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BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 431, March 22, 2017 – Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist. He regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute and Defense News and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The rising tide of an aggressive blend of nationalism and Islamism might be prompting Ankara to pursue its own WMDs, and its preference appears to be long-range missiles. As Turkey feels more threatened by real or (mostly) imagined enemies, it increasingly views maximum possible military deterrence as essential to both survival (a defensive goal) and assertiveness (an offensive one). Precise long-range missiles are an unlikely acquisition, and nuclear warheads even more so. What matters is not whether Turkey can build up a dangerous arsenal but why it wants one.
EXCLUSIVE: Trump told Iraqi premier to get rid of Shiite militias
DEBKAfile Israel – March 21, 2017, – DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources disclose the five high points US President Donald Trump raised in his first face-to-face with Iraqi prime minister Haidar Al-Abadi at the White House Monday. They concerned Iraq’s future after ISIS is driven out.
Facing Trump Administration, Iran Shows Fear And Military Self-Restraint, Halts Provocations, Threats, And Incitement — While Boosting Morale At Home And Delegating The Bulk Of Conflict To Its Proxies
By: A. Savyon and Yigal Carmon* (MEMRI- Introduction
Since the establishment of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which is known to be against Iran’s revolutionary regime, Iran has faced a new reality. On the one hand, the U.S. is acting to organize the Gulf countries and Arab countries into an arrangement that Arab media have dubbed an “Arab NATO” which is aimed against Iran. On the other hand, Iran senses that despite the Iran-Russia cooperation in recent years and in various areas, Russia is abandoning it for its other vital interests, such as an understanding with the U.S. in order to advance the lifting of the sanctions against it, and an understanding with Turkey as its top regional partner.
18 March 2017 – Two-day expert level negotiations on finding a settlement to Syria crisis is scheduled to begin in the Iranian capital on April 18.
Delegations from Iran, Turkey and Russia, the three main countries of Astana talks on Syria, issued a joint statement in the Kazakh capital on Thursday underlining the need to keep the ceasefire regime established in the war-hit country, IRNA reported.
In Syria, Iran sees necessary war – By Ali Hashem – Al Monitor
17 March 2017 – Six years into the crisis in Syria, Iran sees the outcome of the conflict as shaping the new Middle East. It was Iran’s first overt foreign intervention in decades, one that some Iranian ideologues have called a war for existence. Iranian officials say it spared the Islamic Republic from having to fight a similar war within its own borders. Yet it has been costly, draining and merciless in terms of material losses, and even worse when it comes to Iran’s image in the Muslim world. It has limited Iran’s options and has caused alliances — notwithstanding the common ground Iran shares with its partners — to seem very shaky and fragile.
“Iran learned a lot from these years,” an Iranian military source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. The source said the conflict in Syria has not been a traditional war where things can easily be anticipated: “The mandate was changing from one day to another. When Iran decided to take part in the war via our military advisers, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was on the verge of falling. More than 70% of the country was under [the control of] terrorist groups who were enjoying widespread international, regional states’ and popular support. Today, President Assad has the upper hand, and the world knows well that he’s the only choice for those who seriously want to defeat terrorism. Yet this is not the final phase.”
MESOP NEWS : IRAN SIGNS A DOCUMENT FOR VALDIMIR PUTIN – Iran signs document to guarantee agreements in Syria
17 March 2017 – MESOP – Russia’s special envoy on Syria and Head of Russian delegation in Syrian negotiation in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, Alexander Lavrentiev said on Wednesday that Iran officially signed document to be as guarantor for agreement on Syria.
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – A free trade Zone Iran & Russia – Iran Daily: Tehran Hails Possibility of Russia Trade
March 16 – 2017 –by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Iran has hailed the possibility of trade with Russia offering a path to economic recovery, amid ongoing challenges following implementation of the July 2015 nuclear deal.The Iranian Ambassador to Russia, Mohammad Sanai, proclaimed the “highest growth” in transactions in 2016, as the Russian Foreign Ministry published figures pointing to an 80% rise to more than $2 billion.
“I believe this trend will be maintained in the next two or three years and bilateral trade volume will reach $10 billion,” Sanai said.
By: Jordan Schachtel | March 14, 2017 – Conservative Review
A trusted Obama aide who once worked for an alleged Iranian regime lobbying group is one of the individuals in charge of Iran policy planning at the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson.
Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, the Iran director for former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), has burrowed into the government under President Trump. She’s now in charge of Iran and the Persian Gulf region on the policy planning staff at the State Department. To make matters worse, Nowrouzzadeh is a former employee of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a non-profit that is accused of being a lobbying group for the Iranian regime. NIAC’s current president, Trita Parsi, has long held close relationships with top officials in the Tehran dictatorship. In February, a group of over 100 prominent Iranian dissidents called for Congress to investigate NIAC’s ties to the Iranian regime.
MESOP INSIDER : HEZBOLLAH MANUFACTURY – Has Hezbollah developed a domestic arms industry with Iranian support?
BY DAVID DAOUD | March 14, 2017 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @DavidADaoud
On Mar. 11, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sources revealed to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida that the IRGC has built weapons factories for Hezbollah in Lebanon and handed them over to the Shiite organization. This comes one week after Iranian Defense Minister Hussein Dehqan declared that Hezbollah “now possesses the capabilities to build and produce any projectile or missile” capable of reaching any location in Israel.
However, it remains unclear how Hezbollah is acquiring the materials and domestically producing the sophisticated components necessary to manufacture advanced weapons such as ballistic and anti-ship missiles when the Iranians themselves experience difficulty in doing so at home.