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Oil price war: Can Saudi Arabia really begin this war.

It was the last thing a slowing global economy needed.

With the coronavirus pandemic hammering international travel, supply chains and production, Saudi Arabia delivered another shock to the system by declaring an oil price war.

On March 6, having failed to convince Russia to agree to deep production cuts aimed at shoring up crude prices against the demand destruction unleashed by coronavirus, Saudi Arabia-led OPEC retaliated by announcing it would start pumping crude with abandon.

The next day, the kingdom lowered the price it charges for oil. Come March 9, the markets delivered their verdict. Oil prices crashed 30 percent at one point – the biggest one-day drop since the 1991 Gulf War.

Though some of those losses were pared, announcements of pending production boosts next month by the kingdom and other Gulf producers ensured oil prices had their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis.

The price war is a gamble for the kingdom, one that could either pay off or land it in a deep hole.

Dramatically lower oil prices set up Saudi Arabia, which can produce oil more cheaply than any other country, to steal market share: both from the world’s second-biggest oil producer-Russia-as well as higher-cost United States shale oil producers.

But analysts say it could come at a cost to Saudi Arabia and the ambitious plan of its de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), to break the kingdom’s oil-dependence and set it up for a more prosperous future.

A transformation in trouble
Crude accounts for roughly 80 percent of Saudi Arabia’s revenues, and that level of fossil fuel dependence comes with huge drawbacks.

As oil prices rise and fall, so too do the kingdom’s fortunes, which can stall plans and force tough spending choices.

The future is also moving against oil, with the Paris Climate Agreement spurring more governments to reduce emissions and petroleum products like plastic raising environmental alarms.

The kingdom needs to diversify its economy, and soonest. But that is easier said than done. Overdependence on any commodity for export effectively salts the earth where other productive sectors could take root.

Vision 2030 seeks to spring the kingdom from this trap by reinvesting fossil fuel wealth into sustainable industries of the future, shrinking a bloated state sector, and creating a thriving, diversified private sector to employ the kingdom’s youthful workforce.

And the government does not see itself doing all of this alone. A successful transformation also hinges on convincing investors, both foreign and domestic, to buy into MBS’s vision.

On many counts though, the blueprint for transformation was struggling even before Riyadh fell out with Moscow.

“Vision 2030 was already lagging on most of its interim targets for 2020,” Laura James, senior Middle East analyst at Oxford Analytica, NobleReporters

A cornerstone of raising cash to reinvest into other sectors was the much-hyped initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi state oil giant Aramco.

As it neared its delayed debut late last year on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange, an attack on Aramco’s facilities in September reminded investors of the geopolitical risk festooning the company and its operations.

After failing to attract sufficient international interest, MBS pressured wealthy Saudis to step up and buy a piece of the company. The IPO raised a record $29.4bn, effectively valuing the firm at $1.7 trillion- well shy of the $2 trillion MBS had originally sought.

Now, the oil price war is hammering shares of Saudi Arabian Oil Co -as Aramco is officially known.

The stock fell 12 percent last week and continued to slide on Sunday, after Aramco announced it is cutting capital spending this year in response to coronavirus, and reported a 21 percent decline in 2019 net profits due to lower oil prices.

On Monday, Aramco is due to hold a webcast to discuss its full-year results. Company executives could be grilled over whether pumping crude full-throttle is in the best interests shareholders.

Another Vision 2030 metric – foreign direct investment (FDI) in the kingdom- has also been lacklustre. Though it recovered to $3.2bn in 2018 having not even cracked $2bn the previous year, FDI was still way down from the $8.1bn achieved in 2015 and a mere fraction of the $29.2bn the kingdom attracted in 2010, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Growth in the kingdom’s non-oil private sector is another benchmark. It was looking promising, until it started slowing in December and continued to decelerate in January. February saw the slowest growth in two years, as output and new orders fell, thanks to disruptions spawned by the coronavirus.

Now, the fiscal stress of an oil price war could make non-oil sector growth even harder to achieve.

Austerity on tap
The kingdom has healthy foreign exchange reserves, roughly $500bn, to ride out a price war, and it does enjoy the lowest production costs among all oil producers.

The Saudis “can still turn-out a profit at these low oil prices, at least for a time,” Tarik Yousef, director at Brookings Doha Center, a nonprofit public policy organization, told Al Jazeera.

Balancing its budget, however, is another story.

The International Monetary Fund reckons the kingdom needs oil to fetch around $83 a barrel to balance its state budget.

Global benchmark Brent crude last traded at $33.84 a barrel on Friday.

Goldman Sachs reckons that should oil prices average $30 a barrel over the next two quarters and the kingdom boosts output by 10 percent, its budget deficit could swell to 12 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year -nearly double its fiscal deficit target.

That would increase the government’s financing requirement by $36bn.

There could be a silver lining. Goldman estimates that if oil prices recover to $60 a barrel by the end of 2021, the kingdom’s budget deficit could narrow to less than 2 percent of GDP by 2022.

But if oil prices only recover to $50 a barrel by the end of next year, Goldman sees the budget deficit remaining “wider for longer, implying an additional $63bn in funding requirements” over the next two years.

More drama
Austerity measures may have been in the cards before the kingdom declared a price war, as Riyadh prepared for slowing oil demand in the face of coronavirus.

State agencies were asked to submit proposals for slashing 20 to 30 percent from their 2020 budgets before the kingdom fell out with Russia, Reuters News Agency reported, citing sources. One source said salaries would not be touched, but projects and the awarding of new contracts could be delayed.

“With salaries largely protected, the impact could be on capital expenditure, which will have a knock-on impact on the private sector and likely hinder diversification efforts,” said James.

Shielding salaries helps maintain loyalty, which is important for any ruler, especially one surrounded by intrigue.

The price war was not the only Saudi drama unfolding while the alliance between OPEC and Russia was collapsing.

Two of the royal family’s most influential members, Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, the youngest brother of King Salman, and Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince and interior minister, were reportedly being detained in Riyadh. Both men are seen as legitimate contenders for the throne, sparking speculation that at the very least, MBS was making a move to consolidate his power.

The price war “threatens stability at a time where MBS is already facing political pressure and possibly threats from within the royal family as evidenced by the recent arrests,” said Yousef.

Which makes pulling off an economic transformation like Vision 2030 that much harder, say analysts.

“It’s tougher for oil-dependent countries that need higher prices to fund their budgets,” Jim Krane, Wallace S Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy said. NobleReporters learnt

“If they cut spending too much, they could have a rebellion on their hands. Saudi Arabia is vulnerable in this respect.”


1 killed during IYC convention in Bayelsa, Nigeria

The convention of Ijaw Youth Congress turned bloody as one person was killed and others left injured in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The unidentified young man was murdered at the venue of the convention, which was organised to constitute an electoral committee for the forthcoming IYC Worldwide election.

Reports said crisis started after some youth opposed members of the electoral committee chaired by a lawyer, Bekewei Ajuwa.

Confirming the incident, a top official of the organisation, who asked not to be named, said, “Apart from the killing, which was caused by activities of some cultists, the convention was concluded and the election committee constituted.

“Some persons felt they were not comfortable with members of the committee and instead of being civil in their grievance, they went violent.

“In IYC, we have warned repeatedly against turning our activities into a theatre of war. We have also warned stakeholders against bringing cultism into our activities.”


Never Again! We should borrow that credo – Wole Soyinka warned

Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s only Nobel Laureate has warned that the nation cannot afford to lose another 2.5 million people to war as it did 50 years ago to the Nigerian Civil War.

He spoke when he delivered a lecture, titled: “Never Again.” to commemorate the 50th year of the Nigerian Civil War in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

According to him, “Any time that leadership, on whichever side, is about to repeat yet again the ultimate folly of sacrificing two and a half million lives on the altar of Absolutes, any absolute, we should borrow that credo, paint them on prayer scrolls, flood the skies in their millions with kites and balloons on which those words are inscribed: ‘African Lives Matter!”

He added that “For example, ask ourselves questions such as: What price ‘territorial integrity’ where any slab of real estate, plus the humanity that work it, can be signed away as a deal between two leaders – as did happen between Nigeria and the Cameroon. You seek an answer to the claims of territorial integrity? Ask the fluctuating refugees on Bakassi Islands just what is the meaning, for them, of ‘territorial integrity’?

“Again, I feel obliged to emphasize that this has nothing to do with whether or not one side was in the wrong or right, nothing to do with accusations of a lack of vision, of pandering to, or resisting the wiles and calculations of erstwhile colonial rulers, or indeed, taking sides in a Cold War that turned Africans into surrogate players and the continent into prostrate testing ground for new weaponry.

“No, we merely place before ourselves an exercise in hindsight – with no intention however of denying credit to those who did exercise foresight – we propose that the loss of two million and a half people, the maiming and traumatization of innumerable others and devastation on a hitherto unimaginable scale, by a nation turned against itself even as it teetered on the edge of modernity, provokes sober reflection. That’s all. Sober reflection.

“A re-thinking that is unafraid, especially as such scenarios, considered in some cases even worse, more brutish, have since followed. Need one recall Rwanda’s own entry into that contest in morbid pathology, one that surpasses the Biafran carnage when comparatively assessed in duration and population parameters? All remain active reminders to haunt Africa’s collective conscience – the existence of which, I know, is an optimistic presumption – and appears to elude the ministrations of politicians and/or ideologues, or indeed theologians.”

He said there was need to borrow a leaf from brothers and sisters in the Diaspora, saying that he had no qualms in reminding this, or any other Nigerian audience that, such was the ingrained slave mentality of the contemporary progeny of those who sold those exiles into slavery in the first place, that some in this nation actually considered it a duty, even honour, to take up cudgels on behalf of the denigrators of their own kind, of their own race.

“Thus, they proceed to insult those who respond in their own personal manner to such racists, however powerfully positioned and no matter where on this globe – but let that pass for now. My intention is to jog your memories regarding that spate of serial elimination of our kind – the African-Americans – by white police in the United States at that very time, an epidemic that merely actualized the racist rantings of the current incumbent of the White House as he powered his way to the coveted seat in the last United States elections. The African-Americans, tired of being arbitrary sacrificial lambs,the victims of hate rhetoric, went on nation-wide protest marches, carrying placards that read: Black Lives Matter.

Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s only Nobel Laureate

“Adopting that simple exhortation enables us to include the millions of victims of failed or indifferent leadership on this continent who are more concerned with power and its accruements, who see the nation, not as expressions of a people’s will, need, belonging, and industry, but as ponds in which they, the bullfrogs of our time, can exercise power for its own sake. It is they who militate against ‘nation’, not – I shall end on this selective note – not the products of migration from purely nominal nation enclaves who perish daily along the Sahara desert routes, who drown in droves in the Mediterranean.

“They are the ones who confronted the question with, alas, a fatalist determinism. They asked themselves the question: When is a Nation? And the answer of those desperate migrants is clearly read as: not when we left where we called home! As long as our humanity opts for unmarked graves in the Sahara desert, or in the guts of the fishes of the Mediterranean, their answer remains to haunt us all. Yes, indeed, let us internalize that Africa-American declaration as statement of a living faith, an expression of our humanity that may compel leadership to pause at critical moments of decision, thereby earn ourselves some space where we can re-think those bequeathed absolutes that we so proudly spout, gospels of sacrosanctity, pre-packaged imperatives or questionable, often poisoned“truths”that incite us to advance so conceitedly towards the dehumanization, and decimation of our kind,” he stated.


America called the threats from Iran “Right to self-defense” – Raab

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said he recognises the threat Iran poses in the Middle East and the US’s “right to self-defence”, after talks with his counterpart in Washington.

His meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes less than a day after Iran fired missiles at air bases housing US troops in Iraq.

Mr Raab also reiterated his support for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis.

“We want to see the tensions deescalated,” he said.

The already tense relationship between the US and Iran has deteriorated significantly in recent days, after a US drone strike killed one of Iran’s top military commanders, General Qasem Soleimani.

Mr Raab welcomed US President Donald Trump’s call for a diplomatic resolution following Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes.

“Of course it also needs the government in Iran to be willing and committed to that outcome as well,” he added.

The US government said Gen Soleimani had been plotting “imminent attacks”, however Mr Raab refused to say whether he had seen any intelligence on this.

Mr Raab reiterated Britain’s commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on restricting Iran’s nuclear programme,

The foreign secretary said the UK government was “looking very hard at what should happen next” after Iran declared earlier this week that it would abandon all limits on its enrichment of uranium.

“We are absolutely committed, as our American and European partners are, to avoiding Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon,” he said.

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Media captionDominic Raab: UK is “absolutely committed” to stopping Iran get nuclear weapons
Iran’s announcement marked further fracturing of the 2015 nuclear deal, in which the country agreed to limit sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

What is the Iran nuclear deal?
Analysis: Is the Iran nuclear deal dead and buried?
The US withdrew from the deal in 2018, but the other parties – the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia – said they were still dedicated to it.

Mr Raab said while the UK has been committed to the deal, “we’ve reached a point where non-compliance has been so acute in the most recent steps taken by Iran.”

Asked whether there was still a chance that the deal could survive if Iran started to uphold its commitments, he said: “There is an opportunity to build on this deal.

“But ultimately the objective is the most important thing which is to avoid the risk of Iran seeking – let alone acquiring – a nuclear weapon.”


U.S vs Iran: Iraqi claims 80 Americans died in attack

Iranian state television claimed that Wednesday missile strikes on bases in Iraq killed 80 Americans, in a report citing what it called an informed Revolutionary Guards source.

Iran launched 22 missiles overnight at the Iraqi bases used by US and other US-led coalition troops, the Iraqi army said. NobleReporters culled

“At least 80 American military (personnel) were killed in this attack,” the state television website reported.

In addition, it said, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and other military equipment had been severely damaged in the attack.

The Revolutionary Guards source said at least 140 targets of the US and their allies had been identified in the region and would be attacked “if the Americans commit any kind of mistake again”.

The source said 15 missiles hit Ain Al-Assad base and none was intercepted by “radars of America’s terrorist army”.

It was the first action of Iran’s promised revenge for the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Iraq last week.


U.S vs Iran: None of our troops were injured in Iraqis’ attack – Trump

…Report claims 80 dead

United States President Donald Trump said yesterday Iranian missile strikes on bases in Iraq had not harmed any U.S. troops stationed there and damage was minimal, an outcome he said showed Tehran wanted to de-escalate a standoff.

Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq early yesterday, saying it was in retaliation for the killing in a U.S. drone strike of powerful Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3.

An Iranian regime-run media outlet claimed that more than 80 Americans were killed in an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps missile strike on US forces in Iraq early yesterday, according to the Times of Israel.

“An informed source at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said over 80 American troops were killed and some 200 wounded in the IRGC’s missile strikes on the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq,” Mehr News reported yesterday.

In an address to the nation, Trump opened by telling reporters: “As long as I am president of the US, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.” He said: “No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”

“Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.” He said that Americans should be “extremely grateful and happy.”

As he spoke, the U.S. president was flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and military officers. He continued: “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.” Trump has made no secret of his hatred of the Iran Nuclear Deal, and pulled the US out of it in March 2018. “Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism,” he said.

He also said that “American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent. The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it.”

The President said he no longer wants to use American military might against Tehran but will impose ‘punishing’ new sanctions in an attempt to force its leaders to abandon their nuclear program and stop supporting terrorists.

U.S President, Donald Trump

He offered an olive branch by urging European powers along with China and Russia to negotiate a deal to replace the 2015 nuclear agreement signed under Obama, which he said will guarantee Iran ‘a good future’.

Trump added that the world should be ‘very happy’ after General Qassem Soleimani, who was credited with killing and maiming thousands of US and allied troops across the Middle East, was taken out using ‘big, powerful, accurate, lethal, and fast’ missiles.


You have brought war, discord to this region – Rouhani tells Trump

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sent a chilling note to US President Donald Trump today that Washington might have “cut off the arm” of General Qassem Soleimani but America’s “leg” in the region would be cut off in response.

Rouhani made the comments after Iran launched missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq, an action that Tehran said was in retaliation to a U.S. drone strike that killed Soleimani last week.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei also said today that his country gave US a slap in the face on Wednesday morning and called for an end to the presence of American forces in the region, which he said only causes corruption.

In an address to a gathering of people in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei said the US “received a slap in the face last night” after the IRGC launched missile attacks on American military bases in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of Lt. General Qassem Soleimani.

Apart from the revenge for the assassination of General Soleimani, what matters now in the confrontation with the US is that military action would not suffice, the Leader underlined, in a report by Tasnim news agency.

“What is important is that the corruptive presence of the US in this region must end.”

“They (Americans) have brought war, discord, sedition and destruction to this region; they brought about destruction of infrastructures,” the Leader deplored.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that regional nations would not approve of the US presence in the region.

The Leader also paid tribute to General Soleimani for his assistance to regional nations in foiling the US’ illegitimate plots against West Asia, saying the revered commander helped thwart the American plots in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

The Leader’s comments came a few hours after the IRGC fired a volley of missiles at US bases in Iraq, making good on its promise of harsh revenge for the martyrdom of General Soleimani.

The IRGC targeted two US airbases in Iraq, including the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in teh western province of Anbar.


U.S vs IRAN: We don’t want war – Iraqi said to U.S

Iran foreign minister has insisted they do not want a war despite firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing American troops in a revenge attack for the U.S. drone strike that killed their top Iranian general.

Foreign minister Javad Zarif defended the missile strikes saying Iran took ‘proportionate measures’ and was only acting in ‘self-defense’ when they struck back at the U.S.

Zarif, however, warned that Iran did not ‘seek escalation or war’ but vowed to continue defending themselves if the U.S. chooses to retaliate.

The firing of the missiles late Tuesday was a major escalation between Iran and the U.S. and raised immediate fears that the two longtime enemies were inching closer to war.

But the response from Iran’s foreign minister is one of a few indicators that there might not be further retaliation on either side – at least in the short term.


Iraqi calls Trump ‘terrorist in a suit’, threatens to attack white house

The Iranian regime has gone all out to threaten the United States of America after US President promised to attack 52 Iranian sites and heritage centers if they revenge for the Friday killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani

Iran threatens to give a

Soleimani, head of Iran’s Quds Forces was killed in a United States strike in Iraq on Friday morning ordered by Trump. His body was returned to Iran early Sunday to chants of ‘Death to America’ ahead of a three-day funeral .

Iranian officials and Qassem Soleimani’s supporters then vowed vengeance for his death and raised the blood-red ‘flags of revenge’ over the minarets at the revered Jamkaran Mosque on Saturday.

Iran then threatened to hit 35 American targets in the Middle East region, including US ships, following Soleimani’s death which made Trump threaten to obliterate 52 Iranian culture sites and places if they attack an American soldier or American property.

Iran threatens to give a

On Sunday during a parliamentary session, Iranian MP Abolfazl Abutorabi threatened to attack the White House saying;

‘We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil”

”We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil. We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time,’ said Iranian MP Abolfazl Abutorabi, according to the Iranian Labour News Agency.

Abutorabi went on to say that ‘this is a declaration of war, which means if you hesitate you lose’.

‘When someone declares war do you want to respond to the bullets with flowers? They will shoot you in the head,’

Before the parliament session started , Iranian lawmakers started with chants of ‘Death to America’ as protest against the killing of Soleimani.

Also on Sunday, Information and Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi called Trump a ‘terrorist’ wearing ‘suit’ tweeted: ‘Like ISIS, Like Hitler, Like Genghis! They all hate cultures. Trump is a terrorist in a suit. He will learn history very soon that NOBODY can defeat ”the Great Iranian Nation & Culture”.’

The US military has confirmed two rocket attacks near American facilities in Iraq on Saturday, claiming that no US personnel or allies were injured.


Trump reacted as Iraqis vows to hit identifying 35 U.S targets

…says 52 Iranian sites will be hit very fast and hard

President Donald Trump has reacted to Iranian Government’s announcement of identifying 35 US targets for retaliatory strikes after its Revolutionary Guards commander, Qasem Soleiman was killed in a United States airstrike ordered by the US President..

Trump who insisted that Soleimani was already attacking the US embassy and preparing for additional hits in other locations, added that Iran has been nothing but problems for many years.

The US President stated that if Iran strikes any ”Americans or American assets, 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago) will be hit very fast and hard.”

Read his tweets below;

Donald Trump vows to hit 52 Iranian sites after announcement of 35 Americans targeted for retaliatory attacks over General Soleimani

Donald Trump vows to hit 52 Iranian sites after announcement of 35 Americans targeted for retaliatory attacks over General Soleimani


Missiles Hit U.S Embassy Compound In Iraq

…a day after U.S airsrike killed Iraqis

Two mortar rounds hit the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone Saturday and two rockets slammed into a base housing US troops, security sources said, a day after a deadly American strike.

The precision drone strike outside the Baghdad airport on Friday killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, top Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and a clutch of other Iranian and Iraqi figures.

In Baghdad, mortar rounds on Saturday evening hit the Green Zone, the high-security enclave where the US embassy is based, security sources said.

The Iraqi military said that one projectile hit inside the zone, while another landed close to the enclave.

Sirens rang out at the US compound, N.Rs learnt

A pair of Katyusha rockets then hit the Balad airbase north of Baghdad, where American troops are based, security sources and the Iraqi military said.

Security sources there reported blaring sirens and said surveillance drones were sent above the base to locate the source of the rockets.

The US embassy in Baghdad as well as the 5,200 American troops stationed across the country have faced a spate of rocket attacks in recent months that Washington has blamed on Iran and its allies in Iraq.

One attack last month killed a US contractor working in northern Iraq, prompting retaliatory American air strikes that killed 25 hardline fighters close to Iran.

Tensions boiled over on Friday when the US struck Soleimani’s convoy as it drove out of the airport and US diplomats and troops across Iraq had been bracing themselves for more rocket attacks.


U.S vs Iran: Britain warn citizens against travel plans to Iran.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has warned British citizens against travel to Iraq or Iran amid heightened tension following the U.S. airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

“Given heightened tensions in the region, the (foreign office) now advise people not to travel to Iraq, with the exception of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and to consider carefully whether it’s essential to travel to Iran,” Raab says.

Raab earlier urged all sides to “de-escalate” tension following Soleimani’s death, saying “further conflict is in none of our interests.”


U.S vs Iran: U.S National team camels winter training in Qatar

The men’s US national team has called off plans to go to Qatar for a winter training camp due to the tension in the Middle East after the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Unit, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a United States airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump.

‘Due to the developing situation in the region, US Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men’s National Team’s scheduled January training camp,’ US Soccer said in a short statement.

‘We are working with the Qatar Football Association to find an opportunity in the near future for our team to experience Qatar’s world-class facilities and hospitality,’ US Soccer added.

The men’s US national team were to play closed-door games at Doha’s Aspire Academy before heading home to face Costa Rica in Carson, California on February 1.

This comes after the Iranian general and his deputy Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were among those killed on Friday, January 3, 2020, at Baghdad International Airport. The attack was ordered by President Donald Trump.

Iranian President, Hasan Rouhani has since announced that they will be avenging the death of its Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleiman and others killed in the attack.



U.S vs Iran: US action as put the world in the edge of destruction – IMN reacts

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites have condemned the killing of Iranian top general and Guards Commander Quaseem Soleimani and Iraqi Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in a US airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump.

In a statement signed by IMN’s Media Forum President, Ibrahim Musa, the Nigerian Islamic group alleged that the drone strike specially ordered by President Trump placed the world on the edge of a very destructive war.

The statement reads in part;

“The Islamic Movement sends condolences to both the leaders and peoples of Iran and Iraq for these colossal loses, and share their grief at this trying moment.

“IMN received the very sad news of the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Soleimani and the Iraqi Commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in US airstrike at Baghdad international airport today. We strongly condemned this provocative airstrike ordered by President Trump.

“The US killing of Soleimani is a ‘declaration of war’ on Iran, which has now dangerously made the world on the edge of a very destructive war. For quite some time now, President Trump has been looking for ways to drag the Iranian nation to a senseless war.

“However the US killers, God willing, will not be able to achieve any of their goals with this great crime. Rather, all of Hajj Qassem’s goals will be accomplished by the greatness of his soul and blood.

“This will be accomplished by his brothers, children, and students from resistance men and mujahideen from all the peoples of the world that reject humiliation and submission to the tyrants of this century.

“Indeed Hajj Soleimani will forever be remembered because he led the destruction of the murderous ISIS terrorism that the genocidal US regime created, trained, armed and sustained.

“He was an enigmatic General who led from the front lines, and was an active supporter of the Palestinian freedom cause.

“He was an ardent anti-imperialist who gave the United States of America and their stooges in the region sleepless nights both in terms of ideas, and more importantly at the battle fronts that they prompted.

“The Islamic Movement sends condolences to both the leaders and peoples of Iran and Iraq for these colossal loses, and shares their grief at this trying moment.

“Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Imam of our time Imam Mahdi (ATFS), the supreme leader Imam Khamenei and Ayatollah Sayyed Sistani for the Martyrdom of Hajj Qasim Soleimani and Hajj Abu Mahdi AlMohandis and all the Martyrs. Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon.”


Twitter tags ‘world war 3’ as Trump send airstrikes to iran which killed Commander of Iran’s quds.

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The Pentagon has confirmed that commander of Iran’s Quds Force has been killed in a United States air strike ordered by President Donald Trump and aimed at “deterring future Iranian attack plans”.

Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), were among those killed in the attack at Baghdad International Airport on Friday, January 3rd the PMF said in a statement.

Commander of Iran

The Iraqi military said three rockets were fired at the airport, with the total number of people killed unclear. In a statement, the Pentagon said the US had taken “decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad” by killing Soleimani, who heads what the US describes as a foreign terrorist organization.

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world” the statement said.

In a statement, the PMF confirmed the pair “were martyred by an American strike.”

According to the Pentagon, Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members, and the wounding of thousands more, the Pentagon added.

The Pentagon also blamed Soleimani for orchestrating attacks on coalition bases in Iraq in recent months, including an attack on December 27 that culminated in the deaths of additional American and Iraqi personnel

Earlier today, the Pentagon confirmed that commander of Iran’s Quds Force has been killed in a United States air strike ordered by President Donald Trump.

Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), were among those killed in the attack at Baghdad International Airport.

With Iran expected to respond to the attack on its sovereignty by US, social media is already awash with reactions and talks of possible ‘World War 3’ if the situation is not properly managed.