Last week hundreds of Iranians, belonging to the Arab minorities, demonstrated in the streets of Ahvaz (against the regime indifference over the environment situation in the Khuzestan Province and the water shortage. The protest was also supported by many activists in the social networks, especially in Twitter. One of the supporters was Mostafa Tajzadeh, former member of the Government of President Khatami, jailed in Evin Prison between 2009 and 2016. In Twitter, Tajzadeh challenges the regime, asking if is more important to continue to finance the regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria, instead of protect the territory and the people of Khuzestan. He added that, considered the regime’s choises, what happened was not unexpected.
Source: Mehr News Arabic, Erem News
Reacting to the accuses made by Erdogan in Bahrain – who accuses Iran of seeking to divide Iraq and Syria, to impose the “Persian nationalism” – the Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bahram Ghasemi, said that Tehran has a positive role of stability in Iraq. He also added that, the Iranian involvement in Iraq, was the direct consequence of a request of the Government of Baghdad, in order to fight the “Takfiri terrorist groups”. Referring indirectly also to Turkey, Ghasemi said that it is necessary not only to understand who plays a positive role, but also the other parties, who are seeking chaos, supporting terror secretly in order to “take advantage of them as tools for obtaining their goals”.
Few days ago, Syrian President Bashar al Assad met with a parliamentary delegation from Belgium. During the meeting, the attention was caught by the left hand of Assad. During all the meeting, while speaking with the Belgian MPs, Assad kept his left hand always steady, lying it on the armrest of the armchair. Even in the video broadcasted by the TV of the Syrian regime, it is possible to see the eyes of one of the members of the Belgian delegation, while watching the left hand of Assad with special attention. For many observers, this is the proof that Assad suffered a stroke and now the establishment of the regime is keeping him on power, only as a symbolic figure.
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.
In a leaked video posted on Facebook and Twitter, it is possible to see the Iranian IRGC Commander Hossein Yekta, revealing the number of Afghan refugees, sent by Tehran to fight the jihad in Syria. Yekta said that, today, 18000 Afghans are fighting in Syria and that the two commanders of the so called Fatemiyoun Division, Alireza Tavassoli and his vice Reza Bakhshi, were both killed during the war.
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.
Below another proof of the deeply involvement of the Iranian Pasdaran in the massacre of the Syrian civilians. Two pictures of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Aleppo – commander of the Qods Force – visiting the areas destroyed by the Assad’s regime and its allies.
Below the photo of a graffiti which appeared in the capital of Iran, Tehran, in solidarity with the civilian people of Aleppo. The graffiti was found on a wall of the street Sheikh Bahaei and, clearly, represents also an anti-regime protest, for the role of the Pasdaran and the Shia militia in the Syrian war.
Source: The Arab Weekly
Yesterday the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani phoned to the Syrian President Bashar al Assad, in order to congratulate for the “victory in Aleppo”. While Rouhani was expressing happiness for the events in Syria, a former Iranian diplomat gave an interview, warning on the dangerous consequences of the Syrian war. Speaking with the newspaper Al Sharq, Mir Mahmoud Mousavi said that the success in Aleppo could delight for only two days, but will force Iran to be worry for the next thirty years. Mousavi underlined that Tehran did the same mistake when the United States decided to oust the Taliban from Kabul. In that occasion, the Islamic Republic remained in silence and gave its support to the American operation. But the end of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, did not eliminate the Taliban problem.
Speaking about Syria, Mousavi said that the killing of 300 thousand people and the displacement of 12 million others, will lead only to new hatred and violence. Mousavi stressed that the real security of the Iranian borders, could be achieved only with peace and stability in other countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. He also denounced that in Mosul, the involvement of the Shia militias is changing the demography of the city, and this will represent a reason of concern for Turkey.
Mir Mahmoud Mousavi was the head of the Western Asia Department in the Iranian Foreign Ministry and was Ambassador in India and Pakistan.