MESOPOTAMIA NEWS IRAN : OUTLOOK & RESULTS – The Soleimani Killing: Trump’s New Approach to the War on Terror

By Shay Attias January 12, 2020 / ISRAEL / BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,399, January 12, 2020

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Soft power and coercive diplomacy tools have not worked for almost 20 years against “peaceful Iran” (as Obama used to call it), and America has opted instead to exercise hard power. Trump’s order to kill Qassem Soleimani exposes once again the vast gap between the US and Europe on the problem of Iran.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS INTEL : Israeli intel helped the US assassinate Soleimani – report

Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman said that the report was based on Israeli sources, which was a poor judgement.


Israeli intelligence was instrumental in the successful US assassination of the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani, NBC News reported.Soleimani wielded immense power and influence in his position as head of the IRGC’s Quds Force, and was crucial as the architect who spread and maintained Iran’s influence in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere in the region through acts of terrorism.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS EXCLUSIV : Popular tension takes place in the areas of Deir Ezzor under the control of Assad regime because of the Iranian militias!

MESOP SYRIA Exclusive:

Assad’s forces, backed by a number of Iranian militiamen, carried out a campaign of arrests a few days ago against dozens of young men in the western Deir Ezzor countryside, (Al-Shamiyah), sources told Deir Ezzor 24 network.

Our correspondent said that the campaign was carried out after the people of the western Deir Ezzor countryside staged demonstrations in Al-Shumeitiyah village and the areas around it, demanding Fatimiyeon and al-Nujabaa militias leave the western Deir Ezzor countryside, after the bloody campaign they carried out against the people of Deir Ezzor, which started with a massacre that resulted in the killing of more than 20 young men, 8 of them are from Deir Ezzor province, al-Busaraya tribe, in Raqqa countryside near the western Deir Ezzor countryside, in response to the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS “IRAN ON FIRE!” : A GENERAL SAMPLER OF TRUE VOICES FROM TEHRAN TONIGHT – The days of the Mullah Regime are numbered – it will crash more sooner than later !

Baghvaee@BabakTaghvaee2h 11 Jan 2020

#BREAKING: Tens of thousands of people have come to streets of #Tehran joining students of #AmirKabir & #Sharif universities & are now protesting against #Iran’s Islamic Regime over shot-down of Flight #PS752 of #Ukraine International Airlines by #IRGC|ASF.


Alireza Nader@AlirezaNader – 2h

“Reformists, hardliners, the game is up.” Anti regime demonstrations in Tehran. #Iranians are not united after the death of Soleimani, they hate the regime, all factions, more than ever.


Farbod Mah@farbodmah – 1h#IranProtests continue in 2020. People in Tehran are chanting: “Our enemy is right here, they lie when they say it’s America” #Iran #USA #IranvsUSA #FreeIran2020


Joshua Landis@joshua_landis

40m – Iran on fire. Younger generation has had enough of guardianship.


Raman Ghavami@Raman_Ghavami

  • 2h #Breaking Iranian security forces have started shooting at protestors,using live ammunition. Despite attacks, protestors try to confront Iranian regime’s security forces&chanting “The Supreme Leader(Khamenei) is a murderer, his guardianship(power)has no legitimacy. #BBC_Enough


Raman Ghavami@Raman_Ghavami

1h #Breaking People in Esfahan also join anti-regime protests in Iran. Protestors chanting “Our enemy is right here, they (ayatollahs)lie and say our enemy is America.” #BBC_Enough



3h Our media claims Iran is unified in grief over Soleimani. Chris Matthews said the terrorist’s death hit Iran like the death of Princess Di hit Britain. Here’s the reality: students, under threat of torture & death, calling now for the Supreme Leader to go.


Babak Taghvaee@BabakTaghvaee

4h #BREAKING: It is taking place now in #AmirKabir University of #Tehran, thousands of students are protesting against #Iran‘s Islamic Regime & #IRGC over shot-down of Flight #PS752 of #Ukraine International Airlines by a Tor-M1 SAM system of #IRGCASF.


  1. Ali Kadivar محمدعلی کدیور@MAliKadivar

2m Iran’s opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi, who is under house arrest, callls Iran’s Leader Khamenei responsible for the plane crash incident and says that Khamenei doesn’t have any of the qualifications required for the office of Leader.

Sahamnews- سحام نیوز@sahamnewsorg

  • 37m مهدی #کروبی خطاب به آقای #خامنه‌ای : بدون شک هیچ یک از شرایط و صفات احراز مسئولیت رهبری را ندارید

Elizabeth Tsurkov@Elizrael

3mThe fearlessness of these people is just astounding. The Iranian regime gunned down 1,500 protesters only weeks ago.

Alireza Nader@AlirezaNader

  • 29m “Soleimani is a murderer, his leader a traitor.” Anti regime demonstrations, Tehran, #Iran.


Ali Fathollah-Nejad@AFathollahNejad


1h I explained to  @AP that “nationalistic moment” created by the #Iran after #Soleimani’s killing might stabilize the regime only in the short term as deep-seated socio-eco. & pol. grievances that fueled #IranProtests have only been “pushed under the surface”


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Daniel Amir@Daniel_Amir1


20m The hardline news agency Tasnim says protests against the handling of the #PS752 crash have been “perverted” by “suspicious elements” in the crowds and gets promptly and graphically sworn at by Iranians in the comments. #Iran


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  • 39m

برگزاری تجمع در مقابل دانشگاه‌های امیرکبیر و شریف در پی سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی جمعی از مردم در مقابل دانشگاه‌های امیرکبیر و شریف تجمع کردند این تجمع توسط برخی از عناصر مشکوک به انحراف کشیده شد #PS752



Heshmat Alavi@HeshmatAlavi

23mJan 11 – Isfahan, central #Iran Crowd chanting: “The people are begging (economically poor), [@khamenei_Ir] lives like gods!” “Down with the mullahs’ regime principle!” #IranProtests


Kyle Orton@KyleWOrton


Clerical regime in #Iran is having a rough period: 1. Lost Sulaymani (3 JAN) 2. Stampede killed 50+ people at his funeral (7 JAN) 3. Feeble overt retaliation to the US (8 JAN) 4. Brought down Ukrainian airliner during retaliation (8 JAN) 5. Renewed anti-regime protests (11 JAN)



MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS ANALYSIS : The Iraq Uprising –  Where Does It Go From Here?

By Ofra Bengio January 10, 2020  –  BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,398, January 10, 2019 – ISRAEL

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The killing of Qassem Soleimani could prove to be a turning point in the history of the Middle East as a whole, but first and foremost in Iraq. That country has been contending for months with a popular uprising that has produced chaos and turned it into an arena for a titanic battle between Iran and the US.

The Iraqi uprising erupted on October 1, 2019. Several months earlier, an Iraqi journalist published a scathing article under the headline, “Is Iraq Now a Leaf Blowing in the Wind?”

To answer that question, we need to look into the roots of the problems in post-Saddam Iraq, the cycles in which the country has been trapped since its establishment, and the possible impact of the uprising on Iraq’s future.

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The Future of Northeastern Syria: In Conversation with SDF (PKK/PYD)Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Abdi

Wladimir van Wilgenburg is the co-author of the recently published book The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts. Also available in العربية January 10, 2019  – FIKRA FORUM

With the latest unexpected escalation between Iran and the United States in Iraq, the ongoing challenges of Syria have, for the moment, become a less-discussed point of regional tension. However, for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which precariously continues to control an autonomous region of Northeastern Syria, the last few months have tested the organization’s hold over the region.

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Iran between Gasoline Protests and Parliamentary Elections


Raz Zimmt –  / ISRAEL – INSS Insight No. 1245, January 9, 2020

On February 21, 2020, Iran will hold elections for the Majlis (parliament). The elections, scheduled to take place only three months after the gasoline riots were waged across Iran in November 2019, are a significant test of strength for the two main political camps (the conservative right, and the pragmatic reformists), particularly prior to the presidential elections that are expected in the summer of 2021. The relative apathy of the reformist camp and a low voter turnout in view of the increasing frustration among the public may improve the chances of the conservative right in the elections. In addition, the targeted killing of Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani stands to strengthen the hawkish stance among Iranian decision makers and weaken pragmatic circles led by President Rouhani even further. If the conservatives regain control of the parliament , this will likely strengthen the conservative trend in state policy and make it even more difficult for the President to advance his objectives during the final year of his term, both in internal affairs and in foreign relations. It is clear, however, that the conservatives too do not have the ability to provide an adequate response to the distress of Iran’s population, and this may fuel additional waves of protest.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS PRESS SAMPLER : Following Killing Of IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani, Lebanese, Syrian Press Reveal New Details About His Aid To The Assad Regime And Hizbullah, His Struggle Against The U.S., And The Arming Of Gaza Terrorist Organizations

January 9, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8482 MEMRI

Following the U.S. killing of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, Lebanese and Syrian media outlets, particularly the Hizbullah-affiliated Lebanese Al-Akhbar daily, published many reports providing new details about Soleimani’s activity and his support for Hizbullah, the Assad regime in Syria, the Palestinian factions in Gaza, and the Iran-backed Shi’ite resistance factions in Iraq. The articles explain how Soleimani managed and equipped fighters to confront the U.S. forces in Iraq; how he turned Syria into a center for coordination between the various resistance forces in Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine, with the cooperation of Hizbullah military chief ‘Imad Mughniyeh; how he helped the Assad regime deal with the protests against it and persuaded Russian President Putin to intervene in Syria; and how he oversaw the arming of Gaza via many channels, and even on occasion mediated among the Palestinian factions.

The following are translated excerpts from these reports:

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS IRAN SITU REPORT – REVEALED: Iraqi armed factions not ready to strike US forces, commanders say

A top Hashd al-Shaabi commander has threatened retaliation against the US, but leaders of armed factions tell MEE they are in a state of chaos after assassinations

By Suadad al-Salhy in  Baghdad – MIDDLE EAST EYE  9 Jan 2020 The Iranian-backed Iraqi armed factions are lost, distracted and unable to effectively strike American forces in Iraq after the loss of two key leaders last week, Shia leaders have told Middle East Eye.

On Friday, the United States assassinated top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Hashd al-Shaabi Iraqi paramilitary grouping, when a drone fired three guided missiles at their convoy. Six other men were also killed.

‘What happened was a surprise and a nightmare. To lose both men at the same time was a shock to all of us’

– Iraqi commander close to Soleimani and Muhandis

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS “MOST IMPORTANT”: Iraq set for conflict, even if US and Iran de-escalate

9 Jan 2020 – AFP @afp – RUDAW – Arch-foes Tehran and Washington may be temporarily calling it even after Iranian missiles targeted US forces in Iraq, but analysts predict violent instability will keep blighting Baghdad.

“Iraq will remain a zone of conflict,” said Randa Slim of the Washington based Middle East Institute.

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