Iran News Round Up

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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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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)
3 days ago

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

Domestic Politics
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3 days ago

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)

3 days ago

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

Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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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)

3 days ago

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.

Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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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

Key takeaway: Khamenei’s recent call for government unity is unlikely to derail hardliners’ attacks against the Rouhani administration.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for government unity and cooperation, while simultaneously chastising the President Hassan Rouhani administration for its economic mismanagement during a meeting with Rouhani and his presidential cabinet on August 29. The meeting came one day after Parliament questioned Rouhani over Iran’s economic issues and expressed its dissatisfaction with Rouhani’s responses. Parliamentarians subsequently signed motions to interpellate two additional cabinet members. Khamenei may continue to allow hardliner efforts to remove more senior Rouhani administration officials from office such as First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri, or even Rouhani himself.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from August 25 - 31.

AEI Must Reads
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August 31, 2018

Can We Pursue a Victory Strategy Against Iran?

Frederick W. Kagan discusses the application of a U.S. victory strategy against Iran in “Can We Pursue a Victory Strategy Against Iran?

August 31, 2018

Iran’s hardliners are going after the entire Rouhani Administration.

Mike Saidi discusses how hardliners are attacking President Hassan Rouhani in “Iran’s hardliners are going after the entire Rouhani Administration.

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August 31, 2018

Khamenei expresses concern over Rouhani’s economic policies.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with President Hassan Rouhani and many of his cabinet members on August 29, one day after Parliament questioned Rouhani over economic issues on August 28. Khamenei cited the Rouhani Administration’s “inattention” to solving many of Iran’s economic issues and failing to implement the Resistance Economy doctrine. Khamenei subsequently praised both Rouhani and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani for their participation in Parliament’s questioning of Rouhani on August 28 and noted that the event showcased the strength of the Islamic Republic. Larijani made a similar comment during a plenary session of Parliament on August 29 when he stated that the “subject of [Rouhani’s questioning] shows the depth of democratic thinking in the regime that [even] the highest executive officials [consider] themselves accountable.” Khamenei also discussed ongoing negotiations with Europe over the future of Iran’s participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), stating that he has no “objection to communication and to the continuation of negotiations with Europe.” Khamenei expressed skepticism that Europe will be able to provide Iran economic guarantees. (Khamenei.ir) (Defa Press)

August 31, 2018

Parliament questions Rouhani and expresses discontentment with his answers.

Parliament questioned President Hassan Rouhani during a parliamentary hearing over grievances related to Iran’s high unemployment rates and the ongoing currency crisis, among other economic issues, on August 28. Parliamentarians expressed their dissatisfaction with Rouhani’s responses and called for Rouhani’s case to be elevated to the Judiciary. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stated during plenary session on August 29 that due to parliamentarians’ lack of citing explicit “breaches of the law,” the Judiciary will not review his case. Hardline parliamentarian Alireza Salimi criticized Larijani’s decision and called on Larijani to order parliamentary research centers to draft and present a report on the legality of Rouhani’s policies. (President.ir) (IRNA) (Reuters) (E)

August 31, 2018

Parliament impeaches finance minister.

One hundred thirty-seven parliamentarians voted to impeach Economic Affairs and Finance Minister Massoud Karbasian in a close ballot on August 26. Parliament summoned Karbasian to an interpellation hearing over grievances related to Iran’s ongoing currency crisis and other economic issues. President Hassan Rouhani appointed Rahmatollah Akrami to serve as the interim economic affairs and finance minister on August 27. Akrami previously served as the deputy minister for financial supervision and treasury affairs for the Economic Affairs and Finance Ministry. Parliament’s impeachment of Karbasian follows an August 7 impeachment of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei and marks the second impeachment of a Rouhani administration minister in less than one month. (ISNA) (President.ir)

  • Parliament moves to interpellate Bathaei and Shariatmadari. Reformist Parliament Leadership Board spokesperson Behrouz Nemati announced that Parliament will interpellate Education Minister Mohammad Bathaei on September 13. Parliament previously signed a motion to interpellate Industry, Mines, and Trade Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari on August 28. (ICANA) (Defa Press)

Citations & Links

1. Khamenei.ir
http://farsi.khamenei.ir/news-content?id=40355

2. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/306226/%D8%AA%D9%81%DA%A9%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%85%D9%88%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D9%86%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%87%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AE%DA%AF%D9%88-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/105840

2. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83015983

3. Reuters
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-economy-rouhani/rouhani-vows-to-defeat-anti-iranian-officials-in-the-white-house-idUKKCN1LD0AC

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/97060401587/%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%B1%D9%81%D8%AA

2. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/105832

3. ICANA
http://www.icana.ir/Fa/News/401002/%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C%D8%B6%D8%A7%D8%AD-%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%A2%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%B4-%D9%88-%D9%BE%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%B4-%D8%B3%D9%87-%D8%B4%D9%86%D8%A8%D9%87-13-%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%AF

4. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/306407/

Military and Security
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August 31, 2018

Hatami discusses defense cooperation and Syrian reconstruction during visit to Damascus.

Defense Minister Artesh Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami discussed defense cooperation and Iranian participation in Syrian reconstruction efforts with Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Syrian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Ali Ayyoub during an official visit to Damascus, Syria on August 26. Hatami and Ayyoub signed a defense cooperation agreement during their meeting. Iranian Military Attache to Syria IRGC Brig. Gen. Abol Ghassem Ali Nejad stated that the agreement involved the “continued presence of Iranian [military] advisers in Syria.” Hatami stated that Iran can “help Syria in expanding its military equipment” during his visit. Ayyoub also previously discussed the conflict in Syria during an August 9 phone call with Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS) Chief IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri. (Defa News) (Defa News) (Defa News) (Tabnak)

Citations & Links

1. Defa News
http://defanews.ir/news/%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B6%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%82%D8%AA%E2%80%8C%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%87-%D9%87%D9%85%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9%DB%8C-%D9%88-%D9%81%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%88-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%87-%DA%AF%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B4-%D8%AA%D8%B5%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C

2. Defa News
http://defanews.ir/news/%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%AD%D8%A7%D8%AA%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D9%88%D9%82%D9%81-%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%87%E2%80%8C-%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A8%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C%E2%80%8C-%D8%B5%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7-%D9%85%D8%AF%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%85%D8%AA-%D9%87%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%85%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AF-%D9%81%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%81%DA%A9%D9%86%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%AB%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1

3. Defa News
http://defanews.ir/news/%D9%85%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D9%85-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B1-%E2%80%8C%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%87-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%AF%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%85%E2%80%8C%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AF%DA%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D8%AE%D8%B5%D9%88%D8%B5%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%E2%80%8C%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%B2%DB%8C

4. Tabnak
http://www.tabnak.ir/fa/news/828977/%D8%AD%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%87-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%AF

Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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August 31, 2018

Zarif meets with Erdogan ahead of Iran-Turkey-Russia summit on Syria.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during an official visit to Ankara, Turkey on August 29. The Turkish senior officials and Zarif discussed regional affairs and the ongoing Syrian Civil War in a closed-door meeting. Zarif’s meeting with Erdogan and Cavusoglu comes before a scheduled meeting between President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Erdogan in Tehran on September 7. The Tehran summit will be the third installment in the Russian-Iranian-Turkish talks over the future of the Syrian Civil War.  The three presidents previously convened in Ankara from April 3 - 4. (IRNA) (Twitter) (E) (Reuters) (E)

  • Zarif discusses mutual ties in official visit to Islamabad. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid an official visit to Islamabad, Pakistan after his visit to Ankara, Turkey on August 29. Zarif discussed the expansion of bilateral ties between Iran and Pakistan as well as counterterrorism issues with senior Pakistani officials, including National Assembly Speaker Assad Qaiser, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi, and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. Zarif and Khan discussed continued cooperation between Iran and Pakistan and for an “expansion of efforts to establish peace and stability in all regional countries and to seriously counter terrorism and extremism.” Zarif’s visit comes before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford’s upcoming visit to Islamabad to meet with Khan next week. (Defa Press) (IRNA) (IRNA) (E) (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83017076

2. Twitter
https://twitter.com/JZarif/status/1034878990241153025

3. Reuters
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-turkey-usa/iran-accuses-washington-of-bullying-even-u-s-allies-idUKKCN1LE25C

4. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/306608/%D8%B8%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%81-%D9%BE%D9%86%D8%AC%D8%B4%D9%86%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%E2%80%8C%D8%A2%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AF

5. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/83017668

6. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/en/News/83017663

7. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/06/09/1816833/%D8%B8%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%81-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%86%D8%AE%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%BE%D8%A7%DA%A9%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

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