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Fmr. CIA Middle East chief: Israel ‘concerned’ Biden wants to re-enter Iran nuclear deal & remove sanctions

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Fox News and Washington Times contributor Daniel Hoffman joined “The Sara Carter Show” podcast on Thursday, where he and host Sara Carter discussed the incoming Biden administration, Israel, and the future of combatting Iran’s nuclear program.

The Israelis “don’t trust us,” the retired CIA Senior Clandestine Services Officer said, “at least they didn’t like the JCPOA very much,” referring to the controversial 2015 Iran nuclear deal that the United States withdrew from under President Donald Trump.

Hoffman then pointed out that a sizable amount of Democrats at the time opposed the JCPOA, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who Hoffman said “spoke out eloquently against it.”

Hoffman agreed with the assessment that Israel was behind the recent assassination of Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in a targeted strike last week. Fakhrizadeh, who was charged by the Iranian regime to lead their nuclear armament program, was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is a designated terrorist organization of the United States and Fakhrizadeh has long been a target of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

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Hoffman noted that with the election of Joe Biden, Israel, which had a close relationship with the Trump administration, “is concerned that President-elect Biden wants to get back in that deal and eliminate the sanctions if Iran resumes compliance.”

Hoffman said “that’s not good enough.”

He added”Israel is going to continue to mount these operations,” referring to the possible assassination of Fakhrizadeh by the Mossad.

“Iran themselves may decide, ‘You know, why should we go back into a deal when Israel is continuing to strike us? This deal isn’t giving us any kind of deterrence or any kind of defense against attacks on our nuclear program,” he said.

Therefore, according to Hoffman, “Israel, rightly so, […] is exercising command and control over their own national security.”

When it comes to the potentiality for a some kind of new-and-improved nuclear deal, he felt that “there’s no way that the Biden administration would gain enough bipartisan support to make the deal a treaty, a binding treaty.”

“And I think that if President-elect Biden is serious about building consensus between Democrats and Republicans,” Hoffman added, “this isn’t the last thing he should be doing,” then going on to say that another major issue regarding Iran, aside from its nuclear program, is its sponsorship of terrorist groups in other countries.

Hoffman concluded that the incoming Biden administration could do well regarding its Iran policy, saying that “the Biden administration, I think, would do well, first, to get those intelligence briefings, first to get their team in, and think very carefully about what sort of policy they want for Iran.”

“Iran hasn’t won a lot of wars,” he continued, “but they’ve won a lot of negotiations.”

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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind

As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

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On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.

The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”

Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.

As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.

American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”

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