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Tue Nov 21, 2017, 03:59 AM

Iranian president declares end of Islamic State

Source: Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of Islamic State on Tuesday in an address broadcast live on state TV.

A senior commander of Iranís Revolutionary Guards, Major General Qassem Soleimani, also declared the end of Islamic State in a message sent to the countryís supreme leader Tuesday which was published on Sepah News, the news site of the Guards.

Videos and pictures of Soleimani, who commands the Quds Force, the branch of the Guards responsible for operations outside of Iranís borders, at frontline positions in battles against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have been posted frequently by Iranian media in recent years.

Last week, Iranian media published pictures of Soleimani at Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, a town which Soleimani said Tuesday was the last territory retaken from Islamic State control in the region.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-rouhani-islamic-state/iranian-president-declares-end-of-islamic-state-idUSKBN1DL0J5

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alp227 Nov 2017 OP
JI7 Nov 2017 #1
applegrove Nov 2017 #2
RDANGELO Nov 2017 #3
BeyondGeography Nov 2017 #8
LeftInTX Nov 2017 #4
jmowreader Nov 2017 #5
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2017 #6
BumRushDaShow Nov 2017 #7
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 2017 #9
Wolf Frankula Nov 2017 #10

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 04:00 AM

1. aren't they in Africa now ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 04:14 AM

2. That is what I thought. They are.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 04:29 AM

3. That's a strange thing for them to announce.

Iran is an Islamic state.

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Response to RDANGELO (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 08:23 AM

8. They are happy to declare the end of the Sunni Islamic State

since one of their main goals was exterminating Shia. But yeah, there is some irony as many Iranians would actually prefer a secular, Mossadegh-style democracy to an Islamic Republic.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 04:59 AM

4. Strange wording...I assume they are talking about ISIS?

Reuters could have done a better job of translating...

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 05:29 AM

5. "Islamic State" is the current name of ISIS

Someone checked with the Islamic State leadership to make sure they were going to disband, correct? If not, we're looking at either...



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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 05:53 AM

6. Since Iran's full name is the "Islamic Republic of Iran", this made me do a double take

I thought he was saying he was taking the "Islamic" out of the state of Iran, until I read on. Which would have basically been a coup.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 06:39 AM

7. ISIL is Sunni and Iran is Shia

and the declaration could also be a shot across the bow of Saudi, which is quickly re-configuring itself within the kingdom power structure (where many believe they supported ISIL).

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Nov 21, 2017, 08:51 AM

9. This will make tRump furious....

Because he or Putin didn't proclaim it first.

ISIS actually will be with us for a long time in fragmented form, but I take this announcement to mean as an active territorial occupation in their region.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 09:57 PM

10. Don't Worry. The CIA will find more 'moderates' to fund

in the name of 'regime change'. They always do. We'll see another funnymentalist Muslim outfit in a little while.

Wolf

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