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In 2018, Akram Al Kaabi, Secretary-General of the Hezbollah Nujaba movement in Iraq, threatened to target the US in Iraq. The US government designated him a "terrorist" that same year. He is already on the Pentagon’s radar as a threat and part of the web of pro-Iranian dangers to US forces in Iraq. The US has singled him out, alongside Khazali and Badr’s Hadi al-Amiri, as keys to Iran’s role in Iraq.
On Sunday, February 15, 2020-Akram Al Kaabi, the leader of Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba ("Movement of the Party of God's Nobles") in Iraq declared:
"The countdown has begun to attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq; Iraqi resistance attacks on American bases are inevitable and will be exhaustive, and surprising."
Then, Al Nujaba's spokesman/ the Assistant General Secretary posted a picture taken with night vision goggles/lens, of a U.S. armored vehicle allegedly near Anbar's al-Assad Air Base, with the wording:
"We are closer to you than you can imagine."
Idle threats? Sabre rattling? Actual warnings and credible threats? No one outside Iran knows for certain, but this week we can pose possible explanations and project/predict possible Iranian moves and revenge tactics we need to expect and plan for in Iraq, the Middle East-including Israel-and retaliatory/revenge attacks in North America.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran, declared on Tuesday, February 18: “Taking part in the elections nullifies many of the vicious plots of the US and the Zionist regime against Iran. These #elections repel the schemes & ploys of the enemies of Iran.” This statement- a call for votes as well as pressure on voters; is to prompt a reasonable voter turnout on Friday for elections in Iran to prove to the world their system of government is "representative of the people" and is a viable, sustainable form of theocracy despite the massive protests over the last year.
Iran observers speculate if the "hard-liners associated with the IRGC and more directly controlled by Khamenei win more seats on Friday, they will also gain various advantages to replace Rouhani with a hard-liner in the 2021 contest for president, a position with wide influence over the country’s day-to-day affairs." www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran-election-expected-to-heighten-tension-with-West-617995
If this happens, it is possible that Iran will try cyber attacks again on the US and Saudi Arabia. Potential targets include the financial sector, manufacturing, oil and gas plants and transit systems. Iranian hackers carried out a series of disruptive attacks that knocked US banks’ websites offline prior to the Obama administration’s 2015 nuclear deal. According to some cyber security analysts, Iran has been probing US industrial systems in recent years — trying to gain access — for destructive attacks to targets in the Middle East including the Saudi oil company, Aramco. www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-attacks-iran-special-rep/special-reporttime-to-take-out-our-swords-inside-irans-plot-to-attack-saudi-arabia-idUSKBN1XZ16H
Some suspect there are Iranians and Iranian "sleeper cells" in the USA, which are waiting to be "activated" to carry out attacks on American soil and against American allies such as Israel and the KSA.
"What Iran is going to do is engage in asymmetrical warfare. I think they are going to start activating their sleeper cells in the United States and other countries like Saudi Arabia. We are going to start seeing attacks on easy targets in places like Iraq and activation of cells within the United States.” usawatchdog.com/iranian-sleeper-cells-will-attack-america-kevin-shipp/
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei called for the expulsion of all US troops from the Middle East. The next Iraqi prime minister will almost certainly be nominated by the Bina coalition. Amiri’s Fatih leads the al-Bina Coalition, which includes prominent Sunni entities as well as the State of Law Coalition led by Nouri al-Maliki, Sadr’s main adversary.
Sadr is head of the Sairoon alliance, the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament. He has headed the Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) militia, which is part of Iranian backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), known as Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic, since 2014. He, too-is vehemently calling for the withdrawal of all American troops and bases in Iraq.
"There may be a huge difference between Iraq expelling American troops and the United States withdrawing from Iraq. If the United States punishes Iraq in one way or another then it may make the choice between Iran and the United States as the preferred partner a foregone conclusion: Iraq may not always be an American ally, but it will always be Iran’s neighbor." warontherocks.com/2020/01/iraq-still-might-force-the-united-states-out/
The USA has told all US nationals to leave Iraq and issued the highest level travel warnings. Historically, nations order their nationals out of a nation when it is is known or expected that a war will erupt either with a particular nation, or that war is imminent inside a nation’s borders.
"The fact that many Iraqis supported the elimination of Iran’s General Solemani leads to an obvious conclusion: Iraq is edging toward a civil war or a partition of its three main groups that can barely live in the same nation. It is clear the Shiite supporters of Iran mourned the loss of Solemani while it was surely the Sunni Iraqis who rejoiced at his passing. The third group, the northern Kurds, have remained relatively quiet about this event, but they are clearly not grieving the loss of Solemani. The severe divide between the pro-Iranian Shiite Iraqis and the pro-American Sunni and Kurdish regions of Iraq is now so great that it is hard to imagine how these groups can stay together in one nation much longer. This region is descending into a cycle that can only lead to war at some point.
With such intense and irreconcilable factions present in the nation of Iraq, it is drifting toward civil war or, hopefully, a peaceful partition." stevenmcollins.com/usa-and-iran-nearing-open-war/ The world will soon see which it will be.
Closing tonight from Kurdistan with a song which is appropo of my situation here as the tension increases in Iraq and Iran. The "Talking Heads" performed this song in many countries and it is titled: "Life During Wartime" but they were running on stage and singing about the US of A. www.youtube.com/watch?v=jShMQw2H2cM
Bioweapons are weapons of "war" of course, and soon most of our planet will be having to cope with the COVID/Corona virus as well.
Stay healthy! Prior preparation for possible quarantine is prudent. Don't delay...
The consequences of war(s) are well documented over the centuries. However collateral damage such as loss of economic stability, loss of family, loss of emotional well being and loss of expertise in a society due to death, injury and the brain drain created by those who have means escaping from war, results in long term suffering for the next generation(s).
Although funding and "trainers" may be allocated to assist in recovery and "capacity building" the gaping hole in the society of those remaining cannot be healed if the attitudes useful as "survivors" in war are not adapted/changed to a longer term view of pursuing an ethically functioning society which continues with a rule of enforceable laws.
The mindset of "getting and hoarding whatever you can regardless of the long term consequences" is understandable, though unsustainable, even during war. But cheating your own community, your own nation and letting criminals go without punishment whether in war torn Iraq or in the USA, is reprehensible. A display of criminality with impunity only further encourages criminals.
We see this starkly now in both Iraq and in the USA. Corruption in government at the local, state/province and national level in organizations supposedly devoted to carrying out the rule of law and justice, is in evidence in both countries. The corruption goes back decades and is intertwined in a symbiotic relationship of dependence on oil, dependence on the military industrial and humanitarian "aid" complexes, criminal networks or individuals (think oligarchs and billionaires) corrupt politicians and government workers supported by a compliant media narrative.
Although technically the wars of 2003 (against Saddam Hussein) and 2014-2018 (against Daesh/ISIS) are over, and billions of dollars in "aid" has been "donated" by the USA, Japan, France, the European Union, NGOs from numerous countries and international organizations...here in Iraq it is difficult to see where much of the money has been diverted to, considering the (still) unfinished buildings, roads in disrepair, lack of adequate health and education, lack of basic electricity and running water, lack of adequate waste treatment, lack of border/immigration control and lack of a working government. www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/12782.pdf
However, Americans can't be the ones pointing fingers because our hard earned tax dollars are continually being wasted overseas in countries like Iraq and Ukraine since corruption in their own government, politicians and criminal gangs has been revealed with more indictments to come following the attempted impeachment circus.
No, we (America) have evidence on display of the machinations and manufactured coups by American citizens against their own leaders, within their own institutions and legal system; their own life long politicians connected with criminal networks and mercenaries. A number of American career politicians, court appointees, State Department, Justice Department and National Security Council senior officials were involved in "pay to play" schemes, pay to lie "intel intrigues" and leaking classified information and disinformation to the main stream press.
Meanwhile, money harvested ruthlessly from American taxpayers supposedly for American betterment, maintenance and infrastructure has been channeled into the bank accounts of American politicians and their family members, to illegal aliens and their family members, as well as corrupt shell businesses. www.tierneyrealnewsnetwork.com/post/romney-kerry-biden-mccain-pelosi-schiff-mueller-clinton-are-tied-to-sketchy-ukraine-deals
Portions of some states and cities (Detroit, San Francisco and Baltimore in pics) resemble parts of war torn Iraq and Kurdistan. Compare the photos above and below.
While we haven't had a full on attack by Islamic terrorist groups such as Daesh/ISIS on American soil, or the concurrent attacks on children, recruitment/kidnapping of children into violent extremist groups and sex slavery-America does have the largest criminal "industry" of child sex trafficking in the world, exacerbated by complicity in law enforcement, career politicians, officials and executives in every business and institution (including religious and 'humanitarian' organizations) in the United States.
Unchecked illegal immigration results in higher numbers of children/minors being trafficked into the USA and exploited. Corrupt "foundations" such as the Clinton Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hundreds of "Charities" use children as lures, shields, experimentees and "products". There is a growing "war" against children and America is considered an "anti-child" nation by millions of people living in other more "child friendly" countries.
Every day I see in my work in Kurdistan, Iraq children who have suffered trauma and sexual abuse yet there will probably never be recourse or therapy for majority of them who are victims of both the wars in Iraq as well as cultural, religious and national taboos. Girls/females are especially vulnerable and generally considered "less valuable" by these societies. They are taught from an early age to "submit" and "keep secrets".
Iraq and the USA, since the 1990s, have intertwined their destinies. They have shed blood together, inter-married, and tried to exploit each other. Before either country can shift to another paradigm, albeit a peaceful more productive one for both nation's citizens, they need to "clean house" at home and finish more of the "unfinished business" they inherited from decades past. This is my observation and considered opinion. I know some of my local friends and colleagues would agree.
Finishing off these late night thoughts with a song called; "Let Them Eat War" by the group Bad Religion. The chorus lyrics are short and incisive:
'Let them eat war [x2] That's how to ration the poor Let them eat war.' www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4ngeLZX5_M
It's been a tough week already...hope it's better for you wherever you are,
Although the name given to this engineered 'virus' is a regal one...Corona...meaning crown, it is also derived from the Latin word which describes a "circle of light" such as the glow around the sun or the moon or during an eclipse of a celestial body. An ephemeral image for a dark sickness.
This virus has been presented as "originating" in Wuhan city in the Hubei province of China. The most sophisticated biological research lab in China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, is located in Wuhan along with several other major "research labs" affiliated with China's military.
A number of prominent doctors from different countries have concluded this virus was genetically engineered utilizing the Pshuttle vector tool-known to virology researchers. One prominent American, Dr. Francis Boyle (who wrote the 'Biological Weapons Act') stated: “...the coronavirus that we’re dealing with here is an offensive biological warfare weapon that leaked out of that Wuhan BSL-4 [lab].” Here is a quote from an interview done this week on Geopolitics and Empire,:
Dr. Francis Boyle:
"It does seem to me that the Wuhan BSL-4 is the source of the coronavirus, yes. My guess is that they were researching SARS, and they weaponized it further by giving it gain-of-function properties, which means it could be more lethal, and indeed the latest report now is it’s 15% fatality rate which is more than SARS, and 83% infection rate. So a typical gain-of-function is it travels in the air, so it could reach out maybe six feet or more from someone emitting a sneeze or a cough. Likewise, this is a specially designated WHO research lab, so the WHO is in on it, and they knew full well what was going on there.
Yes, it’s also reported the Chinese stole coronavirus materials from the Canadian lab at Winnipeg; Winnipeg is Canada’s foremost center for research developing and testing biological warfare weapons. It’s along the lines of Ft. Detrick in the USA, and yeah, I have three degrees from Harvard, it would not surprise me if something was being stolen out of Harvard to turn over to China… the bottom line is, …and I drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the biological weapons convention, that was approved unanimously by both houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bush, Senior, that it appears the coronavirus that we’re dealing with here is an offensive biological warfare weapon that leaked out of that Wuhan BSL-4 [lab]. I’m not saying it was done deliberately, but there have been previous reports of problems with that lab and things leaking out of it, and I’m afraid that is what we are dealing with today."
Predictably, the Chinese government is working fiercely to shut off information coming from Hubei and other provinces which are are affected directly by spread of the virus since December. The world health organization (WHO) approved the laboratory in China years ago and are applauding President Xi Jinping's efforts to "contain" the outbreak. There are active disinformation campaigns from China and even the USA to control the narrative and downplay the seriousness of this virus and the "epidemic". Pharmaceutical companies continue to benefit financially from this and other "epidemics". However they are not necessarily incentivized to produce a cure.
"If it’s not profitable for pharmaceutical companies to produce a cure, they won't produce a cure. We cannot win the fight against coronaviruses and future infectious diseases unless we properly fund a public sector that values public health over profit." jacobinmag.com/2020/02/coronavirus-outbreak-free-market-pharmaceutical-industry?
Billions of dollars are spent on "death science"... offensive biological weapons. The USA, Canada, the UK, Russia, China, France and Israel are the primary supporters of biological "weapons" research. It is in their interest along with the platitude of "protecting national security" to suppress information regarding their activities, research results and "leaks". www.hilltimes.com/2019/11/20/potent-threat-of-biochemical-weapons-deserves-greater-attention/224682
However, doctors and health practitioners "on the ground" working around the clock with patients have come forward sending reports via VPN to social media contacts in the west. I urge you to see/listen to just one from Wuhan-heartbreaking, but necessary to understand the severity of the situation at present: mobile.twitter.com/howroute/status/1224746507674345472
In terms of trying to prevent further infection and protect yourselves and your family and community-recommendations include:
These are rudimentary guidelines for maintaining your health and immunity regardless of the current outbreak.
Posting a music video from the late David Bowie which may be considered "politically incorrect" now...but see for yourself that his messages are still relevant:
The song is entitled: "China Girl" www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YC3sTbAPcU
Ending tonight with a plea for you to stay healthy and avoid unnecessary travel until more is known about the spread of this virus. it is infants, children, those with compromised immune systems, the elderly and chronically ill who are most at risk.
In countries with poor health care infrastructure, internally displaced people, refugee camps and poverty-disease has free reign. We, here in Iraq hope the epidemic is "controlled" and the infection rate decreases over time because if it spreads here there is little chance to contain the "corona virus".