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Iranian general urges Afghanistan to fight U.S.

Mullah’s are starting to really push their luck…

(AP)  TEHRAN: A senior Iranian military commander urged Afghans on Saturday to use force to kick American troops out of their country, hinting that “new resistance groups” could launch attacks on U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, a senior figure in the powerful Revolutionary Guard and the deputy head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there are indications that Afghans will “soon open new fronts” against “the obsolete, worn-out American empire.”

The U.S. has accused Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of supplying powerful roadside bombs to militants in Afghanistan fighting NATO forces. Iran has denied that it is supplying arms to fighters in Afghanistan.

Anti-U.S. sentiments have grown in Afghanistan after the killing of 16 civilians, including nine children, allegedly by a U.S. soldier in southern Kandahar province, as well the accidental burning of Quran holy books by American troops. The U.S. soldier has been identified as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 38.

“Based on the existing indications, new fronts will soon be opened against invaders in order to ground the obsolete, worn-out American empire,” Jazayeri said. “Creation of resistance groups and hitting American interests are among measures that can be taken.”

He did not elaborate. The comments by Jazayeri were posted Saturday on the Guard’s website, sepahnews.com. It is the strongest comments ever by an Iranian official against American troops in Afghanistan.

“The Americans must know that the Afghan nation … is tired of the illegitimate presence of invaders … and deserve to use force and offensive operations to kick invading enemies from their soil,” he said.

Jazayeri said Afghans should make their territory unsafe for American troops.

“The United States should not be immune from the biting attacks for insulting Quran and massacring the innocent Afghan and Pakistani people. American troops must experience the bitter taste of revenge so that they won’t feel security in any part of the region,” he said.

The U.S. and Tehran are at odds over Iran’s controversial nuclear program, and some analysts fear that Iran will respond with proxy forces if the confrontation becomes violent.

What if moment: A nuclear detonation over Washington DC

It is perhaps unsurprising that a nuclear bomb set off in the nation’s capital would cause devastating and widespread damage.

Yet the simple conclusion did not put the government off, and they commissioned a report to assess the impact of a potential terror attack on Washington, D.C.

The results are far from comforting: the half-mile radius around the bomb would have a low chance of survival and most buildings – including that of the federal government – would be destroyed.

Devastating: The government conducted a study into the extensive damage on Washington D.C., its federal buildings, people’s health and surrounding areas if a nuclear bomb was detonated in the city center

The study simulated a nuclear strike on 16th and K streets, which is the heart of the city and just a couple of blocks from the White House.

Buildings including the White House, the Capitol, Treasury Department, Old Executive Office Building and many along the National Mall would be instantly destroyed.

The next half mile would suffer extensive damage, fires and serious injuries, and those within three miles could suffer minor injuries and slight damage to their homes.

But it was the fallout which the National Capital Region: Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism study – held last year – suggested could be the most fearful aspect.

Frightening: One image on the report shows the damage zone around the detonation point

Help: Another image shows the plan of action if a nuclear bomb was detonated

Spread: Another image shows the different radioactive fallout depending on the month

It suggests that unlike bombs detonated in the Cold War, which were designed to decimate entire cities, the smaller bomb would leave survivors – and asks, what would they have to deal with?

The study, which was reported on Gizmodo, points out that radioactive fallout would vary depending on the time of year.

In April, Washington’s Bethesda area would suffer the brunt of the dust, while throughout the rest of the year, the city’s poorer regions and Northern Virginia would be exposed.

Within 10 to 20 miles of the explosion, radioactive exposure would cause nausea and vomiting within hours, and death without medical treatment.

But for those near enough to the blast, experiencing more than 800R of radiation, not seeking shelter immediately would cause deaths with or without medical treatment, the study found.

People would not be able to evacuate this area as fallout would arrive within just 10 minutes.


       Radiation: The higher the bars, the greater the dose of radiation one hour after detonation

Another graphic shows areas of radioactive expose. People in the dark blue area would not survive

                   Safety points: This image shows that rooms underground offer more protection

And for those not in this zone, many could die from the effects years later, as the fallout spreads across the country.

The report worryingly concludes: ‘The magnitude of a terrorist attack involving [such an attack] will overwhelm all response resources.’

It merely offers suggestions on how to survive, such as: ‘The best initial action immediately following a nuclear explosion is to take shelter in the nearest and most protective building or structure and listen for instructions from authorities.’

‘After an unexplained dazzling flash of light, do not approach windows, and stay behind cover for at least a minute to prevent injuries from flying and falling debris, such as broken glass.’


No hope: The report suggests that downtown nuclear explosive would destroy the Capitol

Target: The White House would also be destroyed, along with buildings along the National Mall

It adds: ‘People should expect to remain sheltered for at least 12 to 24 hours.

‘During that time, the intensity of fallout radiation will decrease greatly, allowing for less hazardous egress from dangerous fallout areas.’

The study also shows diagrams of houses and suggests which type of home is best designed to protect you from radioactive poisoning.

The worst areas are outside home and the tops of apartment blocks, it explains. Buildings without basements offer ‘slight’ protection and those with basements are ‘adequate’. Best of all are properties with shelters.

The full report can be seen here.

WOULD YOU SURVIVE? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF D.C. WAS HIT BY A NUKE

The National Capital Region: Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism study considers where the most damage would fall if a nuclear bomb was set off on 16th and K streets, the heart of downtown Washington D.C.:

The Severe Damage Zone (half mile radius): Most buildings destroyed, hazards and radiation initially prevents entry into the area; low survival likelihood.

The Moderate Damage Zone (half to 1 mile radius): Significant building damage and rubble, downed utility poles, overturned automobiles, fires, and many serious injuries. Early medical assistance can significantly improve the number of survivors.

Light Damage Zone (1 to 3 miles radius): Windows broken, mostly minor injuries that are highly survivable even without immediate medical care

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116177/What-happen-nuclear-bomb-hit-Washington-D-C.html#ixzz1pNy6o0YV

Iran cut off from global financial system

BRUSSELS (AP)Iran was largely cut off from global commerce on Thursday, when the company that handles financial transactions said it was severing ties with many Iranian banks — part of an international effort to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

The action is meant to enforce European Unionsanctions, as global financial transactions are impossible without using SWIFT, and will go a long way toward isolating Iran financially.

SWIFT Logo

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, is a banking hub crucial to oil, financial transactions and other trades.

Because of its reach, SWIFT’s decision to cut off some 30 Iranian banks and subsidiaries could hinder not only banking but also the country’s lucrative crude oil industry and possibly hurt Iranian households that depend on remittances from relatives living abroad.

“Disconnecting banks is an extraordinary and unprecedented step for SWIFT,” said Lazaro Campos, chief executive of the company. “It is a direct result of international and multilateral action to intensify financial sanctions against Iran.”

In a statement, the company said the EU decision to impose sanctions “prohibits companies such as SWIFT to continue to provide specialized financial messaging services to EU-sanctioned banks” and “forces SWIFT to take action.”

There was no immediate reaction from the Iranian government or the banks involved. Not all Iranian banks are subject to EU sanctions.

Though Thursday’s move adds no new sanctions, it is intended to maximize the impact of the EU sanctions that have already been approved.

“It’s tightening the noose,” said Ali Ansari, an expert on the Middle East at the London-based Chatham House think tank.

“I think it will just reinforce what’s already been happening.” And that, he said, is increasing isolation and difficulty in conducting trade and commerce.

In a statement, the European Council — comprised of the government leaders of the 27 European Union countries — said it had “developed the application” of its restrictive measures against Iran.

“In this context, the Council agreed that no specialized financial messaging shall be provided to those persons and entities subject to an asset freeze,” the statement said.

In addition to sanctioning various officials and freezing the assets of certain companies, the European Union plans to institute an embargo on the import of Iranian oil in July — an attempt to choke off funding for Iran’s nuclear program.

The EU sanctions are aimed at forcing Iran to demonstrate to the international community that it is not trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but officials in many other countries — including Israel — believe otherwise.

SWIFT and similar services facilitate not only large financial transactions, but small ones as well, raising the question of whether the EU directive could have unintended consequences. Numerous Iranians, including opponents of the current regime, live abroad and many may use these financial transaction services to send small amounts of money to their families back home on a regular basis.

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