Below four videos about the huge protest held in Tehran, few days ago: from all Iran arrived in the capital thousands of people, in order to protest against the corruption of the financial institutions, especially the one connected to IRGC and Hezbollah. People chanted slogans against the regime, against the Central Bank, against Rouhani and also against the Iranian presence in Syria.
The US think tank Foundation for Defense Democracy (FDD), has published a report about who finances the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah. The firs financer, as well known, is Iran, which gives around $ 800 million every year. Another financer is Venezuela, who facilitates the drug trafficking of Hezbollah, supported also by Shia communities in America Latina. But, between who gave money to the Party of God, there is also Qatar, who gave to Hezbollah $ 300 million in 2009. FDD denounces that Hezbollah used the Lebanese bank system for its money laundering, especially to “clean” the money received from the drug trafficking.
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.
The deputy chairman of Hamas political bureau, Moussa Abu Marzouk, met in Lebanon with the Secretary of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah. During the meeting, the two agreed on strengthening the relations between the two terrorist organizations. The meeting happened on Thursday evening in Lebanon’s capital Beirut. Abu Mazouk arrived in Beirut after visiting Egypt, where he met with Yahya Sunwar – the head of Hamas in Gaza – the chief of the Egyptian intelligence Maj. Gen. Khaled Fawzy. It seems that, during the meeting, not only Abu Marzouk asked to Nasrallah to receive more money and training from Iran, but he also asked to Nasrallah to host in Lebanon the representatives of Hamas expelled from Qatar.
In an interview given to the reformist journalist Hussein Dehbashi – and published also on Youtube – the famous Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad, attacked again the regime and its foreign policy. In the interview, Nourizad said that, before the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Arabs never interfered in the Iranian internal policy. He said that it was the decision to export the Shiism, which caused the creation of the Sunni terrorists organizations like al-Qaeda and Boko Haram. Nourizad attacked also the Iranian intervention in Syria and described Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and its Secretary Hassan Nasrallah, as a murderer. For the Iranian filmmaker – well known for his anti-regime positions – the export of arms to Hezbollah for the fights in Syria is “haram”. Nourizad also said that the Saudi King Salman is more wise, intelligent and popular than thousands of Iranian leaders.
An anonymous source of the al-Qassam Brigades – the armed wing of Hamas – said that during the “Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada” (held in Tehran in February 2017), the Iranian regime has granted to Hamas a financial support of 27 million dollars. Practically, the money arrived to Hamas via Hezbollah, after a meeting organized in Beirut.
The relations of Iran with Hamas it’s ambivalent: for one side, Tehran has good relations with leaders like Mahmoud al-Zahar and the new head of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. Both of them considered hardliners. On the other side, Iran has negative relations with political leaders of Hamas like Khaled Meshaal, who was the head of the Political Bureau until few weeks ago (in these days Isma’il Hanyeh was elected has his successor).
Recently the Iranian regime has criticized the approbation of the new Chart of Hamas in which, the media reported, the Palestinian terrorist group recognized Israel between 1967 borders. After the criticism, the Hamas’s representative in Iran Khalid Qaddoumi clarified that Hamas does not recognize Israel and remains committed to the liberation of Palestine “from the sea to the (Jordan) river”.
Hamas it seems divided inside, between a maximalist line – which wants to maintain close ties with Iran and Hezbollah – and between a “political” line, which is waiting for Trump’s action to rebuild strong ties between United States and the Sunni Arab countries.
Last Friday, dozens of Jordanian protesters, took the street to express they anger against the Iranian regime. In the last period, there was tension between Amman and Tehran, after the Jordanian king accused the Iranian to interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab States. The anti-Iranian protest was held in Mafraq, and the people demanded the expulsion of the Iranian Ambassador and diplomats in Jordan. During the protest, the demonstrators burned not only the flag of Iran, but also the pictures of Iranian leaders like Khamenei and Rouhani, or the leaders of proxy groups of Tehran (like the Secretary of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, of Bashar al Assad, the leader of the Yemeni Houthi rebels and the former Iraqi Premier al-Maliki). Below the pictures of the protest.
Source: IR Diplomacy
In an article published on Iran Diplomacy, Mostafa Zahrani, Head of Policy Planning and Strategic Issues at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed his worried about the Iranian strategy in Syria. Zahrani remarked that Russia follows its own interests in Syria and, after the military action started in September 2015, now is focused on a strategy of negotiation with USA and Israel. This strategy is based on avoiding that Hezbollah will create a base on the borders with Israel. For Zarhani, on this issue, Moscow agrees with United States and Israel.
Zahrani also added that, when Tehran started its involvement in Syria, the idea was that the action would be short and the enemy would be defeated quickly. This optimism, did not permit to Iran to think about an exit strategy from the conflict. Now, being without an exit strategy, it became a big problem for the Islamic Republic and Iran needs to find a solution soon. For Mostafa Zarhani, also Turkey is in the same situation of Iran.
During the meeting in the capital of Jordan, Amman, between the Saudi King Salman and the King of Jordan Abdullah II, the two leaders approved a joint statement, condemning the Iranian meddling in the internal affairs of the countries of the region, in the Syrian war and in the Yemeni war.
It line with the words of Salman and Abudllah II, the participants to the Arab League Summit of Amman (March 23-29), are ready to take a strong stance against the behavior of the Iranian regime. The Kurdish press agency Rudaw, revealed the draft of an anti-Iranian resolution, which will be approved during the summit. The document, composed by 15 points, condemns: the Iranian meddling in Arab internal affairs; the Iranian promotion of sectarianism; the Iranian attack against Saudi diplomatic missions in Mashhad and Tehran; the Iranian leaders animosity against the Arab countries; the Iranian occupation of the Emirate islands (Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs); the Iranian and Hezbollah attempt to overthrow the Bahrain’s monarchy; the Iranian role in the Syrian and in Yemeni conflicts. The document also underlined the important verify the fully commit of Iran to the respect of the UN resolution 2231 (approved after the nuclear deal signed in Vienna).
More important, the resolution contains also an article, in which it is written that a special four-party commission will be created, under the leadership of the Foreign Minister of Emirates. The other three members will be the foreign ministers of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt (inside commission there will be also the Secretary General of Arab League, which will coordinate the activity of the special commission).
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.