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State Department Still Arming Iranian Terrorists in Iraq

This shit is feckless leftover policy from the Obama regime. It should have been stopped the day Trump took office.

From the Free Beacon

U.S. officials acknowledged Iranian-backed forces in Iraq could be using American-made arms, an admission that comes amid growing concern on Capitol Hill the U.S. government is quietly working with militia fighters in Iraq who are directly tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

U.S. lawmakers and military insiders are concerned by what they described as the American government’s continued arming and training of Iranian-backed fighters in Iraq, an ongoing policy that multiple sources described to the Washington Free Beacon as one of the U.S.’s chief foreign policy failures in the region.

Top lawmakers and others have begun to present evidence showing that the State Department continues to provide widespread support for Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, a program that first begun under the Obama administration.

This has helped solidify Iran’s presence in key Iraqi territories and appears to directly conflict with the Trump administration’s newly outlined push to combat the Islamic Republic’s regional military efforts, which have included targeting U.S. forces in Syria and other locations.

Multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon both on and off the record accused the State Department of making “common cause” with the IRGC, which they say has benefited from ongoing American efforts to arm and train Iraqi militia groups, many of which have direct ties to Iran.

These sources pointed to the continued presence of senior Obama administration officials in government as one of the primary drivers of this ongoing policy.

Senior Trump administration officials acknowledged they have seen evidence that some Iraqi forces on its blacklist are using American arms.

“We have seen reports that some U.S.-origin military equipment is being operated by Iraqi militia units that are not the approved end-users,” said a spokesman for the White House National Security Council. “We urge the Government of Iraq to expeditiously return this equipment to the full control of the Iraqi Army.”

However, the official said the United States has strict policies in place to prevent Iranian-tied forces and other terrorist actors from benefitting from its military programs in Iraq.

“All recipients of U.S. security assistance are fully vetted and subject to end-use requirements,” the official said. “The United States has strict standards to avoid providing security assistance to designated terrorist organizations, units with close ties to Iran, or units under suspicion of committing gross violations of human rights.”

Leaders on Capitol Hill are currently pushing the Trump State Department to come clean about possible interactions with Iranian-tied forces in Iraq.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is one of several lawmakers who recently disclosed direct evidence of Iranian-backed fighters using American-made tanks and other military equipment in Iraq.

DeSantis told the Washington Free Beacon Congress is increasing pressure on the State Department to disclose currently withheld information on the relationship between the U.S. military and Iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq.

“The State Department should not be making common cause with the IRGC, [Iranian commander] Qassem Soleimeni, the [Iranian] Quds Force or Shia militias,” DeSantis said, explaining that these groups have long worked to thwart U.S. operations in the region.

“These groups were responsible for killing hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq during our operations there last decade,” DeSantis said. “Congress needs to get the facts about the relationship between our own State Department and these nefarious actors.”

Intelligence information circling around Capitol Hill and reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon shows that multiple IRGC proxy groups have been operating under the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MOI), which coordinates and doles out U.S. funding and equipment to various militia groups.

Iranian-tied entities believed to be benefiting from U.S. programs include Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iraqi Shia military group supported by Iran; and the Badr forces, an Iranian backed military group. At least four other Iranian-supported military groups also are said to have benefited from U.S. training programs, according to the intelligence information.

Photographs and other open-source intelligence information appear to show that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is aware that Iran is cashing in on U.S. programs.

Al-Abadi’s government is believed, in part, to allocate funds to these Iranian forces via Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, a designated terrorist who leads Kata’ib Hezbollah, who then doles out U.S. funds to various Iranian-backed militia groups.

Kata’ib Hezbollah has been identified as receiving American funding, armor, and artillery via these programs.

Other photographic evidence in the possession of lawmakers appears to show various Iranian-backed militia fighters in Iraq using American-made M1A1 Abrams tanks, which require direct training from the United States to operate.

The State Department and Trump administration officials are said to be aware of this information, as well as other evidence, but stand accused of downplaying it so as not to interfere with the fight against ISIS in Iraq, which these Iranian militias have helped wage.

 

This is fucking insane.

Oh, and by the way, another consequence of this idiocy that the Iran-allied shiite militias in Iraq have threatened to attack U.S. troops if they refuse to leave the country, declaring that the United States “has become our direct enemy.”:

The threat came from Abdullatif al-Amidi, the commander of the Saraya al-Ashura faction inside the umbrella organization of mostly Shiite militias loyal to Iran known as al-Hashd al-Shaabi, Arabic for Popular Mobilization Forces/Units (PMF/PMU), reportsKurdistan24.

PMF factions, including at least one with American blood on its hands—the Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous)—have repeatedly vowed to target U.S. troops since they returned to Iraq to combat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in 2014.

Although the U.S. military has fought alongside the PMF, praising them for their contribution to the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently urged the Shiite militiamen to “go home.”

Moreover, Congress has proposed bipartisan legislation to impose terrorist sanctions on at least two PMF components, Asaib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, prompting some of their fellow militiamen to threaten American troops in Iraq again.

During a televised speech on Tuesday, Abdullatif al-Amidi, the commander of the PMF faction Saraya al-Ashura, warned, “The U.S. has become our direct enemy after the Congress’ decision against some Hashd al-Shaabi factions,” reports Kurdistan 24.

The Shiite militia commander urged American troops to immediately withdraw from Iraq because “they have now become a target for our forces,” noting that the U.S. proposal against two PMU components is explicitly “aimed at targeting the Islamic resistance and all Hashd al-Shaabi factions.”

 

Stop funding, aiding, and arming the mutherfuckers.  Obama did that the whole time he occupied the White House.

It’s time to bring this shit to a halt.

 

 

Related posts:

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/barky-sent-400-million-to-iran-for-hostage-ransom/

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/obamas-last-act-of-treason-221-million-to-palestinian-terrorists/

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/obamas-secret-deal-aiding-iranian-banks/

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/obama-continues-to-support-muslim-brotherhood-terrorists/

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Bin Laden Documents Reveal That Obama Knew About Extensive Link Between Al Qaeda and Iran

With Barky’s disastrous Iranian nuke deal, this is icing on the treason cake.

From the New York Post

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has just released hundreds of thousands of documents, long withheld by the Obama administration, that were seized in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

There are no surprise revelations — but they more fully document the years-long extensive cooperation between al Qaeda and Iran that was still ongoing when bin Laden met his end.

And that raises even more disturbing questions about the nuclear deal Team Obama cut — and the real reason these documents weren’t disclosed until now.

Particularly a 19-page assessment by a senior jihadist of the al Qaeda-Tehran ties: how Iran supplied “everything [we] needed,” including “money, arms” and “training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon,” as well as safe haven for other jihadis.

Yes, there were occasional conflicts and jealousies — but not enough to sever the relationship, which bin Laden himself described as post-2001 al Qaeda’s “main artery for funds, personnel and communication.”

The Obama White House had this information for nearly five years before negotiating the nuclear deal — talks in which it refused to address Iran’s continuing sponsorship of terror even as it agreed to provide it with more than $100 billion in sanctions relief and hostage ransom payments.

Secretary of State John Kerry himself admitted that much of the money would go to supporting terrorist groups.

And that includes al Qaeda — which, the documents show, was very much under bin Laden’s control until the moment a Navy SEAL team took him out.

Another Campaign Promise Kept: Trump Will Not Re-Certify Obama’s Disastrous Iran Nuke Deal

The final nail in the Iran Nuke coffin.

 

The criminality of Obama’s Iran nuke deal involved giving payoffs to Iranian bankspaying $400 million in ransom to the Iranian thugs for hostages, and essentially  giving them the green light to make bombs.

That shit is over.

 

Related article:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/10/irans-secret-sites-linked-to-nuclear-weapons-development-revealed.html

 

Iranian Terrorists Hit Saudi Ship in Attack Meant for U.S. Warship

Oops. BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

From Fox News.

The Iranian-backed suicide attack targeting a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday may have been meant for an American warship, two defense officials told Fox News.

The incident in question occurred in the southern Red Sea and was carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Two Saudi sailors were killed and three were wounded. At first the ship was thought to have been struck by a missile.

But based on new analysis of a video showing the attack, American intelligence officials now believe this was, in fact, a suicide bomber whose small boat rammed the side of the Saudi vessel.

In the audio heard on the video, a voice narrating the attack shouts in Arabic, “Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to the Jews.”

U.S. defense analysts believe those behind the attack either thought the bomber was striking an American warship or that this was a “dress rehearsal” similar to the attack on the USS Cole, according to one official.

The attack, near the Bab al Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, occurred in the same area where U.S. Navy warships came under missile attack in October.

An American destroyer shot down those incoming missiles — the first successful engagement in combat using an American SM-2 missile.

USS Nitze, an American destroyer, retaliated soon after, launching Tomahawk missiles on October 13 at multiple Houthi radar sites in Yemen.

The Saudi sand niggers are  some of the worst terrorist facilitators on the planet.  After 9/11, we should have bombed them first.  They just got a small taste of the terrorism they foster.

Obama’s Secret Deal Aiding Iranian Banks

Last I checked, aiding and abetting enemies of the United States is treason.  Unless you’re a darling of the DemProgs of course, then it’s okay.

From Fox News.

The Obama administration is coming under tough new criticism for its dealings with Tehran after a Wall Street Journal report claimed the U.S. agreed to sign a “secret document” lifting international sanctions on Iranian banks just as the regime was releasing four American prisoners.

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday called on Obama to provide “an immediate explanation.”

According to the Journal, the Obama administration agreed to support removing United Nations sanctions on the banks well in advance of the 2023 date agreed upon in the nuclear deal. The early removal of sanctions on Bank Sepah and Bank Sepah International reportedly was part of a broader list of “tightly scripted agreements,” including the controversial prisoner exchange and transfer of $1.7 billion in cash to Iran that Republicans characterize as a “ransom.”

Ryan said the move violated the nuclear deal.

“This story grows more disturbing with each passing day,” Ryan, R-Wis., said in his statement. “It now appears that on the same day American hostages were freed from Iran, the administration not only agreed to the $1.7 billion cash ransom payment, but violated a key term of the nuclear deal by prematurely lifting ballistic missile sanctions.”

The White House downplayed the details, though, as old news.

“I’d note that this information is not new and was reported on back in January,” a National Security Council official said.

Yeah, treason is always ‘old news’.

A senior administration official said the U.S. was “comfortable” removing the bank from the U.N. sanctions list since the U.S. was already removing Bank Sepah from its own “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List.” The official said the bank will still be cut off from the U.S. financial system, and the U.S. government has the ability to “quickly re-impose” sanctions if needed.

The Treasury Department designated both banks as facilitators of Iran’s nuclear program in January 2007 but sanctions were not to be lifted until 2023.

“Bank Sepah is the financial linchpin of Iran’s missile procurement network and has actively assisted Iran’s pursuit of missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction,” said Stuart Levey, Treasury’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence (TFI), in his 2007 statement initiating the sanctions.

The series of newly revealed agreements, including delivering millions to Iran in cash payments, has angered Republicans on Capitol Hill.

The Treasury Department has conceded it made two wire transfers to Iran in July 2015 and April 2016 despite claims that sanctions prevented non-cash payments to Iran.

“These wire payments contradict the Administration’s claim that American sanctions laws prevented payment to Iran in any other form than cash, and raise questions about why they agreed to pay in cash over more transparent and accountable methods,” wrote Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in a Thursday column in The Hill.

Members of Congress reportedly were kept in the dark about the secret deal and Pentagon officials admitted in recent congressional testimony that they did not participate in the cash and prisoner transfers.

“We weren’t involved in this,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in September.

“I don’t know all the details of it, and the chairman and I were not involved in that. It is a decision that was taken by the law-enforcement and diplomatic [agencies],” added Carter.

The ‘cash and prisoner transfers’ is in reference to the $400 million ransom he paid the thugs in Tehran for hostages.

The Iranian nuke deal is an absolute clusterfuck. It essentially gave Iran the green light to make nuclear weapons.

In the wake of the ‘deal’, Iran immediately violated the terms and sent Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani to Russia for a meeting with Vlad Putin. Furthermore, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced that they will “trample America” and their policy of aggression hasn’t changed.

Iran already has nuclear weapons capability due to decades of failure by the West to stop them.  It will still race toward building a nuclear bomb, threaten Israel, and export terrorism.

As if Barky’s Iran deal weren’t bad enough, the U.N. allows Tehran to use its own inspectors.

Barky has armed and funded Islamic terrorists all over the world. He sent $147 million to Hamas, $500 million to the PLO, and sent the Muslim Brotherhood thugs in Egypt  $213 million worth of F-16s.

He’s also been doing the enemy a favor by releasing the population of muzzie cutthroats from GITMO, including five of the worst in exchange for a deserter.

He’s given all the support he can to America’s enemies, and the GOP-led Congress does nothing.