Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information announced the arrest of three members of the Iranian Pasdaran, by the Saudi Royal Navy. In the statement, the Saudi Ministry said that the three Pasdaran were on a boat loaded with explosive, and their goal was to attack the oil platform at Marajan field (in the Arabian gulf). The boat was one of the three boats intercepted by the Saudi Navy (but the other two managed to escape).
Source: al-Quds.co.uk, Youtube
Recently the Iranian media published videos of Qassem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force, while visiting and praying in the border between Iraq and Syria. During this travel, Soleimani has chosen to be escorted by the members of the Fatemyoun Division, the militia created by the Pasdaran and composed by Afghan fighters, belonging to the Hazara ethnic group.
Why? The website al-Quds al-Arabi, a pan-Arab daily newspaper printed in London, writes that the decision to be escorted by the Afghans, was taken by Soleimani in order to send a message to Saudi Arabia and to the Prime Minister of Iraq al-Abadi, who is visiting Riyadh today: he wanted to said that Iran is an empire, capable to reach an influence which goes from Lebanon to Afghanistan, passing also through the Gulf (the article speaks about the case of Bahrain).
On the top, the video of Soleimani praying during his visit to the border between Iraq and Syria.
Source: Tasnim News
Below the pictures published by the Iranian press agency Tasnim News – close to the Pasdaran – which show the selfies taken by Iranian members of the Parliament, while Isis was attacking the Majlis, killing civilians and security forces.
Source: Mehr News
The head of the IRGC special unit Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, sent a letter of congratulation, to the new head of the political bureau of Hamas, Isma’il Haniyeh. In the letter, Soleimani expressed the will to strengthen the relations between the Palestinian terrorist organization and the Iranian regime, and to re-launch the jihad against “Zionist’s arrogance”.
In a post written on his Instagram account, Mohsen Rezaei – Commander of Pasdaran and actual Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council – compared the Saudi Arabia of King Salman, to the Iraq of Saddam Hussein. For Rezaei, Saudi Arabia wants to organize a big regional coalition against Iran and wants to play the role that Saddam has played. Because of this reason, Rezaei invited the Iranian political establishment to take seriously the Riyadh’s actions.
In a joint declaration, 156 members of the European Parliament declared that the Iranian election are a fraud, because they are nor free nor equal. They remember that under the Government of Rouhani, more than 3000 prisoners were hanged. In the document, sent also to Mrs. Mogherini, the EU MPs condemned the Iranian role in the Syrian conflict and asked to insert the Pasdaran in the list of the terrorist organizations. Speaking about human rights, the EU MPs asked to establish a UN special commission to inquiry the massacre of 30,000 opponents in 1988, denouncing the complicity in that massacre of the actual Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi, and the Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi. At the end of the letter, the European MPs invited EU to condition the development of the relations with Iran, to the respect of the human rights by the Tehran’s regime.
Source: Tasnim News
The cleric Mojataba Zon-Nour, member of the Iranian Parliament and head of the Nuclear Committee of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that all the 36 US military bases located in countries around the Islamic Republic, are under the range of the Iranian missiles. He also added that Iran has more than 100,000 rockets, stored in underground bases. Mojataba Zon-Nour was the former Deputy Representative of Khamenei in the Pasdaran.
An anonymous source of the al-Qassam Brigades – the armed wing of Hamas – said that during the “Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada” (held in Tehran in February 2017), the Iranian regime has granted to Hamas a financial support of 27 million dollars. Practically, the money arrived to Hamas via Hezbollah, after a meeting organized in Beirut.
The relations of Iran with Hamas it’s ambivalent: for one side, Tehran has good relations with leaders like Mahmoud al-Zahar and the new head of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. Both of them considered hardliners. On the other side, Iran has negative relations with political leaders of Hamas like Khaled Meshaal, who was the head of the Political Bureau until few weeks ago (in these days Isma’il Hanyeh was elected has his successor).
Recently the Iranian regime has criticized the approbation of the new Chart of Hamas in which, the media reported, the Palestinian terrorist group recognized Israel between 1967 borders. After the criticism, the Hamas’s representative in Iran Khalid Qaddoumi clarified that Hamas does not recognize Israel and remains committed to the liberation of Palestine “from the sea to the (Jordan) river”.
Hamas it seems divided inside, between a maximalist line – which wants to maintain close ties with Iran and Hezbollah – and between a “political” line, which is waiting for Trump’s action to rebuild strong ties between United States and the Sunni Arab countries.
Source: Dw.com, Youtube,
The Iranian Court of Isfahan, has announced the opening of a case against Gholamshossein Karbaschi, former Mayor of Tehran. The file was opened after the attack of Karbaschi against the Iranian intervention in the Syrian conflict. Speaking during a pro-Rouhani event in Isfahan, Karbaschi said that he believes that Iran wants peace in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, but it cannot achieve this peace only “through giving money, purchasing weapons and killing and beating” (video on the top).
The Court of Isfahan accuses Karbaschi of having “insulted the Defenders of the Shrine”. In the websites close to the Pasdaran, it is also possible to find now an imagine of Gholamshossein Kerbaschi with a knife close to his neck (picture below).
It is the second time, in few days, in which the Iranian intervention in Syria is attacked: last week, another video was posted online, in which it was possible to see a student of Tabriz University, attacking the Pasdaran role in Syria in front of Hassan Abbasi, the ideologist of the Revolutionary Guards (Video).