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With Its Deterrence Strategy Weakened, Iran Faces Pressure To Hit Israel

RFL/RE – Iran’s strategy of deterrence against Israel has suffered greatly since the outbreak of the Gaza war — particularly after the brazen attack on its consulate in the Syrian capital on April 1. Eighteen members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), including key generals, have been killed in Syria in suspected Israeli strikes since early December. But Iran …

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Iran Alerted Russia Before Moscow Attack, Sources Say

RFL/RE – Iran tipped off Russia about the possibility of a major “terrorist operation” on its soil ahead of the concert hall massacre near Moscow last month, three sources familiar with the matter said. In the deadliest attack inside Russia in 20 years, gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons at concertgoers on March 22 at the Crocus City Hall, killing …

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Activists Hail Senate Move To Advance Iran Sanctions Bill

iranintl – The MAHSA Act, a bill that strengthens US sanctions against Iran’s rulers, will be going to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 14 months after it passed the House. The Mahsa Amini Human rights and Security Accountability Act (MAHSA Act) was first introduced to the US Congress in January 2023, four months after the start of nationwide protests in …

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UN Investigator Condemns Blinding of Protesters in Iran

Iranwire – Sara Hossain, a Bangladeshi member of the United Nations fact-finding mission on suppression of Iran’s 2022-23 protests, has called the deliberate targeting of protesters’ eyes at close range “one of the most shocking” crimes committed by the Islamic Republic.  “The most shocking, I think, was these cases of blindness of protesters being shot at very short range, directly targeted into …

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Iranian Professor Detained After Protests to Testify at UNHRC, Hopes for Justice

Iranwire – Behnaz Amani, a poet, writer, and assistant professor at Tehran University, endured 46 days of detention in Qarchak prison following the nationwide protests in 2022.  Reflecting on her experience, she hopes the recent report from the UN fact-finding mission will compel the Islamic Republic to be held accountable. Amani’s ordeal began on October 20, 2023, when security forces …

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Iran Wants $2.5 Billion For Dual National Hostage

iranintl – Iran has sentenced Jamshid Sharmahd, a dual national abductee sentenced to death, along with the US, to $2.5 billion in fines, signaling Tehran’s new attempt at hostage diplomacy. A court in Tehran ruled Monday that German-Iranian Sharmahd and the United States government should pay the amount as a compensation for the families of the victims of a terrorist …

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Iranians Campaign To Oust Princeton Professor For Alleged Terror Ties

iranintl – Princeton University controversial academic, Hossein Mousavian, who is currently being investigated by the US Congress for his pro-Iran regime activities, now faces a grassroots Iranian-American campaign to secure his dismissal. The campaign Alliance Against Islamic Regime of Iran Apologists (AAIRIA) wrote in its Wednesday statement that “In the seven years Mousavian served as IRI’s ambassador in Germany, more than 23 …

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Iranian National Arrested in Peru for Alleged Plot to Attack APEC Summit

Iranwire – Peruvian authorities arrested Iranian national Majid Azizi on March 6 on charges of plotting a terrorist attack on the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) summit. According to the Peruvian Police’s Counter-Terrorism Directorate, he was collaborating with two Peruvian citizens for the planned attack, but only Azizi has been apprehended so far.  Azizi was arrested after he withdrew …

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Iranian MP Reveals Elections Fraud and Vote-Buying in Recent Polls

Iranwire – An Iranian MP who lost her re-election bid last week has revealed that the elections were marred with violations. Somayeh Mahmoudi said that peoples’ national ID numbers were used to cast votes without their knowledge. “I heard reports of national ID cards being taken from my city and used for voting in neighbouring areas,” she said in an …

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IRGC Backs Iran Majles Speaker Against New Hardline Rivals

iranintl – Iran’s parliament speaker has found himself in a weak political position after ranking fourth in the number of votes received in elections on March 1, dominated by radical right wingers. However, as a seasoned veteran of the IRGC and a relative of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Ghalibaf still enjoys significant political support. The editor of the IRGC-affiliated Javan …

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