MESOP : NEWS FROM THE IRANIAN “DIALOGUE PARTNERS” : Commander Vows IRGC’s Firm Response to Threats to Iran’s Kurdistan Security

TEHRAN (FNA)- 19-9-2014 – A senior regional commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps underlined that the IRGC will give a resolute response to anyone threat to the security of Iran’s Kurdistan region.”We will not allow the disruptors of security to emerge in (Iran’s) Kurdistan region,” Commander of the IRGC Beit ol-Moqaddas Corps Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Rajabi told reporters in the western city of Sanandaj on Friday.

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MESOP : Intense Clashes Rage Between Peshmerga & Iranian Army

18.09.2014 – Hoshmand Sadiq – BasNews, Erbil – Clashes have intensified this week between the Iranian Army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, where a number of Iranian soldiers have been killed. According to an announcement made by the Kurdistan Revolutionary Party, intense fighting broke out between the Iranian Army and Peshmerga forces on 11 September.  

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MESOP FOCUS : Iran Prepares for a Leadership Transition / STRATFOR ANALYSIS

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 |- Summary : Though Iran has been broadcasting pictures and videos of top state officials and noted foreign dignitaries visiting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the hospital, the health of the man who has held the most powerful post in the Islamic Republic remains unclear. The unusual public relations management of what has been described as a prostate surgery suggests Tehran may be preparing the nation and the world for a transition to a third supreme leader. Iranian efforts to project an atmosphere of normalcy conceal concerns among players in the Iranian political system that a power vacuum will emerge just as the Islamic republic has reached a geopolitical crossroads.

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Iran’s Supreme Scorn: True to Form, Khamenei Blasts US-Led Campaign against ISIS

MESOP : BROOKINGS / SABAN REPORT

17-9-2014- Even as diplomats from around the world were meeting to launch a new campaign against violent extremists in Iraq and Syria, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced the American-instigated effort yesterday and insisted that Tehran will not cooperate with Washington against the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS, or ISIS.) His statements conformed to his unswerving hostility toward the United States and every aspect of its security policies in the Middle East, and further underscored the improbability of even tacit cooperation between Washington and Tehran on the regional crisis.

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MESOP: OBAMA’S CO-PEACEKEEPERS IN ACTION – 40 Percent of Political Prisoners in Iran are Kurds

14.09.2014 – BasNews, New York – The Secretary-General of the United Nations said that the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani’s consideration of human rights in Iran remains symbolic, with serious efforts for improvement yet to be seen.

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MESOP INTERVIEW : PDKI Secretary-General Mustafa Hijri

Iran’s Kurdish leader: Iraq’s crisis, an extension of Iran’s destructive policies

 “In essence,” the Kurdish leader said, “the policies of the Maliki government were an extension of the policy preferences of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The results of such policies have been quite evident for years, not only in Iraq but also in other parts of the region where Iran has had the opportunity to gain a foothold. “Iran’s preferred solutions to any kind of problems, whether inside Iran itself or in other countries where it has influence, consist of suppression, duplicity, intrigue and sowing divisions in order to achieve domination [over others],” Mr. Hijri averred. He also invoked the outcomes of Iranian meddling in Palestine, Lebanon and Syria.

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MESOP : ISIS IN IRAN – IS Militants Parade in Iranian Kurdistan

08.09.2014 – Hoshmand Sadiq – BasNews, Erbil – Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has revealed that they have information suggesting that Islamic State (IS) insurgents plan to enter Iran, although there are no IS bases within Iran’s borders. He also said that Afghani and Pakistani militants have attempted to enter Iraq overland through Iran.

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MESOP FOCUS : IRAN’S EXPANDING MILITARY ROLE IN IRAQ

ANALYSIS OF NEAR EAST POLICY FROM THE SCHOLARS & ASSOCIATES OF THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE

PolicyWatch 2312 – September 8, 2014 – By Farzin Nadimi – Despite the loss of a close ally in outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) appears ready to move on by offering substantial military support to his successor in Baghdad.

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MESOP : Sceptical Henry Kissinger – Iran ‘A Bigger Problem Than ISIS’

The Huffington Post  | By Alana Horowitz – 8-9-2014 -  Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that Iran “is a bigger problem than ISIS.” In an interview with NPR that was released on Saturday, Kissinger explained that because Iran has a stronger footing in the Middle East, it has a greater opportunity to create an empire. “The borders of the settlement of 1919-’20 are essentially collapsing,” he said. “That gives Iran a very powerful level from a strategic point of view. I consider Iran a bigger problem than ISIS. ISIS is a group of adventurers with a very aggressive ideology. But they have to conquer more and more territory before they can became a strategic, permanent reality. I think a conflict with ISIS — important as it is — is more manageable than a confrontation with Iran. The Kissinger interview comes just a day after the BBC reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader had ordered his military to cooperate with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS forces. CNN had a similar report.

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MESOP : NOW ISIS IN IRAN / KURDISTAN – Are Islamic State Militants Operating Inside Iran?

September 7, 2014Iran, National Security – (Scotte n Consulting) – According to villagers in western Iran, beginning around mid-August, teams of Islamic State (IS) fighters have been conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in the rural areas of Iran’s Kurdish regions. At nights, the fighters enter villages and harass the locals. In at least two instances, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has clashed with these insurgents on Iranian soil. These so-called IS fighters are reported to have operated in the following areas:

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