Source: al-ain; Yemen Press
Iran admitted that it’s taking steps to increase its support to the Houthi militia in Yemen. The goal of Tehran is to transform the Houthi militia in a new Hezbollah. For this reason, the Quds Force is working to transfer to Sana’a more sophisticated weapons and more military advisers. As proved, the Islamic Republic sends weapons to the Houthi from Somalia, using especially small fishing boats, which are difficult to detect. In Yemen, the main port used by Iran to transfer the weapons to the local Shia militia is the Port of Mukalla. It also seems that, in order to achieve its goal, Tehran is sending the Afghan and Shi’ite Arab veterans of the Syrian war in Yemen, to train the Houthi.
Again: again the Iranian press was forced to reveal that, in less than two months, six people were attacked with acid by “unknown people”. An entire family was recently attacked in Shahreza, in Isfahan Province. Last month, two women were attacked in the Province of Ahwaz.
After a pause of less than one year, the nightmare of the acid attacks returned to scare the Iranian people. Between 2014 and 2015, hundreds of women were attacked by members of Hezbollah, for being “bad veiled” (the Iranian police revealed that, only in 2014, there were 318 attacks). The attacks provoked the protest of hundreds of Iranian people, who took the streets asking the end of these actions. Instead of arresting the responsible of the acid attacks, the Iranian regime arrested many civil rights protestors.
The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported that a terrorist plot of Hezbollah, was foiled in La Paz, Bolivia. The Bolivian Security Forces raided a warehouse managed by terrorists of the Party of God, located in the periphery of the capital, discovering material to fabricate bombs (with a weight of 2,5 tons) and four vehicles, that would like to be used to transport the bombs during the attacks. The Saudi newspaper reports that the goal of the Hezbollah’s cell in Latin America, was to attack tourists in Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
This discovering remembers the dark years of the Hezbollah’s activity in Latin America, when the Lebanese terrorist group attack the Israeli embassy (1992) and the Jewish Center AMIA (1994). More than 100 innocent people.
In a long interview given to Sky News Arabic, the Patriarch of the Maronite Church Bechara Boutros al-Rahi attacked Hezbollah and the Palestinian community. Speaking about Hezbollah, the 77-year-old Patriarch criticized the Hezbollah’s decision to take part to the Syrian war, accusing the Shia terrorist organization to divide the political system and society of Lebanon. He also added that it cannot be possible to say that “without Hezbollah Lebanon would be an Islamic State”, because it is also possible to affirm that “because of Hezbollah in Lebanon there is an Islamic State”. The Catholic Patriarch described also as abnormal the existence of an armed political party, which is not controlled by the State (attacking indirectly Lebanese President Aoun who recently defended, despite the UN’s requests, the right of Hezbollah to posses weapons). Finally, Bechara Boutros al-Rahi launched also an harsh accusation against the Palestinian community: he accused them of being responsible for the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975.
Jafar al-Hosseini, Spokesman of the Iraqi Shia militia Kata’ib Hezbollah – trained and financed by Iran – accused Turkey for the stalling of the Mosul campaign. Al-Hosseini said that Ankara gives direct support to Daesh, from its military Camp Ba’shiqah, helping also the families of the fighters of Daesh to escape from Mosul. He also added that Turkey supplies Daesh with intelligence information, giving to the jihadists logistic support through its pilots. Because of these reasons, Jafar al-Hosseini underlined that there is no diplomatic solutions with Turkey and that the only goal must be the expulsion of the Turkish soldiers using weapons.
Source: Youtube; al-Ahed News, Gulf News
In an interview with an Egyptian TV channel, the Lebanese President Aoun defended the weapons of Hezbollah. Instead of asking to the Party of God to surrender their weapons, as also requested by the UN resolution 1559, President Aoun said that these weapons must be considered as “part of the resistance”, and that Hezbollah is complementary to the Lebanese army and an essential part of the protection of Lebanon. Aoun defended also the Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria, saying that it is not part of a regional conflict, but part of the fight against terrorism.
After this interview, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, decided to cancel his visit in Beirut, planned for the end of March. With the goal of ease the tension between Riyadh and Beirut, King Salman received President Aoun in Saudi Arabia last January 10, 2017.
Maj. Gen. Ahmed Saif Al Yafei, Deputy Chief of the Yemeni Army, denounced that Iran is using the so called “Seven Brothers Islands” (also known as Seba Islands), an archipelago close to the Bab-el Mandeb Strait, as the first way to smuggle weapons in Yemen. From the Seba Islands, the Iranian Pasdaran are sending the weapons to the Yemeni ports of Hodeidah and Mokha. The Seba Islands are controlled by the Republic of Djibouti. Maj. Gen. Yafei also denounced the involvement of Hezbollah in the weapons smuggling and the fact that many commanders Houthi killed by Yemeni Army, have graduated in Iranian academies.
Speaking during a conference on national security and jihad, IRGC Commander and Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, praised the important role of the Iranian military advisors in the “Mediterranean coast”, underlining that they have “protected the borders from enemies”. Rezaei also said that the Islamic Republic have missiles which can hit targets 2000 km away, with only 15-30 meters of error. Speaking about the problems of the country, Reazei said that Islamic Revolution is suffering from lack of attention to the path of God, because of the ferocious competition of the Westernization.
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: Tabnak, Arabi21
An article published on Tabnak.ir, the online newspaper close to IRGC Commander Mohsen Rezaei, expressed worried about the Russian projects in Syria and the effect on Iran. In particular, the article underlined that the Russian goal and the Iranian one, are not the same. Moscow acted in Syria in order to contain Nato, a strategy that Putin is implementing since 2008 in Georgia. But, differently from what happened in Afghanistan, Russia has no intention to deploy many soldiers in Syria for long time. Today, For the Kremlin, Assad is a pawn to fight Isis, but in the next future Moscow wants to share the responsibility in Syria, with other partners, first with Turkey. Putin wants to distance Ankara from US and Nato and, in order to achieve this goal, he is ready to share the power with Erdogan. For this reason, in the next future it is possible that Iran and Russia will clash on Syria, especially when Putin will start to abandon Assad and the Shia militias.