition that has received U.S. support. President Obama expressed hope in a news conference to “mobilize the international community to support” installing a new regime in Syria.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was obviously aware of the connection between the anti-Assad rebels and the al-Qaeda-linked ISIS, made a statement on May 21, 2013, directed at his colleagues, nearly all of whom voted to send arms to Syrian rebels: “This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al-Qaeda.”

It seems that every time the United States intervenes militarily in the Middle East, the result is a radical regime worse than the one we removed or helped remove.

On September 15, news commentator Erin Ade of RT asked former Representative Ron Paul, who consistently opposed U.S. involvement overseas while in Congress, “Should the president take on ISIS in Iraq? I mean, does ISIS represent a clear and present danger to America?”




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