By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – April 24, 2018 – Iran has given Syria’s Bashar al-Assad another show of support, with a high-level delegation in Damascus days after pro-Assad forces — aided by Tehran and enabled by Russian airstrikes — overran the East Ghouta area near the capital.
The Islamic Republic has been essential to Assad’s survival since the Syrian uprising in March 2011, providing political backing, economic assistance, and much of the military effort on the ground. Despite suffering chemical attacks at the hands of Iraq in the 1980s, Iran has also provided propaganda cover for Assad’s denial of his own assaults, including the two chemical strikes on East Ghouta’s Douma to force its capitulation.
On Monday, Assad received Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari and an Iranian delegation who were in talks with regime officials throughout the weekend.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BY ISRAELI “DEBKA FILES” INTEL – Iran heats war rhetoric to cover up military buildup in Syria – 21 April 2018
Tehran is drumming up an oral war of attrition against Israel as a ruse to deter the IDF from striking the military hardware and personnel flowing into Syria.
Iran is pouring out violent threats in a rising crescendo against the Jewish state for two goals: One is to keep Israel off-balance and frozen in a high defense posture on its northern borders; and two, to con Israel into fearing that any IDF action would tip over into an all-out conflict. This stratagem allows Tehran to keep up a continuous stream of hardware and personnel into Syria and Lebanon free of hindrance by Israel’s air force and missiles, and so anchor its military presence in both of Israel’s northern neighbors.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT: No More Safe Zones – Iran Sending Assassins To Iraq, Say Iranian Kurdish Groups
Honar Hama Rasheed – After several murders of members of Iranian Kurdish groups in northern Iraq, accusations are flying. The groups say Iranian influence is increasing and that killers are coming over the border. 19.04.2018 | Sulaymaniyah – NIQASH
One week ago, the head of one of the groups that fights for Kurdish rights inside neighbouring Iran was shot at by armed assailants. As Hussein Yazdan Banna, the head of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, or PAK, was heading for his parents’ home in the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Erbil, two men on a motorcycle shot at him, wounding him slightly in one shoulder. He was otherwise unharmed. Now his group are saying it was an assassination attempt.
BasNews 1 9/04/2018 – 11:05 – ERBIL – A Kurdish MP at the Iranian Parliament has revealed that around 80,000 porters have become jobless since the beginning of the cross-border porters closure by the government.A few months ago, the Iranian government issued a decree to block the cross-border porters under the pretext of developing the country’s domestic economy in the Kurdish areas.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : TOXIC MIGRANTS ! – Iranian-Backed ‘Sleeper Cell’ Militants Hibernating in U.S., Positioned for Attack – Iranian militants poised to attack U.S. homeland
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – BY: Adam Kredo – THE FREE BEACON – April 17, 2018 – Iranian-backed militants are operating across the United States mostly unfettered, raising concerns in Congress and among regional experts that these “sleeper cell” agents are poised to launch a large-scale attack on the American homeland, according to testimony before lawmakers.
Iranian agents tied to the terror group Hezbollah have already been discovered in the United States plotting attacks, giving rise to fears that Tehran could order a strike inside America should tensions between the Trump administration and Islamic Republic reach a boiling point.
17 April 2018 – In den ostkurdischen Städten Meriwan, Bane und Ciwanro streiken Ladenbesitzer gegen die Schließung der Grenzen für den Handel und Steuererhöhungen.
Nach einem Streik am 15. April zogen Ladenbesitzer in Bane und Ciwanro vor das Gouverneursamt und protestierten gegen die sich täglich verschlechternden Lebensbedingungen. Auch in Meriwan in der Provinz Sine hielten Geschäftsinhaber heute ihre Läden aus Protest geschlossen.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES – IDF: Iranian drone we downed was on armed sabotage mission
According to the statement by the army, the conclusion was made following an analysis of the airfield, and operational and intelligence research carried out on the remaining parts of the drone.
By Anna Ahronheim – JERUSALEM POST – April 13, 2018 19:48 – The Iranian drone that infiltrated Israeli airspace in early February was armed with explosives and was sent to carry out an attack in the Jewish state, the IDF said on Friday.
“The interception of the Iranian unmanned aircraft by an attack helicopter prevented an Iranian intent to carry out an attack in the territory of the State of Israel,” read a statement by the army.The Iranian UAV was monitored by Israeli defense systems until it was intercepted and destroyed, eliminating any threat it posed, the army statement added.
THE IRGC MAY TRY TO DIVERT IRAQ’S ELECTRICITY PAYMENTS
by Michael Knights – Policy Alert – April 5, 2018
As Baghdad prepares to send large back payments to Tehran, any misappropriation could threaten the flow of electricity to Iraq and bolster sanctioned entities in Iran.
Iraq and Iran’s close trading ties are heavily unbalanced in Tehran’s favor—$6.5 billion of Iranian exports to Iraq versus $60 million in the other direction. This disparity extends to electricity, where Iran currently provides 5.9 percent of its neighbor’s power supplies, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity. Although more expensive than domestically produced electricity, the Iranian supply has helped prop up Iraq’s slowly recovering power sector since 2003.
Under normal circumstances, such trade would not merit outside scrutiny so long as Iraq avoids dealing with sanctioned Iranian actors. But with Iran’s currency depreciating, and with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) spending more than $6 billion per year (according to a UN estimate) to prop up the Syrian regime, there is a growing risk that sanctioned entities will seek to siphon off large injections of foreign currency.
Two IAF F-35 Adir fighter jets entered Iranian airspace undetected, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida. – By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA, JPOST.COM STAFF
March 29, 2018 19:15 – JERUSALEM POST – Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past month, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Thursday. The act is a signal of heightened regional tensions, especially in light of recent Israeli military attacks in Syria, including against Iranian bases in the country.
Sources quoted in Al-Jarida stated that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz.