khamenei is trying in a rather transparent way to get usaia into trouble with its master, israel

Iran supreme leader spurns Usaian overture to fight ISIS
Jason Szep, Mehrdad Balali, Reuters, Sep 15 2014

PARIS/DUBAI – Iran’s supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from Usaia for talks to fight ISIS, an apparent blow to Washington’s efforts to build a military coalition to fight ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. World powers meeting in Paris on Monday gave public backing to military action to fight ISIS in Iraq. France sent jets on a reconnaissance mission to Iraq, a step toward becoming the first ally to join the Usaia-led air campaign there. But Iran, the principal ally of ISIS’ main foes in both Iraq and Syria, was not invited to the Paris meeting. The countries that did attend, while supporting action in Iraq, made no mention at all of Syria, where Usaian diplomats intelligence officers face a far tougher task building an alliance for action. Washington has been trying to build a coalition to fight ISIS since last week (a long time in politics, remember – RB), when Obama pledged to destroy ISIS on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border. That means plunging into two civil wars in which nearly every country in the Middle East already has a stake. And it also puts Washington on the same side as Tehran, its bitter enemy since the Islamic revolution of 1979. In a rare direct intervention into diplomacy, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Washington had reached out through the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, requesting a meeting to discuss cooperation against ISIS. Khamenei said that some Iranian officials had welcomed the contacts, but he had personally vetoed them. The Iranian leader said in quotes carried on state news agency IRNA:

I saw no point in cooperating with a country whose hands are dirty and intentions murky.

He accused Washington of “lying” by saying it had excluded Iran from its coalition, saying it was Iran that had refused to participate. Jackass Kerry said Washington was “not cooperating with Iran,” but declined to be drawn on whether it had reached out through the embassy in Baghdad for talks, saying:

I am not going to get into a back and forth. I don’t think that’s constructive, frankly.

ISIS set off alarms across the Middle East since June when they swept across northern Iraq, seizing cities, slaughtering prisoners, proclaiming a caliphate to rule over all Muslims and ordering non-Sunnis to convert or die. ISIS, known for beheading their enemies or captives, raised the stakes for the West by cutting pretending to cut off the heads of two Usaians and a Ukian in videos posted on the Internet which showed the prisoners bound in orange jumpsuits. French officials said they had hoped to invite Iran to Monday’s conference but Arab countries had blocked the move. A French diplomat said:

We wanted a consensus among countries over Iran’s attendance, but in the end it was more important to have certain Arab states than Iran.

Calling the decision regrettable, Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Baghdad had wanted Iran to attend. Iran sponsors the governments of both Iraq and Syria and has been at the center of defenses against ISIS in both countries. Usaia reached out to Iran last year when secret talks led to a preliminary deal on nuclear issues. Iran has occasionally played down its conflicts with the West since Pres Rouhani, a relative moderate, was elected last year. Khamenei’s intervention, including his statement that some Iranian officials welcomed the Usaian overture, was a rare public acknowledgment of division but also a reminder that powerful interests in Iran oppose a wider thaw. At Monday’s international conference in Paris, the P5, Turkey, Euian and Arab states and representatives of the Euia, Arab League and UN all pledged to help Baghdad fight ISIS. A statement after the talks said:

All participants underscored the urgent need to remove Daesh from the regions in which it has established itself in Iraq. To that end, they committed to supporting the new Iraqi Government in its fight against Daesh, by any means necessary, including appropriate military assistance.

Several Western and Arab officials said no concrete commitments were made and that talks on the different roles of those in the coalition would take place bilaterally and over the next 10 days at the UNGA. Another French diplomat said:

This conference was like a mass. A big gathering where we listen to each other, but it’s not where miracles happen. It was a strong political message of support for Iraq and now we prepare to fight.

Foreign Minister Fabius said French aircraft would begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq. A French official said two Rafale fighters and a refueling aircraft had set off. Fabius said at the end of the talks:

The throat-slitters of Daesh, that’s what I’m calling them, tell the whole world: “Either you’re with us or we kill you.” When one is faced with such a group there is no other attitude than to defend yourself.

Iraqi Pres Massoum told Monday’s conference he hoped the Paris meeting would bring a quick response. He told delegates:

ISIS’ doctrine is either you support us or kill us‎. It has committed massacres and genocidal crimes and ethnic cleansing.

Monday’s conference was an important vote of confidence for the new Iraqi government formed last week, led by a member of Iraq’s Shi’ite majority, PM Abadi, and also including minority Sunnis and Kurds in important jobs. Iraq’s allies hope Abadi will prove a more consensual leader than his predecessor Maliki, whose policies alienated many Sunnis, and that the new government will win back support from Sunnis who had backed ISIS’ revolt. (Actually, I don’t think so. The style of Iraqi Shi’ite puppet govts is calculated by Washington, or more likely by the CIA, on the usual principle of divide and rule. In other words, ungovernability is the desired goal – RB). The broad international goodwill toward Abadi shown at Monday’s conference means Washington will probably face little diplomatic push-back over plans for air strikes in Iraq. Syria, however, is a much trickier case. In a three-year civil war, ISIS has emerged as one of the most powerful Sunni groups battling against the government of Assad. Washington and its allies remain hostile to Assad, which means any bombing is likely to take place without permission of the Damascus government. Russia, which backs Assad, says bombing would be illegal without a UNSCR (as if Washington gave a fuck about UNSCRs any more – RB). Foreign Minister Lavrov told reporters in Paris that Moscow was already providing military assistance to both Iraq and Syria, suggesting Western countries were guilty of a double standard by helping Assad’s foes. He said:

Terrorists can’t be good or bad. We must be consistent and not involve our personal political projects, not prioritize them over the general goal of fighting terrorism. (Really? Must “we”? And what will you do if “we” decide not to be “consistent” but to be arbitrary? As in fact “we” very obviously did several decades ago? Why don’t you wake up, Lavrov, or better still resign and take your whole pathetic government with you, from Putin on down? – RB).

Usaia resumed air strikes in Iraq in August for the first time since the 2011 withdrawal of Usaian troops. Obama’s plans, announced last week, involve stronger military action in Iraq and extending the campaign to Syria. Usaian officials said several Arab countries had offered to join air strikes against ISIS, but declined to name them. Ten Arab states committed last week to a military coalition without specifying what action they would take. Ukia, Usaia’s main ally when it invaded Iraq in 2003, has yet to confirm it will take part in air strikes, despite the (pretended) killing of British aid worker David Haines by ISIS this past week. France has said it is ready to take part in bombing missions in Iraq but is so far wary of action in Syria.

One Comment

  1. lobro
    Posted September 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    the dumb shits asked iran to help them attack syria?


    we will hit them in syria and in kurdistan iran, what do you think?

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