The top aide of Iran’s Supreme Leader has proclaimed that Syria’s Assad regime, assisted by the Islamic Republic, will be victorious in the country’s largest city Aleppo. Ali Akbar Velayati continued a series of Iranian statements declaring military commitment until Aleppo was re-occupied, telling Syrian “economic activists” in Tehran on Thursday.
October 06 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – One of Iran’s leading commanders has proclaimed unending commitment to Syria’s Assad regime, saying Tehran’s intervention is a defense of Islam.General Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Qods Force, spoke on Wednesday at a mourning ceremony for General Hossein Hamedani, the overall commander of Iran’s forces in Syria who was killed in October 2015.Soleimani, who has often traveled in Syria to advise on the military effort, said he met with Hamedani “hours” before his death and praised the commander for being an “important influence” on Iran’s “victories” over “terrorist groups”.
EURASIA NEWS – 4. Oktober 2016 Naher Osten – Teheran hat fünf tausend zusätzliche iranische Schiiten-Kämpfer nach Aleppo entsandt. Nach einem trilateralen Treffen der Regierungen Irans, Russlands und Syriens intensivierten sich die Zusammenstöße in Aleppo mit der Opposition.
- Oct 2016 – MESOP – A dispute has arisen within Iran’s regime over a high-level German visit promising much-needed trade and investment.The Rouhani Government celebrated the mission of Germany’s Economy Minister and Deputy Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, along with 120 representatives from companies such as Siemens, the SMS metallurgy group, Keller HCW, and Mitsubishi Germany. Ten preliminary agreements with Iranian companies were signed. Critics also objected to Gabriel’s trip after he told the magazine Der Spiegel that the Islamic Republic can have normal and friendly relations with Germany “only when it accepted Israel’s right to exist”.
Iranian Kurds deny Peshmerga withdrawal, say more Kurds fighting regime in Iran
Iranian Kurdish officials said that the Pershmerga have not withdrawn from Iran’s Kurdish region. According to the officials, the Pershmerga have actually expanded their presence. These statements contradict earlier reports, which had the Peshmerga quitting Iran under pressure from the government of Iraqi Kurdistan. Kurdistan24, an Erbil-based news station, reported that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) had asked the Kurdish parties in Iran to stop their struggle. Purportedly, the KRG went further, calling on all parties to pull out. “This is not true,” said Hiwa Bahrami, a representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I). “Our Peshmergas will never withdraw! This is a red line for us.”
October 03 – 2016 – press tv.iran – Iran’s regime has warned the US against direct military intervention against the Assad regime’s forces in Syria’s conflict. As Russia and Iran lead air and ground offensives to try and defeat the Syrian opposition and rebels, the Supreme Leader’s chief aide issued the Ali Akbar Velayati said, “If the Americans take military action in Syria, it will be a suicidal action. Their third defeat in the region after Afghanistan and Iraq will be a stronger defeat.”
MESOP – IRANIAN LOSSES IN SYRIA” : IRGC Special Forces officer’s death highlights involvement in Syria
BY AMIR TOUMAJ | October 1, 2016 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @AmirToumaj –
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has confirmed the death of a senior Iranian Special Forces officer in Syria. Colonel Second Class Mohammad-Reza Zarealvani was a member of the Ground Forces (IRGC-GF) Saberin unit who was killed during an “advisory operation” on Sept. 27, according to a statement by the IRGC’s Ansar al Hossein Corps (Hamedan province).The IRGC continues to call its regular forces in Syria “advisors,” though the announcements of Iranian fatalities and the engagements of IRGC-backed Shiite militias indicates that IRGC-GF officers lead these forces directly in combat.
1 Oct 2016 – SNE, Iranian Kurdistan,— Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sent a delegation to the Kurdish provincial capital of Sanandaj (Sne) in the west of the country to rally renewed support for the president in next year’s June elections, Kurdish activists told Rudaw. The delegation has already met with a number of social and political activists in the city and called for continued support for Rouhani who announced in September that he will run for a second term in 2017.
29 Sept 2016 – by Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Iran has made another attempt to shift Turkey’s position over the Syrian conflict, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visiting Ankara on Tuesday. – The Iranian Foreign Ministry said Zarif and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim agreed on cooperation towards a ceasefire and delivery of humanitarian aid. “There is a political will to this end,” Zarif declared.
Iran gains Mediterranean bases in Italy and Syria
As part of Iran’s drive to rule the strategic waves of regional waters, Tehran has negotiated a naval exchange deal with Rome for its warships to be berthed in Italian ports, debkafile’s military sources reveal.
In this context, the US Pentagon and Navy chiefs once again urged Israel to update and enlarge its war fleet, which they said was “full of holes” to catch up with the rapidly changing conditions opposite its shores, where Russia, Iran and Egypt are building up armadas of warships that are bigger and more advanced than ever before.