IRGC officer gunned down in Iran’s southwest



Unknown gunmen have shot dead the commander of a local branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the country’s southwest.

Iranian authorities have opened an investigation into the killing of Abdol-Hossein Mojadami, a local commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the ethnic Arab-majority southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Officials say two gunmen carrying Kalashnikov rifles on a motorbike opened fire on Mojadami outside his house in the town of Darkhoveyn early Jan. 22. Judicial sources were treating the attack as a “special case” but said no arrests had been made.

While no group has claimed responsibility, the IRGC-linked Fars News Agency suggested that the “assassination” bore the hallmarks of similar attacks by an Arab separatist militant organization known as Al-Ahwazi.

A state TV report, quoted by several outlets, said Mojadami was also an officer of the Quds Force, the IRGC’s powerful branch responsible for operations beyond Iran’s borders, and had been an associate of Qasem Soleimani, the force’s top commander who was assassinated in a US drone strike in Baghdad earlier this month. Mojadami, according to the same report, fought in Syria as a “defender of the shrine,” a moniker the Islamic Republic uses in reference to soldiers dispatched to Syria to fight alongside Syrian armed forces propping up President Bashar al-Assad.

Darkhoveyn, where the slain commander led the local Basij militia forces, is located within the larger township of Shadegan, one of several flashpoint cities in Khuzestan. The province witnessed some of the deadliest unrest that hit Iran in November. IRGC forces responded to the protests —which were triggered by an abrupt and controversial government announcement of higher fuel prices — with a heavy-handed crackdown.

Two months after the protests were suppressed, the Islamic Republic has yet to come out with an official death toll. However, reports relying on eyewitness accounts and other forms of evidence, have counted casualties ranging between 304 and around 1,500. Those sources have highlighted particularly excessive use of force in the city of Mahshahr in the same impoverished region. Horrifying details have been reported of an IRGC-led “massacre” from behind machine guns that left over 140 protesters in a besieged marsh there. As recently as last week, the commander of the city’s IRGC forces, Brig. Gen. Hassan Shavarpour was hit with US State Department sanctions for the deadly operation he is accused of commanding.

It is not immediately clear if Mojadami’s death was linked to a possible role he might have had in the November crackdown. But only a few days after the dust settled from unrest in his area, a knife-wielding assailant subdued and killed a police officer after grabbing his gun in broad daylight. The same township was also hit with days of turmoil in a separate wave of public rage against the “suspicious death” in custody of a young dissident Arab poet known for his sharp criticism of the Islamic Republic.

Khuzestan is sitting on much of Iran’s largest lifeline oil and gas reserves. Ironically, however, it remains one of the most underdeveloped regions, where anti-government sentiments are believed to have accumulated over decades of perceived systematic neglect.

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A spokesman for the current leader reveals an American request to meet Al-Sadr … and the location of the million demonstration will be at the intersection of Baghdad University

Baghdad / Obelisk: Wednesday 22 January 2020, a spokesman for the leader of the Sadrist movement, Salah al-Ubaidi, revealed that the leader of the movement was rejecting an American request for a meeting with the United States under the auspices of the United Nations.

Al-Ubaidi said in a television interview, “The demonstrations of sovereignty that will be at the intersection of Baghdad University near the Jadiriyah area and far from Tahrir Square,” noting that “Al-Sadr called for a demonstration of sovereignty and we do not prevent the Iraqis from participating in it,” stressing that it is “a demonstration of the ability of the people to attend before the American administration.” “.

He added, “The protest call is not due to Iranian pressure.”

 A spokesman for Al-Sadr said, “We have a careful follow-up of all protests in the demonstrations square, and we heard many insults from some quarters in some squares,” noting that “the presence of some intruders did not prevent the Sadrist movement from supporting the demonstrations because it works to expel and keep away the corrupt.”

Al-Ubaidi revealed that “Al-Sadr rejected many offers for a meeting with the United States under the auspices of the United Nations,” noting that “Al-Sadr cannot be on the personal dimensions of some parties,” explaining that “it is not acceptable to generalize mistakes on the popular crowd and Tishreen rebels.”

And on the formation of the next government, a spokesman for Sadr said, “The coalition of Saeroon did not impose any candidate for prime minister on President of the Republic Barham Saleh.”

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had called on Tuesday (January 14, 2020) for a million demonstration next Friday, to reject the American presence.


The Sadrist movement determines the location of the demonstration on Friday

Time: 1/22/2020 11:07 PM

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The spokesperson for the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced the location of the upcoming Friday demonstrations against the American presence in Iraq.

Sheikh Salah Al-Ubaidi said in a press statement, “The sovereignty demonstration will be at the intersection of Baghdad University near the Jadiriya area.”

He added, “It is not far from Mr. Muqtada Al-Sadr’s participation in the Friday demonstrations.”

The full text of the speech of the Iraqi president in the Davos forum .. This is what he said about the American withdrawal

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Baghdad today – Baghdad

The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, said on Wednesday (22/2-2020) that the request to leave the American forces from Iraq is a reaction to what many Iraqis consider a lack of respect for sovereignty.

Saleh said in his speech on the sidelines of the Davos Forum: “No one will be surprised in this room when I say frankly: These are difficult times for Iraq.”

“The demonstrators, most of them Iraqi youth, have been demonstrating in the streets for nearly four months, putting their lives on the line to demand change. They have deep desires and demands for fair economic opportunities and a homeland, and to hear their voices and be answered”, “he said,” while at the same time, The escalation of the regional conflict threatens our sovereignty. We are in the eye of the storm. ”

He added: “I have confidence that Iraq can rise to these challenges, rather than fall prey to it. We can still emerge towards a better, stronger, more coherent and prosperous country.”

President Saleh recalled his speech in New York before the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September last year, explaining: “I set out a vision of hope and prosperity for the future of Iraq and the Middle East. While we recognize the fragility of stability and security that was so painstakingly achieved at the time, we had Much of what we hope to accomplish. The scourge of ISIS has been defeated in Iraq, thanks to the great sacrifices of the Iraqi forces: the Iraqi army, the PMF, the Peshmerga and other units, and with the great support of the international community. ”

He explained: “My vision was then, and still is, for Iraq – which is located in the heart of the Middle East – to be a force for stability and a bridge for more economic integration in the region.”

Regarding the situation in the region, he said, “The escalating tensions between Iran, the Gulf states and the United States have reminded us over the past month that our ambitions remain subject to political disputes outside our control and unwanted foreign interference,” explaining, “We seek good relations with everyone, and we have no interest in being drawn into Conflicts are not among our options and making. If our neighbors and allies remain at odds, our sovereignty is not respected, and our lands are used as a battlefield, we cannot hope to achieve our agenda of change. ”

President Saleh indicated that “Iraq is grateful for the international coalition led by the United States, especially for the military and economic support it provided, and continues to provide, in the war against ISIS. This military alliance of the US-led coalition was effective in allowing Iraqi forces to win this existential battle “But Iran also played a pivotal role in the war against ISIS, and we share ancient geographical ties, water resources, economics, and religion with Iran,” he added.

He continued his speech, “As the relations and interests of Iraq are inextricably linked to its Arab depth, and it goes without saying that Turkey, our northern neighbor, has implications for our interests. The political geography of Iraq is very interesting, and it is a challenge and vitality,” stressing, “it is not in our interest to choose Allying with one at the expense of others as long as he respects our sovereignty and independence. ”

President Saleh warned, “But no country should seek to dictate Iraq to whom we should have relations with and how. Our policies and diplomatic and economic ties must be driven by our national interests, not the interests of others, and even the interests of our allies. The sovereignty and stability of Iraq. It must be the common interest of our neighbors and our international partners. We must not be penalized for protecting our sovereign interests or seeking to advance our military independence. ”

He explained that “the recent call of the Iraqi parliament to withdraw the American forces from our country is not a sign of ambiguity or hostility. It is a reaction to what many Iraqis see as violations of the sovereignty of their country. This issue will be resolved through dialogue at its core that must be the sovereignty and stability of Iraq.”

President Saleh stressed, “I still believe that Iraq can be a catalyst for positive change. Not only is the country that, since the time of Mesopotamia, the cradle of human civilization and a melting pot of different faiths, sects and races. Few countries have faced the horrors of war, violent repression and attacks. Chemical, mass graves, sanctions and sectarian and ethnic bloodshed as my country has faced, but people yearn for peace and stability more. ”

“These bitter experiences have taught us that despite our differences, there is more that binds us together than separates us. The demonstrators are another sign of this, as they demonstrate their patriotism and their commitment to Iraq daily in the streets of Baghdad.”

He pointed out, “There is a need for regional frameworks for security, economic and commercial cooperation that provide a means for political dialogue and resolving disputes between enemies. We must seek to find our solutions to our own problems. This is what Iraqi youth are calling for in peaceful protests in the streets of Baghdad and other cities, which began since what Almost four months. ”

On violence against demonstrators, he said, “It is devastating and painful that violence by outlaws has killed more than 600 innocent peaceful demonstrators – most of them young men born in the 1990s and beyond – as well as many security personnel. I condemn these crimes in the strongest terms.” And its perpetrators will be dealt with according to the law. Justice and security are the foundation of the state and society – the nation, and peaceful protest is a fundamental right. ”

He stressed that “Iraqi youth protest for a better life, a homeland, more jobs, better services, and an end to corruption that has paralyzed our country for a long time. The same thing I want with them. They want Iraqi patriotism to be inclusive, not divided according to For social identity. They want a democratic political system that reflects their collective identity and restores their dignity. They want free and fair elections. ”

President Saleh added, “This will not be an easy process. It cannot be achieved overnight. We need to restore the confidence of the Iraqis in their government and reconsider our laws and constitution to see how it can be done to renew and strengthen ties between Iraqi leaders and our people, allowing for the first time to fully represent the latter.” We also need to create conditions for sustainable economic growth and job creation for our rapidly growing young population. Youth unemployment is already rampant, and it will only get worse if we do not provide our young people with the education and skills they need to succeed. ”

“The Iraqi state cannot do this on its own. The public sector is already confused. We need to strengthen our private sector that is still emerging, and I look forward to those gathered here today to play their part by bringing in foreign investment and skills to Iraq. We need to become a country in which it enjoys Iraqis and foreigners are confident to invest in the long term, and where the private sector feels the impact and influence. As such, we must create the legal and regulatory foundations to protect investors and liberalize markets. ”

President Saleh stressed, “Corruption must be eliminated once and for all, and good governance and the rule of law must be established in practice, rather than just words and rhetoric that are repeated endlessly and repeatedly.”

On infrastructure, he said, “We need to rebuild and modernize our infrastructure to create the foundations for economic growth. Rebuilding and restoration of areas destroyed in the war against ISIS remains a priority. We need new ports, highway and railway networks, airports, industrial cities and dams. We need We need new projects for land reclamation and irrigation, and we need support to train our young generation to be a productive citizen in the vibrant economy of the twenty-first century. ”

The president warned, “Iraq cannot do any of this on its own. Both the capital investments and the necessary expertise will be huge. Once again, Iraq looks to the international financial institutions, donor countries, sovereign wealth funds, the international private sector – in other words, all of you – to be our partners.”

And he added, “These are difficult times for Iraq and the region.” He said, “We have benefited a lot during these difficult times from the wisdom and guidance of Najaf, especially His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who confirmed his leadership in our darkest critical days, which helped connect Iraq to safer beaches.” “I am sure I speak for you all when I say I pray for his speedy recovery from recent surgery. Indeed, God has blessed us with the Najaf reference that was an anchor of moderation, tolerance, and reforms – and indeed it was to assert Iraqi sovereignty.”

President Saleh concluded, “We Iraqis know that the future lies in our hands. But we are also grateful for the help of our partners, from east and west, and we know that their commitment to us is vital to our success.

No one outbid anyone. Jamal Karbouli: Politicians say what they don’t

Baghdad – news

The head of the solution party, Jamal Karbouli, said today, Wednesday, that politicians say what they do not do, while the politicians called for no one to bid on anyone.

Al-Karbouli said in a tweet on his personal Twitter account, followed by “Al-Akhbariya”, that it is “a fairness of the truth. I would say, if the invitee was for the Davos Prime Minister Forum instead of the President of the Republic, the first would be faster than the second to meet Trump,” calling the politicians, but “no one will bid Someone. ”

He pointed out that the politicians say what they do not. ”

Sheikh Ali: The price of the President’s threats will be paid by Iran’s bases inside Iraq

 Baghdad – news

Member of Parliament Fayek Sheikh Ali said today, Wednesday, that the price of the threats of the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, by the armed factions, will be paid by Iran’s bases inside Iraq.

Sheikh Ali said in a tweet on his personal Twitter profile, followed by “Al-Akhbariya”, that “when the Davos conference ends, Dr. Barham Saleh will return to Iraq with international protection,” noting that “that means that no one can touch a hair from him.”

He added, “Those who threatened and threatened President Trump must prepare to pay the price,” noting that “the problem has led to their leaders in Iran, and to whom he will pay the price for their bases inside!”

The White House publishes the joint meeting between Presidents Trump and Negervan Barzani (video)

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President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of Kurdistan

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President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani met with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Davos Economic Forum

. Trump said, “We have had good relations with the Kurdistan Region. We worked with Nigerian Barzani well and for a long time.”

For his part, Barzani affirmed, “We defeated ISIS with the help of the United States and the people of Kurdistan thanks the United States for its help in eliminating terrorism.”

Trump meets Saleh on the sidelines of the Davos Forum

Baghdad / news

President Barham Salih met with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Davos Forum in Switzerland.

A political source familiar with “Al-Ikhbaria” said, “President Barham Salih met with US President Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the Davos Forum in Switzerland.”

It is noteworthy that Saleh left on Tuesday to attend the “Davos” economic conference in Switzerland, where a number of world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the conference to discuss bilateral relations.

Barzani to Trump: We defeated ISIS together

Baghdad / news

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, met today, Wednesday, with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland.

“I would like to take this opportunity and thank you for your support, we defeated ISIS together, and I thank you on behalf of the people of Kurdistan,” Barzani told Trump during the meeting.

Nechirvan Barzani will participate, with an official invitation, in the Davos World Economic Forum, which is taking place until the 24th of this month, which marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the forum.

The Presidency reveals details of Saleh and Trump’s talks and the foreign presence in Iraq

Time: 1/22/2020 2:38 PM

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} Today, President of the Republic Barham Saleh held in-depth talks with US President Donald Trump, within the schedule of his daily meetings with a number of leaders and heads of state, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

According to a presidential statement, Saleh stressed, “The need to intensify international efforts to establish security and stability at the international and regional levels,” adding that “their consolidation and strengthening is the only way to ensure the achievement of a comprehensive peace in the region.”

The President of the Republic added that “Iraq is keen to establish balanced relations with all friends and allies in a manner that enhances its sovereignty and respect for its independent decision and realizes the interests of the Iraqi people, and to continue economic development and reconstruction and not to allow Iraq to turn into an arena for conflict and settling accounts.”

In turn, the American President renewed his country’s support for the stability of Iraq, and its keenness on strengthening common relations and expanding the volume of cooperation between Iraq and the United States in a manner that serves the interests of the two peoples, valuing the pivotal Iraqi role in the region.

The statement pointed out that “during the meeting, the presence and reduction of foreign forces in the country was examined, and the importance of respecting the demands of the Iraqi people in preserving national sovereignty and ensuring security and stability.”