In what appeared a dangerous move which could spark new tension, the Arab media have published a video of the Iraqi shia commander Sheikh Amin Qais al-Khazali in southern Lebanon, very close to the Israeli border (ten kilometers from the Golan Heights). Sheikh Amin Qais al-Khazali is the commander of the Iraq shia militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq, financed and equipped by the Iranian Quds Force and part of the Popular Mobilization Forces. In the video, it is possible to see al-Khazali with a commander of Hezbollah and, speaking to the phone, saying that he is “full readiness to stand together with the Lebanese people and the Palestinian cause”. The Lebanese Government was not informed of this visit, which indicates another time its incapability (and the incapability of the Lebanese Army) to control the State’s territory.
His name was Seyed Mostafa Hosseini, he was a member of the IRGC Fatemiyoun Division – the one composed by “Afghan volunteers” – and he was only 15 years old when he was killed in Syria, while fighting for Bashar al Assad. Hossein was buried in the Martyrs Cemetery of Isfahan. As well known, the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, forbids the involvement of children in hostilities and conscription into armed forces. Iran has signed the optional Protocol in 2010. But, as demonstrated today and in other occasion, Iran violated this Protocol many times, using minors for military proposes. It is time for the United Nation to take a clear position, and to condemn the Iranian regime for these violations!
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”.
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.
Speaking in Bandar Abbas, the Senior adviser of the IRGC Quds Force, Brigadier General Ahmad Karimpour, said that Iran has identified the main important centers in Israel, and it can destroy them with its missiles in only 7 minutes and 30 seconds. Karimpour added that, in doing so, the Iranian forces will obey to the will of the Supreme Leader Khamenei, who invited to hit directly Tel Aviv and Haifa. He added that, if Iran will be attacked, the Islam Republic will react launching automatically the missiles Shahab-3.
Speaking with an Iranian TV channel Ahmed Jibril, Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC), has threatened to invade Jordan. Ahmad Jibril, who was in Tehran for the so called “International Conference in Support of Palestinian Intifada”, attacked the Arab States accusing them of “having deviated” from the support to the Palestinian cause. He added that the liberation of Palestine is an Islamic responsibility” and, because of this reason, “we will enter in Jordan, in order to liberate Palestine, whether we will be welcome or rejected”. Jibril was officially expelled from Jordan in 1971, after the failed PLO’s attempt to overthrow the regime of King Hussein. The war between the Jordanian Army and the Palestinian fedayyn, is known as “Black September”. Ahmed Jibril today lives in Syria and his men are today fighting for the Assad’s regime. During the interview, Jibril also said that he personally met Qassem Soleimani, head of the IRGC Quds Force, in Tehran.
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.
Referring indirectly to, Rouhani, the representative of Khamenei in the Quds Force, Ali Shirazi, denounced that “the problem is that who proposes to make concessions to America, does not understand the Quran and it is not familiar with the prayers. For this person, God is unknown“. He also denounced that the people who are supporting this position, are supporting ideas like self-realization and self-knowledge and, because of this, they are not familiar with God and ethics.