Iran ‘backs US military contacts’ to fight Islamic State

Iran’s Supreme Leader has approved co-operation with the US as part of the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, sources have told BBC Persian.Ayatollah Khamenei has authorised his top commander to co-ordinate military operations with the US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces, sources in Tehran say.Iran has traditionally opposed US involvement in Iraq, an Iranian ally.However, Iran’s foreign ministry officially denied it would co-operate with the US against IS.

Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told Iran’s Press TV the report was not correct. Tehran had been critical of the way Washington launched air strikes on IS only after US interests came under threat, she said. A further indication that Iran may have approved co-operation with the US comes from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who tweeted that Iraqi President Fuad Masum had told her as much on Thursday. Shia Iran sees the extremist Sunni IS group, which views Shias as heretics, as a serious threat. Last month US air strikes helped Iranian-backed Shia militia and Kurdish forces break a two-month siege by Islamic State of the Shia town of Amerli.

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Head of Iran’s Qods force Qasem Slemani together with Shia militias in Amerli. #Twitterkurds #Iran #Kurdistan

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MESOP : SUPPORTERS OF IS IN IRAN – Witness: IS Has Supporters in Iranian Kurdistan

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — RUDAW – 4-9-2014 – A witness in the Kurdish city of Mahabad in Iran is reporting public displays of support for the Islamic State’s advances toward the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and threats against aiding victims of the extremists.

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Erdoğan’s Second Home Not in Good Shape  - by Burak Bekdil – Hürriyet Daily News – September 3, 2014

During his visit to Tehran in January, then-Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “Iran feels like his second home.” Turkey’s political Islam, through the ranks of which Mr. Erdoğan proudly comes from, has had a love-envy-hate relationship with Shia Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution: envy, because the Iranians, not the Turks, built an Islamic state; love, because it is an Islamic state, but; hate, because it is a Shia Islamic state.

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MESOP Shaheed’s UN reports. Realization & violations of socioeconomic rights in Iran

By Jamal Ekhtiar: Kurdistan Tribune – 31-8-2014 – United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, focuses on some minor socioeconomic issues, while overlooking more vital concerns affecting the lives of millions in the country.One area he often covers in his reports is gender inequality and limitations placed on women’s employment. He also refers to the exclusion of students from their studies due to political activities.Shaheed’s reports also express concern about the negative humanitarian effect of sanctions but claims they do not negate basic economic, social and cultural rights of the population, putting the responsibility on the Iran regime to fulfil humanitarian obligations. The reports also discuss humanitarian exemptions and related issues such as the supply of medicine and food.

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Saraya al-Khorasani 31 August Statement: Translation & Analysis

Intro and Analysis – Saraya al-Khorasani (“Khorasani Brigades”) is an Iraqi Shi’a militia that has appeared in both Iraq and Syria. As is apparent from even a cursory glance at the group’s own output, it identifies with Iran’s ideology of wilayat al-faqih and its current representative for that system: namely, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Saraya al-Khorasani “Official Press Outlet” graphic. On right: Ayatollah Khamenei.

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MESOP : TEHRAN’S DARKEST AGENT BEHIND IT ? – Qasem Soleimani Influence Provokes IS Attacks on Kurds

30.08.2014 – Nuwar Faqie – BasNews, Erbil – An Iranian News Website has claimed that Iranian Commander of Quds Forces, Qasem Suleimani, has caused Islamic State (IS) attacks on Kurds.According to the Center for Strategic Studies, Iran’s Nuclear Program (Irannuc) and Soleimani’s major role in Iraq has led IS militants to attack Kurds. Iranian analysts praise the role of Soleimani and state that he has an official decision making role in the government of Iran. An expert in Iran’s Nuclear Program Department claims that the rumors of Soleimani having been relieved from his position is just propaganda perpetuated by both Israel and the US. The expert added that this ‘dream’ will never be realized.  

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MESOP TODAY: Iran approved Kurdish studies, but finding teachers is a problem

August 30, 2014 – By Nasir Piroti – Rudaw -  SINE, Iranian Kurdistan,— The Iranian government has approved Kurdish language university studies in Kurdistan province, but academic authorities say they will have to struggle to find teachers, in a county where the language and culture have been repressed for decades.After the Iranian government recently approved the studies, Kurdistan governor Abdulmuhamed Zahidi told reporters that Kurdish language courses would open at universities in the province in the near future.

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Shaheed & the need for a deeper look into rights to information in Iran

Posted: 28 Aug 2014 02:39 PM PDT By Jamal Ekhtiar: Kurdistan Tribune

Freedom of expression and the safety of journalists captures special attention in the reports of United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed; these are mutually important and, along with this, rights to information for citizens is another vital issue. The Special Rapporteur is generally concerned about freedom for journalists and their rights to information; and he is requesting an environment where writers and activists can safely carry out their activities.

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An report criticizes Saudi Arabia for publishing “false reports” that Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC Quds Force has been taken off assignment in Iraq and replaced with Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. Citing “experts,” the report argues that “the entire Middle East file including Iraq, remains at the discretion of Commander Qasem Soleimani,” and that Soleimani still “has the final word.” –

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