General Salami also declared that the U.S. strategy in Iraq has failed, including the drive to have the existing Shi'a-led Iraqi government give the Sunni population a proportional role and direct representation; that the U.S.-led coalition of 60 countries (Operation Inherent Resolve) against the Islamic State has failed, and that the successful Houthi (Shi'a) revolt against the U.S.-backed government in Yemen are all victories for the Islamic Republic of Iran. For its part the Iranian Parliament's intent was made clear by Mohammad Hassan Asafari who announced legislation authorizing the enrichment of uranium to 60% should the U.S. Congress pass legislation increasing sanctions against Iran.
The final announcement made yesterday was that an ongoing Shi'a revolution will topple the government (Constitutional Monarchy) of the U.S.-backed Kingdom of Bahrain under Sunni Muslim King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa. Bahrain has long been the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet Headquarters and operations in the Gulf.
Assessment: One would have to willingly dismiss these world-world realities, as U.S. President Barack Obama apparently has, to not understand that the Islamic Republic of Iran is operating in a state of war (jihad) against the United States of America; the State of Israel; the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the now overthrown Republic of Yemen and several other U.S. allies in the region. In the absence of a credible and deterrent American policy for the entire Middle East region (see map above) at the start of 2015, the newly crowned King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel cannot afford to wait much longer to resolutely take military action against the Iranian war machine being brought against them on several fronts.
Iranian mourners carry a portrait of Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a commander of the Islamic republic's Revolutionary Guards killed in an Israeli air strike on the weekend on Syria, during his funeral procession in Tehran on January 21, 2015. (Photo credit: AFP/ATTA KENARE)
25 January 2015: In light of the action which eternally dispatched a dozen IRGC and Hezbollah commanders, General Ali Allahdadi and Jihad Mughniyeh in particular, the glaring absence of any statement or appearance of IRGC Qods Force (IRGC-QF) Commander General Qasem Soleimani must be accounted as a confirmation of reports earlier this month of a reported nearly successful assassination attempt of the commander by Islamic State forces in Iraq. The entire upper echelon of the IRGC officer corps are now on record making public pronouncements on the death of General Allahdadi - except for Qasem Soleimani.
There is one report in Iranian media which indicates he led the Ziarat-e Ashura prayer at Allahdadi's funeral service in Tehran. However, that report may well be Iranian disinformation because a similar report on the funeral in The Times of Israel makes no specific mention of this key function in the service or even of Soleimani's physical presence. An AFP photographer Atta Kenare was present at the service, but not one image of Soleimani is among the many taken by him, such as the above image and several others published in the ToI article.
As an aside, the ever increasing number of senior Iranian officers becoming KIA statistics in Iraq and Syria is becoming quite pronounced, especially now with the addition to this list of 12 more by the Israeli Hellfire. The most that Iran has done in response thus far is to burn Israeli flags on the streets of Tehran.
22 January 2015: Even though Israel's leadership did not have the real-time intel to know who was in those cars on Sunday... God did! Whatever may come in the aftermath of this critical event God knows, He has known it from before the foundation of the earth. I believe this event was an appointed warning of even greater judgments imminently coming upon those whose hatred and evil intent towards Israel, and the God of Israel whom they currently do not know, knows no bounds.
Mr. Netanyahu, leaders of Israel's government: you must recognize the hand of of the LORD your God, the God of all Israel, has moved against your enemies. Asaph's prophetic prayer, "Keep Thou not silence, O God; hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God," (Psalm 83:1) is being answered before your eyes. "Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness. Otherwise, thou also shalt be cut off." (Romans 11:22) Look to Him, He alone is the salvation of all Israel.
20 January 2015: I do not believe for a microsecond that anyone in the Israeli civilian government, military or intelligence apparatus knew beforehand that IRGC Qods Force General Mohammed Ali Allahdadi, or Iranian Colonel Ali Reza al-Tabatabai, the commander of IRGC-Lebanon Radwan Brigade, or Commander Mohammed Issa of the Hezbollah forces in Iraq and Syria would accompany Jihad Mughniyeh and Abbas Hijazi on their inspection tour of the Golan front. I believe that the entire upper echelon of the Israeli government were stunned to the point of ashen white faces upon learning that their approved preemptive strike had also killed these senior Iranian officers. I believe Iran sent these officers to accompany Jihad Mughniyeh in the belief that Israel would not dare strike due to their presence. As the saying goes, no battle plan, however well conceived, survives first contact with the enemy, and especially when the command element does not have real-time intelligence to fail-safe or abort a strike in-progress.