Turkey does not trust Iran and has expressed all its worried during the Sochi’s agreement on Syria, between Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani. In the meeting, behind the scenes, Turkey was scared by the silence of the Iranian counterpart, especially related to the strong presence of pro-Iranian militias in Syria (and also in Iraq). More, Erdogan considers Rouhani as a “weak link”, and it is not sure that an agreement with him will last. The three parts – Russia, Turkey and Iran – agreed on a peace summit on Syria, but Turkey poses two condition: 1- the exclusion of the Syrian Kurds from the Summit (which was proposed by Russia); 2- the new peace summit must not be an alternative to the Geneva’s process.
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.
A delegation of the Kurdish National Council, formed on October 2011 in Erbil under the sponsorship of Massoud Barzani, visited Saudi Arabia, and met with Foreign Ministry’s officials. In particular the Syrian delegation met also with Mr. Ahmed al-Sheikh, political advisor and responsible of the Syrian affairs in the Saudi MFA. The two parts exchanged views on the Syrian conflict, and agreed on organizing soon a conference of the Syrian opposition in Riyadh. The Saudi praised the important role of the Kurdish National Council, also in the regional contest. The Kurdish delegation, for its part, stressed the need to strengthen the relations with Saudi Arabia and the key role of the Kingdom in finding a political solution in Syria.
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.
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.
As well known, the Iranian regime denies the permission to the women to enter in the stadium. The same prohibition was applied during the last match between Iran and Syria in Tehran. The regime allowed the Syrian female supporters to enter in the stadium, forcing them to wear the veil (despite one of them was pictured inside the stadium without the veil). On the contrary, the regime has denied the entering to the Iranian female supporters. But, the security, told to the Iranian female supporters that they would be allowed to enter in the stadium – with the veil – if they would carry the flag of Syria and a picture of Bashar al Assad. Some of the Iranian female supporters accepted in order to overcome the law, while others have rejected the proposal, protesting also via social networks against, what they called, a “betrayal of Iran”.
In this video, it is possible to listen IRGC Brig. Gen. Hamid Abazari, speaking about the foreign fighters that Iran sent to Syria, to fight for the Assad’s regime. He admits that, for every 10 fighters sent in Syria, at least “2 or 3 of them were killed or injured”. This means that at almost 30% of the Shiite jihadists sent to Syria, did not return back home…
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!
On June 18, the Iranian regime announced of having fired six missiles Zolfawar, against Isis targets in Syria, in the Deir al-Zour Province. In particular, the targets were two telecommunications towers and their associated buildings. As well known, the attack was a reaction to the two terrorists attacks of Isis in Tehran, one against the Parliament and the second against the Shrine of the Imam Khomeini. After the attack, the Pasdaran exulted and described the action as the first “clear message” to the takfiri terrorists and their regional supporters (meaning Saudi Arabia).
But now, it seems that the Iranian attacks in Syria were a complete failure. The US think tank Washington Institute, published an article claiming that the Iranian missiles did not hit the targets, but landed elsewhere. Seven Iranian missiles landed in the Iraq desert, while other three missed completely the objectives. Only one or two of the missiles launched by the Pasdaran, arrived close to their targets.
If confirmed, this failure demonstrates that the Iranian missiles have a serious problem of quality control and reliability. The author of the article, Farzin Nadimi, also underline that Tehran could try to obtain foreign technology, in order to remedy the failure.