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COVID-19 – What people say, and only 5 realities

by Amarynth, drawing together a braintrust from The Movable Feast Cafe We set up a ‘brain trust’ in the Cafe in order to write a combined sitrep for The Saker Blog about the Coronavirus. The new name in the taxonomy is COVID-19 but let’s stick to Novel Coronavirus for now. It is of course too early to come to any conclusions, but we can start isolating the discernible high level

Sitrep – Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua

Chris Faure for The Saker Blog While the Mena is exploding in tensions, the Empire is hungry and is not leaving these countries in Latin America any breathing room. Although it can be argued that the circumstances are different in each, there are certain commonalities that can be pointed out. Venezuela The Trump administration warned early in February of “impactful” measures on the government of Venezuela First was a blanket

SITREP: The Progress for the Battle for Idlib

By Blake Archer Williams for the Vineyard of the Saker The Syrian government’s last push to get rid of foreign and domestic terrorists from its soil started on December 19th, and has met with great success. Since then, over 1,200 square kilometers of territory have been liberated. The main frontline of the war is currently to the area southeast of Idlib city, with gains having taken place as follows: Sarāqīb,

SITREP: Iraq’s million-man march against US occupation, and Pentagon admits to 34 injuries from Iran strike

by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog Iraqis have rallied in Baghdad in massive numbers to call for an end to US military presence in the country following high-profile assassinations and airstrikes targeting anti-terror forces. Sayed Sadiq al-Hashemi, the director of the Iraqi Center for Studies, said more than 2.5 million took part in the demonstrations on Friday. Since the early hours on Friday, huge crowds of men, women and children of

After Soleimani’s Assassination: Moral Values Come to the Fore

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog On January 5, Hassan Nasrallah stated: „ January 2, 2020 is a date that separates two stages in the region. It is the beginning of a new phase, a new history, not just for Iran or Iraq, but for the whole region.“ Obviously, this feeling is widely shared. The crime was too big, too heinous, and way too adventurist. In the new phase,

IRGC Chief on Ain al-Assad missile attack/accidental downing of Ukrainian aircraft

Link: (Please consider supporting Middle East Observer’s work on Patreon: Description: Head of Iran’s IRGC Major General Hossein Salami comments on the recent Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq, in addition to the subsequent accidental downing of a Ukrainian civilian aircraft by Iranian forces over Tehran. Source: Al-Alam News Date: 12-01-2020 Transcript: – America assassinated General Qasim Soleimani, and it threatened to respond to our retaliation, the incident (accidental downing

Key Notes from Nasrallah speech marking one week after Soleimani assassination

Link: (Please consider supporting Middle East Observer’s work on Patreon: Description: The following is a translation of breaking news notes from a speech delivered by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah hours ago marking one week after the assassination of former Iranian General Qasim Soleimani and former Deputy Head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Source: Al-Alam News/Al-Manar TV Date: 12-01-2020 Transcript: Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah:

Syrian Pres. Adviser: Assad & Putin surprise meeting part of Axis response to Soleimani’s killing – English Subs

Description: Syrian Presidential Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban believes Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s surprise meeting in Damascus (07-01-2020) forms part of the ‘Resistance Axis’ response to the assassination of Iranian General Qasim Soleimani. Source: Al-Mayadeen TV Date: 07/01/2020   Transcript:  

SITREP : Iran’s IRGC Aerospace Chief on US casualties/damages/future retaliation steps Description: Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force General Amir Ali Hajizadeh reveals key details regarding the recent retaliatory Iranian ballistic missile attacks on US bases in Iraq. Source: Iranian media: Al-Alam News/Fars News Agency Date: 09/01/2020 Transcript: – We struck with our missiles areas in the American airbase (in Iraq) that was used for equipping attack helicopters – We were able to target the barracks of US

Iran strikes US bases in Iraq to avenge Soleimani, vows to target Israel and all US bases in the region (Al-Manar)

Source: Al-Manar, Hezbollah media Translation: The Islamic Republic of Iran began its revenge for the assassination of the martyr Soleimani by launching dozens of ballistic missiles at the US base of Al-Asad in Iraq. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards announced that the process of revenge for the assassination of the martyr Soleimani had started with the launch of dozens of ballistic missiles against the American base at Al-Asad in Iraq.

SITREP- Pentagon and the entirety of the US military are designated as terrorists while the Resistance Axis aims to deepen its cooperation

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog On Tuesday, Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) unanimously passed a motion designating the Pentagon and all subsidiaries terrorist after the US military assassinated Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, a senior Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, on President Donald Trump’s direct order. All the 233 lawmakers present at an open session of the parliament on Tuesday unanimously adopted the triple-urgency motion, which amends an earlier law

SITREP : At War – The Myth tumbles and everything has changed.

by Chris Faure – for The Saker Blog At the time of writing, just in from RT – Mr Putin is in Syria on surprise visit and has already held talks with Bashar Assad. It is not hard to understand that world leaders have most probably doubled up on their already excellent security and will travel highly secured, with no pre-announcement. The myth of the US as the self-purported savior

Yemen’s Ansarullah: We’re partaking in regional drive to boot US forces out

Yemen’s Ansarullah: We’re partaking in regional drive to boot US forces out Description: Member of Ansarullah’s Political Council, Mohammad al-Bakhiti, says the Yemeni movement is partaking in the region-wide response to Iranian General Soleimani’s assassination by the US military. Bakhiti says the regional response is aimed at driving all US forces out of the region. Source: Al-Mayadeen TV Date: 05/01/2020 Transcript: – the coming days will bring huge changes to the region

Iraq’s Sistani to Iran’s Leader: The great General Soleimani’s role against Daesh was unparalleled

Link: Description: Iraq’s highest religious authority Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani’s consolation message to Iran’s Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei over the assassination of General Qasim Soleimani. Source: Al-Ahed News Date: 06/01/2020 Transcript: Sistani: In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Surely we belong to Allah, and to Him we will return Your eminence, dear Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Khamenei (may your life be prolonged) Peace

SITREP: Muqtada Al-Sadr: Iraq will turn into new Vietnam for US if its forces stay (UPDATED!)

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog Iraq’s influential cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has released a statement saying that if US troops do not leave the country, Iraq will turn into a new Vietnam for Washington. Sadr, who leads the largest bloc in parliament, said in a letter to the assembly that a parliamentary resolution calling on the government to end foreign troop presence did not go far enough. “I consider

SITREP : Iraq’s Shia factions to meet within hours to announce united anti-US military front

Link: Description: Nasr al-Shimri, the deputy-Secretary General of the al-Nujaba movement, comments on the latest developments surrounding the US military presence within Iraq and the region. The Nujaba movement is a key faction of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Units. Source: Al-Mayadeen TV Date: 06/01/2020 Transcript: – Washington has failed to shake Iraq’s relations with its strategic ally Iran – Iran is a strategic ally that stood with Iraq in the most difficult of

SITREP: Millions descend upon the streets of Tehran while Washington declares its refusal to leave Iraq

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog Today was the day when the mourning process for Martyr Soleimani and Martyr Al-Muhandis reached its climax when the funeral procession for the heroes reached Tehran. Millions of Iranians have packed the streets of Tehran to pay homage to the Middle East’s most prominent anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani who was assassinated on US President Donald Trump’s order Friday. A huge sea of mourners,

SITREP: Latest statements by Sheikh Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haqq movement, a key faction of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Unit

Link: Description: Latest statements by Sheikh Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haqq movement, a key faction of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Units: Source: Al-Mayadeen TV Date: 06/01/2020 Transcript: – We will take revenge for Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and his companions and we will not accept anything less than the expulsion of US forces from Iraq – the Iraqi parliament decision today is one of the most important decisions it has

Soleimani murder SITREP: Funeral and Vote – IRAQI VOTE UPDATE IS IN – U.S. MUST OUT

by Chris Faure – for The Saker Blog UPDATE – THE VOTE NEWS IS IN. 170 Iraqi lawmakers sign draft bill to expel US military forces from country Note : there is a process to be followed.  The lawmakers will now seek parliamentary approval. ……………………….. Just in from PressTV while writing: US withdrawing forces from region despite contrary claims: Military sources We will leave it to The Saker

Sitrep – Soleimani and Al-Muhandi’s murders

by Aram Mizraei for The Saker Blog Huge crowds of Iraqi mourners join Gen. Soleimani’s Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis funeral procession Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis chanting “Death to America” have joined the funeral procession for Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi anti-terror forces chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad. The terrorist attack on the two commanders seem to have united Iraqis from all sects and walks of life as former political