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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:03 am on 17 Apr 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Syria is a shadow, the main goal is the Iranian regime 

    Syria is a shadow, the main goal is the Iranian regime 2

    The bombs and missiles, which were launched on April 14th to Bashar al-Assad’s chemical production and distribution centers, seem to have been hit politically to the Mullahs regime. Because some of the Iranian regime’s agents and analysts acknowledge that all the forces that support Bashar al-Assad today in Syria invited by Mullahs regime there, (Russia, Hezbollah Lebanon and other terrorist troops in Syria)

    Syria is a shadow, the main goal is the Iranian regime

    On the other hand, although Russia is currently the first force in Syria, the preservation of Bashar al-Assad, unlike the clerical regime of Iran, is not strategic for Russia.

    This is why the Mullahs regime’s response to this attack is so hysterical and horrific, as Khamenei himself immediately came to the scene and reacted against it.

    Afterwards, we witnessed a massive propaganda campaign and a huge amount of comments from the authorities and the regime’s media.

    In reaction to the attacks on Bashar al-Assad and the Mullahs regime’s interests in these attacks, Khamenei deceptively said that “Their purpose of these attacks is not to hit Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. but they want blow to the Islamic nation and Islam”. (Iran state TV, April 14, 2018) It is clear that the Islamic nation and Islam and such words in the culture of Mullahs rule are the pseudonym of the corrupt regime of Velayat-e faqih.

    One of the agents of Khamenei’s gang, Saadallah Zarei, says, “Syria is a shadow, the main goal is the Iranian regime” says National Security Advisor John Bolton.

    While pointing to the role of the national security adviser in the attack, Khamenei’s gang member acknowledged that since the Iran regime plays a key role in keeping President Bashar al-Assad governed in rule and even “everyone in Syria today is in defense of the people! and their government” They are invited to by Iran “(Fars News Agency, April 14). So, the target of the attack has been Iran regime.

    Hermidas Bavand, a former diplomat, also asked the regime to “go beyond” with the question “What was the message of the American invasion to Syria?”

    While expressing dismay at Russia’s lack of action and the fact that Russia “will not do anything other than verbal sentencing”. It does not take any other action from the verb condemnation and does not react “to the extent that it condemns or rightly states that it will make Syria’s future more difficult and prolonged.”

    Another former ambassador to the regime, Qadiri Abyaneh, also said that “the ultimate goal of the United States, Britain and France of attack on Syria was to confront the Iran,” as they intended to “block the Hezbollah as a prelude to confronting Iran. In fact, the ultimate goal of the West was to confront Iran has been »

    Mehdi Motahrania, a member of the Rouhani gang, warns in fear of the consequences of attacking the chemical facilities of Bashar al-Assad in Syria: “We have to keep our hat tight, so that it does not hurl us out of our heads, and we strengthen our foundations so hard and so close to us.” If the tornado comes cannot take us out of the ground. We have to make the most of our efforts to get out of this conflict. ”

    As the comments from the members of both gangs come up, the fact is that after Bashar al-Assad, this Mullahs regime is a major loser to attacking the chemical facilities of Bashar al-Assad.

    For many times, the international community has emphasized that Iranian regime is the source of many conflicts in the countries of the region and should stop interfering in Syria and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries in the region.

    The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, at the Security Council meeting, explicitly called the actions of the Iranian regime in countries like Syria and Yemen as the source of human tragedies from military conflicts in the Middle East, adding that the Mullahs regime is the source of destabilizing measures that are almost entirely in the Middle East has spread.

     

    It now seems that it’s time that this regime, which has been “The wind was planting” for years with its evil presence in the region, is now “Now the storm will reap”, as Mehdi Motahrania, a gangs’ member of Mullahs regime, acknowledged “a storm has raged in the region, and the possibility The incidence of whirlwind has increased “and is in the horror of the storm, which recommends the regime to” change in different dimensions “and is ready to drink the next poison cups.

     

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    • wizzymedpower 2:20 pm on 18 Apr 2018 Permalink

      Thanks for your update… God’s intervention

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    • bluemoone 11:20 pm on 19 Apr 2018 Permalink

      While I see the reason for some to be excited over the US’s actions, chemical weapons are horrid and disgusting, one has to consider some things. The US has been using white phosphorus in Syria, fairly indiscriminately. So why are they taking such a hard stance on chemical weapons now? I sincerely hope that bombing those places helped the Syrian people but Donald Trump is at the helm and not noted for his humanitarianism. I wager those bombs helped him most of all and any aid to the people was nothing short of serendipitous. I ave seen the news of what happens when short-sighted people have decided that burning a crop of marijuana was the best way to dispose of it and ended up getting the town(s) downwind stoned. So I must ask, what happens when the chemicals in those plants gets incinerated?

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    • Masoud Dalvand 8:10 am on 20 Apr 2018 Permalink

      Thanks for comment dear Danielle. Your comments are always interesting to me because they are accompanied by a sense of human responsibility. I have a few points about your opinion. There are some obvious facts beyond of reasons for US and Tramp bombardment of Assad’s military and chemical centers. First, all the relief groups in Syria and the locals who were attacked by Assad chemically welcomed the military invasion of Assad’s chemical centers. Because global powers have been basically talking about the crimes of the bloodthirsty dictator of Syria and its criminal supporters, namely, Khamenei and Putin, over the past seven years. So when Syrian people see countries such as the United States, France and the United Kingdom just show a few practical responses to Assad, they are happy. Finally, one has found the answer to this dictator. Why are these people, especially the children and women of Syria, who should be bombarded by Assad? Once again, let the military centers of the dictator be targeted. I do not make any comment on the intentions of the Trump or the leaders of France and England. They certainly have their own interests and not humanitarian goals, but the result of their work in this world of oppression and crime that we see is the massacre in Syria, and for seven years nobody helps them important for us. Yes, the important thing is that even for the contradiction of the interests of the superpowers, the United States and its allies engage in a reaction to the crimes of the bloodthirsty dictator of Syria. Also this applies about our people in Iran and oppression and religious tyranny that has been imposed on our people for 40 years, is right. And finally, Obama much appeased with Mullahs and gave them a lot of money just to achieve a very weak nuclear deal. So dear Danielle, in a world full of injustice to rid the oppressed people of the massacres and the repression and crimes that dictators do against them, we welcome any action that the Western powers are taking against these dictators. Be sure, we know the intentions of the powerful countries. But let them do it if they can target the dictators, and we also thank them. Our intentions are just the freedom and establishment of democracy and human rights in the countries of this region of the world, where Khamenei’s and ISIS’s savagery crimes continue against our people. Thank you so much again because you are a great woman and a great poet with great human emotions.

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    • bluemoone 8:23 am on 20 Apr 2018 Permalink

      You’re welcome Masoud. I think that’s the most you have ever said to me at once. 😊 I am happy if the U.S. actions helped. The people of the U.S. want to see things get better for the people of Syria and Iran. I still remain suspicious of Trump’s motives and don’t see him being effective for the people for long. He has tried 3 times to ban Iranian people from the U.S., even the legal citizens. I know Trump and Putin have interest in Syria’s oil. I’d say that is why he took action. It’s Iraq all over again. I know the people of Syria and Iran are in an impossible situation and it’s an enemy-of-my-enemy situation for them. My heart is with them and we are working hard here to change things for the better so that we have good people with good intentions in office. I would just caution people to remember who Trump truly is and not to sing his praises too much or too loud. The devil may be your friend today, but he’s still the devil.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 8:48 am on 20 Apr 2018 Permalink

      I’m happy too Danielle to read your comments, we have same opinion about people’s interests in every where. Thanks again.

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    • bluemoone 2:58 am on 21 Apr 2018 Permalink

      Yes, we do Masoud. That was a great article. Very strong writing.

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    • bluemoone 4:55 am on 21 Apr 2018 Permalink

      My pleasure

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    • Masoud Dalvand 11:16 am on 22 Apr 2018 Permalink

      This is your positive opinion about me, because I know my English is not strong!

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    • oldpoet56 9:53 pm on 15 May 2018 Permalink

      Excellent article, I enjoyed the read so I am going to reblog this article for you.

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    • oldpoet56 9:53 pm on 15 May 2018 Permalink

      Reblogged this on Truth Troubles.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 3:33 pm on 16 May 2018 Permalink

      Appreciate!

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    • Masoud Dalvand 3:34 pm on 16 May 2018 Permalink

      Thanks so much dear friend for sharing.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:57 am on 14 Apr 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Destruction Of Syrian Dictator’s Chemical Plant Is A Necessary Step To End The Catastrophe In Syria 

    And it must be complemented by the complete dismissal of the IRGC and their mercenary militias from across the region

    The targeting of centers and facilities for the production and maintenance of the deadly chemical weapons of the brutal Syrian dictator and the dismantling of the war machine of this regime is an indispensable step to end the Syrian tragedy, which, for seven years, has killed more than 500,000 people among them children , women and The innocent and defenseless people and also displaced half of the Syrian population, and its scope has gone well beyond the borders of this country.

    This action, which has been demanded by Syrian people and freedom lovers of this country and other countries in the region, must be completed by expelling the anti-human clerical regime and its Revolutionary Gurards and mercenaries from Syria, Yemen, Iraq and other countries of the region.

    Iranian regime is the leading element of survival of Bashar al-Assad and the main source of terrorism and extremism and warmongering in the Middle East and the vast parts of the world.

    The policy of appeasement with the ruling religious fascism in Iran has led the regime to unprecedentedly increase its crime against humanity and war crimes without paying any price at all. It is time to put an end to appeasement and neglect against these crimes, which are flagrant violations of internationally recognized rules and standards.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    April 14, 2018

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:01 am on 4 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Regime Lies About Arming Houthis 

    The Iranian Regime is once again lying about its involvement in the Yemeni war, which has caused thousands of deaths and triggered a humanitarian crisis; just days after Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Iran for supplying the Yemeni Houthis with weapons and missiles, in violation of an arms embargo.

    Bahram Qassemi, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, outright denied that Iran sent weapons to Yemen and accused the UK of “dishonest behaviour” for drafting the resolution.

    He said: “We don’t send weapons to Yemen. Such allegations and attempts are made to project the blame on others by those who want to use the existing situation against Iran. We are witnessing a [sic] dishonest behaviour from the British government that uses the international mechanisms to defend the aggressor despite its slogans about a peaceful settlement of the Yemen crisis.”

    He went on to claim that the situation in Yemen “is the result of the export of British and American arms”, but it is notable that UN experts have completed a report that found Iran was supplying military aid to the Houthis.

    It’s not a coincidence that these comments came just days after General Joseph Votel, head of the US Central Command in the Middle East, told the House Armed Services Committee that Iran was trying to turn Yemen into a client state, as it did with Lebanon, but in a much shorter timeframe.

    Votel said: “Iran has extended its tentacles across the region through numerous proxies, including Lebanese Hezbollah operating in multiple countries, hardline Iranian-backed Shia militia groups (SMGs) in Iraq and Syria, and Iranian support has enabled the Houthis.”

    This is not surprising when you listen to the recent comments of Ali Akbar Velayati, a foreign policy adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

    Velayati said: “Our presence in the region is inevitable. We will continue this process, so as to become the most decisive force in the region. We are present in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon…We help Yemen because it is our human duty to do so. Saudi Arabia must know that this ongoing process will make Yemen its Vietnam.”

    In this, Velayati is admitting that Iran deceives its enemies, when others claim that they are not building a coalition of Shiite forces in Syria and Iraq, and that Iran’s goal in aiding the Houthis is not aiding Yemen but hurting Saudi Arabia.

    Iran is gaining military dominance in Yemen in the same way that it did in Iraq, which makes it easy to see why the Houthis blocked a 2016 peace deal and why Iran is interfering in Iraq’s upcoming elections.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:17 pm on 16 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How The World Views Iran’s Role In Syria 

    By Heshmat Alavi

    As protests across Iran experience a variety of ups and downs following a major surge early this year, a wide array of analysts are seen writing about this important country’s domestic and foreign developments.

    More recently, concerns for Tehran are also increasing abroad as its international isolation begins to take its toll.

    To stand alongside the Iranian people, the international community must raise the cost of Tehran’s belligerence.

    In a piece some time ago I discussed How Iran Is Losing Europe, especially taking into consideration the distancing of France from Iran and President Emmanuelle Macron’s improving relations with the United States.

    Considering the fact that Iran’s economy is in desperate need of business ties with large French firms, such developments have become increasingly concerning for the Iranian regime’s ruling elite.

    President Macron recently threatened military action against the Assad regime in Syria, widely known to be remaining in power thanks to the support of Iran and Russia.

    “France will strike” if the Syrian conflict witnesses the use of chemical weapons against civilians, being in violation of international treaties, according to Reuters.

    “On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line,” Macron added. “If we have proven evidence that chemical weapons proscribed in treaties are used, we will strike the place where they are made.”

    Last May Macron emphasized chemical weapons use would represent a “red line” crossing. Updating his position, Macron took advantage of last Friday’s telephone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to weigh in grave concern over signs of chlorine bomb usage against civilians in Syria.

    In recent weeks, rescue workers and aid groups in Syria, and the U.S. government, have been accusing Damascus of repeatedly deploying chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against civilians in Ghouta and Idlib.

    This highly dangerous chemical substance, which Syria claims to possess legally for purposes such as water purification, can be lethal when used as a weapon and causes suffocation.

    The “Syrians for Truth and Justice” organization is reporting how missiles carrying poisonous gasses targeting Ghouta belonged to Iran:

    “According to Bellingcat, the munitions used in the February 1 attack are Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions (IRAMs), based on modified Iranian 107mm rockets. The standard warhead has been replaced with a large pressurized gas cylinder, and tail fins have been added to the rocket.”

    Such developments go alongside further troubles brewing for Iran, emanating from strong remarks by other senior U.S. officials and figures.

    Daniel R. Coats, Director of National Intelligence at a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday:

    “Iran remains the most prominent state sponsor of terrorism, providing financial aid, advanced weapons and tactics, and direction to militant and terrorist groups across the Middle East and cultivating a network of operatives across the globe as a contingency to enable potential terrorist attacks.”

    In yet another reminder of Iran’s troubles regarding the controversial nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton emphasized in a FOX News TV interview of only three months remaining to U.S. President Donald Trump’s deadline regarding a decision over the accord’s future.

    Promises were made Tehran would join the community of civilized nations as a result of this deal. The result, however, has been anything but.

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday renewed his government’s call on Iran to withdraw from Syria, accusing Tehran of destabilizing the Middle East through military presence.

    “Iran needs to withdraw its military, its militia from Syria, and allow a hope for the peace process to take hold in Geneva,” Tillerson emphasized at a news conference in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

    As argued extensively in the past, an interesting insight is now provided into how Washington can impose meaningful pressure on Tehran at a time when protesters are chanting for Iran’s regime to “Let go of Syria, think about us.”

    New York Post article reads in part:

    “Now is the time for Trump to re-establish a robust military deterrent toward Iranian expansionism in close collaboration with regional allies. His administration declared the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist entity in October, and he should target key Guards’ bases and weapons in Syria accordingly. Such an approach could help prevent a larger-scale conflict.”

    Iran understands how more money pumped abroad will flame their already crisis-riddled political status quo back home.

    Washington may particularly be focusing on also closing Iran’s “land bridge,” connecting Tehran to Damascus to easily influence the entire region and connect to the Mediterranean.

    Iran’s regime is very vulnerable following the recent uprising. Public unrest and the protesters’ demands for fundamental change are Tehran’s Achilles’ heel.

    Identifying and supporting the very element that can realize this change is crucial.

     

    via How The World Views Iran’s Role In Syria — Iran Commentary

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:45 pm on 13 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How the Iranian Regime Is Waging a Proxy War in the Middle East 

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    NCRI: The Iranian Regime has been merging its proxy groups across the Middle East with existing local defence forces in various countries, which become a part of that country’s army.

    This is evidenced in an April 2017 memo from the Syrian armed forces, which stated that the defense forces would replace the Iranian proxies eventually. This may lead you to believe that Iran is removing itself from the Syrian conflict, but this is simply untrue.

    They are removing their proxies to go to other places in the Middle East, but once the ideology has been spread, the local defense groups will become Iranian proxies themselves and can become far more influential if everybody thinks that the Iranian Regime is not involved.

    This tactic has been used by the Iranian Regime already in Iraq with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and Lebanon with Hezbollah, two groups that are now immensely in their respective countries and its political system. The Iranian Regime has deployed the PMF and Hezbollah to Syria and other areas of conflict and even used them to train terrorists.

    The groups are even known to work together, as a video of Qais al-Khazali, the leader of PMF affiliate Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, at the Lebanese-Israeli border in December shows. In the video, Khazali states that he is there with Hezbollah to oppose Israel.

     

    This move doesn’t reduce the number of Iranian proxies involved in conflicts across the Middle East, but increases them. There are then more pro-Iran regional militias to help create Iran’s dream of a Shiite Crescent across the Middle East, which would make it easier to create more proxies by supporting more local defense forces.

    Through the Shiite Crescent, the Iranian proxies could spread across Europe and eventually across the world if they aren’t stopped.

    The Regime’s overall goal in creating more proxies is to export the Iranian Islamic ideology across the region and eventually the world, just as it already has done in Iraq and Lebanon.

    Iran regime's millitias

    Iran regime’s militias 

    Ahmed, a Hezbollah member, said that there are also Hezbollah factions in Syria and Iraq, which share the same ideology and regional goals.

    He said: “All of these factions in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon will fight side by side with each other in the next war.”

    That is a very worrying prospect for anyone concerned about Iranian aggression and expansionism, national sovereignty, peace in the Middle East, and extremist Islamic ideology.

    This is another reason that the Iranian Regime should not be allowed to reach its 40th anniversary in 2019

     

     

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:03 pm on 27 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: One way to counter Iran’s aggression? Change the map of the Middle East 

    The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests

    The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests

    Fox News, Dec. 25, 2017 – Iran’s geopolitical ascent is the most significant and dangerous development in the Middle East this century. But while the Trump administration’s new National Security Strategy properly identifies Iran as among the important challenges to U.S. security interests, it doesn’t offer a concrete strategy on how to counter Iran’s growing regional power.

    President Trump should follow the example of President Reagan, who pursued an offensive strategy to undermine the Soviet Union that included supporting indigenous anti-communist insurgents around the globe. Today, America should support indigenous forces that oppose – and seek independence from – Iranian domination.
    Reversing the strategic threat posed by Iran will require a continued U.S. military presence and military aid to local forces in Syria and Iraq. It will also require greater support for our regional allies, such as Israel and Jordan, which must contain the provocative actions of Iran and its proxies. But this defensive posture will not suffice even to contain Iran, let alone transform its trajectory.
    The United States also needs to recognize Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen for what they are: failed, artificial constructs now dominated by Iran. Iran has taken advantage of ISIS’ crumbling caliphate to increasingly consolidate control over these four nations.

     

    The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests, and it’s time to upend it.

    Maintaining Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen in their existing forms is unnatural and serves Iran’s interests. There is nothing sacred about these countries’ borders, which seem to have been drawn by a drunk and blindfolded mapmaker. Indeed, in totally disregarding these borders, ISIS and Iran both have already demonstrated the anachronism and irrelevance of the borders.
    Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen are not nation-states as Americans understand them, but rather post-World War I artificial constructs, mostly created out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in a colossally failed experiment by international leaders.
    With their deep ethno-sectarian fissures, these four countries have either been held together by a strong authoritarian hand or suffered sectarian carnage.
    Indeed, the principal vulnerability of Iran’s regional strategy is its dependence on brutal regimes to rule lands riven by ethno-sectarian fissures. The United States should exploit this vulnerability by supporting those forces in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen that oppose Iran’s domination and seek greater self-determination or independence from their own capitals.
    The result could be transforming these failed states into loose confederations or new countries with more borders that more naturally conform along sectarian lines.
    Any redrawing of political relationships or borders is highly complex, and the United States cannot dictate the outcomes. But we can influence them. We would need to deeply examine each country for its unique qualities and histories, and consult closely our regional allies before deciding upon a policy.
    Here are some examples of policy conclusions that the U.S. government might draw:
    ·         We might cease supplying arms to Iraq and declare our support and strong military aid for an eventual Iraqi Kurdish state, once its warring factions unify and improve governance. We could support a federation for the rest of Iraq.
    ·         For Syria, we could seek a more ethnically coherent loose confederation or separate states that might balance each other – the Iranian-dominated Alawites along the coast, the Kurds in the northeast, and the Sunni Arabs in the heartland. We could also demonstrate we are not anti-Shia Muslim by improving relations with Azerbaijan, a secular Shia country bordering Iran that seeks a closer relationship with the United States.
    An added potential benefit of this approach could be a fomenting of tensions within Iran, which has sizable Kurdish and Azeri populations, thereby weakening the radical regime in Tehran.
    Some might argue this approach impractical, destabilizing and offers Iran new opportunities.
    Perhaps, but the region’s current trajectory is more dangerous. The burden is on the United States to adapt its policy to the dissolving of borders and responding to Iran’s aggression.
    Iran is not a status quo power content to consolidate its winnings; its emboldened radical regime is intended to dominate the region and destroy Israel. An Iranian-Israeli conflict looms ever closer as Iran establishes bases and missile factories in Syria, posing a second front in Israel’s north.
    In addition, Americans must concentrate on Iran’s continued development of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that could eventually reach the U.S. homeland.
    Artificial states have been divided or loosened before with some success, such as the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia, which are all post-WWI formations. Bosnia and Herzegovina have also managed as a confederation.
    President Trump should take the offensive to Iran. The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests, and it’s time to upend it.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:08 pm on 25 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Mullahs’ Regime in Crises Explosive Situation in Iran & Meddling in other Countries 

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:53 am on 21 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    US New Iran Policy 

    NCRI Staff

    NCRI – Following the release of the National Security Strategy, the U.S. is putting the Iranian Regime in its crosshairs for its support of extremism in the Middle East.

    The Donald Trump administration has made it increasingly clear that Iranian regime’s destructive policies will no longer be overlooked by the US and it is now putting their words into action.

    Terrorism

    The US has long considered Iran the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism but now that the threat posed by ISIS is waning, the West can finally deal with the ‘godfather’ of Islamic terrorism directly.

    Just last week, Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, explained that the Iranian Regime has supplied ballistic weapons to the Houthis in Yemen in order to attack Saudi Arabia and destabilise the region.

    She said: “We are not just focused on the nuclear programme. We’re also taking a hard look at Iran’s ballistic missile program, its arms exports, and its support for terrorists, proxy fighters and dictators.”

    She explained how the Iranian Regime is essentially the facilitator of malign activities across the Arab world.

    She said: “It’s hard to find a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it.[This regime is] fanning the flames” of conflict.”

    Meddling

    It is well known that the Iranian Regime is constantly meddling in the affairs of neighbouring states- like Iraq, Syria, and Yemen- and using their destabilisation to its advantage.

    Douglas Silliman, the US Ambassador to Iraq, said: “Iran simply does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbours.”

    Iraq is now seeking to distance itself from Iran and establish stronger ties with Riyadh and Amman, but the problem is still prominent in other Middle Eastern countries, which could mean a US intervention is necessary.

    There are currently over 2,000 American troops stationed in Syria to fight ISIS and US Defense Secretary James Mattis has indicated that they will remain there for the time being to deter other Iranian proxies from making tracks in the country.

    Reaction

    Some have accused the Trump administration of setting the stage for all-out war with Iran rather than attempting diplomatic measures but diplomatic measures aren’t working.

    Human rights activist Heshmat Alavi wrote on Al Arabiya: “[The accusers’] intentions are far from preventing the US from entering a new war, but to protect Tehran from any strong measures, including international sanctions that target the regime and actually benefit the people by weakening the ruling system.”

    Alavi is by no means calling for war with Iran- he cites that with the level of unprecedented infighting between Iran factions, drop in revenue for the country, and international sanctions, war will not be necessary to bring down the Regime. He advises decisive action- like crippling sanctions- to strike a death blow to the Regime.

    This is also the position of the Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), who first revealed Iran’s clandestine nuclear programme.

    The NCRI advises:

    • Imposing wide-ranging sanctions on Iran and their Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and removing access to the global banking system

    • Evicting the IRGC and its proxy militias from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan

    • Preventing the transfer of weaponry and troops from Iran to these countries

    • Referring the Iranian Regime to the International Criminal Court for its human rights violations- especially the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners- and holding those responsible to account

    • Imposing previous UN Security Council resolutions covering Iran’s nuclear weapons program, banning uranium enrichment, and launching unconditional inspections into the regime’s military and non-military sites

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:46 am on 21 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Pakistani Shias being trained by Iran for a regional fighting force 

    Dubai [UAE], Dec 20 (ANI): Very little is written in Pakistan about the Zainebiyoun, a brigade comprising of Pakistani Shia fighters trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) and currently fighting for the Assad regime in Syria.

    The recruits for the brigade are largely drawn from Shia Hazaras originally from Balochistan and the Shias of Parachinar and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

    According to sources, the number of Pakistanis deployed in this brigade could be as high as 1000.

    The brigade, named after Zainab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad, has been largely operating in the Syrian cities of Damascus, Aleppo, Daraa and Hama. Their primary task is to protect Shia shrines from attacks of the ISIS.

    Though the Zainebiyoun was formed around 2015, Pakistani Shias were being inducted into the Fatemiyoun from 2013 onwards.

    The Fatemiyoun Division, comprising mainly of Afghan Shias, has been fighting alongside Syrian government forces against the ISIS from 2013 onwards. In fact, after the Hizbullah of Lebanon, the Fatemiyoun perhaps has the largest presence of foreign fighters in Syria, estimated to be 20,000 Afghan fighters.

    Interviews of Afghan Shias who have returned to Afghanistan after serving in the Fatemiyoun in Syria, indicate that Iran provides military training to Afghan and Pakistani Shiites both in Iran and inside Syria. The IRGC reportedly provides a four-week, pre-deployment training to Zainebiyouan and Fatemiyoun combatants at ‘special training bases’ inside Iran. There are known to be nine such training camps in Iran. Each combatant is lured into this brigade with the hope of being granted a permanent residency of Iran, a hefty monthly pay of USD 1200 per month and payment for education of the combatants’ children, in case of his death.

    As per accounts of active members of the Zainebiyoun, many of them were driven to join the brigade and take up the Shia cause outside their own country after they witnessed the persecution of Shias in Pakistan.

    While the urban elite Shias remain unharmed because of their class and alignment with the Pakistani military establishment, the vast majority of the poor, disadvantaged Shia Muslims in Pakistan remain victims of frequent suicide attacks and target killing by ISI-sponsored groups like the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and other radical Sunni groups.

    Iran has been using this sense of alienation among the middle class and poor Shias in Pakistan, to project itself as the sole protector of Shias worldwide. The arrival of the ISIS has allowed Iran to use its Shia militias to gain a foothold in several countries of the Middle East. There is little doubt that once the ISIS threat in Syria & Iraq is over, these militias or proxy armies will be used by Iran to further its geo-political ambitions in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    When Pakistani COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa visited Iran recently, it is unlikely that he considered it important to raise this issue with the Iranian leaders. However, if Iran’s proactive policy in the Middle East is any indication, Pakistan may soon have to deal with Iran trained Shia proxies in its western borders. (ANI)

    Source: Pakistani Shias being trained by Iran for a regional fighting force

     
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    Understanding Washington’s Fast-Evolving Policy on Iran – Analysis 

     

    On the doorstep of US President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy speech, the administration launched an unprecedented campaign of pinpointing the Iranian regime as the crosshairs on the epicenter of all extremism causing havoc across the Middle East, writes  Heshmat Alavi in Al Arabiya English.

    This comes following a Wall Street Journal article explaining how in the post-ISIS world Washington will begin pinpointing its focus and resources on the larger and more dangerous threat posed by Tehran, Alavi, a dissident writer and human rights activist, wrote on Monday, December 18, 2017.

    The Trump administration has made it clear that a wide array of destructive policies adopted by Tehran have become unacceptable, the article said.

    Described as a “first” by Reuters, last Thursday US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley displayed a detailed exhibition of Iranian equipment used to arm Yemen’s Houthi militias – long known to be backed by Iran’s regime – and thus, to destabilize the region, especially its archrival, Saudi Arabia.

    “We are not just focused on the nuclear program,” Haley said during a press conference at a US Department of Defense hangar where the Iranian equipment were placed before the media. “We’re also taking a hard look at Iran’s ballistic missile program, its arms exports, and its support for terrorists, proxy fighters and dictators.”

    The Iranian regime can also be described as the facilitator, and maybe even the godfather, of a slate of malign practices rendering suffering across the Arabian Peninsula, leading to the Levant and eastward to Central Asia.

    “It’s hard to find a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it,” Haley continued, adding how this regime is “fanning the flames” of conflict.

    For decades the US State Department has considered Iran the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

    “We may actually be on the verge of meaningful and long overdue measures against Tehran on this very important and vital subject,” the article said.

    Advocates of engagement vis-à-vis the Iranian regime are accusing the US administration of trailing the path of launching a war with Iran.

    “Their intentions are far from preventing the US from entering a new war, but to protect Tehran from any strong measures, including international sanctions that target the regime and actually benefit the people by weakening the ruling system,” the article added.

    It went on to say, as emphasized by Ambassador Haley, it is high time for the international community to take decisive action, such as crippling sanctions targeting the regime and its belligerent institutions, to finally bring an end to what has become “a global threat.”

    The article added:

    The Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, known for blowing the whistle on Tehran’s clandestine nuclear program, indicates how a “firm policy hinges on the following practical measures:

    • Evicting the IRGC and its proxy militias from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan, and preventing the transfer of Iran’s weaponry and troops to these countries;
    • Imposing comprehensive sanctions on Iran and the IRGC, especially preventing their access to the global banking system;
    • Referring Iran’s human rights violations dossier, particularly the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, to The International Criminal Court, and placing the regime’s senior officials responsible for these crimes before justice;
    • Imposing previous UNSC resolutions covering Iran’s nuclear weapons program, banning uranium enrichment, and launching unconditional inspections into the regime’s military and non-
     
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