Iran will make a new nuclear bomb in a short period of time, and The New York Times reported last week that President Trump was considering a military strike against Iran in an attempt to stop Tehran`s growing nuclear program.
Iran`s uranium stockpile is 12-times larger than allowed under the Obama-era nuclear deal that the Trump administration withdrew from in 2018, according to The International Atomic Energy Agency.
Trump held a meeting Thursday in the Oval Office to discuss his options, but Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo dissuaded him against any actions right now. Saudi Arabia is also concerned, and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has spoken twice over the past two weeks with Miller to discuss Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Saudi Arabia with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the main topic of conversation was Iran. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been high since January when Trump ordered a drone strike in Baghdad that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran`s elite Quds Force.
Thousands of U.S troops will by mid-January withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq. Trump has long called for troops to come home and has criticized US intervention abroad. It seems like the troops are on the way to Iran because the US will not sit still and see Iran create a nuclear bomb.
The head of Nato warned of a «very high price», and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the plan «a mistake».
Mitch McConnell warned the president against making «any earth-shaking changes in regards to defense and foreign policy» before leaving the White House. Trump is yet to concede to Biden, and the cuts are scheduled to take place five days before Biden takes office on 20 January 2021.
Iran is the no.1 state sponsor of terror and according to president Trump, Soleimani was a monster. Obama was taking out Osama Bin Laden and everybody said is was OK, but there is hysteria because Trump was taking out Soleimani who was a dangerous terrorist.
When Osama Bin Laden was taken out, oil prices did spike before it declined again, and we see the same situation now. But there is one thing that makes this case different. America has become the nr.1 exporter of oil, and that is a game changer.
Soleimani was designated as a terrorist by the U.S and the EU for his alleged involvement in attacks that led to the deaths of American troops stationed abroad. The entity he led, the Quds Force is considered a terrorist arganization by Canada, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and The U.S.
Soleimani supported Hezbollah in Lebanon and helped bolster the government of Bashar al-Assad, a key Iranian ally, during Irans operations in the Syrian Civil War. He also helped to plan the Russian military intervention in Syria. Some countries in Europe are also supporting Hezbollah.
Hezbollah allies are Iran, Syria, Russia, Lebanon, Iraq, Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela. They also get support from Amal Movement, Houthis and Hamas. Hezbollah was founded in the early 1980`s as part of an Iranian effort to aggregate a variety of militant Lebanese Shia group into a unified organization.
Hezbollah acts as a proxy for Iran in the ongoing Iran-Israel proxy conflict. Hezbollah was conceived by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran primarily to harass Israel. Its leaders were followers of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Hezbollah`s military strength has grown so significantly that its paramilitary wing is considered more powerful than the Lebanese Army, and they organized volunteers who fought on the Bosnian side during the Bosnian War.
Since 2012, Hezbollah has helped the Syrian government during the Syrian civil war in its fight against the Syrian opposition, which Hezbollah has described as a Zionist plot and a «Wahhabi-Zionist conspiracy» to destroy its alliance with Assad against Israel. It has deployed its militia in both Syria and Iraq to fight or train local forces to fight against ISIL.
ISIL stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Officially known as Islamic State (IS). Also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh.
ISIL gained global prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre.
The group has been designated a terrorist organization by the United Nations. ISIL is widely known for its videos of beheadings and other types of executions of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, and its destruction of cultural heritage sites.
The United Nations holds ISIL responsible for committing human rights abuses, genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. ISIL committed ethnic cleansing on a historic and unprecedented scale in northern Iraq.
Their ideology is Islamic nationalism, Anti-Zionism, Anti-imperialism, Shia Jihad, Khomeinism, Anti-West and Antisemitism. Their religion is Shia Islam. Trump said he is trying to stop a war. Not to start a war. Huh. Is he trying to stop Islamic globalism?
Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq end at session highs amid tensions with Iran.