Iran is coming to the aid of its historic nemesis, sending elite fighters to Iraq in the wake of a Sunni insurgency that has claimed two key northern cities and now threatens Baghdad, Fox News has learned.
After U.S.-trained security forces dropped their weapons and fled their posts in Mosul, the regime in Baghdad has reason to fear for its survival, an intelligence official said.
“Baghdad is going to be overrun,“ he said. „The Green Zone is going down.”
Although Iran and Iraq were at war in the 1980s, both the Maliki regime and the rulers in Tehran are Shi’ite, and Iran does not want a fanatical jihadist takeover of its neighbor.
ISIS, a Sunni Islamic jihadi group, which is an offshoot of Al Qaeda, has gained control of geopolitically vital cities in both Syria and Iraq over the last year. It considers Shi’ite Muslims heretics that must be killed at the sword. Its goal is to cleanse Iraq from its Shiite influences.
Der iranische Präsident Hassan Rohani hat erneut mehr Internet-Freiheit in seinem Land gefordert.
„Wir sollten das Internet nicht als Gefahr sehen, sondern als nützliches neues Kommunikationsmittel“, sagte er am Samstag nach Angaben der Nachrichtenagentur ISNA und forderte vom Klerus weniger Engstirnigkeit in dieser Frage.
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh wave to journalists as he arrives for a meeting of OPEC oil ministers at OPEC’s headquarters in Vienna December 4, 2013.
Iran has indicated it would be willing to supply natural gas to Europe amid concern that Russia could retaliate against EU sanctions by restricting its own supplies of the fuel.
The Islamic republic’s oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, said at the weekend: “As a country capable of supplying gas in very big volumes, Iran is always willing to be present in Europe’s market, either through pipeline or in LNG [liquified natural gas] form.”