MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS GENERAL COMMENTARY BY MAXIM A. SUCHKOV
Maxim A. Suchkov May 10, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary Russian President Vladimir Putin’s role as mediator between Israel and Tehran is gaining importance as turmoil threatens to boil over in Syria.
MOSCOW — Sandwiched between two days this week in which Israel attacked Iranian assets in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met cordially May 9 with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The visit came amid reported Russian efforts to ease tensions between Iran and Israel, and followed less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.
MESOP NEWS 11 May 2018 – IRAN: The United States and the United Arab Emirates imposed sanctions on several Iranian companies and individuals for allegedly running illegal currency operations from the UAE (WSJ). They are the first sanctions announced since a U.S. decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement earlier this week.
Ankara vows to help resist US sanctions on Iran
Amberin Zaman (Turkey Pulse) May 10, 2018
Article Summary – Turkey has reacted to the promised US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal with outrage, though some analysts believe the US withdrawal offers Turkey opportunities.+As reactions to the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal continue to reverberate globally, NATO member Turkey has made its displeasure clear. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that Washington’s move was “wrong.” In a telephone conversation held Thursday, the two leaders reportedly discussed the potential effects of the deal and Erdogan said he favored the preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany. According to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, the pair also focused on improving bilateral economic ties.
by Farzin Nadimi – Policy Alert – May 10, 2018
The latest clash indicates that Tehran has underestimated how far the IDF will go to prevent Iranian military entrenchment on its northeast border.
In the early hours of May 10, about thirty projectiles were fired from Syrian soil at forward Israeli military positions along the occupied Golan Heights. Described by the Israel Defense Forces as Iranian Grad and Fajr-5 rockets, all but four of the weapons reportedly landed harmlessly in Syria, while the remainder were intercepted by Israeli Iron Dome systems.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE TECHNICAL STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS – TECHNICAL IMPLICATIONS OF TRUMP’S JCPOA ANNOUNCEMENT
by Simon Henderson – PolicyWatch 2967 – May 9, 2018 – Simon Henderson is the Baker Fellow and director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute.
Now that the nuclear deal is off, Iran’s next steps will be shaped at least in part by the technical capabilities of its enrichment program and related efforts. Amid President Trump’s announced withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran has threatened to expand its nuclear program beyond the restraints mandated in that agreement. Assessing the potential significance of this threat requires a closer look at the technical details behind the JCPOA and the regime’s current nuclear capabilities.
The main focus of concern is Iran’s ability to enrich uranium. Natural uranium, known as U-238, contains only 0.7% of the fissile isotope U-235. Fissile means capable of a chain reaction—in a civil power reactor, this reaction is controlled to generate electricity, while in an atomic bomb it is uncontrolled.
Ali Khedery Retweeted CNN – 10 May 2018
“Today is great day for the civilized world. The JCPOA was the worst deal negotiated since the 1938 Munich Agreement. Both were destined to fail in containing genocidal, revolutionary, and expansionist regimes. Peace is achieved through strength, not appeasement.” www.mesop.de
After the Iran Deal, Here’s What the US Military Is Worried About Next
By Kevin Baron Executice Diretor“Defese One“ – May 8, 2018 – Keep your eyes on Iranian ballistic missiles showing up in Yemen.
Ok, so the Iran Deal is dead. While the world will be alert for any Iranian attempt at nuclear advancement, Pentagon watchers are more immediately worried about something else.
A decade ago, Defense Secretary Robert Gates invited Russia to turn its anti-missile radars around, stop facing them at Europe, and point them at Iran. He even invited Russia to link them into NATO’s radar nets because, he argued, the next-most-likely threat out of that part of the world was Iranian missiles: particularly medium-range ballistic missiles that would be aimed at Europe — but fly, unreliably — over Russia to get there. Russia was considering the idea, Pentagon officials said.
It was a common, almost tongue-in-cheek quip to reporters — Gates knew full well Putin was not going to do that. But he knew the distant Iranian missile threat was getting nearer.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY BY OUR FRIEND SETH FRANTZMAN – Jerusalem Post
9 May 2018 – Macron, May, Kerry and many others have been explaining Iran to the world over the last few days. Javad “we are all IRGC” Zarif didn’t even need to do his job as Chief explainer. The Tehran talking points of playing bogeyman to the region are well covered. So how does Iran keep this up? How does it get to win in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq? Why do it’s armed militias always get exceptions? Hezbollah is the only group allowed to run in Lebanese elections and be an armed force, and Hezbollah doesn’t allow women candidates on its lists.
Inside Iran the regime crushes dissent and bans social media, but abroad the regime uses social media for its propaganda and exploits western free speech to insert itself into discussions.
Iran has been meddling too much. It’s time to meddle back.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : KEIN DEAL MIT DEN MULLAHS ! – Im Iran gehen Proteste & Streiks gegen das Regime weiter
9 Mai 2018 – „Nach dem Verbot des Nachrichtendienstes Telegram und dem Durchgreifen gegen die jüngsten Proteste bemühen Iraner sich um neue Wege, auf denen sie ihrem Unmut über die Regierung Luft machen können. Bildern zufolge, die einen Tag nach dem Verbot des beliebten Nachrichtendienstes Telegram in den sozialen Medien weite Verbreitung fanden, haben Iraner begonnen, Kommentare auf Geldscheine zu schreiben und Leuten diese in die Taschen zu stecken. ‚Befreit den Iran‘, ‚Einheit, Brüderlichkeit, Freiheit‘, ‚Streiks in Kurdistan‘, und ‚Nieder mit der Diktatur‘ gehören zu den Parolen, die am häufigsten auf die Geldscheine gekritzelt wurden.