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Twenty years ago the invasion of #Iraq began with airstrikes on Dora Farms in an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein. I was the Chief of High Value Targeting (HVT) in the Pentagon. We conducted 50 airstrikes on #Saddam and the "deck of cards" and never killed a single one of them. 1/
HVT cells were at the Pentagon (DIA), CIA, NSA, and CENTCOM forward. The war was to begin two days later yet Bush changed the plan & struck a massive palace complex on Dora Farms in Baghdad. CIA had HUMINT reporting of Saddam being there so the war might be ended swiftly. 2/
As we tried to discern if Saddam had been killed the Joint Targeting List (JTL) was RAPIDLY altered. The targeting community had spent a week at Shaw AFB meticulously planning the opening strikes of what would later be known as "shock and awe." Now it had to be redone. 3/
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Heute vor 20 Jahren, am 14. Februar 2003, hielt der 🇫🇷 Außenminister, Dominique de #Villepin, eine Rede vor dem VN-#Sicherheitsrat, in der er die US-Regierung vor der Invasion des Iraks warnte. Langer Thread zur Vorgeschichte, den Inhalten der Rede und ihren Konsequenzen: 1/29
Beginnen wir mit der Vorgeschichte: Am 22. Januar hatte der 🇫🇷 Präsident Jacques #Chirac anlässlich des 40. Jubiläums des #Élysée-Vertrags in Paris betont: "DEU und FRA sind gleicher Auffassung. Alles muss getan werden, um einen Krieg zu verhindern"…. 2/29
Einen Tag später unterstrich BP Johannes #Rau im Schloss Bellevue vor Gerhard #Schröder, Jacques Chirac und den beiden Kabinetten den Wert 🇩🇪/🇫🇷#Versöhnung für 🇪🇺: „Unsere Partner wissen, wie wichtig es ist, dass DEU und FRA gemeinsam vorangehen“…. 3/29
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Saddam was so self-destructively reckless: on Dec. 7, 2002, the day he was supposedly complying with UNSCR 1441 that demanded he come clean at last on the WMD, he made a speech calling for "the mujahideen" in Kuwait to join his "jihad" against the infidels…
Incidentally, the speech was framed by Saddam as an apology to Kuwait (at last) for ransacking and massacring the country in 1990-91, but the Kuwaiti government correctly saw it as incitement to terrorism, against them and against the Coalition troops.
In the days after 9/11, when even Col. Qaddafi and the mullahs in Iran made a public show of sending condolences to America, Saddam overtly, repeatedly taunted the US:
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#Thread time. Remember how I have gained access to an old #Baathist archive through an Iraqi acquaintance? I'm slowly but steadily going through thousands of copies.. And seems not only #KDPI was taking #Saddam's blood money, but also #Komala. + ImageImageImage
The above documents show former #Komala's #Baghdad office representative Hassan Shamsi providing intel about Iranian positions and a payslip. See images for translation. Note: this is AFTER #Saddam using chemical weapons against #Kurds from #Iraq & #Iran in #Halabja + #Sardasht!+ ImageImageImage
This dude is still active in the Iranian opposition mills today. Shamsi has switched from @Komala_english to Communist Party Iran where he serves as a central committee member. ImageImage
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It's finally here!
I'm extremely excited to announce that my book "Iranian-Saudi Rivalry since 1979: In the Words of Kings & Clerics" has been published by @BloomsburyBooks @ibtauris.
Let me tell you a little bit about my book & my decade-long journey in this thread🧵1/25
This book is a revision of my DPhil Dissertation at @UniofOxford @StCrossCollege which covered Iranian & Saudi Mutual (mis)Representations 1979-2009 & subsequent work that covered this rivalry up to 2021 as an Academic Visitor at @StAntsCollege @OxfordMEC . 2/25
This publication builds on the work of great experts, scholars & academics including [in alpha. order]
#ShahramChubin @carnegienpp
#HennerFürtig @GIGA_Institute 3/25
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Let's be honest: This man had a lot more dignity than we did:

We (the coalition of countries, led by America and Great Britain) murdered him and bombed the crap out of his country, ...

Why? Exactly. The reasons our leaders gave were bullshit!
We knew #Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction. So did #DrDavidKelly, who was murdered for saying so!

What was the real reason for the #IraqWar? Money was one reason. What else? Don't say to liberate the Iraqis. I suspect they'd rather not have been liberated with ...
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1. some recommended readings to defend yourself from those mainstream media which lie us in a new war: #Ukraine:
1. read how US public was lied into the #VietnamWar which cost over 2MILLIONS civilian deaths to Vietnam and 50,000 young American lives:…
2. read how US #SIGINT (signal intelligence= #NSA intercepts) was manipulated to lie US public into the #VietnamWar:…
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stesse dinamiche media della guerra #Iraq: per difendervi leggete:
1. questa analisi su come opinione pubblica fu ingannata su #GolfoTonchino per portare Usa nella guerra #Vietnam costata 2MILIONI morti al popolo vietnamita e circa 50MILA giovani americani…
2. quando leggete che USA hanno SIGINT(signal intelligence= intercettazioni #NSA) che prova imminente rischio invasione russa, leggete come fu falsificata SIGINT per portare USA nella guerra #Vietnam:…
3. poi leggete sommario del #ChilcotReport su come fu falsificata intelligence per portare alla guerra #Iraq:…
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The reporting parts of this @thetimes article about the Mojahedeen-e-Khalq (#MEK) are interesting, but ultimately it is very disappointing and misleading about the nature of a truly sinister organisation that helped enthrone #Iran's Islamist Republic:…
The Times piece asks about #MEK's money, noting the allegations of Saudi finance, but pretty much takes the Mojahedeen at their word that "Our funding comes from the Iranian diaspora". This is the least problematic aspect, however.
"'I can't be married and have children and also dedicate myself to the cause,' she replies. I get the same response from the sisters Shiva and Azedeh Mamabani."

Should this bizarre answer and the repetition of it not tip-off the Times that #MEK is, in fact, a cult?
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1. US invaded #Afghanistan after #Taliban refused to hand over Bin Laden after 9/11 attacks.
2. US invaded #Iraq based on tortured “confession” of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi that AQ was working with #Saddam to get WMDs.
3. But, just like AQ, there no WMDs in Iraq - until invasion.
4. Abu Musab al-#Zarqawi left Afghanistan to set up AQI in Iraq to fight US.
5. His tactics were so brutal than even AQ central tried to curb them.
6. Shia and Sunni groups who’d both fought occupiers turned on each other while US back one against the other.
7. Abu Ghraib abuse images shocked the world but Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (#torture) first used in Kandahar, Bagram and #CIA ‘black sites.’
8. Alleged AQ & Taliban captives sent to #Guantanamo where General Geoffrey Miller applied US approved torture methods.
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1. in ritardo lo so. Il 20 marzo 2003,gli USA invadevano l'#Iraq,iniziava una guerra da cui il Medio Oriente non si è ancora ripreso. Ho conosciuto il capo del programma nucleare di Saddam, Jafar Dhia Jafar,lo intervistai per #Diario di Deaglio. Ecco qui insieme a Vienna
2. il capo del programma nucleare di #Saddam, Jafar Dhia Jafar, rampollo di una famiglia eminente,mi ricostruì la panzana alla base del Nigergate, quella che anche i nostri Pulitzer contribuirono a diffondere e difendere
3. la famiglia di Jafar Dhia Jafar è ancora oggi eminente: petrolieri: la famiglia ha fondato la #CrescentPetroleum, che tra gli altro finanzia l'#AtlanticCouncil. Sapete che cosa è l'Atlantic Council, giusto?
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Today, 117th "The First Jet" Squadron, of #Israel Air Force was disbanded after 67 years of glorious service. Based in #RamatDavid, it defended the North including Golan & participated in Strategic Operations such as "Opera" for targeting #Iraq's Nuclear reactor on 7 June 1981.
On 7 June 1981, these four F-16A Block 5s of Tayeset 117 along with four F-16A Block 10As of Tayeset 110 targeted Osirak/Tammuz nuclear reactor of #Baghdad & prevented #Iraq's dictator #Saddam from building nuclear weapon. These ex-Iranian Air Force F-16s are 107, 113, 118 & 129.
Today, when the 117sq was disbanded, it had still 24 F-16C Block 30s which were:
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#Azerbaijan ambassador to @UN @VaqifS misleading Intl. society deliberately spreading false claims. Besides aggressive epithets and misrepresentation of recent clashes, ambassador uses uncovered lies, probably hoping no one's gonna fact check it. See the thread below. ImageImage
On 7/14 @razminfo agency revealed #Azerbaijan using local villages as human shields, violating Geneva conventions 3&4, Additional Protocol I & @ICRC Rule 97…
In 1990 such conduct of Iraq brought to civilians deaths. #Saddam was accused in war crime for this ImageImage
Ambassador distorts #Armenia Minister letter to @OSCE informing #Armenia army remains restrained, but "in case of provocations … ready to react… up to the capture of new advantageous positions". There was no intention to advance, as claimed by Ambassador… Image
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Buongiorno,stanotte abbiamo rivelato in esclusiva con #WikiLeaks un'email interna del #whistleblower che denuncia che il report sul presunto attacco chimico di #Douma, #Siria,è stato manipolato: è un'accusa GRAVISSIMA a cui l'#OPAC deve rispondere:…
il #whisteblower è un serissimo scienziato che faceva parte del team di ispettori inviati dall'#OPAC a #Douma,#Siria, a indagare: la sua identità per il momento rimane protetta:…
il #whistleblower NON lancia alcuna accusa politica: la sua email ai vertici dell'#OPAC, che potete leggere qui (inglese):… elenca tutte quelle che lui denuncia come manipolazioni del report #OPAC su #Douma
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21. United States decided to label #IRGC terrorists. But who are the real terrorists? Who created, trained, armed & financed the worst terrorist groups in the world?

#Hypocrites #DoubleStandards #Liars #Warlords #USRealTerrorists
1 to 20. United States decided to label #IRGC terrorists. But who are the real terrorists? Who created, trained, armed & financed the worst terrorist groups in the world? 🤨👇🏼…
"#Iran's president Hassan Rouhani presented an ultimatum of two months to the #EU to save the #Iran nuclear deal. However, the deal is likely to continue to deteriorate, says The Independent's Patrick Cockburn"
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