Fighting rages between Kurdish forces and Iranian Revolutionary Guards
ARA News – 12 Sept 2016 – ERBIL – At least six members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and two Peshmerga fighters were killed in renewed clashes in western Iran, according to officials. Also, Iranian bases near Bokan were attacked by Kurdish Peshmerga forces. “A group of our Peshmerga fighters were ambushed by the Iranian forces near the Bolfat area when they were preparing to conduct a series of political activities on Sept. 6,” Mouloud Swara, member of Central Committee and Representative of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-I) in UK, told ARA News.
MESOP „DEUTSCHE WIRTSCHAFTSNACHRICHTEN“ SORGEN SICH UM TEHRAN / IRANISCHE KURDEN VON BUNDESWEHR AUSGEBILDET / MUSTAFA HIJRI IN WASHINGTON
USA und Deutschland bilden Kurden aus, die im Iran Anschläge verüben
Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten | Veröffentlicht: 11.09.16 01:35 Uhr – Deutsche Soldaten sollen im Nordirak gemeinsam mit US-Amerikanern Kurden-Milizen gegen ISIS ausbilden, die jedoch im Iran Anschläge verüben, berichtet die AP. Die Ausbildungsleitung der Kurden-Milizen im Nordirak hatte zuvor die Bundesregierung übernommen.
How the US cash payments story played out in Iran
10 Sept 2016 – Recent revelations that the Barack Obama administration paid Iran $1.7 billion in cash just as four American-Iranians were released in January have caused a Republican furor in Washington. In Tehran, by contrast, all political factions seem to agree that the settlement over a decades-old unfulfilled arms deal was a great deal — for Iran.
!KNOW BETTER WITH MESOP! – Russia & Iran’s turning point: a strategic alliance – Russia’s use of an Iranian air base to strike targets in Syria has little operational significance, but is of strategic importance
By EPHRAIM KAM, ZVI MAGEN \ Ephraim Kam served as a colonel in the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence. Zvi Magen is a former ambassador to Russia. This article was originally published on the website of The Institute for National Security Studies Tel Aviv
THE AUGUST 16 announcement by the governments of Russia and Iran that Russia had deployed fighter jets at the Iranian airbase in Hamadan (southwest of Tehran) and that sorties were executed against military targets of Islamic State and Jabhat al-Fateh a-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in Syria is a turning point in developments in the region. To date, the Iranians have allowed Russia to use their airspace for attacks in Syria as part of the military cooperation between the two states, which has grown tighter since September 2015. But Iran, in the post- Islamic Revolution era, has never allowed another country to station military troops on its soil, especially not Russia, given Iran’s lingering suspicions of its intentions.
9 Sept 2016 – KHARABRUD, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— An Iranian Kurdish rebel group received military training in weapons and explosives from U.S. and European advisers as part of the international program backing Iraqi Kurds in the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the group’s commander told The Associated Press.The group, called the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), is one of several Iranian Kurdish factions that have carried out attacks this year inside Iran, sparking a crackdown by security forces. At the same time, the group has been fighting alongside Iraqi Kurds against Islamic State group militants in northern Iraq.
Iranian delegation in Sulaimaniya to settle PUK disputes: representative
5 Sept 2016 – MESOP – The Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iran confirmed the travel of an Iranian delegation to Sulaimaniya, the second biggest city in Kurdistan Region and the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and stated that the delegation is to help settling differences in the PUK.Nazim Dabbagh told Kurdish Radio Nawa that the delegation is to close the stances of different PUK sides and settling disputes in the party. Iran has always played an outstanding role in solving and lessening tensions in Kurdistan Region and has brought peace and reconciliation for the region, he added. Dabbagh further stated that he does not have any information about the travel of the delegation, confirming that Iran is always ready to play a role in solving troubles in the autonomous region. www.mesop.de
1 Sept 2016 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – Iran has finally criticized Turkey’s military intervention in northern Syria, expressing its concern over the support that has enabled rebels to take territory from both the Islamic State and Kurds-led forces.
Ankara’s sudden move last Wednesday — with air support, tanks, and special forces — for the rebels who crossed the border has put Iran in a quandary. Tehran has been courting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since a coup failed to depose him on July 15, hoping to end Ankara’s backing of the rebels to overthrow the Assad regime. Iranian officials, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, have visited Turkey to talk about a political and military realignment.
The U.S., along with other world powers, reportedly agreed to secret exemptions that “favor Iran” after the parties’ 2015 nuclear pact, according to Reuters. The other negotiating partners were Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany. The report’s author, former UN weapons inspector David Albright, contends that he gathered information based on unnamed officials from those nations. When questioned by Reuters reporters, U.S. officials say no such secret arrangements were made. The report will be released Thursday by the Institute for Science and International Security. “The exemptions or loopholes are happening in secret, and it appears that they favor Iran,” Albright said. According to Albright, the allowances were made so that an economic deadline could be met for Iran. Read full text
MESOP : DIE LETZTEN TAGE VON EUROPA / NOCH HALBGEHEIM BEVORSTEHENDER ROUHANI BESUCH IN BERLIN / ALKOHOL VERBOTEN / STATUEN VERHÜLLT
MESOP : ….. besten einfach Rouhani fragen !
Volker Beck (DIE GRÜNEN) erklärt dazu:
„Sowohl bei den Proliferationsbestrebungen, als auch den Besuchsplänen des Iran spart die Bundesregierung an Wahrheit und Klarheit. Im Regierungsviertel ist allen bewusst, dass ein sehr ranghoher Staatsbesuch aus dem Iran ansteht und offenbar nur noch um die Frage gerungen wird, ob es beim Bankett Wein geben darf oder nicht.“
By Anna Borshchevskaya – Foreign Policy – August 30, 2016 – Anna Borshchevskaya is the Ira Weiner Fellow at The Washington Institute.
Russia’s military alliance with Iran is all about keeping Assad in power and America on its back foot, and even a short-lived partnership can do long-term damage to U.S. interests.
On Aug. 16, Russian bombers took off from Shahid Nojeh air base near the Iranian city of Hamadan reportedly to bomb Islamic State targets in Syria. The fact that the Russian air force had based planes inside Iran was not only a surprise to American diplomats — it was news to many Iranian officials as well. While State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the Russian action may have violated a UN Security Council resolution, 20 Iranian legislators demanded a closed session of parliament to discuss why Iran had allowed foreign forces to base themselves in the country for the first time since World War II.