Iran News Round Up

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Key takeaway: Hardline senior clerics censured President Hassan Rouhani’s statement of support for public referendums.

Interim Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami stated that Iran’s enemies are gladdened by President Hassan Rouhani’s recent statement in support of using public referendums to resolve disagreements on certain issues. Khatami stated that such referendums will never be conducted. Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani also criticized Rouhani’s statement. Rouhani stated on February 11 that if the people disagree on certain issues, Iran will “bring the ballot box” and act according to Article 59 of the Iranian Constitution. Article 59 permits the people to vote on “vital economic, political, social, and cultural issues” if two-thirds of the Parliament approves a request for a referendum.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from February 14 - 15.

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February 16, 2018

Iran’s Hardliners Can Leverage the Post-Protest Space

Marie Donovan argues that Iran’s hardliners are undermining the regime’s best chance at improving Iran’s economy in the long run in, “Iran’s Hardliners Can Leverage the Post-Protest Space.”

February 16, 2018

Iranian Anti-Regime Protests and Security Flaws

Mike Saidi demonstrates how the recent protests highlighted weaknesses in the readiness of Iranian security forces in a dataset using videos submitted by Iranian protesters. View the dataset here and the graphics here.

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February 16, 2018

Clerics censure Rouhani’s praise of public referendums.

Interim Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami stated that Iran’s enemies are gladdened by President Hassan Rouhani’s recent statement in support of using public referendums to resolve disagreements on certain issues. Khatami stated that such referendums will never be conducted. Rouhani stated on February 11 that if the people disagree on certain issues, Iran will “bring the ballot box” and act according to Article 59 of the Iranian Constitution. Article 59 permits the people to vote on “vital economic, political, social, and cultural issues” if two-thirds of the Parliament approves a request for a referendum. (Radio Farda)

  • Prominent hardliner Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani stated that the “[Iranian] people held a referendum once and said yes to it,” in reference to the 1979 referendum on the creation of an Islamic Republic. He urged authorities “to avoid marginal issues and think about solving the problems of the people.” (Alef)
February 16, 2018

Ahmadinejad renews public criticism of the Judiciary.

Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized the Judiciary during remarks on the steps of a Tehran courthouse on February 14. Security personnel prevented Ahmadinejad from attending a court session of his imprisoned former Deputy Vice President Hamid Baghaei. Baghaei was arrested in July 2017 and was later released, and was sentenced in December 2017. Ahmadinejad claimed that the Judiciary has falsely identified the deaths of detainees as suicides. Ahmadinejad’s former First Vice President Esfandiyar Rahim Mashaei accompanied Ahmadinejad and also criticized the Judiciary. Mashaei stated that until the Judiciary explains the recent deaths of some detainees, the Judiciary has no right to arrest people. The regime has claimed that several detainees recently committed suicide, including Sina Ghanbari and Mohammad Heidari, who were arrested during the recent protests, and Iranian-Canadian academic and environmentalist Kavous Seyyed Emami. Ahmadinejad has increased his public criticism of Judiciary Head Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani and the government at large over the last few months. (Radio Farda) (Radio Farda) (ISNA)

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f8-conservatives-against-referendum-suggested-by-rouhani/29039165.html

2. Alef
http://www.alef.ir/news/3961125128.html

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/iran-ahmadinejad-lashes-out-at-judiciary-again-on-court-steps/29039173.html

2. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/29040030.html

3. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/96112514160/%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D9%86%DA%98%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D9%88-%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%84-%D8%A8%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%82%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D8%AD%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B1-%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%AA%D9%86%D8%AF

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February 16, 2018

Rouhani heads senior delegation to India to discuss economic investment.

President Hassan Rouhani headed a senior Iranian political and economic delegation to India to promote bilateral economic relations during a three-day visit beginning on February 15. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Rouhani following Modi’s visit to Tehran in May 2016. Rouhani will meet with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on February 17. Rouhani will also sign 15 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on economic cooperation and trade with India. Rouhani aims to encourage Indian investments in Iran during his visit. The senior Iranian delegation includes First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri, Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohammad Nahavandian, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi, Industry, Mines, and Trade Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari, and Rouhani’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi. (IRNA) (Tehran Times) (E) (Reuters) (E) (ILNA)

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82832968

2. Tehran Times
http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/421285/Rouhani-starts-three-day-tour-of-India

3. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-iran/irans-rouhani-seeks-indian-investment-amid-u-s-pressure-idUSKCN1FY1RP

4. ILNA
http://www.ilna.ir/%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C-3/594037-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B5%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%A6%D8%AA-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D9%87%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D8%B1%DA%A9-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

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February 16, 2018

Central Bank addresses rial devaluation crisis.

The Iranian Central Bank announced on February 14 that it will introduce new policies designed to curtail the recent devaluation of the Iranian rial. The official exchange rate of the Iranian rial has devalued by roughly 25 percent since September 2017. The Central Bank announced that it would start to offer rial-based certificate of deposits (CDs) with desirable rates of return in order to disincentivize Iranians from exchanging their rials for U.S. dollars. Central Bank head Valiollah Seif claimed on January 22 that investors should not expect the Iranian rial to devalue any further than a value of approximately 46,500 rials to the U.S. dollar at the time. The rial has since dropped to the value of approximately 50,000 rials to the U.S. dollar as of February 14. Parliamentary Economic Committee head Mohammad Reza Pour Ebrahimi stated that the current state of the currency exchange market is “worrisome” and blamed the government for a “lack of management.” Further devaluation of the Iranian rial may result in increased inflation, which may be cause for future protests if Iranian wages are unable to keep up with the increase in prices. (Mehr News Agency) (Fars News Agency) (Mehr News Agency) (ISNA)

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
https://www.mehrnews.com/news/4227961/%D9%86%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B7%D8%A6%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

2. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13961125001867

3. Mehr News Agency
https://www.mehrnews.com/news/4227546/%DA%A9%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B4-%DB%B2%DB%B5-%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2%D8%B4-%D9%BE%D9%88%D9%84-%D9%85%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AF%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%84-%D8%B9%D8%AF%D9%85-%D9%85%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2

4. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/96112514776/%D8%B3%D9%87-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86%DA%A9-%D9%85%D8%B1%DA%A9%D8%B2%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2-%D8%A7%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%B4%D8%AF

Key takeaway: Tensions escalated between Iran and Israel after the Israeli Air Force intercepted and destroyed an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered Israeli airspace on February 10.

IRGC Deputy Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Ghassemi did not confirm the reports of the Israeli strike against the Iranian drone and called the Israelis “liars.” Israeli Defense Forces also targeted 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in a “large-scale strike,” including four Iranian targets reportedly linked to the Iranian UAV program in Syria. Israel views the presence of Iranian forces and basing near its northeastern border as an immediate security threat and have taken military action to eliminate concerns, including a strike against an Iranian military base in al Kiswah, Rif Dimashq Governorate in southern Syria on December 2, 2017.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from February 10 - 12.

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February 13, 2018

Iran’s Hardliners Can Leverage the Post-Protest Space.

Marie Donovan argues that Iran’s hardliners are undermining the regime’s best chance at improving Iran’s economy in the long run in, “Iran’s Hardliners Can Leverage the Post-Protest Space.”

February 13, 2018

Iranian Anti-Regime Protests and Security Flaws

Mike Saidi demonstrates how the recent protests highlighted weaknesses in the readiness of Iranian security forces in a dataset using videos submitted by Iranian protesters. View the dataset here and the graphics here.

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Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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February 13, 2018

Iranian officials dismiss reports that Israel intercepted Iranian drone.

Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Shamkhani and Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghassemi both rejected reports that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on February 10. Shamkhani claimed that the Syrian Air Force destroyed an Israeli drone that violated Syria’s airspace. (Alef) (YJC) (Fars News Agency)

February 13, 2018

Foreign Ministry officials meet with al Houthi spokesperson in Tehran.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Foreign Ministry Senior Advisor for Special Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari met separately with Yemeni al Houthi spokesperson Mohammad Abdul Salam in Tehran. Zarif emphasized the need for conflict resolution in Yemen through the implementation of his four-point peace plan during their meeting on February 10. The proposal recommends the establishment of a ceasefire, the provision of humanitarian assistance, intra-Yemeni dialogue, and the formation of an inclusive national unity government. Ansari and Abdul Salam also discussed conflict resolution in Yemen during their meeting on February 12. (Tasnim News Agency) (IRNA) (YJC)

February 13, 2018

Velayati rules out ballistic missile program discussions during French president’s trip to Tehran.

Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati warned that Iran will rebuff any of French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to discuss Iran’s ballistic missile program during his forthcoming visit to Tehran. Velayati emphasized that Iran will continue to develop its missile program according to its defense needs. He also expressed disappointment that France is participating in a joint U.S.-EU working group to fix the nuclear deal’s flaws. (Alef)  

Citations & Links

1. Alef
http://www.alef.ir/news/3961122172.html

2. YJC
http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/6434746/%D8%B4%D9%85%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A6%DB%8C%D9%84-%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B2%D9%86-%D9%88-%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B1%D9%88-%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%B4%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%87-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

3. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/13961121001262

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/11/21/1653343/%D8%B3%D8%AE%D9%86%DA%AF%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%DB%8C%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B8%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%81-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

2. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82829544

3. YJC
http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/6436207/%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D8%AE%D9%86%DA%AF%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%DB%8C%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C

Citations & Links

1. Alef
http://www.alef.ir/news/3961122140.html

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February 13, 2018

Rouhani: The people must settle disagreements through public referendums, not fighting.

President Hassan Rouhani said that the people should settle disagreements on social, cultural, economic issues through public referendums, not “fights or slogans” during a speech on February 11 marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Article 59 of the Iranian Constitution permits the people to vote on “vital economic, political, social, and cultural issues” if two-thirds of the Parliament approves a request for a referendum. Rouhani stressed that the Constitution is Iran’s “touchstone” and that “many of the issues regarding freedoms and social relations are due to non-compliance with the Constitution.” Rouhani also called for political unity amongst principlists, reformists, and moderates in the coming year. Rouhani encouraged debate and differences of personal opinion regarding electoral candidates, and stressed that the results of elections must be respected as the people’s choice. (President.ir) (Kayhan) (E) (Donya-e Eqtesad)

February 13, 2018

Credit cooperative ordered to repay defrauded investors up to $15,000.

Parliament Deputy Speaker Massoud Pezeshkian said that Vali Asr Credit Cooperative in Robat Karim and Baharestan Counties in Tehran Province will need to repay depositors who have lost their savings up to $15,000. Defrauded investors have protested losing their life savings to corrupt, loosely-regulated credit cooperatives and financial and credit institutions. (IRIB) (Radio Farda) (E)

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/102861

2. Kayhan
http://kayhan.ir/en/news/49959/rouhani-iran-ready-to-protect-security-in-region

3. Donya-e Eqtesad
http://donya-e-eqtesad.com/%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%B1-64/3353092-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B4%DB%8C%D9%85

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-illegal-banks-fail-depositors-protest/28849665.html

2. IRIB
http://www.iribnews.ir/fa/news/2028717/%D9%BE%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%87-%DA%AF%D8%B0%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%86%DB%8C-%D9%88%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%B9%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D8%AC-%D8%AA%D8%A7-%D8%B3%D9%82%D9%81-%DB%B5%DB%B0-%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%AA%D9%88%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86

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February 13, 2018

Rouhani: How can Iran talk about other issues if the West won’t uphold the nuclear deal?

President Hassan Rouhani stated, “If the JCPOA were implemented and [put into action] in full, Iran would have been ready to enter into talks about other important and complicated issues with others,” in a meeting with foreign ambassadors on February 11. Rouhani also warned the U.S. that withdrawing from the accord would be a grave strategic error. Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi stated on February 8 that future talks on other issues depended on successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

  • Artesh Commander Maj. Gen. Abdol Rahim Mousavi and Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS) Deputy Coordinator IRGC Brig. Gen. Ali Abdollahi stated on February 11 that Iran will not negotiate on its ballistic missile program. Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi predicted that EU attempts to alter terms of the JCPOA will not satisfy President Donald Trump. Trump has stated that the U.S. will withdraw from the JCPOA if the U.S. and the Europeans are unable to address the accord’s flaws. (President.ir) (Defa Press) (Defa Press) (Alef)

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/102827

2. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/278392/

3. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/278410/

4. Alef
http://www.alef.ir/news/3961123094.html

Key takeaway: The Artesh Air Force’s role in de-escalating tensions with Turkish forces in northwestern Syria underscores the Iranian regime’s efforts to re-posture elements of the Artesh force structure towards supporting the IRGC’s expeditionary operations.

The Artesh Air Force’s deployment of a C-130 transport aircraft near Fua, Idlib Governorate may be part of brokered deal between Turkey, Iran, and Russia to de-escalate the situation in Idlib Governorate and evacuate the towns of Fua and Kefraya. Turkey recently established a new observation post on February 5 at al Ais, Idlib Governorate as a part of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria. Iran perceives Turkey’s actions at al Ais as a threat to the nearby Shia-majority towns of Fua and Kefraya.

Artesh Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shah Safi conveyed the Artesh Air Force’s readiness to maintain an “active presence” in supporting the “oppressed Muslims of the Axis of Resistance” during a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 8. Shah Safi’s comments also reflect the regime’s efforts to re-posture elements of the Artesh force structure towards supporting the IRGC abroad. The regime has deployed Artesh personnel and materiel, including C-130 transport aircraft, to support IRGC operations in Syria previously. Senior Artesh commanders have expanded the Artesh’s historic mission of protecting Iran’s borders to include expeditionary deployment.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from February 8 - 10.

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February 10, 2018

Iran’s Hardliners Can Leverage the Post-Protest Space

Marie Donovan argues that Iran’s hardliners are undermining the regime’s best chance at improving Iran’s economy in the long run in, “Iran’s Hardliners Can Leverage the Post-Protest Space.”

February 10, 2018

Iranian Anti-Regime Protests and Security Flaws

Mike Saidi demonstrates how the recent protests highlighted weaknesses in the readiness of Iranian security forces in a dataset using videos submitted by Iranian protesters. View the dataset here and the graphics here.

Citations & Links

Citations & Links

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February 10, 2018

Artesh Air Force stresses readiness to expand role in Iran’s expeditionary activities.

Artesh Air Force Commander Brig. Gen. Hassan Shah Safi conveyed the Artesh Air Force’s readiness to maintain an “active presence” in supporting the “oppressed Muslims and the Axis of Resistance” during a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 8. Safi also expressed the Artesh Air Force’s preparedness to work with its “military alliance” to combat Israel and terrorism in the region. Iranian news outlet Tasnim News Agency Director Hossein Dalirian tweeted a photo of an Artesh Air Force C-130 transport aircraft flying above Fua, Idlib Governorate, Syria on the same day as Safi’s remarks. Turkey recently established a new observation post on February 5 at al Ais, Idlib Governorate, Syria as a part of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria. Iran perceives Turkey’s actions at al Ais as a threat to the nearby Shia-majority towns of Fua and Kefraya. The presence of the C-130 may be part of brokered deal between Turkey, Iran, and Russia to de-escalate the situation in Idlib and evacuate the towns of Fua and Kefraya. (Tasnim News Agency) (Twitter)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/11/19/1651678/%D9%81%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%DB%8C-%D9%87%D9%88%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%B4-%D9%86%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D9%85%DA%A9-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AC%D8%A8%D9%87%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%85%D8%AA-%D8%AD%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF

2. Twitter
https://twitter.com/HosseinDalirian/status/961558644641976320

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February 10, 2018

Israel intercepts and downs an Iranian drone.

An Israeli Air Force (IAF) helicopter detected and successfully intercepted an Iranian drone in the early morning on February 10 in Israeli airspace. Israel Defense Force (IDF) Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis noted that the “drone fell in [Israeli] territory and is in [Israel’s] position.” The Israeli military subsequently targeted 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria in a “large-scale strike,” including four Iranian targets reportedly linked to the Iranian drone program in Syria. Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems, possibly S-200s, downed an Israeli F-16 fighter jet and separate unconfirmed reports claim that the Syrian military also downed an IDF Apache helicopter. (Twitter) (Twitter) (Haaretz)

  • IRGC Deputy Commander refuses to confirm Israeli strike against Iranian UAV. IRGC Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami commented on the reports of an Israeli strike against an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), saying that “[Iran] does not confirm any reports from Israel’s side.” Salami stated that “if the Syrians confirm [the reports] then we will also confirm [the reports], because the Israelis are liars.” Salami also reiterated regime claims that Iran does not have a military presence in Syria rather Iran’s presence in Syria is strictly “advisory.” (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Twitter
https://twitter.com/AlMayadeenLive/status/962229842774298625

2. Twitter
https://twitter.com/HosseinDalirian/status/962200834036690944

3. Haaretz
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/red-alert-sirens-sound-heavy-aerial-activity-in-northern-israel-1.5806508

4. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/11/21/1653099/%D9%88%D8%A7%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%B4-%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-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%B9%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A6%DB%8C%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%A8%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%86%DA%AF%D9%88%D9%86%DB%8C-%D9%BE%D9%87%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86

Nuclear Deal Developments
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February 10, 2018

Iranian diplomat says U.S. must implement the nuclear deal before discussing other issues.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi said at a Euromoney conference in Paris that the U.S. must “make [the nuclear deal] a successful experience” before Iran could discuss other unspecified issues. Araghchi also denied any connection between the nuclear deal and Iran’s regional activities and emphasized that Iran has played a pivotal role in promoting stability and peace in the region. Araghchi’s comments likely reflect the regime’s efforts to preserve the nuclear deal. They do not necessarily indicate that the regime has become more willing to negotiate on certain issues, such as Iran’s ballistic missile program. Iranian officials have repeatedly refused Western calls to negotiate the ballistic missile program. (Reuters) (E) (Radio Farda) (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Reuters
https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKBN1FS1HX-OCATP

2. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/29028064.html

3. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/11/19/1651832/%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82%DA%86%DB%8C-%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%88-%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B4-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B7%DB%8C-%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%AF-%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF

Domestic Politics
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February 10, 2018

Khamenei calls for government officials to fight corruption and discrimination.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on leaders within the Judiciary, Executive, and the Legislative branches of government to “seriously pursue people’s complaints about corruption and discrimination.” Khamenei described the Iranian people as victims of corruption and discrimination. Khamenei likened corruption to a seven-headed dragon and expressed his cognizance of the difficulty in combating corruption. Khamenei also discussed the importance of justice and called for the removal of the “large disparity between the various strata” of Iranians. Khamenei encouraged the Artesh Air Force to continue building equipment. Khamenei made his remarks during a meeting with Artesh Air Force Commanders and officials on February 8, celebrated as Air Force Day in Iran. (Khamenei.ir)

  • Friday Prayer leaders across the country echoed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s call for officials to fight corruption. Arak Friday Prayer leader Ayatollah Ghorban Ali Dorri Najafabadi and Ayatollah Hashem Hosseini Bushehri said that authorities have a duty to fight corruption, discrimination, and unemployment. Ilam Friday Prayer leader Hojjat ol Eslam Mohammad Naghi Lotfi urged authorities to work to erase class divisions. Urmia Friday Prayer Leader Hojjat ol Eslam Mehdi Ghoreishi emphasized social justice as one of the founding principles of the Iranian revolution and urged officials to fight financial corruption and root out class divisions. (ISNA) (ISNA) (ISNA) (ISNA)

 

February 10, 2018

Senior cleric blames mandatory hijab protest movement on “foreign and internal actors.”

Mashhad Friday Prayer Leader Ahmad Alam ol Hoda said both foreign and internal actors are knowingly and unknowingly targeting the hijab in the name of freedom and happiness but are actually following the enemy during a sermon in Mashhad on February 9. He said foreign enemies are plotting to undermine the pillars of the Islamic Revolution. He also called for supporters to participate in events commemorating the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which falls on February 11. Women in cities across Iran have participated in recent demonstrations protesting the mandatory wearing of the hijab. (ISNA) (Asriran)

Citations & Links

1. Khamenei.ir
http://farsi.khamenei.ir/speech-content?id=38872

2. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/96112011684/

3. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/96112011749/

4. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/96112011665/

5. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/96112011718/

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/96112011741/%D8%B4%D8%B1%DA%A9%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%BE%DB%8C%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%DB%B2%DB%B2%D8%A8%D9%87%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B2%D8%B1%DA%AF-%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

2. Asriran
http://www.asriran.com/fa/news/591884/%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%85%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%87%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D9%86%D8%B5-%D8%B5%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AD-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A2%D9%86-%D8%B4%D8%B1%DA%A9%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%BE%DB%8C%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-22-%D8%A8%D9%87%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D8%B4%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%DA%A9%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AE%D9%84%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%AD%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AF

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