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.
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…
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.