Posted by Albert Gersh - June 08, 2016
Four people were killed and three more seriously injured in a shooting at a popular Tel Aviv shopping center, which authorities are calling a terror attack.
The shooting occurred at the Sarona market, which is located next to the headquarters of Israel’s defense ministry. Four of those injured were in serious condition. Two assailants, one of whom was reported shot, are in custody.
“We were sitting outside and a round of bullets” were fired, One eyewitness told Ynet. “Everyone started running. This is not like a normal terror attack. The shots were fired for at least a minute. There was a large panic, and we were asked to go inside the building. They held and kept us (there), and then they came to check that we were okay. We are waiting for them to open the roads so that we can leave. We have not seen such a thing in a long time.”
The Tel Aviv municipality had attempted to shut down the market in April due to concerns over whether it was adequately secure, The Times of Israel reported.
According to Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom, 34 people have been killed and 460 wounded in more than 285 terrorist attacks since September 13. The figures were last updated on Tuesday.
Iran hopes to establish an Iraqi version of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to a report by the Arabic daily newspaper Asharq al-Awsat on Wednesday.
The former head of the Revolutionary Guards, General Mohsen Rafiq Doust, stated, “The Revolutionary Guard is ready to use all its capacities to help Iraqis establish an IRGC in Iraq.” His statement follows a visit last month to Iran by Iraqi officials from Shiite militias also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and their meetings with several Iranian officials. In May, an influential Iranian lawmaker stated, “There is a need to establish a Revolutionary Guard in Iraq.” An analysis by the geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor notes
that the formation of an IRGC equivalent in Iraq would be challenging for Iran, but would “give Iran even more clout in Baghdad, something Tehran desperately wants.”
Several of the militias in the PMF are directed
, equipped, and trained by Iran, giving the Islamic Republic significant influence in Iraq. The PMF is commanded
by Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi who serves as the “right-hand-man” of Qassem Suleimani, the head of the IRGC’s Quds Force, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Militia leaders and Iraqi officials told the Journal
that Suleimani “draws up plans for military operations that Ibrahimi carries out in Iraq, and approves arms and ammunition deliveries from Iran to PMF factions.” Ibrahimi was designated as a terrorist by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2009 for orchestrating the bombings of the American and French embassies in Kuwait as well as attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq during the insurgency. A Sunni lawmaker who considers Ibrahimi a personal friend stated that the militia leader doesn’t hide that he believes in the Iranian model of Shiite theocracy and that he claims to represent Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei.A Reuters report recently revealed
that according to current and former U.S. military and civilian officials, the “U.S. effort to retrain and reunify Iraq's regular army has failed to create a large number of effective Iraqi combat units or limit the power of sectarian militias.” Norman Ricklefs, a former U.S. government adviser to the Iraqi interior and defense ministries, argues that the Shiite militias are the most powerful they have ever been since Iraqi government forces defeated them in 2008, and that they often fill the void in areas recovered from ISIS. In the battle to retake Fallujah
from ISIS, so far only the Iraqi army is entering the city, while the militias are relegated to tightening the siege and fighting militants in the outskirts of the city. However, there is increasing concern among Iraqis and regional experts that the Shiite militias will enflame
sectarian tensions as they have a reputation for brutality and have been accused of committing atrocities
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