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On a crisp winter's day the snow glistens on the mountains above Tehran, but the mood is as heavy as the pall of pollution that often shrouds Iran's capital, AFP reported.

In a country weighed down by sanctions, shaken by protests and stressed by military tensions with the United States, many Tehranis struggle to hide their pessimism.

"Life is really hard right now. The situation here is unpredictable," said Rana, a 20-year-old biology student walking in the upmarket district of Tajrish.

It is a part of the city where young women subtly thwart the Islamic republic's conservative dress codes, opting for short coats, stylish make-up and scarves revealing ever more hair.

But, despite such relative liberties, Rana said she feels trapped.

"The quality of life isn't good at all -- we have pollution, angry people, high prices," she said, pointing also to a "huge class gap" and Iran's deepening "isolation".

Iran's economy has been battered since US PresidentDonald Trump in 2018 abandoned an international nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions and a "maximum pressure" campaign.

When Iran hiked petrol prices in November, nationwide protests erupted and turned violent before security forces put them down amid a near-total internet blackout.

Tensions with Washington escalated in early January when a US drone strike killed powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.

Iran retaliated by targeting US forces but then accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 people on board, in a tragedy that sparked anger at home and abroad.

Rana said she still feels "sad" about the disaster that claimed the lives of many young people who had left Iran to study abroad.

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One young Iranian who has chosen to stay in her country is Pegah Golami, a 25-year-old engineer who was shopping three days ahead of her wedding.

"The country's economic condition is now really difficult, especially for youths," she said, dressed in a chic coat and suede boots.

"I feel very bad... my friends have decided to leave. But I, as an Iranian, decided to stay and build my country."

The strains of a violin filled the air as a busker tried to make himself heard above the noise of the heavy traffic.

It is increasingly difficult to make a living, said Bahram Sobhani, a 47-year-old electrician who was unshaven, nervous and almost completely toothless.

"It's a little difficult to find work these days, but it is out there," he said.

"The sanctions have of course affected us, but we have to tolerate it because we can't do anything else. We live in Iran, not somewhere else."

The economic situation is also hurting Mohammadreza Khademi, vice-president of the Delham Tabesh company that sells smart technology devices from Italy for luxury homes.

His company took a hit after the renewed sanctions trippled costs, forcing it to lay off 20 of its 30 employees.

"The end of 2018 was awful and all of 2019 was not good at all," said Mohammadreza.

"I will continue to run my business. I will try to have that line of production in Iran locally, but it is super difficult to change," he said, adding that "I am angry with Mr Trump".

 

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Rouhani: Iran May Collapse Soon

 

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President Hassan Rouhani warned of Iran's "collapse", ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

He said in a speech before thousands of people in the square "Azadi" in the center of the capital, Tehran, thatthere is instability, if the elections are conducted in a "unilateral" manner, and he warned of the imminent consequences of a "revolution" if the Iranians could not vote in "sound and free" elections .

According to the Iranian opposition radio, "Farda", Rouhani warned of what he described as "collapse" if the scheduled elections were suspended within 10 days, which shows the depth of the country's political crisis, and reveals that the presidency appears to be a bystander to the expected event.

On Tuesday, crowds of Iranians participated in the forty-first anniversary of the establishment of what was known as the “Islamic Revolution”, and Rouhani used this occasion to send several political messages. Ruhollah Khomeini, saying that the last king of Iran, Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, was "a corrupt person."

Rouhani added that "the revolution would not have taken place in Iran if there had been no corruption, and if the regime toppled at that time gave people the right to choose."

In statements considered by observers as a hint, Rouhani added that the revolution broke out because the elections were not an option in front of people, and when this road was closed, people had to go out to open the path.

Rouhani entered into a deep disagreement with the most hard-line faction in Iran over the upcoming elections on February 21, because of preventing the most prominent reformists from submitting their candidacy and entering the competition. Even the reformists who have consistently participated in Iran's elections, have retracted their positions or preferred to boycott, because of harassment by militants.

Observers said that Rouhani was ostensibly talking to crowds in central Tehran, but that the letter was actually addressed to the mentor Ali Khamenei and other military institutions in the country such as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Rouhani's warnings about controlling the elections reveal a pictorial nature of the country's electoral process, given that the President of the Republic himself takes the initiative to warn and demand transparency like any independent observer.

Rouhani is not the only politician who warned the country's ruling establishment. Just a week ago, Iranian government spokesman Ali al-Rubaie, an official who had accumulated an important intelligence experience, warned that going to elections was the only solution that avoided Iran the risk of collapse.

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Iran Cancer of the Middle East ... a new American cry calling for the exclusion of the mullahs from all the files of the region

 

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The hot statements, made by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, described Iran as the cancer of the Middle East and stressed the need to exclude it in order to push the confrontation with Iran to greater heights.

 Not the problem with Iran in Iraq, but it is in all the files of the region.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has said that resolving the crises of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq is linked to excluding Iran's role in it.

At a session at the Munich Security Conference, Graham described Iran as the cancer of the Middle East. He said Iran was "aiming to obtain a nuclear bomb" and that if it got it, it would "use it."

Graham stressed that the administration of US President Donald Trump is ready to lift sanctions against Tehran in exchange for a European nuclear fuel bank that will distribute to all Middle Eastern countries Iran for peaceful energy, adding that this alternative, which Washington sees for the Iranian nuclear agreement. He described Iran as behind all the problems the region suffers from, and enumerated Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

On the other hand, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that intercepting weapons from Iran on the way to the Houthis is proof that it is the largest state sponsor of terrorism, stressing that Tehran is defying the Security Council by smuggling weapons to the Houthis, calling for international action to renew the arms embargo imposed on it, which ends soon.

"The US Navy has intercepted 385 Iranian-made missiles and other weapons components on its way to the Houthis in Yemen," Pompeo said in a tweet on his Twitter account. Another example of Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, continues to defy the UN Security Council. Pompeo added: "The world must reject Iran's violence and is now moving to renew the arms embargo imposed on it, which will end soon."

 Earlier, US President Donald Trump quickly responded by rejecting a negotiating offer by Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. "The Iranian foreign minister says that Iran wants to negotiate with the United States, but with the removal of sanctions," Trump wrote on his official Twitter account . He said Trump , "No thank you."

In a press interview, Zarif expressed Blah's readiness to engage again in negotiations with the United States to resolve the outstanding issues between them, especially the nuclear file.

In the interview, Zarif said that the Trump administration could "correct its past" by lifting the sanctions it re-imposed on the Tehran regime and returning to the negotiating table. "We are still at the negotiating table, and they (the United States) are the only party that left it."

The United States withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions, in what is known as a campaign of maximum pressure. Trump sees the nuclear deal concluded by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015 as "catastrophic" and opened at the same time to IranThe door to a new agreement prevents it from acquiring a nuclear weapon. It also addresses the issues of its militia in the region and its ballistic missiles, with sanctions remaining in the negotiations. Trump has vowed that Tehran will not get a nuclear bomb, as long as he is the president of the United States.

 Experts are aware that Graham's cry that Tehran is the region's cancer confirms that the Trump administration still sees the mullahs as a greater threat to stability in the Middle East and will work to eliminate them in various ways.

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Pompeo: Iran is the largest country sponsoring terrorism in the world, and weapons should be banned

 

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed today, Friday, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, while calling on countries of the world to ban Iranian weapons.


Pompeo said in a tweet on his profile on Twitter, followed by "Al-Akhbariya", that "the US Navy intercepted 358 Iranian missiles and other weapons components on their way to the Houthis in Yemen."

He noted that "this is the biggest example that Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world," stressing that "the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to challenge the UN Security Council."

Pompeo called on countries of the world to "reject Iranian violence and move to renew the arms embargo on Iran."

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The Minister of Electricity sets the deadline for Iraq to develop its capabilities and end dependence on Iranian gas

 

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On Saturday (15 February 2020), the Minister of Electricity, Louay al-Khatib, set a deadline for Iraq to develop its capabilities and end dependence on Iranian gas. 

"I am sure that the United States understands the situation well and will not stop these concessions to settle the urgent public services in Iraq," al-Khatib said in a tweet on Twitter.

He added: "We need a three-year grace period to develop our capabilities in the field of gas, infrastructure capacity and the national network, and regional linkage to energy security."

The Ministry of Electricity, has revealed, on Friday (February 07, 2020), the date of dispensing with Iraq from importing gas and electric energy from neighboring countries, while detailing the US sanctions on Iran and their impact on Iranian gas supplies to Iraq. 

Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Abadi told the Iraqi News Agency that "the US sanctions that were imposed on Iran stipulated not to supply gas and oil derivatives to all countries of the world, including Iraq."

He pointed out that "the Ministry of Electricity previously clarified the technical and service aspects in the event of stopping the import of gas and energy from Iran, which will constitute a negative impact on the deterioration of the electricity system and energy supply hours," noting that "Iraq feeds on approximately 4,500 to 5,000 megawatts of Iranian gas, in addition to Approximately 1,100 to 1,200 megawatts of Iranian energy. "

He explained that "the ministry, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, notified the American side of an official memo of the need to continue the flow of gas and electricity from Iran," noting that "the financial dealings with the Iranian side were not in the hard currency, but in the Iraqi currency, as the money is deposited in Iranian banks that do not deal in the US dollar ".

And he added, "Accordingly, the American side agreed to exclude Iraq from sanctions on Iran," noting that "Iraq is committed to the periods specified for it regarding the exception, and in the event that the period expires, the ministry can also feel the American side for the purpose of extending the exemption period, so that it does not affect the system National electricity hours.

Al-Abadi said that "Iraq started working on the fuel plan, especially after the approval of the Council of Ministers to launch the fifth licensing round for the rehabilitation of gas fields in Diyala province, as well as the rehabilitation of the pipeline network that would produce approximately 750 million cubic meters, stressing that in the event of completion of the implementation of the fuel plan Iraq will dispense with importing gas and energy from neighboring countries. "

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Washington is pressuring Iraq economically to keep it away from Iran
 

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The United States started pressuring Iraq from the gateway to its fragile economy with the aim of ending its rapprochement with Iran, by reducing the period of exclusion from the sanctions associated with dealing with the Islamic Republic and delaying the release of vital cash payments.

The United States decided at the last minute this week to allow Iraq to continue importing gas and electricity from Iran. But it seems that the patience of the United States is finally running out,as the period of exemption has decreased from ninety and 120 days, to only 45.

"This is the beginning of death with a thousand stab wounds,"said Ahmed Tabaqli, a researcher at the Institute of Regional and International Studies in northern Iraq. He added: "The less the exception, the shorter we will be able to bear the result of any mistake we make."

Iraq stands at a crossroads. His Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Allawi faces difficulties in forming a new government, while anti-power demonstrations continue in several cities, amid a US-Iranian conflict that turned into a bloody confrontation on Iraqi soil last month.

Iran has significant political and military influence in Iraq, but the United States holds the card.

The Central Bank of Iraq transfers monthly between one billion and two billion dollars in cash from its account in the Federal Reserve in New York, where its revenues flow from oil, to pay for official and commercial transactions.

But the payment that was supposed to arrive in mid-January last, was delayed by two weeks, according to an Iraqi official and an oil sector source, noting "political reasons" behind the White House decision to delay the exit of funds.

"We are walking on the edge of the knife," the Iraqi official said.

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This was the first indication that Washington might implement a threat it issued in January to prevent Iraqis from accessing their money if Baghdad expelled US forces stationed in Iraq, numbering about 5,200 soldiers.

This came after the Iraqi parliament voted to end the presence of foreign forces due to discontent over an American raid that killed the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, and the head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, which includes Iraqi Shiite factions Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, near Baghdad Airport.

And Washington has discussed for months the issue of prohibiting funds to put pressure on Iraq, according to an American diplomat who described this step last year as a "nuclear option."

As the February payment arrived on time, Iraqi officials expect the United States to begin determining how much money Iraq can withdraw.

Depriving Iraq of money may lead to severe consequences, especially as its economy depends almost entirely on oil exports paid in dollars.

In the event that the period of exclusion from the sanctions related to dealing with Iran expires without renewing it, this means that Iraq will have to stop importing gas and electricity from Tehran, or continue to deal with Tehran and face the possibility of US sanctions.

Iraq suffers from a shortage of electricity, which leads to its interruption at varying periods of up to 20 hours in some areas.

Washington has linked the pressure to other issues, including about 20 missile attacks against the US embassy in Baghdad and bases that include US forces in Iraq since last October.

An Iraqi official said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “shouted” at resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi during a phone call last month. "He told him to forget the issue of renewing the exception if the attacks continue," the official said.

In another sign of the decline in relations between Washington and Baghdad, Pompeo did not meet Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad al-Hakim on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference Friday and Saturday, but in return he met the Kurdistan Regional Prime Minister Mansour Barzani, who also met with the US Energy and Defense Ministers.

"Booby-trapped" exceptions

The United States is also upset about the Iraqi slowdown in signing contracts with major American companies specialized in the energy sector, with the aim of accelerating the disengagement from Iran in this field.

And weeks before the end of the last exception period, a US official stated that the Iraqis "have continuously rejected agreements with General Electric and Exxon."

And he considered that Iraqi officials "choose to rely on the Iranians, giving Tehran an influential position in their economy and infrastructure."

Iran, which has long worked to limit the influence of the United States in the region, is the second largest exporter to Iraq. However, the United States surpasses it in terms of direct investment, especially in the vital oil sector and infrastructure.

Sources in Baghdad and Washington talk of a split in American policy, as the White House appears to support the strategy of increasing pressure on Iraq, while others prefer to adopt flexibility.

The sources stated that the hawks in the American administration have become "dominant" positions, while an Iraqi official said that these people are now using financial transactions to "bully" in their relationship with the Iraqis.

Iraqi Minister of Electricity in the resigned government, Luay al-Khatib, said in an interview that Washington should not "corner Iraq".

But at the same time, he expressed confidence that the United States would not “booby-trapped” the exemption from sanctions “with the aim of undermining public services.”

Al-Khatib mentioned that there is progress in the search for other sources, noting the signing of agreements with Jordan and Gulf countries to support the electricity network, and the possibility of buying gas from the autonomous Kurdistan region.

The Iraqi government had given the green light to sign six contracts to develop Iraqi gas fields three weeks before the end of the last exception.

According to Tabaqali, “The announcement came in response to American pressure. It is clear that the Iraqi government was terrified.

However, the United States may find itself unable to brand more than "economic threats," says Ramzi Mardini, a researcher at the Peace Institute in the United States.

He explained, “This approach may help protect American interests in the short term, but the bilateral relationship as a whole will remain subject to mistrust and hostility.

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Pompeo: Saudi Arabia has contributed greatly to the stability of the Iraqi economy

 

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that Saudi Arabia has contributed greatly to the stability of the Iraqi economy.


"The American operation against the Iranian Qasim Soleimani saved many American lives and protected the sovereignty of Iraq.  Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of more than 600 Americans and countless Arabs and others in Iraq, Syria and other places," Pompeo said in an interview with "The Middle Theft." Another, and he was working effectively to kill more the moment we killed him, and as President Donald Trump made clear, we will not tolerate attacks that harm Americans. "

He added, "President Trump focuses on the importance of increasing the role of NATO in preventing conflict and maintaining peace in the Middle East. We are continuing discussions on this matter, and there is broad agreement that NATO can contribute more to regional stability and fighting International terrorism. "

He explained that "Saudi Arabia plays a pivotal role in this regard, and we will maintain this important strategic partnership between our two countries. We must remember that for 75 years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a strong partner in achieving common goals in the Middle East region, and it was also a founding member In the coalition to fight ISIS, and contributed to the Stabilization support Fund in Syria,and the Kingdom has clear efforts to help stabilize the Iraqi economy and thwart the Iranian aggression.

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Saudi Arabia announces its willingness to export gas .. Will Iraq find an alternative to Iran that would prevent sanctions?


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The Saudi Ministry of Energy confirmed that the Kingdom will export gas soon, in conjunction with the American threat to Iraq to stop extending the exemption from importing gas from Iran.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Saudi Minister of Energy, said today, during the inauguration of the activities of the "SABIC 2020 Conference" which will be held in the eastern region today, Sunday, that the exploitation of oil and gas will bring about a qualitative shift in the field of energy, and we are seeking to integrate the electrical system by introducing wind energy.

He pointed out that the main primary goal of establishing the Ministry of Energy is to expand the development of energy sources and create an integrated system of these sources.

The Minister of Energy revealed that the Kingdom is in the process of announcing a topic that will be a source of pride in the energy sector, expressing his hope to announce it in the "near future", and that the program, whose details will be announced as a national program, will be implemented according to a road plan within the next two months related to the circular carbon economy in which "Aramco" participates. "SABIC", "KAUST" and "CAPSARC", the CDM, the Ministry of Energy, the G20 Secretariat and some of the agencies responsible for implementing this program.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper revealed on Sunday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shouted at the outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and told him to forget the issue of exclusion from Iranian sanctions in the event of repeated attacks on American headquarters in Iraq.

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Rouhani: We face unprecedented sanctions that we cannot escape


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Publication date: Sunday 22 Jumada II 1441 AH - 16 February 2020 KSA 17:11 - GMT 14:11

 

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged on Sunday that his country faces unprecedented sanctions. In a different tone from the speeches repeatedly made by military commanders of the Revolutionary Guards, Rouhani stressed that Iran is unable to evade the sanctions imposed on it by the United States.

He said: The ban on Iran is unrivaled worldwide.

He also added: "You can sit at the negotiating table in the framework of 5 + 1 when America returns to the nuclear agreement and lift the embargo on Iran.


In addition, the Iranian President acknowledged that the shooting down of the Ukrainian plane was a strange mistake and the delay in declaring it harmed the country.

Regarding the protests that swept the country last November, he admitted that there were deaths, but he considered that the figures announced were exaggerated.

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Analyst: Iran will be harmed if Iraq is punished because it is its only window to smuggle oil and hard currency

 

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Political analyst Mujahid al-Ta’i confirmed Sunday that Iran will be harmed if Iraq is punished, because the latter is its only window to smuggle oil and obtain hard currency.

Al-Ta’i told Al-Akhbariya that “the American presence in Iraq does not have any Iraqi legal framework, and despite all the media jesting, no member of parliament close to the axis of the resistance in Parliament spoke about this, because they are not serious about that.”

Al-Tai added, "Iran will be harmed if Iraq is punished with it, as it is today its only window of hard currency and oil smuggling."

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Deputy: America imposes its control on more than 5 bases in Iraq .. There are "unknown details" that the government does not know about

 

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Baghdad today - Diyala 

 

Member of the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, Deputy Karim Alioui, confirmed on Sunday (February 16, 2020) that the American forces impose their control on more than 5 military bases inside Iraq, indicating that the government does not know anything about what is going on inside it. 

Aliwi told (Baghdad Today) that "the American forces effectively impose their control on more than 5 Iraqi military bases, the most prominent of which is the Ain al-Assad base in addition to bases in the provinces of Erbil and Kirkuk."

He pointed out that "the American forces present in these bases do not allow any Iraqi to enter them," stressing at the same time that "the government does not know what is going on in those bases."

He added, "The American bases are witnessing permanent and intense movement for flying, but does anyone know what these planes carry?"

He pointed to the need to "pay attention to the seriousness of what is happening in those military bases, because their impact affects public security in the country."

He stressed the need to "be aware of what these aircraft carry, and search their contents until the decision to execute those forces from Iraq, in implementation of the decision of the Iraqi parliament." 

In a press statement to him, Member of Parliament Security Ali Al-Ghanmi said, "There are no foreign military bases in Iraq, but rules that these forces have controlled as a result of the deteriorating security situation in the country," noting that "there is no legal cover for the presence of NATO forces in Iraq."

He stressed that "the issue of counseling and training is important, but it must come within the sovereignty of the country and not violate it." 

A member of the Anbar Provincial Council, Eid Ammash, revealed on Tuesday, January 01, 2019, a map of the presence of US forces in the province, pointing out that there are three American bases with soldiers and advisers.

"The Ain al-Assad base in Al-Baghdadi is shared with Iraqi forces, but it is a combat base with Apache planes, tanks, armored vehicles, and heavy weapons," Ammash said in an interview with (Baghdad Today).

He added, "The rule of Ain al-Assad has been in existence since 2003 and has continued in the period of Nuri al-Maliki and Haider al-Abadi, up to the stage of Abdul-Mahdi, according to a security agreement with the United States." 

He pointed out that "there is another base, Base 22, which is about 30 kilometers from the Al-Qa’im district center, and has been present since 2003 and stopped after ISIS took control of these areas, but it recently returned, and it is an American combat base and there is no Iraqi force in it."

"There is another base at Al-Waleed Airport in Al-Rutba district, and a group of military barracks in the Anbar desert. There is a presence of US forces and Aratl moving in the streets and coordinating with Al-Jazeera and Al-Badia operations according to a strategic agreement since 2008 and their presence is official," Amash added.

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Iraqi lawmaker: America started "secretly" by installing the Patriot system at Ein al-Assad base without government approval

 

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Member of the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, Deputy Karim Aliwi, confirmed on Sunday 16-2-2020, that Washington started installing the Patriot system at Ein al-Assad base in Anbar Governorate without the Iraqi government stopping it. 

Karim Aliwi said, in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that "there is intelligence and we have reported that the American forces began in secret to install the Patriot system at Ein al-Assad base in Anbar province, in the west of the country."

Aliwi added, "The Patriot system was installed in Ain al-Assad and was transported by large cargo planes, which have recently started operating at the base."

A US Defense Department official had revealed earlier this month that talks with the Iraqi authorities on moving Patriot missile defense batteries to protect US interests inside Iraq had reached an advanced stage, as Washington hoped to be delivered as quickly as possible to protect American soldiers, employees, and diplomats working inside Iraqi territory. 

And American media quoted the official, who said he refused to be named, as saying that "the US Defense Department will have to send additional American forces within the 400 soldiers to Iraq to support and operate these batteries, which will provide - according to the official - great potentials that do not fall only in Protecting the US embassy complex in the capital, Baghdad, will provide a security umbrella for the green zone. " 

The official stressed that the Patriot defensive batteries will protect American soldiers and employees in Iraq from the danger of tactical-indiscriminate missiles such as "Katyusha" and others, which (i.e. batteries) will be part of a series of security measures that will be taken with the Iraqi side to protect the American units that help the Iraqi army In the fight against ISIS and preventing its re-emergence. Among the most prominent of these measures is the activation of radar and early warning devices. 

The commander of US forces in the Middle East, General Kenneth "Frank" McKinsey, arrived in Iraq on Tuesday 5 February 2020, at a time when the administration of President Donald Trump is working to save relations with Iraqi leaders and end the government’s push to push for the withdrawal of US forces from the country. 

McKinsey became the most senior military official to visit Iraq since the strike by an American drone in Baghdad, which killed the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and deputy chief of the Popular Mobilization Organization, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, prompting the Iraqi parliament to demand the departure of American forces. 

The United States has more than 6,000 soldiers in Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi security forces in their fight against ISIS, and to provide protection for those forces, according to US officials.

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On 2/15/2020 at 4:36 PM, Kenny_Logins said:

There will be regime change in Iran before the end of the year.

I hope it Iran will move from a Mullah regime of Government to a Civilian Government JMO..

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