The new Minister of Defense proposed by President Rouhani, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, expressed support for terrorism during his speech in front of the members of the Parliament. Speaking about the new sanctions passed by US against Iran, Hatami said that he will give “unquestionably support to the resistance front, to the Qods Force and to Major General Soleimani”. Practically, this will mean that Tehran will continue not only to finance the Qods Force’s activities abroad – which have the goal to spread the Khomeini’s ideology – but also many terrorist organizations, like Hezbollah, Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine and even al-Qaeda and the Taliban!
The son of the Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, Mohammad Karroubi, informed his followers on Twitter that his father was hospitalized, after having declared the hunger strike. Mehdi Karroubi decided to declare the hunger strike in protest against the regime, which is keeping him in house arrest since 2011, without any charge or process. Karroubi is asking to the Judiciary system to process him publicly, obtaining the possibility to defend himself.
The Iranian professor Sadegh Zibakalam, well known all over the world for his reformist opinions, was summoned by the Iranian General Prosecutor, after an interview with German state radio broadcaster Deutsche Welle. During the interview, while speaking about the arrest of Rouhani’s brother Hossein Fereydoun, Professor Zibakalam has accused the Iranian Judiciary system of being permeable to political influences. Few days after this interview, the Professor received the summon notice for “propaganda against the state”, “disturbing public opinion” and “publishing falsehoods”. On December 2016, Professor Zibakalam refused to trample on American and Israeli flags, while visiting the University of Mashhad
Source: al-Jaliarida.com; al-Jaliarida.com
While the Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is visiting the United Arab Emirates, the Iranian regime is planning to eliminate him. It seems that, after the meeting between al-Sadr and the Saudi king Salman in Riyadh, Tehran has decided that the Iraqi leader has gone too far and it is time to replace him. To achieve this goal, the Iranian regime is spreading rumors that al-Sadr and his close advisors were spies of the Saddam’s regime in the past. There are also plans to assassinate him if necessary (but for the moment Iran has decided to avoid this step, in order to avoid clashes between Shiites in Iraq.
In the meantime, during the visit in Abu Dhabi, Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has expressed to al-Sadr his concerns about the Iranian interference in the region and underlined “the importance of investing in a national building that brings together all Iraqis”. It seems that, in Tehran, there are some supports of al-Sadr who are working to easy the dispute.
The Egyptian permanent representative in the UN, Ambassador Amr Abu Atta, denounced the Iranian violation of the UN Resolution 2231, the one approved after the nuclear deal signed in 2015. Ambassador Abu Atta said that Tehran is violation the Resolution smuggling weapons to Houthi in Yemen, threating the stability of the Middle East with the missiles test and interfering in the internal affairs of the Arab countries (which fuels the sectarian conflict in the region). He also asked to the Italian permanent representative, who is now in charge of monitoring the respect of the Res. 2231, to update the members of the Security Council about the implementation of the resolution 2231.
On June 18, the Iranian regime announced of having fired six missiles Zolfawar, against Isis targets in Syria, in the Deir al-Zour Province. In particular, the targets were two telecommunications towers and their associated buildings. As well known, the attack was a reaction to the two terrorists attacks of Isis in Tehran, one against the Parliament and the second against the Shrine of the Imam Khomeini. After the attack, the Pasdaran exulted and described the action as the first “clear message” to the takfiri terrorists and their regional supporters (meaning Saudi Arabia).
But now, it seems that the Iranian attacks in Syria were a complete failure. The US think tank Washington Institute, published an article claiming that the Iranian missiles did not hit the targets, but landed elsewhere. Seven Iranian missiles landed in the Iraq desert, while other three missed completely the objectives. Only one or two of the missiles launched by the Pasdaran, arrived close to their targets.
If confirmed, this failure demonstrates that the Iranian missiles have a serious problem of quality control and reliability. The author of the article, Farzin Nadimi, also underline that Tehran could try to obtain foreign technology, in order to remedy the failure.
Source: Tasnim News
Reacting indirectly to the words of President Hassan Rouhani, the head of the Iranian Pasdaran Ali Jafari, said that the IRGC and the Basij are ready to use their abilities for the reconstruction of the country and to improve the living condition of the Iranian people. He remarked that the Revolutionary Guard economic activity is not based on profits, but to serve the Islamic Republic. He also added that, for this reason, Iran does not need to rely on foreigners. Finally, Jafari stressed that the IRGC are ready to use their missiles against the enemies, to safeguard the country.
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The Iranian Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei gave his sermon for Eid al-Fitr, in front of important Muslim representatives. While speaking, Khamenei held a rifle close to him (the rifle was a Czech Brno, based on German Mauser). Showing the rifle, Khamenei wanted to launch a calling to the armed jihad to the Islamic world. Against whom? First a jihad against Israel, the classical enemy of the Iranian regime. During his speech, Khamenei remarked that the Palestinian issue is the main issue for the Muslim world. Because of this reason, the jihad against the “Zionist entity” is a duty and could take any form. But, Khamenei’s message of jihad, was also against Saudi Arabia. In his speech, Khamenei underlined that the crisis in Yemen and Bahrain, represent a great wound in the body of the Islamic world. The Iranian Supreme Guide called the Islamic world to support explicitly the Yemeni and Bahraini peoples. Which means a calling of Jihad not only against Riyadh, but also against its allies. Finally, Khamenei expressed his support to the Kashmiri people, which means a calling of Jihad against India (whose Prime Minister Modi will soon visit Israel).
Source: Tasnim News; Tasnim News
The Iranian press agency Tasnim News, close to the IRGC, published the final official statement of the annual Quds Day. The statement says that the liberation of Jerusalem, the freedom of the oppressed Palestinian people and the elimination of Israeli cancerous, must be considered the top priorities of the Islamic world. The statement propose a comprehensive referendum on self-determination of Palestine, as the only solution for the Palestinian issue (which will bring the end of the “Zionist entity”). The statement attacks also the Arab States, which are ready to “support Zionists”, first of all the “diabolical House of Saud“. For these reasons, the statement expresses its support for the “popular and resistance forces” in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. During the march, the Friday Prayer leader of Tehran, Ahmad Khatami, declared that today “Death to America is synonymous of Death to Al Saud”.
Source: Mehr News
Speaking with the Iranian press agency Mehr news in the occasion of the Qods Day, which will be held in Iran tomorrow, Hamas representative Mahmoud al-Zahar praised Imam Khomeini, describing him as a person respected and loved by all the Islamic community. Al-Zahar attacked the Arab countries which are demonstrating to be ready to normalize the relations with Israel: he accused them of selling the Palestinian issue and to permit the loss of Jerusalem. The Hamas’s representative underlined that, despite the attempt to normalize the relations with Israel, this normalization will fail because “the Zionist entity has no historical relations with the Region”. Finally, he asks to Iran to create an army to liberate Jerusalem.