Iran will resist Trump’s ‘psychological warfare’: Senior Guards commander

Trump reacted in a late Sunday night Twitter message written in capitals, telling Rouhani to “never, ever threaten the United States again” or face the consequences. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Iran will resist Trump’s ‘psychological warfare’: Senior Guards commander

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Trump’s hostile policies toward Tehran could lead to “the mother of all wars”
  • Trump reacted in tweet telling Rouhani to “never, ever threaten the US again”

ANKARA: Overnight threats by President Donald Trump against Iran amount to “psychological warfare,” and Tehran will continue to resist its enemies, a senior commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Monday.
“We will never abandon our revolutionary beliefs ... we will resist pressure from enemies... America wants nothing less than (to) destroy Iran ... (but) Trump cannot do a damn thing against Iran,” Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported Gholamhossein Gheybparvar as saying.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Trump’s hostile policies toward Tehran could lead to “the mother of all wars,” according to a report by state new agency IRNA.
Trump reacted in a late Sunday night Twitter message written in capitals, telling Rouhani to “never, ever threaten the United States again” or face the consequences.
US officials familiar with the matter told Reuters that an ongoing communications offensive by the Trump administration was meant to work in conjunction with a sanctions push to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups.


Washington says observation posts in place on Syria-Turkey border

This Wednesday, April 4, 2018, file photo shows a US position, installed near the tense front line between the US-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria.(AP)
Updated 23 min 21 sec ago
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Washington says observation posts in place on Syria-Turkey border

  • The measure aimed to reassure the YPG, which Turkey considers a "terrorist" group but which is the spearhead of the international fight against the Daesh group
  • Syria's long-oppressed Kurdish minority has established a semi-autonomous region in the north of the war-torn country

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon announced Tuesday that American observation posts in northern Syria, meant to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and US-supported Kurdish militia, have been erected, despite Ankara's request to scrap the move.
US support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has strained relations with Turkey, which fears the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish region on its southern border.
"At the direction of Secretary (James) Mattis, the US established observation posts in the northeast Syria border region to address the security concerns of our NATO ally Turkey," Department of Defense spokesman Rob Manning said.
Mattis announced in November that the US military was in the process of installing the observation posts.
The measure aimed to reassure the YPG, which Turkey considers a "terrorist" group but which is the spearhead of the international fight against the Daesh group.
"We take Turkish security concerns seriously and we are committed to coordinating our efforts with Turkey to bring stability to northeastern Syria," Manning added.
The Turkish army since 2016 has already launched two military operations against Kurdish forces in Syria, the last of which saw Ankara-backed Syrian rebels take the border city of Afrin in March.
After Turkey shelled Kurdish militia posts in northern Syria in late October the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), of which the YPG is the backbone, announced the suspension of their operations against Daesh for several days, to the embarrassment of Washington.
During a meeting with US Special Envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, in Ankara on Friday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had asked that Washington scrap the observation posts.
Akar also called for the US to end its cooperation with the YPG.
Syria's long-oppressed Kurdish minority has established a semi-autonomous region in the north of the war-torn country.