March 13 By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Iran has tipped off its concern about a meeting between Israeli and Russian leaders over Syria’s civil war, claiming that Israel is behind the six-year conflict.Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani spoke yesterday about Friday’s discussion in Moscow between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin:Netanyahu laid the conditions for peace in Syria. He clearly stated that the Zionist regime is behind the war in Syria.
Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Group Launches New Brigade to “Liberate” Golan Heights
By Ahmad Majidyar | Fellow and Director of IranObserved Project – The Middle East Institute | Mar 09, 2017
A powerful Iran-supported Iraqi Shiite militia group has announced the creation of a new brigade to “liberate” the Golan Heights from Israel, the Iranian media reports. “After the latest victories [in Syria and Iraq], we established the ‘Golan Liberation Brigade’. This is a trained army with specific plans. If the government of Syria requests, we and our allies are ready to take action to liberate Golan,” Hashem al-Moussawi, the spokesman of Harakat al-Nujaba said at a press conference in Tehran yesterday. He revealed that the militia group has been fighting in Syria for the past four years.
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By EMILY B. LANDAU – Jerusalem Post – March 11, 2017 – Jerusalem Post – Dr. Emily B. Landau, a senior research fellow at the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), is director of the institute’s Arms Control and Regional Security Program.
President Trump’s pushback against Iran’s missile test has been heard loud and clear in Tehran.
IN LATE January, just nine days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Iran tested a new medium-range ballistic missile – the Khorramshahr. The missile has a range of 3,000-4,000 km, which can reach all of Western Europe and can carry a nuclear payload. This test was the latest in a string of Iranian ballistic-missile tests that have been carried out since the nuclear deal (JCPOA) was announced in July 2015.
11 March 2017 – IRAN: The commander of air forces for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps announced Iran recently tested a medium-range ballistic missile (WSJ) that hit a floating target 155 miles away. An earlier missile test on January 29 prompted the administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump to impose new sanctions on Iranian individuals and companies. Click for links: www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) : Iran Poses Threat to Centcom’s Area of Responsibility, US General Votel STATEMENT (CENTCOM)
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2017 — Iran poses the most significant threat to U.S. Central Command’s complex area of responsibility, Centcom commander Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.Centcom has dealt with a number of significant challenges over the past 12 months, including in Iraq and Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and the Sinai, the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, he said.
| Centcom Commander Discusses Mission Challenges at Senate Hearing
MESOP NEWS : RESISTANCE CONTRA IRANIAN MULLAHS / PRO IRANIAN PKK NOT INVOLVED ! – Iranian Kurdish parties to unite activities to confront Iran
March 10, 2017 ARA NEWS – Six of the biggest Kurdish parties met last week in order to organize joint Kurdish New Year celebrations on 21 March and to organize a joint struggle to fight against the Iranian government.The meeting comes after Iraqi Shiite members of the parliament called on the Kurdish parties from Iran in February.
The meeting included the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I), all three factions of Komala, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP Iran), and Khabat. “
By Michael Singh
Deterring Tehran: An Iran Policy for the New Administration – Transition 2017: Policy Notes for the Trump Administration – March 2017
The United States should adopt a strategy on Iran that erects daunting defenses to dissuade the Islamic Republic from challenging the interests of the United States and its allies and that imposes sharp, painful costs should Iran do so nonetheless. In this transition paper for the new administration, Institute managing director Michael Singh details an Iran policy built on three pillars:
Enforcing and enhancing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Countering Iran’s regional activities
Strengthening U.S. regional alliances
Iran is stronger now than it was at the beginning of the previous administration, exerting power and influence across much of the Middle East. It is free from most international sanctions that previously weighed down its economy and frustrated its geopolitical ambitions. And U.S. alliances in the Middle East itself are weaker than they were, due in part to the region’s political upheaval and in part to America’s own disengagement and strategic estrangement from regional partners.
MESOP NEWS : TEHRAN MULLAHS PRESS HARD ON KURDS – Discrimination against Kurds in Iran has accelerated, says Kurdish leader
By Rudaw 4 hours ago – 9 March 2017 – Mustafa Hijri leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) speaking to Rudaw by Skype from Switzerland.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— State discrimination against the Kurdish population in Iran has become wider under current President Hassan Rouhani than ever in the past, says the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) Mustafa Hijri.Speaking to Rudaw by Skype from Switzerland where he attended a meeting at the Swiss parliament, Hijri said state-sponsored discrimination in Kurdish provinces in Iran had seen an “unprecedented upsurge” despite what he described as “government propaganda.”
MESOP NEWS ANALYSIS – Iranian Leadership: Over the Horizon | John Nixon, Former Senior Leadership Analyst, CIA
Supreme Leader Khamenei is the ultimate survivor in Iranian politics and has led his country, not always well, but in a way that protected his authority and that of the office of the Supreme Leader. He has withstood assassination attempts, war, the hostility of the United States, hostility from a large number of clerics in Qom who view him as an inferior cleric, and 2009’s mass demonstrations. Read full text https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/middle-east/iranian-leadership-over-horizon-1090?utm_source=Join+the+Community+Subscribers&utm_campaign=81d2a02252-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_02cbee778d-81d2a02252-122492169