Soleimani’s Iran Terror Network Revealed!
Barry Nussbaum: Hello and welcome to ATP Report, I'm Barry Nussbaum. Our extremely special guest today is Clare Lopez, the Vice President for Research at the Center for Security Policy. She has an extensive Middle East background. She understands what's going on over there, especially in regards to the Islamic revolution being exported out of Tehran like nobody else, which is why she's our special contributor to ATP Report. Clare, thank you for joining us today.
Clare Lopez: And thank you, Barry, for having me on. Very glad to be with you, as always.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, let's get going. We have some dramatic news that has taken place in the past week. As the world knows, President Trump took a dramatic action with a drone strike at the airport taking out several cars, one of which contained the leader of the Quds Force, the Jerusalem Force, and the IRGC in Iran, General Suleimani generally regarded as the number two guy in the country. The response from the White House and from Republican leaders has been one of complete satisfaction that the leader of probably the biggest terror network on planet Earth has been dispatched. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm on one side of the aisle in the US Congress is not matched by enthusiasm on the other side. Bernie Sanders, for example, has said that killing Soleimani was the same as if Putin kills dissidents in Russia as if those equate. Other Democrats have called it an assassination of a world leader. Others question why Trump did it now? Was it the right thing to do? Clare Lopez, what's your take on what happened?
Clare Lopez: Well, the attack which took place actually at the Baghdad airport in Iraq this past Friday, almost a week ago now, 3rd of January,2020 was the culmination or the high point of a whole series of events in Iraq that had begun with incessant attacks by one of the Iraqi Shiite terror militias called Kataib Hezbollah and many attacks had already happened, but finally, they took the life of an American citizen, a contractor, and injured four American troops. That was the red line for President Trump. He ordered the hit against Qasem Soleimani because he, Major General Qasem Soleimani, commanded the Quds Force, which he had directed, had actually established, and then directed these terror militias Kataib Hezbollah being one of them. And then followed after the attacks against our troops the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and then aftermath since then.
Barry Nussbaum: So before we get into the background of what they think in Tehran, let's talk about just the reaction from both sides of the aisle. Was it the right thing to do? Is there any doubt in your mind that this should have happened and when it should have happened?
Clare Lopez: No, there's no doubt in my mind at all. President Trump had explicitly said his red line was the killing of any Americans and when that happened, they crossed that red line, and he responded, as he should, as Commander in Chief, defending Americans and defending American sovereignty and presence in our embassy and for us as well in Baghdad.
Barry Nussbaum: Iran has the strict Islamic country of the Shia variety. Tell us what their Constitution says. Literally embodied in the Constitution, there's verbiage about what they're supposed to be doing to export their version of Islam the Shia variety. Talk to us about that. What is the goal under that Constitution that might have some background and give our viewers an insight into why they behave the way they do?
Clare Lopez: That's a really important point, Barry. In the Iranian Constitution, which is in English online, translated it says very clearly that the entire purpose of the existence of the Iranian regime that took power in 1979 is to wage jihad in order to establish an Islamic state globally the world over under rule of Islamic law. It names the IRGC, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as an ideological army entrusted with that mission of waging jihad and exporting the revolution all over the world.
Barry Nussbaum: Has anybody read it? I mean, you talk about it like you could pick it up off the Internet in 30 seconds. Why isn't this well known as if these people are crazy and did something wacky when in reality what you're telling us is since 1979 it's been their mein kampf, that you're going to cancel normal relations, we're going to conquer the world and here's the document that codifies it.
Clare Lopez: Well, you know, it's not just the Constitution, either Barry. In that Constitution, they quote directly from the Quran, Verse 8:60, which says, "Make ready your power to the utmost of your ability, including states of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemy." That's in the Constitution. So it's not just the Shia version or Sunni version, this is Islam. This is what it is. This is what it has always been since at least the 10th century, and they quote the Quran for that purpose. I think our Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has read it. Some of the things he said make me confident that he has. Perhaps the President also knows this, but you're right, too many others don't.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, obviously it's not just what the Constitution says, but who you get to carry it out. So talk to me a little bit if you can where did General Soleimani fit into this? Obviously, as you said, the Head of the Quds Force, the Jerusalem forces, was one of their stated missions is to liberate Jerusalem from the infidels, the Jews, and Christians that are defiling that holy spot. What were his activities? How does he fit in as far as the role that he just failed that it now has a new person in that place?
Clare Lopez: So, Qasem Soleimani was born in 1957, and he came of age as the revolution began in 1979. He joined the IRGC right off the bat. He was sent to the battlefields in the war between Iran and Iraq in the nineteen-eighties, where, according to reports, he acquitted himself with great courage and honor that made his reputation. He moved on later to the Quds Force and, in 1998, became Commander of the Quds Force. That means three years before 9/11. So he was the lead Iranian official in charge of the Iranian and Hezbollah role in 9/11, and we could go along with a long list of the attacks against Americans in America that he was involved in from that point on.
Barry Nussbaum: So what you're saying is the United States has designated Iran the leading state sponsor of terror in the entire world and the IRGC and its various proxies such as Hezbollah as terror groups, therefore, the head Terrorist worldwide would have been General Soleimani, am I correct?
Clare Lopez: Yes, exactly, it was his job and the job of the Quds force to establish and then to arm and fund and train and back these many different Shia proxy militia forces. You named Hezbollah with the name Hamas as well, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, all of these terror Shia militias in Iraq that wreak such havoc with Iranian explosives against our own troops and coalition troops and Iraqis during the middle 2000's but that was their job to export the revolution, to do that by means of proxy militias to export Islamic terror. That's what they did.
Barry Nussbaum: So with that understanding and obviously you're not giving us this education because there's some secret source of information that Clare Lopez gets her hands on everybody has access to this information, it's open-source, correct?
Clare Lopez: Absolutely, some of this is contained, for example, in the 9/11 Commission report of August 2004. A lot of the other pieces of information that I have for about Qasem Soleimani and the Quds Force and especially the role of Iran and Hezbollah, together with al-Qaida in the attacks of 9/11 that comes from the Havlish case again, totally open source. A 9/11, a legal case in which Judge George Daniels, Southern District of New York in December 2011, ruled that Iran and Hezbollah were co-responsible with al-Qaida for the attacks of 9/11 that's all open source. As well as a multitude of open-source reporting about other attacks in which Iran and al-Qaida, Hezbollah working together were involved. You know, the Khobar Towers in 1996, East African embassy bombings in 1998, USS Cole in 2000, and on, as we said, 9/11, the explosive devices sent into Iraq that shredded, maimed, killed our, our, people there. On we go.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, President Trump made it very clear, as did Mike Pompeo this week, that Soleimani and his operatives have been responsible for hundreds of American deaths and thousands of injuries, casualties worldwide, not to mention the terror that's been fermented in other countries. How in the world could anybody in their right mind lament the death of this character?
Clare Lopez: No idea but what we really need to emphasize, that the threat that Soleimani in his Quds force presented and wielded against America and the United States continues and in particular, I'll say that Hezbollah, an organization that pre-dated Qasem Soleimani's command of the Quds Force but nevertheless, with which he works directly later, Hezbollah has operational cells all over the United States and certain key Iranian regime leadership figures have said that is one possible means by which the regime could consider to take revenge against the United States.
Barry Nussbaum: Thanks for joining us today on American Truth Report. A special thank you to Clare Lopez for joining us. Please remember to send a text message to 8 8 2 0 2 and put the message TRUTH in the report, rather the message to us, and you'll get the ATP Report every day or so on your cell phone. Send 8 8 2 0 2 The word TRUTH, and you'll be subscribed for free. For ATP Report, I'm Barry Nussbaum.