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Revolutionary Guard General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of Staff of the clerical regime’s Armed Forces, once again acknowledged that the criminal intervention and the massacre of defenceless people of Syria and Iraq was the clerical regime's security shield. In his message to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Revolutionary Guards, he said: "Iranian Revolutionary Guards … with the support and cooperation of Islamic Resistance in Syria and Iraq have set themselves as ‘the security shield’ of the Iranian people and the whole Islamic Ummah (nation).

Tehran looks to fortify alliance supporting Syrian President Assad ahead of potential deeper U.S. involvement in conflict

WSJ - April 8, 2017- DUBAI—Following a U.S. strike on a Syrian air base, Iran has sought to buttress ties with a key ally: Russia.

On Saturday, several Iranian military officials and diplomats discussed the conflict in Syria with Russian counterparts, after dozens of U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile strikes on Thursday targeted the Shayrat Airfield near Homs, Syria.

By Amir Basiri

President Trump's decision to target the Syrian airfields used to carry out Tuesday's horrific chemical attacks may mark a major change in the direction of the six-year-old Syrian civil war. At the very least, it was a welcome break from the previous administration's penchant to let Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad off the hook for his war crimes. Still, it will be interesting to see how Trump's Syrian missile strikes affect tensions with Iran.

In 2013, Assad staged a similar chemical bomb raid against a Damascus suburb. But Obama refrained from taking firm action and instead decided to stay on the sidelines and back off from his "red lines."

By Heshmat Alavi

It appears the recent Arab League Summit in Jordan should be considered an important development in the path of further isolating Iran in the Middle East. At a first glance, this was a conference in which the highest number of state leaders participated in comparison to previous such gatherings.

A more in-depth perspective places us before this important conclusion that most speakers strongly criticized Iran’s meddling and highlighted the necessity of solidarity and alliance amongst Arab states to confront this phenomenon.

 

Al Arabiya English, 31 March 2017Mustafa Zahrani, head of strategic affairs at the Institute for Political and International Studies of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, revealed that his country does not have a strategy to get out of the war in Syria. He added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will turn his back on Iran and ally with Russia because Moscow can challenge and stand up to the United States.

In an article published by the “Iranian diplomat” website of Sadegh Kharrazi, Iran’s former ambassador to the UN, Zahrani disclosed that “Syria will side with whoever can keep Bashar al-Assad in power, and in this equation, the Russians were more supportive.

The Indian Express - March 29, 2017 

The MEA has told the Department of Fertilisers that it “must wait for some time before taking any further decision”.

It said that it would subsequently clarify India’s stand on Iran, including the possibility of funding the project.

 With the sanctions squabble escalating between Iran and the US, New Delhi is instructing Indian firms to go slow on the proposed projects in Chabahar Free Trade Zone lest their financial transactions and technology imports from the rest of the world get caught in the crossfire.

CNBC - March 29, 2017-  The nation's top military official in the Middle East on Wednesday said Iran is one of the greatest threats to the U.S. today and has increased its "destabilizing role" in the region.

"I believe that Iran is operating in what I call a gray zone," Commander of the U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, told the House Armed Services Committee in testimony Wednesday. "And it's an area between normal competition between states — and it's just short of open conflict."

There is a growing feeling at the Arab League that Iran is a threat to everyone, no longer just to Gulf countries.

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed 

The Jordanian capital turned into a center of regional activity, starting with the Saudi-Jordanian summit on Monday after the arrival of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Amman, which will be followed by the Arab League Summit that will be held on Wednesday in the Dead Sea area.

The Iranian intelligence minister's recent remarks, pertaining to Tehran overseeing a spy/lobby network in important capitals across the world, is cause for concern.

By Amir Basiri

Mahmoud Alavi, Iran's spy chief, bragged about the regime's capability to run a lobby group in Washington with the aim of promoting Tehran's hardline agenda.

According to Alavi, Iranian dual citizens in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have maintained their loyalty to the "Islamic revolution,"

By Huda al Husseini

‘Harkat al Nujaba’ or the ‘Movement of the Nobles’ is not temerarious enough to contend the Arabic language printed by the Iranians on placards carried by masked members to declare the formation of the Golan Liberation Brigade. The Golan name is misspelled missing the introducatory ‘al’ that precedes Golan as it should be written in the Arabic language. Nonetheless - exactly like ‘nobles; – they “toed the line” and raised the banner. They also released propaganda videos showing members of the movement carrying banners that read: “Israel will be destroyed”.