Iraqi Kurds owe to Iran, Kosrat Rasul says in letter to Iranian leader

11 Feb – The deputy leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasul Ali stated, in a letter to that Iranian Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei that Iraqi Kurds owe to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Ali felicitated the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and said Tehran has always been besides Iraqi Kurds both during the former government under toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and after the period, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran was a key played in brining an end to Saddam dictatorship in Iraq. He further hailed Iran’s support to the Kurdish region in fighting against the terrorists of the Islamic State (IS). Kosrat Rasul also sent separate letters to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and felicitated them and Iranian people on the advent of the anniversary.

MESOP ANALYSIS : Why the White House Is Getting Lonelier on Iran / HUDSON INSTITUTE

Walter Russell Mead – The Hudson Instiute – 10 Feb 2015 – Suddenly, we seem to be having the conversation the administration didn’t want to have: a conversation about just where President Obama’s approach to Iran is taking us. A Washington Post editorial has put the issue on the agenda in a way that it will be hard for the spinners and Iran-apologists to dance past, and there are signs that bipartisan concerns are beginning to grow. The Post, in one of the most important newspaper editorials of recent years, signals out three important concerns with the President’s approach:

First, a process that began with the goal of eliminating Iran’s potential to produce nuclear weapons has evolved into a plan to tolerate and restrict that capability.

Second, in the course of the negotiations, the Obama administration has declined to counter increasingly aggressive efforts by Iran to extend its influence across the Middle East and seems ready to concede Tehran a place as a regional power at the expense of Israel and other U.S. allies.

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DIE IRANISCHE GEFAHR FÜR KURDISTAN & IRAK Einfluss der Türkei im irakischen Kurdistan nimmt zugunsten Irans ab / Timur Göksel – Al Monitor


Feb 4 2015 – Es ist beschlossen. Bagdad wird aus dem nationalen Haushalt den Anteil von Erbil und die Gehälter der Peschmerga-Kämpfer zahlen. Dies wird dem Präsidenten der Autonomen Region Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, der die Gehälter seiner Arbeitnehmer im öffentlichen Dienst nicht zahlen konnte und deshalb von der Türkei Geld lieh, ein wenig Luft verschaffen.Die Vereinbarung wurde letzte Woche beschlossen, als Erbil und Bagdad sich über die Regulierung ihrer Ölproduktion und die Verteilung der Einnahmen einigten, nachdem sich Iran, die Vereinigten Staaten und Europa monatelang massiv dafür eingesetzt haben.Es kommt nicht von ungefähr, dass Iran, die Vereinigten Staaten und Europa so hart für dieses Abkommen, das wichtige Auswirkungen auf die Zukunft des Irak hat, gearbeitet haben. Die Übereinkunft wird erheblichen Einfluss auf die territoriale Integrität des Irak haben und damit auch beachtliche Konsequenzen für die Türkei.

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MESOP Syria Feature: How Iran Tried to Protect Assad from Chemical Weapons Condemnation

By Scott Lucas February 6, 2015 – EAWORLDVIEW – On Thursday, we noted how a chemical weapons watchdog had formally expressed “serious concern” over the use of chlorine bombs between April and August 2014 in northwest Syria, with victims, witnesses, and medical staff all pointing to attacks by the Assad regime’s helicopters.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons approved the findings on Wednesday in an open vote. It emphasized that “any use of chemical weapons anywhere, at any time, by anyone, under any circumstances is unacceptable and would violate international law”, and it expressed the “strong conviction that those individuals responsible for the use of chemical weapons should be held accountable”.

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MESOP TODAY’S QUOTATION : How Iran (plus Putin) Tried to Protect Assad From Chemical Weapons Condemnation

“However, as Foreign Policy reveals, there is far more behind the scenes to the story — namely, the attempt by Iran to prevent any public criticism of its ally President Assad. Even though Russia — which has also been vital in maintaining Assad’s hold on power in the 4-year conflict — joined the US in crafting the resolution, Iran objected. Its delegation said that it was premature to confront Syria over the use of chlorine and that “any decision by the [OPCW] executive council merely serve the aims of specific countries and does not properly address the situation”.


“The four Gulf Arab participants in the US-led group entertain profound reservations on another score: Iran’s increasing involvement in the US-led war on ISIS and the growing operational coordination between the two powers – especially in the Iraq arena – compared with Washington’s dwindling cooperation with the Gulf participants.

It is feared in Riyadh – and not just in Abu Dhabi – that the joint US-Iranian war effort against the Islamic State is providing a screen behind which the Obama administration is opening doors for Iran to advance its regional aspirations.

They are adamantly opposed to Obama’s policy in this regard and are loath to lend their air strength for its support. Therefore the entire Gulf component, and not just the UAE, may be quietly taking its leave of the US-led coalition against ISIS”. More:

MESOP : “OBAMA BEGGING FOR A DEAL” – Iran: The ‘Americans Are Begging Us for a Deal’ / ‘Iran prepares itself for war with global powers’

BY: Adam Kredo – February 5, 2015 – THE FREE BEACON – A top Iranian military leader claims that U.S. officials have been “begging us” to sign a nuclear deal during closed door negotiations with Tehran over its contested nuclear program, according to recent comments made to the Iranian state-controlled media.Mohammad Reza Naghdi, the commander of the Basij, a paramilitary group operating under the wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC), recently claimed that the “Americans are begging us for a deal on the negotiation table,” according to comments published in Persian and independently translated for the Washington Free Beacon. Naghdi added that American officials routinely “plea” with Iran in talks and that the United States is negotiating from a position of weakness, according to his comments, which follow earlier reports claiming that Iran’s leading negotiator “frequently shouts” at U.S. officials.

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MESOP ANALYSIS: ‘Al-Quds Al-Arabi': The New U.S.-Iran Alliance – A Threat To Arab Countries

In its February 2, 2015 editorial, the London-based Qatari daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi stated that the gradual Houthi takeover of Yemen reflects the emergence of a new and unprecedented alliance between the U.S. and Iran, which is expressed in Washington’s consent to the Houthis’ moves in Yemen and even in intelligence cooperation between them. The daily warned of erosion in the power and status of the Arab states and of their becoming mere pawns in the new American-Iranian world order.

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By Michael Singh – Washington Post – January 30, 2015 – If only the United States negotiated as ruthlessly with Iran as it does with itself. The interim nuclear accord — formally the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) — between Iran and the United States and its five negotiating partners (known as the P5+1) offers moderate benefits to both sides: It limits Iran’s nuclear activities in certain respects, while giving Iran time and space for economic recovery. Given these benefits, both sides appear to view the JPOA as essentially their second-best option — not as good as a final accord on terms they prefer but better than the escalating crisis it replaced.

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MESOP : Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy

The president has long been criticized for his lack of strategic vision. But what if a strategy, centered on Iran, has been in place from the start and consistently followed to this day?

Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy – Essay – Michael Doran Feb. 2 2015 – About the author – Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He is finishing a book on President Eisenhower and the Middle East. He tweets @doranimated.

President Barack Obama wishes the Islamic Republic of Iran every success. Its leaders, he explained in a recent interview, stand at a crossroads. They can choose to press ahead with their nuclear program, thereby continuing to flout the will of the international community and further isolate their country; or they can accept limitations on their nuclear ambitions and enter an era of harmonious relations with the rest of the world. “They have a path to break through that isolation and they should seize it,” the president urged—because “if they do, there’s incredible talent and resources and sophistication . . . inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power.”

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