Khamenei slaps America in the face by refusing to receive Trump message from Abe

Iran’s leader administered a brazen insult to the United States when he told visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Thursday, June 13, that he did not consider President Donald Trump “worthy” of an exchange of messages with him. “I do not have and will not have any response for him,” he told the Japanese prime minister, crudely knocking down his visitor’s effort to ease the spiraling US-Iranian tensions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei went on to say that Trump’s promise not to seek regime change in Iran was “a lie” and he did not believe Washington’s offer of “honest negotiations” with Tehran. 

Not content with that insult, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggested that an American provocation was behind the “reported attacks on Japan-related” oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. That they took place while Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was meeting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was “beyond suspicious,” he tweeted.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that behind Iran’s attempt to throw off suspicion for a string of attacks lies the discovery by US intelligence that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were responsible for the explosions on two supertankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13, just as they were for the four tankers sabotaged opposite the UAE port of Fujairah on May 12 and 14. This IRGC war plan consists of three escalating phases of aggression, targeting Gulf oil targets and US, Saudi, Israeli and other American allies in the Middle East. Masterminded by Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, it is aimed at compelling the Trump administration to lift its harsh sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports.

Thursday’s attack in the two supertankers in the Gulf of Oman signaled the start of the second stage of the program after the first failed to dent Washington’s resolve.
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Our sources add that Khamenei’s decision to throw down the gauntlet puts President Trump on the spot for picking it up. Trump has until now held to his resolve to avoid a military clash with Iranian forces in the Gulf, the Middle East or in Syria. However, the all-powerful Iranian leader has raised the stakes to prove his theory that America is just a paper tiger and Iran’s strategy of belligerence will pay off and confirm its standing as the leading regional power.

Against the first round of Iranian attacks, Trump stuck to a policy of military restraint. That policy failed to hold Iran in check. Now it has been seized by Khamenei as a stick for beating Washington. If the US does not use its might to strike back, other adversaries, such as China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong un, will follow Khamenei’s example.

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64 thoughts on “Khamenei slaps America in the face by refusing to receive Trump message from Abe

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 16:46 at 16:46
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    Hmmm…..interesting. But the main question remains Qui Bono (who profits)? I would put Israel as main beneficiary here as it tries to stage a war between US and Iran for more than twenty years. Ynon plan anyone?
    So the main suspect in the whole affair is Israel not Iran. It smacks of another gulf of Tonkin incident or better yet it could be compared to attempt to sink American Liberty ship by Israel in 1968 in order to incite US to attack Egypt. This attack stinks to heaven and there is no rational explanation why Iran should do that. There is nothing to gain for Iran and a war with US puts it on path of huge destruction. Only Israel would gain from that war.

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 16:57 at 16:57
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      Hmm.. maybe the more interesting question is how you managed to get internet in the
      Insanis Domum (crazy house).

      • Jun 13, 2019 @ 18:00 at 18:00
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        I live in sane house, at least till now. I’m not Iranian if that’s what you try to suggest here. Anyway, from Iranian point of view waiting is the best option here. Why? Because US has much bigger problem than Iran. It’s called China. On another hand Israel knows that to. So it would be quite logical for them to try to put US in a corner with Iran in order to change that priority. Because if US fights with China Israeli problems would be put on backburner. Who knows, maybe forever.

        • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:08 at 19:08
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          iran ve israil kardeştir çünkü iran kendi kurmuş olduğu part imparatorluğu aramice akatça ibranice farsça peştuca acemce asurca sümerce mezopotamyaca ve diğer ibrani dilleri kullanmıştır iran tarihini israil halkı ve israil rejimi iyi araştırsın lütfen iran kötü bir devlet değildir

          • Jun 13, 2019 @ 20:35 at 20:35
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            Well I seriously doubt that. I was true before Khomeini come to power but now Israel sees Iran as its worst enemy. And vice versa.

      • Jun 14, 2019 @ 18:39 at 18:39
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        israilin nükleer silahları nükleer tesislerini kimse denetlemiyor abdnin ortadoğu askeri üslerinde bulundurduğu nükleer silahlar ortadoğu ülkeleri için tehdit oluşturuyor

        • Jun 14, 2019 @ 18:40 at 18:40
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          abd rusyanın nükleer silahları dünya ülkeleri için tehdit oluşturuyor israilin nükleer tesislerini kimse araştırmıyor gündeme getirilmiyor gündeme getirilsede israilin nükleer silahları tesisleri denetlenmiyor

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 17:11 at 17:11
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      Exactly. “no rational explanation” = Iran’s leaders ARE NOT rational!!

      • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:13 at 19:13
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        bu israil halkı ne kadar iranlıları çok seviyorki sürekli ne varsa iran aşağı iran yukarı diye çok seviyor

      • Jun 13, 2019 @ 20:38 at 20:38
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        that is the correct point, the Mullah’s and their 12th Imam, are not rational, not by a long shot.
        Hence why they demonize US, Israel last 40 years, when they could have given up terror for oil profits, foreign investment, more.

        • Jun 13, 2019 @ 21:43 at 21:43
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          It was Israel that bought oil from ISIS thus funding ISIS, and the US who provided arms to ISIS via the FSA. It is not your fault that you are too dumb to see what your leaders are doing.

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 17:26 at 17:26
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      No, Israel would be drawn into any war and we’d see Hezbollah and Hamas pitching in. Israel would sustain a lot of damage which will hurt its economy. And that’s for a fairly contained exchange. In this instance, its the Iranians squaring off with the US. Neither side will want a war, but probably will get one anyway. Iran is cornered so, they have every incentive to bring pressure on Trump to relieve the economic stranglehold. They want to strike covertly in a limited fashion, so as to raise the pressure but not create a casus belli for direct retaliation. Israel does benefit from the ongoing pressure as is being applied now, with very few shots fired, containing Iranian presence in Syria, etc. There is no reason that they would not want this to continue until Iran is broken without a major war. So these attacks are unlikely to be attributed to the Israelis, but to Iran instead.

      • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:12 at 19:12
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        iran ve rusya hint-avrupa dil ailesinden akrabadır slav aryan fars acem acar peştu sankrit oset kafkas ırkıdır iran ve rusya akraba benzer ırklardır

        • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:26 at 19:26
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          israil devleti kadar ortadoğuya bela olan bir devlet yok sürekli israil devleti halk tarafından körüklenerek bir sorun arıyor israil devleti halbuki iran hiçkimseye tehdit değil asla

          • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:27 at 19:27
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            iran asla ortadoğu ülkelerine veya herhangi bir devlete tehdit değildir iran hiçkimseyi hedef almıyor

      • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:16 at 19:16
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        iran ve israil kardeş halklardır çünkü iran part imparatorluğu döneminde ve daha nice bilinmeyen iran imparatorluklarında ibrani diller kullanmıştır bence israil halkı israil devleti iran tarihini imparatorluklarını iyi araştırsın

        • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:18 at 19:18
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          israil halkı ve israil devleti iran tarihini iyi araştırsın iran iyidir iran asla zulüm işgal yapmamıştır iranı sevin kıymetini bilin

          • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:20 at 19:20
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            israil halkı israil devleti iranın kıymetini bilin iran imparatorluk geçmişinde asla zulüm işgal yapmadı değerini bilin iranın iran güzel bir devlettir

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 18:27 at 18:27
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      CognitoMan – You state, “Only Israel would gain from that war.” That’s far from being true! Iran has paid, trained & armed hostile Militias throughout the middle East causing death & destruction to Countries that are not friendly to Iran.
      Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza are all experiencing Iranian interference in their own Country’s from trained Iranian Militias. Its to the point where Iran has openly & actively demonstrated their strong will to control the Middle East thru subversion & militias. CognitMan you couldn’t be more wrong.

      • Jun 13, 2019 @ 20:42 at 20:42
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        You can say exactly the same about Israel. And much more. In the same geographical area. At least till now Iran did not invade any country for at least 300 years. Compare that to what Israel did in that part of the world in its short existence. Case closed.

        • Jun 14, 2019 @ 4:33 at 4:33
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          “Case closed” only in heads like yours.

      • Jun 13, 2019 @ 21:47 at 21:47
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        “Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza are all experiencing Iranian interference in their own Country’s from trained Iranian Militias.”

        What do you call it when the US invades and occupies Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria? Does that count as “interference”?

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 18:43 at 18:43
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      I agree with CogitoMan, except that I’m not so sure the aim is to stage a war between US and Iran. Could it be aimed at creating a climate in which a nuclear strike on Iran is accepted by western leaders?

      • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:22 at 19:22
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        ey debka medyası yazılanları çarpıtma ne söyleniyorsa aynen kalıcı hale getir lütfen hep çarpıtıyorsun yazılanları

      • Jun 14, 2019 @ 3:52 at 3:52
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        re: “Could it be aimed at creating a climate in which a nuclear strike on Iran is accepted by western leaders?”

        My dear God I pray this is true. A nuclear strike on Iran would put an end to this 40 year evil.

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:11 at 19:11
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      I hope this will not end up looking like another version of Obama`s infamous Red Line in Syria, Which made him look like a joke.

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:35 at 19:35
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      israil kadar zorba işgalci bir devlet yok ortadoğuda israil sürekli sorun arama peşinde körfezdeki patlatmayı centcom mossad ingiliz istihbarat ajanları yaptı

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 12:07 at 12:07
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      bölgedeki asıl sorunların kaynağı mossad istihbarat terör örgütüdür

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 14:34 at 14:34
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      Your perspective deserves serious thought. Of course, why are we here now? How long has America looked the other way as this Iranian regime went about killing our soldiers, etc.? Even the grovelling Obama, our enemies’ greatest friend in so many ways, could not move the leaders of Iran toward a serious detente, throwing cash and the whimpering Kerry into their world. As to the ’68 attack by Israel…are you so sure of your claim, your 50 year old claim? Why not look back 100 years for some dirt?

      I think the leaders of Iran need to go. I have my reasons and I think in general the people of Iran might join in such a wish. I also suspect you do not like the state of Israel and wish it would be wiped off the map forever.

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 15:45 at 15:45
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      Iran has killed many more US servicemen than it has killed Israelis. Iranian trolls like yourself expect the US to absorb casualties from Iran and not do anything about it. Sorry that you missed the 2016 election, but Trump is now president and will not bow to Iran

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 16:26 at 16:26
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      israil mossad abd cıa centcom nato dünyanın savaş kaos kargaşasının baş aktörleridir

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 20:31 at 20:31
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      Iran knows they can’t dominate. So, Iran will disrupt, but over time that comes back still on them. America Oil will be in bigger demand and setting Oil Well now just takes Days not Months. Global Powers will turn to America sooner not later.

    • Jun 16, 2019 @ 0:10 at 0:10
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      Nonsense. Iran has been doing this kind of stupidity forever. Everyone knows that. Trump isn’t going to be duped into a war with them. He doesn’t need one. He’s impoverishing the country to the extent they will eventually have a rebellion and good riddance to the mullahs. Psychotic creeps like you think Israel is the problem. If so, go live in Tehran for ten minutes. They’d stick you in Evin Prison, cut your testicles off and beat you with cudgels until you were senseless, the way they do with everybody with an opinion.

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 16:50 at 16:50
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    IS US BECAME A WEAK COUNTRY SINCE BUSH ? REAGAN BILL CLINTION AND BUSH,? iran is defying us and there is no action from us .
    i remember when iran was playing the role by sinking oil tankers of its neighbours. TO PROTECT THEM PRESIDENT REAGN PUT ALL THOSE TANKERS UNDER AMERICAN PROTECTION . THEN CAM THE ATTACK AGAINST ONE. REAGAN DECLARED IT AN ACT OF WAR AGAINST US THEN US NAVY ENTERED IN WAR WITH IRAN FORCES . THE RESULTAT OF THAT THE IRANIAN NAVY ENTIRE DESTROYED AND SOME IRAN OIL PLATTEFORM OCCUPIED BU US MARINE. SINCE THAT EVENT IRANIAN HAD STOP DEFYING US BECAUSE THE LESSON WAS VERY HARD FOR THE IRANIANS.
    OBAMA WAS WEAK AND NOW TRUMP SEEMS TO BEWEAK TOO

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 17:07 at 17:07
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    Get arms to the people of Iran and let them do the fighting.

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 17:18 at 17:18
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    If the US does not use its might to strike back, other adversaries, such as China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong un, will follow Khamenei’s example.

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:30 at 19:30
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      What a load of garbage. Trump should immediately fire Pompeo, Bolton and Haspel or be impeached.

      • Jun 14, 2019 @ 0:21 at 0:21
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        KGB Putin should be impeached and imprisoned in the Kremlin for doing more to aid Russia’s ENEMIES than Russia.

        Russia supplies oil and gas to Western Europe and a War which knocks out Fascist Iran will raise the price of oil and DIRECTLY put money in Putins bank account.

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 17:35 at 17:35
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    Iran wants Trump to go to war and risk presidency. USA can play proxy as well as anyone. The Scorpion has to be crushed for otherwise it gets stronger and harder to deal with everyday. I would arm an insurgency from within, hit a palace or two, and get all the people of Iran in the street

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 17:39 at 17:39
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    The Iranians havent done enough damage yet. Trump wont do anything until he absolutely has to. As was said the other day by US General McKenzie – they are there “to warn Iran not do something goofy”. So far on the goofy-meter its pretty low level. But as we know when everyone is hanging around with their guns drawn it only takes one mistake. One hunch I have though, is that Trump has given his commanders the go-ahead to WIN if the order comes to strike. Who would like to swap places with an Iranian Republican Guard right now?

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 2:20 at 2:20
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      Your post makes sense. The US has awesome power to bear on Iran. The president must use it carefully. Some posts here are impatient for childish use of force. The Iranians are not stupid, slowly cranking up the heat, testing the US. I think Donald Trump is not a weasel. He will act when he thinks it’s appropriate. I just don’t see him as an Obama type issuing empty threats. He also has to consider the political atmosphere in the US. Surely the Democrats and some Republicans will attack him no mater what he does, but especially if he appears to act precipitously. That can weaken his hand and complicate his strategy with Iran. Iranian leaders are not crazy but they are fanatical in their religion which has a history of subjugation and humiliation of their conquered subjects who they always believed were inferior “dhimmi.”. Iranian leaders believe their enemy are infidels, so Iranian leaders believe they will win any confrontation because they have God (Allah) on their side.

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 16:29 at 16:29
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      körfezdeki patlatmayı mossad ajanları cıa ajanları nato ajanları centcom askerleri ortak yaptılar fars körfezindeki patlatmayı bu dörtlü istihbaratçılar ortak yaptılar

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 18:54 at 18:54
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    Restraint is often cited or eyed as weakness. Dresden, Hamburg, Nagasaki, and Hiroshima will be more than happy to vouch that poking the tiger is a bad strategy.

    After the “last” poke, . . . Tehran has a life expectancy of maybe 30 minutes, . . . if the Navy is on coffee break. Not on break will cut that in half.

    Pearl Harbor was one “last” poke, . . . Tehran needs to be careful, . . . as they seem to be headed that way.

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 18:56 at 18:56
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    It’s time for the US Air Force to send a message that can’t be refused.
    Ayatollah needs to get his final goat while the getting is still good.

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 0:24 at 0:24
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      The Ayatoolahs need to be in a Naked Pyramid in Qom where gay Persians can give a little “payback” to the Ayatoolas.

      Marg Bar Iran!

      LONG LIVE PERSIA!

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:09 at 19:09
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    The US has a message for you on the the tip of a tactical nuke.

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:36 at 19:36
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    if Iran attack US forces direct, may a reaction will come
    but
    the american will not move a finger to save the arabs

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 19:37 at 19:37
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      and
      the american will not move a finger to save the jews

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 21:24 at 21:24
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    …Just watch the seldom washed Ayatollahs’ skirts turn bright brown – once the U.S Navy
    takes a few shots at them…

    • Jun 13, 2019 @ 23:20 at 23:20
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      @Israeli- The Iranians aren’t a bunch of Saudis. They tend to bite back properly. Trump needs to tread carefully otherwise along with the Iranians pop goes various world economies in the process just as we enter the end of the global business cycle

      • Jun 14, 2019 @ 2:14 at 2:14
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        You sound like you’re afraid of Persia. You must not be American.

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 21:59 at 21:59
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    son todos recursos tacticos para obtener beneficios estrategicos !! , pero ojo !! no vaya a ser que algun error de calculo haga escalar la crisis de forma tal que la desescalada sea muy dificil para ambos actores !! espero que en todo caso,los ataques sean a activos militares,no a ciudades !!
    saludos,

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 23:17 at 23:17
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    As long as someone can manage our orange friend so he doesn’t totally mess up here then all is OK

  • Jun 13, 2019 @ 23:42 at 23:42
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    VIVA DE REVOLUCION!!
    CUBA SI!
    YANKI NO!!

  • Jun 14, 2019 @ 1:41 at 1:41
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    It’s puzzling why the anti-Semites and Israel haters are so fascinated with following DEBKA and actively posting comments. One can only guess it’s for attention –negative attention is better than no attention at all.

  • Jun 14, 2019 @ 2:53 at 2:53
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    TIME FOR DIPLOMACY IS OVER: let the language of weapons decide who prevails in this ordeal.
    Iran seems to know extremely well the consequences of a regional war and presumably Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the US are fully aware too. Today June 13th, 2019 the Islamic Republic of Iran (via the IRGC Navy) overtly fired the first clear shot by damaging 2 oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman; therefore, it is time for CENTCOM, the IDF and the Arabs to deliver a military response.
    If the US (and its allies) fail to military respond in the next 72 hours, the Iranian regime will perceive this inaction as a symptom of weakness coming from their enemies.

    • Jun 14, 2019 @ 9:54 at 9:54
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      I agree. A few bunker busters on Iran’s nuclear installations and the general public will revolt and take back their country from the Ayatollah. We bombed the Japanese in WW2 and now they are one of our best friends and allies.

      • Jun 14, 2019 @ 12:49 at 12:49
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        That is what you think.

  • Jun 14, 2019 @ 3:00 at 3:00
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    I do hope trump is tough and the arab league dosnt want west doing battle for them see jeremiah ch 49v34-39 elam -Iran= gods plans for it

  • Jun 14, 2019 @ 9:03 at 9:03
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    Looking forward to the next “incident”.Point of no return is soon coming.

  • Jun 14, 2019 @ 17:30 at 17:30
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    With the sophisticated satellite surveillance that is certainly in place over the Gulf and nearby, one would think there would be clearer proof of what explosions happened on these tankers and from what source. Mere accusations and protests are not enough to warrant serious broad-scale warfare.

  • Jun 14, 2019 @ 18:52 at 18:52
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    Israel has one enemy and that is Iran. Eliminate Iran and all Israels problems will slowly disappear.

  • Jun 15, 2019 @ 18:54 at 18:54
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    The refusal of America for this next ‘Netanyahu/Neocon Clean Break War’ has triggered a cascade of effects on Israel and the Israel Lobby in the US

    America has had blinders pulled off and is shocked to see the ‘Netanyahu/Neocon Axis’ using the same false flags they used on Iraq, as well as Syria. ‘Netanyahu/Neocons gave their Next Clean Break War’, this time on Iran, and nobody came. SO BUSTED – for Iraq, Syria, and now Iran

  • Jun 16, 2019 @ 18:31 at 18:31
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    Firstly: To Debka-file: please forbid all foreign language posts immediately.
    Secondly: President Trump is not likely to take ayatollahs’ brazen personal insults lying down.
    The world is waiting “for the other shoe to drop…”

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