Iran News Round Up

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A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by the AEI Critical Threats Project's Iran research team. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online. 

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  • Shi’a militant group Saraya as-Salam, recently formed by Sadrist Movement Leader Muqatada al Sadr, has reportedly entered Samarra “to defend this city’s sacred shrines and cooperate with military forces.”


  • National Security and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Commission Chairman MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi announced IRI’s opposition to secession in Iraq:
    • “[Iran’s] opinion is firmly opposed to such a phenomenon and considers it to be to the benefit of Islam’s enemies.”
    • “Iran’s continuous recommendation to the Turkish government is based on preventing the region from being engulfed in flames and not supporting terrorism. This danger threatens the region’s disintegration.”
    • “Supporting [Iraq’s] disintegration is a betrayal to the nation and history of Iraq.”



  • Head of the Ammar Base [pro-Khamenei think tank] Hojjat al Eslam Mehdi Taeb called IS’ incursion a “sedition” sponsored by the U.S. and Israel:
    •  “The success of [IS] is because none has noticed its connection with America and Israel, therefore they rapidly change colors.”
    •  “Their next goal is Turkey and Jordan.”
    • “The supporters of ISIL are terrified today. For example, Saudi Arabia, which finances all ISIL’s costs and expenses, has announced preparedness in order to preserve its image.”


  • Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed Tehran’s commitment to Iraq upon Baghdad’s request at a press conference in Moscow and said:
    • “What has recently occurred in Iraq is the result of foreign intervention, a plan that America designed. The Americans are seeking to implement a second Ukraine in Iraq.”



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