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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.

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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.