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Monthly Archives: September 2022

Iran Says Fire At Oil Field Has Been Extinguished Amid Claims Of Sabotage

RFL/RE – Iranian oil officials said a fire at the southwestern Shadegan oil field has been extinguished amid claims that the blaze was an act of sabotage. The fire broke out early on September 13 after “tampering by unknown elements,” but it was quickly brought under control, Qobad Nasseri, head of the Maroon Oil and Gas Production Company which exploits Shadegan, told …

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Iran and Russia: The New Alliance

gatestoneinstitute.org – Significantly, Russia and Iran’s cooperation extends to the military and space fields, with Russia recently helping Iran to launch a new satellite into space. Iran’s Khayyam satellite “will greatly enhance Tehran’s ability to spy on military targets across the Middle East… [and give] Tehran “unprecedented capabilities, including near-continuous monitoring of sensitive facilities in Israel and the Persian Gulf.” …

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Iranian Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commision: Women in Football Stadiums is ‘Concerning’

Iranwire – The Iranian National Olympic Committee’s so-called Sports Ethics Commission has written to Mehdi Taj, the newly re-elected head of the Iranian Football Federation, asking that he impose tighter restrictions on women and girls coming to watch football matches at Azadi Stadium. Recent weeks have seen renewed pressure on Iran to drop the decades-old discriminatory policy that bars female fans from …

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Teen Arrested for Campaigning to Rescue Lake Urmia

Iranwire – A 19-year-old in the city of Maku in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province has been arrested by the local intelligence department for highlighting the crisis at Lake Urmia. Aydin Jafari held a small rally with fellow citizens on Saturday to call for action over the drying-up of the lake, which was once the biggest in the Middle East but has …

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Landmark Prosecution of Iranian Official Gives Diaspora Hope

HRW – Earlier this summer, crowds of Iranians stood outside a Stockholm court anticipating a verdict. Inside, Hamid Noury, a former Iranian official, was convicted of war crimes and murder for his role in the mass execution of political prisoners in Iran in 1988. For many Iranians abroad, this was a moment of relief, validation, and recognition that never seemed possible. The 1988 …

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US, EU says decision on Iran deal depends on Tehran

Al-Monitor – There is complete radio silence between Tehran and Washington, with no messages moving via mediators. There appears to be a sort of “negotiations fatigue” among all the parties. Iran says the ball is in the United States’ court, and the United States says the opposite.   Pessimism has prevailed as European officials express skepticism over the possibility of reaching a deal …

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Ukraine says it shot down Iranian drone in Kharkiv

Al-Monitor – Ukraine’s military reported Tuesday that it had destroyed an Iranian drone used by Russian forces near Kharkiv. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry published photos of what it said were the remnants of an Iran-made Shahed-136 kamikaze drone shot down near Kupiansk. An intact tail fin of the drone bore the words M214 Giran-2, or “Geranium-2,” in Cyrillic lettering. The photos were first posted online by …

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The members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, express concern about the dictatorial rule of Iran, in a letter to US President Biden

Shabtabnews – In a letter to President Biden the members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, expressed concern about the dictatorial rule of Iran, and its suppression of religious freedom and the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities. The letter also stated ” we are especially concerned about the planned visit of President Ebrahim Raisi to the United States for …

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Iran makes arrests over May killing of IRGC colonel: Judiciary spokesperson

Al-Arabia – Iran has arrested several people over the killing of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) colonel in the capital Tehran in May, the judiciary’s spokesperson said on Tuesday. “Several people have been arrested” over the killing of IRGC colonel Sayad Khodaei, the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Masoud Setayeshi as saying. He did not say when the arrests were …

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Israeli minister says Iran using Syria facilities for weapons production

Al-Arabia – Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday that Iran has used more than 10 military facilities in Syria to produce advanced missiles and weapons for its proxies. For several years, Israel has been mounting attacks on what it has described as Iranian-linked targets in Syria. There were no immediate comments from Iran and Syria on Monday, but Damascus has …

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