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Monthly Archives: January 2021

Taliban Delegation Meets Iranian Officials Amid Stalled Afghan Peace Talks

RFL/RE – A Taliban delegation has held talks with high-ranking Iranian officials in Tehran amid ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the militant group.Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem tweeted that the delegation led by deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and other officials on January 27.Naeem said the two …

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U.S. Bomber Flies Over Persian Gulf Amid Iran Tensions

VOA – The U.S. military says it flew a B-52 bomber over the Persian Gulf in a show of force “to deter potential aggression” amid fears that heightened tensions with Iran could result in attacks on U.S. or allied targets in the region.It was the third such mission this year and the first since President Joe Biden took office on …

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Experts: Iran Eyes Reuniting Its ‘Axis of Resistance’

VOA – Ongoing talks about restoring ties between the Syrian government and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are part of a new attempt by Iran to revitalize a regional alliance, some experts say.   Iran and its proxy militia groups in the Middle East refer to their alliance as the “Axis of Resistance.”   In a recent interview with the pro-Iranian television …

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Amnesty – Nahid Taghavi, a 66-year-old German-Iranian national, has been arbitrarily detained in Tehran’s Evin prison since 16 October 2020. She has serious medical conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, placing her at heightened risk of severe illness or death if she contracts COVID-19. She is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released. https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1335882021ENGLISH.pdf

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As Syrian regime touts reopening, Iran continues to lurk at Aleppo airport

Al-Monitor — International air traffic has resumed at Aleppo International Airport, with the first departing plane touching down in Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport on Jan. 15, the official Syrian news agency SANA reported. “The resumption of flights to neighboring countries contribute to setting the wheel of the economy back in motion and restoring the glory of the touristic city of Aleppo,” Bassem Mansour, …

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Brother Of Iranian VP Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For ‘Currency Smuggling’

RFL/RE – Iran has sentenced the brother of First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri to two years in prison on finance-related charges. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on January 26 that charges against Mehdi Jahangiri included “currency smuggling” in the amount of $847,200. Mehdi Jahangiri He was ordered to return the funds and fined four times the amount in question, Esmaili …

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USCIRF Condemns Mistreatment of Religious Prisoner of Conscience Golrokh Iraee in Iran

Shabtabnews – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemns Iranian authorities’ mistreatment of religious prisoner of conscience Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee in the wake of her transfer to Amol Prison on January 24. “USCIRF is appalled by Iran’s ceaseless persecution of Golrokh Iraee, a peaceful activist who has been isolated from her loved ones for months without cause,” said USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin, who …

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‘Try Me:’ Rohani Warns Judiciary Over Telecoms Minister’s Prosecution

RFl/RE – Iranian President Hassan Rohani has criticized Iran’s judiciary over the prosecution of the country’s telecommunications minister after he allegedly refused to block Instagram and impose restrictions on other foreign social media and messaging platforms. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi was summoned for prosecution last week but Rohani, seen as a moderate, challenged the Islamic nation’s judiciary during a cabinet …

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