Iran News Round Up

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Key takeaway: Tehran may retaliate militarily against anti-regime Arab separatists and possible foreign backers, such as Saudi Arabia, that organized the September 22 attack in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province in the near future.

Regime officials blamed the Iranian-based Ahvazi-Arab separatist group al Ahvaziyeh for a deadly terrorist attack during an armed forces military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq War on September 22. The attack resulted in at least 25 deaths, including IRGC members, conscripted soldiers, and innocent bystanders. Regime officials promised to punish those responsible for the attack. The attack follows an increase in border violence by anti-regime insurgents along Iran’s northwestern and southeastern borders. The attack also follows an escalation of anti-Arab sentiments amongst Iranians after anti-Arab protests in Khuzestan Province and the burning of the Iranian consulate in Basra, Iraq both in early September. The regime has issued military responses to terror attacks on Iranian soil in the recent past, including responses to the Islamic State (IS) in June 2017 and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) in September 2018.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from September 14 - 24.

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September 24, 2018

Terror attack in Ahvaz kills at least 25 Iranians

Terror attack in Ahvaz kills at least 25 Iranians. A terrorist attack on an armed forces military parade in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province on September 22 resulted in the death of at least 25 Iranians, including IRGC members, conscripted soldiers, and one child. Tehran officially blamed an Iran-based ethnically-Arab separatist group for the attack, al Ahvaziyeh, immediately following the attack. An al Ahvaziyeh senior official claimed responsibility for the attack during an interview with a Persian language, anti-regime news outlet in the UK. Iranian officials have also blamed Saudi Arabia and the U.S. for the attack, calling them supporters of terrorist groups in Iran. The Wall Street Journal reported that al Ahvaziyeh maintains ties with Saudi Arabia. Islamic State (IS) Khorasan also claimed responsibility for the attack after they issued a video on September 22 following the attack via their media outlet. It remains unclear which group was responsible for the attack. Al Ahvaziyeh has been behind several attacks against regime officials and property over the last 13 years and has openly called for the creation of an independent Ahvazi-Arab state. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei noted that Iran would offer a “stern punishment” to those who undertook the attack. (Tasnim News Agency) (SITE) (Wall Street Journal) (E) 

September 24, 2018

Artesh and IRGC air forces participate in joint-military drills near the Strait of Hormuz

Artesh and IRGC air forces participate in joint-military drills near the Strait of Hormuz. The Artesh Air Force and IRGC Aerospace Force staged preparatory drills on September 19 near the Strait of Hormuz, before the start of the annually-celebrated Iran-Iraq War Sacred Defense Week on September 22. The Artesh Air Force and the IRGC Aerospace Force staged the military drills at the Shahid Abdol Karimi Ninth Artesh Tactical Airbase in Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan Province. The Artesh and IRGC navies will also participate in a parade on September 22 in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman as part of Sacred Defense Week processions. IRNA reported that 600 small and heavy boats will participate in the parade. (Defa Press) (Defa Press) (IRNA)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/07/02/1836318/%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B7%D9%85%D8%A6%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%8B-%DA%AF%D9%88%D8%B4%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D8%AE%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF

2. SITE
https://ent.siteintelgroup.com/jihadist-threat/819-site-intel-group-9-22-18-is-iran-comm/file.html

3. (Wall Street Journal
https://www.wsj.com/articles/iran-seethes-at-saudi-arabia-west-after-deadly-terror-attack-1537722880

Citations & Links

1. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/309684/%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%AC%D9%86%DA%AF%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%B4-%D9%88-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B1%DA%98%D9%87-31-%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%88%D8%B1

2. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/309687/%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B4%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%81%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87-%D9%86%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%BE%D8%A7%DB%8C%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%87%D9%88%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B3

3. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83038946

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September 24, 2018

Parliamentarians resume efforts to interpellate senior Rouhani administration officials

Parliamentarians resume efforts to interpellate senior Rouhani administration officials. Fifty parliamentarians signed a letter to interpellate Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi on September 19. Parliamentarians are still gathering signatures before submitting the letter to the Parliamentary Leadership Board to initiate an interpellation proceeding for Akhoundi. Parliamentarians have cited grievances over the mismanagement of the housing market, rising housing prices, and infrastructure development. Hardliner-led efforts have resulted in the interpellation and subsequent impeachment of several President Hassan Rouhani administration officials, including Economic Affairs and Finance Minister Massoud Karbasian and Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei. (Tasnim News Agency)

September 24, 2018

Legislation prohibiting retirement-age individuals from government jobs implemented

Legislation prohibiting retirement-age individuals from government jobs implemented. President Hassan Rouhani announced the implementation of Parliament- and Guardian Council-approved legislation prohibiting retirement-age individuals from holding positions other than top leadership offices in government on September 18. Parliament and the Guardian Council both approved the legislation on July 25 and August 15 respectively. The newly-implemented law may result in the *removal of the recently-elected Tehran City Mayor Mohammad Ali Afshani from office. Iranian officials have advertised the legislation as a means to promote the participation of youth in government and to increase employment opportunities for young Iranians. Iranian media noted on July 29 that Tehran City Council head Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani may replace Afshani due to the legislation. Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani is the son of late President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. (President.ir)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/06/28/1832031/%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%AD-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C%D8%B6%D8%A7%D8%AD-%D8%A2%D8%AE%D9%88%D9%86%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%87-50-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B6%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%B1%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/106107

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September 24, 2018

Rouhani arrives in New York for UN General Assembly meeting

Rouhani arrives in New York for UN General Assembly meeting. President Hassan Rouhani arrived in New York City, New York on September 23 in order to participate in the UN General Assembly (UNGA). U.S. President Donald Trump offered to talk with Rouhani with “no preconditions” but Iranian officials have denied the requests. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also noted Trump’s openness to meet with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei previously issued a *prohibition on negotiations with the U.S. during a speech on August 13 following the reimposition of the first round of U.S. sanctions lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on August 7. Rouhani will likely use the public platform to announce Iran’s continued adherence to the JCPOA and issue a warning against U.S. threats to cut off Iranian oil exports with the reimposition of the second round of U.S. sanctions on November 5. Rouhani may also issue a public rebuke of Saudi Arabia and criticize the Kingdom for their purported support of the terror attack against an armed forces military parade in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province on September 22. (President.ir) 

September 24, 2018

Iranian officials confer with Iraqi government formation actors

Iranian officials confer with Iraqi government formation actors. Iranian Ambassador to Iraq and former IRGC Quds Force official Brig. Gen. Eraj Masjedi condemned the Iraqi protesters who set fire to the Iranian consulate in Basra, Iraq on September 7 during meetings at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Masjedi met separately with unidentified Iraqi Badr Organization members and affiliated Iraqi Council of Representatives (CoR) parliamentarians on September 15, Iraqi National Wisdom Trend Central Council members on September 16, and also with Iraqi Prime Minister senior advisor Walid al Hilli on September 17. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also spoke with newly-elected Iraqi Council of Representatives (CoR) Speaker Mohammad al Halbousi on September 16. (IRNA) (IRNA) (IRNA) (ICANA)

September 24, 2018

Salehi seeks to secure international cooperation on nuclear energy during Vienna visit

Salehi seeks to secure international cooperation on nuclear energy during Vienna visit. Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) head Ali Akbar Salehi discussed nuclear cooperation in separate meetings with China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) Director Zhang Keijan, Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Director General Alexei Likhachev, British Defense Ministry Chief Scientific Advisor on Nuclear Science Robin Grimes, and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) General Administrator Francois Jacq during an official visit to Vienna, Austria from September 17 - 19. Salehi traveled to Vienna to participate in an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) general conference. Salehi and Grimes discussed British participation in the redesign of a heavy-water nuclear reactor in Arak, Markazi Province in order to limit the amount of plutonium the reactor produces as a byproduct. Salehi also discussed power plant construction plans with Likhachev. Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced on August 25 that Iran and Russia have begun talks to construct a nuclear power plant capable of generating 3,000 megawatts (MW) in Iran. (IRNA) (Associated Press) (E) (IRNA) (Tasnim News Agency) (E)

September 24, 2018

Zarif and Cavusoglu discuss Russia-Turkey Idlib agreement

Zarif and Cavusoglu discuss Russia-Turkey Idlib agreement. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the Russia-Turkey agreement on Idlib Governorate, Syria during a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on September 18. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to establish a 9 to 12 mile demilitarized zone in Idlib Governorate during a meeting in Sochi, Russia on September 17. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghassemi separately expressed Iran’s support for the agreement. (IRNA) (Defa Press)

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/106164

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83034308

2. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83035262

3. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83036563

4. ICANA
http://www.icana.ir/Fa/News/403061/%DA%AF%D9%81%D8%AA%DA%AF%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D9%84%D9%81%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%DA%A9%D8%AA%D8%B1-%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B1%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%B3-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3-%D9%86%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83037962

2. Associated Press
https://apnews.com/ed820eb2a3f84c7b82ed351e2adbceb9

3. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83035812

4. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2018/09/17/1830465/iran-s-nuclear-chief-in-vienna-for-iaea-conference

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83037673

2. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/309552/%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%AA%D9%81%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%87-%D9%88-%D8%AA%D8%B1%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%84%D8%A8

Key takeaway: The IRGC may strike additional anti-regime militant locations in Northern Iraq and possibly in Pakistan.

The IRGC launched seven Fateh-110 (B series) short-range ballistic missiles against two Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) locations in northern Iraq on September 8. The strike marks the second extraterritorial IRGC missile strike since the Iran-Iraq War. The IRGC previously launched six Zolfaghar medium-range ballistic missiles against ISIS targets in Deir ez Zour Governorate, Syria in June 2017. The strike against the KDPI follows a significant uptick in border violence along Iran’s northwestern border between Turkey and Iraq as well as in Iran’s southeastern border along Pakistan. Regime officials have warned neighboring countries, namely Iraq and Pakistan, that Iran will target anti-regime militants across borders if insecurity continues and if neighboring countries fail to control militant activities.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from September 8 - 14.

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September 17, 2018

IRGC launches missile strike against KDPI in northern Iraq

IRGC launches missile strike against KDPI in northern Iraq. The IRGC Aerospace Force Missile Unit launched seven surface-to-surface Fateh-110 (B series) short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) in a strike against Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) locations near Koye, Erbil Governorate, in Iraqi Kurdistan on September 8. The IRGC Ground Forces Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Unit provided a live feed of strike to the IRGC command center during the operation. The IRGC missile strike reportedly killed between 11 and 15 KDPI members, including senior leaders, and wounded at least 20 during the operation. The IRGC likely launched the strike from Khaseban, East Azerbaijan Province in northwestern Iran. The IRGC stated that the strike was in response to increased insecurity along Iran’s northwest border with Iraqi Kurdistan, after Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) militants attacked an IRGC outpost near Kamyaran, Kurdistan Province on September 7. Deputy Interior Minister for Security Hossein Zolfaghari previously warned that Iran will target terrorists across its borders if neighboring countries do not act against terrorist groups in their own countries on July 23. Iran’s northwestern and southeastern borders have experienced increased levels of insurgent violence in recent months (Tasnim News Agency) (Tasnim News Agency) (Twitter) (Twitter)                                  

  • Bagheri suggests IRGC may launch more strikes against Kurdish militants. Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS) Chief IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri warned that the September 8 IRGC missile strike against Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) targets in Iraqi Kurdistan “could happen again… if insecurity-producing events continue” on September 11. (Defa Press)
September 17, 2018

Khamenei appoints Shah Safi as Artesh second coordination deputy

Khamenei appoints Shah Safi as Artesh second coordination deputy. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Artesh Brig. Gen. Hassan Shah Safi to the position of Artesh second coordination deputy on September 12. Shah Safi will serve under Artesh Coordination Deputy RADM Habibollah Sayyari. Shah Safi previously served as the Artesh Air Force commander until Khamenei appointed Artesh Brig. Gen. Aziz Nasir Zadeh to replace Shah Safi on August 19. (ILNA)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/06/18/1824221/%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%B5%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%B9%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%84-%D8%B4%D9%84%DB%8C%DA%A9-7-%D9%81%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9-%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%AD110-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B5%D9%84%D9%87-220%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%84%D9%88%D9%85%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/06/18/1824131/%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%AA%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%AF-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%B4%D9%84%DB%8C%DA%A9-7-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%87%D8%A7

3. Twitter
https://twitter.com/Nima_Bakhtiyari/status/1038864472889339904

4. Twitter
https://twitter.com/SinaNoorikhani/status/1038738010450345984

5. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/308477/

Citations & Links

1. ILNA
https://www.ilna.ir/fa/tiny/news-667687

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September 17, 2018

Rouhani appoints Seif as presidential adviser

Rouhani appoints Seif as presidential adviser. President Hassan Rouhani appointed recently-ousted Central Bank of Iran (CBI) head Valiollah Seif as presidential adviser for monetary and banking affairs on September 13. Rouhani dismissed Seif as CBI head on July 25, replacing him with Abdol Nasser Hemmati. Seif’s dismissal followed weeks of increased hardliner-led pressure on Rouhani to “change his economic team.” Hardliner-led pressure began after merchant-class protest on June 24 in Tehran over economic grievances. Economic protests in Iran frequently targeted Seif, oftentimes blaming him for Iran’s deteriorating economic condition. (President.ir)

September 17, 2018

Ahmadinejad-era chief of staff sentenced to six and half years in prison

Ahmadinejad-era chief of staff sentenced to six and half years in prison. Tehran Province Chief Justice Gholam Hossein Esmaeili announced the sentencing of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s First Vice President and later Chief of Staff Esfandiyar Rahim Mashaei to six years and six months in prison on September 12. The First Branch of the Tehran Revolutionary Court system charged Mashaei for three different crimes, including collusion to commit a crime against the regime and spreading anti-regime propaganda. Security officials previously arrested Mashaei on charges of spreading propaganda against the regime in March 2018. Esmaeli also noted that the Islamic Revolutionary Court is still reviewing and may later announce other charges against Mashaei, including charges of espionage. Mashaei has a 20-day period to request an appeal. The court also sentenced Ahmadinejad-era adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr to four years in prison. The Judiciary previously sentenced Ahmadinejad’s former Vice President Hamid Baghaei to 15 years in prison on March 13. Ahmadinejad has been a vocal critic of the Judiciary in recent months and has called for the resignation of Judiciary head Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani. (ISNA)

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/106064

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/97062110940/%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%87-%DB%B6-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84-%D9%88-%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%AD%D8%A8%D8%B3-%D9%85%D8%AD%DA%A9%D9%88%D9%85-%D8%B4%D8%AF-%D8%B5%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%AD%DA%A9%D9%85-%D8%BA%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%A8%DB%8C-%DB%B5-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%AD%D8%A8%D8%B3-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C

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September 17, 2018

Anti-Iraqi protests take place in southwestern Iran

Anti-Iraqi protests take place in southwestern Iran. Iranians in Abadan, Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran staged anti-Iraqi protests on September 6. Iranian protesters chanted anti-Arab and anti-Iraqi slogans, and called on Iraqis to leave Iran. The protests follow a significant increase in Iraqi tourism in Iran to purchase provisions and other goods at low costs due to the significant devaluation of the Iranian rial in recent months. Iraqi tourists’ shopping has reportedly resulted in many shops running out of critical goods such as fish and chicken, leaving local Iranian citizens unable to purchase many provisions. The protests also come after widespread reports of Iraqis traveling to Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi Province to visit brothels and to wed Iranian women at the invitation of the IRGC and regime. Iranians have characterized Iraqi visitations as “pilfering” Iran, and the increased tourism has resulted in an increase in anti-Arabism amongst Iranians. The protests came one day before Iraqis in Basra, Iraq set fire to the Iranian consulate during protests on September 7. Marivan County Mayor Mohammad Shafei announced on September 11 that critical goods “directly connected to people’s livelihoods” can no longer be taken across the border. Marivan County, located in Kurdistan Province near the Iran-Iraq border, has also experienced a rise in Iraqi tourists. (Instagram) (Instagram) (Aftab News)

September 17, 2018

Ansari travels to Geneva to discuss Syria

Ansari travels to Geneva to discuss Syria. Deputy Foreign Minister for Special Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari traveled to Geneva, Switzerland on September 10 and met with Russian and Turkish diplomats to discuss the Syrian Civil War and the formation of a Syrian constitutional committee. Ansari met with UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, Turkish Deputy Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Sedat Onal, and Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev. Ansari’s talks in Geneva follow a high-profile meeting in Tehran between President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 7. Putin and Rouhani blocked Erdogan’s attempt to institute a ceasefire ahead of the beginning of a pro-Syrian regime offensive in Idlib Governorate. Ansari’s meetings in Tehran precede the next round of Russian-backed Astana talks expected to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan on an unknown date. (IRNA)

Citations & Links

1. Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnblLUih5Zf/?hl=en&taken-by=manotoofficial

2. Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bna8QNTl9bn/?taken-by=amadnews.official

3. Aftab News
http://aftabnews.ir/fa/news/544969/%D8%AE%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AC-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%85%D9%86%D9%88%D8%B9-%D8%B4%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83029244

Key takeaway: Iran and Russia likely pressured Turkey to allow for a pro-Syrian regime offensive to secure control of Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Tehran on September 7 to discuss the Syrian Civil War ahead of a likely pro-Syrian regime-led offensive into Idlib Governorate. Putin and Erdogan also met separately with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran and Russia seek to gain Turkey’s approval for the offensive and to assuage Turkish concerns over a spillover of refugees. The Russo-Iranian coalition aims to secure Syrian President Bashar al Assad regime control in Syria in order to entrench Russian and Iranian military and political influence at the expense of U.S. and regional allies’ interests and influence.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from September 1 - 7.

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September 07, 2018

Rouhani, Putin, and Erdogan meet in Tehran to discuss Syria

Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Tehran on September 7 to discuss the Syrian Civil War. The Tehran summit comes before the beginning of a likely Syrian regime-led offensive to retake Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria. Rouhani called on the U.S. to “immediately bring an end to its illegal meddling in Syria” and accused the U.S. of undermining the peace process. Russia and Iran likely seek to pressure Turkey to permit a pro-regime offensive in Idlib Governorate and to assuage Turkish concerns over a potential refugee crisis. Erdogan and Putin also met separately with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met ahead of the meeting between the three presidents on September 6 in Tehran. Zarif’s meeting with Cavusoglu follows his official visit to Damascus, Syria on September 3 where Zarif met with Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al Muallem. Zarif called for all “remaining terrorists” in Idlib Governorate to be “cleaned out” during his meetings in Syria. The Tehran summit is the third installment in Iranian-Turkish-Russian led talks about Syria, following meetings in Sochi, Russia and Istanbul, Turkey. The next meeting of the three Astana Peace Process guarantor states will take place in Russia on an undisclosed date. (Fars News Agency) (Fars News Agency) (IRNA) (IRNA) (IRNA) (ISNA) (Twitter)

September 07, 2018

Iraqi protesters set fire to Iranian consulate in Basra

Iraqi protesters in Basra, Iraq reportedly set fire to the Iranian consulate there on September 7 after massive protests erupted throughout the city earlier this month. The consulate was reportedly empty during the time of the attack, according to Iraqi security forces. Protesters also reportedly set fire to other pro-Iranian organizations, such as the IRGC-backed Badr Organizations headquarters in Basra. The Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq reportedly ordered all Iranian citizens living in Basra to evacuate the city. (Telegram) (Twitter) (Instagram)

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
https://www.farsnews.com/news/13970616000334/%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B2-%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%B2%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%87-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%B5%D9%84%D8%AD-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%87

2. Fars News Agency
https://www.farsnews.com/news/13970612001045/%D8%B8%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%81-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AF-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

3. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83021788

4. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83021651

5. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83021850

6. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/97061507783/%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%DA%86%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%88%D8%B4-%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%BA%D9%84%D9%88-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B8%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%81-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86

7. Twitter
https://twitter.com/FarsNews_Agency/status/1038079784989929474

Citations & Links

1. Telegram
https://t.me/khabaronline_ir/183716

2. Twitter
https://twitter.com/rafidenchannel/status/1037753598317391872

3. Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnbwE3bBl8k/?hl=en&taken-by=manotoofficial

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September 07, 2018

Khamenei holds meeting with Assembly of Experts members, including Jannati

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Assembly of Experts members including Assembly of Experts head Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati on September 6. Khamenei stated that “criticisms [of government officials] should be aimed toward improvement and well-meaning” during the meeting. Khamenei also stated that the way to resolve Iran’s issues is to support the government and to not place blame on officials. (Khamenei.ir)

September 07, 2018

Rouhani rebuffs Assembly of Experts meeting invitation

The Assembly of Experts invited President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary head Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani to attend a joint meeting to discuss economic issues on September 5. Ali Larijani and Sadegh Amoli Larijani were present for the meeting, but Rouhani declined the invitation. Ali Larijani presented a report on Parliament’s efforts in addressing the nation’s economic problems. Sadegh Amoli Larijani briefed Assembly of Experts members on judicial efforts in combating corruption and smuggling. Rouhani’s absence from the meeting follows his participation in a hardliner-instigated parliamentary questioning on August 28. Parliamentarians expressed their unhappiness with Rouhani’s responses on several economy-related issues. The Assembly of Experts issued a conclusory statement calling on officials to improve Iran’s economic situation, reduce unemployment, and stabilize the value of the Iranian rial, among other things. The meeting follows the devaluation of the Iranian rial to an all-time low of 138,000 rials per U.S. dollar on September 3. (Assembly of Experts) (Assembly of Experts) (Assembly of Experts) (Reuters) (E) 

September 07, 2018

Khamenei allegedly approves AML legislation

Reformist Parliamentarian Mahmoud Sadeghi tweeted on September 6 that unidentified sources told him that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved of anti-money laundering (AML) parliamentary legislation. The Guardian Council previously rejected parliamentary-approved AML amendments on August 18, sending the legislation back to Parliament for revision. Khamenei expressed his disagreement with pending AML and counter-terror financing legislation that would necessitate Iran’s adherence to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on June 20. It is unclear if the current status of the amendments are in line with FATF-specified requirements to prevent Iran from FATF blacklisting. (Twitter)

Citations & Links

1. Khamenei.ir
http://farsi.khamenei.ir/news-content?id=40410

Citations & Links

1. Assembly of Experts
http://www.majlesekhobregan.ir/fa/NewsView.html?ItemID=4159

2. Assembly of Experts
http://www.majlesekhobregan.ir/fa/NewsView.html?ItemID=4155

3. Assembly of Experts
http://www.majlesekhobregan.ir/fa/NewsView.html?ItemID=4154

4. Reuters
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-iran-economy-rial/iranian-rial-hits-record-low-at-138000-to-dollar-bonbast-website-idUKKCN1LK1MY

Citations & Links

1. Twitter
https://twitter.com/mah_sadeghi/status/1037765630789865472

Military and Security
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September 07, 2018

Hatami travels to Beijing to discuss bilateral military cooperation

Defense Minister Artesh Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami led a high-level military delegation to Beijing, China on September 6. Hatami met with Chinese National Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe and discussed bilateral ties as well as Chinese cooperation in developing Iran’s Makran Coast in southeastern Iran during the visit. Hatami’s official visit to Beijing follows his August 26 visit to Syria to discuss defense cooperation with Syria and Iranian support for Syrian reconstruction efforts. (al Alam) (Defa News) (Fars News Agency)

September 07, 2018

Khamenei meets with Artesh air defense commanders

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Artesh Khatam ol Anbia Air Defense Base commanders and leaders on September 2 on the annually-celebrated Air Defense Day. Artesh Khatam ol Anbia Commander Brig. Gen. Alireza Sabahi Fard presented a report to Khamenei on the air defense base’s operations and programs. Khamenei emphasized the importance of the armed forces’ readiness and stated that armed forces “must upgrade their human and equipment capabilities every day.” The meeting follows a Reuters report on August 31 that details the regime’s transfer of short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM’s) to Iranian-backed forces in Iraq. (Khamenei.ir) (Reuters) (E)

Citations & Links

1. al Alam
http://fa.alalam.ir/news/3764451/%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9-%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D9%BE%DA%A9%D9%86-%D8%B4%D8%AF

2. Defa News
http://www.defanews.ir/news/%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9-%D9%88-%D9%BE%D8%B4%D8%AA%DB%8C%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%AD-%D8%A8%D9%87-%DA%86%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%81%D8%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%AF

3. Fars News Agency
https://www.farsnews.com/news/13970614000720/%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9-%D9%88-%D9%BE%D8%B4%D8%AA%DB%8C%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%AD-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%DA%86%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%81%D8%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Khamenei.ir
http://farsi.khamenei.ir/news-content?id=40387

2. Reuters
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-iraq-missiles-exclusive/exclusive-iran-moves-missiles-to-iraq-in-warning-to-enemies-sources-idUKKCN1LG0W7

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