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Iran: Obama Not Serious in Fighting Terrorism

FILE - Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran's envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), June 9, 2014.
FILE - Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran's envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), June 9, 2014.
President Barack Obama's plan to send advisers to Iraq to help Baghdad counter Sunni Islamist militants shows the United States is not serious about fighting terrorism, an Iranian official was quoted by official media as saying on Friday.
Obama on Thursday offered up to 300 Americans to help coordinate the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But he held off granting a request for air strikes from the Shi'ite-led government and renewed a call for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to do more to overcome sectarian divisions that have fuelled resentment among the Sunni minority.
“Obama's recent remarks showed that the White House lacks serious will for confronting terrorism in Iraq and the region,” the official IRNA news agency reported Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying.
Abdollahian said the U.S. “delay” in fighting terrorism and the ISIL has “fueled suspicions and doubts about the U.S. objectives in Iraq,” IRNA reported.
Another official, Hamid Aboutalebi, who works in the office of President Hassan Rouhani, also criticized Obama's remarks.
“The U.S. cannot adopt contradictory policies in the Middle East; to support war in Syria and peace in Iraq or be on the side of terrorists in Syria and against them in Iraq,” Aboutalebi wrote on his Twitter account.
Iraqi forces were massing north of Baghdad on Friday, aiming to strike back at the Islamists' offensive towards the capital.
Mohammad Nahavandian, Rouhani's chief of staff, said Iran was closely watching developments in Iraq and would give an “appropriate” response to a request from Iraq for intervention to solve its internal problems, IRNA reported.
“We are concerned about the fate of sacred [Shi'ite] sites particularly,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA, echoing a June 18 remark by Rouhani that Iranians were ready to go to Iraq to protect such sites if need be.
Nahavandian however blamed what he called a history of foreign intervention for Iraq's predicament. He also said that if more effective attempts had been made to stop the war in Syria, the violence there would not have spread to Iraq.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
June 21, 2014 2:21 PM
If the terrorist state of Iran is saying this, then we have no option but to believe it. Even US itself has used terrorists over time to achieve its goals; this is in no doubt to anyone. Now when the king pin of terrorism says those who claim to be chasing them are lying, are we to think they're up to something, or that they're saying the truth? Everybody knows that USA does not fight terrorism even though George W. Bush instituted the war against terror not only in the axis of evil but everywhere in the world, but its fraternity with Saudi Arabia, and now Iran leaves much to be desired. Maybe a whole lot of peoples and nations are deceived, unless you want to rename the CIA, its nomenclature and its assigns. Talk about double standard, how can Obama refrain from insulting Saudi Arabia and at the same time show Iran - his new found love - how much he wants to give in to win its over? Nowhere else has the US shown its linkage with terrorism but in the open declaration of support for "moderate" terrorists fighting Bashir al Assad in Syria..., and now its refusal to fight the same insurgents ravaging its strong ally in the region, only offering to send 300 paltry advisers. What a shame!
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by: Yinka from: Nigeria
June 22, 2014 5:05 AM
I was wondering where this obscene and uncouth comment came from, cos it sound very well familiar. I wasn't surprised afterall knowing it came from my own country where decorum doesn't exist. Never wish to wash my dirty linen outside.
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
June 21, 2014 11:44 PM
Really? Ripping on the US? Check out your own backyard, Nigerian! How are those school girls doing? Get your facts straight first, and do yourself, and the decent people of Nigeria, don't throw stones at a nation that WILL throw boulders back! Since you know wo much about the US, I can tell your points-of-view are highly objective, Obama cannot be 'in love' with Iran anyway. Iran is the leading Shia nation. Obama was raised and indoctrinated Sunni. They are both mortal enemies, like the way Catholics and Protestants were. Just let anyone who reads your filth about the USA know that no matter what the USA does and doesn't do, you will still insult the USA regardless. The only thing guys like you and me can do in a forum like this is to hopefully inspire enlightenment and not be pulled into media and political hype! Spewing hate and spiteful rhetoric against other nations is what keeps the flames of inhumane acts thriving! I did notice that you make no mention of the horror that the Muslims themselves are doing to each other around the world (since you want to express the evils of the US). Why is that? Are you scared? Is it cowardice? Is Boko Haram helping you see the light? Muslims are slaughtering other Muslim women and children every day. EVERY DAY!!!! With or without any involvement from the US. But you only mention the US. Really? How about you express your feelings about the EVILS that these Muslims who kill, rape, maim, torture innocent Msulim women and children. Are you nervous? I'm not. Go ahead, pick on the USA. Your government is reluctant to have outside help to find those school girls. Why is that? If it were my children, I would ask God, Jesus, Muhammed, Buddha, and Devil for help, don't care. The women, children, and all the innocent people of the world should demand better from us than complaining and pointing fingers. Don't you agree?
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by: roy from: philippines
June 21, 2014 10:36 PM
you are perhapes a supporter of ISIS or worse a member, how could you call Iran a terrorist country, pull your head out of the sand and look at your own country and people, number one in drug dealing in the world and a breading ground for fanatical terrorist who kidnap innocent school girls for money, next time when you make a comment about other countries or people, look at your own first.

by: naksuthin
June 21, 2014 1:45 PM
Well , this is Iran's chance to show where IT stands on the war on Terror.
Let's see how many troops Iran sends to help their Shiite brothers in Iraq.
After all, this is a Sunni vs Shiite war...the US supports neither Sunni nor Shiah.
The same can't be said of Iran.

Go ahead Iran. We are waiting to see how "brave" you are!!!

by: DIANE from: US
June 21, 2014 12:20 PM
Iran: Obama Not Serious in Fighting Terrorism............Nor is the USA when the CIA fund$ Al Qaeda!!

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by: Fefe Brand from: Location
June 21, 2014 11:31 AM
Should he send troops back to Iraq to defend the government we installed when we toppled Saddam? _Should American lives and tax dollars be spent in another pointless effort to bring democracy to a culture that has persistently rejected it? Should we take sides using our military in what is essentially an ancient religious civil war? Is the national security of the U.S. even remotely affected by the outcome of the current Iraqi civil war?

Since Bush persuaded Congress and the American people in 2003 that an appropriate response to 9/11 somehow was an invasion of Iraq, that country’s stability has been undermined by the U.S., and it is now ripe for the sectarian violence that is devouring it. The stated purpose of the Iraq war was to root out weapons of mass destruction, which we now know did not exist there. Then the stated purpose became regime change, because Saddam tried to kill the elder President Bush. The other stated purpose of the war was our thoughtless embrace of the fanciful Bush doctrine, which was basically the rebranding of the discredited Wilsonian nonsense that we can use force to spread democracy.

That, too, failed profoundly. In the process, 5,000 Americans died; 45,000 Americans were injured; 650,000 Iraqis died; 2,000,000 Iraqis fled the country; a half-trillion dollars in Iraqi assets were destroyed; and we borrowed a trillion dollars to invade and occupy Iraq (and another trillion to invade and occupy Afghanistan), which we still owe to the people who loaned it to us. Al-Qaida, which was not present in Iraq before 2003, is now openly there along with ISIS, its sister organization that is about to conquer the most politically important parts of the country.

America is no safer because of the Iraq war, but we are weaker. Our relationships among the people in the Middle East are far less sanguine, we have planted three generations’ worth of hatred, distrust, and lust for vengeance among Middle Eastern youth, and we have a crushing war debt. We also have American cash and military hardware, including expensive and lethal Stinger missiles, now in the hands of ISIS.

We are witnessing the contemporary incarnation of the old Sunni/Shia/Kurd rivalry that has persisted in what is today called Iraq for 1,000 years, and will persist until the country returns to its pre-modern sectarian borders and each ancient group has its own land.

There is no bona fide American national security interest in jeopardy because of the persistent Iraqi civil war, and we have no lawful right to choose a side and assist it militarily. But the American military-industrial-neocon complex wants more war. We must resist them. We should gather all Americans in Iraq, take what moveable wealth is ours and come home — and stop searching the world for monsters to destroy, as that will end up destroying us. Finally and FACTUALLY, the CIA FUNDS, RUNS, TRAINS, Al Qaeda. The so-called "war on terror" is thus a FARCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by: Dr. Littlebee from: USA
June 21, 2014 11:28 AM
As we watch the collapsing government in Baghdad surrounded by a highly disciplined and serious force of Sunni-oriented fighters that has taken control of the most populous third of the country, we must, in John Adams’ words, resist the temptation to slay the world’s monsters. This time around, the monsters are the Sunni — who ran the government of Iraq in the Saddam Hussein years and who are the ancient and persistent enemy of the Shia, who run the government today.

The political and military force that is aiming at Iraq’s capital calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Its fighting force consists of about 8,000 men, yet it has marched through Iraq quickly. Last week, as ISIS forces approached the capital, a half-million Iraqi civilians got out of their way and tens of thousands of Iraqi security forces dropped their American military gear and Iraqi military uniforms and fled. The Iraqi army — which the U.S. decimated 10 years ago — cannot defend the current Iraqi government, which is as corrupt, authoritarian, anti-democratic and untrustworthy as Saddam’s was, yet far less competent.

There is a lesson in this, and it reveals the power of religious fanaticism when resisted by unprincipled political force. ISIS fighters are motivated by a hatred of American invaders and their Iraqi defenders and an embrace of fundamental Sharia principles, which are anathema to Judeo-Christian principles. These ISIS fighters truly are monsters — they have crucified and decapitated deserters, traitors, captives, recalcitrants, Christians and Jews —_ and many Iraqi soldiers would rather join or walk away from them than resist them. The U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers by and large view themselves as defending a temporary and inconsequential government. The ISIS fighters view themselves as being on a triumphal crusade.

Complicating this is the affiliation that many of the political forces in ISIS have with the rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. And adding to the politics-makes-strange-bedfellows aura of this mess is the offer of the Quds fighters from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard — which the State Department considers to be a terrorist organization — to help defend Baghdad, relying on American air power to assist it. It is almost inconceivable that we could fight side-by-side, or bombs protecting boots, with the aspect of the government of Iran that both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have characterized as anathema to U.S. interests, and that has sworn to destroy Israel.

Hence, Obama’s dilemma is daunting. He is on record as saying that the war in Iraq was “dumb”; that the government there is secure and its forces are well-trained; that the rebels fighting Assad are freedom fighters who deserve American military support; and that the American troops he brought home from Iraq are not returning on his watch.

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
June 21, 2014 8:09 AM
First, whenever the US takes action, Iran immediately condemns it, usually with fury! Since US isn't taking immediate action, Iran calls foul. Of course people like Igor from Russia will be quick to jump on the bandwagon of anything that will spite the US. BTW, I like your name, Igor. So why doesn't your supreme mind with it's supreme intellect question why your very own leaders aren't taking action there, oh yeah, how stupid of me, you guys are invading Ukraine! Against it's sovereign will! My bad. See what I mean, just spew out the rhetoric, and we accomplish nothing! Igor, in our Declaration of Independence, it clearly states that "those who have the ability to take action, have the responsibility to take action." Again, when we, the US, do take action, guys like you, Iran, and all of the other USA haters spew the rhetoric of discontent for USA's involvement. Just admit it, Igor. You don't really care what the USA does, or doesn't do, because you will hate us regardless. Isn't it strange how every time there is a world catstrophe or crisis, the sorry-lame-uncaring Americans are the first on the scene. Don't worry, Igor, if you ever do need the US, we don't mind, because we know how to rise above ourselves and ask for nothing in return........except maybe a few cases of Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov's vodka, my fav!

by: piroiz from: india
June 21, 2014 6:07 AM
We iranians people never ever allow any footprint of saudi and israel merceries be on the land of iraq and other sacred lands .the usa must know that foxish policy and hypocricy can not deceive regional people moreover we all ready to fight saudi as a big financer of terrorism. This senario plotted by a secret agreement between saudi abd israel intelligent which influcted the region for years. We blame the both countries and demand compensation from them ,moreover we will pay off with them when all the problrms solved
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
June 22, 2014 12:10 AM
Piroiz, try to be a little more gentle with the USA hating rhetoric. We know you guys hate us, no matter what we do, we get it. But if you wish to speak hypocracy, then you definitely need to include yourselves as well, OK. But in this forum, I was surely hoping that we, all of us, can have discussions about how all of our world leaders have the ability to end all of this madness! All of our world leaders, yours, mine, all of them! When did any religion think it is justified to brutally rape, murder, torture, the innocent just because they don't agree with thier religious beliefs? Don't get me started with how my own Christians did the same! Spanish Inquisition! Crusades (yeah right, in the name of God and Jesus?) If you think that it is OK to rape, murder, kill women and children because they don't agree with your own religious and political beliefs, then we definitely cannot continue this conversation. Otherwise, I would be honored to talk to an real Iranian like yourself. I would hope to one day visit your country, I am fascinated with your history and culture. Hopefully one day we, all of us, will never allow politics and religion to build barriers between us, ever again.

by: Igor from: Russia
June 20, 2014 10:39 PM
Iran is right. The US pays no attention to fighting terrorism in places where it has little or no interest. Where there is USA's interests the USA will surely support terrorist groups no matter how brutal they are.
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by: Daneel from: USA
June 21, 2014 11:55 PM
Meanbill: And which category would Bush's invasion of Iraq fell into when US attacked Iraq? Do you really believe Sadam was threatening the US? Did we finally found the weapons of mass destruction that he had been hiding?
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by: meanbill from: USA
June 21, 2014 11:55 AM
Hey Igor from Russia -- The US fights the terrorists that threaten America only, (and supports the extremists, who we call freedom fighters), in Russia, China, Syria, and other countries we don't like? -- A "terrorist" is an anti-American or anti-European -- (and an "extremist" is a pro-western fighter), who fights against any American enemies, or causes?

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