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11. März 2015, 21.48 Uhr:

Fortschritt der islamischen Revolution

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Als positiv beschrieb John Kerry die Rolle des Iran im Irak. Und so kämpfen sie auchs eit Monaten gemeinsam: die US-Airforce fliegt Luftangriffe, die Bodentruppen stellen vor allem schiitische Milizen, die von iranischen Offizieren angeführt werden.

So auch im Kampf um Tikrit. Dass der Iran dabei seine ganz eigene Agenda hat, daraus machen Politiker und Militärs in Teheran nicht das geringste Hehl. Ganz im Gegenteil:

Iran’s top general said Wednesday his country has reached “a new chapter” towards its declared aim of exporting revolution, in reference to Tehran’s growing regional influence, while hailing the role of Hizbullah in resisting Israel.

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the nation’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps, said: “Hizbullah and its resistance against one of the armies in the world – that is to say the army of the Zionist regime.. is one of the Islamic revolution’s miracles,” he said. (…)

“The Islamic revolution is advancing with good speed, its example being the ever-increasing export of the revolution,” he said, according to the ISNA news agency.

“Today, not only Palestine and Lebanon acknowledge the influential role of the Islamic republic but so do the people of Iraq and Syria. They appreciate the nation of Iran,” Jafari said in a speech before the Assembly of Experts, Iran’s top clerical body.

He made references to military action against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Iraq and Syria, where the Guards have deployed advisers in support of Baghdad and Damascus.

“The phase of the export of the revolution has entered a new chapter,” he added, referring to an aim of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

Jafari’s remarks echoed those of another Iranian general, Qassem Suleimani, head of the Quds Force, the Guards’ foreign wing, who has reportedly been posted in Iraq near the front line against IS.

“Today we see signs of the Islamic revolution being exported throughout the region, from Bahrain to Iraq and from Syria to Yemen and North Africa,” he said on February 11

Und auch wenn sie mit amerikanischen Waffen und US-Luftunterstützung kämpfen, nicht einmal dankbar für die Hilfe zeigen sich Obamas Bodentruppen:

Hadi Amiri, the head of the Shiite Badr Brigade militia, cla

ims that they don’t need assistance from the international coalition in fighting Islamic State (IS) militants. In an interview with CNN Arabic, Amiri said, “Our country [Iraq] can succeed in the fight against IS militants. Iraq does not need the help and supervision of the US in this war.”

 

“Those who rely on US help to liberate Iraq may just as well depend on a mirage,” he added. He went on, “We have Iranian military advisors. We are proud of them and thank them for participating in the fight.

Und hier ein Bild, das eigentlich alles sagt: Qasem Soleimani betritt Tikrit, begleitet von schiitischen Milizionären in Uniformen, die die Amerikaner dem Irak geliefert haben, im Hintergrund Humvees …:

8. März 2015, 10.41 Uhr:

71 Giftgasangriffe

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Chlorgas. Das fällt ja unter keinen Bann. Kann also weiter eingesetzt werden. Wie barrel bombs auch.

The Syrian regime has carried out 71 chlorine gas attacks since agreeing to give up its chemical weapons stockpile, a human rights campaign has claimed.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights’s claim comes as the UN security council voted on Friday on a US-drafted resolution to condemn the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria.

The director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Fadel Abdul Ghani, told al-Araby al-Jadeed that the network had been given reliable reports of attacks in Rif Dimashq, Jubar Hama, Idlib, Daraa and Aleppo governorates since the agreement by Syria in 2013 to give up its chemical weapons under the terms of a UN resolution.

8. März 2015, 09.58 Uhr:

Konsequente EU-Nahostpolitik

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Es heißt, verschiedene europäische Staaten erwägten, ihre Kontakte mit dem Assad-Regime zu intensivieren. Wie Elmar Brok kürzlich erklärte, sei “the EU is more interested in fighting against ISIS and is moving in the direction of engaging with Assad in doing that“.

Zugleich verhängt die EU Sanktionen gegen Herrn George Haswani und demonstriert mit diesem Schritt, dass man in Brüssel recht genau weiß, wie eng die Beziegungen zwischen dem Damaszener Regime und dem Islamischen Staat sind:

The listing of George Haswani, the owner of HESCO engineering company, sheds more light on financial links between Syria’s regime and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

In public, the two belligerents claim to be sworn enemies. Isil has vowed to topple Mr Assad and transform Syria into an Islamic “Caliphate". But the rise of the jihadist movement has served Mr Assad’s interests by allowing him to pose as an essential bulwark against Islamist terrorism.

Isil fighters captured the oilfields of eastern Syria in 2013. Since then, the regime is believed to have funded the jihadists by purchasing oil from Isil. But those links are understood to extend further than was previously thought. Instead of merely being a customer for Isil’s oil, the regime is understood to be running some oil and gas installations jointly with the terrorist movement.

Mr Haswani’s company, HESCO, operates a gas plant in Tabqa, a town in central Syria which was captured by Isil last August. Officials believe this installation is being run jointly by Isil and personnel from the regime. The gas facility continues to supply areas of Syria controlled by Mr Assad.

Assad gegen den IS zu unterstützen macht nämlich in etwa so viel Sinn, wie mit der Islamischen Republik Iran in den Jihad gegen den Jihadismus zu ziehen.


7. März 2015, 10.59 Uhr:

Ein neuer Achsenpartner

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die vom Iran unterstützten Houthis, die inzwischen große Teile des Jemen kontrollieren, suchen nach neuen internationalen Partnern.

The Houthis’ interim government has sent delegations to Iran in search of fuel supplies and to Russia to look for investment in energy projects, according to two senior Houthi officials. Another delegation is planning to visit China in the coming weeks, they said. (…)

Ihr Vorbild? Bashar al-Assad.

Khaled Fattah, an expert on Yemen, said the Houthis’ diplomatic strategy takes its inspiration from another, the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, another Iranian ally that has cultivated ties with Moscow and Beijing to lessen its international isolation and prevent its collapse.

Nicht aber deshalb, sondern weil im Jemen ein weiterer blutiger Bürgerkrieg droht, fragt dann auch Foreign Policy: Is Yemen Becoming the Next Syria?.

Und die Folgen? Armut, Hunger, Flucht, Elend:

According to U.N. reports, 13.4 million people have no access to safe water and sanitation and 8.4 million of the population have no access to adequate health care.

Yemen has the third highest malnutrition rate in the world, as over 10 million Yemenis are experiencing food shortages. As the political conditions in the country have steadily worsened, the food security situation has severely deteriorated. Yemeni children have become the most vulnerable due to continuing violence in the country. The number of acutely malnourished has hit 840,000.

6. März 2015, 12.02 Uhr:

'Hören Sie auf Mr. Netanjahu'

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Eines zumindest scheint der Obama Administration gelungen: die Annäherung arabischer Staaten an Israel maßgeblich vorangetrieben zu haben. Will man heute Artikel lesen, die Netanjahus Rede vor dem US-Kongress unterstützen, Al-Arabiyya, der von Saudi Arabien betriebene Nachrichtensender, ist beispielsweise eine gute Adresse.

Faisal J. Abass schreibt in einer Kolumne:

The Israeli PM managed to hit the nail right on the head when he said that Middle Eastern countries are collapsing and that “terror organizations, mostly backed by Iran, are filling in the vacuum” during a recent ceremony held in Tel Aviv to thank outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz for his role during “challenging” times.

In just a few words, Mr. Netanyahu managed to accurately summarize a clear and present danger, not just to Israel (which obviously is his concern), but to other U.S. allies in the region.

What is absurd, however, is that despite this being perhaps the only thing that brings together Arabs and Israelis (as it threatens them all), the only stakeholder that seems not to realize the danger of the situation is President Obama, who is now infamous for being the latest pen-pal of the Supreme Leader of the World’s biggest terrorist regime: Ayottallah Ali Khamenei. (…)

As such, the real Iranian threat is not JUST the regime’s nuclear ambitions, but its expansionist approach and state-sponsored terrorism activities which are still ongoing.

Aber, wie hinlänglich bekannt ist, in Washington hört man eben nicht auf Mr. Netanjahu, sondern vertieft die Kooperation mit dem Iran, ja inzwischen lobt das US-Militär noch offener als je zuvor die positive Rolle, die das iranische Militär im Irak spiele:

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators late Tuesday the battle for Tikrit represented the most open example of Iranian support for pro-government militias in Iraq.

“This is the most overt conduct of Iranian support,” Dempsey said, which came “in the form of artillery” and other aid. (…)

If the Iraqi army and Shiite fighters “perform in a credible way” and defeat the jihadis in Tikrit, “then it will, in the main, have been a positive thing in terms of the counter-ISIL campaign,” Dempsey said, using an alternative acronym for ISIS.

Am Boden werden schiitische Milizen und iranische Hilfstruppen einmal mehr von Qassem Suleimani angeführt, einem Mann, den US-Geheimdienste früher zu Recht als “Mastermind des Terrors” bezeichnet haben.

Dazu Abbas:

Not only is Iran responsible for sponsoring Shiite terrorist groups, but Sunni ones too.

In fact, according to the U.S.’s own State Department, Tehran was home to a number of Al-Qaeda facilitators and high ranking financiers. These accusations are also backed by findings of the U.S. Treasury Department as well.

Und genau so wird man zum “key player”, der als Teil der Lösung und nicht des Problems gehandelt wird:

The United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura (…) stressed upon the inclusion of Iran in the regional effort to secure stability within Syria.

“We need to engage Iran as a player and as a country with a substantial influence on the Syrian regime,” he said.

5. März 2015, 10.02 Uhr:

US-Waffen für den Jihad

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die Kalifatskämpfer vom Islamischen Staat führen ihren Jihad mit Waffen aus den USA, die sie in Mosul und anderswo von der irakischen Armee erbeutet haben, gegen schiitische Milizionäre, die ihren Jihad wiederum auch mit amerikanischen Panzern führen, die eigentlich an die irakische Armee geliefert wurden.

Und in Syrien, da ist gerade, auch mangels ernsthafter Unterstützung, eine der Rbellengruppen zusammengebrochen, die Waffen von den USA erhalten haben. Die nun die al-Nusra Front, der syrische Ableger von Al-Qaida erbeutet hat:

The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but the group’s collapse last week underlines the failure of efforts to unify Arab and Western support for mainstream insurgents fighting the Syrian military. (…)

On Tuesday, Nusra followers published photographs on Twitter of what they said were US weapons, including anti-tank missiles, seized in battles with opposition brigades.

Reuters could not authenticate the photographs but the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, said many arms had been seized, including 60 to 90 TOW anti-tank missiles.

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