Iran Promises to Attack US If Trump Labels Army as ‘Terrorist Group’ – Trump Does It Anyway

Ignoring Iranian warnings of retaliation, the Trump administration announced on Friday it will not be certifying the Iran nuclear deal. The administration is imposing new sanctions against the the regime’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, describing the group as playing a “central role” in “Iran becoming the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror.”

“I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” President Donald Trump said during a speech at the White House. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakthrough.”

“Friday’s announcement does not withdraw the United States from the Iran deal, which the president called ‘one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,’” Fox News reported. “But the president threatened that he could still ultimately pull out of the deal.”

Congress now has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose the sanctions lifted as part of the 2015 deal, modify them or do nothing. If no agreement is reached with Congress, Trump has stated he will pull the United States out of the accord.

Trump also announced additional sanctions against the Revolutionary Guard.

“I am authorizing the Treasury Department to further sanction the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its support for terrorism and to apply sanctions to its officials, agents, and affiliates,” he said. “I urge our allies to join us in taking strong actions to curb Iran’s continued dangerous and destabilizing behavior.”

The Treasury Department also issued a statement regarding the sanctions.

“The IRGC has played a central role to Iran becoming the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday. “We urge the private sector to recognize that the IRGC permeates much of the Iranian economy, and those who transact with IRGC-controlled companies do so at great risk.”

Mnuchin singled out the Guard as the “key Iranian entity” enabling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to engage in brutal violence against his own people. He also noted the IRGC Quds Force has provided material support to terrorist activities of Hezbollah, Hamas and the Taliban.

IRGC Command Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari warned if the Trump administration designated his force as a terrorist group, American forces can expect repercussions, particularly on the battlefield in the Middle East.

“If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Guards a terrorist group, then the Guards will consider the American army to be like Daesh all around the world particularly in the Middle East,” said Gen. Jafari, according to the Tehran Times.

“The Americans are too small to be able to harm the Revolutionary Guards,” added Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Breitbart reported, “In January 2016, IRGC vessels captured and humiliated 10 U.S. Navy sailors after their two ships drifted into Iranian waters. Iran ended up releasing the American sailors the following day.”

Trump has consistently criticized the Iran nuclear deal for failing to address the terrorist activities of the Islamic Republic. (For more from the author of “Iran Promises to Attack US If Trump Labels Army as ‘Terrorist Group’ – Trump Does It Anyway” please click HERE)

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Top Neurologists Blame Mass Hysteria for Debilitating ‘Sonic Attacks’ in Cuba, But Now Navy is Evaluating Mysterious Sounds

By Julian Borger and Philip Jaekl. Senior neurologists have suggested that a spate of mysterious ailments among US diplomats in Cuba – which has caused a diplomat rift between the two countries – could have been caused by a form of “mass hysteria” rather than sonic attacks.

The unexplained incidents have prompted the US to withdraw most of its embassy staff from Havana and expel the majority of Cuban diplomats from Washington . . .

“From an objective point of view it’s more like mass hysteria than anything else,” said Mark Hallett, the head of the human motor control section of the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

“Mass hysteria” is the popular term for outbreaks among groups of people which are partly or wholly psychosomatic, but Hallett stressed there should be no blame attached to them.

“Psychosomatic disease is a disease like anything else. It shouldn’t be stigmatised,” said Hallett, who is also president of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. “It’s important to point out that symptoms like this are not voluntary. They are not a sign of weakness in an individual’s personality.” (Read more from “Mass Hysteria May Explain ‘Sonic Attacks’ in Cuba, Say Top Neurologists” HERE)

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Mass Hysteria? Not So Fast, Says Navy as it Analyzes Actual Sounds Captured by Injured Embassy Officials

By Josh Lederman and Michael Weissenstein. It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they’re colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect.

The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana in a series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate attacks. The recording, released Thursday by the AP, is the first disseminated publicly of the many taken in Cuba of mysterious sounds that led investigators initially to suspect a sonic weapon. . .

The recordings from Havana have been sent for analysis to the U.S. Navy, which has advanced capabilities for analyzing acoustic signals, and to the intelligence services, the AP has learned. But the recordings have not significantly advanced U.S. knowledge about what is harming diplomats. (Read more about whether the injuries suffered in Cuba are a result of mass hysteria or deliberate attacks HERE)

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Has Kim Jong-Un Tested Another Nuclear Bomb? Magnitude 2.9 Earthquake Is Detected Near North Korean Test Site

A small earthquake has been detected in North Korea in the same part of the country where previous nuclear tests were conducted.

The United States Geological Survey said the 2.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded 14 miles northeast of Sungjibaegam.

It explained: ‘This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean Nuclear tests.

‘The event has earthquake like characteristics, however, we cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event.’ (Read more from “Has Kim Jong-Un Tested Another Nuclear Bomb? Magnitude 2.9 Earthquake Is Detected Near North Korean Test Site” HERE)

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U.S. Quits UNESCO Over ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

The United States is dropping out of the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization only months after the international organization went “delusional” by declaring the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron a “Palestinian heritage site.”

Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, announced the move will be made before the end of the year, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.

“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” Nauert said.

President Trump’s administration has been highly critical of the United Nations in general and in particular of its anti-Israel bias. A petition is encouraging Congress and the president to defund the U.N. and expel its headquarters from the U.S.

In July, WND reported a prominent supporter of Israel said the United Nations has turned “delusional.” (Read more from “U.S. Quits UNESCO Over ‘Anti-Israel Bias'” HERE)

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Blow Whistle on Migrants Posing as Kids – Lose Your Job

When Bernt Herlitz’s factory job was transferred from Gotland, Sweden, to Hungary in 2003, he and his wife thought a career change was in order, and both spent the next three years becoming certified as dental hygienists.

Over the ten years Herlitz, now 56, practiced his new profession for the Public Health Service in Visby, he saw his stream of patients change from native Swedes to an increasing number of Muslim migrants – “unaccompanied” Muslim minor migrants, to be precise.

“I would probably estimate that up to 80 percent of them were obviously adults,” Herlitz told the Swedish paper Samhallsnytt. “This can be seen, for example, on wisdom teeth that were fully grown – something that is only seen in adults.” . . .

So, upon returning to work in August of last year, Herlitz began passing on his suspicions to the Swedish Migration Board, based primarily on the wisdom teeth he was observing when treating “minors” and advising that the age listed in their records was wrong, in his expert opinion. He expressed concern that adults posing as minors could put children at risk if they were housed together.

Eight emails later, Herlitz found himself under investigation. The board never responded to his notices, but a guardian for one of the migrants he questioned notified Herlitz’s employer. (Read more from “Blow Whistle on Migrants Posing as Kids – Lose Your Job” HERE)

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North Korea Targeted U.S. Electric Power Companies

The cybersecurity company FireEye says in a new report to private clients, obtained exclusively by NBC News, that hackers linked to North Korea recently targeted U.S. electric power companies with spearphishing emails.

The emails used fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims, FireEye said. A victim who downloaded the invitation attached to the email would also be downloading malware into his or her computer network, according to the FireEye report. The company did not dispute NBC’s characterization of the report, but declined to comment.

There is no evidence that the hacking attempts were successful, but FireEye assessed that the targeting of electric utilities could be related to increasing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, potentially foreshadowing a disruptive cyberattack.

“This is a signal that North Korea is a player in the cyber-intrusion field and it is growing in its ability to hurt us,” said C. Frank Figliuzzi, a former chief of counterintelligence at the FBI.

The FireEye report comes on the heels of an NBCNews.com report in August that U.S. intelligence officials are increasingly worried that North Korea will lash out against enhanced U.S. pressure by using its fearsome cyber capabilities to attack U.S. infrastructure. (Read more from “North Korea Targeted U.S. Electric Power Companies” HERE)

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Soiled ISIS Fighters Surrendering in Droves: ‘It Really Means This Is the End’

Nearly a thousand Islamic State fighters have surrendered to Kurdish forces after the terror group lost its last major city in Iraq, The New York Times reports.

Many of the dejected fighters reportedly have soiled themselves and await interrogation and trial by Kurdish authorities. The mass surrender of the terrorist group is particularly unusual for ISIS, who’ve made a point of fighting to the very last man. In many cases the group made the last days of battle painful for the opposing force by deploying waves of suicide bombers.

One fighter recalled to TheNYT that the ISIS governor of the town of Hawija himself gave the order to surrender in mass. “I believe if the governors are telling us to surrender, it really means that this is the end,” he lamented. (Read more from “Soiled ISIS Fighters Surrendering in Droves: ‘It Really Means This Is the End'” HERE)

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Russia Working in Defense of Kim Jong Un’s Regime

Russia has begun working quietly but very diligently to defend Kim Jong Un’s regime in North Korea because it is concerned that a collapse could open the door for NATO or even U.S. forces on its Asian border, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Moscow already is alarmed over NATO influence on its border with Europe, and “does not want any replication on its Asian flank,” according to a new report.

Reuters reported a Russian company has begun providing additional Internet resources to North Korea and that trade between the two nations reached $31.4 million in the first quarter of 2017, double previous totals.

“At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with fuel cargoes this year have returned home despite officially declaring other destinations, a ploy U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions against Pyongyang,” the report said.

“And Russia, which shares a short land border with North Korea, has also resisted U.S.-led efforts to repatriate tens of thousands of North Korean workers whose remittances help keep the country’s hard line leadership afloat.” (Read more from “Russia Working in Defense of Kim Jong Un’s Regime” HERE)

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Trump Says North Korea Diplomacy Has Failed, ‘Only One Thing Will Work’

US President Donald Trump said Saturday that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work.”

Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump tweeted.

It “hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”

Trump returned to the theme when he appeared on former governor Mike Huckabee’s show on Trinity Broadcasting Network television on Saturday, blaming previous administrations for not having adequately addressed the issue before. (Read more from “Trump Says North Korea Diplomacy Has Failed, ‘Only One Thing Will Work'” HERE)

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What Is the American Interest in Niger?

Three American Green Berets were tragically killed and two more wounded when a joint U.S.-Nigerien patrol was ambushed near the Mali-Niger border Wednesday. As details continue to emerge, we take a look at what brings U.S. forces into the West African landlocked country.

What happened?

The patrol was reportedly ambushed by militants operating in the region. The Pentagon has disclosed few details about the operation in southwest Niger.

However, according to local media reports, the attackers (which media reports speculate may be members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM) may have come into the country from neighboring Mali. A U.S. official told Reuters that the joint patrol had no specific objective that day. Five Nigerien soldiers were reportedly killed in the attack.

What are we doing there?

The U.S. role in Niger and the surrounding region is often described as a support role, helping local governments with the resources and training to combat global jihadist groups.

According to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), the military is in Niger “to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces, in their efforts to counter violent extremist organizations in the region.”

In January 2013, the Obama administration struck a deal with Niger to allow unarmed U.S. surveillance drones to be based in the country to monitor Islamic terrorists in the region. At the time, Islamic militants were battling against a French-led coalition in neighboring Mali.

How many troops do we have there?

In February 2013, the U.S. deployed around 100 soldiers to Niger to provide intelligence support.

A June letter to Congress by President Trump indicated there were 645 U.S. military personnel deployed to Niger, and hundreds more in the surrounding countries.

What is the threat to American interests in Niger?

The chief threat to U.S. interests in Niger and the surrounding region is al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Like most terrorists organizations, AQIM seeks to install an Islamic caliphate and institute sharia law.

Given that its leadership is mainly Algerian nationals and north African Arabs, AQIM has taken a particular interest in overthrowing the government of Algeria, along with all other non-Islamist governments .Since its 2007 rebranding, the group has successfully carried out many mass casualty terror attacks.

According to the State Department, AQIM raises a great deal of its funds through kidnapping for ransom payments and other criminal activity such as arms trafficking, money laundering, and drug trafficking. Additionally, the Algerian government alleges that AQIM receives financial and logistical support from the Iranian regime and the Sudanese government.

Niger and the surrounding region also face threats from the Boko Haram terrorist group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Forces from Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria are training alongside the U.S. military in response to the terrorist threat.

Another new jihadist group, which calls itself the Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS), has claimed many attacks in the region in recent years. The outfit has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.

Is the U.S. military presence in Africa legally justified?

That’s up for debate. Since 2001, Presidents Bush, Obama, and now Trump have justified overseas military action under the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which Congress initially approved for operations in Afghanistan.

What’s Next?

French troops are reportedly readying a counterattack as part of a response to Wednesday’s ambush. The Pentagon has not released details about whether American forces will be involved in the reported ongoing operation. (For more from the author of “What Is the American Interest in Niger?” please click HERE)

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