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: RT Arabic, BBC Persian
The Iranian media have reported that 7 Afghan Shiites, killed in Syria, have been buried in Iran. They were part of the so called Fatemiyoun Division, composed only by Afghan Shiites foreign fighters, financed and trained by the Pasdaran. Recently, an official of the Fatemiyoun Division has revealed that 2000 Afghan Shiites have been killed in Syria until now, and 8000 were injured.
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 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 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
In a tweet published on his official account on October 23, Saad Hariri reacted to the words of President of Iran Hassan Rouhani. Few days ago, speaking in TV, Rouhani said that today, no one can act in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gulf and North Africa, without the permission of Iran. In his tweet, Saad Hariri wrote that “Lebanon is an independent Arab State, will not accept any guardianship and refuses to infringe its dignity“.
Speaking in the annual event in the occasion of the preparation of the Ashura, the Secretary of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, revealed that he was the person who convinced the Iranian Supreme Leader, to intervene in Syria. It seems that, meeting Khamenei in Tehran, Nasrallah warned him that the end of the Assad’s regime, will mean not only the fight in Hermel, Baalbek, Dahiya, Ghazieh and Bekaa, but also inside Iran, in particular in areas like Kerman, Khuzestan and Tehran.
The words of Nasrallah remind what was said by IRGC Vice Commander, Hossein Salami, few months ago. Speaking in a TV interview – see the video in Farsi on the top – Salami said that Iran decided to act in Syria, in order to defend its foothold in the Mediterranean region. Because, losing Syria, will mean losing the chain which connects the front between Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.
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!