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08:54 [ Saeid Golkar / Al Jazeera ]

Is a military coup possible in Iran?

If the situation gets worse and the stability of the clerical regime is endangered, Ayatollah Khamenei has the power to overthrow Rouhani’s administration. Hardliners in the Iranian regime believe that self-reliance and resistance against the hegemonic powers of the West can solve Iran’s problems. Ayatollah Khamenei could decide that the best plan of action at this time is to remove moderates from power and install hardliners.

23.04.2018 - 10:34 [ n-tv ]

Unfreiwillige Allianzen, schizophrene Interessen: Warum Frankreich den Iran-Deal platzen ließ

(12.November 2013) Irans Außenminister Jawad Sarif twitterte lakonisch, an seinen US-amerikanischen Kollegen Kerry gerichtet: „Herr Minister, war es der Iran, der Donnerstagnacht den Entwurf der USA demontierte? Und der am Freitagmorgen öffentlich dagegen Stellung bezog?“ Das spielte auf eine im Alleingang gehaltene Pressekonferenz von Fabius an. Aus Sicht des Iraners haben ganz klar die Franzosen die Einigung sabotiert, und das offenbar mit einem kräftigen Anschub aus Israel.

23.04.2018 - 10:31 [ Zeit.de ]

Atomabkommen: „Wir haben keinen Plan B für den Iran“

„Wir haben keinen Plan B für den Iran“, fügte er hinzu. „Meine Botschaft ist: Lasst uns den Vertrag jetzt nicht verlassen.“ Macron plädierte stattdessen dafür, den Vertrag um das Thema ballistischer Waffen zu ergänzen und Irans Rolle in der Region insgesamt zurückzudrängen.

21.04.2018 - 08:35 [ IRNA ]

World navy commanders to meet in Tehran

IONS 2018 consists of 23 permanent members and 9 observers, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told a press conference Saturday.
The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium is the biggest military summit in Iran’s history and its hosting has been ceded to Iran for two years.
The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, commonly known as IONS, is a series of biennial meetings among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region.

19.04.2018 - 12:53 [ World Socialist Web Site ]

Nach Angriff auf Syrien: EU-Außenminister drängen auf Regimewechsel

Nach den Luftangriffen der USA, Frankreichs und Großbritanniens auf Syrien drängten die Außenminister der Europäischen Union am Montag auf eine „politische Lösung“. Sie wollen durch Druck auf Russland und Iran das erreichen, was ihnen mithilfe der inzwischen weitgehend besiegten islamitischen Milizen nicht gelungen ist – einen Regimewechsel in Damaskus.

17.04.2018 - 18:43 [ Daniel Brössler / Sueddeutsche.de ]

Maas: Frieden nur ohne Assad

Russland signalisierte Dialogbereitschaft. „Wir hoffen, dass wir trotz der Schäden, die Washington den bilateralen Beziehungen zufügt, eine Art von Kommunikation beginnen können“, sagte Kremlsprecher Dmitrij Peskow.

16.04.2018 - 08:09 [ Jeremy Corbyn / theGuardian.com ]

Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony

Already this devastating conflict has cost more than 500,000 lives and led to 5 million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and 6 million internally displaced. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage, and not slip into a new cycle of military reaction and counter-reaction.

Protracted external military intervention in Syria – from funding and arms supplies to bombing and boots on the ground – has not helped in the slightest. Syria has become the theatre for military action by regional and international powers – the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among them.

14.04.2018 - 03:45 [ CBS News ]

Trump says he has directed precision strikes in Syria — live updates

„A short time ago, I ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad,“ the president said from the White House.

„A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way,“ he continued.

12.04.2018 - 06:14 [ al-monitor.com ]

Have Iran, Russia and Turkey reached agreement on future Syrian state?

While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that Ankara and Moscow “have no disagreements” over Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch, some reports even suggested that Russia was actually helping Turkey to reach its goals in Afrin. For its part, while expressing concern over the situation in eastern Ghouta, Turkey stopped short of directly condemning the Russian-backed military moves in the area. Meanwhile, Iran apparently preferred to keep a low profile regarding both cases.

12.04.2018 - 05:57 [ lowyinstitute.org ]

Rouhani, Erdogan, and Putin’s bizarre love triangle

It appears a new regional security order is encircling Syria as the civil war grinds into its seventh year. This shift was visible last week, when the leaders of Turkey, Iran, and Russia met in Ankara to discuss solutions to the Syrian crisis. The detailed talks covered de-escalation zones, humanitarian concerns, and intra-Syrian dialogue, but the broader motive was to agree on the role of each state once the conflict ends.

11.04.2018 - 06:03 [ New York Times ]

Trump Weighs More Robust Military Strike Against Syria

American officials expressed confidence that they would have the backing of France, which has been vocal about the need for a strong response, as well as Britain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, all of which called for Syria to be held accountable for the suspected chemical attack. It remained unclear, however, whether any of the allies would participate.

10.04.2018 - 02:42 [ Tass ]

Russia demands just probe into reported chemical attacks in Syria, says Lavrov

„As for the reaction of our foreign colleagues in Washington, Paris, London, and other places, it is all quite simple: this was done by the regime, and if Russia supports the regime, then it is both Russia’s and Iran’s fault, and it is necessary to conduct an investigation,“ the foreign minister noted. „It is rather difficult for a logical person to understand the correlation between one and the other.“

On April 7, a number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, alleged that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. According to the statement published on the organization’s website on April 8, chlorine bombs had been dropped on the city, killing dozens and poisoning many locals who had to be brought to the hospital. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed that report as fake news.

09.04.2018 - 03:36 [ New York Times ]

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

Days after President Trump said he wanted to pull the United States out of Syria, Syrian forces hit a suburb of Damascus with bombs that rescue workers said unleashed toxic gas.

Within hours, images of dead families sprawled in their homes threatened to change Mr. Trump’s calculus on Syria, possibly drawing him deeper into an intractable Middle Eastern war that he hoped to leave.

06.04.2018 - 08:09 [ Washington Post ]

Saudi crown prince sees a new axis of ‘evil’ in the Middle East

(8.3.2018) In remarks reportedly made this week in a meeting with Egyptian newspaper editors, he pointed to a “triangle of evil” in the Middle East made up of Iran — Riyadh’s perennial foe — Islamist extremist groups and Turkey. His rhetoric seemed to echo the notorious „axis of evil“ bluster of the George W. Bush administration.

The inclusion of Turkey raised eyebrows and sparked an angry backlash on Turkish social media.

04.04.2018 - 10:17 [ tagesschau.de ]

Gipfel in Ankara: Die neuen Entscheider in Syrien

Bei dem Gipfel mit Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin und Irans Regierungschef Hassan Rouhani solle deshalb auch über die Region Idlib gesprochen werden, so die Erdogan-Beraterin. Dort könnten Assads Truppen nach der Offensive in Ost-Ghouta als nächstes al-Kaida-nahe Rebellen angreifen. Das wäre aber derzeit wohl kaum im Interesse der Türkei.

27.03.2018 - 22:58 [ Haaretz ]

Former Israeli Defense Chief Says Trump Adviser Bolton Pressured Him to Strike Iran

„I have known John Bolton ever since he was the U.S. ambassador to the UN,“ Mofaz said at a Yedioth Ahronoth conference. „He tried to convince me that Israel should strike Iran.“

Speaking on a panel of four former Israeli military chiefs, Mofaz noted that he thought this was a bad idea. „I don’t think this is a wise action – not on the part of the Americans but anyone else, until this threat becomes real.“

27.03.2018 - 02:43 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Probe aufs Exempel

Berlin und Brüssel befinden sich in einer schwierigen Lage. Im Kern setzen sie im Mittleren Osten auf den Versuch, ein – nach Lage der Dinge instabiles – Gleichgewicht zwischen Saudi-Arabien und Iran herzustellen, die in der Region um die Hegemonie kämpfen.[4] Eine solche Politik ermöglicht nicht nur ein steuerndes Eingreifen von außen; sie öffnet auch den Zugriff auf sämtliche Märkte der Region.