Last Friday, dozens of Jordanian protesters, took the street to express they anger against the Iranian regime. In the last period, there was tension between Amman and Tehran, after the Jordanian king accused the Iranian to interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab States. The anti-Iranian protest was held in Mafraq, and the people demanded the expulsion of the Iranian Ambassador and diplomats in Jordan. During the protest, the demonstrators burned not only the flag of Iran, but also the pictures of Iranian leaders like Khamenei and Rouhani, or the leaders of proxy groups of Tehran (like the Secretary of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, of Bashar al Assad, the leader of the Yemeni Houthi rebels and the former Iraqi Premier al-Maliki). Below the pictures of the protest.
Source: IR Diplomacy
In an article published on Iran Diplomacy, Mostafa Zahrani, Head of Policy Planning and Strategic Issues at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed his worried about the Iranian strategy in Syria. Zahrani remarked that Russia follows its own interests in Syria and, after the military action started in September 2015, now is focused on a strategy of negotiation with USA and Israel. This strategy is based on avoiding that Hezbollah will create a base on the borders with Israel. For Zarhani, on this issue, Moscow agrees with United States and Israel.
Zahrani also added that, when Tehran started its involvement in Syria, the idea was that the action would be short and the enemy would be defeated quickly. This optimism, did not permit to Iran to think about an exit strategy from the conflict. Now, being without an exit strategy, it became a big problem for the Islamic Republic and Iran needs to find a solution soon. For Mostafa Zarhani, also Turkey is in the same situation of Iran.
Source: Arabi 21 ; Bahrain Interior Ministry
The Interior Ministry of Bahrain, announced the arrest of 14 people, part of a terrorist cell linked to Iran. The statement also said that, the 14 elements, were directly coordinated by the Iranian Pasdaran. Six of the terrorists have received training by the Iranian IRGC, five by Hezbollah and 3 by local elements. The goal of the terrorist cell was to assassinate important figures of the State and carrying out operations against convoys of members of the security apparatus. In the last years, the 14 members of the cell did around 66 trips to Iran. One of the terrorists arrested, Yasser Ahmed Abdullah Ali, not only admitted to have received training by Pasdaran, but also that he had the task to attack US soldiers in Bahrain.
Source: al-ain; Yemen Press
Iran admitted that it’s taking steps to increase its support to the Houthi militia in Yemen. The goal of Tehran is to transform the Houthi militia in a new Hezbollah. For this reason, the Quds Force is working to transfer to Sana’a more sophisticated weapons and more military advisers. As proved, the Islamic Republic sends weapons to the Houthi from Somalia, using especially small fishing boats, which are difficult to detect. In Yemen, the main port used by Iran to transfer the weapons to the local Shia militia is the Port of Mukalla. It also seems that, in order to achieve its goal, Tehran is sending the Afghan and Shi’ite Arab veterans of the Syrian war in Yemen, to train the Houthi.
Again: again the Iranian press was forced to reveal that, in less than two months, six people were attacked with acid by “unknown people”. An entire family was recently attacked in Shahreza, in Isfahan Province. Last month, two women were attacked in the Province of Ahwaz.
After a pause of less than one year, the nightmare of the acid attacks returned to scare the Iranian people. Between 2014 and 2015, hundreds of women were attacked by members of Hezbollah, for being “bad veiled” (the Iranian police revealed that, only in 2014, there were 318 attacks). The attacks provoked the protest of hundreds of Iranian people, who took the streets asking the end of these actions. Instead of arresting the responsible of the acid attacks, the Iranian regime arrested many civil rights protestors.
Source: Egypt FM Facebook Page; alkhaleejonline.net
Speaking in a radio interview, the Spokesman of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, praised the relations between Cairo and Riyadh. Abu Zeid also announced that soon Saudi Arabia will restart to supply Egypt with oil. Regarding the relations with Iran, Abu Zeid said that, despite Egypt recognizes the size of a country such Iran, it also considers negatively the Iranian intervention in the region.
The interview of Abu Zeid is particularly important for two reasons: first, it represent a negative answer to the recent attempt of the Iranian speaker of the Parliament, Ali Larijani, to court Egypt, in order to strengthen the relations between Cairo and Tehran. Second, it could indicate a new wave in the Egyptian foreign policy, in which Cairo will be more close to the position of the Arab League, especially in condemning the pro Iranian axis, as requested by the Gulf States.
The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported that a terrorist plot of Hezbollah, was foiled in La Paz, Bolivia. The Bolivian Security Forces raided a warehouse managed by terrorists of the Party of God, located in the periphery of the capital, discovering material to fabricate bombs (with a weight of 2,5 tons) and four vehicles, that would like to be used to transport the bombs during the attacks. The Saudi newspaper reports that the goal of the Hezbollah’s cell in Latin America, was to attack tourists in Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
This discovering remembers the dark years of the Hezbollah’s activity in Latin America, when the Lebanese terrorist group attack the Israeli embassy (1992) and the Jewish Center AMIA (1994). More than 100 innocent people.
In a long interview given to Sky News Arabic, the Patriarch of the Maronite Church Bechara Boutros al-Rahi attacked Hezbollah and the Palestinian community. Speaking about Hezbollah, the 77-year-old Patriarch criticized the Hezbollah’s decision to take part to the Syrian war, accusing the Shia terrorist organization to divide the political system and society of Lebanon. He also added that it cannot be possible to say that “without Hezbollah Lebanon would be an Islamic State”, because it is also possible to affirm that “because of Hezbollah in Lebanon there is an Islamic State”. The Catholic Patriarch described also as abnormal the existence of an armed political party, which is not controlled by the State (attacking indirectly Lebanese President Aoun who recently defended, despite the UN’s requests, the right of Hezbollah to posses weapons). Finally, Bechara Boutros al-Rahi launched also an harsh accusation against the Palestinian community: he accused them of being responsible for the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975.
Jafar al-Hosseini, Spokesman of the Iraqi Shia militia Kata’ib Hezbollah – trained and financed by Iran – accused Turkey for the stalling of the Mosul campaign. Al-Hosseini said that Ankara gives direct support to Daesh, from its military Camp Ba’shiqah, helping also the families of the fighters of Daesh to escape from Mosul. He also added that Turkey supplies Daesh with intelligence information, giving to the jihadists logistic support through its pilots. Because of these reasons, Jafar al-Hosseini underlined that there is no diplomatic solutions with Turkey and that the only goal must be the expulsion of the Turkish soldiers using weapons.
Hassan Alawi, former Iraqi MP, claimed to have delivered a letter of Izzat al-Douri – ex Vice Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Council – to Iran. Alawi said that he received the letter around two months ago, in his home in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan). In the letter al-Douri prasied Tehran and apologized for the invasion of Kuwait, during the Saddam’s era. He also proposed to mediate a compromise between what remains of the al-Baath party, Iranian regime, Kuwait and United States.
After the fall of the Saddam’s regime, al-Douri led the so called “Naqshabdi Army”. Experts wrote that he has cooperated directly with Daesh (aka Isis), especially for the conquest of Musul. On April 2015, the media reported that al-Douri was killed by the Iraqi Army, but one month later an audio was released to deny the rumors.