MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL – Spotlight on Iran

Esmail Qa’ani during his visit to Albu Kamal (Tasnim, June 27, 2020)

Esmail Qa’ani during his visit to Albu Kamal (Tasnim, June 27, 2020)

Overview
  • An Iranian news website published an article discussing the changing patterns of activity of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani. According to the report, the Qods Force under Esmail Qa’ani shifted to a new phase characterized by greater secrecy, compared to Soleimani’s era, but maintains its efforts to promote Iran’s overarching interests in the various arenas.
  • The Iranian news agency Tasnim reported that the Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Esmail Qa’ani, visited the Albu Kamal area on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Iraqi border.
  • Following the entry into force of the Caesar Act, which tightened sanctions on Syria, Iran reiterated its commitment to maintain economic cooperation with Syria. The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that Iran will not abide by the economic sanctions on Syria. In addition, the Iranian deputy minister of foreign affairs stated in a phone call with the incoming Syrian Prime Minister, Hussein Arnous, that Iran will not hesitate to take any step to assist Syria to deal with the American sanctions. Finally, the speaker of the Iranian Majlis stressed in a meeting with the Syrian ambassador to Tehran the deep ties between the two countries, and declared that Iran sees Syria as the “front line of the Resistance Axis.” Meanwhile, a senior delegation of economic officials arrived in Damascus to discuss ways to bolster cooperation between the two countries in the spheres of trade, the economy, science and research.
  • Iran is maintaining its efforts to preserve its interests in Iraq under the changing circumstances created following the appointment of Mustafa al-Kazimi as Iraq’s Prime Minister. The major development in relations between the two countries over the past two weeks was the visit of the governor of Iran’s Central Bank to Baghdad. During the visit, the Iranian official met with senior Iraqi officials who are concerned with the economy, and discussed financial and banking cooperation between the two countries. The sides also discussed setting up a joint financial mechanism that would allow Iran to use the revenues it generates by selling gas and electricity to Iraq, for the purchase of basic goods, such as food and medicine. Meanwhile, the Iranian minister of oil met with his Iraqi counterpart, and the Iranian military attache in Baghdad met with the incoming Iraqi Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah.
  • A mourning ceremony in memory of the former Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Shalah, who had died in early June, was held in Tehran. In a statement issued by the Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Esmail Qa’ani vowed to continue supporting the militant group until the fulfillment of the final goal of “liberating Palestine and Jerusalem.”
The Qods Force under Qa’ani’s Leadership
  • An Iranian news website published an article discussing the shift in the patterns of activity of the IRGC’s Qods Force following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and appointment of Esmail Qa’ani as the commander of the force. The report stated that unlike his predecessor, Qa’ani prefers to carry out covert activities instead of overt ones, while seeking to continue to promote Iran’s overarching goals in the various arenas. In Iraq, in the context of the appointment of the new Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kazimi, Qa’ani is overseeing the execution of a semi-covert effort to bring about the setting of a date for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. In Yemen, the article credits Qa’ani for the latest achievements of the Houthis in the campaign against the forces backed by Saudi Arabia in recent weeks. In Syria, where Qa’ani increased his presence in recent months, significant developments are expected in the battlefield, which will impact Russia and Turkey. In Lebanon, Israel not only failed to halt the plans to bolster Hezbollah’s military capabilities, but the plans have entered “the most dangerous stages for the Zionists,” the author claimed. In the conclusion, the article states that the Qods Force under the command of Qa’ani has entered a new stage that is characterized by greater secrecy, which bolsters its capabilities against Iran’s enemies in the region (Jahan News, June 20).
Iranian Involvement in Syria
  • The news agency Tasnim reporetd (June 27) that in recent days, the Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Esmail Qa’ani, visited the Albu Kamal region in Deir Ezzor, eastern Syria, near the Iraqi-Syrian border. During his visit, Qa’ani declared that “the schemes of the United States and the Zionist regime” have not ended.
  • On June 15, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif, visited Turkey and met with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and discussed bilateral relations and regional developments. In the joint press conference of the ministers of foreign affairs, Zarif stated that Tehran intends to soon host a virtual meeting of representatives of the Astana process concerning the settlement of the war in Syria (IRNA, June 15). At the end of his visit to Ankara, Zarif traveled for a visit in Moscow.
  • The Spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Mousavi, condemned the imposition of American sanctions on Syria as part of the Caesar Act, declaring that Iran will not abide by them. He stated that implementing the law is a form of “economic terrorism” against Syria’s citizens, and is contrary to international law and human rights, stressing that Iran intends to preserve and bolster its economic relations with Syria (Tasnim, June 18).
  • On June 18, the First Deputy of the Iranian President, Eshaq Jahangiri, spoke on the phone with the incoming Syrian Prime Minister, Hussein Arnous, and congratulated him for assuming his position. Jahangiri underlined Iran’s support for Syria, stating that Soleimani’s assassination has not resulted in any change to Iran’s policy toward Syria and the “resistance front.” He called for quickly implementing the agreements signed in recent years concerning expanding economic cooperation between the two countries, adding that Iran will not hesitate to take all and any steps to reduce Syria’s burden and facilitate coping with the pressures and sanctions imposed by the United States (Fars, June 18).
  • On June 22, the Speaker of the Iranian Majlis, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, met with the Syria Ambassador to Tehran, Adnan Mahmoud. Ghalibaf condemned the sanctions imposed by the United States under the Caesar Act, claiming that the reason for imposing economic sanctions is the failure of the enemies in the military campaign against Syria. He highlighted the deep ties between Iran and Syria, stating that Iran has always seen Syria as the front line of the “resistance front.” Ghalibaf also remarked that Qasem Soleimani played a unique role in Syria, but his successor, Esmail Qa’ani is continuing in his path (Tasnim, June 22).
  • In mid-June, a delegation focusing on economic matters headed by Hassan Danaeifar, the Chairman of the Committee for Promoting Economic Ties with Syria and Iraq, and an Adviser to the Iranian Vice President, arrived for a visit in Damascus. During the visit, the members of the delegation met with the Syrian Minister of Trade and Consumer Protection, Talal al-Barazi, and with the Syrian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Bassam Ibrahim. The sides discussed ways to bolster the cooperation between the two countries in the spheres of trade, the economy, science and research (IRNA, June 17).
  • The Iranian news agency Fars reported (June 15) that the representative of the Supreme Leader of Iran in Syria, Ayatollah Seyyed Abolfazl Tabatabaei was able to achieve reconciliation between the two Syrian tribes, the Naim and Shammar, in the Shabaa’ region in the Damascus countryside after a blood feud was materialized between the two sides about a decade ago.
Iranian Involvement in Iraq
  • The Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, stated in an interview to the TV channel al-Iraqiya, that the visit of the Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Esmail Qa’ani in Baghdad in early June was not related to the start of the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq, but was intended to bolster ties between Iran and Iraq. According to him, the American-Iraqi dialogue is a domestic political matter in Iraq, and if the Iraqi parliament supports the decisions of the government, Iran will back them as well. He stressed, however, that Iran believes that the American forces should withdraw not just from Iraq, but from the entire region.
  • Masjedi also stated that Iran wishes to support and cooperate in all spheres with the government of Mustafa al-Kazimi, and bolster bilateral relations between the two countries. He expressed hope for bolstering of economic and trade ties between the two countries, and particularly in the electricity sector, adding that Iran is willing to invest in increasing Iraq’s capacity to produce electricity. He remarked that although there is a difference between the government led by Kazimi and previous Iraqi government, the two countries need each other, and therefore no change has occurred in the relationship between the neighboring nations, and there are no fundamental disagreements between the two countries. He added that Iran is interested in maintaining good relations with all Islamic and Arab countries, and that those countries should maintain ties with it based on their own interests and not those of the United States and the Zionists (ISNA, June 15).
  • In mid-June, the Governor of the Iranian Central Bank, Abdolnaser Hemmati, paid a visit to Baghdad, during which he met with the Governor of the Iraqi Central Bank, Ali Mohsen Ismail al-Alaq, and discussed expanding monetary and banking cooperation between the two countries, and setting up a joint financial mechanism, which would allow Iran to use its revenues from exports to Iraq, mostly of gas and electricity, to import basic goods from Iraq that are not under sanctions, including medicine and foodstuffs. Last year, an agreement was signed between the Iranian and Iraqi central banks concerning bolstering cooperation between the two (IRNA, June 17).
  • During his visit to Baghdad, the Governor of the Iranian Central Bank also met with the Iraqi Minister of Economy, Ali Allawi, and with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kazimi, who expressed hope that the economic sanctions placed on Iran will be lifted. Kazimi stated that Iraq stands by Iran and is ready to assist it, given the hard conditions it faces, similarly to how Iran previously stood by Iraq. At the end of his meeting with the Iranian central bank governor and with the Iraqi minister of electricity, Hemmati stated that Iraq expressed its willingness to pay back Iran the sums it owes for imports of electricity and gas (IRNA, June 17).
  • On June 21, the Iranian Minister of Oil, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh spoke on the phone with his Iraqi counterpart, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar, and discussed ways to promote cooperation between the two countries in the petrochemical sector (Tasnim, June 21).
  • Last week, the Iranian Military Attache to Baghdad, Mostafa Moradian, met with the incoming Iraqi Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Abdul Amir Yarallah, and discussed the military cooperation between the two countries and the campaign against ISIS. Moradian expressed his country’s willingness to assist Iraq’s armed forces in various spheres. The Iraqi chief of staff expressed the desire to expand and bolster intelligence sharing as part of the joint committee of Iran, Russia, Syria and Iraq, which was established for the purpose of intelligence sharing and coordinating the campaign against ISIS (IRNA, June 23).
Iranian Involvement in the Palestinian Arena
  • On June 20, a ceremony marking the death of the former Secretary General of Palestinians Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Shalah, was held in Iran. He had died in early June. In a statement issued by the Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Esmail Qa’ani, he proclaimed that the Force will continue to stand by the “Palestinian resistance.” Qa’ani praised Shalah for the struggle he waged against the “Zionist regime,” and vowed to continue supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad until the realization of the final goal of liberating Palestine and Jerusalem. This support will continue to the path of the former Qods Force Commander, Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated in January 2020, the letter concluded (Tasnim, June 20).
  • On June 24, the Speaker of the Majlis, Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf, met with the Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran, Salah al-Zawawi, and declared that the question of Palestine is not only a political one, but an Islamic one and that Iran’s support for Palestine is a basic principle of Iran’s policy. He claimed that the “Zionist regime” is facing an internal crisis and is crumbling from within. The Palestinian ambassador to Tehran stated in the meeting that Israel’s elimination is guaranteed (Tasnim, June 24).

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Wie die YRK melden, haben iranische Regimetruppen eine umfassende Operation im Dreistädteeck Merîwan-Dîwandere-Sine eingeleitet. Die Militäraktivitäten finden parallel zur Luft- und Bodeninvasion der Türkei in Südkurdistan statt. -ANF  REDAKTION –  Dienstag, 23 Jun 2020, 14:23

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS ANALYSIS : THE NEW U.S.-IRAQ STRATEGIC DIALOGUE: EXPERT VIEWS FROM BOTH SIDES

by Munqith Dagher, Barbara A. Leaf, and Bilal Wahab  – Policy Forum Report June 18, 2020

One of Iraq’s most prominent public opinion analysts joins two American experts to assess the dialogue’s achievements and discuss what Baghdad and Washington can do to advance real reform.

On June 12, The Washington Institute held a virtual Policy Forum with Munqith Dagher, Barbara Leaf, and Bilal Wahab. Dagher is one of Iraq’s leading political analysts and a consultant to senior government and party officials. Leaf is the Institute’s Lapidus Fellow and formerly served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq, among numerous other regional posts. Wahab is the Institute’s Wagner Fellow, focusing on governance in Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS :  IRAN SIGNALS A TOUGHENED STANCE BY ADDING TO ITS NAVAL ARSENAL

by Farzin Nadimi  – PolicyWatch 3335 – June 18, 2020

The regime may eventually use larger vessels to project power beyond the Gulf, but even its more modest recent additions portend further confrontations and weapons proliferation in local waters.

On May 28, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) reportedly took delivery of more than 100 patrol and missile attack craft in a publicized ceremony attended by Defense Minister Amir Hatami, whose Maritime Industries Organization was responsible for the design and production of most of the boats. The unveiling ceremony was designed to send a message to the United States following a series of tense encounters, as well as a May 20 notice from the U.S. Navy that all local vessels must remain at least 100 meters away from its ships.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : IRANISCHE ARMEE GREIFT KURDISCHES DORF IN SÜD KURDISTAN / IRAQ AN !

 

MESOP NEWS  . 17 Juni 2020 -Die iranische Artillerie hat ein grenznahes Gebiet in der Provinz Erbil in der autonomen Region Irakisch-Kurdistan beschossen. Dies meldete die irakische Nachrichtenagentur Shafaq am Mittwoch unter Verweis auf Quellen in der lokalen Verwaltung.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INSIGHT – Iran: Signs of New Protests Against Rise in Prices

London, Tehran- Asharq Al-Awsat – 15 June 2020 – Signs of a new round of protests emerged in Tehran, after the rise in prices hit the foreign exchange market, pushing the dollar to a record high in two years.

Angry Iranians gathered on Sunday in front of the Central Bank headquarters, chanting slogans condemning the officials and demanding the resignation of the central bank governor, Abdolnaser Hemmati.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BY MEIR AMIT INTELLIGENCE & TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER / ISRAEL – Spotlight on Iran

May 31, 2020 – June 14, 2020Editor: Dr. Raz Zimmtlinkedin
The meeting of the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad with the Iraqi minister of oil (IRNA, June 10, 2020)

The meeting of the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad with the Iraqi minister of oil (IRNA, June 10, 2020)

Overview
  • Sources tracking the movement of freighter planes reported intensive activity between Iran and Syria, which included both Syrian and Iranian cargo planes.
  • The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs lambasted the tightening of sanctions against Syria ahead of the entry into force of the Caesar Act, which places sanctions against any company and actor that will maintain economic ties with Syria in several sectors of the economy.
  • Ahead of the start of the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States, the Commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Esmail Qa’ani, visited Baghdad, likely to coordinate a united front with senior commanders of the Iraqi factions loyal to Iran. The Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar reported that Qa’ani called on the senior commanders not to escalate tensions in Iraq at the current moment.
  • In early June, the Iranian minister of energy arrived for an official visit to Iraq, during which the two countries agreed to extend the contract for the export of electricity from Iran to Iraq for two more years.
  • The Iranian ambassador to Baghdad congratulated the Iraqi prime minister for completing the formation of his government, after the Iraqi parliament approved the appointments of seven additional ministers. The Iranian news agency Fars, on the other hand, expressed oblique criticism of the appointment of Fouad Hussein as the incoming minister of foreign affairs, given his pro-American positions.
  • Senior Iranian officials, chief among them the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, published condolence messages after the passing of the former Commander of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Shalah. The commander of the Qods Force sent a message of condolences to the Secretary General of the group, Ziad al-Nakhleh, in which he called to maintain the struggle until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.
Iranian Involvement in Syria
  • Abbas Mousavi, the Spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strongly condemned the tightening of sanctions on Syria, with the entry into force of the Caesar Civilian Protection Act on June 17. The Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2019, places stifling sanctions on any country, company and individual maintaining economies ties with the regime in the sectors of construction, engineering, gas and oil production, as well as military aviation. Mousavi called for lifting all sanctions placed by the United States and the European Union on Syria, and called them “inhumane and illegal.” He remarked that the sanctions mostly harm ordinary civilians and endanger their human rights. He also stressed Iran’s continued support for the people and government of Syria (IRNA, June 5).
Iranian Involvement in Iraq
  • According to Iraqi sources, on June 3, the Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Esmail Qa’ani, arrived for a visit in Baghdad. According to these reports, the goal of the visit was to develop a united front with senior officials in the pro-Iranian groups in Iraq, ahead of the start of the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq concerning, among other things, the future of U.S. military presence in Iraq (al-Araby al-Jadeed, June 3).
  • The Lebanese paper al-Akhbar, which is politically affiliated with Hezbollah reported (June 6), that in the meetings held between Qa’ani and senior commanders of the Shi’ite militias during his two-day visit, he called on them not to escalate the situation, maintain calm and solve problems based on sound judgement. He stressed that the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), the umbrella uniting Iraq’s Shia militias, is Iraq, and that Tehran supports it, but that it has no desire to meddle in domestic disagreements in Iraq. Qa’ani also stated that the election of Mustafa al-Kazimi as the Iraqi prime minister is an Iraqi decision, and not an Iranian one, and that his success will serve the interests of both countries. According to reports in Iraq, Qa’ani entered Iraq as part of an official Iranian delegation headed by the Iranian minister of energy, and not as a clandestine visit, as was the prior norm.
  • A commentary published by the reformist paper E’temad (June 7) argued that the only issue that is of great interest to Iran with regards to the strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States is the activity of the American bases in Iraq. These bases, according to President Trump, are intended to keep track of Iranian activities in the region, and particularly in Iraq, reminded the author. Other than this matter, Tehran does not display “particular sensitivity” with regards to a possible deal between Iraq and the United States, and does not intend to oppose it.
  • On June 3, the Iranian Minister of Energy, Reza Ardakanian, arrived for an official visit to Iraq, during which he met senior Iraqi officials, including the Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kazimi; the President of Iraq, Barham Salih; the Minister of Electricity, Majid Mahdi Hantoush; and the Minister of Finance, Ali Allawi. The meetings concerned expanding cooperation between the two countries in the electricity and water sectors. At the end of his visit, Ardakanian announced that the two countries decided to extend the contract concerning the export of electricity from Iran to Iraq by two additional years. He also mentioned that Iraq paid Iran a debt amounting to about $400 million for the provision of electricity from Iran, about half of the sum demanded by Tehran (IRNA; Tasnim, June 3).
  • Seyyed Hamid Hosseini, a member of the board of governors of the Joint Iranian-Iraqi Chamber of Commerce stated that in April and May 2020, the volume of exports to Iraq increased, after witnessing a drop following the outbreak of the Corona virus. He mentioned that about 50 Iraqi trucks entered Iran last month to transfer to Iraq Iranian goods, which were stored in Iranian customs, and 500 additional trucks will enter Iran to ferry additional goods. Hosseini added that the southern border crossing of Shalamcheh will soon re-open, and following the necessary coordination, the rest of the border crossings will be reopened, which have been closed since the outbreak of COVID-19 led to their shuttering (Fars, June 9).
  • In early June, the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, met with the Iraqi Minister of Planning, Khaled Battal, and discussed with him expanding the trade ties between the two countries, as well as cooperation in the sectors of energy, science and research, facilitating investments, dealing with COVID-19, and reaching a trade balance between the two countries (Mehr, June 1).
  • On June 10, Masjedi met with the incoming Iraqi Minister of Oil, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar. The two discussed cooperation between the two countries in the oil sector. The news agency IRNA reported (June 10), that since the formation of the new government of Mustafa al-Kazimi last month, Masjedi has met with the prime minister, as well as the ministers of interior, defense, transportation, works and social affairs, development, finance, higher education and oil.The Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, congratulated the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa al-Kazimi, for completing the formation of his government, after the Iraqi parliament approved the appointment of seven additional ministers to the cabinet. In a tweet on his Twitter account (June 6), Masjedi wished success to the new government ministers and expressed hope that upon the formation of the new government, it will be possible to expand the ties between Iraq and Iran, benefiting the national interests of both countries.
  • The hardline Fars news agency, on the other hand, expressed oblique criticism about the appointment of Fouad Hussein, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), as the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs. A report published by the agency (June 7) provided details about some of the Twitter accounts that the new foreign minister is following, including the Twitter accounts of the British and American embassies in Baghdad, of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and of senior officials in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. According to Fars, the accounts followed by Hussein may indicate is political leanings.
Iranian Involvement in the Palestinian Arena
  • Senior Iranian officials issued condolence notices following the passing of the former Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Shalah. In a statement issued by the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, he stated that the “Palestinian resistance” lost “an important element.” Khamenei expressed hope that Jihadi efforts of his predecessors will be able to compensate for the loss (Tasnim, June 8). The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif, praised the role Shalah played in the Palestinian “resistance” against the “Zionist regime” in a statement he issued. He also lauded Shalah’s role in bolstering the unity of the Palestinian people and the Muslim world. He proclaimed that in the conscience of the people, and particularly the people of Palestine and Iran, Shalah will remain a symbol of resistance and struggle (Tasnim, June 7).
  • The Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, sent a condolence message to the Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad al-Nakhleh, writing that Shallah’s struggle is a precious equity for his comrades, who will follow his path until the full liberation of Jerusalem and complete elimination of the “Zionist regime” (Mehr, June 7). The Commander of the IRGC’s Qods Force, Esmail Qa’ani, praised Shallah in a condolence missive addressed to Ziad al-Nakhleh, and the struggle he waged against the “Zionist regime.” The letter called on the fighters of Palestinian Islamic Jihad to continue down his path until the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine. He insisted that Iran will continue to stand by the Palestinians and bolster the “axis of resistance,” as did Qasem Soleimani (ISNA, June 7).
  • The Commander of the IRGC, Hossein Salami, also sent a condolence message to al-Nakhleh, in which he proclaimed that the “resistance” will never forget Shallah’s lofty values in the struggle for the liberation of Jerusalem and removing the “cancerous tumor that is Israel” from the region (Fars, June 8).

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS : Troubled Iran struggles to maintain sway over Iraq militias

Associated Press  – 12 June 2020  – BAGHDAD — Iraqi militia factions expected the usual cash handout when the new head of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force made his first visit to Baghdad earlier this year, succeeding the slain General Qassim Soleimani. Instead, to their disappointment, Esmail Ghaani brought them silver rings.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INTEL: Iran to execute alleged CIA agent involved in Soleimani’s killing

Soleimani wielded immense power and influence in his position and was crucial as the architect who spread and maintained Iran’s influence in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.

By YONAH JEREMY BOB, REUTERS   – JERUSALEM POST – JUNE 9, 2020 13:08

An Iranian citizen who allegedly provided information to US and Israeli intelligence services on the whereabouts of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps slain commander Qassem Soleimani will be executed soon, Iran’s judiciary said on Tuesday.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS IRAN : MULLAHS PRODUCING MORE URANIUM

 
Heshmat Alavi@HeshmatAlavi 5 June 2020
41m #BREAKING The International Atomic Energy Agency reporting #Iran is enriching uranium at increasing levels. This is in serious violation of the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA).
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VIENNA (AP) — The #UN’s atomic watchdog says #Iran‘s stockpiles of enriched uranium are increasing in violation of a key nuclear deal.
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#UPDATE Important details regarding the IAEA’s new report on #Iran “Diplomats say uranium disk for neutral sources would be used for nuclear test or device.”
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Latest: IAEA #says Iran produced natural uranium metal disk in early 2000s that underwent drilling, hybriding that was not declared. Diplos say uranium disk for neutral sources would be used for nuclear test or device.
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#BREAKING IAEA expresses “serious concern” that #Iran “has continued for months to deny it access to sites of interest to it, describing previous suspected activities there that could have been part of a nuclear weapons programme.”
IAEA voices serious concern at Iran’s stonewalling on old sites
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