Islamic State boasts rising number of recruits among Kurds in Iranian Kurdistan
December 11, 2014 – Rudaw – Iranian Kurdistan,— The Islamic State (IS) recruitment campaign has reached Iranian Kurdistan too, says a local activist, and more than a hundred young Kurds have joined the group in the past few months.
MESOP : WHO NEGOTIATES WITH HANGMEN ABOUT THE ROPE ? Iran reveals it is negotiating with its rebel Kurdish groups
By RUDAW – 10 Dec 2014 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran’s intelligence ministry has been negotiating with two Kurdish rebel groups, a key advisor to Iran’s president revealed. Ali Yunesi, advisor on minority affairs, said that the Iranian intelligence ministry had held negotiations with the two main Iranian-Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) and Komala. “The intelligence ministry is authorized to use any means in order to pursue our security goals, even if that means negotiating with terrorists and Iran’s enemies,” Yunesi told a Kurdish reporter.“The negotiations were in the security framework and within this framework it is not surprising to negotiate with a group while you are fighting it at the same time,” he added.
Syria Daily: Assad Regime Offers “Thanks & Gratitude” to Iran’s Supreme Leader
By Scott Lucas December 9, 2014 08:05 Updated – eaworldview – Visiting Tehran, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has offered “thanks and gratitude” to Iran’s Supreme Leader. Iran’s political, economic, and military support has been increasingly important in propping up the Assad regime amid the 45-month Syrian conflict. Moallem was speaking at a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, in which both men condemned Israeli airstrikes near Damascus International Airport and on a town near the Lebanese border. The two men also “stressed that efforts will continue with the friendly countries to come to finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria”, saying it “should be based on dialogue among the Syrians without any foreign intervention”.
MESOP TODAY’S OPINION : By Dennis Ross et. al. Washington Post
By Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross and Ray Takeyh December 4- Eric Edelman is a distinguished fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and served as undersecretary of defense during the George W. Bush administration. Dennis Ross is a counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and served as a special assistant to President Obama from 2009 to 2011. Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
MESOP : UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, John Kerry & Iran – Step by step rebuilding Bashar al Assad
Al Monitor – 8 Dec 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry said Dec. 3 that “the net effect is positive” of reported Iranian strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq. Kerry emphasized that the United States and Iran are “not only not coordinating militarily right now, but there are no plans at this time to coordinate militarily.”
MESOP : SO GERMAN PKK-KURDS SHOULD SEND THEIR CLOSE POLITICAL FRIEND JAN VAN AKEN (Leftparty & Member of Parliament Berlin) WITH PROOFED BEST CONTACTS TO THE TEHRAN MULLAH’S TO SAVE THE COMRADES LIVES ! INSTEAD OF LAMENTING ONLY !
ANF – URMIA 07.12.2014 – The hunger strike of Kurdish political prisoners in the Urmia central prison continues for the 18th day as administrators are responding to the protest with a threat of execution.
President Barack Obama on Friday nominated former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to the Pentagon’s top post, replacing Chuck Hagel, who stepped down from the position last month. Carter, who served as assistant secretary of defense under President Bill Clinton, is perceived to be particularly strong on nuclear non-proliferation issues – Politico on Tuesday described him as a “leading member of a clique of defense intellectuals long concerned with the possibility of a nuclear terrorist attack” and suggested he “could be more consequential when it comes to Obama’s plans for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.” Two months before President Obama’s 2008 election, Carter argued, in a paper coauthored with diplomatic heavyweights including former Special Middle East Coordinator Dennis Ross and Nonproliferation Policy Education Center Executive Director Henry Sokolski, that “Iran’s nuclear development may pose the most significant strategic threat to the United States during the next Administration.”
Arash Karam I – Al Monitor – 5 Dec 2014 – The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jaffari, has rejected claims by Iran’s top nuclear negotiator that the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the UN Security Council have made Iran more secure. Rather, Jaffari praised Iran’s defensive and military capabilities, which he said have allowed the nuclear negotiators to operate from a position of strength.
4 Dec 2014 – Iran’s small airstrike against DA’SH (or ISIS or ISIL) targets in eastern Iraq was probably meant as a warning to the Iraqi government. As is so often the case, we have zero reliable information regarding Iran’s actual intentions, but the circumstantial evidence is strong in this instance.Although it is possible that the Iranians had a military rationale, it is not obvious to say the least. In fact, the strike appears to make little military sense. According to news accounts, four Iranian F-4s flew 8 strike sorties against targets in eastern Diyala province and attacked DA’SH units. The F-4 is a 1960s aircraft and Iran’s are barely operable. What’s more, Iranian pilots never showed much capacity to inflict real damage on enemy ground forces, let alone to hit small, point targets. In September 1980, at a time when the Iranian Air Force was far more capable, a 4-ship raid by F-4s barely scratched Iraq’s Osiraq reactor (which was destroyed by Israeli airstrike the following year). And throughout the Iran-Iraq war, Iranian air strikes accomplished little against Iraqi ground forces or military facilities.
MESOP : DIE IRANISCH-AMERIKANISCHEN „SICHERHEITSPARTNERSCHAFT“ – OBAMA DELEGIERT DIE ZUKÜNFTIGE NAHOST HOHEIT AN TEHRAN’S ISLAMISTEN
4. Dezember 2014 von Markus Bickel – FAZ – John Kerry brachte die amerikanische Haltung am Mittwoch auf den Punkt. Befragt nach Berichten über iranische Angriffe auf Stellungen der Dschihadisten “Islamischen Staats“ im Irak sagte er: „Wenn Iran sie an einem bestimmten Ort angreift” habe das “alles in allem einen positive Effekt“. Wenige Stunden zuvor hatte der stellvertretende iranische Generalstabschef in einem wachsweichen Dementi Meldungen zurückgewiesen, wonach F-4-Phanton-Kampfflieger der Luftwaffe des Landes IS-Positionen bombardiert hätten.