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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Iranian News Agency Says Released Tanker Leased To Revolutionary Guards

radiofarda – Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday the tanker Adrian Darya 1, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards. The United States has issued a warrant to seize the tanker on the grounds that it had links to the Revolutionary Guards C (IRGC), which it designates as …

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Trump: Other Countries Should Take Up The Fight Against Islamic State Group

rferl.org – U.S. President Donald Trump has said that other countries must assume the battle against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, citing Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Russia as examples. Asked by reporters whether he is concerned about the reemergence of the IS group in Iraq, Trump told reporters on August 21 that U.S. forces had “wiped out the caliphate …

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Greece Says It Won’t Aid Iranian Tanker Amid Pressure From Washington

rferl.org – In the face of U.S. pressure, Greece has said it will not assist an Iranian supertanker sought by Washington after it was released by Gibraltar and is now believed to be heading to a Greek port. Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis on August 21 told Greek TV that Athens had “faced pressure” over the vessel that Washington claims …

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Iran Moves To Cut Four Zeroes From Its Struggling Currency

rferl.org – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has sent a bill to parliament that would cut four zeroes from the value of the country’s battered currency, the rial. Semiofficial news agencies reported the news on August 21, saying Rohani had sent the bill with urgency to the parliament to consider. Iran’s rial has sharply depreciated as a result of U.S. President …

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Iran Warns ‘Unpredictable’ Trump Policies May Prompt Similar Responses

rferl.org – Iran says it remains committed to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) but that the “unpredictable” policies of U.S. President Donald Trump may prompt similar responses from Tehran. Speaking at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on August 21, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also warned his neighbors that a spending spree on Western weapons will do …

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Iran: Man Hanged at Karaj Central Prison

iranhr.net – A man was hanged at Karaj for murder charges at Karaj Central Prison Wednesday. According to IHR sources, a man was hanged at Karaj Central Prison on the morning of Wednesday, August 14, 2019. His name is revealed by sources as Saeed Khalaj.  “Less than three years ago, Saeed was arrested for killing his wife’s lawyer,” a well-informed …

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Iran: Afghan National Executed in Mashhad Prison

iranhr.net – An Afghan national executed at Mashhad prison for murder charges Wednesday. According to the Iranian website, Mashregh News, on the morning of Wednesday, August 14, a man was executed at Mashhad central prison. His name is mentioned as Karam A, 52, an Afghan national. Karam was arrested six years ago for killing the wife of his compatriot.   At …

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Iran Cracks Down on Instagram Celebrities as It Tightens Noose on Freedom of Speech and Expression

payvand – Investigations by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) indicate that dozens of Iranians with large followings on Instagram-including athletes, fashion models and actors-were summoned by security officials in 2019 and in some cases charged with crimes for the content of their posts. Although most were ultimately released on bail, many were forced to hand over control …

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US Warns Against ‘Facilitating’ Freed Iranian Tanker

voanews – WASHINGTON – The United States is warning entities in the Mediterranean against working with an Iranian-flagged oil tanker now sailing through the region after being freed from detention by Gibraltar. The State Department repeated allegations that the Adrian Darya 1 was “transporting illicit oil to fuel the Iranian regime’s and Syrian regime’s campaigns of terror and oppression,” and …

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Another Mysterious Airstrike Hits Iran-Backed Militia In Iraq

radiofarda – A day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Israel might be behind airstrikes on Iran-allied militias in Iraq, another mysterious attack hit a weapons depot north of Baghdad. Several blasts hit a position held by Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries next to Balad air base on Tuesday, an Iraqi military official and a source in a paramilitary group said. In …

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