Middle Eastern specialist Michael Totten reports…
Con Coughlin reports in London’s Telegraph:
According to Western intelligence officials, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to the elite Quds Force unit following a recent emergency meeting of Iran's National Security Council in Tehran held to discuss a specially-commissioned report into the implications for Iran of the Assad regime's overthrow.
Damascus is Iran's most important regional ally, and the survival of the Assad regime is regarded as vital to sustaining the Iranian-backed Hizbollah militia which controls southern Lebanon.
The report, which was personally commissioned by Mr Khamenei, concluded that Iran's national interests were being threatened by a combination of the U.N. sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear programme and the West's continuing support for Syrian opposition groups attempting to overthrow the Syrian government.
Intelligence officials say the report concludes that Iran "cannot be passive" to the new threats posed to its national security, and warns that Western support for Syrian opposition groups was placing Iran's "resistance alliance" in jeopardy, and could seriously disrupt Iran's access to Hizbollah in Lebanon.
It advised that the Iranian regime should demonstrate to the West that there were "red lines" over what it would accept in Syria, and that a warning should be sent to "America, the Zionists, Britain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others that they cannot act with impunity in Syria and elsewhere in the region."
(Michael Totten) I’m not convinced the Iranian regime easily can or actually will dispatch terrorists to Western targets, but I could be wrong. Khamenei has every reason to view the fall of Bashar al-Assad with despair. For his post-modern Mediterranean empire will have its torso ripped out.
(Reb Akiva) This sounds suspicously like the trigger for the Gemora described conflict between Rome and Persia as part of the geulah, and a lead up event to Yalkut Shimoni Remez Yishayahu 499.