MESOP : OBAMA – HIS GENERAL SPEAK OUT – Retired US Brigadier General Exposes Obama’s Flawed Iran Policy

The White House itself has confirmed that it realizes its Middle East policy has been ineffective and counter-productive.

Rachel Avraham – Jerusalem online – Not too long ago, US President Obama sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, asking for assistance in the struggle against IS and mentioned the possibility of diplomatic relations existing again between the two countries. Now, as the US has declared their intention to overthrow Iran’s ally Assad in Syria, the chances of such an alliance being formed are remote. Nevertheless, in an interview with JerusalemOnline, retired US Brigadier General Ernie Audino expressed concern that the US is no longer dealing well with the Iranian nuclear issue from a position of strength.

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Leader renews call for unity among Muslims

MESOP NEWS 10 Jan 2015 – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Friday renewed the call for unity among Muslims, and stressed that focusing on the interest of the Islamic Ummah will consequently benefit each of the Muslim nations, Tasnim reported.

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MESOP FULL TEXT : Iranian Deputy FM for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian (FNA):


Iranian Deputy FM for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian (FNA):

“Speaking about Iraq’s disintegration is a Zionist plot and we won’t forget that in recent days the only official who supported the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan region much happily and excitedly and persuaded this region to disintegration was (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

Things changed when in August 2014, when the IS attacked the KRG, accusing the Kurds of working with the Savafid government of Baghdad. A conservative website gave credit to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Cmdr. Qasem Suleimani for bringing the Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), and improving relations between the Kurds and the Shiite central government in August 2014. Most likely the recent visit has to do with the tensions between Shiite militias and the Kurds in the provinces of Diyala and Kirkuk. But this is speculation from my part, since I haven’t talked with any Kurdish official about this meeting. It could also be related to the relations between Baghdad and the Kurds, or future operations against the IS (Mosul?). In my latest visit to Kirkuk and Daquq, Shiite flags could been seen everywhere. Although both PKK and Peshmergas (PUK) deny involvement of Shiite militias in the fight against the Islamic state in Kirkuk. I think, in the end problems between Iranian-backed Shiite militias and the Kurds could be solved though, due to the good relations between the PUK and Iran. There might be more tensions (arrests, shooting incidents, etc), but it will not be the same as the fight between the IS and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. More similar to previous tensions between Iraqi forces and the Kurds in disputed territories.


Tehran fears losing influence in Kurdistan – by JASSEM AL SALAMI – – 9 Jan 2015 -Less than two months after the fall of Mosul to Islamic State, Kurdish leaders worried their own capital would be next. Fast-moving, well-coordinated Islamic State assaults penetrated Kurdish front lines near Irbil. Fearing the loss of the city, and the opening of a gateway for the jihadists to attack into Iran. Tehran rushed to help. Tehran waged a battle against Kurdish fighters in northwest Iran less than four years before. Now the mullahs sent weapons, advisers and aerial support for the besieged Peshmerga fighters.

But Iran wants the Kurds to know that aid comes with a price. Especially since the Peshmerga—with an increasing amount of Western aid—are doing better than Iranian-backed Shia militias on the battlefield. It’s enough for Tehran to fear losing influence over its new allies. As a result, Tehran sent a subtle warning in late December during a meeting in Iraqi Kurdistan between Iranian and Kurdish envoys.

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MESOP NEWS : Execution of Another Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran & Imminent Threat of More Executions in 2015

9 Jan 2015 – Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group Press Release: The Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group expresses its outrage at and condemns the brutal execution of Kurdish political prisoner Sabir Moklid Moane at the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran on January 6, 2015 in a prison in Urmiye. According to Kurdish Human Rights activists Mr. Moane “was executed at dawn.” on the familiar charges of “enmity against God and undermining national security”.

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No Friends but Iranians IN MEMORIAM REYHANEH JABBARI (†2014)

No Friends but Iranians

1 Jan 2015 – Von David Kirsch – Wer vom Terror des iranischen Regimes nicht spricht, soll vom Terror des Islamischen Staates schweigen.

“Unter dem iranischen Präsidenten Hassan Rohani werden mehr Leute hingerichtet als unter seinem Vorgänger Ahmadinedschad. Alle schauen auf ISIS und deren barbarische Taten. Der einzige Unterschied zum iranischen Regime: ISIS ist stolz auf die Morde, der Iran vollstreckt sie verborgen hinter Gefängnismauern und leugnet sie feige. Die Welt muss begreifen, dass mit diesem Mörder-Regime kein Dialog möglich ist. Es hilft nur Druck.”

(Fariborz Jabbari, Onkel der im Oktober 2014 durch das iranische Regime hingerichteten Reyhaneh Jabbari)

Thesen zum syrischen Desaster / August – Dezember 2014

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Liebe Freunde und Freundinnen, Assoziierte und Kollegen,

ich habe ein paar grundsätzliche Überlegungen zur Rolle des iranischen Regimes in Irak und Syrien und über das Verhältnis des Assad-Regimes zum IS niedergeschrieben. Ich habe einerseits versucht den syrischen Bürgerkrieg unter dem Gesichtspunkt des Einflusses des iranischen Regimes darzustellen, ebenso wie ich einen Versuch unternommen habe das Verhältnis des Assad-Regimes zum Islamischen Staat darzustellen. Im dritten Teil des Textes gehe ich auf die Geschehnisse in Rojava (Syrisch-Kurdistan) ein und habe da das Spannungsverhältnis darzustellen versucht, in dem die syrischen Rebellengruppen, als auch die syrisch-kurdischen Akteure stehen. –  Das Ganze heißt “No Friends But Iranians” und besteht aus ein paar Thesen, die durch eine Materialsammlung untermauert sind. Ich freue mich über Kritik, Anmerkungen und Weiterverbreitung. Volltext:

MESOP REPORT : In Iran, Pragmatic Camp Faces Down Ideological Camp (MEMRI) /

EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – Introduction – In a January 4, 2015 speech at an economic conference in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rohani, a leader of the country’s pragmatic camp, attacked the rival ideological camp, particularly the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the country’s most powerful military and economic force. He presented a political, economic and cultural ideological line contradictory to that of the IRGC, and stressed that he aimed to direct the Iranian revolutionary regime in the moderate spirit of pragmatic camp leader and Expediency Council head Hashemi Rafsanjani, the fundamental tenets of which are “sustainable economic growth without political isolation”; an economic policy encouraging competition and foreign investments instead of the current IRGC economic monopoly; willingness to make certain concessions in the nuclear negotiations; and emphasis on the supremacy of the principle of the sovereignty of the people over decisions by Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei).

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What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq / Gen. Tahgavi was almost unknown to Iran’s public, and even more mysterious to the West, but he was a key figure in the Quds Force running the fight against ISIS.


7 Jan 2015 – Iranians are used to regarding Gen. Qasem Suleimani as a symbol of the country’s military might; the Iranian media love to present him as a formidable spirit who leads victorious campaigns against Iran’s enemies. Some have likened Suleimani to John le Carré’s fictional spy Karla, the nemesis of the West during the Cold War. So when recent photographs showed the leader of the Quds Force looking tired and overcome with grief, holding his head in his hands, it came as something of a surprise. As he tried to make his way through a crowd of mourners late last month, he looked preoccupied and even disoriented.

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APNewsBreak: Iran, 6 powers move closer to nuke talks deal – By GEORGE JAHN 2 Jan 2015 – 5 Minutes ago – VIENNA (AP) – Iran and the United States have tentatively agreed on a formula that Washington hopes will reduce Tehran’s ability to make nuclear arms by committing it to ship to Russia much of the material needed for such weapons, diplomats say.In another sign of progress, the two diplomats told The Associated Press that negotiators at the December round of nuclear talks drew up for the first time a catalog outlining areas of potential accord and differing approaches to remaining disputes.

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