Wed May 15th, 2019 at 11:39:01 AM EST
As I have written in my recent diary about signs of war preparation beyond the typical warmongering of the neocons in the White House and on that shining hill in Washington DC ...
○ Pompeo Cancels Berlin Visit .. Flies East Out of Moscow
The U.S. won't shun using the "tiny" nuclear bombs to impress other nations of the (al)might of the Pentagon and U.S. military prowess. Donald Trump is set out on a course to perform "better" than any previous American president in history. Carter got bogged down in the Iranian desert with a failed rescue attempt of hostages. Reagan got clobbered in Southern Lebanon and suffered great losses. Clinton was a fool who couldn't keep his zipper up. Bush and Obama made flawed decisions to expand wars beyond a theater the Pentagon and its global allies could handle. Terror has expanded a hundredfold across the globe.
The European Union was founded on a premise of peace between nations. The enemy is inside one's self, there is no reason to start a new global war on any scale. The Persian theater has been and will be a grave of innocents led into war by megalomaniacs.
More below the fold ...
Front paged - Frank Schnittger
US orders non-essential embassy staff to leave Iraq amid Iran tensions | The Guardian |
The US embassy in Baghdad has ordered all non-essential and non-emergency staff to leave Iraq immediately as tensions grow between Washington and Iran.
Last week, Washington said it had detected new and urgent threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and US interests.
The remarks contradict comments from Maj Gen Chris Ghika, a British senior officer in the US-backed coalition fighting Islamic State, who said: "There's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria."
US Central Command later said Ghika's remarks "run counter to the identified credible threats" from Iranian-backed forces in the Middle East. In a written statement, it said the coalition in Baghdad had increased the alert level for all service members in Iraq and Syria.
The order came as Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he said "no one is seeking war", saying it would not be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels, state media reported.
Khamenei's comments followed a coordinated drone attack by Houthi rebels in Yemen on a Saudi oil pipeline. A satellite image shows one of the two pumping stations targeted by the drones apparently intact.
It comes after authorities in Saudi Arabia alleged oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were targeted by sabotage.
○ Iran blames 'Israeli mischief' for tanker attacks off UAE coast | Ynet News |
○ German intelligence agency warns of 'Islamic State' attacks | DW |
Germany suspends Iraq training mission as US pulls out diplomatic staff | DW |
The German army has suspended its training operations in Iraq as regional tension grows, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. Berlin received indications of potential attacks supported by Iran, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said, adding that the training program could resume in the future and that there were no specific threats to German troops.
Germany has some 60 soldiers stationed north of Bagdad to train Iraq security forces as well as 100 more troops in the Kurdish regions of northern Iraq. Germany's decision to call a stop to the training missions follows steps from Washington to put US troops on high alert and remove some diplomatic staff.
The nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said neither Iran nor the US is "seeking war." At the same time, Iran has threatened to start enriching uranium to higher levels than in the current deal, if the UK, Germany, and France did not provide a new deal to offset reimposed US sanctions within a 60 days deadline. The deal currently allows Iran to enrich uranium up to 3.67%, a far cry from 90% needed to weaponize the material.
Related articles ...
○ Report: Iran-linked disinformation effort had personal touch | AP News |
○ WhatsApp vulnerability exploited to infect phones with Israeli spyware | ArsTechnica |
○ Israel gives 'Pegasus' spyware to countries like Saudi Arabia
Earlier diaries on topic ...
○ Pegasus: Saudi Tracking Software for Dissidents
○ Black-Ops Mercenaries On the Internet