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Tension on the Golan Heights

At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

But the army said it had evacuated visitors from the Mount Hermon ski resort near the armistice line and security sources said that farmers were told to leave their fields and go into bomb shelters.

Police said they had set up roadblocks to stop civilians entering the area.
Tensions on the Golan have been running high since a January 18 Israeli air strike killed six fighters of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and an Iranian general on the Syrian-controlled side of the strategic plateau.

In August, five rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector and in July Israel shelled Syrian army positions in response to a rocket.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and annexed it in 1981 in a move never recognised by the international community.
Syria and Israel are still officially in a state of war.

Turkey won’t accept Iraq-style Kurdish rule in Syria, says Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ruled out any possibility of accepting an autonomous Kurdish government in northern Syria similar to the one in northern Iraq, saying a government like this would cause major problems in the future.
In his remarks to reporters on his way back to Turkey after an African tour, Erdoğan criticized the United States' policy on Syria, which doesn't involve toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“[The US] doesn't want to make moves that target the [Syrian] regime. It says [toppling the government] is not among its targets. If it doesn't take place, there won't be any solution. What would happen? The same thing that happened in Iraq will happen. We don't want a new Iraq. What is this? Northern Iraq… [We don't want] a northern Syria to appear! It is not possible for us to accept this,” Erdoğan said.

Al Nusrah Front, Western-backed rebels overrun key regime base south of Damascus

In the past two days, Syrian rebels overran a base belonging to Brigade 82 of the Syrian Army in the southern province of Deraa. The Brigade 82 facilities, which sit close to the town of Sheikh Maskeen and a highway connecting Damascus with Jordan, were considered a key part of the Assad regime's defenses. The Assad government has responded to the rebel takeover by pounding the insurgents' positions inside the base and Sheikh Maskeen with its military jets and helicopters.

The base reportedly housed surface-to-air missiles and other heavy weaponry, at least some of which appears to have fallen into the rebels' hands. Unverified photos posted on Twitter show rebels in possession of various missiles and launchers. For example, Sheikh Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, a popular al Qaeda-linked Saudi cleric in Syria, has praised the rebels' takeover and posted photos of missiles that have purportedly fallen into their possession.

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Russia to Surround USA with Its Influence

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has recently visited Iran and India, while Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has paid a visit to Nicaragua. The officials discussed Russia's participation in the construction of a transatlantic channel of military and strategic importance. Russia's most recent agreements became a response to the challenges from the United States. The Americans are concerned.

Military cooperation with Iran

In light of the growing confrontation with the West, Russia must respond by increasing its military presence in various regions of the world. We must look for allies, who are ready to provide maintenance bases for Russian ships, submarines and aircraft.

In addition, Russia must protect these allies against possible direct or indirect American aggression. For example, Russia can supply weapons to these countries to ensure technological and mental dependence.

On January 20, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed an agreement on military-technical cooperation with his Iranian counterpart in Teheran. Shoigu thus opened the green light to the resumption of negotiations on the supplies of S-300 missile systems. Russia had previously terminated the execution of the contract in 2010, after President Medvedev joined the imposition of sanctions against Iran for the development of the nuclear program.

Sergei Shoigu said that Russia and Iran had "common challenges and threats in the region, which they can resist by working together." The West was not named among these threats directly, but Russia does not need to complicate the highly strained relations with the Americans.

The Iranian side was bolder. IRNA news agency called Shoigu's visit to Iran "an outstanding event." "Iran and Russia will be able to resist the expansionist claims and greed of the United States within the framework of cooperation, interaction and activation of potential strategic opportunities," - Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said.

Probably, the minister was talking about Iran's membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which is known in the West as an analogue to NATO. For the time being, Iran is an observer in the SCO. Iran will have an opportunity to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as soon as the sanctions from the country are lifted. The SCO charter says that a sanctioned state can not be a full member of the organization.

Russia and India stay together

India is also an observer at the SCO. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the country after Iran. India accounts for nearly a third of Russian arms exports. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed out during President Putin's visit to India in December that Russia "remains India's most important partner in the field of defense and security."

He emphasized the national feelings of the Indians and said that the significance of the English language and the Anglo-Saxon influence of the Indian elite was decreasing. According to the Indian PM, India wants to build a "just society". This sounds very similar to Russia's sovereign political line that closes with a vision of world order in another part of the world - Latin America.

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko became a guest of Russia's another ally - Nicaragua. During the meeting with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, she thanked the leadership of Nicaragua for their continued support to "Russia's initiatives" in the international arena.

Last year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that Russia was going to build military bases in Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Argentina. Although the Minister subsequently minimized statement by saying that he was talking about maintenance bases for warships and aircraft, everyone understands that the ultimate goal is to build military bases.

Russia has contracts on building maintenance bases with Nicaragua and Vietnam. "Russian "polite people" may appear in Nicaragua in the near future. China is building a channel for this country that can actually change the entire world trade, due to competition with the US-controlled Panama Canal," former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Crimea Rustam Temirgaliev wrote on Facebook. - This channel will soon become a center of geopolitical confrontation, and it is not bad at all that this time it will happen near the borders of the United States, not Russia.

International Business Times reported that the US was concerned about the implementation of the project because of the lack of transparency in the 50-billion-dollar project, farmed out to China (HKND Group) with neither tender, nor technical justification provided.

However, the construction of the century has began, and it will be the cornerstone of the multipolar world without the US hegemony. Russia will gain influence in the region and will carry out a strategy of the Soviet Navy as a major deterrent of the United States. Experts Douglas Farah and Liana Eustacia Reyes of BI Consultants Washington wrote in their article "Russia in Latin America: The Strategic Challenge" that Russia's influence in Latin America was greater than ever before, even at the height of the Cold War.

Military bases and Russian influence in Latin America

This influence is based on the "support network" of the ALBA block (Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia - Ed.), who seek to jointly destroy the system of military doctrine and American security in the region. The goal is to weaken its economic and cultural ties with this country, whose policy is seen as an attempt to "decolonize" Latin America.

The Putin government provides ALBA countries with weapons, personnel training, equipment and technology for police, with nuclear technologies, oil exploration equipment, financial assistance and influential support at the UN Security Council and other international forums. In turn, these countries rescue Russia from international isolation, the authors write.

The main lever of influence of Russia, as Farah and Reyes write, is the sale of arms. It goes about "hundreds of thousands" of new Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles, as well as tanks, helicopters, supersonic fighters and ground-to-ground missiles. In the last three years, Russia has sold three thousand of such missiles with Venezuela being the main buyer of Venezuela with orders worth $13 billion in 2007-2011.

There are other levers - financial ones. Russia forgave 90 percent of the debt of the former Soviet Union to Cuba. In Brazil, Russian President promised to help establish a credit organization that would "oppose the World Bank." The US experts point the growing influence of Putin in El Salvador, where "many high-ranking officials speak Russian and publicly declare their readiness to harmonize their policies with Putin's Russia."

In Nicaragua, Putin promised Daniel Ortega to take "the ambitious, multi-billion dollar project" of the construction of the channel under protection. In Argentina, Putin and Kirchner signed an agreement on strategic alliance.
Source: Pravda.Ru
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Saudi Arabia: The Monster Is Dead, May The New Monster Die Soon

From Moon of Alabama

The obituaries of mainstream U.S. media and "western" politicians on the Saudi King Abdullah are laughingly sycophantic:
A master politician, he gained a reputation as a reformer without changing his country’s power structure and maintained good relations with the United States while striking an independent course in foreign policy.
The Post closed its comment section on the obit to not be called out for its bootlicking. How much did the Saudis pay for this coverage? For a realistic view on the now dead monster read the Guardian obit: Monarch whose reign saw the spread of division, corruption and strife, and was saved only by ‘black gold’. The deceased left dozens of wives, tens of kids and ten-thousands of terrorists behind him.
The new king Salman, a fervent Wahabbi who has Alzheimer and is unlikely to rule for long, immediately launched an internal coup to further empower his branch of the tribal family:
Salman moved swiftly to undo the work of his half-brother. He decided not to change his crown prince Megren, who was picked by King Abdullah for him, but he may choose to deal with him later. However, he swiftly appointed another leading figure from the Sudairi clan. Mohammed Bin Nayef, the interior minister is to be his deputy crown prince. It is no secret that Abdullah wanted his son Meteb for that position, but now he is out.More significantly, Salman, himself a Sudairi, attempted to secure the second generation by giving his 35- year old son Mohammed the powerful fiefdom of the defense ministry. The second post Mohammed got was arguably more important. He is now general secretary of the Royal Court. All these changes were announced before Abdullah was even buried.
There will likely be some resistance and strife within the Saudi ruling family about these changes. The smooth transfer of power today may turn out to be the start of rather chaotic developments.
Saudi king Abdullah (deceased)
No country deserves the troubles of a revolution more than Saudi Arabia does. Its combination of extreme archaic interpretation of religion and tons of oil money has proven to be dangerous for mankind. An uproar in Arabia could, in the short term, lead to even more repressive and backward religious regime. But such would at least stop the ass-licking and support "western" politicians offer to it.

Source: Moon of Alabama
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The Next Israel-Hezbollah Vis-à-vis

There are many scenarios for the inevitable Israel-Hezbollah war. But, it is quite hard to predict the course and consequences of the next vis-à-vis.

Two days ago, Israel attacked Hezbollah's military convoy in Syria. The attack occurred just few days after long televised interview with Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrullah. He stated that any assault on Syria is regarded as an attack on the "axis of resistance" in the region.

Israel responded to Nasrullah's interview
Hassan Nasrullah is undoubtedly an extraordinary Arab leader. Unlike other Arab leaders, he is well knowledgeable leader on the Israeli society, elections and other internal issues. 
I think he has special assistants specialized on monitoring the Israeli media and they speak Hebrew as second language.
Israel has studied the attack against Hezbollah very well, but the timing was not determined till Nasrullah's interview. It was essential for the Israelis to prove their military "superiority", especially after losing reputation among pro-resistance Arabs.

Psychological warfare: breaking down Nasrullah's theory
"Israel is weaker than the spider web" is Nasrullah's theory. He firstly mentioned the sentence after liberation of South Lebanon in 2000, to establish new theory based on the structure of the Israeli society and their intolerance towards longstanding war. Moreover, he emphasized on transferring the war field from the Arab side (which historically happened) towards the occupied Palestinian land.

Nasrullah's credibility and rationale made the man a "nightmare" for the Israeli cabinet and society. I personally watched (on TV interviews) some Israelis wishing to have such a leader!

Accordingly, the Israeli cabinet hardly seek to break down Nasrullah's theory. This is undoubtedly a strong motive to carry out the attack on Hezbollah's convoy.

The Syrian conflict encouraged Israel to attack Hezbollah
When Hezbollah intervened in the Syrian conflict, two years after abruption of Syrian crisis, the Israeli think-tanks were (literally) happy as the Syrian conflict will absorb all undesired forces. Al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups will fight the undesired Hezbollah and Ba'ath regime.
Nevertheless, when Hezbollah defeated Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in al-Qusayr town near Homs city, the Israelis recognized the experience which Hezbollah fighters gained in Syria. So, they were no longer euphoric.
However, Israeli forces utilized Jabhat al-Nusra in Golan heights against both the Syrian and Hezbollah forces. The Israeli PM visited the injured anti-Assad fighters in Safad hospital, and the UN forces in Golan heights (UNDOF) clearly stated the Israeli role in supporting Jabhat al-Nusra in the Golan heights.

The next Israel-Hezbollah vis-à-vis:
The Israeli strategy is clear. They will depend on massive destruction to press on Hezbollah and to support the stance of Hezbollah's antagonists (March 14 coalition). Israeli forces bet on:
1. High Lebanese death toll.
2. To coordinate attacks with the Syrian opposition forces (Jabhat al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliated groups).
Nevertheless, Hezbollah has strategy too, including:
1. Gradually ascending war, it may be started as restricted attacks against the northern Israeli settlements.
2. Attacking vital targets in Haifa Gulf, such as: the oil refinery, petrochemical factories and the main electricity station.
3. Hezbollah will try to occupy the Galilee.
4. To apply "naval siege" via fast well-equipped boats holding anti-ship missiles.

The war may extend. If the US directly intervened with Israel, Iran would not let Hezbollah alone, but the Russian stance is not clear in this regard.

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BREAKING: Israeli Airstrike on Syria Kills Jihad Mughnyieh

A Hezbollah official says an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of a slain top military commander, and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group.

The official said the Sunday strike targeted two Hezbollah vehicles as fighters were inspecting positions in the area of Mazaare al-Amal in the mountainous plateau close to the Israeli-controlled frontier.
Jihad Mughniyeh
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
Jihad is the son of Emad Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah operative assassinated in 2008 in Damascus. Hezbollah blames Israel for the killing.

Declaration:The editor refuse to call Hezbollah as "Shiite militant group", however, it was originally published on AP
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Princeton Study: The U.S. Democracy Is An Oligarchy

This won’t come as a total shock, but there’s some new hard data to back up what we already suspect anecdotally: Our democracy is really an oligarchy.

Looking at actual policy and polling, researchers at Princeton concluded that the wealthiest Americans tend to get what they want, or at least they did between 1981 and 2002 (the time frame on which the study focuses).
Frequent presidential candidate and all-around rich guy Mitt Romney, who once referred to the poorest 47 percent of Americans as “takers.”
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” write Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

Another quote from the peer-reviewed study: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.”'

For the record, the technical definition of an oligarchy is a country or institution controlled by a small group of people.
Source: Truthdig
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US is Preparing up to 5,000 Militants That Would Flee to ISIS

Reported along the peripheries of the Western media, it was reported recently that some 3,000 so-called "moderate rebels" of the "Free Syrian Army" had defected to the "Islamic State" (ISIS). While not the first time so-called "moderates" have crossed over openly to Al Qaeda or ISIS, it is one of the largest crossovers that has occurred.

With them, these 3,000 fighters will bring weapons, cash, equipment, and training provided to them by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United States, the UK, and perhaps most ironic of all in the wake of the recent terror attack in Paris, France. Indeed, ISIS and Al Qaeda's ranks continue to swell amid this insidious network of "terror laundering" that is only set to grow.

It was an open conspiracy exposed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 article, "The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?", that the US and its regional allies sought to use Al Qaeda and other extremist groups to wage a proxy war on Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. This conspiracy has clearly manifested itself today in the form of ISIS. Despite a feigned military campaign waged against ISIS, targeting primarily Syria's oil infrastructure, the true source of ISIS' strength, emanating from NATO territory in Turkey, remains unscathed and uninterrupted. Additionally, torrents of cash, weapons, and supplies are working their way across ISIS' rank and file through the migration of so-called "moderates" under their banner.

Before this brigade-sized defection, several other "vetted moderate rebel" groups, armed by the US in particular, have openly pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. The most notorious incident was when terror group Harakat Hazm, provided antitank TOW missiles by the US, openly pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda's Syrian franchise, US State Department-listed foreign terrorist organization Al Nusra. Al Nusra would assume possession of the TOW missiles, using them allegedly in a successful campaign in Syria's Idlib province.

The Daily Beast would report in its September 2014 article, "Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say," that:
One Syrian rebel group supported in the past by the United States condemned the air strikes on Tuesday. Harakat Hazm, a rebel group that received a shipment of U.S. anti-tank weapons in the spring, called the airstrikes “an attack on national sovereignty” and charged that foreign led attacks only strengthen the Assad regime.The statement comes from a document, purportedly from the group, that has circulated online and was posted in English translation from a Twitter account called Syria Conflict Monitor. Several Syria experts, including the Brookings Doha Center's Charles Lister, believe the document to be authentic.
Before the official statement, there were signs that Harakat Hazm was making alliances in Syria that could conflict with its role as a U.S. partner. In early Septemeber a Harakat Hazm official told a reporter for the L.A. Times: “Inside Syria, we became labeled as secularists and feared Nusra Front was going to battle us…But Nusra doesn't fight us, we actually fight alongside them. We like Nusra.”(emphasis added)
This group would later be reported by the Western press as having "surrendered" to Al Qaeda. The International Business Times would claim in its article, "Syria: Al-Nusra Jihadists 'Capture US TOW Anti-Tank Missiles' from Moderate Rebels," that:
Weaponry supplied by the US to moderate Syrian rebels was feared to have fallen into the hands of jihadist militants affiliated to al-Qaida after clashes between rival groups.
Islamist fighters with Jabhat al-Nusra seized control of large swathes of land in Jabal al-Zawiya, Idlib province, at the weekend, routing the US-backed groups the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SFR) and Harakat Hazm, activists said.
Washington relied on SFR and Harakat Hazm to counter Isis (Islamic State) militants on the ground in Syria, complementing its air strikes.
Clearly however, Harakat Hazm's "surrender" was merely the finalizing of its growing alliance with Al Nusra.

US Prepares Another Brigade for ISIS

When "moderates" appear inevitably destined for the ranks of ISIS, and with US weapons falling into Al Qaeda's hands along with entire brigade-sized defections taking place, what the world would last expect is for the US to prepare another brigade-sized army to arm, fund, train, and turn loose inside of Syria. But that is precisely what the US is planning to do.

Stars and Stripes would report in its article, "Agreement reached for US to train Syrian rebels in Turkey," that:
Officials say the initial round of training would produce of 5,000 trained Free Syrian Army members within about a year.
Saudi Arabia in September agreed to host the training of moderate Syrian rebels to assist the U.S. strategy to combat Islamic State insurgents, who control territory in Syria and Iraq.
U.S. support of the Free Syrian Army has been criticized as halting by supporters of greater U.S. involvement in Syria, and the group suffered setbacks when units were overrun and driven from their bases in recent weeks by members of another insurgent group, the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.
Only this "Free Syrian Army" wasn't overrun and driven out by Al Nusra - as previously mentioned - instead many of these groups had been part of long-running alliances with the Al Qaeda franchise, and simply made it official, bringing their Western arms, cash, and training with them.

For the US already, plausible deniability is impossible with revelations as early as 2007 exposing America's desire to use Al Qaeda as a proxy military force. With Harakat Hazm turning over US-supplied antitank TOW missiles to Al Qaeda, and now an entire brigade-sized defection by so-called "Free Syrian Army" fighters to ISIS - what besides "disaster" could befall America's new brigade it plans to start training this spring?

Inevitably, these fighters, their supplies and weapons will end up consolidated under ISIS and Al Nusra's banner. Terrorism continues to grow in Syria not because of ISIS' control over oilfields and revenue from hostage ransoms, but because the US and its partners continue to intentionally feed into its maw thousands of trained fighters, weapons, and billions in cash, equipment, and other supplies.

When these terrorists begin filtering into Europe and America, the same interests involved in intentionally creating this massive terrorist enterprise in Syria will wring their hands demanding what little is left of civilization at home be dismantled, after having insidiously and intentionally destroyed it abroad.
Source: Activist Post
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Islamophobia In Photos Rhodes
An anti-Islamic, pro-Israeli lobby group has stirred controversy in San Francisco with a series of provocative ads on 50 buses, with images of Adolf Hitler accompanied by a demand to stop all aid to Islamic countries and an appeal to “stop the hate.”

The ads on buses operated by Muni, San Francisco’s municipal transportation agency, feature an archive photograph of Hitler talking with a Muslim leader from Palestine in the first half of the 20th century, Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini, who was a prominent Palestinian Arab nationalist and critic of Zionism., the website of the San Francisco Chronicle, described the ads as equating Islam with Nazism.

A 2012 AFDI ad campaign proclaimed: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

Last year, the AFDI sued New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to get similar anti-Islamic ads running.

"American Freedom Defense Initiative pro-Israel lobby group pays MTA to put up scathing racist ads in NYC transport", Joanna M Meyer wrote on Twitter

The Southern Poverty Law Center has categorized the American Freedom Defense Initiative as a hate group.

"American Freedom Defense Initiative is using NYC Subway clocks to speak truth about Qur'an." Sassyfrass tweeted.
Source: RT
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Iran's Laser Technology: Stairway To The 'Hell'

40 types of laser displayed at exhibition but international officials remain concerned about laser's role in nuclear enrichement.

An exhibition of Iran's achievements in laser technology opened Thursday in Tehran, but the international community showed more interest in the role lasers play in the country's enrichment of nuclear materials.
"More than 40 types of lasers, from milliwatts to kilowatts in power are being displayed at the exhibition," said Seyed Hasan Nabavi, director of the Iranian National Center of Laser Science and Technology Research.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Western officials are concerned about whether the country is developing advanced lasers suitable for uranium enrichment.

And even Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi Fard, the first deputy speaker of the Iranian parliament, said the lasers could have military uses.

During a visit to the exhibition, Aboutorabi Fard said developments in laser technolgy would ultimately improve Iran's defensive power, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The most recent round of negotiations on Iran's controversial nuclear program failed to meet its November 2014 deadline for achieving a permanent settlement. However, Tehran and the so-called P5+1 -- the U.S., the U.K., France, China and Russia plus Germany -- agreed to extend the talks until July, voicing optimism that remaining disputes can be resolved.

World powers suspect Iran is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons and have imposed economic sanctions since 2006. Iran says its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful purposes only.
The laser exhibition was inaugurated by Aboutorabi Fard and Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
The three day exhibition, which is open to the public, will run through Sunday.

Editor's Comment:
Either we agree with the Iranian policy or not, I think the Iranian government is dependent and well self-respected.
In comparison with Iran's neighboring countries, Iran is more progressive in the military, hitech, space and medical fields despite the Western sanctions. However, the Iranian regime is undoubtedly sectarian with Persian tinge.
Regarding the "suspected" Iranian nuclear intentions: Israel, Pakistan and India, all of them have nuclear reactors and weapons.
Source: World Bulletin

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Erdogan, Charlie Hebdo And ISIS

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Israeli intelligence (Mossad) for the attack on Charlie Hebdo."Mossad is definitely behind such incidents . . . it is boosting enmity towards Islam.", he said.
Meanwhile, Turkish foreign minister joined Paris march and the Turkish government strongly condemned the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish groceries.

I believe that the Turkish government is deeply involved with ISIS. ISIS was selling cude oil through Turkey and Turkish hostages freed after ISIS's hijack in Mosul, unlike the Western journalists who were slaughtered on-camera.
I won't be surprised if some leaked documents or archive would prove that.

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