Last week hundreds of Iranians, belonging to the Arab minorities, demonstrated in the streets of Ahvaz (against the regime indifference over the environment situation in the Khuzestan Province and the water shortage. The protest was also supported by many activists in the social networks, especially in Twitter. One of the supporters was Mostafa Tajzadeh, former member of the Government of President Khatami, jailed in Evin Prison between 2009 and 2016. In Twitter, Tajzadeh challenges the regime, asking if is more important to continue to finance the regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria, instead of protect the territory and the people of Khuzestan. He added that, considered the regime’s choises, what happened was not unexpected.
Source: Mehr News Arabic, Erem News
Reacting to the accuses made by Erdogan in Bahrain – who accuses Iran of seeking to divide Iraq and Syria, to impose the “Persian nationalism” – the Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bahram Ghasemi, said that Tehran has a positive role of stability in Iraq. He also added that, the Iranian involvement in Iraq, was the direct consequence of a request of the Government of Baghdad, in order to fight the “Takfiri terrorist groups”. Referring indirectly also to Turkey, Ghasemi said that it is necessary not only to understand who plays a positive role, but also the other parties, who are seeking chaos, supporting terror secretly in order to “take advantage of them as tools for obtaining their goals”.
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.
Source: Arabi21; El Watan News
Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s Friday Prayer, attacked harshly Saudi Arabia and United States. Speaking about the so called Muslim Ban approved by Trump, Khatami attacked the decision and the exclusion of Saudi Arabia from the list of countries on which the ban was applied. Khatami said that Saudi Arabia is the biggest terrorist camp in the world, and that the Saudis have killed thousands of Americans. He also asked to Riyadh to deliver immediately to Iran the body of the Sheik Nimr al Nimr, executed in Saudi Arabia on January 2, 2016. He also denounced the persecutions of the Shia minority in Saudi Arabia. Speaking about the nuclear deal, Khatami said that the agreement does not contains a single word on the missile tests (which means that Tehran considers itself committed only to the JCPOA and not to the UN resolution 2331).
In a video released yesterday, the Houthi claimed to have destroyed a Royal Saudi Navy Ship, off the coast of Yemen. In the video, it is also possible to listed the Houthi changing typical Iranian regime slogans against America, Israel and the Jews
Below a dramatic video in which an Iraqi farmer – father of three daughters – was forced by Iraqi soldiers to dug his grave, to lie inside it and brutally killed.
Source: Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Iranian Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bahram Ghasemi, strongly reacted to the words of the Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir. In a meeting with his French counterpart, Al-Jubeir said that Riyadh tried to establish good ties with Tehran, but Iran reacted with hostility. In that occasion, he also praised Trump’s will to contain Iran and attacked Tehran’s interference in areas like Bahrain and Yemen.
Responding to al-Jubeir, Bahram Ghasemi said that Saudi Arabia is only searching to justify its crimes in Yemen and that nothing can change the fact that Riyadh is the first source of terrorism and extremism. Ghasemi added that Saudi Arabia was only capable to spread hate and to promote an ideology which was the excuse for the killing of innocent people every day.
Visiting Lebanon, Iran’s Majlis Speaker Advisor for International Affairs, Hussein Amir Abdollahian, met also representatives of the Palestinian organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad. For Hamas, he met with Osama Hamdan and, separately, for the Islamic Jihad he met with the Secretary Ramadan Abdullah. The meeting with the Hamas’s representative in Lebanon, is part of the process of rapprochement between Iran and the Palestinian Sunni terrorist organization, after the rift on the Syrian conflict.
The Governor of the Afghanistan Province of Helmand, Hayatullah Hayat, accused Iran of supporting the Taliban with weapons. In particular, Mr. Hayat said that rockets made in Iran were used during the Taliban’s attack in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the Province of Helmad. He also added that the Iranian officials met the Taliban representatives in the city of Krmesar, and the Taliban also used the Iranian weapons during attacks in the cities of Krmesar and Sunken.
The Afghan Governor said that he thinks that the Iranian are supporting the Taliban, because of the dispute between Tehran and Herat, for the Helmand River, which flows also into the Lake Hamond, in the Iranian Province of Balochistan. In February 2016, the Afghan security forces found Iranian-made mines and large amount of arms and ammunitions, during a raid in the Bamyan Province (center of Afghanistan).
DSPA’s meeting in Cairo, January 2017
Source: Masralabia.com, Zahratmasr.com, Youtube, Ahwazna.net
At the beginning of January 2017, the Democratic party of Ahwaz (DSPA), held a special meeting in Cairo. From the capital of Egypt, as announced my Aref al Kaabi (head of the political bureau of the DSPA), the representatives of the Iranian Arab minority, asked to al Sisi to support their struggle for the independence of Province of Khuzestan. From there, the DSPA also announced the intention to request to join the next meeting of the Arab League in Amman (to be held on March 29).
While the DSPA searches only a political solution for the Ahwaz self-determination, rejected the violence, inside the Islamic Repubblic of Iran the armed wing Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) – the Brigades of the Martyrs Al-Nasser Mohiuddin , have attacked two pipelines, near the town of Omidiyeh and in Deylam. Below the video of the attack, published on the website of ASMLA. Also the ASMLA had an important conference at the beginning of December 2015 in Tunis, and from there launched the campaign to “raise the issue of Ahwaz to the same level as other Arab issues, especially the Palestinian cause as a just cause affecting the conscience of the Arab nation and a key part of its national security”.