Friday , 3 April 2020

Social and Political

Qods Force Commander Visits Baghdad, Tries To Unite Fractured Front

AP — A top Iranian general arrived in Baghdad this week to try and unify Iraq’s fractured political leaders, Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts chances the country’s latest prime minister-designate can form a government. Meanwhile, revenues from oil exports were slashed by nearly half due to plummeting oil prices in March, according to …

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Fractures Grow Among Iraq Militias, Spell Political Retreat

Reuters -In February, an Iraqi militia commander trained by Iran took over the empty office of his slain superior, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed weeks before alongside Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike. Many pro-Iran militiamen hoped this was the answer to their problems: the experienced commander Abdul Aziz al-Mohammedawi might replace Muhandis as overall leader of …

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Report: Iran ‘Directly Involved’ In Killing Of Iranian Dissident In Turkey, U.S. Believes

RFL/RE – A senior U.S. official has told Reuters that Washington believes agents under the direction of Tehran were “directly involved” in the killing of an Iranian dissident in November in Turkey. Masud Molavi Vardanjani, a former intelligence operative for Iran before he began exposing corruption involving Iranian officials, was shot and killed in Istanbul on November 14.“Given Iran’s history …

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Trump Warns Iran Of ‘Heavy Price’ If U.S. Attacked In Iraq

RFL/RE – President Donald Trump has warned Iran of a “heavy price” if it or its allies in Iraq attack U.S. troops or assets in Iraq. “Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq,” Trump tweeted on April 1. “If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!” …

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Coronavirus Poses a Greater Threat to the Ayatollahs than US Sanctions Do

gatestoneinstitute.org – The Iranian regime’s failure to grasp the significance of the outbreak in its own country has led 16 other countries in the region to claim that their own outbreaks originated in Iran. These include Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates. The European aid package, which is said to be worth $548,000, is the first …

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Afghanistan braces for coronavirus surge as migrants pour back from Iran

theguardian.com – More than 130,000 Afghans have fled the coronavirus outbreak convulsing Iran to return home to Afghanistan amid fears they are bringing new infections with them to the conflict-ridden and impoverished country. The huge spike in Afghans crossing the porous border from Iran, in one of the biggest cross-border movements of the pandemic, has led to mounting fears in the humanitarian …

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Iran Warns About American ‘Military Moves’ In Iraq

Radiofarda – Iran’s foreign ministry Wednesday warned about American “military moves” in Iraq leading to “disastrous instability” in the region. The official warning came after expressions of concern by Iranian officials and allegation of U.S. preparing some sort of military operation. The ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi sounded the warning in reaction to reports and speculations about a possible U.S. attack …

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Parliament Remains Shut As 23 Iranian Lawmakers Tested Positive For Coronavirus

Radiofarda – The Spokesman of the Iranian Parliament’s Presidium on Tuesday confirmed that 23 out of the 290 lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) out of the 100 that have been tested. The Iranian Parliament (Majles) has not held any sessions after two lawmakers from Qom contracted coronavirus more than a month ago and two lawmakers elected for …

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Pompeo Says US Might Rethink Iran Sanctions In Light Of Coronavirus Outbreak

Reuters -U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held out the possibility on Tuesday that the United States may consider easing sanctions on Iran and other nations to help fight the coronavirus epidemic but gave no concrete sign it plans to do so. The comments reflected a shift in tone by the U.S. State Department, which has come under withering criticism …

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