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After the US announced on Thursday that it will begin to arm the Syrian opposition based on unsubstantiated evidence that Assad used chemical weapons against insurgents on multiple occasions, Iran has responded by announcing the deployment of 4,000 Revolutionary Guards to the Syrian Golan heights..
The Independent quoted pro-Iranian sources as saying that Iran has proposed to open up a front against Israel on the Golan Heights as part of efforts to preserve Assad’s regime in Syria.
The Iranian decision came as US President Barack Obama ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to provide lethal arms to rebel fighters in Syria to try and save the US backed insurgents as they continue to be overwhelmed by advancing government forces.
It is now understood that the foreign created and backed insurgency will be crushed within the next few months without direct western interference.
Reports are abounding in the region that Israel or the US and its allies will take action to save their attack on Syria, hence the deployment of 4,000 Revolutionary Guards.
This deployment is being presented by Iran as defensive, and to confront the Israel backed insurgency on the Golan; and by the western media as preparing an attack on Israel.
Aleppo, the main insurgent stronghold, came under extensive assault from Bashar Assad’s forces last week.
The Wall Street Journal suggested that the president used dubious intelligence findings on chemical weapons as a political cover for more active involvement, motivated by other factors
Yesterday Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi urged world powers not to hesitate to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria on Saturday, as he threw the backing of the most populous Arab state firmly behind the insurgency against the Iranian-backed Damascus government.
Yesterday Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Damascus and has ordered the Syria’s embassy in Cairo to be closed, the Egyptian president says. He was addressing the “Support for Syria” rally organized after the Muslim Brotherhood denounced Hizballah’s intervention in Syria and backed calls for a Jihad there
This comes as no surprise, as the CIA asset Muslim Brotherhood is the organization behind the attempt to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.
Yesterday king Abdullah II declared his readiness to fight against Assad as 15,000 foreign soldiers are now completing an exercise in Syria and the US has now deployed F-16s and Patriot batteries on the Jordanian Syrian border.
Yesterday Hassan Rohani was elected president of Iran with 50.7% of the vote, making him president outright. The election results will be made official on Aug third.
While the British educated Rohani [Glasgow Polytechnic in Scotland (now Glasgow Caledonian University)] Shia zealot, is the darling of both Khomeini and apparently those who are seeking a change from the flamboyant style of Ahmadinejad. He was put forward by Khomeini as a moderate to win the moderate votes, but is a Khomeini loyalist.
Rohani was chosen to present a moderate face and may make some cosmetic changes in Iran but he is a radical Shia and long time Khomeini man.
LINK: Hassan Rohani Biography.
As a young cleric Hassan Mr Rohani started his political activities by following Imam Khomeini during the beginning of the Iranian Islamic movement.
Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Hassan Mr Rohani, who had been engaged in revolutionary struggles for about two decades, did his best to stabilize the nascent Islamic Revolution and as a first step, he started with organizing the disorderly Iranian army and military bases.
He was elected to the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) in 1980. During five terms in the Majlis and for a total period of 20 years (from 1980 to 2000), he served in various capacities including deputy speaker of the Majlis (in 4th and 5th terms), as well as the head of defense committee (1st and 2nd terms), and foreign policy committee (4th and 5th terms).
Heading Supervisory Council of the IRIB from 1980 to 1983 was among the responsibilities he shouldered in the post-revolution era.
During the Iran-Iraq war, Mr Rohani was a member of the Supreme Defense Council (1982-1988), member of the High Council for Supporting War and headed its Executive Committee (1986-1988), deputy commander of the war (1983-1985), commander of the Khatam-ol-Anbiya Operation Center (1985-1988), and commander of the Iran Air Defense Force (1986-1991). He was appointed as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces between1988 to1989.
After the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran was amended and the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) came into being up to the present time, he has been representative of the Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, at the council.
Mr Rohani was the first secretary of the SNSC and kept it for 16 years (from 1989 to 2005). He was also national security advisor – to President Hashemi and President Khatami – for 13 years (from 1989 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2005).
In 1991, Mr Rohani was appointed to the Expediency Council and has kept that post up to the present time. He heads Political, Defense, and Security Committee of the Expediency Council. In addition to executive posts, Hassan Mr Rohani has kept up his scientific activities. From 1995 to 1999, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Tehran Universities and North Region.
Mr Rohani has been running the Center for Strategic Research since 1991. Having the rank of research professor, he has written many books and articles in Persian, English and Arabic. He is the managing editor of three scientific and research quarterlies in Persian and English, which include Rahbord (Strategy), Foreign Relations, and Iranian Review of Foreign Affairs.
Hassan Mr Rohani was secretary of the Supreme National Security Council for 16 years. His career at the Council began under President Hashemi Rafsanjani and continued under his successor, President Khatami.