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Iran Just Issued A Chilling Challenge To The US After Aleppo Victory
12-16-2016, 06:26 AM,
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Iran Just Issued A Chilling Challenge To The US After Aleppo Victory
Iran Just Issued A Chilling Challenge To The US After Aleppo Victory

<p><a href="http://theantimedia.org/iran-challenge-united-states-government/"><em>Submitted by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,</em></a></p>
<p><em><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2016/12/12/20161215_iran.jpg"><img height="327" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2016/12/12/20161215_iran.jpg" width="600" /></a></em></p>
<p>As the Russian Envoy to the U.N. <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un-idUSKBN14220Z?il=0" target="_blank">declares</a> the military operation in Aleppo over, the leaders of Iran&nbsp;have made similar boastful remarks about their own military victory in the ravaged Syrian city.</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em>&ldquo;Aleppo was liberated thanks to a coalition between Iran, Syria, Russia and Lebanon&rsquo;s Hizbollah,&rdquo;&nbsp;</em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/14/iran-aleppo-syria-shia-militia" target="_blank">said</a> Seyed Yahya Rahim-Safavi, Ayatollah Khamenei&rsquo;s chief military aide. <em>&ldquo;Iran is on one side of this coalition which is approaching victory and this has shown our strength.&rdquo;</em></p>
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<p>What the military aide stated next may have stumped Washington and may even be construed as a provoking a direct challenge.</p>
<blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong><em>&ldquo;The new American president should take heed of the powers of Iran.&rdquo;</em></strong></p>
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<p>Iran has been assisting Syria on the ground quite heavily and has even&nbsp;<a href="https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/01/29/iran-sending-thousands-afghans-fight-syria" target="_blank">recruited</a> Afghan refugees to fight in Syria in return for promises to grant their families haven in Iran. However, anyone following the conflict closely knows Russia&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/20/the-usa-has-two-weeks-to-save-syria-from-the-russian-armada--or/" target="_blank">contribution</a> to the war has probably been more decisive than Iran&rsquo;s. Any president looking to confront Iran is most likely more mindful of its alliance with Russia than of Iran&rsquo;s military might on its own.</p>
<p>That being said, the efficacy of Iran&rsquo;s ground forces should not be understated. According to Michel Chussodovsky&rsquo;s book,&nbsp;<a href="https://books.google.ws/books/about/Towards_a_World_War_III_Scenario.html?id=X7WYuAAACAAJ&amp;redir_esc=y&amp;hl=en" target="_blank"><em>Towards a World War III Scenario</em></a>,<strong> taking into account all manner of personnel, including reserve armies, Iran has a fighting force of close to 800,000 troops. </strong>These Iranian troops <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-iran-idUSTRE5BH1Y920091220http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-iran-idUSTRE5BH1Y920091220" target="_blank">waltzed across</a> the Iraqi border to occupy an oil-rich part of the country in 2009 and were met with no resistance from the U.S. troops already deployed there.</p>
<p>During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34353349" target="_blank">Iranian volunteer militias</a> were able to repel Saddam Hussein&rsquo;s forces to the extent that Iran eventually went on the offensive.</p>
<p>Despite America&rsquo;s unmatched air and naval power, <strong>any U.S. president should bear in mind that a war with Iran will be a long and painful battle against a ground force that will continue to&nbsp;<a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/12/iran-suleimani-basij-irgc-assad-syria/" target="_blank">bolster itself in numbers</a>, </strong>much like the aptly named Persian &ldquo;<a href="http://www.ancient-origins.net/history/immortals-elite-army-persian-empire-never-grew-weak-002321">Immortals</a>&rdquo;&nbsp;that preceded Iran&rsquo;s modern day military force.</p>


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