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  • Obama Admin Will Not Reveal to Congress Number of Americans Killed By Iran

    09/18/2015 6:19:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is declining to inform Congress about the number of American citizens and troops killed by Iran and its terror proxies, according to a document provided to Congress and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The administration was repeatedly asked by Congress to release figures describing how many Americans and Israelis have been killed by Iran’s military and terror activities since the country’s 1979 revolution. In a series of on-the-record responses obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon, and provided in written form to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Kerry sidestepped the questions on all of the three separate...
  • Qods Force commander Soleimani reportedly spotted in Anbar province

    06/01/2015 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss |
    Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commanding officer of Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, has reportedly been photographed in Iraq’s Anbar province alongside Shiite militiamen. Additionlly, Soleimani was photographed with the head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, who is listed by the US as a terrorist, and the leader of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian-backed Shiite terror group. The photographs of Soleimani in Anbar and Baghdad were published by Haidar Sumeri, an Iraqi who is supportive of Soleimani and the Iranian-suported Shiite militias that make up the Popular Mobilization Committee. The Long War...
  • Terrorist attack survivors outraged by White House guest

    12/15/2011 5:09:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/14/11 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    Survivors of a 1996 terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen are offendedthat an Iraqi official with ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was welcomed to the White House this week. “Outrage at the visit to the White House really doesn’t describe what I feel,” said William M. Schooley, who survived the June 25, 1996, bombing of the Khobar Towers. “I watched outstanding airmen die that night and witnessed horrific carnage. The survivors of Khobar Towers have been swept under the rug and now have received the greatest insult,” he added. The Washington Times first reported...
  • Groups, States Supported by Cuba Continue to Spread Terror

    02/10/2015 2:52:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    U.S. officials consider removing Castro regime from terror listU.S. officials are considering removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, even as Cuban allies continue to launch military attacks and trade for weapons. As part of President Barack Obama’s announcement in December that he would normalize relations with Cuba, Obama instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s terror designation and issue a report in six months. While reports indicate that the administration is leaning toward removing Cuba from the terror list, such an action would conflict with the Cuban regime’s support for Colombian militants, Iran, and...
  • US releases ‘dangerous’ Iranian proxy behind the murder of US troops

    12/31/2009 7:43:06 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 34 replies · 2,966+ views
    Live War Journal ^ | December 31, 2009 | By Bill Roggio
    The US has released the leader of an Iranian-backed Shia terror group behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007.Qais Qazali, the leader of the Asaib al Haq or the League of the Righteous, was set free by the US military and transferred to Iraqi custody in exchange for the release of British hostage Peter Moore, US military officers and intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. The US military directly implicated Qais in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007. “We let a very dangerous man go,...
  • Iran’s Top Terror Commander Asks Allah to ‘Damn’ Israel’s Supporters

    08/05/2014 8:09:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 5, 2014 - 4:23 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The head of Iran’s shadowy Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force, responsible for the regime’s terror operations abroad, has issued a fiery message to all the militant factions in the Gaza Strip, underlining support for their violent campaign against the Jewish state. Gen. Ghasem Soleimani also called on Allah to “damn” those who support Israel, “especially the United States who is the chief propagator of injustice and oppression in the world.” …
  • Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran's Support for Terrorism Worldwide

    03/05/2014 12:33:55 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Mar 4, 2014 10:00am
  • U.S. Ties Iran to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy (DC bomb plot)

    10/11/2011 2:15:50 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 58 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/11/2011 | EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON—U.S. authorities said Tuesday they had charged two men in an Iranian-directed plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. The alleged assassination plot would represent an escalation in the confrontation between mostly Shiite Iran and mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia, two longtime Middle East rivals. The charges are also a rare instance of Washington accusing Iranian groups of fomenting terrorism on U.S. soil. Elements of the Iranian government were ready to spend $1.5 million to hire what they believed was a drug-cartel hit squad from Mexico, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Prosecutors filed several criminal charges against...
  • Iran Loses the Economic Battle

    10/04/2012 1:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 4, 2012 | John Allen Gay
    While negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program are at a standstill, news this week indicates that Iran is clearly losing the economic battle. As in other cases, currency problems in Iran may contribute to an unpredictable and destabilizing political outcome. Iran’s currency fell by more than 18 percent against the dollar on Monday and another 8 percent on Tuesday, marking a new low in Iran’s continuing economic crisis. The figures are grim: a sheaf of rials worth ten thousand dollars a year ago would be worth about $3,750 Monday and $3,500 Tuesday; on Wednesday, there were protests in the bazaar.Short of...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Al Qaeda’s Network in Iran

    03/28/2012 10:46:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Apr 2, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 28 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL and THOMAS JOSCELYN
    An al Qaeda cell slated to take part in one of the final plots ordered by Osama bin Laden made use of an Iran-based terror network that, according to the Obama administration, operates “under an agreement between al Qaeda and the Iranian government.” That revelation has emerged from legal proceedings in Germany, including the trial of Ahmad Wali Siddiqui, an al Qaeda recruit who took the stand for the first time last week in Koblenz. … The alleged terror recruit, with dual German and Afghan citizenship, has discussed the time he and his fellow plotters spent at the same mosque...
  • Social Networks & The Online Jihad

    10/31/2011 1:38:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 51 replies
    World ^ | October 26, 2011 | Posted by Candice Lanier
    SNIPPET: "In July, the British government warned that Al Qaeda’s exploitation of social networking websites is on the rise." SNIPPET: "The massive and multifarious network of websites and social media has presented a challenge to authorities in trying to combat it. Additionally, civil liberty concerns have conflicted with government efforts to spy on communications. Reducing terrorist activity on social media sites has been particularly difficult because users have adopted new forms of communication to conform with the new formats. Many Arabic speakers on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other sites use Arabizi, a form of colloquial Arabic written in the Latin...
  • Sign that the goods are meant for the IRGC?

    10/27/2011 5:23:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies ^ | October 27, 2011 | Posted by Aaron "Sign that the goods are meant for the IRGC?" (October 27, 2011) SNIPPET: "The modules in question are radio transmitters used in IED's that killed and wounded American service members in Iraq. They were purchased from a US firm through intermediaries in Singapore. Final destination? Tehran." SNIPPET: "Mahan Air is no ordinary airline. Rather it appears to be the official air transport arm of the IRGC's Qods Force."
  • Perry Says Iran Plot Requires Border Security

    10/12/2011 1:19:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    KTOV9 ^ | TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says an Iranian-backed terror plot coordinated in Mexico proves the U.S. must secure its southern border. The Republican presidential hopeful used Tuesday's announcement that Iranian forces had sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. to call for more border troops, improved fencing along the Mexican border and increased border patrols including the use of predator drone surveillance. Perry opened his speech to Republican activists in Indianapolis on Wednesday with a call for increased border security. He called allegations that Iranian forces sought to kill the Saudi diplomat "business as usual" for Iran.
  • U.S. Arrests Iranian Member of Qods Force Working for Taliban

    12/27/2010 11:38:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 24, 2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    From Afghanistan, some surprising news: U.S. and coalition forces have arrested a member of Iran's notorious Qods Force who was simultaneously serving as a Taliban commander. But sophisticated foreign policy observers have said for years that the Taliban and Iran were adversaries, even enemies – that they come from different strains of Islam and have cultural differences that would preclude cooperation? They would never work together, right?For years we've known about the increasingly lethal support Iran has been providing the Taliban various insurgents in Afghanistan. (See here, here, here, here, and here.) And yet senior Obama administration officials have either...
  • Iranian Qods Force commanders linked to Taliban: US Treasury

    08/05/2010 11:47:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    LONG WAR ^ | August 6, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "The US Treasury department has added four Iranian Qods Force commanders to its list of specially designated global terrorists, two of whom are charged with directly providing support for the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan." SNIPPET: "General Hossein Musavi is the commander Qods Force's Ansar Corps, "whose responsibilities include IRGC-QF activities in Afghanistan," the Treasury stated. "As Ansar Corps Commander, Musavi has provided financial and material support to the Taliban." Colonel Hasan Mortezavi is described as a senior Qods Force officer who "provides financial and material support to the Taliban." Qods Forces' Ansar Corps is the command that is assigned...
  • Iran Backs Three Shia Terror Groups in Iraq: General Odierno

    07/23/2010 4:00:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 2+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | July 22, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "The top US general in Iraq has identified the three main Shia terror groups in Iraq that are backed by Iran. General Ray Odierno said Iran continues to back the League of the Righteous (or Asaib al Haq), the Mahdi Army spin-off Promised Day Brigade, and the Hezbollah Brigades (or Kataib Hezbollah). "The Iranians... continue to fund, train and provide weapons and ammunition to Shiite extremist groups," Odierno told reporters in Baghdad according to AFP. Qods Force, the special operations branch of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, has "gone to a more sophisticated program with a smaller set of...
  • Feds move to seize 4 US mosques and NY skyscraper over alleged ties to Iranian government

    11/12/2009 2:09:09 PM PST · by VRWCTexan · 111 replies · 6,030+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov 12, 2009 | AP
    Federal prosecutors are taking steps to seize four U.S. mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization
  • Iraqi forces search for Qods Force agents

    11/07/2009 12:31:33 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 561+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | November 7, 2009 2:28 AM | By BILL ROGGIO
    SNIPPET: "Iraqi officials in Al Kut are seeking four suspected Iranian Qods Force operatives behind attacks on security forces. Members of the Iraqi security forces put up wanted posters with photos of the Iranian operates on the streets in an effort to detain the men. The Qods Force agents are wanted for "armed operations against Iraqi security personnel and civilians," an Iraqi security official told Voices of Iraq. "The security authorities in Kut appealed to local residents to report these dangerous persons who are wanted on charges of involvement in terrorist operations in Iraq." The campaign was announced the same...
  • Qods Force 'acting like a nation-state-backed terrorist organization' - US general

    11/03/2009 10:42:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 371+ views
    Long War Journal - Threat Matrix ^ | November 2, 2009 1:05 PM | Bill Roggio
    The Air Force Times' Sean Naylor scored an interview with Major General Mike Flynn, director of intelligence for General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. There isn't a lot new here to longtime readers of The Long War Journal and Threat Matrix. Flynn gives an overview of the Taliban groups, notes that al Qaeda operatives serve as combat enablers for the Taliban, estimates Taliban forces in Afghanistan at between 19,000 to 27,000 fighters, and said Pakistan remains a major haven for the Taliban and al Qaeda. Of particular interest are Flynn's comments on Iran and the role...