Archiv: Trump Iran campaign election year 2020 / Soleimani assassination 03-01-2020


02.01.2021 - 06:28 [ Reuters / Twitter ]

Iran has told IAEA it plans to enrich uranium to 20%, Russian envoy says

02.01.2021 - 06:26 [ Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon correspondent / Twitter ]

Just In: Iranian maritime forces in the Persian Gulf raised readiness levels in last 48 hours: US official with latest info.

Not clear if moves are “defensive” because expect US attack, or are signals Iran preparing for operations in the Gulf against the US, official said. #Iran

02.01.2021 - 06:15 [ Haaretz ]

As Iran Marks One Year to General’s Killing, the Mideast Is Riddled With Warning Signs

The last few days saw reports of B-52s making their way from North Dakota to the Gulf, of an Israeli submarine passing in the Suez Canal and of Trump’s intention to deliver one final blow against Tehran

15.12.2020 - 23:39 [ EMASOH, 8 European countries maritime security initiative in the Strait of Hormuz / Twitter ]

Since the beginning of March 2020 more than 1513 EMASOH flagged vessels have crossed the Strait of Hormuz while surface and air assets were monitoring shipping lanes and FHQ EMASOH was on watch 24/7 for the benefit of maritime security @EMASOH_SCR @FFEAU_ALINDIEN

07.12.2020 - 05:41 [ DefenseNews.com ]

French Navy puts fresh focus on high-intensity combat training

(19.11.2020)

Last week sailors successfully fired a cruise missile against a land target from a FREMM frigate, just a few weeks after the Suffren submarine fired its first naval cruise missile, trouble-free.

In a wide-ranging conversation with Defense News, Baudouard stressed that the Navy is a combat force and as such not only trains for today’s battles but is also preparing for tomorrow’s wars.

07.12.2020 - 05:35 [ almashareq.com ]

European mission to secure Strait of Hormuz

(25.09.2020)

A new European military mission is aimed at ensuring safe navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane, experts told Al-Mashareq.

The European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH) was established earlier this year by Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, France, Italy and Denmark.

07.12.2020 - 05:33 [ Bundestag ]

Deutsch-französische Zusammenarbeit bei militärischen Auslandseinsätzen

(22.07.2020)

12. Welche Anstrengungen und Prüfungen hat die Bundesregierung bisher unternommen, um diesbezüglich einen über die politische Unterstützung hinausgehenden Beistand Frankreichs zu ermöglichen?

Die Bundesregierung unterstützt EMASoH und TAKUBA politisch und steht mit ihren Partnern zu weiteren Lageentwicklungen im regelmäßigen Austausch.

13. Wie könnte aus Sicht der Bundesregierung ein über die politische Unter-stützung hinausgehender Beistand Frankreichs aussehen? Welche Gründe sprechen aus Sicht der Bundesregierung gegen einen über die politische Unterstützung hinausgehenden Beistand Frankreichs?

Auf die Antwort zu Frage 12 wird verwiesen.

14. Wie bewertet die Bundesregierung, dass andere europäische Staaten bei den Operationen „Tacouba“ und in der Straße von Hormus teilnehmen? Welche Anforderungen neben der Zustimmung des Deutschen Bundestages müssten erfüllt sein, damit Deutschland über die politische Unterstützung hinausgehend an beiden Operationen teilnehmen würde?

Die Bundesregierung begrüßt das Engagement weiterer europäischer Staaten bei den Operationen TAKUBA sowie in der Straße von Hormus. Auf die Antworten zu den Fragen 12 und 19 wird verwiesen.

07.12.2020 - 05:30 [ Embassy of France in Abu Dhabi ]

European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH): political statement by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal (20 January 2020)

(21.01.2020)

Sharing the assessment that the current situation in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz remains unstable in a region critical to global stability, and supporting the de-escalation approach when it comes to dealing with regional security issues, the Governments of BELGIUM, DENMARK, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS, AND PORTUGAL politically support the creation of a European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH). We welcome any contribution in kind as already declared by DENMARK, FRANCE, GREECE, and THE NETHERLANDS to this effort and look forward to further commitments in the coming days.

07.12.2020 - 05:15 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wie beschrieben: Deutschland kriecht in den nächsten Krieg, ohne jede Opposition

(26.07.2019)

Die Beteiligung an der Kriegskoalition im Persischen Golf „scheint gefallen“. Bundestag, Bundesregierung und Bundesverfassungsgericht sind offensichtlich zur ausführenden Dienerschaft ausländischer Mächte verschmolzen. Etablierte Linke, Pazifismus oder Sozialdemokratie von Bedeutung existieren in Deutschland nicht.

28.11.2020 - 22:07 [ Rep. Barbara Lee, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Make no mistake: the US is still very close to another devastating war in the Middle East because of Trump’s reckless actions. Congress needs to finally repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMF and #StopEndlessWar! #NoWarWithIran

(12.01.2020)

20.10.2020 - 04:33 [ Xinhuanet ]

Trump campaign demands foreign policy be central focus of final presidential debate

„As is the long-standing custom, and as has been promised by the Commission on Presidential Debates, we had expected that foreign policy would be the central focus of the October 22 debate,“ Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a letter to the commission on Monday.

„We urge you to recalibrate the topics and return to subjects which had already been confirmed,“ Stepien wrote.

20.10.2020 - 04:25 [ Newsweek.com ]

Trump Campaign Requests Debate Topics Change to Focus on Foreign Policy, Alleges Debate Commission is Helping Biden

President Donald Trump’s campaign accused the Commission on Presidential Debates of shifting the focus of Thursday’s debate away from foreign policy in an effort to „insulate“ former Vice President Joe Biden „from his own history.“

20.10.2020 - 04:06 [ Fox News ]

Gidley accuses debate commission of ‚failure‘ by omitting foreign policy from topics list

„First, they tried to mess up the whole process with a virtual debate,“ Gidley told „The Story“ host Martha MacCallum.

„Then, all of a sudden, the last debate — which is typically about foreign policy, something we talked about with the commission early on when we agreed to the rules set forward … now what do you know?“

20.10.2020 - 03:38 [ Washington Examiner ]

Trump campaign cries foul over change in third debate focus from foreign policy

Announced Friday, the topics include, „Fighting COVID-19,“ „American Families,“ „Race in America,“ „Climate Change,“ National Security,“ and „Leadership.“

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Jason Miller, a Trump campaign senior adviser, called the debate’s focus on foreign policy „perfect,“ pointing to what he said was Biden’s support for „endless wars.“

20.10.2020 - 03:13 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump campaign trashes debate commission for leaving foreign policy off list of topics

NBC News’ Kristen Welker, who will moderate the next debate, announced on Monday the topics would cover Covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership.

18.10.2020 - 22:40 [ Fox News ]

Trump adviser says POTUS will give Biden ‚more room‘ to answer foreign policy questions in next debate

Miller said that the debate’s focus on foreign policy will be „perfect“ in light of Biden’s past support for „endless wars,“ President Trump’s success with recent peace deals, and the issue of whether the emails bearing Hunter Biden’s name are authentic.

08.08.2020 - 16:56 [ CNN ]

Trump advisers hesitated to give military options and warned adversaries over fears he might start a war

Our partners, adversaries, and competitors know we don’t know the next play,“ Gordon said.

With any other president or any other administration, such deliberate unpredictability might be seen as a flaw, identifying it as a criticism. But in the view of Trump and his most devout supporters, his unpredictability is a keen negotiator’s strength to be lauded.
„For him, the unpredictability is a card that he liked having,“ said Yun.

07.07.2020 - 16:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UN slams Donald Trump for killing Iranian General Soleimani because there was ‚insufficient evidence he was behind an ongoing or imminent attack‘

A U.N. human rights investigator issued the report on Monday noting that the January 3 attack which killed Iranian General Soleimani violated the U.N. charter
She said that the US had failed to provide sufficient evidence to justify the strike
She is calling for accountability for targeted killings by armed drones, like those used in the US strike
President Trump had authorized the strike against Soleimani months beforehand

07.07.2020 - 16:28 [ wibqam.com ]

U.N. expert deems U.S. drone strike on Iran’s Soleimani an ‘unlawful’ killing

The January U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Monday.

The United States has failed to provide sufficient evidence of an ongoing or imminent attack against its interests to justify the strike on Soleimani’s convoy as it left Baghdad airport, said Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

03.07.2020 - 10:47 [ ORF.at ]

Iran zu Entschädigung wegen Flugzeugabschusses bereit

Nach tagelangem Leugnen räumte der Iran seine Verantwortung für das Unglück ein. Die iranischen Revolutionsgarden gaben an, die Maschine kurz nach ihrem Abflug von Teheran versehentlich abgeschossen zu haben.

Der Iran hatte kurz vor dem Unglück mit Raketenangriffen auf US-Stützpunkte im Irak auf die Tötung des Generals Kassem Solaimani durch die USA geantwortet.

30.06.2020 - 18:11 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu: ‚Iran continues secret program to develop nuclear weapons‘

He also commended the United States for the January drone strike that killed Quds force leader, „arch-terrorist“ Qasem Soleimani and warned that Israel will do everything necessary to make sure that Iran does not expand its foothold in Syria.

The comments were made during a joint press briefing with Brian Hook, US Special Representative on Iran, who visited Israel as part of his larger official Middle East trip.

08.05.2020 - 03:00 [ Louisville Courier Journal ]

McConnell, Paul differ as Senate fails to override Trump’s veto of Iran war powers act

As many expected, the Republican-controlled Senate failed to get the two-thirds majority needed Thursday to overturn Trump’s seventh veto of his presidency, with 49 senators voting in favor of the override and 44 against it.

07.05.2020 - 02:31 [ The Hill ]

Senate to attempt to override Trump’s Iran war powers veto Thursday

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday that the chamber will hold a veto override vote at 1:30 p.m. It’s expected to fall short of the two-thirds support needed, effectively ending the attempt to nix Trump’s veto.

25.03.2020 - 10:33 [ Junge Welt ]

Mehr Soldaten in den Irak

Anstatt sich dem Beschluss des irakischen Parlaments zu fügen, der ja auch für deutsche Truppen gilt, peitscht die Bundesregierung am heutigen Mittwoch trotz der derzeitigen kompletten Lahmlegung des öffentlichen Lebens sogar eine Erweiterung des Irak-Mandats im Eilverfahren durch den Bundestag.

25.03.2020 - 10:30 [ Junge Welt ]

Missachtung von Demokratie: Irakisches Parlament will Abzug aller ausländischen Truppen. NATO weitet Mission aus

Am 5. Januar brachte der geschäftsführende irakische Ministerpräsident Adel Abd Al-Mahdi einen Resolutionsentwurf ins irakische Parlament ein. Weil die US-Armee mit dem Drohnenmord am iranischen General Kassem Soleimani und mehreren Begleitern am 3. Januar sowohl die irakische Souveränität als auch die irakisch-US-amerikanischen Vereinbarungen, die der Stationierung von US-Truppen in dem Land zugrunde liegen, verletzt habe, solle die irakische Regierung ihr Hilfsgesuch an die »Internationale Koalition gegen den Islamischen Staat« zurücknehmen und alle ausländischen Truppen zum Abzug auffordern.

13.03.2020 - 09:36 [ New York Times ]

House Sends Trump Bill to Restrict War Powers on Iran, Setting Up Veto

(11.03.2020)

The bipartisan measure amounts to an unusual rebuke of the president’s expansive war powers. President Trump has promised to veto it.

13.03.2020 - 09:32 [ Newsy.com/ ]

Congress Approves War Powers Resolution

(13.03.2020)

Sen. Tim Kaine introduced the resolution after President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed a top Iranian general.

12.03.2020 - 11:26 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Militäraktionen mit Zustimmung: US-Kongress weist Trump in die Schranken

12.03.2020 - 11:15 [ The Hill ]

House passes measure limiting Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran

In a largely party-line 227-186 vote, the House approved the resolution that would direct the president to “terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against” Iran unless Congress specifically authorizes it. Six Republicans voted for the measure.

The Senate passed the resolution in a 55-45 vote last month, with eight Republicans siding with Democrats to support it. Neither chamber of Congress is expected to have the votes to override Trump’s likely veto.

15.02.2020 - 12:42 [ Washington Post ]

White House memo on Soleimani strike makes no mention of imminent threat

“This official report directly contradicts the president’s false assertion that he attacked Iran to prevent an imminent attack against United States personnel and embassies,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.). “The administration’s explanation in this report makes no mention of any imminent threat and shows that the justification the president offered to the American people was false, plain and simple.”

A spokesman for the National Security Council said the White House had no further comment beyond the memo.

13.02.2020 - 21:24 [ Common Dreams ]

Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to Stop Trump From Launching ‚Illegal‘ Attack on Iran

„The nation should not be at war without a vote of Congress,“ said Sen. Tim Kaine, the measure’s lead sponsor.

13.02.2020 - 20:30 [ CNN ]

Senate passes Iran War Powers resolution despite Trump’s opposition

The vote was 55-45. Eight Republicans voted in favor of it: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Jerry Moran of Kansas.

13.02.2020 - 18:29 [ Global News / Youtube ]

U.S. Senate expected to vote on Iran War Powers resolution | LIVE

The U.S. Senate are expected to hold a final vote on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 on a War Powers resolution that is aimed at restricting President Donald Trump’s authority to launch military operations against Iran.

13.02.2020 - 12:55 [ ZDF ]

Befugnisse im Iran-Konflikt – Senat will Trump an die Kette legen

Acht Republikaner schlossen sich der Initiative der Demokraten bereits an. Die von den Republikanern dominierte Kammer votierte mit 51 zu 45 Stimmen dafür, die Abstimmung über die Resolution zuzulassen.

13.02.2020 - 12:52 [ ABC News ]

Senate poised to pass resolution to curb Trump’s war authority on Iran

The resolution underscores that Congress has the sole power to declare war, as laid out in the Constitution. The resolution also requires that any hostilities with Iran must be explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force. It does not prevent the U.S. from defending itself from an imminent attack.

13.02.2020 - 12:41 [ cbs19news.com ]

U.S. Senate begins debating war powers resolution

The U.S. Senate has begun debating a war powers resolution, which was introduced by Senator Tim Kaine.

On Wednesday, Kaine spoke on the Senate floor, urging other members of the congressional chamber to pass the resolution to „prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization.“

13.02.2020 - 03:39 [ The Hill ]

Trump urges Senate to reject effort to reel in his Iran war powers

Five Republicans so far have said they plan to vote in favor of the measure: Sens. Jerry Moran (Kansas), Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Todd Young (Ind.). The resolution needs a simple majority to pass.

13.02.2020 - 03:04 [ Reuters ]

U.S. Senate advances resolution limiting Trump’s ability to wage war

The U.S. Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday intended to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, paving the way for a final vote as eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution.

03.02.2020 - 01:11 [ Daniel McAdams / antikrieg.com ]

In die Katastrophe stolpern

Es besteht eine echte Gefahr für außenpolitische Berater und Analysten – und insbesondere für diejenigen, denen sie dienen -, wenn sie sich in einer Blase, einem Echoraum, befinden und alle ihre Schlussfolgerungen auf fehlerhaften Eingaben beruhen. Es ist natürlich noch schlimmer, wenn sie glauben, sie könnten ihre eigene Realität schaffen und Ergebnisse erfinden, die Hand und Fuß haben.

Unter diesen Umständen laufen die Dinge selten wie geplant.

03.02.2020 - 01:06 [ Daniel McAdams / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Stumbling into Catastrophe

President Trump has argued that prohibiting funds for military action against Iran actually makes war more likely, as he would be restricted from the kinds of military-strikes-short-of-war like his attack on Syria after the alleged chemical attack in Douma in 2018 (claims which have recently fallen apart). The logic is faulty and reflects again the danger of believing one’s own propaganda.

31.01.2020 - 04:26 [ NPR.org ]

House Votes ‚No War Against Iran,‘ In Rebuke To Trump

But the votes might be largely symbolic. The Republican-led Senate isn’t expected to take up the measures, and the White House has signaled that President Trump would veto them.

31.01.2020 - 03:21 [ Rep. Barbara Lee / Twitter ]

19 years ago, I cast the lone vote against the 2001 AUMF. The next year, more people joined me to vote against the 2002 Iraq AUMF. Now in 2020, even more have joined the bipartisan fight to repeal the AUMFs and #StopEndlessWar for good.

31.01.2020 - 03:17 [ Rep. Ted Lieu / Twitter ]

Today the House voted to repeal the 2002 #AUMF & reclaim Congress’s constitutional authority regarding war & peace. If @POTUS wants to use military force against Iran (or any nation) he must first come to Congress & seek authorization. #StopEndlessWar

31.01.2020 - 02:57 [ Rep. Barbara Lee / Twitter ]

BREAKING: The House JUST PASSED my amendment to finally repeal the 2002 AUMF. It’s more urgent than ever for Congress to do its job and prevent the President from using military force without Congressional authorization. #StopEndlessWar

31.01.2020 - 02:43 [ The Hill ]

House approves measure blocking funding for war with Iran

The House has approved a bill to block funding for military action against Iran.

In a largely party-line vote of 228-175, the House on Thursday passed the No War Against Iran Act offered by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.).

“The reality is that Congress needs to exercise the power of the purse,” Khanna told reporters ahead of the vote. “We need to make it very clear that Congress is not going to authorize a dime for an offensive war in Iran.”

31.01.2020 - 02:37 [ The Hill ]

House votes to rein in Trump’s military authority

The vote on the measure sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) came shortly after the House approved a bill from Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) that would block funding for military action against Iran.

30.01.2020 - 18:44 [ VoteVets / Twitter ]

HAPPENING TODAY: The House of Representatives will vote on @RepBarbaraLee ’s bill to repeal the outdated 2002 #AUMF. Repeal is a necessary first step in restoring some measure of balance on war powers. #CongressMustVote

30.01.2020 - 06:19 [ Truthout.org ]

Bipartisan Pressure Is Mounting to Rein In Trump’s War Powers

„One important thing to highlight: The Trump administration was briefing the Republican conference today, and several people told me that the administration made it clear that if Senator Sanders’s and my amendment passed, then it would have prevented the Suleimani strike. Well, Senator Sanders’s and my amendment had passed two months ago and was part of the national defense authorization, until it was stripped. And the lesson is that we should have fought harder to make sure it wasn’t stripped. It would have literally prevented this entire crisis.“

30.01.2020 - 05:53 [ The Hill ]

Trump urges lawmakers to vote their heart on war authority repeal after White House threatens veto

It’s unclear how many Republicans will support the bills on Thursday. Just three GOP lawmakers supported a war powers resolution the House passed earlier this month that was also aimed at limiting Trump’s ability to strike Iran.

30.01.2020 - 05:05 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

House Plans Votes to Rein in Iran War on Thursday

Two measures aimed at preventing President Trump from unilaterally attacking Iran without Congressional authorization are to be considered Thursday by the House of Representatives. The measures had their start in the 2020 NDAA, though both were stripped out of that by the Senate.

30.01.2020 - 04:38 [ The Hill ]

Trump criticizes House Democrats over war powers bill after telling lawmakers to vote their heart

President Trump criticized House Democrats on Wednesday over an impending vote on legislation to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), claiming Democrats “want to make it harder for Presidents to defend America” hours after urging lawmakers to vote their conscience on the bill.

29.01.2020 - 11:54 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Intel: Pelosi seeks to reassure Israel as Democrats debate military aid

(23.01.2020)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is leading a congressional delegation to Israel this week amid an intraparty debate over conditioning military aid to the close US ally and Democratic efforts to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran.

“And no matter what our party — or wherever we are within our party — the fact that we have the shared values with Israel and that is one reason for our joy in the creation of Israel as a historical miracle, the greatest accomplishment of the [20th] century,” Pelosi said at a working lunch with Knesset members.

27.01.2020 - 09:37 [ Reid Ribble / Twitter ]

We are slipping into the very thing the revolution was fought on. We are moving to a monarchy. Americans really want a king – as long as it’s their king. Who’s left to stand for truth, justice or in many cases our republican system of government? They stand up for their party.

27.01.2020 - 09:22 [ ForeignAffairs.com ]

The Imperial Presidency Is Alive and Well

Don’t Mistake Impeachment for a Congressional Effort to Claw Back Power

26.01.2020 - 12:54 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed. @FoxNews @OANN No Thanks!

26.01.2020 - 12:51 [ ABC News ]

Iranian FM: Tehran still willing to negotiate with US

“For us, it doesn’t matter who is sitting in the White House, what matters is how they behave,” he said, according to Der Spiegel. “The Trump administration can correct its past, lift the sanctions and come back to the negotiating table. We’re still at the negotiating table. They’re the ones who left.”

26.01.2020 - 12:50 [ Spiegel.de ]

Irans Außenminister Zarif: „Es ist ein Desaster für die Europäer, dass sie sich den USA so unterordnen“

Mohammad Javad Zarif warnt Europa vor einer Eskalation im Atomstreit. Verhandlungen mit den USA schließt er auch nach der Tötung von General Soleimani nicht aus, nennt dafür aber Bedingungen.

26.01.2020 - 05:42 [ Bloomberg ]

German Defense Chief Warns Islamic State Could Resume ‘Terror’

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, speaking in an interview at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, said that Germany aims to keep its forces in Iraq, but can only do so at the behest of the government in Baghdad.

“We need to keep in mind that in Iraq, IS is not yet defeated,“ Kramp-Karrenbauer told Bloomberg Television in Davos, Switzerland. “If the pressure is reduced, then the danger is great that it resumes its regime of terror.”

26.01.2020 - 05:11 [ Tagesschau ]

Bundeswehr setzt Einsatz im Nordirak fort

Nach Informationen der Deutschen Presse-Agentur steht die Fortsetzung des Auftrags unmittelbar bevor. Das Verteidigungsministerium bestätigte die Fortführung des Einsatzes.

26.01.2020 - 05:10 [ Matti@eGutenberg / Twitter ]

US forces step up Islamic State operations in Syria | January 26, 2020 – „The tempo is coming back,“ General Kenneth „Frank“ McKenzie jnr, who heads US Central Command,

26.01.2020 - 05:08 [ Washington Post ]

In Syria, U.S. steps up Islamic State operation, but for how long, no one knows

“The tempo is coming back,” Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie Jr., who heads U.S. Central Command, said during a visit to a constellation of tiny American outposts in eastern Syria.

American troops in Syria, like those in neighboring Iraq, shifted their focus from anti-extremist operations to force protection after a Jan. 3 strike in Baghdad killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most influential military figure.

26.01.2020 - 04:15 [ David Swanson / Twitter ]

How is the Senate getting away with not voting on a privileged Iran war powers resolution introduced on January 3rd by @TimKaine and is @TimKaine planning to say anything about it?

25.01.2020 - 14:35 [ CodePink.org ]

Stop Trump from going to war with Iran

On January 9, 2020, the House passed their war powers resolution and this week it is the Senate’s turn. The vote will happen soon. Contact your Senators now and tell them to vote for Sen. Kaine’s war powers resolution! Ensure that trump can not take any further military actions against Iran without congressional approval.

Fill out the form below to send an email to your senators — overseas supporters can scroll down to sign the petition below.

25.01.2020 - 14:09 [ Washington Examiner ]

Public pays steep price for Congress’s failure to reclaim war powers

The airstrike that killed Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and the subsequent tensions between the United States and Iran have sparked a new debate in Congress over the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, or AUMFs, against al Qaeda and Iraq. These nearly 20-year-old authorizations for war have been interpreted far too broadly by Republican and Democratic presidents alike. The AUMFs have been used as the justification for conducting military actions in several countries beyond what was originally intended, and it’s time for Congress to repeal them.

24.01.2020 - 06:17 [ Bloomberg ]

America Is Safer When Trump Alone Can’t Start a War

No matter who is president, Congress needs to re-establish its role in the use of force.

24.01.2020 - 05:55 [ Washington Post ]

The Senate should act on legislation to limit Trump’s war-making powers

(17.01.2019)

Kudos to Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for their integrity in standing up for the resolution put forward by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) that joins the House to remind the administration that the Constitution gave Congress the right to declare war.

23.01.2020 - 04:43 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Neue Ufer: Europäische Marinemission am Persischen Golf beschlossen

Bei der EMASOH-Mission handelt es sich um keinen offiziellen Einsatz der Europäischen Union, sondern um eine Koalition der Willigen, die allerdings vom EU-Außenbeauftragten Joseph Borell umgehend mit warmen Worten begrüßt wurde. Das Hauptquartier soll in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten liegen, die sich hierfür laut der EMASOH-Ankündigung bereits angeboten haben sollen. Veröffentlicht wurde die Ankündigung im Namen folgender Länder: Belgien, Dänemark, Deutschland, Frankreich, Griechenland, Italien, die Niederlande und Portugal. Ziel des Einsatzes sei es, ein „sicheres Umfeld für den Seeverkehr zu gewährleisten und die derzeitigen regionalen Spannungen abzubauen.“

Wie bereits angedeutet, beschränkt sich die Unterstützung von vier der acht Staaten zunächst einmal auf die Unterzeichnung der besagten Erklärung. Neben Deutschland sind das Belgien, Italien und Portugal.

20.01.2020 - 08:47 [ Consortium News ]

Democrats Let Trump Off the Hook on Iran

Democrats scold and scorn Trump for his recklessness and ignorance. But as the Iranian crisis shows once again, the party’s leaders are not willing to challenge his claim that military might authorizes the United States (i.e., Trump, as president) to dictate and enforce the rules of behavior for the rest of the world. In effect, they are letting him slip off his own hook, and may well be helping him get re-elected.

18.01.2020 - 16:19 [ Oilprice.com ]

Mnuchin: US Works With China To Cut Off All Iranian Oil Imports

The United States is working closely with China to have it cut off altogether imports of Iranian crude oil, as the U.S. steps up sanctions pressure on the Iranian regime, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, told Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures’.

18.01.2020 - 16:17 [ Oilprice.com ]

China Turns Its Back On Iran’s Crude Oil

(09.01.2020)

This year’s turbulent events in the Middle East—a major source of oil supply for the world’s largest oil importer, China—have had Beijing scrambling to salvage the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. assassinated Tehran’s top military commander.

At the same time, China has significantly reduced its crude oil imports from Iran in recent months because of the U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

18.01.2020 - 10:58 [ Newsweek ]

Killing Soleimani Was a ‚Violation of National and International Law,‘ Former Nuremberg War Crimes Prosecutor Says

The U.S. strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani flouted both national and international law, according to a former lawyer who helped prosecute Nazi leaders at the post-World War II Nuremberg trials.

Benjamin B. Ferencz, 99, wrote to The New York Times this week expressing his opposition to the drone strike that killed Soleimani and several others outside Baghdad International Airport earlier this month.

17.01.2020 - 17:48 [ Justin Amash, Ken Buck, Jared Golden, Scott Perry, Dean Phillips, Chip Roy, Abigail Spanberger / Washington Post ]

We differ in our politics. We agree on Congress’s power to declare war.

We have been at war in the Middle East for nearly two decades, under authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) that our predecessors in Congress passed almost a generation ago. Men and women of our armed forces continue to risk their lives as presidents of both parties stretch these authorizations to justify often tenuously related military engagements. Rather than debating and voting on present conflicts, Congress habitually acquiesces to the executive branch’s actions. This must change; the Constitution demands it, and the people we represent deserve it.

17.01.2020 - 13:24 [ ZDF ]

Maas: Libyen soll nicht das „nächste Syrien“ werden

Maas warnte zudem vor einem Abzug der Streitkräfte der Anti-IS-Koalition aus dem Irak. Wenn es das Ergebnis der Tötung des iranischen Generals Soleimani sei, dass sich der Irak in seiner Souveränität verletzt fühle und das Parlament ausländische Streitkräfte des Landes verweisen wolle, serviere man „im Ergebnis den Irak Iran auf dem Silbertablett“. Das könne auch nicht im Interesse der Vereinigten Staaten sein, sagte Maas

16.01.2020 - 23:37 [ Tim Kaine, Mike Lee / Washington Post ]

Why we’re introducing a resolution on war with Iran

James Madison, the principal drafter of the Constitution, wrote that the history of mankind showed that the executive branch is “most interested in war, & most prone to it.”

For this reason, he noted that the Constitution, “with studied care, vested the question of war” in the legislature. Once initiated, the power to carry out military action does flow to the president as commander in chief. And the president always has the power to defend the nation from imminent attack. But even when the president acts unilaterally in response to an attack, that action must be brief and limited to addressing a specific threat. Any action beyond that scope requires an authorization by Congress.

16.01.2020 - 14:59 [ Politico.com ]

State Department abruptly cancels briefings on Iran, embassy security

Congressional staffers had planned to ask questions about the shifting explanations and wanted to receive a global threat assessment for U.S. personnel.

16.01.2020 - 14:47 [ CNN ]

Trump administration abruptly cancels 4 classified Iran-related briefings

FBI officials had been expected to brief a group of House lawmakers on counterintelligence issues related to Iran on Wednesday in a separate closed-door session but those plans also changed at the last moment, according to two sources familiar with the planning. The reason for the cancellation remains unclear but the briefing was added to the calendar late last week, one of the sources said.

16.01.2020 - 14:38 [ Daily Mail ]

State Department and Pentagon abruptly cancel lawmakers‘ classified briefings on Iran and embassy security after mounting questions over reasons for killing Qassem Soleimani

– The Trump administration has canceled three classified briefings scheduled for lawmakers on the situation with Iran
– The move comes amid questions about the president’s justification for killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani
– The last round of administration briefings ended with lawmakers furious over a lack of candor by Trump administration officials
– Additionally, Senate Democrats said they have enough support to pass a war powers resolution to limit Trump’s ability to use a military response to Iran

16.01.2020 - 06:28 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Abdul Mahdi urges Kurds to help rid Iraq of US troops

A source close to the Iraqi government told Al-Monitor, “Abdul Mahdi has told Kurdish officials the Kurdistan region is part of the Iraqi federal state, thus they must abide by the Iraqi parliament’s decision to eject US forces from Iraqi soil once the decision is put into practice.“

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, added, “Abdul Mahdi also told the Kurds his government soon will try to reach an agreement with the US on how to implement the Iraqi parliament’s decision. Kurds should cooperate with Baghdad in this regard. No foreign forces are allowed to stay in Iraq under any pretexts.“

16.01.2020 - 06:21 [ Verteidigungsministerium ‏/ Twitter ]

„Wir werden hier weiter gebraucht und wir wollen bleiben – immer vorausgesetzt, die irakische Regierung hält an ihrer Einladung fest“ – Verteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer @akk nach ihrem Besuch bei der #Bundeswehr, die in #Erbil kurdische #Peshmerga-Kämpfer ausbildet.

16.01.2020 - 06:08 [ 7D News ‏/ Twitter ]

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi is in favour of German forces to remain in Iraq.

16.01.2020 - 06:03 [ Newsportal Köln ‏/ Twitter ]

Vor dem Hintergrund der Iran-Krise hat sich Bundesverteidigungsministerin Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer für eine Fortsetzung der Bundeswehrmission im Irak ausgesprochen.

15.01.2020 - 17:39 [ The Hill ]

Sens. Kaine, Lee: ‚We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it‘

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are calling on their Senate colleagues to support a proposed resolution aimed at reining in President Trump’s war powers against Iran.

15.01.2020 - 12:52 [ Mehrheitsführer derDemokratischen Partei im US Repräsentantenhaus - majorityleader.gov ]

Hoyer: House Will Vote on Lee & Khanna Iran Bills the Week of January 27

The legislation introduced by Rep. Lee, H.R. 2456, would sunset the 2002 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq, originally intended to enable operations against the regime of Saddam Hussein. Seventeen years after his removal from power, this AUMF has continued to be used by administrations to justify the use of American military force in Iraq. Rep. Khanna’s bill, H.R. 5543, prohibits the use of Federal funds for military action in or against Iran unless Congress specifically authorizes it or declares war or such actions are undertaken consistent with the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

15.01.2020 - 12:45 [ theHill.com ]

House to vote on Iran war powers bills sought by progressives

The first measure from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) would repeal the 2002 authorization of military force for the Iraq War that has been used as justification for military action against Iran. The other, authored by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), would prohibit the use of federal funds for military action in or against Iran unless authorized by Congress.

15.01.2020 - 11:37 [ Congress.gov ]

S.J.Res.63 – A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.

(1) Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.

(2) Congress has not yet declared war upon, nor enacted a specific statutory authorization for use of military force against, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107–243; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) do not serve as a specific statutory authorization for war against Iran, and neither authorize any such action.

15.01.2020 - 11:34 [ Washington Post ]

Senate resolution to limit Trump’s military authority on Iran has enough GOP votes to pass, key Democrats say

Kaine filed a draft of his resolution the day after the Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, and he has been working with Republicans to amend the measure so they would support it. As a result, the updated, bipartisan version removes all references to Trump and his administration’s statements and policies regarding Iran.

15.01.2020 - 11:27 [ New York Times ]

Senate Has Votes to Pass Limits on Trump’s Iran War Power, Likely Drawing a Veto

The resolution, which would give Mr. Trump a 30-day deadline to come to Congress for authorization for military action in Iran, would still need to be passed by the House. And it would be unlikely to overcome a veto from the president.

Mr. Kaine introduced the measure, which invokes the War Powers Act of 1973, as a privileged joint resolution, which allows him to force a vote on the measure and win over the support of a simple majority of senators.

15.01.2020 - 10:09 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Democratic Candidates Face Off on Foreign Policy in Iowa Debate

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran—high since Mr. Trump ordered the killing earlier this month of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani—prompted a deeper discussion of foreign affairs than in the previous six debates.

15.01.2020 - 02:40 [ theHill.com ]

War powers fight in Senate runs squarely into impeachment

Senate Democrats hoping to rein in President Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran secured majority support Tuesday for Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) war powers resolution, but the timing of the measure is now in flux.

In a procedural snafu, Democrats won’t be able to force a vote on the measure until Tuesday at the earliest — the same day the Senate is expected to start Trump’s impeachment trial.

15.01.2020 - 02:18 [ almasdarnews.com ]

Israeli minister warns Hezbollah’s leader that he might be next after Soleimani

“Nasrallah has not stopped attacking Netanyahu or threatening Israel. As his distress grows, his eloquence increases,” Katz wrote in two separate Hebrew and Arabic-language tweets.

“In the meantime, [Nasrallah] is forced to go down another floor into the bunker in the face of warnings from his Iranian patrons about the possibility of his liquidation. If he challenges Israel – that won’t help him either,” Katz warned.

15.01.2020 - 01:59 [ Amos Harel / Haaretz ]

Israeli Army Sees Chance to Escalate Attacks Against Iran and Its Allies

The immediate theater of friction with Iran isn’t its nuclear program but Soleimani’s legacy of military entrenchment in Syria.

On this score, despite the apparent lull in incidents in recent weeks, Military Intelligence thinks an opportunity has been created to accelerate the pace of attacks against Iran and its allies. And it has urged Israel to seize this opportunity despite its assessment that Iran and Hezbollah will respond militarily if any of their people are killed.

14.01.2020 - 19:17 [ DailyKos.com ]

Kaine and Lee predict as many as 10 Republicans could support war powers resolution

Lee said that the language of the resolution is unobjectionable, saying it simply states that „additional hostilities against Iran need to be authorized by Congress.“ He added, „That is a perfectly unremarkable statement. […] The fact that this would be objectionable to anyone in either political party is really saying something.“ That’s particularly true after Kaine agreed to amendments from Republicans to make the resolution applicable to any president, and to ensure that it wouldn’t force a withdrawal of troops in areas where proxy forces of Iran are present.

14.01.2020 - 19:10 [ theHill.com ]

Up to 10 GOP senators consider bucking Trump on war powers

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is circulating a bipartisan resolution that would direct Trump to remove U.S. forces from any hostilities against Iran within 30 days of its enactment.
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GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) have already voiced their support for the measure, and Kaine says about eight more Republicans, including Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Todd Young (Ind.) and Mitt Romney (Utah), are reviewing it.

14.01.2020 - 19:02 [ Rolling Stone ]

Why Is Congress So Afraid to Use Its War Powers?

Congress’ refusal to act — and the ever-growing powers of the president — means endless war and anxiety for the U.S. and the world

14.01.2020 - 18:58 [ Cynthia Gair / Twitter ]

This is not a monarchy – Vote in Congressional war powers!

@GOP @SenateGOP @SenateDems @DNC #TrumpsWar

14.01.2020 - 18:22 [ Radio Utopie ]

Maas und Zarif: Um die Wette heucheln in Teheran

(10.06.2019)

Anstatt die Sanktionen der U.S.-Regierung nach deren einseitiger Aufkündigung des internationalen Atomabkommens (JCPOA) endlich effektiv zu umgehen, haben die Regierungen im Iran und in Deutschland die dafür notwendigen Finanzgesellschaften immer noch nicht umgesetzt.

Am 24. September letzten Jahres versprachen die Regierungen von Russland, China, Großbritannien, Frankreich, Deutschland, sowie die „Europäische Union“, auf einem Treffen der Außenminister und der E.U.-Außenbeauftragten Federica Mogherini am 24. September in New York dem Iran die Aufsetzung einer Finanzgesellschaft („Special Purpose Vehicle“), welche die durch den Vertragsbruch der U.S.A. und deren einseitigen Sanktionen verursachten finanziellen Verluste für Vertragspartner mit dem Iran (Importeure, Exporteure, Konzerne, etc, etc) auffangen solle.

Geschehen ist bis heute effektiv nichts. Die mittlerweile „INSTEX“ („Instrument in Support of Trade Exchange“) getaufte Finanzgesellschaft ist immer noch nicht arbeits-, also zahlungsfähig (wir berichteten bereits).

Heute nun stand Außenminister Heiko Maas schon wieder da, diesmal in Teheran, und redete sich heraus. Man arbeite „sehr intensiv an der Umsetzung“ von INSTEX, so Maas.

14.01.2020 - 11:56 [ Politico.com ]

Congress: Senate vote to limit Trump’s military actions against Iran in limbo

“It should be voted on when everybody’s in the chamber,” he said, noting Tuesday’s presidential debate. “A, I want to pass it. But B, it is the kind of a vote that should not happen with people absent.”

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Tuesday’s debate will include Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

14.01.2020 - 05:42 [ CNSNews ]

Sen. Mike Lee: Defense Secretary Should Agree to Support War Powers Resolution

“Well, I’m worried. And as a United States senator and as a voter and citizen, I have learned not to simply take the federal government’s word at face value. I mean, look, we were lied to about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We were lied to for a couple of decades about what was happening in Afghanistan. We have been lied to about a lot of things,” Lee said.

14.01.2020 - 02:06 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

„Iran Must Begin Acting Like A Normal Nation,“ Says Totally Normal Nation

“We want Iran to simply behave like a normal nation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press statement the other day. “We believe that the sanctions we imposed today further that strategic objective.”

13.01.2020 - 20:33 [ theHill.com ]

Fox’s Wallace presses O’Brien on contradiction between Trump threat claims, briefing

“It does seem to be a contradiction. He’s telling Laura Ingraham [about imminent attacks], but in a 75-minute classified briefing, your top national security people never mentioned this to members of Congress. Why not?” Wallace asked O’Brien on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I wasn’t at the briefing, and I don’t know how the Q&A went back and forth. Sometimes it depends on the questions that were asked or how they were phrased,” O’Brien said.

13.01.2020 - 20:18 [ New York Times ]

The Trump Administration’s Fluctuating Explanations for the Suleimani Strike

Since the Jan. 3 drone strike that killed Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s most important general, the Trump administration has offered shifting rationales for the attack. Here are some of the administration’s evolving justifications. …

13.01.2020 - 19:54 [ Radio Utopie ]

Tabu hinter „Verschwörungstheorie“: Hierarchie und Befehlskette

(02.05.2017)

Um in der real existierenden Weltordnung Kriege, Attentate oder einen (schleichenden) Staatstreich durchzuführen oder zu vernebeln, braucht es lediglich eine entsprechend mächtige Hierarchie, sowie Individuen, die sie entweder benutzen, manipulieren oder sich hinter ihr verstecken können.

13.01.2020 - 19:44 [ theHill.com ]

Esper: Gang of 8 ‚did not think‘ further intelligence on Iranian threat should be shared with Congress

Esper said that he was not in the room briefing the top intelligence lawmakers, but said he spoke to one of the briefers afterward.

“His assessment was …

13.01.2020 - 19:38 [ Zeit.de ]

Die Beweise müssen her

Über die völkerrechtlichen Implikationen der Tötung des iranischen Generals Kassem Soleimani lässt sich trefflich streiten. Für US-Präsident Donald Trump scheinen solche Fragen, wenn überhaupt, nur eine nachrangige Rolle gespielt zu haben, als er den Befehl gab. Formell haben die USA ihren Luftschlag im Irak beim Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen als legitimen Akt der Selbstverteidigung begründet.

13.01.2020 - 19:28 [ Washington Post ]

Trump’s ‘four embassies’ claim utterly falls apart

Trump has said in recent days that Soleimani was planning to “blow up” the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and also that he was going after “four embassies.”

But Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper revealed on talk shows Sunday that the idea that Soleimani was about to attack four embassies wasn’t based on intelligence. Instead, he said it was simply something Trump and others “believed” to be the case.

13.01.2020 - 19:25 [ theHill.com ]

Trump says it doesn’t matter if Soleimani posed an imminent threat

President Trump on Monday said it didn’t matter if Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the United States because of his “horrible past.”

Trump also asserted that his national security team agreed on the imminent threat posed by Soleimani that led to the decision to kill him.

13.01.2020 - 19:20 [ ORF.at ]

Trump rechtfertigt erneut Tötung von Soleimani

Trump betonte heute auf Twitter, ein Angriff Soleimanis sei unmittelbar bevorgestanden. Trump wies zudem Spekulationen zurück, dass es in seiner Regierungsmannschaft Unstimmigkeiten bei dem Thema gebe.

13.01.2020 - 19:02 [ ZDF ]

Maas in Jordanien – Welche Zukunft hat der deutsche Einsatz?

Das Land ist Teil der Anti-IS-Koalition, von Jordanien aus beteiligt sich auch die Bundeswehr im Kampf gegen den IS, etwa mit Aufklärungstornados und einem Airbus-Tankflugzeug.

Aber ob die deutschen Soldaten in der Region bleiben werden?

13.01.2020 - 18:56 [ junge Welt ]

Jordanien: Bundeswehr fliegt wieder

Die »Tornados« seien bereits seit Sonnabend wieder im Einsatz, sagte der Kommandeur des deutschen Kontingents der Operation »Inherent Resolve«, Oberst Markus Kleinbauer, am Montag der Deutschen Presseagentur im jordanischen Al-Asrak.

13.01.2020 - 10:22 [ CNN ]

Iraqis react to US-Iran tensions: Leave this country in peace

After decades of an enduring cycle of violence, Iraqis are hardened to conflict. But many say they have little vested interest in the latest tit-for-tat between the US and Iran.

13.01.2020 - 06:32 [ Tagesschau ]

US-Verteidigungsminister Esper: Keine harten Belege für Anschlagspläne

„Der Präsident hat nicht auf ein spezifisches Beweismittel verwiesen“, sagte der Verteidigungsminister. „Was der Präsident gesagt hat, ist, dass es möglicherweise weitere Angriffe auf Botschaften geben könnte.“ Auf die Frage, ob Geheimdienstler konkrete Beweise dafür vorgelegt hätten, sagte Esper: „Ich habe keinen mit Blick auf die vier Botschaften gesehen.“

13.01.2020 - 06:15 [ CBS News ]

Esper says he „didn’t see“ specific evidence showing Iranian threat to 4 U.S. embassies

„The president didn’t cite a specific piece of evidence. What he said was he believed,“ Esper said Sunday on „Face the Nation.“ „I didn’t see one, with regard to four embassies. What I’m saying is that I shared the president’s view that probably — my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies.

13.01.2020 - 06:12 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Ex-US intel officer: Pompeo ‘lying through his teeth’ on Iran

The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran and defying Iraq’s call for a US troop withdrawal. This comes as the stated rationale for the US assassination of Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is being increasingly undermined.

Scott Ritter, a former Marine Corps intelligence officer, analyzes the increased White House coercion efforts and collapsing intelligence claims.

13.01.2020 - 06:09 [ theHill.com ]

Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing

Esper also said the so-called Gang of Eight, the top members of Congress’s intelligence committees, did not believe further intelligence on Iran should be shared with Congress.

Esper told CBS’s Margaret Brennan he spoke to one of the officials who briefed the Gang of Eight and that “his assessment was most if not all the members thought the intelligence was persuasive and that the Gang of Eight did not think it should be released to the broader members of Congress.”

13.01.2020 - 06:08 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats scramble to rein in Trump’s Iran war powers

Lawmakers looking to limit Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran face a tight time frame with little room for error after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced she will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week. Once the trial begins, all legislation is expected to be delayed for weeks.

But a resolution from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) can come to the Senate floor as soon as Tuesday morning, and he has been trying to win over the four GOP votes needed, in addition to every Democratic senator, to get to 51 votes.

12.01.2020 - 20:26 [ Elysee Palast - Elysee.fr ]

Déclaration conjointe des chefs d’État et de gouvernement de France, d’Allemagne et du Royaume-Uni

Nous prenons note de l’annonce de l’Iran concernant la destruction du vol UIA PS752, et nous engageons à travailler avec l’Iran sur les prochaines étapes.

Aujourd’hui, notre message est clair : nous restons attachés au JCPoA et à sa préservation ; nous exhortons l’Iran à annuler toutes les mesures incompatibles avec l’accord ; nous appelons l’Iran à s’abstenir de toute nouvelle action violente ou de prolifération ; et nous restons prêts à engager le dialogue avec l’Iran sur cette base afin de préserver la stabilité de la région.

12.01.2020 - 20:24 [ Downing Street No 10 - Gov.UK ]

Statement from the heads of state and government of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, 12 January 2020.

We note Iran’s announcement with regard to the shooting down of UIA Flight PS752 and commit to working with Iran on next steps.

Today, our message is clear: we remain committed to the JCPoA and to preserving it; we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the agreement and return to full compliance; we call on Iran to refrain from further violent action or proliferation; and we remain ready to engage with Iran on this agenda in order to preserve the stability of the region.

12.01.2020 - 20:23 [ Bundesregierung ]

Gemeinsame Erklärung von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, Präsident Emmanuel Macron und Premierminister Boris Johnson

Wir nehmen Irans Erklärung hinsichtlich des Abschusses von UIA Flug PS752 zur Kenntnis und verpflichten uns dazu, mit dem Iran zum weiteren Vorgehen zu kooperieren.

Unsere heutige Botschaft ist klar: Wir bleiben dem Erhalt der Wiener Nuklearvereinbarung verpflichtet; wir rufen den Iran dringlich dazu auf, alle der Vereinbarung widersprechende Maßnahmen zurückzunehmen und zur vollumfänglichen Einhaltung der Wiener Nuklearvereinbarung zurückzukehren; wir rufen den Iran dazu auf, weitere gewaltsame Handlungen oder Proliferation zu unterlassen; und wir bleiben dazu bereit, mit dem Iran zur Bewahrung von Stabilität in der Region einen Dialog zu führen.

12.01.2020 - 19:59 [ Poor People's Campaign ]

Poor People’s Campaign Calls on United Nations to Hold Trump/U.S. Accountable for War Crimes

The lives of people in the Middle East and around the globe hang in the balance. The lives of those we represent — among the 140 million poor and low wealth in the United States, 43% of the U.S. population — also hang in the balance as the world teeters on the precipice of a devastating war.

12.01.2020 - 19:52 [ MSNBC ]

Trump ordering Iran strike is war crime, faith leader says

(11.01.2020)

Donald Trump and the U.S. should be held accountable for war crimes for the U.S. strike against Iran, according to the Poor People’s Campaign, which has sent a letter requesting a meeting with the United Nations high commissioner for human rights to address this assertion. Bishop William Barber discusses with Joy Reid saying, ‘We were perilously close the other night to the beginning of a world war.’

12.01.2020 - 17:41 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account if Troops Told to Leave

The State Department warned that the U.S. could shut down Iraq’s access to the country’s central bank account held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a move that could jolt Iraq’s already shaky economy, the officials said.

12.01.2020 - 17:12 [ CNN ]

US troops knew Al-Asad air base would be attacked and sheltered in bunkers, exclusive tour reveals

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi previously said Iran sent Iraq an official verbal message that an attack „had begun or would begin shortly,“ on unspecified US military locations.
An Arab diplomatic source also told CNN that Iraq gave advance warning to the US on „which bases would be hit“ after Iranian officials passed on the information.

12.01.2020 - 16:04 [ New York Times ]

Seven Days in January: How Trump Pushed U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War

But the United States also sent secret messages through Swiss intermediaries urging Iran not to respond so forcefully that Mr. Trump would feel compelled to go even further. After it did respond, firing 16 missiles at bases housing American troops without hurting anyone as a relatively harmless show of force, a message came back through the Swiss saying that would be the end of its reprisal for now. The message, forwarded to Washington within five minutes after it was received, persuaded the president to stand down.

12.01.2020 - 00:46 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure

Krystal & Saagar: Pelosi’s impotence on full display with War Power, Impeachment failure

11.01.2020 - 19:40 [ Congress.gov ]

S.J.Res.63 – A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.

(1) Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.

(2) Congress has not yet declared war upon, nor enacted a specific statutory authorization for use of military force against, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107–243; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) do not serve as a specific statutory authorization for war against Iran, and neither authorize any such action.

(…)

SEC. 2. Removal of United States Forces from Hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

(a) Removal of forces.—Pursuant to section 1013 of the Department of State Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1984 and 1985 (50 U.S.C. 1546a), and in accordance with the provisions of section 601(b) of the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act of 1976, Congress hereby directs the President to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military, by not later than the date that is 30 days after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force.

11.01.2020 - 19:20 [ Washington Post ]

With Iran war powers resolution, Kaine finds new way to push his signature issue

He got a major break Wednesday when Republican Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) told reporters they’d back his effort. Since then, Kaine said, he has spoken with eight or nine more senators from the 53-member GOP caucus, with more meetings planned.

He needs 51 votes for the resolution to pass. A vote could come as soon as Tuesday. Kaine said he has agreed to remove references to President Trump from the resolution — it would, of course, apply to all presidents — and to make other technical changes.

11.01.2020 - 19:18 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats conflicted over how to limit Trump’s war powers

Senate Democrats are debating among themselves whether to take up a concurrent resolution passed by the House on Thursday limiting Trump’s war powers, or to stick with a proposal sponsored by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

11.01.2020 - 19:05 [ ORF.at ]

Merkel zu Krisengesprächen bei Putin in Moskau

Bei der Unterredung im Kreml sollen die Konflikte in Libyen und Syrien und auch die Lage im Iran im Mittelpunkt stehen.

11.01.2020 - 14:57 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I have met with the mothers who have lost their children in war. I have met with the people who came back without arms and legs and with PTSD. War is a horror. And it is time that politicians understood we must do everything we can to avoid war.

11.01.2020 - 14:29 [ NowThis ‏/ Twitter ]

‘He starts a crisis. Then, he wants the appearance of wanting to solve it.’ — Rep. Ilhan Omar explained how Trump is coercing Iran into a war

11.01.2020 - 13:55 [ ORF.at ]

Flugzeugabschuss: Luftwaffenchef nennt neue Details

Der zuständige Offizier wollte demnach der Zentrale die Gefahr melden, aber genau zu dem Zeitpunkt habe es einen Defekt im Kommunikationssystem gegeben. Der Offizier hatte laut Hadschisadeh dann nur wenige Sekunden, um zu entscheiden, ob er eine Luftabwehrrakete abfeuert oder nicht. „Und leider tat er es, was dann zu dem Unglück führte.“

11.01.2020 - 13:42 [ Spiegel.de ]

Luftwaffenchef im Staatsfernsehen: Revolutionsgarde übernimmt Verantwortung für Abschuss

„Ich wünschte, ich könnte sterben und hätte nicht Zeuge eines solchen Unglücks sein müssen“, sagte ihr Luftwaffenchef Amir Ali Hajizadeh nach Angaben der Agentur Reuters in einer Videobotschaft an die Nation. Die Garde übernehme die volle Verantwortung für den Vorfall. Man habe das Flugzeug mit einem Marschflugkörper verwechselt.

11.01.2020 - 13:38 [ HUB ]

Hajizadeh Takes Full Blame For Ukrainian Plane Crash توضیحات حاجی‌زاده درباره هواپیمای اوکراینی

Amirali Hajizadeh, The head of Iranian Aerospace has taken full responsibility for the Ukrainian plane crash. Amirali Hajizadeh, The head of Iranian Aerospace has taken full responsibility for the Ukrainian plane crash.
توضیحات مهم سردار حاجی‌زاده درباره هواپیمای اوکراینی
سردار امیرعلی حاجی‌زاده فرمانده نیروی هوافضای سپاه پاسداران در پی مشخص شدن علت سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی سخنرانی کرد.

سردار حاجی‌زاده در صحبت‌های خود گفت: بعد از شنیدن خبر سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی آرزوی مرگ کردم. اکنون هر تصمیمی مسئولان بگیرند مطیع اجرای آن هستیم

11.01.2020 - 12:51 [ Chris Murphy, US Senator / Twitter ]

Let’s be clear – if there was evidence of imminent attacks on four embassies, the Administration would have said so at our Wednesday briefing. They didn’t. So either Fox News gets higher level briefings than Congress… or…wait for it… there was no such imminent threat.

11.01.2020 - 12:35 [ Washington Post ]

On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they targeted a senior Iranian official in Yemen

The unsuccessful operation may indicate that the Trump administration’s killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week was part of a broader operation than previously explained, raising questions about whether the mission was designed to cripple the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or solely to prevent an imminent attack on Americans as originally stated.

11.01.2020 - 12:34 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Unsuccessfully Tried Killing a Second Iranian Military Official

Mr. Shahlai was based in Yemen, where Iran is supporting the Houthi rebels, who are fighting a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and that gets logistical help, intelligence and weapons from the American military and American arms makers. The attempted strike on Mr. Shahlai was first reported by The Washington Post.

On Friday, Mr. Trump expanded his description of the threat from Iran that he said prompted the strike on General Suleimani, saying Iran had planned to attack multiple embassies across the Middle East, including the American Embassy in Baghdad.

11.01.2020 - 11:51 [ Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake. My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences.

11.01.2020 - 11:32 [ PressTV.com ]

Iran’s justice orders military court to conduct immediate probe into plane crash

Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi issued an order on Saturday, calling on the military court to gather all the related data and documents from Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the country’s Civil Aviation Organization.

Raisi also called for testimonies from the officials who were implicated and informed on the matter.

Iran’s Prosecutor General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri ordered Tehran’s military court to conduct a swift investigation into the incident.

11.01.2020 - 11:21 [ ifpnews.com ]

Iran Admits Its Air Defence ‘Unintentionally’ Hit Ukrainian Plane

4- The General Staff of the Armed Forces offers condolences and expresses sympathy with the bereaved families of the Iranian and foreign victims, and apologizes for the human error. It also gives full assurances that it will make major revision in the operational procedures of its armed forces in order to make impossible the recurrence of such errors. It will also immediately hand over the culprits to the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces for prosecution.

5- The relevant authorities at the IRGC were also instructed to appear on state TV and give detailed explanation of the incident as soon as possible.

11.01.2020 - 10:59 [ UNIAN.info ]

„We insist on full admission of guilt“: Zelensky reacts to Iran’s PS752 downing statement

The Ukrainian leader hopes the investigation will continue without any artificial delays and obstacles.

11.01.2020 - 10:55 [ PressTV.com ]

Iran: Ukrainian plane brought down ‚due to human error‘

“Under such sensitive and critical conditions, the Ukrainian Airlines flight 752 took off from the Imam Khomeini airport and while rotating, it was placed completely in the position of approaching a sensitive military center in the altitude and trajectory of an enemy target.

„In these circumstances, the plane was unintentionally hit due to human error, which unfortunately resulted in the martyrdom of a number of our dear compatriots and the death of a number of foreign nationals,“ it said.

10.01.2020 - 16:29 [ Andrej Hunko, Mitglied des Bundestages / Twitter ]

Auch der Wissenschaftliche Dienst des Bundestages schreibt: Der Aufenthaltsvertrag für US-Truppen und das NATO-Truppenstatut können aufgekündigt werden! Ganz legal können wir also #RamsteinSchließen und das völkerrechtswidrige Treiben beenden.

10.01.2020 - 16:28 [ Consortium News ]

Assassination and International Law

The United States most likely committed an act of aggression against Iran and killed Soleimani in violation of human rights law. Here is why:

Aggression was originally defined at the Nuremberg Tribunal and was then later codified in part by General Assembly Resolution 3314 as well as by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC uses a definition of aggression derived from international customary law, which generally prohibits the invasion or attack with a state’s armed forces against the territory of another state — including through bombing a state, blockading its ports and coasts, or sending irregular/partisan/paramilitary forces to accomplish the same.

10.01.2020 - 16:12 [ Tagesschau ]

Nach US-Drohnenangriff: Irak fordert Plan für US-Truppenabzug

Mahdi habe Pompeo gegenüber zudem erklärt, dass es einige US-Truppen gebe, die ohne Erlaubnis der Regierung ins Land gekommen seien. Auch US-Drohnen seien ohne Zustimmung der Regierung im Irak aktiv. Das stelle einen Verstoß gegen die Abkommen dar, hieß es weiter.

Die US-Truppen sind auf der Grundlage einer Vereinbarung mit der irakischen Regierung aus dem Jahr 2014 im Land, bei der es um den internationalen Kampf gegen die Dschihadistenmiliz „Islamischer Staat“ geht.

10.01.2020 - 16:00 [ Washington Post ]

Iraq asks United States to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal

In a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi asked the United States to send a delegation to Iraq to set up a mechanism for U.S. troop withdrawal from the country, a statement from the prime minister’s office said Friday.

The request followed a vote by the Iraqi parliament to expel thousands of U.S. troops, a direct consequence of a U.S. drone attack that killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and nine companions in Baghdad a week ago.

10.01.2020 - 15:20 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Tulsi Gabbard Exclusive: How I tried to stop Trump’s Iran actions

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard lays out her views on the Iran crisis especially with her military experience, and her thoughts on the requirements to qualify for the January debate.

10.01.2020 - 14:42 [ Tim Kaine, US Senator / Twitter ]

I’m glad to see my colleagues in the House are committed to our Constitutional duty of debating and voting on matters of war. We will vote on my bipartisan resolution in the Senate as early as next week.

10.01.2020 - 14:39 [ Aaron Fritschner ‏/ Twitter ]

Covering this resolution as „nonbinding“ is nonsensical. US code says this concurrent resolution is binding under the War Powers Resolution if passed by the Senate. Yes there are people who think that law is unconstitutional but it’s the law unless a federal court says otherwise.

10.01.2020 - 02:41 [ Tagesschau ]

US-Kongress zum Iran-Konflikt: Abgeordnete stimmen gegen Militäreinsatz

Das US-Repräsentantenhaus hat für eine – weitgehend symbolische – Resolution gestimmt, die die militärischen Vollmachten von US-Präsident Trump beschränken soll. Sie fordert ein Ende des militärischen Vorgehens gegen den Iran.

10.01.2020 - 02:33 [ The Guardian ]

House votes to curb Trump’s powers to take military action against Iran

The Democratic-controlled House passed the measure on Thursday by a vote of 224-194 with just three Republicans voting in support. Eight Democrats opposed the measure.

10.01.2020 - 02:28 [ PBS / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE: House votes on restricting Trump’s ability to strike Iran

10.01.2020 - 02:19 [ NPR.org ]

House Passes War Powers Resolution In Effort To Restrict Trump’s Actions Against Iran

The nonbinding war powers resolution was approved in a mostly party-line vote of 224-194. Only three Republicans and one independent joined Democrats to pass the measure. Eight Democrats opposed it.

The Senate could consider a similar measure — but one that has the force of law — as early as next week, but it is unclear if it has enough votes to clear the chamber.

10.01.2020 - 02:02 [ Sevim Dagdelen, Mitglied des Bundestages / Twitter ]

Auf Antrag @Linksfraktion sollte der Bundesnachrichtendienst im Ausschuss id Sondersitzung vortragen. Alle Oppositionsfraktionen dafür, die #GroKo aber ist dagegen, dass #BND das Parlament unterrichtet über Erkenntnisse in der Region. -Fehlender Aufklärungswille? #Iran #Irak #USA

10.01.2020 - 01:38 [ MoveOn.org ]

LIVE: Community leaders & members of Congress rally in DC to oppose war with Iran. #NoWarWithIran

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10.01.2020 - 01:15 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

My colleagues and I are tired of endless wars. That is why we introduced the No War Against Iran Act. We must learn from our mistakes, not repeat them.

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09.01.2020 - 21:52 [ Barbara Lee, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter‏ ]

After 19 years of endless war, the American people do not want another unnecessary war in the Middle East. Congress needs to exercise our constitutional responsibility to #StopEndlessWar. We must come together and stop the march to war. #NoWarWithIran

09.01.2020 - 21:38 [ RollCall.com ]

Pelosi wants new AUMF but says ‘it’s harder than you would think’

“For sure,” Pelosi said when asked if she thinks the existing AUMFs should be repealed.

“We will have that resolution coming up soon under the leadership of Barbara Lee,” she said.

09.01.2020 - 21:29 [ CBS News ]

Watch live: House to vote on war powers resolution limiting Trump on Iran

Washington — The House is set to vote Thursday afternoon on a resolution limiting President Trump’s ability to engage in hostilities against Iran under the 1973 War Powers Resolution, as Democrats attempt to reassert Congress‘ constitutional authority to declare war amid a tense standoff with the Islamic Republic.

09.01.2020 - 21:06 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

PM call with Emir of Qatar: 9 January 2020

The two leaders discussed the importance of Coalition forces’ continued presence in the region to tackle the shared threat from Daesh.

09.01.2020 - 21:03 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

PM call with President Rouhani of Iran: 9 January 2020

The Prime Minister spoke to President Rouhani of Iran this morning.

They discussed the situation in the region following the death of Qasem Soleimani and the Prime Minister called for an end to hostilities.

The Prime Minister underlined the UK’s continued commitment to the JCPoA and to ongoing dialogue to avoid nuclear proliferation and reduce tensions.

09.01.2020 - 21:00 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

PM meeting with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: 8 January 2020

They discussed the situation in Iraq, agreeing on the importance of Coalition forces being able to continue their vital work countering the shared threat from Daesh.

On Brexit, the PM stressed that his immediate priority was to implement the Withdrawal Agreement by January 31. They discussed the progress of ratification in the UK and in the European Parliament.

09.01.2020 - 16:38 [ MSNBC ]

Nicolle Wallace astonished after GOP Senator breaks from Trump ‚zombies,‘ criticizes Iran briefing

GOP Senator Mike Lee expresses his displeasure with the briefing about the Iran missile attack, calling it the „worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue, in the nine years I’ve served in the United States Senate.“ Nicolle Wallace, responding to his comments, calls the moment a „huge deal,“ as „Republicans in the Senate are. by and large, zombies, walking along as Donald Trump obliterates things like truth, the rule of law, and respect for our institutions.“

09.01.2020 - 16:34 [ theHill.com ]

Paul fires back at Graham over Iran criticism: ‚He insults the Constitution‘

Graham told reporters on Wednesday that he thought Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) were „overreacting“ by criticizing comments made during a closed-door Iran briefing.

„They’re libertarians,“ Graham said. „I think they’re overreacting, quite frankly. Go debate all you want to. I’m going to debate you. Trust me, I’m going to let people know that at this moment in time to play this game with the war powers act … whether you mean to or not, you’re empowering the enemy.“

09.01.2020 - 16:31 [ MSNBC ]

How many Republicans will vote to limit Trump’s war-making powers against Iran?

Trump faces an effort on Capitol Hill to limit his ability to strike out at Iran. We discuss with our panel.

09.01.2020 - 16:21 [ NBC News ]

Pence says sharing intel with Congress could ‚compromise‘ sources

On NBC’s „TODAY,“ Pence told Savannah Guthrie that the administration could not provide Congress with some of the „most compelling“ intelligence behind the administration’s decision to kill Soleimani because doing so „could compromise sources and methods.“

09.01.2020 - 16:00 [ Bloomberg ]

As Mideast Tensions Flare, Trump Finds Solace in New Adviser

(06.01.2019)

O’Brien was celebrating the holidays in Pasadena, California, more than two thousand miles from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Other key aides including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney consulted with the president remotely, but a government jet was dispatched to fetch O’Brien and bring him to Palm Beach for the strike on Qassam Soleimani.

09.01.2020 - 15:57 [ Washington Post ]

How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general

(03.01.2019)

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a meeting with reporters Friday that Soleimani was killed after U.S. officials recently became aware of intelligence that showed the “size, scale, scope” of what he was planning, which led them to conclude that there was a greater risk in not taking action than in doing so.

09.01.2020 - 15:08 [ MSNBC ]

Pres. Trump, advisers face mounting pressure to justify Soleimani attack intel

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that no lives were lost after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. and coalition forces overnight. Trump said the U.S. would add new sanctions on Iran, but seemed to seek de-escalation. Meanwhile, Trump and his advisers are facing more pressure to provide justification for the airstrike that assassinated Iranian Gen. Soleimani. Senators and congressmembers found a Wednesday intelligence briefing to be wholly insufficient.

09.01.2020 - 14:58 [ LA Times ]

Did Iran deliberately avoid U.S. casualties?

Tehran may have carried out a limited strike that specifically targeted hangars, not barracks or other buildings more likely to contain U.S. or coalition troops in the predawn hours Wednesday. No casualties were reported after the attack.

“If they were going for a body count, they went the wrong way about it,” said David Joseph Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

09.01.2020 - 14:51 [ theHill.com ]

The Hill’s Morning Report – Deescalation: US-Iran conflict eases

President Trump on Wednesday took a step backward from continued military aggression against Iran and endorsed less lethal tools to try to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to pressure it to change its “behavior.”

09.01.2020 - 14:33 [ LA Times ]

With Iran, Congress will again be asked to exercise its war powers authority. Will it fail again?

With the expected House vote Thursday to limit President Trump’s military actions against Iran, Congress takes its latest stab at reaffirming its constitutional authority to declare war, part of a long-standing power struggle between the executive and legislative branches that has only grown murkier as the nature of global conflicts has changed.

09.01.2020 - 14:07 [ Hardball ‏/ Twitter ]

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would take up a War Powers Resolution that would limit the President’s military actions with Iran. The Senate has a companion bill that was introduced by Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine.

09.01.2020 - 06:41 [ theHill.com ]

Senators introduce resolution warning that Congress has not authorized Iran war

Senators on Wednesday introduced a resolution stressing that neither the 2001 nor 2002 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) covers a potential war with Iran.

The resolution, spearheaded by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), comes after days of escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran in the wake of a U.S. airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top military general.

09.01.2020 - 06:29 [ Tagesschau ]

US-Begründung zu Soleimani-Tod: „Absolut verrückt“ und „unamerikanisch“

Die Regierung habe in der vertraulichen Sitzung in einem abhörsicheren Raum im Kongress kaum Beweise für die Behauptung vorgelegt, dass mit dem Luftangriff ein unmittelbar bevorstehender Angriff verhindert worden sei, erklärte der Senator aus dem US-Bundesstaat Utah, Mike Lee.

Die Regierung habe die Senatoren aufgefordert, „gute kleine Jungs und Mädchen zu sein, einfach mitzulaufen und das nicht öffentlich infrage zu stellen“, sagte der sichtlich verärgerte Lee, der nicht als Kritiker seines Parteifreundes Präsident Donald Trump bekannt ist.

08.01.2020 - 22:17 [ The Hill ]

Trump tells Senate GOP ally that he sees opportunity for new talks with Iran

Trump told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) Tuesday night that he is now ready to negotiate with Iran and indicated he does not plan further military strikes against the Islamic republic.

“I had occasion to talk to the president last night at nine o’clock. He has very good feelings about this, that no Americans at that time — now it’s been confirmed — no Americans were killed,” Inhofe said.

“He believes very strongly that that opens the door for negotiations,” he said of the president.

08.01.2020 - 22:11 [ The Hill ]

Trump says Iran ‚appears to be standing down‘ in address to nation

“I’m pleased to inform you, the American people should be extremely grateful and happy. No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime,” Trump said in remarks from the Grand Foyer of the White House.

08.01.2020 - 21:46 [ Tagesschau ]

Nach iranischen Angriffen im Irak: Trump verzichtet auf Militärschlag

Die USA würden Irans Aggressionen nicht unbeantwortet lassen, sagte er bei einer Ansprache im Weißen Haus. Zugleich erklärte er, die USA wollten ihre militärische Stärke nicht anwenden. „Die Tatsache, dass wir dieses großartige Militär und die Ausrüstung haben, bedeutet allerdings nicht, dass wir es einsetzen müssen“, so Trump. „Wir wollen es nicht einsetzen.“

08.01.2020 - 15:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson strongly backs US decision to kill Qassem Suleimani

The Labour leader then asked whether the US operation to kill Suleimani was permitted under international law. He said: “The government has said that it is sympathetic to the assassination of General Suleimani. What evidence has the prime minister got to suggest that this attack on him and his death was not an illegal act by the United States?”

Johnson replied: “Clearly the strict issue of legality is not for the UK to determine, since it was not our operation. But I think most reasonable people would accept that the United States has a right to protect its bases and its personnel.”

08.01.2020 - 15:41 [ MSNBC ]

Chris Hayes: A war with Iran is madness, and don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise

Chris Hayes ends the show with this message: „A war with Iran is madness, and it is strategically and morally a disaster in the making. And don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise.“

08.01.2020 - 15:28 [ MSNBC ]

US and Iran at ‚last exit before the tunnel‘, says admiral

Adm. James Stavridis discusses Iran’s firing of more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi air bases housing U.S. forces and why he says is Iran is neither reckless nor suicidal.

08.01.2020 - 15:04 [ Scott Ritter, former United Nations Weapons Inspector, former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer / Twitter ]

Frankly speaking, I am surprised Iran launched an attack on Iraqi soil. If the Iraqi government did not approve of the attack, then Iran has violated Iraqi sovereignty, just like the US. If Iraq approved, then it is now an enemy of the US. This is a very foolish move.

08.01.2020 - 06:21 [ Radio Utopie ]

Zusammenfassung: iranische Raketen auf U.S.-Militärbasen im Irak – Vorwarnung, keine Toten

Das U.S.-Aussenministerium und das U.S.-Verteidigungsministerium haben was sie wollten: eine weitere Eskalation. Mike Pompeo und Mark Esper eilten sofort zu Donald Trump, der im U.S.-Wahlkampfjahr 2020 den starken republikanischen Präsidenten demonstrieren wird.

08.01.2020 - 06:20 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Politicians & pundits talk tough on TV pushing for Iran War. But most have no idea what it means to serve in harm’s way, nor do they understand what military moms, dads, husbands, wives, & children go thru as their loved one is sent overseas #NoWarWithIran #IranAttacks #IranvsUSA

08.01.2020 - 05:30 [ CNN Politics / Twitter ]

No casualties: US and Iraqi sources said there were no known casualties as a result of the strikes

08.01.2020 - 05:21 [ CNN ]

Live Updates: Iran attacks bases housing US troops

Ballistic missile strike: Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house US troops, after a US killing of its top military commander last week.

No casualties: US and Iraqi sources said there were no known casualties as a result of the strikes.

Trump says „All is well!“: US President Donald Trump has yet to address the nation Wednesday morning US time, but on Twitter he said that „all is well!“

08.01.2020 - 03:11 [ Tagesschau ]

Iran feuert Raketen auf US-Truppen

Die US-Luftfahrtbehörde FAA sperrte nach den Angriffen für US-Fluggesellschaften vorübergehend den Luftraum über dem Irak, dem Iran, dem Persischen Golf und dem Golf von Oman.

07.01.2020 - 22:42 [ Answer Coalition ]

Sat. Jan. 25 – Global Day of Protest – No War On Iran!

The Trump administration is dragging the United States into a war with Iran that could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences.
The people of the world need to rise up and stop it. For all who believe in peace, for all who are opposed to yet another catastrophic war, now is the time to take action. On Saturday, January 25 in cities across the globe, there will be protests against a new war in the Middle East. Please join us.

07.01.2020 - 22:38 [ Mike Prysner, Iraq vet turned anti-imperialist. Filmmaker / Twitter ]

A coalition of anti-war groups around the world has just issued a call for a Global Day of Protest for #NoWarOnIran. The Feb. 15 2003 Global Protest against war on Iraq was the biggest day of protest in history. Let’s build. Get involved:

07.01.2020 - 22:32 [ Empire Files / Youtube ]

Mike Prysner Speech: No War on Iran! Troops Out of Iraq!

(04.01.2019)

Mike Prysner gives a powerful anti-war speech at the demonstration against Trump’s bombing of Iraq and potential war against Iran on January 4 in downtown Los Angeles at Answer Coalition’s National Day of Action.

07.01.2020 - 21:43 [ Alex Kotch / Twitter ]

Pelosi’s move to boost moderate Elissa Slotkin, who will „lead“ the House resolution to restrict Trump’s war powers, is a dismissal of progressives @RoKhanna, @BernieSanders & others who have already passed legislation to restrict Trump’s ability to go to war with Iran.

07.01.2020 - 21:38 [ thegatewaypundit.com ]

Pelosi to Introduce War Powers Resolution to “Limit the President’s Military Actions Regarding Iran”

„This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran. This resolution is similar to the resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in the Senate. It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.

The House Resolution will be led by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin. Congresswoman Slotkin is a former CIA and Department of Defense analyst specializing in Shia militias. She served multiple tours in the region under both Democratic and Republican Administrations.“

07.01.2020 - 19:50 [ Anderson Cooper 360° / Twitter ]

Presidential candidate @BernieSanders hammers Joe Biden for his Iraq War, NAFTA votes. “I just don’t think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the kind energy we need to defeat Trump.”

07.01.2020 - 19:33 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

After 16 years of war in Iraq, trillions of dollars, the deaths of 4,500 U.S. troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the Iraqi government is now trying to throw us out of their country. All that suffering, all that death, all that huge expenditure of money, for what?

07.01.2020 - 19:27 [ CNN ]

Pompeo again declines to present evidence of ‚imminent‘ threat that led to strike against Iranian general

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, is pushing for the declassification of Trump’s formal notification to Congress over Soleimani’s killing, which has sparked a dangerous escalation between the two longtime foes.

Several sources have told CNN that the notification was brief, contained few operational details and essentially laid out the President’s authorities to carry out the strike.

07.01.2020 - 17:49 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Defence secretary Ben Wallace makes statement in the Commons on Iran – watch live

Defence secretary Ben Wallace updates MPs – returning to the House of Commons after their Christmas break – on the latest in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iran military leader Qassem Suleimani last week. He makes the statement in place of Boris Johnson, who is chairing a meeting of the UK national security council to discuss the crisis.