Obama’s Letter to Khamenei Could Be a Starting Point for More Contacts

MESOP : roozonline – The voice of Tehran  “Mr. Obama has realized that that there are no results in the US-launched air campaign against IS and that it is only Iran that can free Iraq from the militants by entering Iraq and helping the Iraq army and organizing it”.

Fereshteh Ghazi  - roozonline – 11 Nov 2014 – Speaking exclusively to Rooz, a member of Iran’s parliament, the Majlis, said that both Iran and the US want the ongoing nuclear talks to come to fruition by the deadline of November 24th so they can celebrate. Ahmad Bakhshayeshi spoke of “signals” that he thinks are indications that the talks will be productive. He also said that he believes that Iran has wanted to have relations with the US and that US president Barack Obama’s recent letter to Iran’s supreme leader ayatollah Khamenei could be the starting point for more contacts between the two estranged countries.

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Iranian Campaign Presents IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani As ‘Savior Of Iraq’; Soleimani: Iran Has Thousands Of Organizations Like Hizbullah; I Pray To Die A Martyr

MEMRI SPECIAL DISPATCH 58 77 – 10 Nov 2014 – Click bottom link for pictures

Introduction:Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Qods Force, the elite unit of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps  (IRGC) operating outside Iran’s borders, is the most senior figure operating on behalf of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Iraq. Soleimani, who is close to Khamenei and is considered his protégé, is a senior representative of Iran’s ideological stream, which opposes the trend of détente with the United States and the West.[1]

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MESOP : TEHRANS NUCLEAR KNOWLEDGE TO ASSAD ? – Iranian engineers shot dead in Damascus

10 Nov 2014 – MESOP – Five nuclear engineers, reportedly of Iranian nationality, were assassinated in regime-controlled territory in north Damascus under unclear circumstances, said the monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Monday.

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Iran Daily: Supreme Leader “May Send Top Aide to Nuclear Talks With US Secretary of State Kerry”

By Scott Lucas November 9, 2014 08:52 Updated – eaworldview – Iran’s Supreme Leader may send his top aide to nuclear talks on Sunday in Oman with US Secretary of State John Kerry and the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Unnamed sources told Al-Monitor that Ali Abkar Velayati, a former Foreign Minister, will join current Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a sign of the Supreme Leader’s willingness to accept a comprehensive agreement before a November 24 deadline.Velayati also went to Oman in October 2012 for secret talks with US officials over a renewal of the nuclear talks. Oman also hosted secret US-Iran discussions in March 2013, soon after Tehran and the 5+1 Powers (US, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia) resumed negotiations. However, another Iranian official denied the report. Other Iranian and US officials would not comments.

See Iran Exclusive: Did Supreme Leader’s Top Advisor Meet US Officials in Qatar?

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08.11.2014 – Hersh Karim – BasNews, Erbil – In recent months, Islamic State (IS) militants has focused on the Iranian Kurdish cities and towns to recruit new memeber for its organization in Iraq and Syria.  The Islamic State (IS) militants have been attempting to recruit members from Kurdish populated areas of Iran.

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MESOP : OBAMA’S four submissive letters to IRANIAN ISLAMISTS

Letters to the Ayatollah: Why Obama’s Latest Outreach to Iran’s Supreme Leader Was A Mistake / BROOKINGS – SABAN

By Suzanne Maloney – With a deadline for the Iranian nuclear negotiations set to expire in a few weeks and significant differences still outstanding, President Barack Obama reportedly penned a personal appeal to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last month. The move betrays a profound misunderstanding of the Iranian leadership, and is likely to hinder rather than help achieve a durable resolution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions as well as other U.S. objectives on Iran.If the reports are accurate — and the administration has not yet confirmed the scoop by the Wall Street Journal — the letter apparently urged Khamenei to finalize the nuclear deal and dangled the prospect of bilateral cooperation in fighting the Islamic State group (also known as ISIS or ISIL) as an incentive. It marks the fourth time since taking office in 2009 that Obama has reached out to Khamenei personally, in addition to his exchange of letters (and an unprecedented phone call) with the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani.

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U.S. opens channels with Iran over ISIS

By Elise Labott and Jim Sciutto, CNN – November 7, 2014 — Updated 0058 GMT (0858 HKT) – Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama’s administration is trying to open channels of communication with Iran regarding the war on ISIS. Amid revelations that Obama sent a letter to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month pointing out the countries’ shared interest in beating ISIS, a senior U.S. official and a Western diplomat tell CNN that Washington has gone through the Iraqis to communicate with Iran.

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Obama Wrote Secret Letter to Iran’s Khamenei About Fighting Islamic State

Presidential Correspondence With Ayatollah Stresses Shared U.S.-Iranian Interests in Combating Insurgents, Urges Progress on Nuclear Talks – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was sent a letter from President Obama—at least the fourth—in mid-October, according to people briefed on the correspondence.

Jay Solomon And Carol E. Lee – Nov. 6, 2014 – WALL STREET JOURNAL – WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama secretly wrote Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to people briefed on the correspondence. The letter appeared aimed both at buttressing the Islamic State campaign and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal.

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By Michael Singh – Wall Street Journal – November 3, 2014 – By overlooking Iran’s longstanding policies, making unrequited nuclear concessions, remaining ambiguous on Syria, and allowing tensions to persist with regional allies, Washington is sending the wrong message to Tehran.Citing U.S. and Arab officials, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that U.S.-Iran relations have “moved into an effective state of detente over the past year.” Detente implies a mutual easing of tensions, but the changes in U.S.-Iran relations have been decidedly one-sided.

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MESOP COMMENTARY DAILY : Is There a Tacit Obama-Iran Alliance?

Jonathan S. Tobin | @tobincommentary –  (….)  That President Obama has considered engagement with Iran as one of his foreign-policy priorities since coming to office is no secret. But that assumption was given further credence on Friday when the Washington Free Beacon reported on a tape of a talk given by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes (one of those suspected of being one of the sources for Goldberg’s infamous column) in which he declared that an Iran deal would be the most important objective of the president’s second term and the moral equivalent of ObamaCare as an administration priority.

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