MESOPOTAMIA NEW INTEL BY MEIR AMIT INELLIGENE & TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER / ISRAEL – Spotlight on Iran

November 17, 2019 – December 1, 2019 Editor: Dr. Raz Zimmt
The joint Iranian-Syrian meeting (SANA, November 26, 2019)

The joint Iranian-Syrian meeting (SANA, November 26, 2019)

Overview
  • In response to the launch of rockets from Syria toward Israel on November 19, the next day, the IDF struck targets of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Syrian Army. Iran maintained ambiguity with regards to the IDF strike on IRGC targets, but Iranian media reported about the death of a fighter with the Basij wing of the IRGC, apparently killed during the IDF strike.
  • The American TV network, Fox News, published satellite imagery showing that Iran is rebuilding the Imam Ali base near Albu Kamal, on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Iraqi border, which was hit about two months ago in a strike attributed to Israel. The base is intended to store ammunition and house pro-Iranian militias operating in that region.
  • In late November, the joint Iranian-Syrian housing and public works committee gathered in Tehran at the helm of the Syrian construction and public works minister and the Iranian minister of transportation and urban development. During the visit, the Syrian minister of construction offered to establish joint Syrian-Iranian construction company and bank, and declared that Syria is committed to prioritizing Iran during its economic recovery process. As part of the joint discussions in Tehran, the two countries inked a memorandum of understanding concerning the establishment of 30,000 housing units in Syria by Iranian companies. Meanwhile, the Iranian trade attaché in Baghdad reported that the volume of trade of goods other than oil is on the rise, adding that Iran wishes to increase it to USD 20 billion per year.
  • As part of the ongoing protests in Iraq, on the night of November 27, protesters torched the Iranian consulate in Najaf, southern Iraq. Iran condemned the attack and stated that Iraq is responsible for maintaining the security of Iranian diplomats within its borders. The attack on the consulate in Najaf came after a similar attack on the Iranian consulate in Karbala in early November.
  • During a rally of support to the Iranian regime held in Tehran, the Commander of the IRGC, Hossein Salami, warned Israel not to count on assistance from the United States, since it will arrive “only after the Zionists will already be annihilated.”
  • The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif, spoke with the Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad al-Nakhleh and the Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, and congratulated them for “the victory achieved by the Palestinian resistance” against Israel in the last round of escalation in the Gaza Strip.
Iranian Involvement in Syria
  • On the night of November 20, the IDF struck targets of the IRGC’s Qods Force and the Syrian Army. In the strike, Israel hit about 20 targets, over half of them bases and Iranian camps of the Qods Force and pro-Iranian militias. The rest were Syrian Army surface-to-air missile batteries, which were hit in retaliation to their attempts to target the aircrafts (Haaretz, November 20). According to the IDF statement, the attack was carried out in retaliation for the firing of four rockets toward Israel around 5 AM on November 19. The rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and none landed in Israel. According to the assessment of the IDF, the rocket launch was carried out by a pro-Iranian militia and directly overseen by the IRGC’s Qods Force.
  • On November 24, Iranian media reported about the funeral of a fighter with the IRGC’s Basij wing, Esmail Gholami Yarahmadi, who was killed in Syria on November 20 (Tasnim, November 24). Following his death, the Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Qasem Soleimani, sent a note of condolences to the family of the fallen (Fars, November 24). The circumstances of his death were not publicized, but it cannot ruled out that the man was killed in the IDF strike in Syria on November 20.
  •  The American TV network, Fox News, published (on November 18) satellite photography by the Israeli company ImageSat, showing that Iran is rebuilding the Imam Ali military base near Albu Kamal, on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Iraqi border, which was targeted two months ago in a strike attributed to Israel. The base is intended to store ammunition and house pro-Iranian militias operating in that region. In the images, eight areas inside the base are seen to be undergoing reconstruction as well as a crossing point between two sides of the base, which is surrounded by a wall.
  • During the month of November, a delegation headed by the Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Mojtaba Zolnouri, visited Syria and met with senior Syrian officials, chief among them President Assad, as well as representatives of Palestinian organizations in Damascus. The committee chairman emphasized Iran’s support for Syria during their visit, and Iran standing by Syria in the campaign against ISIS, as well as the historical ties between the two countries. He called for bolstering the economic, trade and parliamentary relations between the two countries.
  • In a meeting with the representatives of Palestinian organizations in Damascus, the chairman of the foreign relations and national security of the Majlis said that the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran with regards to Palestine has not changed, nor did its support for the Palestinian people waver. He insisted that the question of Palestine is the central cause of the Muslim world and that the Palestinians’ resistance to the “regime occupying Jerusalem” [Israel] is paving the way to the downfall of the “Zionist regime” (icana.ir, November 23).
  • The head of the medical Basij organization and former Minister of Health, Ebrahim Motevalian, reported that 11 Iranian doctors and nurses were killed during the campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In an interview to the Fars News Agency (November 25), Motevalian stated that during the campaign against ISIS, Iranian medical teams ferried about 6,000 injured to receive medical care in Iran and that Iranian doctors established small field hospitals during the fighting, which were used to operate on the injured.
  • On November 25, the joint Iranian-Syrian housing and public works committee met in Tehran. The meeting was led by the Syrian Minister of Housing and Public Works, Suhail Abdullatif, and the Iranian Minister of Transportation and Urban Development, Mohammad Eslami. The Syrian minister of housing emphasized the need to implement the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries concerning expanding cooperation in the sectors of construction and development. He called for removing barriers that are delaying the implementation of projects in these sectors. In addition, Abdullatif proposed establishing a joint Syrian-Iranian construction company and a bank and declared that Syria will prioritize Iranian companies during its reconstruction process. The Iranian minister of transportation reiterated his ministry’s commitment to cooperation between the two countries during Syria’s reconstruction (SANA, November 25; Fars, November 26). As part of the discussions in Tehran, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding to build 30,000 housing units in Syria by Iranian companies. The Iranian minister of transportation and urban development said that as part of the agreement reached by the two countries, three joint Syrian-Iranian state companies will be established to build urban infrastructure, housing units and to provide engineering consulting services (Asr-e Iran, November 27).
Iranian Involvement in Iraq
  • On the night of November 27, as part of the ongoing protests in Iraq, the Iranian consulate in the city of Najaf, southern Iraq, was torched. The consulate staff was apparently evacuated before the building was attacked, and no casualties were reported. Following the attack, Iraqi authorities announced a curfew in the city (Reuters, November 27). Iran condemned the attack on the consulate and placed the responsibility for protecting the consulate on the Iraqi government. The Spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Mousavi, stated that the Iraqi government is responsible for protecting the consular offices and diplomats within its borders. He demanded that the Iraqi government forcefully respond against the consulate attackers (Press TV, November 28). It should be mentioned that on November 3, dozens of protesters also attacked the Iranian consulate in Karbala. They scaled the barricades surrounding the consulate building, removed the Iranian flag and placed the Iraqi flag in its stead.
  • The Iranian trade attaché in Baghdad, Naser Behzad, announced during a conversation with journalists that the volume of non-oil trade between Iran and Iraq is rising and amounted to USD six billion in the past seven months. He stated that Iran is willing to assist growing Iraqi exports to Iran and wishes to expand the volume of trade between the two countries to USD 20 billion annually. Behzad reported that the trade between the two countries includes industrial equipment, medicine and medical equipment, food products, steel and metal products, and water supply equipment (Fars, November 26).
  • The Spokesman of the Iraqi Shi’ite pro-Iranian militia, Harakat al-Nujabaa’, Nasr al-Shammari, stated an interview to a Russian journalist that the militia will participate in any future war against Israel. He remarked that his movement sees the struggle against “the Zionist regime” as a religious and ideological duty and that if a war erupts between Hezbollah and Syria against Israel, his group will participate in the war, alongside all other “resistance” groups, led by Lebanese Hezbollah, to regain the rights of the Arab and Muslim peoples. Al-Shammari added that Harakat al-Nujabaa’ maintains ties and holds meetings with commanders of “the Palestinian resistance groups” (Tasnim, November 27).
Iranian Involvement in the Palestinian Arena
  • On November 17, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif, spoke on the phone with the Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad al-Nakhleh. Zarif condemned the Israeli “aggression” against the Palestinian people and particularly in the Gaza Strip, and congratulated al-Nakleh for “forcing a ceasefire on the Zionist regime” at the end of the last round of escalation in the Gaza Strip (Mehr, November 17).
  • In addition, Zarif spoke to the Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, and congratulated him for the “victory achieved by the Palestinian resistance” against Israel in the last round of fighting. He proclaimed that the ferocity of resistance, its unity and moral superiority is what made the victory possible. Zarif emphasized, yet again, that Iran stands by the Palestinian people and the “resistance” in Gaza. Zarif expressed his concern about the position of the United Nations in light of the “crimes against civilians in the Gaza Strip,” alleging that the position of the UN stems from pressures that the United States is bringing to bear on the international organization. Haniyeh thanked Zarif for Iran’s support for the Palestinians and the “resistance,” and asserted that the occupiers will never be able to achieve their goals in the battlefield and the diplomatic arena (Fars, November 18).
  • During a rally in support of the Iranian regime, held in Tehran following the suppression of the latest wave of protests in the country, the Commander of the IRGC, Hossein Salami, proclaimed that Iran’s enemies are not safe anywhere in the world, and that the Zionists should not expect assistance form the United States, since it will arrive only after they are annihilated. He boasted that Iran defeated the United States and the “global arrogance” [the West] in Lebanon and established a big army in the country [meaning Hezbollah] that the Zionists fear, day and night (Tasnim, November 25).

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGAN KENNT NUR FEINDE !Terrorvorwurf gegen kurdische PKK-Kritiker – Von HAYRI DEMIR

Ein Hamburger wurde aus der Haft entlassen, ein Kölner bleibt inhaftiert. Beiden wird Unterstützung der PKK vorgeworfen – dabei stehen sie ihr kritisch gegenüber.

HAYRI DEMIR, 2019-11-29

In der Türkei wurde am Freitagmittag ein inhaftierter deutscher Staatsbürger freigelassen. Şeref Akgül, der seit 1992 in Hamburg lebt und die doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft hat, war am 21. November im Flughafen in Diyarbakır auf dem Rückweg nach Deutschland festgenommen worden. Akgül war nach Ankara gebracht worden, wo er acht Tage in Untersuchungshaft saß. Sein Verfahren geht weiter.

Dem 54-Jährigen werde Mitgliedschaft in der PKK und PKK-Propaganda vorgeworfen, sagte sein Anwalt Neşet Bilek taz gazete. Akgül ist Mitglied bei der Sozialistischen Partei Kurdistan (PSK) und bei Komkar, einem Verband von „Vereinen aus Kurdistan in Deutschland“. Seinem Anwalt Bilek zufolge werden ihm Beiträge in den sozialen Medien und seine Vereinsarbeit bei Komkar zur Last gelegt.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE FUTURE & DESTINY OF KURDISH HDP PARTY – INTERVIEW HAMIT BOZARSLAN

Dark days for Kurdish politics, but worse for Turkish – scholar

Nov 30 2019 12:32 Gmt+3 –AHVAL NEWS  –  Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) this month discussed its strategy to counter the Turkish government’s escalated crackdown against Kurdish politicians, as well as October’s military operation in north Syria against Kurdish-controlled territories near the Turkish border.

Some members called on the party to withdraw from parliament after the government removed 24 HDP mayors in southeast Turkey following local elections in March. The government says the HDP politicians harbour sympathies for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than three decades.

Prominent historian and political scientist Hamit Bozarslan answered Ahval ’s questions on the future of the Kurdish political movement in Turkey and what the Turkish state aims to achieve with its aggressive moves in Syria.

Hale Akay: Mr. Bozarslan, you had predicted turbulent times for Turkey. This year, the local elections created some hope within the opposition. But after the elections, Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria last month and the dismissal and arrests of HDP’s mayors have quickly done away with that atmosphere of hope. Most recently, last week HDP called for early elections. How do you view the current situation?

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE SOLID BUSINESS CONNECTIONS BETWEEN PKK/YD & THE BASHAR AL ASSAD REGIME  / THE ROJAVA OIL

Can US, SDF shut down smuggling of Syrian oil?

The Trump administration is leaving several hundred troops in eastern Syria to partner with the primarily Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to protect Syrian oil east of the Euphrates against IS. The United States also considers its hold on the oil as leverage against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The US partnership with the SDF may not end the sale and smuggling of oil from these fields to the Syrian government, Dan Wilkofsky writes. “The tangled web of business interests and middlemen involved in purchasing and transporting the oil is difficult to identify let alone regulate. More importantly, the SDF has sold crude to government brokers since 2018, even as it targeted smugglers earlier this year; the SDF has only become more dependent on the government after it was left by its US backers to face Turkey’s October offensive alone.”

“Any deliberate cutback in oil sales, if it occurs, is likely to be an SDF attempt to push the uncompromising central government to negotiate in good faith,” Wilkofsky adds.

Source Al Monitor 30 Nov 2019

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : FIRST DETAILED REPORT ABOUT THE MULLAH’S RESPONSE TO DEMOCRATIC PROTESTERS   – watch video !

Grisly Footage Reveals What Iran’s Regime Did to Protesters When the Internet Was Shut Down

As Iran turns the internet back on, video is trickling out showing the regime’s brutal response to peaceful protests.

by David Gilbert VICE COM  – Nov 26 2019, 2:24pm

Iran’s security forces shot and killed unarmed protesters during a brutal crackdown on demonstrations in the country last week, according to videos posted online after the government finally lifted a five-day blanket internet blackout.

The gruesome videos back up claims made by activists that security forces killed hundreds of protesters who took to the streets of over 100 Iranian cities on Friday, November 15, to protest against a massive 50 percent spike in fuel prices.

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Behind the Lines: ‘Mr. Erdogan has settled your bill’

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS OPINION BY JONATHAN SPYER

Turkey already has the will and the raw materials. This knowledge is the factor it currently lacks.

By JONATHAN SPYER   NOVEMBER 28, 2019 22:27 – JERUSALEM POST

Turkey’s burgeoning strategic relationship with Pakistan raises nuclear concerns

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, in an address on September 4 this year to his ruling Justice and Development Party’s governing body, spoke openly of his country’s nuclear ambitions.

“Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. I, however, am not supposed to have missiles with nuclear warheads. This, I cannot accept,” the Turkish leader said. “And right next to us, there is Israel, right? With everything [it has], it is frightening [other countries].”

Turkey already has the major elements for acquiring a nuclear capability – rich uranium deposits, and the TR-1 and TR-2 Research Reactors maintained by the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL IRAN : Training Centers For Terrorism And Fundamentalism Set On Fire

Khamenei praises the graduated students

The seminary (Hozeye Elmieh) is a name given to religious education and research centers in the Islamic world, and especially among the Shiites. The first Shia seminary was established in Najaf, Iraq, in 11th century A.D.

But since the 1979 Islamic regime came to power in Iran, the agenda and mandate of religious seminaries in the country have changed completely. They transformed into centers for spy training and to train fundamentalist missionaries to be dispatched to various cities inside Iran as well as outside. Countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon and other parts of the world, such as South America and Africa have been impacted. The purpose of picking candidates from these countries and bringing them into these seminaries within Iran is to train them in organized terrorism and fundamentalist views. In these seminaries, they brainwash the students (Talabeh) to induce their ideology.

These centers also asses the needs of sleeping terrorist cells outside of Iran and provide resources for them. Other goals of the institutions are to educate regime leaders and religious judges to advance the judicial goals of the Mullahs and to legitimize behaviors such as stoning and amputation and justifying their violation of human rights under the name of Islam.

The funding of these seminaries is provided by one of the institutions of the Supreme Leader.

During the extensive protests sparked by gas price hikes, which began on 15th of November, the protesters demonstrated their disgust with these seminaries by attacking them. An example is the attack of protesters on Kazeroon’s Seminary.

The day after the attack the clergies visited the seminaries

A member of the Kazeroon’s seminary described the attack, “On Saturday morning, November 16th, the city of Kazeoon was disordered and protesters were heard from afar. For us in seminary, the news was distressing and disturbing. By evening, the protesters’ attacks and the damage to government facilities and property intensified.

“The seminary has two courtyards. When the protesters invaded the first courtyard, a group of students rushed into the second and blocked the door so that the protesters could not proceed. However, the protesters broke the wooden doors and entered.

“The seminaries had all kinds of amenities. Much damage was done often in the form of fires; protesters burned 3 cars, 6 motorcycles, a security room, a computer room, a deputy’s room, a library study hall and several rooms upstairs.

“When they reached the door and tried to get in with no success, they then set fire to the side room to pressure the students.

“The clash lasted about an hour and a half and the students were locked up in their rooms. The protesters did not say anything at first, but as their numbers grew, they began to chant anti-clerical slogans and kept calling on the manager of the seminary.

“The conflict ended without anyone being killed, and the day after the accident we returned to the site and began clearing the site of demolition and fire, but it would take a long time to rebuild. The morale of some students, especially new entrants, was not good. For this reason, we asked the seminary’s administration to suspend classes until the beginning of next week, so that students could go to their cities.”

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS DISCOVERING : Syria Daily: OPCW Knocks Back Propaganda Denying Chemical Attacks

Posted by Scott Lucas | Nov 26, 2019 | EAWORLDVIEW –  The head of the world’s chemical weapons inspectors has knocked back propaganda denying chemical attacks in Syria’s 105-month conflict.

The propaganda campaign has been propelled by Russia, which is seeking to undermine the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ inspections of the attacks, almost all of which have carried out by the Assad regime. The campaign has been supported by pro-Assad activists, bloggers promoted by Moscow, and even a group of UK-based activists. Since March, the distortion and misinformation has focused on an April 2018 attack on Douma, in the final days of a two-month Russia-regime offensive that forced the surrender of the last opposition area near Syria’s capital Damascus. The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission’s final report concluded that chlorine was likely used in an assault on a residential building. Witnesses said 43 people were killed.The OPCW’s Investigations and Identification Team, mandeted by member countries in June 2018 to assign responsibility for attacks, is now considering nine incidents including Douma. Its first reports are expected in a few months.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS EXCLUSIV : “Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland

………. until the alliance offers Ankara more political support for its fight against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria, four senior alliance sources said.”

Ankara has told its NATO envoy not to sign off on the plan and is taking a tough line in meetings and in private conversations, demanding the alliance recognize the YPG as terrorists in the formal wording, the sources said.

Turkey’s NATO delegation was not immediately available for comment. Turkey’s defense and foreign ministries did not respond to requests for comment.

Exclusive: Turkey holds up NATO military plans over Syria dispute – sources

Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – 27 Nov 2019 – Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland until the alliance offers Ankara more political support for its fight against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria, four senior alliance sources said.

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Thanks To Trump, The Mullahs Are Going Bankrupt

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY : IT WAS TRUMP ONLY ! ONLY TRUMP!

by Tyler Durden Sun, 11/24/2019 – 07:00  –  ZERO HEDGE com –  The critics of President Trump’s Iran policy have been proven wrong: the US sanctions are imposing significant pressure on the ruling mullahs of Iran and the ability to fund their terror groups.

Before the US Department of Treasury leveled secondary sanctions against Iran’s oil and gas sectors, Tehran was exporting over two million barrel a day of oil. Currently, Tehran’s oil export has gone down to less than 200,000 barrel a day, which represents a decline of roughly 90% in Iran’s oil exports.

Iran has the second-largest natural gas reserves and the fourth-largest proven crude oil reserves in the world, and the sale of these resources account for more than 80 percent of its export revenues. The Islamic Republic therefore historically depends heavily on oil revenues to fund its military adventurism in the region and sponsor militias and terror groups. Iran’s presented budget in 2019 was nearly $41 billion, while the regime was expecting to generate approximately $21 billion of it from oil revenues. This means that approximately half of Iran’s government revenue comes from exporting oil to other nations.

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