The Voyage and the Messenger: Iran and Philosophy | Books

For those not familiar with his work, Henry Corbin is one of the most important scholars on esoteric Islamic and the history of Shiism. This selection highlights the historical links between the many branches of the Shi’a and the deep metaphysical interconnections between the main Twelver branch and the rest of the tree.

As we witness the most spectacular alliance in the whole history of Shiism fighting together in the maelstrom of the Syrian civil war, these links become ever more important.

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Big turn | Colonel Cassad

Right and left, left and right … Four years of inconsistent, arrogant and incompetent politicians. Stupid advice, mistakes and fear. Unwillingness to listen to anything. Stubborn adherence to the isolationist foreign policy. Refusal to help Eastern Christians who are oppressed, persecuted and killed. The choice in favor of some imaginary opposition, which is heard less and less. Military aid supposedly “friendly” armed groups. Blindness in the conditions of lifting the most that neither is a radical Islamist groups. How to choose between the opposition and the conquerors, they again behold – notorious Islamists? How to ignore the rebels received financial support from the Sunni powers in the region? How not to make a link between the financing of debts of Western countries, the military and political support of the rebels and the sale of aircraft and other military equipment?

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Terms | Colonel Cassad

Regarding the terms:

1. The first thing I think the impossible. Erdogan does not like to admit he is wrong, especially with the unstable situation in the country, where it is clearly an apology will be regarded as a sign of weakness and enemies and friends.

2. What to look for them – Turkish Prime Minister himself admitted that he gave the order. Punishment it can only be dismissal, but this is also unlikely.

3. This is the most realistic option and Turkey could well pay compensation for the downed aircraft (perhaps secretly) and the deceased pilot, but not together with the terms of №1 and №2.

Russian Federation as a whole continues to take a very tough stance towards Turkey. Turkey understands that obviously went too far with the Su-24 and is now haggling conciliatory rhetoric, but Moscow has made it clear that words alone will not get Erdogan and if he wants to normalize relations, he will have to humble pride and publicly concede.

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The buffer zone | Colonel Cassad

In general, the Dzulani statement is nothing new in the question of “buffer zones” did not bring a sensation and then created out of thin air – they talk about for several years, and especially the Americans.
Well now that’s “Al-Nusra” authoritatively confirmed that Turkey has such plans and what they were and are. Recently, something has gone wrong and at the “buffer zone” in Syria and out of despair Turks invaded Iraq. But the plans have remained.

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Principles and Strategy of the coming war | Alexander Dugin

As in Syria, Russia faces forces openly supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. As Qatar is involved in the plane crash with Russian tourists over the Sinai, Russia should pay special attention to the maximum destabilization of the regimes. Under certain circumstances, a direct attack on Qatar and military support for the Houthis in Yemen, as well as the Shiites in Bahrain, cannot be excluded. The invitation of the Russian troops in Iraq and Lebanon by their governments is strategically crucial; it will help to wage a full-scale war against the main bases of the ISIS terrorists and break their infrastructure connection with Turkey and the Gulf countries.

In general, Russia is already at war in the Middle East, so it should be recognized as an accomplished fact that, using the whole arsenal of available means, first of all, intelligence networks aimed at promoting, using different ways, Russian interests in the region such as information, economic, ideological, etc, must urgently be revived.

The last argument in this war will involve Russian nuclear weapons, which, thank God, the 90’s liberal reformers did not manage to destroy. It is common sense not to use them ever. However, it does mean that they cannot impose severe restrictions on Russia’s main enemy, the United States of America. Fearing complete destruction, the United States will have to play against Russia abiding by certain rules.

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US-backed Syrian rebel group on verge of collapse | Stars and Stripes

The Free Syrian Army, or FSA, some of whose members are trained by the Central Intelligence Agency, is the biggest and most secular of the scores of rebel groups fighting the Assad government. Although defeating the Islamic State is the focus of Western attention, the U.S. believes there can be no lasting peace in Syria, and no elimination of the Islamic State there, as long as Assad remains in power.

In order to deal with both the Islamic State and the future of Assad, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have brokered a plan to bring the Syrian government, which Russia supports, and all “moderate” rebel groups to the negotiating table in Vienna next month. The aim is to build a coalition to wage a counterterrorism campaign against the Islamic State militants and prepare for democratic elections within the next 18 months.

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Nusra’s Golani Rejects Saudi Meetings, Threatens to Derail Any Future Truces | Syrian Observer

Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, has rejected decisions made by opposition leaders at talks in the Saudi capital, adding that his faction was not invited and would not have shown up even if it had been asked.

In an interview broadcast on a number of regional channels, Golani accused the factions that participated in the meeting of “betraying the blood of the martyrs”.

“Some factions have attended the Riyadh conference due to international pressure, but this does not justify their attendance. Pressures remain a flimsy justification when compared to the size of the loss if a Riyadh agreement succeeds,” Golani explained

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Are Turkish Troops really Leaving Iraq? | nsnbc

Erbil and Ankara are known for being the primary operators behind the illegal export of Iraqi as well as Syrian oil from Syria and northern Iraq via Turkey and beyond. Part of this oil, especially Syrian oil is being supplied via the self-proclaimed Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS / ISIL / Daesh.

Ankara is foot-dragging, claiming that the Turkish troops in Iraq were meant to guard an international train and equip mission of Iraqi forces. Ankara is, in other words, using semantics in the attempt to justify the violation of Iraqi sovereignty; That is, Kurdish Peshmerga troops in northern Iraq are, of course also “Iraqi”.

Turkey’s presence in northern Iraq is widely perceived as part of a long-term Turkish and NATO policy with regard to the Kurdish question. Ankara and Washington / NATO doe, however, not agree on all parts of this “Kurdish Corridor” plan, and Russia is not shy of playing its cards, although as covertly as most other international actors.

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The Rise and Fall of Neo-Ottomanism in Syria | Journal of Eurasian Affairs

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the statesmen in Turkey were sure that one of the main keys for regional hegemony in the Middle East passes through Syria. In June 2011, a Western diplomat revealed to AFP that Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered President Assad via his foreign minister a plan which stipulates that the Syrian President is to ensure that between a quarter to a third of the ministers in his government are members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. On the other hand, Erdogan will commit to use all his influence to end the rebellion. The plan was considered by many Syrian political analysts as a soft penetration of the Syrian government, in preparation of changing the Arab nationalist character of Syria.

The offer was rejected by President Assad, and the AKP government subsequently declared its full support for the “opposition groups”. Thus, the formation of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) came into being on 29 July 2011, and the Turkish-backed “Syrian National Council” (SNC) was announced on 23 August 2011. These escalatory steps came one month after Erdogan’s offer, which breached the UN charter and blatantly violated Syrian sovereignty.

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Russian T-90 Tanks Make the Difference in Southern Aleppo | Al Masdar News

With the Free Syrian Army destroying several outdated tanks; it became time for the Syrian Arab Army to upgrade from the T-55 and T-72 Tanks to the latest Russian T-90 Tank that was armed with the latest ERA and protective shield needed to counter-act the U.S. manufactured TOW missile.

This past week, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division showed off their latest military arsenal by putting it to use against the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) in the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside; it did not disappoint.

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