Iran has called for an immediate halt of the Turkish military operation in the Syrian city of Afrin. Speaking with the press agency IRNA, a foreign ministry spokesman said that the operation will only strengthen the “terrorist groups” in northern Syria, igniting against the fire of war and destruction of the country. The source also added that Tehran supports the territorial integrity of Syria, asking to respect the national sovereignty of this State. The Iranian request was rejected by the Turkish Government and the Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Chaochoglu accused anyone who opposes Ankara’s operation in Afrin, of taking the side of the “terrorists”
Source: Mehr News
Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to the Supreme Leader in international affairs, announced that the Islamic University of Azad will soon open branches in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Regarding Syria, Velayati said that Assad has already given his assent. About Iran, Velayati said that Humam Hamoudi – new President of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council – has signed a Memorandum of Undestanding, accepting the opening of Azad’s University branches in Najaf, Kerbala, Baghdad, Bassora and Erbil. Velayati also said that the Secretary of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, supports the project and has given his disponibility in working to achieve an agreement between University of Azad and the Ministry of Education & Higher Education of Lebanon. Ali Akbar Velayati is also the head of the board of founders and the board of trustees of the Islamic Azad University.
In a tweet published on his official account, the Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, wrote that Iran has no real appreciation for the suffering of the Palestinian people. Tehran is only focused on the survival of the terrorist organization Hezbollah. In another tweet, few minutes after, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa added that in any case, “the Islamic Republic will not last”.
On the top, it is possible to see an animated video just released in Saudi Arabia, which simulates the conquering of Tehran by Saudi’s army. It seems that this video is the answer to another animated video produced last year in Iran, in which there was a simulation of Houthi’s missile attack against Saudi’s oil facilities (video below).
Source: Tasnim News
Speaking in a press conferences Brigadier General Abadollah Abdullahi, head of Khatam al-Anbiya Headquarters – aka GHORB – announced that the engineering firm controlled by the IRGC, would participate in the reconstruction of Syria. Abdullahi added that GHORB will start the activities there “immediately after the Government’s decision on this regard”. In the same press conference, the powerful commander remembered that “the Government owes to Khatam al-Anbiya $10 billion”, which looked like a warning to Rouhani’s Government…
The director of the Iranian newspaper Kayhan, Hossein Shariatmadari, praised the Houthis’s attack to the nuclear plant of Abu Dhabi (denied by the Government of United Arab Emirates). speaking in a radio interview, Shariatmadari said that the UAE is like a “trading company” and this attack will provoke the escaping of the “capitalist investors”. The Director of the ultra-conservative newspaper, invited the Houthis to launch their missiles against the Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh. Hossein Shariatmadari is also special adviser of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
The Iranian TV has broadcasted a terrible video, showing a young boy arrived in Syria to fight the jihad. In the video, it is possible to see the child saying that he is from Mazandaran Province – South of Iran – and that he is 13 years old. The young boy also added that he decided to join the jihad in Syria inspired by General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Qods Force. Under the international law, ratified also by Iran, it is forbidden to send minor to fight wars. Until now Tehran sent many minors in Syria and Iraq, almost all part of the Afghan Hazara minority
Lebanese pro-Hezbollah newspaper al-Akhbar, writes that Samir Geagea is behind the resignation of Saad Hariri. In September 28, Geagea visited Saudi Arabia and met with King Salman. In that meeting, Salman expressed his commitment to confront Iran and Hezbollah, helping also Saad Hariri and the financial crisis of Lebanon. Geagea answered that Hariri was not the right person to confront Iran, because he had an agreement with President of Lebanon Aoun, and also meets once a week the political advisor of Hassan Nasrallah, Hussein Khalil. After the words of Geagea, Saudis started to think about Bahaa Hariri – elder brother of Saad – as the Sunni figure which could lead the confrontation.
Leaving Saudi Arabia, Samir Geagea went in Australia, where he started to attack directly Saad Hariri, accusing his Government to push for a “normalization of the relations with Syrian regime”. When, in October 2017, the Lebanese Government decided to appoint Saad Zakhia as new Ambassador of Lebanon in Syria, the Ministers of Lebanese Force declared their reservation to the Government’s decision.
In the plan to promote the figure of Bahaa Hariri, also former Lebanese Minister of Justice Ashraf Rifi, played a role: he met Bahaa Hariri in Monaco, passing through Milan, to dispel suspicions. Rifi returned in Beirut on Saturday – passing always through Milan – the same day of Hariri’s resignation. The next day, Bahaa Hariri travelled from Monaco to Riyadh. Yesterday, broking the silence, Bahaa Hariri spoke with the Associated Press (from Monaco), supporting the resignation of his brother, praising Saudi Arabia and attacking Hezbollah.
In order to exploit the business opportunity with Qatar and the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, the Iranian traders have exported to Doha damaged goods and rotten food. As admitted also by the Director of the Shiraz airport, Tehran was forced to stop the shipping to Qatar, because the fruit and vegetables destined to the Arab country contained mud and were put in unhealthy cardboard boxes. Worse: the Qatari Ministry of Health denounced that the fruits imported from Iran have chemical origin, and were sent to Doha by cargos without any supervision. The result was that the Qatari people have received toxin food from Iran!
In an interview with the press agency ILNA, Hossein Ansari Gabri – Foreign Minister’s assistant for Arab and African Affairs – said that, despite disagreement with Hamas, the Iranian policy on Palestine never changed. The Iranian official admitted that there have been different views on the Syrian issues with Hamas, but the two side never ceased their relations and Tehran always supported the “Palestinian resistance groups”. Speaking about the recent summit of Astana, Ansari Gabri said that Tehran, Ankara and Moscow have establishment a monitoring station in Idlib