Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Pentagon: Iran bombs Islamic State targets in Iraq

Iran has conducted air strikes against Islamic State targets in eastern Iraq during recent days, a Pentagon spokesman says.

Rear Admiral John Kirby said the US, which has conducted its own air strikes in Iraq, was not co-ordinating with Iran.

And naturally as awaited a senior Iranian military official also dismissed talk of co-operation between the two countries. Silently pointing out that Iran doe snot approve of anything Western, unless its  conversion to Islam one might assume.

A US-led coalition has launched hundreds of air strikes against IS since August.

The US has said it would be inappropriate for Iran to join that coalition, even though the two long-time adversaries face a common enemy in IS.
Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, the US and Iran have had a fraught relationship not only with US but basically any non Muslim nation.
Iran is also a main arms supplier of arms to Hamas and Syria's Bashar regime
at the time this is being written.

Washington severed ties the following year after Iranian students occupied the US embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage.
This shocked the entire world who until then had seen any embassy as off limits for any sort of attack as a general rule which has been kept by most nations even since...
Once again as recent as 2011 the British embassy in Teheran was attacked by what the Iranian officials called a "uncontrolled mob" that vandalised the entire British embassy and as well documented as photographing British diplomatic documents....The so called mob was recognized as containing Iranian official militia members, quite clearly on picture shown by the media.

American made F4 Phantoms in the hand of Iranians! Really ? 

US Rear Admiral Kirby's comments followed reports that American-made F4 Phantom jets from the Iranian air force had been targeting IS positions in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala. 
"We have indications that they did indeed fly air strikes with F-4 Phantoms in the past several days," he said. It was up to Iraq to oversee and co-ordinate flights by different countries in its airspace, he added.

"We are flying missions over Iraq, we co-ordinate with the Iraqi government as we conduct those," he said. "It's up to the Iraqi government to deconflict that airspace."

"Nothing has changed about our policy of not co-ordinating military activity with the Iranians."
The Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brig-Gen Massoud Jazayeri also denied collaboration.

To the surprise of many the Iran's F-4 Phantoms have soldiered on through a decades-long embargo on spares and support equipment, with the jets being maintained by the Iranian industry and parts supplied through the black market. It's thought that just a few dozen Iranian F-4D/Es are actually flyable at any given time.

If these reports of Iranian F-4s supporting Iraqi forces are true, it would be an incredibly reckless move by the Iranians as the Obama Administration has stated time and time again that there is no formal military cooperation among the two usual foes when it comes to defeating ISIS in Iraq. 
But that's assuming we can take the Obama Administration's statements at face value. 
There have been rumblings that back-channel conversations about the ISIS issue have occurred during the recent Iranian nuclear negotiations.

With the US and its coalition partners dominating the airspace over Iraq, Iran's precious F-4s would be at risk of being shot down if they even inadvertently approached a US or coalition aircraft. Alternatively, if the these jets are operating freely over Iraq, and not just racing across the border unannounced and back, it would mean that some sort of agreement has been struck between the US.

Such an agreement would be unprecedented and would be inherently risky, as Iranian fighters using non-precision bombing methods and their own rules of engagement could result in massive collateral damage. 
Seeing as Iran is a Shiite-led country, large casualties among Iraq's Sunni population at the hands of Iranian pilots could deepen the ethnic divides that already plague Iraq and greatly complicate an already intricate situation.

These reports also emerge as other accounts have stated that Iranian commandos are assisting the fledgling Iraqi Army and Shiite militias on the ground and that Iranian aircraft are indeed operating out of Iraqi airfields. 
So far there has been no substantiation to these claims, with today's image being the first from a decent source that shows direct Iranian involvement in the conflict.

A US analysts writes: This just reminds us that the old adage "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" is really the only guiding light in that troubled region. Still, common ground against even the bitterest of foes should not be wasted, and hopefully, if our militaries are corresponding and working together on some level, that mutual understanding could blossom into a much less volatile relationship down the road. The end sounds more like out of a fairytale. 
Strategic Diplomatic Relations (SDR) feels that the Iranians gladly will fly and test their strengths in the Gulf and collect actual combat experience which is something that most other Gulf states don't have at all. If this won't create a blooming US arms trade in the Gulf, nothing ever will.

In other words they might not look dangerous now but down the road the same experience will with great certainty be used by Iran against the west in one way or another.

As always, the Iranians never forget to blame the West

Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brig-Gen Massoud Jazayeri also said Iran considered the US responsible for Iraq's "unrest and problems", adding that the US would "definitely not have a place in the future of that country".
He is also know for being one of the suppressors of Iranian election protests (2013)

Shia-ruled Iran has close ties to Iraq's Shia-led government, which has struggled to counter IS militants as they seized swathes of territory in eastern 
Syria and northern and western Iraq.

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Military analysts said earlier this year that Iran was supplying Iraq with Sukhoi Su-25 attack jets to help in the fight against IS.

Shia militias trained and funded by Iran have also been sent to Iraq to support Kurdish fighters battling IS militants with the result that any Sunni non Kurds had to leave their homes out of fear of the Iranians....

This however is not reported by the media in general at all, it would be good so that readers get a true picture of the Iranians as fighters of their Shia faith and not just fighting against the Islamic state. Lets not forget that a wast majority of Iraq are normal Sunni Muslims and are not treated well by the Iranian forces.
This drives normal Sunnis to support IS even more!


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