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Report of Pilotless planes (drones?) and Iranian experts arrived in #Syria a week ago.

Quoting a reliable source from the army sympathetic with the revolution:

Event: the arrival of army pilotless planes, along with 15 Iranian experts Location: The Airport of Al-Sha’eerat / close by Qarah – in Rural Damascus On Sunday, 25 Sept 2011, 15 Iran experts in training of pilots were sent to train the Syrians army pilots to fly – by remote-control - army aircraft to monitor & to bomb the demonstrations & other targets. The experts are accompanied by a translator-officer. The planes sizes do not exceed 5 cubic metres. The experts are living & sleeping at the airport.
Heeding the lessons of 2005′s Arab Spring | Humanitarian News
recent developments across the region ‘may offer one last chance to liberate the Lebanese people. The Syrian regime might crumble and, with it, Iranian influence. If so, that moment should not be missed.’
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You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.

- Noam Chomsky

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— (via picturesofwar)

Report: Turkey foils Iranian arms shipment to Syria - Israel News, Ynetnews

Turkish authorities seized an Iranian arms shipment meant for Syria, a German newspaper reported Thursday. 

 

The Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung quoted diplomatic sources as saying the weapons were meant for Hezbollah.

According to the newspaper, Turkish security forces stopped a convoy of trucks carrying a large quantity of weapons and ammunition in the south-central city of Kilis, which is adjacent to the Syrian border.

Ankara refused to either confirm or deny the report, which did not detail when the arms were intercepted.

This was not the first time Turkey has been able to foil an Iranian arms shipment to Syria: In March Ankara informed the UN Security Council that it had seized an Iranian cargo plane headed to Syria with a cache of weapons in its belly.

The shipment, which was in clear violation of a UN arms embargo, included some 1,800 mortar shells, 60 AK-47 assault rifles and 14 machine guns.

 

The plane was stopped several days after the IDF intercepted the “Victoria” – an Iranian arms vessel bound for Syria.

 

Reuters contributed to this report

Human rights activist Saeed Jalalifar arrested | Persian2English #iran #iranelection

Persian2English Human rights activist Saeed Jalalifar was arrested on Sunday afternoon (July 31st) and transferred to ward 350 of Evin prison, according to human rights groups.

The court hearing for the human rights activist has not been held yet nor has a date been announced. Informed sources have told the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) that Judge Moghiseh from branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court ordered to keep Saeed Jalalifar in ward 350 of Evin prison until a date is issued for his trial.

Saeed Jalalifar’s mother confirmed her son’s arrest in a brief interview with HRANA and said that he had gone to Evin prison to stop [authorities] from confiscating the bail money.

Saeed Jalalifar was arrested on November 30, 2009 and released on a $100 thousand (USD) bail on March 16, 2010, a few days before the start of the Persian New Year.

Since his arrest he has been summoned by the judicial authorities numerous times. His official charge is: “Engaging in propaganda activities against the regime”.

Saeed Jalalifar is a member of CHRR, a banned student from the University of Zanjan, and also a children’s rights activist.

Human rights activist Saeed Jalalifar arrested | Persian2English #iran #iranelection

Persian2English Human rights activist Saeed Jalalifar was arrested on Sunday afternoon (July 31st) and transferred to ward 350 of Evin prison, according to human rights groups.

The court hearing for the human rights activist has not been held yet nor has a date been announced. Informed sources have told the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) that Judge Moghiseh from branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court ordered to keep Saeed Jalalifar in ward 350 of Evin prison until a date is issued for his trial.

Saeed Jalalifar’s mother confirmed her son’s arrest in a brief interview with HRANA and said that he had gone to Evin prison to stop [authorities] from confiscating the bail money.

Saeed Jalalifar was arrested on November 30, 2009 and released on a $100 thousand (USD) bail on March 16, 2010, a few days before the start of the Persian New Year.

Since his arrest he has been summoned by the judicial authorities numerous times. His official charge is: “Engaging in propaganda activities against the regime”.

Saeed Jalalifar is a member of CHRR, a banned student from the University of Zanjan, and also a children’s rights activist.

Weekly News from Iran by lissnup and translated to English

News from Iran - Week 29

From the original post in French by @lissnup.

New Prisoner
A-Transfers

 

  • Abdolrahman Changala, Kurdish prisoners, exiled to the prison in Yazd.
  • Abdolsalah Osmani, Kurdish prisoner, exiled to the prison in Yazd.


B-Arrest / Imprisonment
  • The reformist Ahmad Reza Ahmadipour arrested Monday in Qom.
  • Alireza Djavanmardi summoned to serve his sentence of 18 months in prison.
  • Hadi Hamidi Shafigh activist from Tabriz, whose marriage ban, he was arrested.
  • Mehdi Khazali arrested again Monday.
  • Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, journalist summoned to Evin to serve his sentence of 16 months.
  • Mostafa Tadjzadeh, back in prison after a leave of four days.
  • Tavakolnia Ahmad and his girlfriend arrested in Tehran metro and sent to Evin.
  • begins to serve his sentence in Hamedan.
  • Marzieh Vafamehr, actress stopped.
  • 12 people arrested at a party mixed Qazvin.
  • 2 men arrested as they doubled the rated movies in a cellar.
  • 300 arrests of Christians in Iran this year, many are still in prison.


C-Releases
  • Akbar Amini, who had climbed a crane on 25 Bahman, released on bail.
  • Feizollah Arab Sorkh released on bail, back to Evin Wednesday.
  • The union Nabiollah Bastani released and dismissed.
  • Javad Emam released on bail.
  • Mahdieh Golrou released on bail of $ 700,000.
  • Bahareh Hedayat released on bail of $ 150,000.
  • Massoud Lavassani released on bail.
  • The photo journalist Maryam Madjd bail.
  • Mohsen Mirdamadi released on bail, back to Evin Wednesday.
  • Behzad Nabavi released on bail.
  • Abdollah Ramezanzadeh released on bail, back to Evin Wednesday.
  • Mohammad Hossein Sohrabirad in bail.
D-Other News

 

  • 3 clients of the lawyer Mohammad Dadkhah write a letter to protest against the verdict that the heavy hit.
  • Khatami meets with families Mousavi and Karroubi.
  • Anwar Khesri stops his hunger strike after 50 days.
  • Mahnaz Mohammadi hospitalized from July 11 to 18.
  • Zaniar Moradi, Kurdish jail sentence of death is denied any medical care.
  • Kurdish journalist Kamal Sharifi stops his hunger strike began in May
  • No new Zeinal Said the student who died in 1999.
  • Cholera epidemic in the prisons of Ghezel Hessar, Rajai Shahr and Pardis.


News of injustice in Iran
  • The militant Kurdish Shahram Bolouri, currently on bail, sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison.
  • Students banned education Bashir Ehsani, sees his trial delayed again.
  • Mardan Maki, Kurdish militant religious sentenced to death.
  • Asghar, Bahman Behnam, Rahimi Yavar and Mokhtar, Kurdish religious militants on death row.
  • The detention of Marzieh Vafamehr extended for a month.
  • 30 hangings at the prison Vakil Abad Mashhad for drug trafficking.
  • Three public hangings in Kermanshah.
  • 4 hangings Rafsanjani and Djiroft.
  • 3 Goutchan hangings.
  • Masjed Soleiman in public flogging.
  • 140 secret executions in Birjand.


The university - Culture

 

  • "TehranTube" and "TehranWiki" are launched.
  • The registration fee for PhD students doubled.
  • The documentary IRAN, JONOBE Gharbi (Iran, South-West) Mohammad Reza Fartousi selected for the festival Jean Rouch.


The economy of Iran
  • 6 printing bankrupt in Tehran.
  • Iran offered a subway Chinese $ 4 billion


Iran abroad

 

  • Iran now controls three camps of the Kurdish opposition in Iraq.
  • Iran threatens to cut oil supplies to India in August if it does not pay the 5 billion it owes them.
  • 45% increase in the number of Iranian asylum seekers in Germany in one year.
  • Iraqi protesters block the road giving access to the main border crossing with Iran.
CIA veteran: Israel to attack Iran in fall - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

A longtime CIA officer who spent 21 years in the Middle East is predicting that Israel will bomb Iran in the fall, dragging the United States into another major war and endangering US military and civilian personnel (and other interests) throughout the Middle East and beyond.

Earlier this week, Robert Baer appeared on the provocative KPFK Los Angeles show Background Briefing, hosted by Ian Masters. It was there that he predicted that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is likely to ignite a war with Iran in the very near future.

Robert Baer has had a storied career, including a stint in Iraq in the 1990s where he organised opposition to Saddam Hussein. (He was recalled after being accused of trying to organise Saddam’s assassination.) Upon his retirement, he received a top decoration for meritorious service.

Baer is no ordinary CIA operative. George Clooney won an Oscar for playing a character based on Baer in the film Syriana (Baer also wrote the book).

He obviously won’t name many of his sources in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere, but the few he has named are all Israeli security figures who have publically warned that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are hell-bent on war.

Most former Mossad chiefs wary of Netanyahu

Baer was especially impressed by the unprecedented warning about Netanyahu’s plans by former Mossad chief Meir Dagan. Dagan left the Israeli intelligence agency in September 2010. Two months ago, he predicted that Israel would attack and said that doing so would be “the stupidest thing” he could imagine. According to Haaretz:

When asked about what would happen in the aftermath of an Israeli attack Dagan said that: “It will be followed by a war with Iran. It is the kind of thing where we know how it starts, but not how it will end.”

The Iranians have the capability to fire rockets at Israel for a period of months, and Hizbollah could fire tens of thousands of grad rockets and hundreds of long-range missiles, he said. 

There is much more to this article at the link above.

Two Video Testimonies from Syrian Military Defectors #Syria
defectors_testimonies_19_july.flv Watch on Posterous
Defectors from 2 sections: The first, who hides his identity says the Syrian people are being killed by three groups. Hezbollah in Lebanon, and military from Iran and Syria. The group of military people state they are ceasing to work for the Regime. This is 13 defector videos I have seen, but there may be many more. It seems the Homs is paid for defections as well as their protests today.

English language commentary provided by English Speakers to Help the Syrian Revolution.

Previously blogged videos of military defectors are here and here.

Iranian protestors plan to turn Tehran into ghost town - Telegraph

Following the success of last weekend’s silent protest, when thousands of protesters took to the streets to make the second anniversary of the disputed election, organisers have called for Green Movement activists to turn Tehran and other cities into a “ghost town” on Wednesday by staying at home and leaving the city streets deserted. The organisers say many shops and cafes in Tehran will be either closed or unoccupied, while streets that are normally filled with cars will be mainly free from traffic, apart from a few empty buses.