MESOP : Sceptical Henry Kissinger – Iran ‘A Bigger Problem Than ISIS’

The Huffington Post  | By Alana Horowitz – 8-9-2014 -  Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that Iran “is a bigger problem than ISIS.” In an interview with NPR that was released on Saturday, Kissinger explained that because Iran has a stronger footing in the Middle East, it has a greater opportunity to create an empire. “The borders of the settlement of 1919-’20 are essentially collapsing,” he said. “That gives Iran a very powerful level from a strategic point of view. I consider Iran a bigger problem than ISIS. ISIS is a group of adventurers with a very aggressive ideology. But they have to conquer more and more territory before they can became a strategic, permanent reality. I think a conflict with ISIS — important as it is — is more manageable than a confrontation with Iran. The Kissinger interview comes just a day after the BBC reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader had ordered his military to cooperate with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS forces. CNN had a similar report.

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MESOP : NOW ISIS IN IRAN / KURDISTAN – Are Islamic State Militants Operating Inside Iran?

September 7, 2014Iran, National Security – (Scotte n Consulting) – According to villagers in western Iran, beginning around mid-August, teams of Islamic State (IS) fighters have been conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in the rural areas of Iran’s Kurdish regions. At nights, the fighters enter villages and harass the locals. In at least two instances, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has clashed with these insurgents on Iranian soil. These so-called IS fighters are reported to have operated in the following areas:

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Like It or Not, Iran Is a Drone Power / Sanctions have not stopped Tehran’s robot development

MESOP :  EUROPEAN LEFT PROMOTES EXTERMINATION OF ALL WESTERN DRONES – BUT NOT THE DRONES FROM IRAN

7-9-2014 – medium.com – America isn’t the only country that deploys drones to spy on its enemies. In the skies over Syria’s bloody civil war, above Iraq’s jihadist insurgency and across a number of regional conflicts, Iran’s drones are becoming an increasingly common sight.

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MESOP : OBAMAS NEW CLOSE PARTNER IN ARMS QASEM SOLEIMANI (TEHRAN)

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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MESOP FLASH : QADEM SLEMANI IN AMERLI WITH SHIA MILITIA

Head of Iran’s Qods force Qasem Slemani together with Shia militias in Amerli. #Twitterkurds #Iran #Kurdistan pic.twitter.com/kxfWWpWBM2

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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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TODAY’S MESOP COMMENTARY : DOWNGOING ISLAMIC STATE IRAN & ERDOGAN

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.

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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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