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Top Iran Commander Invokes 9/11 To Say US Is “Frail”; A “Full Intelligence War” Is On

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

lran is currently in “a full intelligence war” with the United States, according to statements by the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami on Saturday.

“We are in a full intelligence war with the United States and the enemies of the Islamic Republic. This war is a combination of psychological warfare, cyber operations, military operations, diplomacy, fear, and intimidation,” Salami, who became head of Iran’s elite military force last moth, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. He further noted Americans in the region face “great risks” at this point. “America has lost its power, and even though they look powerful, they are frail,” he said.

But what’s most likely to capture the West’s attention is his invoking the 9/11 terror attacks: “In reality America’s story is the same as the story of the World Trade Center that collapsed suddenly with one strike,” he said, using the example both as a threat and to claim the mighty US empire can be brought to its knees with one strategic blow.

His combative statements came days after he said provocatively that the IRGC stood on the “cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy.” In that prior address , Salami notified his forces, “This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most decisive moment of the Islamic revolution,” according to Fars.

Washington has already deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and new Patriot missiles, along with a B-52 bomber group to the Persian Gulf region, but Saudi Arabia and other gulf states this weekend have reportedly agreed to host American forces “at sea and on land to deter Iran” according to a new report in Israeli media, citing Arabic sources:

Saudi Arabia and a number of Gulf states have agreed to let the United States deploy its forces at sea and on land to deter Iran from a possible attack, Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported on Saturday.

An unnamed Saudi official told Al-Awsat that the “agreement was aimed at deterring Iran from a military escalation, including attacking American targets… and not with the aim of entering into a war with it.” 

Saudi Arabia has blamed the IRGC of “sabotage attacks” on two of its vessels as they entered the Strait of Hormuz a week ago, which further involved damage to two other international vessels.

Iran for its part dismissed these and other accusations as part of psychological warfare” – according to one top Iranian parliamentarian and spokesman this week.

Meanwhile, even as the IRGC chief highlights an ongoing “full intelligence war,” de-escalation could be on the horizon, given that multiple headlines Friday noted “Trump doesn’t want war” and appears to be clamping down on hawks in his own administration.

Trump tweeted something Friday which actually lends credibility to Iran’s dismissing both the “sabotage” accusation and heightened bluster out of Washington over the past two weeks as a continuing Psyop  part of Bolton and Pompeo’s broader “maximum pressure” campaign.

Ironically, Trump and Gen. Salami appear somewhat in agreement over this being fundamentally an “intelligence war” and not yet headed toward an actual direct war, given the US president tweeted the following astounding statement “With all of the Fake and Made Up News out there, Iran can have no idea what is actually going on!”

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  • Rhodium 10

    Gulf states have been defeated by Iran in Irak, Syria, lebanon and half of Yemen…Arabia saudi& Emirates push to USA to attack Iran ..knowing that the main target of Iranian missile will be the US airbase in Qatar( the enemy of the Emirates& Saudis)….

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  • Anrma

    “With all of the Fake and Made Up News out there, Iran can have no idea what is actually going on!”
    Says Trump. How ironic.

    • Ironic indeed. What a confused place America is.

    • PK

      Seems like that is all US can do about Iran knowing that Iran can annihilate and erase US off the map.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Wasn’t many years ago the U.S. was forced to pull out it’s forces from off of Saudi soil due to religious tensions they would cause internally to the Kingdom.

    Seems today that it is Iran that is being the more true, more proud and far more Islamic country.

  • GRAHL

    Talk is cheap. Goes for both sides. Give me a fucking break.

    • d’Artagnan

      There is ZERO chance of a major war, both sides just shadow box, propaganda war and psy-ops as both know their capabilities.

  • Joe Kerr

    WTC 7- a perfect demolition, no planes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mamvq7LWqRU

    • Sinbad2

      Who cares?

      • goingbrokes

        I do. You should too.

        • Sinbad2

          The US does this sort of thing all the time and nobody cares, but do it to Americans and wow all of a sudden it’s important, BS.

      • Joe Kerr

        The U.S. should, and so should others in its sights. A bankrupted war-addict armed with enough nukes to destroy itself and the world twice should be a concern for everyone.

      • playah

        I do fool

    • Kastaibes

      Maybe they using f-35 for that, they have been boasting its very invisible plane 😂

  • Sinbad2

    The US stops Iran selling oil, so Iran stops the US stealing Iraqi oil.
    The US is used to its opponents just surrendering, and doesn’t quite know what to do when they return fire.
    Sending carriers, not to the Persian Gulf, has not helped Exxon in their theft of Iraqi oil, they seem to be pulling out, expect the US to sanction Iraqi oil exports in the future.

  • d’Artagnan

    The fact of the matter is that the Iranian military is one of the few fighting armies left in the world and have extensive asymmetrical warfare experience and capability. They have faced a complete US onslaught via proxies, sanctions and direct attack during the Persian Gulf tanker war in 80’s and held their ground and even then at their weakest inflicted a blood nose. Today, Iran is quite prepared to fight a long asymmetrical war over a very large region from Kabul to Beirut and beyond. Iran is not stupid enough to take on US in a conventional war but will inflict a death by thousands cuts, the most painful will be the destruction of the Zionist entity. US is engaged in mostly a propaganda and psy-ops against Iran, but that is about all.

  • Rob

    ‘No other options’: US will deliver F-35s, while Turkey will get S-400… and S-500, Erdogan says.

    Well done Erdogan. That is called leader. Turkey has a best leader. My best wishes for Erdogan.

  • “In reality America’s story is the same as the story of the World Trade Center that collapsed suddenly with one strike”

    A very striking statement.

    One that is bound to shake-up a few folks in Washington.

    The general is indeed in a “full intelligence war” with the United States.

    Let’s hope that it can be kept from going beyond that stage.

  • Domenic Patrone

    America is weak, as it may be stated, because it’s government is segregated into two camps. One is pro-Trumpist or something such and the other is anarchy oriented yet wants to offend other countries in the world at the same time as internal disorder is breaking out in America. Neither will win so much as ride the ups and downs of this time in their lives without getting much out of it.

  • marcusbond

    It’s not at all simple to sort out who is supporting whom, or why…

    I was pretty sure France was one player who was supporting the LNA at this time for some reason.

    I see recent claims that Turkey has supplied military vehicles to GNA.

    • You can call me Al

      Well there you go then. When have France and Turkey been buddies ?.

      • marcusbond

        Aye. But very complicated. When this kicked off in April, LNA quickly secured Greenstream pipeline terminal to Italy at mellitah. Some photos a few days later showed LNA/GNA forces in action using brand new MSPV Panthera T6 vehicles. MSVP are a UAE military vehicle manufacturer. MSVP in Kenya seems to have been advertising that stock of these vehicles is/was available in Libya… lol…

        http://MSVP.co.ke/tag/armoured-light-armored-vehicles-libya

        Unfortunately it wasn’t clear which side had been photographed firing from these vehicles…

        There were other burnt out vehicles shown and identified as LNA… slanty modern window design suggests they were newish. But I couldn’t identify vehicles type.

        Anyway, UAE seem happy supplying military vehicles via Kenya to one side or the other.

        • You can call me Al

          Now I could have believed it, if you would have said Italy.