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War of nerves between Iran and the United States

CLIMBING – After the American raid that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, a major figure in the regime and a very popular figure in Iran, Donald Trump said he was not “looking for war” but threatened the Iranians in the event of reprisals. The international community now fears escalation. Follow the latest information.


Driven by an anti-imperialism still as strong, the Iranians called for revenge Qassem Soleimani, Monday, January 6. “Here is our message for America: we will hit you, we will make you pay for the blood spilled by your fault,” a protester told AFP.

“Death to America”, a famous slogan in Iran, resounded on numerous occasions during the demonstration.


The EU “deeply regrets” Iran’s latest nuclear announcement, with the Islamic Republic promising to withdraw entirely from the 2015 agreement.


The German executive politely reframes Donald Trump. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that Trump’s threats to impose sanctions on Iraq if the local parliament decides to vote for the expulsion of US troops “are not of much help.”


NATO ambassadors will meet on Monday to discuss the US-Iran crisis, a spokesman for the organization said.

On Saturday, NATO announced that it would suspend training operations in Iraq after the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in an American attack on Baghdad. The NATO mission in Iraq, which has a few hundred soldiers, has been training the country’s forces since October 2018 at the request of the Iraqi government to prevent the return of ISIS.


Some images of the crowd gathered this Monday morning in the capital.


The Iranian Supreme Guide presided over a short prayer at the University of Tehran on Monday in front of General Qassem Soleimani’s coffin.

Surrounded by Iranian President Hassan Rohani, President of Parliament Ali Larijani, the leader of the Revolutionary Guards, General Hossein Salami and the head of the Judicial Authority, Ebrahim Raïssi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a little Arabic prayer after 9:30 am local time before leaving the premises.


The center of Tehran is always crowded Monday morning in tribute to General Soleimani. The compact crowd waves many red flags (the color of the blood of “martyrs”) or Iranians, but also Lebanese or Iraqi flags.

The streets echo intermittently with slogans “Death to America”, “Death to Israel” against the backdrop of a funeral melody sung by male voices broadcast by loudspeakers.


The center of Tehran is crowded Monday morning in tribute to the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The crowd gathered before 08:00 (04:30 GMT) near the University of Tehran, where the Iranian supreme guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is to preside in the morning a prayer in honor of the most popular soldier Iran.


President Donald Trump threatens Iraq with “very strong” sanctions if American troops are to leave.


The Elysee Palace calls for appeasement in the conflict between Iran and the United States in order to restore “stability” in the region. In a statement, the press service condemned the recent attacks and “the negative role played for Iran”.

“De-escalation is now necessary. We call on all parties to act with restraint and responsibility. The current cycle of violence in Iraq must end,” said a statement released on Sunday evening.

“We call in particular on Iran to refrain from any violent or proliferation action and urge it to return in full compliance with its commitments under the Common Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).”

“We reiterate our commitment to the sovereignty and security of Iraq. We also reaffirm our commitment to continue the fight against Daesh, which remains a priority.”


The Iraqi parliament adopted a (non-binding) resolution on Sunday asking the government to order the departure of all foreign forces from Iraq. News that the United States regretted in a statement aimed at easing tensions as best it could.

“While we await further clarifications on the legal nature and impact of the resolution adopted today, we strongly urge Iraqi leaders to reconsider the importance of the current economic and security relationship between our two countries and the continued presence of the international coalition to defeat the Islamic State, State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.


The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs issued a press release to warn that its minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, “had a telephone interview with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdel-Mahdi.”

A discussion of formality, which only served to assure Iraq that France wishes to “continue the dialogue” and wishes “to stress the importance of the continuation of the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria in the context of the International Coalition against Daesh, with full respect for Iraqi sovereignty “.


Senior Iranian official threatens to attack Israel, and to “dust” Tel Aviv and Haifa if the United States implements the latest threats from President Donald Trump, who says he is ready to strike 52 sites Iranian.

“Did you tweet that you would attack again if Iran retaliated?” wrote Mohsen Rezai, secretary of the Discernment Council, a key post in the Iranian political system, on the social network Telegram. “Rest assured that Iran will reduce [alors] Haifa and the centers [urbains] Israelis in dust in such a way that Israel would be wiped off the face of the globe, “he added.” If America takes any action after our military response, we will reduce Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust “.


The American president tweeted at the beginning of the evening (3.30 pm American time) that the multiple press articles documenting the escalation between Iran and the United States “will serve as a notification to the Congress of the United States that if the “Iran struck any American person or target, the United States would respond quickly and completely, and perhaps disproportionately.” Donald Trump then added “Such a legal notice is not required, but is nevertheless given!”



At least two rockets have just landed near the American embassy in Baghdad, according to witnesses cited by AFP.

Since the end of October, 14 rocket attacks have targeted American interests in Iraq. If they have never been claimed, several have been attributed by Washington to the brigades of Hezbollah, a pro-Iran faction which on Saturday called on the Iraqi soldiers to move away from the American troops before Sunday 2 p.m. GMT, suggesting attacks.



Paris calls on Iran to avoid “any military escalation likely to further aggravate regional instability”. Emmanuel Macron also assured Donald Trump of “his complete solidarity with the allies”

“Faced with rising tensions in Iraq and the region”, Emmanuel Macron also “expressed concern over the destabilizing activities of the Al Quds force under the authority of General Qassem Soleimani”, killed on Friday by the United States, and “recalled the need for Iran to end it now,” according to a statement from the Elysee.


Tehran announces what it has presented as the “fifth and final phase” of its plan to reduce its nuclear commitments, saying it no longer feels bound by any limit “on the number of its centrifuges”.

In a press release, the government of the Islamic Republic nevertheless indicates that “Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA [l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique, qui soumet son programme nucléaire à un strict contrôle, NDLR] will continue as before “.


The Iraqi parliament is asking the government this Sunday to “end the presence of foreign troops” in Iraq, starting with “withdrawing its request for assistance” addressed to the international community to fight the Islamic State (IS) group.

During an extraordinary session broadcast exceptionally live on state television and in the presence of the resigning Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, the deputies approved a decision which “compels the government to preserve the sovereignty of the country by withdrawing its request for help, “said the head of parliament, Mohammed al-Halboussi.


The Iraqi Foreign Ministry announces that it has lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council after “American attacks on Iraqi bases” and “the assassination of Iraqi military commanders and friends”.

Iraq considers as a “violation of its sovereignty” the drone fire that killed Friday at Baghdad airport the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mehdi al-Mouhandis, number two of Hachd al-Chaabi, a coalition of paramilitaries pro-Iran integrated into the security forces.


Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warns: The US military “will pay the price” for the death of Qassem Soleimani, AFP said. Hassan Nasrallah also called on Iraq to free itself from American “occupation” a few days after the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and a senior Iraqi commander in a US raid.

“It was the United States military that killed them, and it will pay the price,” warned the head of Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian movement, in a television address. “The just punishment, (will target, note) the American military presence in the region,” he warned. “American military bases, military ships, each officer and soldier in the region”.

The Hezbollah chief warned that “American citizens”, that is, “American businessmen, engineers, journalists and doctors” in the region, should not be attacked.


The anti-jihadist coalition led by the United States says “suspend” the training of Iraqi forces and the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, because it is “now fully dedicated to protecting the Iraqi bases which host (its) troops” .

For more than two months, 13 rocket attacks, attributed by Washington to Iraqi pro-Iran factions, have targeted American interests in Iraq, including military bases. On Saturday, a powerful pro-Iran faction gave Iraqi soldiers until Sunday evening to move away from these bases, raising fears of more attacks.


European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell has invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Brussels, a statement said. He once again urges the “de-escalation” of tensions in the Middle East.


The Iraqi foreign ministry announced on Sunday that it had summoned the American ambassador to denounce “violations of the sovereignty of Iraq” after a raid on bases of pro-Iran and the assassination on its soil of the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

Ambassador Matthew Tueller has been told that “these illegitimate US military operations are reprehensible attacks and acts that can lead to escalating tensions in the region and that they constitute a violation of sovereignty “from the country,” said a statement from the ministry.


Our explanations.


Saudi Arabia was not consulted by Washington over the strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, a Saudi official said on Sunday as his country attempts to defuse growing tensions in the region.

Saudi Arabia, an ally of the United States and regional rival of the Islamic Republic, is vulnerable to possible Iranian reprisals promised by Tehran to avenge the death of the powerful General Soleimani killed on Friday in Baghdad.


The Iranian military “doubts” that Trump has the “courage” to execute his threats. “They say these kinds of things to divert the attention of the world opinion from their odious and unjustifiable act” (the assassination of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani Friday in Iraq), but “I doubt that they have the courage” Said General Abdolrahim Moussavi, commander-in-chief of the Iranian army, quoted by Irna.


“The United States directly attacks an Iranian general and groups are now fighting openly in the service of Iran to avenge this general: it is no longer a war by proxy, it is a direct war”, declared with the AFP Erica Gaston, researcher at the New America Foundation.


After this Sunday’s tribute to Ahvaz, the ceremonies will continue in Tehran, Machhad (northeast) and Qom (center) until the burial of the officer’s remains, scheduled for Tuesday in his hometown of Kerman (southeast).


A human tide invaded the streets of Ahvaz this Sunday morning, to pay tribute to Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The body of the officer arrived before dawn at the airport in this city in southwest Iran, which has a large Arab minority. The rally in this city marks the start of three days of ceremonies in his honor in Iran, after those which took place on Saturday in Iraq.


The American president – has just posted 2 new messages on Twitter – to warn that in the event of reprisals, the Iranians will be hit “harder than they have ever been hit.”


Threats against threats. President Donald Trump warned Tehran last night that the United States has identified 52 sites in Iran and will strike them “very quickly and very hard” if the Islamic Republic attacks American personnel or targets.

Some of these Iranian sites “are of a very high standard and very important for Iran and for Iranian culture,” he said in a tweet. “The United States does not want any more threats!”, He warned.

Donald Trump said the figure of 52 was the number of Americans who had been held hostage for more than a year from late 1979 at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.


“No war against Iran”, “the USA outside the Middle East” … It is by chanting these slogans that hundreds of demonstrators marched on Saturday in dozens of cities in the United States, especially in New York and Washington. In front of the White House, there were around 200 who gathered at the call of left-wing organizations. “We will not allow our country to be dragged into another unconscious war,” said one of the organizers, before the procession headed for the Trump hotel.


The threat of revenge becomes clearer after the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Brigades of Hezbollah, the most radical pro-Iran faction of Iraqi Hashd al-Chaabi, called on Saturday evening the Iraqi security forces to move “at least 1,000 meters” from their bases sheltering American soldiers to be counted Sunday evening.


Another attack targeted the ultra-secure Baghdad Green Zone almost simultaneously, according to security officials.

Two mortar shells fell in this sector where is located the headquarters of the American embassy attacked Tuesday by thousands of fighters and supporters of pro-Iran in Iraq.

According to the Iraqi military command, there were no casualties in the two attacks.



Two Katyusha rockets fell on a base sheltering American soldiers in Baghdad, according to a security source quoted by AFP. It is the Balad base, located 80km north of the Iraqi capital, which houses US Air Force troops. The latter and several other military bases have been the subject of a series of similar attacks in recent weeks.

Since the end of October, thirteen rocket attacks have targeted American interests in Iraq, even killing an American subcontractor on October 27 at a base in the country’s oil center.


The head of state wants to believe that “the escalation of tensions in the Middle East is not inevitable”. That’s what he just said on Twitter.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke on Saturday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on the phone after the death of General Qassem Soleimani.

According to a statement from Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov offered his condolences to Mohammad Javad Zarif during this conversation initiated by Tehran.

“The ministers stressed that the actions of the United States constitute a flagrant violation of fundamental international law” and “are leading to a new cycle of escalating tensions in the region,” said the statement.


China urged the United States on Saturday “not to use force” in the aftermath of a raid in Iraq that claimed the lives of General Qassem Soleimani, a key figure in Iranian influence in the Middle East.

“The dangerous US military operation violates basic standards of international relations and will exacerbate regional tensions and turbulence,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Iranian counterpart in a telephone exchange, quoted by Chinese media.


Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, met this Saturday by telephone with his counterparts Heiko Mass (Germany) and Wang Yi (China): “I recalled France’s concern at regarding the mounting tensions in recent months in the Gulf region, “he said in a statement.

“I have seen that France fully shares with Germany the central objective of de-escalation and preservation of the Vienna agreement,” he added. “I was also able to verify a great convergence between France and China in order to strengthen our joint efforts to avoid an increase in tensions and facilitate de-escalation.”


Hours after the assassination of Iranian General Ghassem Soleimani by an American drone strike, the President of the United States endeavored to justify his decision by the need to restore an American deterrent.


Iran said the United States had called for “proportionate revenge” after the assassination of the powerful Iranian general on Friday.

Switzerland, which represents US interests in Iran in the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries, said Friday that its representative had “conveyed a message that the United States instructed him to deliver” to the ‘Iran, without specifying its content. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said that “the Swiss envoy had delivered a ridiculous message from the Americans” on Friday.


NATO has suspended training operations in Iraq, North Atlantic Alliance spokesman Dylan White said Saturday after the death of the Iranian general.

The NATO mission in Iraq, which has a few hundred soldiers,
since October 2018 has been training the country’s forces at the request of the Iraqi government to prevent the return of ISIS.


Filmmaker Michael Moore, a staunch opponent of Donald Trump to whom we owe the anti-Bush thug Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), x-ray as usual what is happening in his country. He split a scathing tweet to the Americans: “At the end of the day, you will be scheduled to hate him. You will be glad that Trump murdered him. You will do what you are told Prepare to send your sons and daughters to war. “


After the Kazimiya Parade, an official national funeral will be held in the Green Zone of Baghdad in the presence of many Iraqi leaders.


The coffins of the five Iraqis were brought to Kazimiya, a district of Baghdad which shelters a Shiite sanctuary, on pick-ups topped with national flags and which split the crowd dressed entirely in black. The bodies of the five Iranians were topped with the Iranian flag.


The anti-Jihadist coalition led by the United States has reduced its operations and strengthened the security of its Iraqi bases.

Iraqi parliament to hold special session on Sunday during which it could denounce the agreements on the presence of 5,200 American soldiers on its soil, at the same time that Washington has dispatched hundreds of reinforcements and plans to send up to 3,500 soldiers more in the region.


“Americans have made a big mistake” for Mohammad Javid Zarif, Iranian foreign minister


The United States has committed an “act of war” against Iran, which calls for reprisals, by killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, said Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi.


Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi resigns on Saturday from the funeral in Baghdad of the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the Iranian man in Baghdad, the Iraqi Abou Mehdi al-Mouhandis, killed in an American raid.

Also present were Hadi al-Ameri, patron of pro-Iran in Parliament
Iraqi, as well as former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and several pro-Iranian Shiite faction leaders. A scheduled meeting in Parliament has been postponed until Sunday so that MEPs can also attend the funeral.


Thousands of Iraqis conspired on Saturday in the funeral procession of the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani killed in an American raid in Iraq, where a new attack targeted a convoy of pro-Iranian Iraqi paramilitaries.

Sudden surge of fever between Iran and the United States. On the night of January 2-3, American strikes targeted a convoy in Baghdad, Iraq, killing General Qassem Soleimani, a major figure in the Tehran regime. Here are the main things to remember:

-A targeted strike

On Donald Trump’s orders, the American raid bombed a convoy of vehicles inside Baghdad International Airport, killing at least 9 people in total, according to Iraqi security officials. Besides General Soleimani, the other great figure killed is Abou Mehdi al-Mouhandis, real operational chief of Hachd al-Chaabi and lieutenant of the general for Iraq for decades.

-A major figure of the Iranian regime

Leader of the Qods Force of the Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani was in charge of the external operations of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This 62-year-old man notably played an important role in the fight against Daesh. He is also the key man of Iranian influence in the Middle East where he has strengthened the diplomatic weight of Tehran, especially in Iraq and Syria, two countries where the United States is engaged militarily.

-What consequences?

“We are waking up in a more dangerous world. Military escalation is always dangerous,” Secretary of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin said on Friday. Iranian President Hassan Rohani has promised that “Iran and other free nations in the region” will “take revenge on criminal America for this horrific murder.”

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