Iran's Top General Meets With Kurdish President Barzani As U.S. Neocons Push For War

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In an unexpected diplomatic turn of events which underscores the seriousness of escalating tensions between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard (which last week were designated by the US as a terrorist organization), General Qassem Soleimani, arrived in Erbil on Sunday and met with Kurdistan regional president Masoud Barzani to discuss the growing crisis at a moment when Kurdish Peshmerga forces are blocking Iraqi Army access to Kirkuk oil fields and military installations. 

Major General Qassem Soleimani reports directly to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and his elite force provides training and weapons to Iraqi paramilitary groups (PMU or Popular Mobilization Units) backing the Baghdad government. The meeting comes just after President Trump announced his new policy against Iran on Friday that includes designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.

Though the Unites States officially backs the Iran-aligned Baghdad government in the Kurdistan crisis, Trump's speech could signal a monumental shift in policy for Iraq. This as Kurdistan officials and media are highlighting Iran's role in attempting to stamp out the Kurdish move for independence.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani

As we previously explained, last month's Kurdistan referendum pushed Iraq into the arms of Iran when the relationship between Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi and Iranian officials was at its lowest level. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (and perhaps most Iraqis) now sees in Iran the only legitimate and sincere partner Iraq can count on, and can rely on the Iranian Army and the IRGC in the case of any broader military escalation against Kurdistan, particularly in the disputed Iraqi cities, with Kirkuk now topping the list.

In spite of both Baghdad and the KRG publicly vowing to do everything possible to avoid direct military confrontation, sporadic fighting broke out Friday and early Saturday near the disputed and oil-rich Kirkuk province between Peshmerga fighters and Shia milita forces (PMU, Popular Mobilization Units) backing the central Iraqi government.

On Friday night, fighting erupted in Khurmatu - a city which lies in a disputed area claimed by Kurdistan just south of Kirkuk. Footage emerged showing the direct clashes which seemed to be short lived; it is unclear if there were any casualties, and it appears that front lines have gone quiet since late Saturday.

And now both sides are trading blame for partnering with "terrorists" with Erbil claiming Revolutionary Guard units to be among PMU forces near Kirkuk and Baghdad accusing Erbil of using PKK fighters, which it says is "a declaration of war."

Meanwhile, neocon think tanks such as the Hudson Institute have analysts in Erbil calling for US military intervention against "Iranian-backed militias". According to Hudson Institute spokesman Michael Pregent, "Part of what we're doing out here is we're presenting the administration... the administration relies on experts out here to fuel what's going on in the intelligence community." Over the weekend Pregent lamented what he called US "inaction" against Iraq's Shia militias.

Of course, Kurdistan media is only too happy to to amplify such voices:

Meanwhile, events continue to unfold at a lightning pace. Here is the latest:

  • Peshmerga forces claim elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers are embedded with the Iraqi army and PMU units west of Kirkuk, while Iraq accuses Kurdish authorities of bringing PKK terrorists to Kirkuk, and  says PKK involvement in Kirkuk is ‘declaration of war’.
  • Kurdistan's Rudaw news reports: “The Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi are not the only state that are attacking us. We have intelligence with 100 percent accuracy that there are also the Iranian army and the Revolutionary Guards among them,” Shwan Shamerani, commander of the Peshmerga second brigade in Kirkuk, told Rudaw on Saturday.
  • The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met Sunday and agreed to “reject any demands to nullify the referendum results” as well as any preconditions to talks with Baghdad.
  • Kurdish officials say Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dropped the request to cancel the results of the independence referendum as a pre-condition to launch a dialogue with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
  • Baghdad officials are rejecting Kurdish media reports that the Iraqi Army gave Peshmerga a Saturday midnight or 2am deadline to withdraw or face attack, calling the reports false.
  • Kurdish civilians are taking up arms: overnight, photos and videos on social media and through Kurdistan news showed Kurdish civilians in the city of Kirkuk arming themselves while chanting pro-Kurdish and martyrdom slogans; Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim appeared on city streets and gave interviews while appearing to encourage residents taking up arms.
  • Some observers accuse KRG leader Barzani and his government officials of crying wolf to precipitate a crisis, saying it's in the KRG's interest to force a crisis in the hopes that the US will condemn the pro-Iranian PMU militias.
  • Iraqi national media is accusing Kurdistan supporters of using sectarian language akin to ISIS Takfiri ideology; some Iraqi outlets are further accusing of the Kurdish Peshmerga of cooperation with ISIS.
  • Kurdistan media is confirming Iran has completely ceased all trade into Iraqi Kurdistan Sunday with the total shutdown of three main border crossings, including the Parwezkhan, Haji Omaran, and Bashmakh crossings, though Iran's foreign ministry says nothing has changed since the end of September. Iraq's foreign ministry website is now confirming that, “It was our request to close boarder crossings."
  • Ankara confirms postponement of a scheduled Turkish PM visit to Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad due to heightened tensions in Kirkuk region.
  • The Governor of Kirkuk, Najmaldin Karim, told Kurdistan 24 channel on Sunday that the situation in Kirkuk remains stable and export of crude oil continues to flow abroad.
  • The Iraqi government is now signaling that it plans to revive a major pipeline - previously destroyed by ISIS - which would bypass Kurdistan altogether. The pipeline, which Baghdad says it will immediately take steps to repair and restore, runs from Kirkuk to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan in southern Turkey. Already there are rumors that Turkey has rejected the plans.
  • US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the US is working to avoid escalation near Kirkuk on same day President Trump  announced his new policy against Iran that includes designating its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.
  • US coalition aircraft were observed flying over Kirkuk with noticeably increased frequency late last week and into the weekend, likely as reconnaissance to observe the developing situation.

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Giant Meteor's picture

So it really WAS Barzani, all along ..

buzzsaw99's picture

beat me to it.  BASTARD!  ;)

BaBaBouy's picture

Begs the Question... Is Thump the New Mkcain ???

buzzsaw99's picture

Senator, this committee owes an apology! [/Tom Hagen, The Godfather ]

knukles's picture

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. 
Remind me who is it we're friends with today, ma.

evoila's picture

If it were not for him, ISIS would have taken Erbil from the Kurds. This is fact. They showed up as the Peshmerga were running scared, and fended off ISIS with only 70 IRGC members.

I think he's there to remind him of this ....

JoeSexPack's picture

A favorite scene with Moe Greene...



BennyBoy's picture


This is all US/CIA doing.

After ISIS as a front for neocons now its the Kurds turn to be thrown under the bus (in a couple of years).

The Kurds are turds for for bein DC's pawn.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Though the Unites States officially backs the Iran-aligned Baghdad government in the Kurdistan crisis, Trump's speech could signal a monumental shift in policy for Iraq.

The day before Trump's speech, US military transport aircraft made weapons deliveries to Kurds in Iraq (Erbil) and Syria (east of Raqqa).

Meanwhile, neocon think tanks such as the Hudson Institute have analysts in Erbil calling for US military intervention against "Iranian-backed militias".

Someday the Kurds will wish they had exterminated these neocons when they had the chance.

Slack Jack's picture

Trump is the biggest NeoCohn of them all.

The Jew nutter wants to deliver all the NeoCohns their long sought after war.

Giant Meteor's picture

Apparently Saudi Arabia and Israel ?

Just guessing here ..

serotonindumptruck's picture

All of this wailing and gnashing of teeth coming from the neocon/Trump establishment is becoming tiresome.

If Tel Aviv would like to kick off global thermonuclear war and unilaterally attack Iran with their American proxies, then it's time to shit or get off the pot.

Quit threatening to attack a massively superior army with your puny and obsolete weaponry, and just fucking do it you pathetic, incompetent pussies!

Giant Meteor's picture

Look, easy does it, these folks don't need further encouragements ..

just the tip's picture

don't give in so easily.

just say, "don't forget the cannoli."

you're welcome.

General Titus's picture

Peshmerga is a Israeli created Golem

By The Grace Of Israel - The Barzani Clan And Kurdish "Independence"

The Kurdish region in Iraq held a "referendum" about splitting off from Iraq to form an independent state. The referendum was highly irregular and the outcome was assured. That such a referendum was held now had more to do with the beleaguered situation of the illegitimate regional president Barzani than with a genuine opportunity to achieve independence. The referendum was non-binding. It is now onto Barzani to declare independence or to set the issue aside in exchange for, essentially, more money.

We first wrote about the Kurdish problem and Kurdish ambitions in Iraqi back in December 2005(!). The problems of an independent Kurdish region we then pointed out are still the same:

A landlocked Kurdish state of some kind could produce a lot of oil, but how would this oil reach the markets, especially Israel? The neighbors Turkey, Iran and Syria all have Kurdish minorities and have no reason to help a Kurdish state to enrich itself and see that money funneled to their unruly minorities. After [Kurdish] grabbing [of] Kirkuk, the Arab rest of Iraq will also not support pipelines for then Kurdish oil.

Arabs, Turks, and Persians see the Kurds as a recalcitrant nomadic mountain tribe and stooge of Israeli interests.

In the mid 1960s and 70s Israel cooperated with Iran, then a U.S. ally under the Shah, to fight against its Arab enemies - Iraq, Syria and Egypt. As part of the cooperation the Mossad sent Lt. Colonel Tzuri Sagi to develop plans for and build up a Kurdish army to fight Iraqi troops in northern Iraq. Tzuri Sagi was also responsible for the Israeli assassination attempts against Saddam Hussein. His Kurdish cooperation partner was the leader of the Barzani clan, Mullah Mustafa Barzani. The Kurdish army the Israelis created is now known as Peshmerga. The son of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, Masoud Barzani, is now the illegitimate president of the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Giant Meteor's picture

Thank You General for the interesting reading ..

I believe it is safe to say, all this historical, and latest fuckery, isn't going to end well ..

Round and round she goes ..

General Titus's picture


I appreciate the gratz. Remeber this is about all of us, gaining knowledge and trying to stop these haterz of humanity.

Some great sites on the truth about these planned ME wars

Salutations! And welcome to the revolution!


ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

A Salute to you, Sir General Titus.

veritas semper vinces's picture

I like and appreciate your posts.Thank you. Totally agree with what you said

lolmao500's picture

Yup looks like a massive shia-sunni war is about to kick off again. US helping sunnis yet again... I wonder if Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Russia will join in too. Potential for massive clusterfuck.

Conscious Reviver's picture

I think the Sunnis are catching on. There is no future in being the tool of the CIA. Most of the Syrian Arab Army is Sunni. Sunni Qatar just jumped ship. Sunni Kwait and Oman would not get involved with GCC spat.

Stan522's picture

We are always destined for war... That's what we've become.

earleflorida's picture

just as the ussr hardliners would destroy russia from within...---

the ussa is on the same trajectory,

their ideologies are the same but names do change, as in the ussa we call th the neo-cons/neo-libs

but, thy're all warmongering, mother fucking despotic dictators!

Gen. Ripper's picture

It’s way past time that Uncle Sam packs up and departs for good

lolmao500's picture

Just arm the kurds for the luz.

beijing expat's picture

Apparently 200 truckloads of weapons were recently delivered.

knukles's picture

Free.  All for free. 
Unless they have a central bank with lots of gold like Libya, then the central bank's valuts are breached in order "To pay the troops and equipment" while the gold vanishes.
But alas, no gold bars.
Poor Kurds. 
All they wanna do is be left alone, by everybody!

Seriousguys's picture

General Odin to Netanyahu: "Everything is proceeding exactly as I have foreseen."

Albertarocks's picture

The fact that the Iranian army has been labelled as a "terrorist organization" shows the level of insanity that the globalists have sunk to.  It's utterly unbelievable that monsters that are "this evil" can even exist (talking about the labellers).  I would rather see aliens invade earth than put up with these banking demons any further.

knukles's picture

We are on the very same page.
This is not a west east battle.   it's good v evil, right here in River City
Real time

just the tip's picture

so.  this is like a hot catalonia.

knukles's picture

Yeah, more of those natinalistic priviliged brown skinned Islamic males gun owner God believeing crazy folks

RagaMuffin's picture

Next Pogrom - the KURDS

johnnycanuck's picture

See Peshmerga and ISIS guys inviting each other for tea and dinner.

redmudhooch's picture

Neocons = Zionists

Undeniable proof that (((they))) are 100% of the problem.

American Jews are Starting Wars, Former Jewish CIA Agent Valerie Plame Retweets

America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars

Shouldn't they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East?

The article, published in The Unz Review, was published Tuesday by Philip Giraldi, a former CIA case officer and Army intelligence officer. Subtitled “Shouldn't they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East?,” Giraldi argued that American Jews are pushing for war in the Middle East and pointed to Iran in particular, which he said “does not conceivably threaten the United States.”

American Jews, according to Giraldi, are faking the threat and dragging politicians and the media down with them. American Jews with an attachment to Israel, he added, should not be allowed anywhere near positions where they might deal with Middle East policy because it would be a “conflict of interest.”

Mena Arkansas's picture

Philip Giraldi interview, Jewish Americans pushing Wars

Philip Giraldi, Jews driving America's Wars

General Titus's picture

A patriot in South Africa leaked the findings of the Mossad that Iran was nowhere near a nuke and was not working towards one either. This was meant only for the Intelligence services between SA, UK, & Israel

Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad

TheLastTrump's picture

So, if we kill all the Jews, all these problems will be resolved?


So mote it be then, so mote it be. :)

BennyBoy's picture




Neocons=Theft of Oil


historian40's picture

So, how would the US feel if it were "The US military is a terrorist organization."  The only problem is, with the "terrorists" labeled by the US, you have to go to their area to kill them, whereas the US paid "military" travels the globe killing people, overthrowing governments, bombing "suspects" accused of doing something wrong, taking over territory to run drug operations, etc.  The US soldier is supposed to be for self-defense, to defend against aggressor nations, attacking us, not to simply be paid mercenaries.

Time to throw off the delusion of grandeur.

asadshah's picture

If we want to used twisted Zionazi logic then, since the Persians ruled over the northern Iraq for many thousands of years and were given the land by their respective dieties, there was never really a country called Kurdistan, they are just Johnny come lately stragglers, the land was basically barren and rocky and the Persians were the only ones who made it inhabitable therfore ipso facto the power that be should just let them steal it back and kick the Kurds to Canada, USA and Europe , or wherever there are the most Kurds i.e. Turkey. Turkey is Kurdistan and they can have it, especially since it is a washed up NATO ally and therefore persona non grata.

asadshah's picture

If we want to used twisted Zionazi logic then, since the Persians ruled over the northern Iraq for many thousands of years and were given the land by their respective dieties, there was never really a country called Kurdistan, they are just Johnny come lately stragglers, the land was basically barren and rocky and the Persians were the only ones who made it inhabitable therfore ipso facto the power that be should just let them steal it back and kick the Kurds to Canada, USA and Europe , or wherever there are the most Kurds i.e. Turkey. Turkey is Kurdistan and they can have it, especially since it is a washed up NATO ally and therefore persona non grata.

Giant Meteor's picture

In all likelihood any remaining delusions of grandeur will continue to work themselves out, as they have, the old fashioned hard scrabble way, one loss, one mind numbing repetitive fuck up after the other. What I mean to say is, the veneer is already worn purdy thin, trust being non existent as things presently stand, and  I don't believe those conditions will be a reversing , at any time soon ...

The only real surprise is that some nation hasn't already pulled the trigger, or had their Arch Duke Ferdinand moment, thus starting the latest in all consuming global conflagrations, all manner of endless global shitstorms . Oh wait ..

Why Toto, I don't believe we're in Kansas anymore ....

messystateofaffairs's picture

Thats why I can't get my head around the "Support our troops" meme. To me they are just underpaid mercenaries for those City of London boys. And paid by their own families and the rest of Americans to boot.

Protocol VII

5. We must compel the governments of the GOYIM to take action in the direction favored by our widely conceived plan, already approaching the desired consummation, by what we shall represent as public opinion, secretly promoted by us through the means of that so-called "Great Power" - THE PRESS, WHICH, WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS THAT MAY BE DISREGARDED, IS ALREADY ENTIRELY IN OUR HANDS.

In a word, to sum up our system of keeping the governments of the goyim in Europe in check, we shall show our strength to one of them by terrorist attempts and to all, if we allow the possibility of a general rising against us, we shall respond with the guns of America or China or Japan.

Gravatomic's picture

Those Hezbollah and IRGC are real bad asses!

The Harlequin's picture

The Kurdish expansion, well beyond their original territorial inhabitation, is clearly a part of the so-called "Greater Israel" project, which is the real subtext of the Mesopotamian fault-line stretching from Iran to Turkey. Strictly speaking the Kurds are not Sunnites, having historical and religious roots far closer to the Hebraic and Aramaic cultures, specifically (it is assumed) the Jewish people. This is the Plan B of the Syrian misadventure, if all else fails you move the theatre of war and and embrace or co-opt yet another regional claimant, no matter how questionable and compromised their objectives may be. It's a dangerous and desperate gamble which shows exactly how much of a loose cannon the US has become geopolitically, and still in the pockets of Bibi and Co.!

General Titus's picture

The Kurds are known scumbags and have been ethnically cleansing Christian Yazidis and other Christians from areas they are trying to create a racist state for the Kurds. They are also golems of Israel