Iran News Round Up

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Key takeaway: President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his criticism of the IRGC’s role in Iran’s economy.

Rouhani stated, “Part of the economy that was in the hands of the “unarmed” government was given to the “armed” government. This is not... privatization” during an iftar [fast-breaking] dinner with business officials on June 22. Rouhani is likely referring to the fact that IRGC-controlled foundations, among other institutions, have benefitted significantly from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s implementation of a large-scale effort to privatize Iran’s economy in 2006.  Rouhani has attempted to reduce the IRGC’s role in Iran’s economy during his presidency.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from June 22-23.

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Rouhani: Handing government-controlled entities to the IRGC is not privatization.

President Hassan Rouhani criticized the IRGC’s expansive role in Iran’s economy at an iftar [fast-breaking] dinner with business officials on June 22. Rouhani stressed that his administration “has been committed to the real transfer of the economy to the private sector” since the administration’s “inception” in 2013.  Rouhani also stated that if Article 44 of Iran’s Constitution “were implemented exactly, we would have a great revolution and development.” Rouhani also stated, “Part of the economy that was in the hands of the “unarmed” government was given to the “armed” government. This is not... privatization.” Article 44 of Iran’s Constitution calls for government ownership or control of major industries. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reinterpreted this article in the 2000s and ordered the Iranian government to embark upon a large-scale privatization effort in 2006. IRGC-controlled foundations, among other institutions, have benefitted significantly from this privatization effort. Rouhani’s comments follow Khamenei’s comment earlier this week that there has been a “lack of tangible progress in the execution of Article 44.”  (President.ir) (E) (Radio Farda)

Citations & Links

1. Al Monitor
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/10/iran-privatization-organization-new-focus.html

2. The National Interest
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/who-really-controls-irans-economy-12925

3. Leader.ir
http://www.leader.ir/en/content/18589/The-Leader\'s-meeting-with-university-professors

4. President.ir
http://www.president.ir/en/99537

5. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/o2-ouhani-on-privatizations/28573930.html

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2 days ago

Khatami: Saudi Arabia is too weak to attack Iran.

Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami blasted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, claiming that the prince is “too inexperienced” and his country “too small” to attack Iran.  (Fars News Agency) (E) (Tasnim News Agency)

2 days ago

Safavi: Hezbollah missiles are set to shoot Israel.

Military Adviser to the Supreme Leader IRGC Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi stated “Hezbollah’s missiles are always ready to shoot at Israel... the extermination of Israel is near” in a speech marking the occasion of Quds Day.  (Radio Farda) (E) (Mehr News Agency)       

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960402000886

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/02/1444559/%D9%88%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%B9%D9%87%D8%AF-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%DA%AF%D9%81%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%AC%D9%86%DA%AF-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%A8%DA%86%D9%87-%D8%AA%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%B1%DA%AF-%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B2-%D9%85%D8%B1%DA%AF-%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%A2%D9%84-%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/aide-of-khamenei-says-hezbollah-misslies-are-ready-to-hit-israel/28575299.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

2. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4012687/%D8%B6%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%AA-%D9%82%D8%B7%D8%B9-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B7-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A6%DB%8C%D9%84-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%BE-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%81%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AC%DB%8C%D8%A8-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%AF

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IRGC dismantles “terrorist” cell in Kurdistan.

Forces from IRGC Hamzeh Seyyed ol Shohada Base killed one and arrested three members of the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) in clashes on June 23.  Iran, Turkey, and the U.S. have designated PJAK as a terrorist group. (Mehr News Agency) (E) (IRNA) (E)

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/126111/IRCG-destructs-terrorist-cell-in-Kurdistan

2. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82574638/

Key takeaway: The IRGC criticized regional countries’ efforts to improve relations with Israel ahead of Quds Day, an annual event Tehran launched in 1979 to express opposition to the Israeli state.

Quds Day falls on the final Friday in Ramadan, which occurs on June 23 this year. Quds Day rallies take place around the world, including in North America and Europe. The Iranian regime typically uses the occasion of Quds Day to reinforce its core principles, especially its opposition to the U.S. and Israel.  The IRGC criticized “the strategic compromise and normalization of relations of some reactionary countries of the region with the Zionist regime” in its statement marking Quds Day. The Foreign Ministry called for unity among “Muslim and Arab nations” in the face of “the occupying regime of Israel… the main cause behind the current crises and tensions” in Western Asia.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from June 22.

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Khamenei: Today’s fight against Israel is a campaign against the arrogant and the monarchies.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stressed that “the commemoration of Quds Day does not merely mean defending an oppressed nation that has been driven out of its motherland and homes, but defending Palestine today is defending a reality much greater than the issue of Palestine… fighting the Zionist regime is fighting the Arrogance [the U.S.] and the hegemonic order… which is why U.S. politicians feel battered by… this move.” Khamenei also criticized that the UN’s “Education 2030” agenda as an attempt by “some” countries to make “all of the world think and act the way they want.” (Leader.ir) (E) (Tasnim News Agency)

  • The Foreign Ministry called for “unity, solidarity, and integrity” among the “Muslim and Arab nations.” The Foreign Ministry’s statement claimed that “the occupying regime of Israel is the main cause behind the current crises and tensions in the West Asian region.” The Foreign Ministry’s statement condemned “the policies and measures by some so-called Muslim nations in the region to serve the interests of terrorist-takfiri groups, leading to the deterioration of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.” (Mehr News Agency) (E) (Tasnim News Agency) (E)
  • Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian  stated, “supporters of Palestine must raise their voice against the hasty normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and some Western countries with the Zionist regime.” (Mehr News Agency) (E)
  • Ali Akbar Velayati, Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the Supreme Leader, called Quds Day “a magnificent symbol of authority and the unity of the Islamic ummah [community],” against the oppressors and criminals, especially the childish and criminal Zionist regime.” (Tasnim News Agency)
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IRGC censures regional countries’ “strategic compromise” with Israel.

The IRGC criticized “the strategic compromise and normalization of relations of some reactionary countries of the region with the Zionist regime” in its statement marking Quds Day. The statement also noted, “the realization of the cause to liberate the holy Quds… passes only through the path of resistance and the Islamic ummah [community]’s all-out support for the Intifada.” (Tasnim News Agency) (E) (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Leader.ir
http://www.leader.ir/en/content/18589/The-Leader\'s-meeting-with-university-professors

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/03/31/1443395/%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B2-%D9%85%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B1%DA%98%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%B5%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%DA%A9%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

3. Mehr News Agency
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/126100/Israel-main-cause-of-current-crises-in-region

4. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/06/22/1443865/iran-foreign-ministry-quds-day-symbol-of-fight-against-global-arrogance

5. Mehr News Agency
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/126106/US-embassy-relocation-to-Jerusalem-to-ignite-new-Intifada

6. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/01/1443065/%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B2-%D9%82%D8%AF%D8%B3-%D9%85%D8%B8%D9%87%D8%B1-%D8%B8%D9%84%D9%85-%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C%D8%B2%DB%8C-%D9%88-%D9%88%D8%AD%D8%AF%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/06/22/1444075/liberation-of-quds-possible-only-through-resistance-irgc

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/01/1443927/%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%BE%D8%B4%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B6%D9%87-%D9%81%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B7%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

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Reformists protest Tillerson’s support for “peaceful transition” of Iran’s government.

Prominent Reformist figures issued a joint statement criticizing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments that the Trump administration supports a “peaceful transition” of the Iranian government. The statement called Tillerson’s comments "contrary to legal and international rules” and noted, "contrary to its [the U.S.] claim of defending human rights, Washington advocates for only the most reactionary countries in the region. Therefore it can be said that the roots of extremism in the region and the world are somehow influenced by their behavior." (Ensaf News)

Citations & Links

1. Al Monitor
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/06/iran-tillerson-regime-change-reformists-reaction-statement.html

2. Ensaf News
http://www.ensafnews.com/65335/%D8%A8%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%87-%DA%86%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D8%B5%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AD-%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A8-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%AD%DA%A9%D9%88%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B8%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7/

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Iran to buy 73 planes from Airbus.

Airbus announced that Iran's Zagros Airlines and Iran Airtour are expected to buy 73 planes. Zagros Airlines signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) to buy 20 Airbus A320neo jets and eight A330neo aircraft while Iran Airtour signed an MoU for 45 A320neos. (Fars News Agency)

3 days ago

Iran begins exporting natural gas to Iraq.

Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs Amir Hossein Zamaninia announced that Iran will begin exporting natural gas to Iraq. Zamaninia stated that the exports would start at 7 million cubic meters (mcm) per day and finally reach a peak of 35 mcm. (Tasnim News Agency) (E) (ISNA)

Citations & Links

1. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airshow-paris-airbus-zagros-idUSKBN19D0IG

2. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960401001042

Citations & Links

1. Seattle Times
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/iran-begins-exporting-gas-to-iraq/

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/06/22/1443999/iran-begins-exporting-natural-gas-to-iraq

3. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96040100130/%D8%A2%D8%BA%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%DA%AF%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82

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Fadavi: The enemy does not have the courage to attack our country.

IRGC Navy Commander Brig. Gen. Ali Fadavi emphasized that Iran has “achieved such deterrent power that the enemy does not have the courage to attack our country." He added that “the U.S. is confident [that]... hurting Iran will be more in its interests and if it had the power to face Iran, not even one day would pass until it attacked.” (Defa Press)

Citations & Links

1. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/244666/%D9%82%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AF%DA%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B9-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B4%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B4%D8%AF%D9%87%E2%80%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

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3 days ago

Two Iranians killed in Syria.

Ali Hosseini and Mohammadreza Alavi were both killed in Syria on June 1 and buried in Mashhad on June 16. Their unit affiliations and ranks are unknown. (Fars News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960326000888

Key takeaway: Iran denied Saudi Arabia’s claim it arrested three IRGC members.

IRGC Political Deputy Brigadier General Rasoul Sanaei Rad stated that Saudi Arabia fabricated the story that it had arrested three IRGC members intending to conduct a “terrorist act” in Saudi territorial waters. Iran’s Interior Ministry stated that Saudi Arabia had arrested civilian fishermen, and called on the kingdom to return the fishermen and pay a compensation fee.

Western news outlets reported that a U.S. F-15 shot down an armed “Iranian drone” in southeastern Syria on June 20. Fox News stated that the Shaheed 129 UAV was “advancing on coalition forces” when it was shot down. U.S. forces also shot down an Iranian drone in southern Syria on June 8.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from June 20-21. 

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4 days ago

IRGC official refutes Saudi claim it arrested IRGC members.

IRGC Political Deputy Brig. Gen. Rasoul Sanaei Rad denied that Saudi Arabia arrested three IRGC members from a boat approaching Saudi Arabia’s offshore Marjan oilfield on June 17. Sanaei Rad claimed the arrested individuals were “merely fishermen” and that Saudi Arabia was fabricating the arrests “for psychological warfare purposes” against Iran. (Tasnim News Agency)

4 days ago

Khamenei meets with Iraqi Prime Minister.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi in Tehran on June 20.

  • On working with the U.S.: Khamenei stated “one must be cautious with the Americans and must not trust them at all because the U.S. is against the independence, identity, and unity of Iraq.”Khamenei warned that the Americans oppose the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMUs) because “they want Iraq to become an important actor of power for themselves.”
  • “Allowing the entrance of American forces into Iraq with the excuse of education and other problems should be avoided.”“The Americans and some of its subsidiary countries in the region are not searching for the destruction and eradication of ISIS because ISIS came about with their support and money. They prefer an ISIS which is in their fist, [in order] to stay inside Iraq.”
  • On the Kurdish question: Khamenei reiterated that Iran is “against the separation of a portion of Iraq” and criticized the “panderers” of this issue to be “opponents of the freedom and identity of Iraq.”
  • On Iraq-Iran relations: Khamenei pushed for “some of the administrative problems [that] exist in the way of expanding relations be crossed and the level of cooperations where itis possible, must be promoted.” (Leader.ir) (E)  (Mehr News Agency)

 

4 days ago

Pakistani media: Iranian drone was shot down in Balochistan, Pakistan.

Two unnamed Pakistani officials stated that a Pakistani Air Force jet shot down an unmanned Iranian surveillance drone in the Panjgur district of Balochistan Province in the last week. No Iranian officials appear to have confirmed the incident. (Radio Farda) (E)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/03/30/1442097/%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D8%B3%D9%85%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA-3-%D8%AA%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B4-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%B7-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%AA%DA%A9%D8%B0%DB%8C%D8%A8-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Leader.ir
http://www.leader.ir/en/content/18580/The-Leader\'s-meeting-with-Iraqi-prime-minister-Haider-al-Abadi

2. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4010558/%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D9%87%D8%A7-%D9%88-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AE%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B7%D9%82%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AF%D9%86%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B4-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%86%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://en.radiofarda.com/a/pakistan-air-forces-shoots-down-iranian-drone/28570330.html

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Rouhani: The SNSC, not the IRGC, ordered the missile strikes.

President Hassan Rouhani highlighted that “the actions of the IRGC in preparing the missile and its launch… were not the decision of one person or military pillar. Rather these types of decisions are adopted by the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).” Rouhani indicated that the SNSC “authorized” Iran’s armed forces “to do [even] more” than the June 18 missile strikes in response to the June 7 terror attacks in Tehran. (ir) (E) (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. ir
http://www.president.ir/en/99495

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/03/30/1442300/%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B4-%D8%A8%D8%AC%D8%A7-%D9%88-%D8%B6%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%A7%DA%AF%D8%B1-%DA%AF%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87%DA%A9%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B9%D8%B8%D9%85%D8%AA-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B5%D8%AF%D9%85%D9%87-%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF-%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AE-%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B7%D8%B9-%D8%AF%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

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4 days ago

Total highlights billion dollar investment in South Pars.

France’s Total announced its plans to invest $1 billion into the South Pars Gas Field. Total will own 50.1% of the shares, China’s National Petroleum Corporation will own 30% of the shares, and Iran’s Petropars will own 19.9%. (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Fox Business
http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/06/20/total-pledges-1-billion-investment-in-iran-gas-field-update.html

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/03/30/1441566/%D8%A2%D8%BA%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%87-%DA%AF%D8%B0%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-1-%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%AF%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B3-%D8%AC%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A8%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84

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4 days ago

Terrorist team arrested in Qom.

A senior Qom Province official stated that security forces arrested “the first terrorist team in Qom.” He added that because of Qom’s unique position as a religious center, “special emphasis, in terms of security, must be placed on Qom.” (ISNA)

4 days ago

IRGC Spokesman: New missile strikes are possible.

IRGC Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif said that future Iranian missile strikes “[depends] on the enemies’ behavior.” Sharif claimed the IRGC raid in Syria’s northeastern Deir ez Zour Province sent a resounding message “to terrorists and their regional and international backers.” (Press TV) (E)

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96033017436/%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%AA%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%82%D9%85

Citations & Links

1. Press TV
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/06/21/526032/Iran-IRGC-Syria-Daesh/%20http:/www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/06/21/526032/Iran-IRGC-Syria-Daesh/

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