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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:10 pm on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Video shows awkward moment Russian soldier stops Assad from following Putin 

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    Al Arabiya, 11 December 2017 – Footage emerged on Monday showing a Russian military personnel preventing Bashar al-Assad from following Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia.

    The video shows Assad hurryingly walking behind Putin trying to catch up but is stopped by a Russian soldier who placed his hand to slow him down. Assad can be seen extending his arm thinking the Russian was attempting to shake his hand.

    The awkward moment was captured by cameras on Monday as Putin ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:54 pm on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Threat to U.S.: Leave Syria or Else!: Video 

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    TruNews, December 11, 2017 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander, Brig. Gen. Qassem Soleimani sent a letter, via Russia, demanding every last U.S. soldier leave Syria or else “the doors of hell will open up.”

    According to the Kuwaiti Al Rai Media news website (translated from Arabic), Soleimani told a Russian officer who delivered the message to the U.S.:

    ‘My message to the US military command: when the battle against ISIS (the Islamic State group) will end, no American soldier will be tolerated in Syria. I advise you to leave by your own will or you will be forced to it … You shall face soldiers and forces you have not experienced before in Syria and you will leave the country sooner or later.’

    Soleimani reportedly told the Russian middle-man that U.S. forces in Syria will be “considered as forces of occupation” if they stay, according to the Al Rai report. It concludes that the situation could quickly devolved into a mirror of events in Lebanon in 1983, when hundreds of American Marines were killed in the Islamist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut.

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:15 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    #BreakGhoutaSiege #Syria: 400,000 children, women and men remain under siege in #EasternGhouta struggling to survive under daily shelling & without access to food and medical care. 

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    Syria: Banned Soviet-made cluster munitions fuel humanitarian catastrophe in Eastern Ghouta

    Verified photographs show Soviet-made cluster munitions used over densely populated areas by Syrian government forces
    Doctors describe dire humanitarian situation – including widespread malnutrition – amid tightening siege
    Witnesses recount indiscriminate attacks killing civilians as Syrian forces commit daily war crimes

    Syrian government forces’ increasing use of banned Soviet-made cluster munitions to carry out indiscriminate attacks and direct attacks on civilians…

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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:58 am on November 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran ‘proud’ to send its children to fight in Syria! 

    13 year old Iranian child soldier in Syria. A report by Iran state TV broadcast today November 25 about an Iranian 13 year old child soldier sent by Revolutionary Guards to fight on the front lines in Syria.

    Iran ‘proud’ to send its children to fight in Syria. An Iranian television channel on Saturday broadcast a video in which a 13-year-old child soldier speaks about being sent to Syria to fight. In the video, a reporter asks the young soldier his age to which the boy replies “13,” while another gunman next to the child says that he is “the youngest child fighter.” “This child must be in school now and play and not on the war fronts, where adults get killed,” said one Iranian activist. A report by Human Rights Watch called for an investigation into the recruitment of children into Syria by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, calling on the international community and the United Nations to open an investigation into the issue and to add Iran to the annual list of perpetrators of child abuse.

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:28 am on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    CDS decries the consideration of Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif  for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize 

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    CDS decries the consideration of Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif
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    Washington, DC – The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) decries the consideration of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in the international nuclear negotiations.

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee has listed Foreign Minister Zarif and Federica Mogherini on its shortlist of nominees for this year’s Peace Prize for their involvement in negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was intended to limit Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon.

    While some have lauded the deal as a victory for nonproliferation, the deal has undeniably emboldened Iran to doubled down on its support of the Assad regime in its assault on Syrian civilians. Iran and its militias continue…

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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:07 am on September 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The NCRI Women’s Committee condemns the assassinations of two Syrian activist women in Istanbul 

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    The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran condemns the cowardly murder of Orouba Barakat and her daughter, Halla Barakat. The two Syrian activist women were stabbed to death in their apartment in Istanbul.

    The Women’s Committee extends sincere condolences to the Syrian Opposition and particularly to the combatant women of Syria. Many news agencies have attributed the assassinations to the Assad dictatorship.

    Mrs. Orouba Barakat was a veteran figure of the Syrian Opposition who played a serious role in exposing the crimes of Bashar Assad particularly in the regime’s medieval prisons. She had done research on the practice of torture in these prisons. Her daughter, Halla Barakat, was also a Syrian activist and a journalist working with the opposition’s TV, the Orient News. Mrs. Orouba was familiar with the Iranian Resistance and especially respected the PMOI women and their struggle against the religious dictatorship in Iran.

    The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

    September 23, 2017

    Source: The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran website

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:23 pm on August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    New Assad chemical attack reported in Eastern Ghouta’s Ein Tarma
    Orient Net, Aug 16, 2017– Assad terrorists attacked on Wednesday (August 16) Ein ‎Tarma front in Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta with chlorine or other poisonous gases , leaving tens injured.
    Orient News’ Hadi al-Munajed said about 4 ‎fighters from the opposition’s al-Rahman Brigade ‎saw exhibited physical wounds.
    “All ‎of them had breathing and lung ‎problems, spanning mild, moderate ‎and severe symptoms, while ‎coughing and having bloodshot eyes‏.‏’
    The chemical attack on opposition fighters in Ein Tarma ‎came after the heavy losses inflicted on Assad ‎terrorists and their allied Iran-backed ‎Shia militias.
    Military observers said that the chemical attack was expected after the al-Rahman Brigade’s ambush which killed at least 20 Assad terrorists of those serving in the Assad Fourth Division in Damascus Jobar on Wednesday.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:57 pm on June 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Will Iran’s Rouhani Use Syria to Bargain? 

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    After establishing the Iran nuclear deal as his first-term legacy, the question now is what new initiative will Iranian President Hassan Rouhani embark on during his second term? Should the international community have any expectations of Rouhani? And if Rouhani has the will to bring about any change in, for example, Syria, a big if, will it be for the better good of the Syrian people and the region? Or will he be merely looking to promote Tehran’s interests at the expense of others.

    Iran’s policies in the region are considered by many to be based on double standards. How does Iran legitimize its interference in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere in the region while millions have been left killed, injured and displaced as the entire Middle East remains in turmoil?

    Iran claims to seek peace, stability and cooperation in the region through negotiations with neighboring countries. Yet the status quo has changed…

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  • Masoud Dalvand 8:36 am on June 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Will Iran’s Hassan Rouhani negotiate on Syria? 

    After establishing the Iran nuclear deal as his first-term legacy, the question now is what new initiative will Iranian President Hassan Rouhani embark on his second term? Should there be any expectation from the international community in Rouhani’s second term as this regime’s president? And if Rouhani has the will to bring about any change in for example Syria, a big if, will it be for the better good of the Syrian people and the region? Or merely seeking Iran’s interests?

    Iran’s policies in the region have been considered by many to be based on double standards. How does Iran legitimize its interference in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and across the region while millions have been killed, injured and displaced as the entire region remains in turmoil?

    Iran claims to seek peace, stability, and cooperation in the Middle East through negotiations with neighboring countries. Yet the status quo has changed significantly for Rouhani’s second term. Donald Trump is now the U.S. President, bringing an end to Obama’s appeasement policy and calling on all countries to isolate Iran.

    Many of Iran’s regional neighbors view the regime as an ally of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, who has massacred tens of thousands of his own people.

    Iran, however, continues its support for Assad, arguing international law considers Assad as the president of a legal government in Syria. Does being a legal government legitimize such measures against its own constituents?

    Tehran is validating its support for the Syrian regime based on a request placed by Assad and claiming 60% of the country’s lands are in the hands of ISIS and al-Qaeda. And the mullahs’ regime refuses to accept the existence of a Syrian opposition that enjoys international legitimacy and support.

    While the international community accepts the fact that ISIS and other terrorists must be destroyed in Syria, this does not provide the grounds for Assad, with Iran’s support, to massacre innocent civilians. Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused Assad of committing war crimes and using starvation as a tool in this regard.

    UN special rapporteurs and envoys have levelled very concerning allegations against the Assad regime, and for Iran to continue its support for Assad is very troubling, to say the least. The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan da Mistura, has also cited Iran providing $6 billion a year to Assad, considered a conservative figure by many.

    Iran accuses other countries of recruiting terrorists from across the globe to fight against Assad and places the blame of enormous civilian losses on their part. And yet one cannot neglect the fact that Iran is providing arms, ammunition and tens of thousands of militias to prop up the Assad regime and killing tens of thousands of civilians, as reported by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

    Iran accuses other countries of interfering in Syria and Bahrain, for example, and yet refuses to accept its role in the Levant as such meddling by an outside party.

    Iran is proposing talks with the three other regional powers, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to hold talks aimed at:

    • preserving the unity of Syria,
    • establishing a power sharing government, yet failing to determine the highly sensitive subject of the fate of Assad as president of Syria,
    • holding UN-supervised president elections.

    The sensitive question is will Hassan Rouhani pressure Assad to accept such terms.

    Although it is crucial to understand why Tehran’s regime is deeply interested in Syria. The Levant, under the rule of Assad, provides a land bridge to the Lebanese Hizb’allah, and thus the Mediterranean, for Iran, allowing this regime to spread its influence from its soil all across the region. In the case Iran loses its foothold in Syria, considering it its 35th province, it will be the beginning of the end of Tehran’s regional hegemony.

    Such an outcome would rebound all of Iran’s dilemmas inwards and provide the grounds for social unrests to overcome the mullahs’ regime. As a result, the very nature of Iran’s ruling apparatus prevents the rendering of any meaningful change in its regional policy.

    “Take into notice any change in behavior is no different from the change in the entire establishment,” said Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently.

    via  Will Iran’s Hassan Rouhani negotiate on Syria? — Iran Commentary

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:24 am on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ANALYSIS: Prelude to a showdown between the US and Iran? 

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    Special to Al Arabiya English Tuesday, 6 June 2017
    With the United States boosting “combat power” in southern Syria and bolstering measures with the Kurds in the north in preparation for a major assault on the self-proclaimed ISIS capital of Raqqa, word is in the air about a confrontation in the making between the US and Iran in the Middle East, with Syria acting as a launch site.
    Does this piece intend to promote war against Iran? Absolutely not. While some do argue this would play into the Iranian regime’s hands and provide pretext for the clerics to rally fighters to take on the “World Arrogance” or “Great Satan,” as Tehran describes Washington, there is no basis to go that far.
    Most importantly is the sheer fact that the regime lacks such a social base. Recall how former Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said this regime represents four percent of Iran’s society. And yet the increase in US military presence in the Middle East should be considered a welcome measure, certainly so after the Obama administration disastrously created a dangerous void by prematurely pulling out US troops from Iraq in late 2011.

    Iran’s destructive policies

    Iran usurped the opportunity and opened the gates of hell into Mesopotamia. The destructive policies Tehran dictated to Baghdad under former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki paved the path for the rise of ISIS in 2014 to storm the country’s north and central lands.
    It has taken three dreadful years and a volume of human and financial resources to push the terror group out of Iraq, leaving large swathes of the country devastated and more importantly, Iran enjoying unprecedented and highly sensitive influence across the spectrum in Iraq through its conglomerate of militias.
    The international coalition, led by the US, has provided air support for the Hashid al-Sha’bi in its advances against ISIS. The correct/incorrect nature of such a policy, however, is the topic of another debate.

    Importance of the Levant

    On Syria, there is no doubt in the importance of the Levant for Iran. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has, time and again, highlighted the imperative of Iran confronting its enemies in Syria far from its own borders.
    “Had the ill-wishers and plotters not been prevented from their evil deeds in Syria we would have to prevent them in the Iranian provinces of Tehran, Fars, Khorasan and Isfahan, so it is better we do it there,” he said recently. “The door for martyrdom, which was closed by the end of the war with Iraq, is now open in Syria.”
    So if no war with Iran is in suggestion here, what foreign policy advice can be provided to the West, and especially Washington?
    Constant is the fact that non-military options are always preferred and have proven their effectiveness. Iran is undeniably a rogue and authoritarian regime determined to gain and impose an illegitimate dominance across the region, meddle in other nations’ domestic affairs, export terrorism/extremism/Islamic fundamentalism, and kill civilians and military personnel of all adversaries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia and all their regional allies.
    Rajavi has provided the initial building blocks of how to tackle the Iranian regime dilemma. (AP)

    Against all parties

    Confronting Iran by military force is considered illogical by politicians from both sides of the aisle in Washington, and their counterparts across Europe and the Middle East. Iran’s policies in the Middle East have been against the interests of all parties, with the exception of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and its slate of proxy forces behind the rampage we are witnessing today.
    The question is how to confront Iran correctly. Those in control are taking advantage and misrepresenting Islam for their interests and their sponsored atrocities are against the teaching of all holy books, including the Torat, Bible and Quran.
    Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran is a strong coalition providing a platform on how to take on the Iranian regime in the most effective of manners.
    NCRI President Maryam Rajavi, herself a Muslim woman representing a tolerant vision of Islam in far contrast to the mullahs’ atrocities, held a gathering on Sunday in Paris marking the holy month of Ramadan.

    Rajavi’s call

    Encouraging “Interfaith Solidarity Against Extremism,” Rajavi provided the initial building blocks of how to tackle the Iranian regime dilemma. “I would like to propose a three-pronged initiative on behalf of the Iranian people and Resistance. And I urge all the states and countries in the region to support it.
    First, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is the main operative advancing all the regime’s policies in the region, must be officially recognized and declared a terrorist entity. The presence of this force and its proxy militias in Middle East countries must not be tolerated and they must be evicted all together from countries in the region.
    “Second, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) must expel the Iranian regime and grant Iran’s seat in this organization to the Iranian people’s Resistance.
    “Third, they should recognize the Iranian people’s struggle to bring down the clerical regime and establish freedom and democracy.”

    Source: ANALYSIS: Prelude to a showdown between the US and Iran?

     
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