By Scott Lucas June 30, 2014 – - LATEST: Supreme Leader Says “Enemy Intelligence Services” Behind Iraq Conflict – Iran has warned against the partition of Iraq, amid the insurgent challenge to Baghdad and discussion of independence for Kurdistan. Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Sunday, “We emphasize the need to respect Iraq’s independence, sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity within the framework of the country’s Constitution.” Abdollahian said Kurdish leaders were considering autonomy, rather than independence, and asserted, “Certain parties talking about splitting up Iraq are not aware of its repercussions.”
28.6.2014 – Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard was quoted by ISNA as saying, “Iraq is Iran’s Islamic alley and the arrogant powers, especially the Baathists are trying to pit Iran against Iraq.” Mehr News Agency reports that during Friday prayers in Najaf, Sheikh Abdul Mehdi al-Karbalai, a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani warned about the “ongoing project to break-up Iraq” saying, “Israel has always sought the project of breaking Iraq up and now more than ever Israel supports it.”According to Fars News Agency, “5,000 people volunteered in Najaf to fight ISIS.”
26.06.2014 – Idris Ahmad – BasNews, Iran – An Iranian cleric has said that the results of the previous Iraqi elections came as a shock to the enemies of the Iraqi government. He also said that the the attacks and current clashes in Iraq have been made by Israel, the Unites States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and the Kurds. The Iranian cleric claims that these countries are using ISIS as their tool to destroy Iraq.
“Kurdish struggle under the Islamist majority ideology:Kurdish Case in Iran”
Event to be held at the following time, date and location: Monday, 14 July 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST) – Commitee Room 12, House of Commons, – SW1A 0AA Westminster – United Kingdom
The Centre for Kurdish Progress is pleased to invite you to a Westminster based forum on “Kurdish struggle within the Islamist majority ideology: Kurdish Case in Iran” featuring Dr Frederic Tissot, former French Consulate in Erbil, Luis Ayala, secretary general of Socialist International, Dr Asso Hassan Zadeh, member of Kurdistan Democratic Party Central Committee.
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN)
Did PJAK confirm that there was fighting on the border with Iran? Or was it just propaganda by Iranian media? – 26.6.2014
Kadar Sheikhmous maybe using hard force to threaten Kurdistan in order not to declare independence, the irony is that this is one of many thing that Iran and US agree on these days!
Servet Dogan Read an article yesterday. They say 7 soldiers died in a clash between hpg and the iranian troops.
Adam Mirani There is shelling/bombing around Halgord and north of Halgord. Can confirm this.
Joanna Juély Nadia Palani Two PJAK members were killed near Shaho- mountains in rojhelat.. There is a fight going on between PJAK and the regime,. may khoda be with PJAK !!
MESOP : DOES TEHRAN GAVE SHELTER TO AL QAEDA / ISIS FOUNDERS ?
The Daily Beast last week detailed Iranian offers to Baghdad of among other things its army and spies in an effort to curb the advance of ISIS across the country. Sheikh’s comments sit uneasily alongside a Monday report from the Washington Free Beacon that Tehran provided shelter and protection to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who founded al Qaeda in Iraq, the predecessor to ISIS.
A hard line Javan Online editorial argues, “The goal of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Baghdad is to weaken the resistance (Iraq and Syria) in the Middle East. The Obama administration is under pressure from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey who have no interest in serving the ‘resistance front.’”
By Scott Lucas June 23, 2014 – eaworldview – The Iraqi crisis shook up Iran’s politics last week,
with President Rouhani suffering a setback over his approach of “engagement”, including with the US.
The Rouhani Government, first through comments by unnamed senior officials and then in a public statement by the President, indicated it was open to cooperation with the US on how to check the advance by Iraqi insurgents.This was quickly knocked back — initially by Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani, then by the head of the National Security Council and the military establishment. Talk of political and military coordination with Washington was replaced by declarations that the US had supported and even created the Iraqi insurgency, including the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham.
June 22, 2014 – TEHRAN,— General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier, announced that his forces have killed a number of to Kurdish PJAK (the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan) group who were trying to sneak into Iranian Kurdistan region (Rojhelat) via the country’s Western borders, Fars news reported.
General Pourdastan did not disclose the exact number of rebels killed in clashes with army on Sunday. General Pourdastan said on Sunday. “A team of the terrorists were trying to cross the borderline into the country on Saturday but failed to do so thanks to the vigilance of the Iranian troops,”He termed the operation as a hard blow to PJAK given the fact that the killed rebels were carrying packs of explosives into the country.
URGENT CALL BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL : 4 Kurds on Iran death row go on hunger strike / SIGN THE APPEALS !
MESOP : THE “DIALOGUE” HANGMEN IN IRAN
By Amnesty International::Four Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority have again been on hunger strike since 13 June in fear of their imminent execution. They have reportedly been subjected to mock executions at Ghezal Hesar Prison, where they were transferred on 14 June.