Iran reportedly aiding Syrian crackdown

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  1. iraniam Member

    U.S. officials say Iran is dispatching increasing numbers of trainers and advisers — including members of its elite Quds Force — into Syria to help crush anti-government demonstrations that are threatening to topple Iran’s most important ally in the region.
    The influx of Iranian manpower is adding to a steady stream of aid from Tehran that includes not only weapons and riot gear but also sophisticated surveillance equipment that is helping Syrian authorities track down opponents through their Facebook and Twitter accounts, the sources said. Iranian-assisted computer surveillance is believed to have led to the arrests of hundreds of Syrians seized from their homes in recent weeks.
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  2. Anonymous Member

    Funny but, I just don't believe "U.S. officials".
  3. Loki's spawn Member

    Troubling, but not surprising.
  4. حمید Member

    What about Iranians, Syrians? Do you believe their officials? Do you believe their citizens?
  5. Anonymous Member

    I believe in DOX from known, unimpeachable sources. The mainstream news media do not often qualify (google "Operation Mockingbird").
  6. حمید Member

    I see. And what known DOX has convinced you just don't believe "U.S. officials" in this matter. Perhaps you can publish it to make it known. It does save alot, you know.
  7. iraniam Member

    by Michael Singh

    Mohsen Chizari gets around.
    A top commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Chizari was hit with sanctions last week by the Obama administration. Given his nationality, one might assume that he was sanctioned in relation to the Iranian regime's nuclear pursuits or its crackdown on dissidents. In fact, Chizari, the Quds Force Chief Qasem Soleimani, and the organization itself were targeted for abetting oppression somewhere else: Syria.
    According to the U.S. government, the Iranians are complicit in the Assad regime's "human rights abuses and repression of the Syrian people."
    If Chizari's name sounds familiar, it may be because he was arrested by U.S. troops in Baghdad in December 2006. According to media reports, Chizari was detained while inside the compound of Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim with another Quds Force commander. The two men were reportedly in possession of detailed reports about weapons shipments into Iraq, including of so-called explosively formed projectiles, which were responsible for the deaths of scores of U.S. soldiers. Chizari was subsequently expelled into Iran by the Iraqi government.
    It should come as little surprise that Chizari has shown up in both hot spots. Wherever there's trouble, he'll be there to aid the troublemakers or stir things up himself.
    The Quds Force reports directly to Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and it serves as the linchpin in Iran's regional strategy. Iran funds and arms groups like Hezbollah to threaten Israel and thwart democracy-building in Lebanon. And it equips terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan to stymie U.S. efforts to establish peace and security in those places. In all of these cases, the Quds Force is the regime's instrument of choice.
    Iran's leaders crowed when popular uprisings unseated their old foes Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. But the travails of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad have clearly caused concern in Tehran. Assad is a longtime ally of Iran, and under his rule Syria has served as a conduit eastward for foreign fighters to enter Iraq to fight U.S. troops, and for Iranian weaponry to flow westward to arm Hezbollah and Hamas. Damascus is essentially the bar scene from "Star Wars" for terrorists in the Middle East, providing a locale where Iranian allies such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad can coordinate unperturbed.
    Were Assad to fall, a key link in Iran's strategic chain across the region would be broken. While Iran could possibly find work-arounds to supply Hezbollah, such as by sea or air, it would lose both strategic depth and an eager ally. Furthermore, if protesters in Syria were to inspire Iran's own democracy activists to redouble their efforts, the Iranian regime would find itself in serious peril. Thus it is unsurprising that it has dispatched the Quds Force to help Assad stop the Arab Spring at his doorstep.
    Iran's latest involvement in Syria should be a wake-up call. Iran's direct assistance in the Syrian regime's crackdown has attracted criticism from many quarters; it's even put Tehran at odds with erstwhile allies such as Turkey. Iran's actions have also contributed to a shift in the Obama administration's approach toward Tehran. In addition to imposing sanctions on Chizari and his ilk, on April 22 President Obama said that Assad was mimicking Iran's "brutal tactics."
    Ultimately, tough words and sanctions will not be enough. Chizari and his exploits in Iraq and Syria represent one facet of the threat posed by Iran. If our hopes for freedom and stability in the region are to be realized, we must defeat Iran's efforts to expand its power and influence -- above all by denying it the nuclear weapons that would further its destabilizing designs.
    Michael Singh is managing director of The Washington Institute and former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council.
  8. حمید Member

    Just to mention that the Quds Force has been active even in presidential.
    Base on the ideas this candidate,

    had in mind but not qualified, just imagin what ideas those two have in mind.
  9. Anonymous Member

    How about the last hundred years of bloody U.S. history?
    Please go do your own research.
  10. Chrome596 Member

    Just because the US has done some questionable things under certain administrations does not mean that every thing the US does is somehow tainted and without merit. The problem with such a statement as yours is that the US is not the same country it was 100, 50, 25 or even 10 years agao. We are always changing our leaderships and administration on a regular basis. Now as for the Iranian Quds helping the current Syrian regime put down the anti government protesters does seem credible. The Quds were involved in the quelling of the 2009 reform protests in Iran and Syria is an ally of Iran's current regime. Not saying it is true as I have yet to see any more about it than the one new article linked here but don't just discount it becuase it says according to US officials. Perhaps it's not true there should be further research into it though.
  11. Anonymous Member

    The US government is not to be trusted. Lurk moar.
  12. حمید Member

    In other words, you are currently not having any DOX from known, unimpeachable sources to support what you don't believe. But you do believe facts which are known bloody in this forum are not unimpeachable sources enough to justify you being here. why should then your lines be regarded unimpeachable sources known, known only to represent the color of tyrany responsible for the bloody facts you see. And you want me to go and let you unattended here. How a "Mehmanparast" you are!

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