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Netanyahu hints at Israeli involvement in Iraq blasts

 

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FILE PHOTO - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news briefing following the talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev, Ukraine August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.

 

A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.

 

In an interview with Russian-language Israeli television Channel 9, broadcast on Thursday, Netanyahu was asked whether Israel would operate against Iranian targets in Iraq if needed, he said:

 

"We are operating - not just if needed, we are operating in many areas against a state that wants to annihilate us. Of course I gave the security forces a free hand and instructed them to do anything necessary to thwart Iran's plans."

 

Netanyahu did not directly name Iraq as one of those areas.

 

Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria, some of them against Iranian targets, to prevent Teheran from establishing a permanent military presence there and to stop advanced weapons reaching its proxies in the area.

 

Israeli officials suggested recently they viewed Iraq, whose main ally is Iran, as more of a threat than in recent years, but have not directly commented on the recent blasts at Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) sites in Iraq.

 

On Wednesday, the PMF, the umbrella grouping of Iraq's mostly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups, said the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to enter the region accompanying U.S. forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory.

 

The Pentagon denied involvement. The U.S.-led coalition, in Iraq to fight remnants of the Islamic State group, dismissed the statement.

 

As tensions between Washington and Tehran increase, Iraq finds itself caught between neighbouring Iran, whose regional influence has grown in recent years, and the United States.

 

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi last week ordered all ammunition dumps belonging to the armed forces or paramilitary groups to be moved outside of cities.

 

He also cancelled all special flight permissions for Iraqi and foreign aircraft, meaning that sorties, including by the U.S.-led coalition operating against Islamic State militants, must be cleared in advance by the prime minister.

 

(Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Sonya Hepinstall)

 

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1 minute ago, DaddyWarbucks said:

If this leads to renewed conflict in Iraq on a large scale, then the outlook is for continuing deterioration in Israel's image and moral standing. This promises to catalyze discord in the US as well as the progressive enfeeblement of American influence in the region.

By the time that Israel recognizes the need to make compromises for peace in the interests of its own survival, it may well be too late to bring this off. It would not be the first time in history that Jewish zealotry resulted in the disappearance of a Jewish state in the Middle East. 

The collateral damage to the US and to world Jewry from such a failure is hard to overstate. That is why the question of American enablement of self-destructive Israeli behavior needs public debate, not suppression by self-proclaimed defenders of Israel  operating as thought police.

 

 

How would such attacks lead to "renewed conflict in Iraq on a large scale"? And considering it possible two superpowers condone such actions, how would the supposed dire consequences play out? By the way, nicely done there ignoring Russia's part. Guess it doesn't compute or fit the usual narrative offered.

 

Unless you missed it, this doesn't have a whole lot to do with the run-of-the-mill peace effort narrative. That, and peace requiring more than one side, in order to pull off.

 

And this gem -

 

"suppression by self-proclaimed defenders of Israel  operating as thought police"

 

Do tell.

 

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16 minutes ago, bristolboy said:

Gives those forces a good motive to attack US forces in Iraq. Given the present tense relations between the US and Iran, it seems eminently possible.

Throwing Oil on the fire.......

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8 hours ago, ThaiPauly said:

Gotta be tough with Iran, they seem more of a threat to world peace than North Korea these days

So you believe following the Globalists plan to start WW3 is a good step forward to world peace.

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Electioneering,  probably prompted by donald.

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4 hours ago, DaddyWarbucks said:

"...ignoring Russia's part."

As detailed in your link to Asharq al Awsat. The news source owned by Prince Faisal bin Salman.

Before Russia can be linked to these bombings it will require more credible proof than that.

 

There's that. But then the reporter who released the story isn't exactly a lightweight. Also not too clear from your post what Saudi Arabia's angle would be, publishing the information.

 

With regard to Russia - if you imagine that Israel could freely carry out long range air raids and missile attacks in Syria and Iraq without Russia being aware, turning a blind eye or approving them - try harder.

 

Some form of coordination is certainly in place.

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1 hour ago, Jonnapat said:

Electioneering,  probably prompted by donald.

 

The electioneering part would be publicly commenting on these air raids in the manner he did - not the air raids themselves being carried out.

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