MESOP NEWS : IRANIAN MULLAHS KILLING KURDS !
Fazel Hawramy March 8, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Iran continues to face obstacles in silencing its armed opponents in Iraqi Kurdistan, where authorities recently offered Tehran assurances to prevent Iranian Kurdish militants from causing tension with Tehran. – At 4 p.m. March 1 in Binaslawa town just outside Erbil, Salah Rahmani, a veteran peshmerga forces commander with the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), got into his car outside his house with his 32-year-old son Sabah. Shortly after the vehicle was started, a blast from a bomb stuck on the vehicle echoed across the town popular with Iranian Kurdish exiles. While Rahmani suffered minor injuries, his son — who worked in a bakery and has a 3-year-old daughter — died from his wounds the following morning. Rahmani, a peshmerga since 1980, is known for his fighting qualities earned from years of battling the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
IRAN: 5 March 2018 – Ahead of a visit to Iran, the French foreign minister said Tehran possesses missiles (France24) that “exceed the needs of defending Iran’s borders” and put the country at risk of new sanctions. Read all http://www.france24.com/en/20180304-france-iran-ballistic-missile-programme-concern-le-drian-visit-tehran
4 March 2018 – Qubad Azemi from
#Jwanro ( #Javanrud) is the latest Kurdish activist to die by the torture of the Islamic Republic while in jail. Arrested only two days ago his family were told this morning to come and get their son’s corpse from prison. #TwitterKurds #Kurdistan #Rojhelat #Iran
The Kurdish poet Hussein Baqri from #Ilam has received death threats from #Iran‘s Intelligence Ministry (#MOIS) saying that his & his family’s lives are at risk if he doesn’t comply with their previous instructions on not to act against national security. #TwitterKurds #Rojhelat
2 March 2018 – Since the take-over of #Kirkuk by #Iran and its militias in #Iraq, a new wave of terrorist attacks started against members of Eastern Kurdistan political parties, taken refuge in Southern Kurdistan. Salah Rahmani and his son were critically injured in the car bomb attack today. More via www.mesop.de
MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER: FINANCIAL ACTIONN TASK FORCE & THE MULLAHS The FATF Keeps Iran on Blacklist While Ignoring Proliferation Finance Threat
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – February 23, 2018 – At its plenary meeting in Paris this week, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided to maintain Iran’s status as a high-risk jurisdiction for money laundering and terrorist financing, while continuing to waive the most severe penalties for this listing. The 38-member body sets global standards on how to combat these threats to the international financial system, through a series of recommended measures and public warnings about doing business with high risk countries.
By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – 19 Febr 2018 – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has put pressure on Syria’s leading Kurdish groups as they face a Turkish-rebel offensive and isolation within the country’s 83-month conflict.As he arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian officials and a conference at the Valdai Institute, Zarif avoided any direct reference to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) and its YPG militia. But he aimed at them through the US, which has provided essential political and military support for Kurdish gains in northern Syria, particularly through the defeat of the Islamic State, since 2015.
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) – Major Challenges Faced by Iran in the Regional Arena in 2018
Published: 18/02/2018 – Main Argument – Regional Challenges Facing Iran
The far-reaching political transformations that have occurred in recent years in the Arab world created new opportunities for Iran to increase its regional clout. Iran exploited the weakness of the Sunni Arab states as well as the regional turmoil and instability to promote its over-arching strategy that strives for regional hegemony. Additional factors contributed to the expansion of Iran’s sphere of influence: Washington’s policy, which eschewed active involvement in the region; Saudi-Arabia’s forcible policies, which often played into Iran’s hands; and the nuclear agreement, which provided Iran with a greater degree of freedom of action from the Western powers led by the United States.
Heshmat Alavi @HeshmatAlavi 3h3 hours ago – 17 Febr 2018 – #BREAKING General McMaster in Munich: #Iran is establishing a network of proxies in states such as #Syria, #Yemen & #Iraq. What is especially concerning is that Iran’s proxies are engaging in destructive acts & Iran sends them weapons. The time has come take action against Iran.