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Iran

Quds commander declines letter sent from CIA director, Iranian official

By Rudaw 30/11/2017
Qasem Soleimani [C], commander of the Iranian Quds Force, receives a phone call from the head of the Palestinian Hamas organization in November, 2017 to express condolences to the death of Soleiman's father. File photo: Tasnim News Agency
Qasem Soleimani [C], commander of the Iranian Quds Force, receives a phone call from the head of the Palestinian Hamas organization in November, 2017 to express condolences to the death of Soleiman's father. File photo: Tasnim News Agency
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The commander of the Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, declined to receive and read a letter sent by CIA Director Mike Pompeo when he was in al-Boukamal, a border area between Syria and Iraq which was liberated by the Syrian regime this month, chief of staff of Iran’s Supreme Leader claimed on Thursday.

Mohamadi Gulpaigani said that the American official sent the letter to Soleimani, from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), through an intermediary.

He did not mention the time of the alleged incident, but said it happened “recently,” Fars News Agency, close to the IRGC reported.

“The head of the CIA through one of its intermediaries in the region sent a letter to General Soleimani, but he [Sleimani] responded: I will not accept your letter, nor will I read it. I have nothing to do with these people,'” Gulpaigani quoted the Iranian commander as saying.

The CIA has not commented on this claim as of yet. But the US forces as part of the Global Coalition against ISIS, supported the mainly Kurdish SDF forces near the reported area at the time the Syrian regime announced the liberation of al-Boukamal.

Soleimani has had frequent visits to both Syria and Iraq especially since the war on ISIS began in 2014.

The Iranian cleric was speaking at an event to celebrate the achievement of students of religious studies, advising them to follow the examples of Soleimani when dealing with the “Global Arrogance,” a reference to the United States.

Iran and the United States cut their relations in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah regime.

President Donald Trump says that challenging the growing Iranian influence in the Middle East is one of the priorities of his administration. But beyond rhetoric, the US, alongside its regional allies Saudi Arabia and Israel, has yet to come up with a concrete plan to counter Iranian influence in countries such as Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon where Tehran has the upper hand.

Iran claims that the US plus Israel supported the Kurdish vote on independence. Although the US, along with Iran and Turkey, opposed the referendum, Israel publicly supported the KRG-held process held on September 25.

Some Kurds raised the Israeli flag at the pro-independence rallies inside and outside of the Kurdistan Region.

Gulpaigani, late last month, said that Iran ended the dream to establish an independent state of Kurdistan, a second Israel, when Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi took control of Kirkuk.

“The United States and Israel had plotted to create a second Israel in the Kurdistan Region, and it was shameful to wave the Israeli flag there, but the instructions of the Supreme Leader and the sacrifices of general Soleimani spoiled their plots, and Kirkuk was liberated without a single drop of blood being shed,” Gulpaigani said.

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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 30/11/2017
The CIA now resembles a wet fire hydrant, and Qassem is a dog, trotting away from it with a grin on his face.
The Kurdish State | 1/12/2017
The USA has directly coordinated with Qasem Sulemani and Bafel Talabani to launch the October 16 attack on Kurdistan .
The Kurdish State Will Prevail, however | 1/12/2017
Most probably the American message was urging the Iranian general to invade Kurdistan and massacre the Kurds, the VERY KURDS who faught and defeated the Islamist State and with their sacrifices and utmost heroism have made the European and American street a safer place from the jihadist attacks. This is how the U.S. treat the noble and brave Kurdish race. This is how the U.S. betrays the Kurdish Nation .The Kurdish State will prevail , however.
justice will prevail | 1/12/2017
kurds dont wave israel and american flags because of trumps blue eyes. they wave american flags because they believe in their values and millions of kurds are protected in countries sharing those same values.
duroi | 1/12/2017
It is no secret that Soleimani was in communication with former CIA director Petraeus and the attack on Kirkuk was fully coordinated with that sleazy McGurk and the Americans. Let's not forget that Iran allied militias under Suleimani were on full retreat in all fronts in Iraq and Syria before they went begging the American and Russian generals to take over the war against ISIS. This happens when one promotes an عمله to the highest position of military with no academic degree or even a high school diploma. Ayatollahs' لا شرقیه لا غربیه went down the toilet and they forgot to pull the siphon. Piffff peefff ....

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