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“Abu al-Zarqawi died, George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive!” Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, “You wanted to end our liberties but you failed!” James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, “This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!” Thomas Jefferson was next, beat al-Zarqawi with a long cane and snarled “It was Evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence.” The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the terrorist Leader. As al-Zarqawi lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Al-Zarqawi wept and said, “This is not what you promised me.” The Angel replied, “I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?”
“Yes. Definitely. It seeks (sedition) to undermine our Constitution and overthrow (treason) our government in order to establish a totalitarian system of sharia, terror and enslavement. I'd call that sedition. Anyone should be able to see it.”
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Eye on Iran: In First, U.S. Presents Its Evidence Of Iran Weaponry From Yemen

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The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. 

The United States will work to build an international coalition to "push back" against Iran, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday, as she presented physical evidence she said firmly linked Iran to weapons used in Yemen.

The House passed a bill today that could inhibit the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran, potentially running afoul of the landmark 2015 nuclear accord.


"For months, we've seen Iran disregard international laws and norms by continuing its provocative ballistic missile testing. Now, with the evidence unveiled today by Ambassador Haley, Iran has been caught red-handed flagrantly violating the prohibition on transferring missile technology to third parties-namely the Houthis in Yemen," former Sen. Joe Lieberman, now the chairman of the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, responded.

UANI Senior Adviser Norman Roule: For months, the U.S., the Saudis and others have complained that Iran has provided advanced weapons technology to the Houthis. The amount of evidence provided today is significant. The fact that the administration is encouraging P5 members to examine the weapons shows the administration's confidence in its narrative.


Ahead of the Joint Commission for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on Dec. 13, Frederica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief who led the talks between Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, spoke at the European Parliament and rekindled the debate in Iranian media on whether or not the nuclear deal was intended to open the door for other talks. In her comments, Mogherini said the preamble of the nuclear deal says the nuclear agreement "could pave the road toward another interaction or a more constructive engagement in the region and create the framework for that." Mogherini added, "Maybe I am revealing a secret, but that sentence was inserted at Iran's request." She said Iranian negotiators had intended to use the agreement as a mandate to engage with the rest of the world and sideline domestic critics opposed to more engagement.


Successive U.S. administrations have warned of Iran's malign influence in the Middle East, but lying in a hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling here is concrete proof that the Iranian regime is exporting arms to sow instability and promote violence throughout the region. In the hangar are three intact Iranian weapon systems and debris from a fourth, recovered from the battlefields of the Middle East that can be directly traced to Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is dismissing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's claim of evidence she says proves Iran is supporting Yemeni rebels. Zarif likened her presentation Thursday to former Secretary of State Colin Powell's claim in 2003 that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD).


The Obama administration pursued a regional policy that sought to reintegrate Iran into the regional and international systems in the hope of stabilizing the Middle East. This policy has attempted to reestablish Iran, as a regional power similar to the pre-1979 period. In fact, this unrealistic desire to set the clock of the Gulf region back to the pre-1979 security architecture was the primary intention behind the negotiation of the 2015 nuclear deal.


As Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab was telling a New York court about how he devised ways to scuttle sanctions on Iran, shadily documented and hard-to-justify levels of gold trade between Turkey and United Arab Emirates have appeared once again. Before the United States put gold on its list of Iran sanctions, the surge in Turkey's gold exports to Iran and the UAE was a clear indicator of Turkey paying for its oil and natural gas imports with gold. There is no other way to explain how Turkey's gold exports to Iran went from $54 million in 2011 to $6.5 billion in 2012. After the blocking of the SWIFT transfer route in March 2012 meant banks could no longer transfer payments for oil and natural gas, Turkey began depositing its payments into an account Iran opened at Turkey's major public bank, Halkbank.  

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions, plans to testify in his own defense at his trial in New York, his lawyers said Thursday. 


India's refiners imported nearly half as much crude oil from Iran in November as the month before, ship tracking data showed, cutting purchases to a 21-month low in protest at Tehran's decision to award a giant gas field to a Russian company.


A top Israeli politician said he would form a new "anti-Iran axis," together with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni powers, to counter the Iranian threat in the region, if he succeeds embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 


As the battle against ISIS is winding down in Iraq and Syria, some military leaders and hardliners in Iran call for not only keeping a long-term military presence in both countries but also expand the country's "military advisory missions" to other conflict zones in the region, including Yemen and Palestine, warns reformist Iranian daily Bahar.

Israel has been left abandoned by the United States to deal alone with the Shi'ite Iranian, Russian and Turkish axis.


The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen welcomed the UN report on Iran's hostile interventions and support of the Houthi terrorist militias and called for confronting Tehran's threats. They also welcomed the American position announced by the United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, and its condemnation of Iran's hostile activities in supporting and arming terrorist groups.


The head of Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base, the main engineering and construction arm of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (I.R.G.C.), has said that the conglomerate is ready to play a leading role in Syria's reconstruction process, Tasnim News Agency reported.


As international pressures against Iran increased, including stifling sanctions and an intensified proxy war with Saudi Arabia, the sense of nationalism continued to rise in the country. Regime media-makers began to consciously highlight this sentiment in all their cultural productions after the Green Movement. Although this strategy began in some regime media circles before 2009, it has exponentially intensified since the suppression of the Green Movement. Today, the crescendo of this nationalist turn in the Islamic Republic is clear for all to see.

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