Former Italian FM Terzi denounces Iranian link with al-Qaeda

Source: al-Quds al-Arabi

In an interview published in Arabic on al-Quds al-Arabi, Italian ex Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, denounced the Iranian regime connections with the Sunni terrorist group al-Qaeda. In particular, Ambassador Terzi denounced that Tehran is using  especially Hezbollah to maintain the relations with al-Qaeda, in order to keep a low profile. Terzi explained that the relations between Iran and al-Qaeda started in early 1990 in Sudan, promoted by Hasan al Turabi. Using the Quds Force, the Islamic Republic has become a safe heaven for the terrorists of al-Qaeda, also for Sunni terrorists who arrived in Syria after 2011. About the intelligence relations between Damascus and Rome, Terzi expressed his doubts over the effectiveness of this cooperation, because of Syrian regime support to terrorism.




Al-Arabya: “Iran is smuggling terrorists of al-Qaeda in Syria, Iraq and Libya”


Source: Al-Arabiya

Al-Arabiya denounced that the Iranian regime is smuggling terrorists of al-Qaeda in different countries, in order to achieve its political goals. These terrorists are smuggled in countries like Iraq, Syria, Libya and Turkmenistan. The terrorists are not only entering in organization like Jibhat al-Nusra (today Jabhat Fateh al-Sham), but also inside Daesh.

The report also says that, when Osama Bin Laden was alive, he managed all the relations with Iran. After his death, Iran started a double strategy with the Salafi terrorists on its soil: first, as said before, it smuggled them outside the Islamic Republic. Second, is using them as a tool in exchange agreements, like what happened with Abu Hafs, who was repatriated to Mauritania from Iran (The Long War Journal).

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Syria: al-Nusra published video of three IRGC-backed HHN militia fighters captured in Aleppo

Source: Youtube

Below the video published by the al-Nusra Front from Syria. It shows three members of the pro-Iran militia Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (HHN), which split in 2013 from the Iraqi paramilitary militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), captured in Aleppo. The leader of HHN is Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi. The group openly support Iran and receives from Tehran training and money.

Taliban delegation arrives in Iran

Source: Tasnim News

A Taliban delegation arrived yesterday in Iran. The delegation is part of the political office of the Taliban, which has its headquarter in Qatar. The delegation is led by Tayeb Agha, who was in the past the Taliban’s chief negotiation in the secret talks with United States. Tasnim News reports that the two parts discussed about regional issues.


Pasdaran’s tweet officially reveals the Iranian deeply involvement in Iraq

Source: IRGCspy

A tweet of Pasdaran account reveals the Iranian involvement in Iraq and how proud the Guards of their fighters. In the picture below, IRGC shows the picture of an Iranian man who has decided to leave his family and his country in order to protect the Shia holy sites in Iraq. The defense of the holy places is the first excuse that Iran has used when it has taken the decision to send hundreds of Pasdaran in Syria to defend Bashar al Assad’s regime.



Khamenei’s geopolitical view: blaming the West and promoting velayat-e Faqih in the Islamic world

On his Twitter account Ali Khamenei, Iran Supreme Leader,  has explained his geopolitical view of the actual Middle East crisis. As it is possible to read in the scheme below, published by Khamenei, the Iranian Ayatollah thinks that the actual crisis in Asia are all because of Western actions. He blames the enemy security and intelligence services, and denounced their goal to promote sectarian wars and freezing the Islamic Awakening (but no words on the fact that the Islamic Republic was the first State which repressed the popular demonstrations in 2009…).


What it is very interesting is the last part of the scheme, dedicated to Khamenei’s solution for the crisis: Iran SL exit strategy will need to be focused on an alliance between Shia and Sunni scholars and, above all, on what he calls the “Islam democracy”. In few words, he is promoting the exportation of the Iranian model, the Velayat-e Faqih, in all the Islamic world. A very strange “democratic” model that, in less than one year, has condemned to the death penalty more than 700 people and in which it is almost impossible to find a Sunni Mosque…

In the meantime, while Khamenei promotes good relations between Shia and Sunni, all the seven IRGC’s operational Su-25 attack planes, arrived in the Iraqi military base of Imam Ali



Unfortunately, Iran is not a partner for peace in Iraq



In the last days, after ISIS attacks inside Iraq, there was who started to promote a kind of general agreement between Iran and the West (first United States) on Iraq and other security issues. But, the question is: is Iran a real partner for peace? Unfortunately, the answer is only one: NO. Iran is for sure an important actor in Asia, and all the regional States and the Big Powers, must take in consideration its activities. The only problem is that Iran, after the 1979 revolution, has used its strategically location to promote terrorism and violence. So, if theoretically, Tehran could be a n actor of stability in ME, practically there are different reasons because the Islamic Republic must not be considered a trustable partner for the stabilization of Iraq:

  1. Despite the ideological and religious differences, Iran has always maintained direct contacts with al Qaeda, giving to Osama bin Laden and his men the possibility to use Iranian territory as a base, in change of no attacks inside Iran. To have a general overview of the Iran-al Qaeda relations, please read this unique report of UANI;
  2. Iran has directed, organized and armed the anti-American activities in Iraq after the end of Saddam Hussein regime. Thanks to Tehran’s money, the men of Muqtada al Sadr, for example, have killed hundreds of Western soldiers. For these actions, the Islamic Republic has never apologized or expressed regrets;
  3. Iran is the first responsible of the sectarian war between Shia and Sunni. With its support to Bashar al Assad repression and to al Maliki sectarian government, Tehran has promoted a policy of discrimination inside Islam, provoking the reaction of the Sunni world. ISIS, unfortunately, is only the last example (and the most horrible) of this dangerous war;
  4. Iran is committed to the destruction of United States and the Western culture, considerate the main enemies by Ayatollah Khomeini. Despite Rouhani and Rafsanjani activities to promote a dialogue with Washington, the Supreme Leader and the IRGC, have always repeated their intention to do not collaborate with United States and to eliminate “this cancer” from their region;
  5. The last goal of Western world and Iran on Iraq and other important issues (like Syria and Lebanon) is not the same. While United States and other democratic countries want to promoted liberal regimes, Iran first goal is to create satellite Governments, under the direct of indirect control of Pasdaran and Mullah.

Who thinks that Iran will accept a real compromise with United States on strategic and security problems, is only a naïve man. Iranians, for sure, are experts of the so called “dissimulation (Taqyya) strategy”. Because of this, maybe, in the brief term all is possible. In the long term, on the contrary, the Islamic Republic will be always committed to only one thing; exporting the Velayat-e Faqih model around the world… 




Source: The Long War Journal

Author: Bill Roggio

ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al Adnani made a startling admission: Al Qaeda has ordered its fighters and branches to refrain from attacking the Iranian state in order to preserve the terror group’s network in the country. This is what Adnani had to say [the translation of Adnani’s statement was obtained by The Long War Journal]:

The ISIS has kept abiding by the advices and directives of the sheikhs and figures of jihad. This is why the ISIS has not attacked the Rawafid [rejectionists, a term used to describe Shia Muslims] in Iran since its establishment. It has left the Rawafid safe in Iran, held back the outrage of its soldiers, despite its ability, then, to turn Iran into bloodbaths. It has kept its anger all these years and endured accusations of collaboration with its worst enemy, Iran, for refraining from targeting it, leaving the Rawafid there to live in safety, acting upon the orders of al Qaeda to safeguard its interests and supply lines in Iran.Yes, it [the ISIS] has held back the outrage of its soldiers and its own anger for years to maintain the unity of the mujahideen in opinion and action.

We’ve documented al Qaeda’s relationship with Iran for years. And although Adnani didn’t explicitly state that al Qaeda had a deal with Iran “to safeguard its interests and supply lines,” the US government has said it has evidence of such an agreement. The US Treasury Department noted in the July 2011 designation of six al Qaeda operatives who were based in Iran that the Iranian government had a “secret deal with al Qaeda allowing it to funnel funds and operatives through its territory.”

That same designation declared that Iran is “a critical transit point for funding to support al Qaeda’s activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Other links between Iran and al Qaeda have been also disclosed by the US government. In June 2012, Treasury designated the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security “for its support to terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, al Qaeda in Iraq, Hezbollah and HAMAS, again exposing the extent of Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism as a matter of Iranian state policy.” The US government has designated al Qaeda operatives who operate inside Iran such as Mustafa Hamid, the father-in-law of top al Qaeda operative Saif al Adel; Saad bin Laden, one of Osama’s sons; and Yasin al Suri, the head of al Qaeda’s operations in Iran.

And that is just scratching the surface.

So, if you’ve paid attention to al Qaeda’s network in Iran, and Iran’s support of Sunni jihadist groups in the region, Adnani’s statement should come as no surprise. It is merely confirmation of what you already knew.