Iran News Round Up

The Iran News Round Up ran from February 2009-September 2018. Visit the Iran File for the latest analysis.

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by Ali Alfoneh, Ahmad Majidyar and Michael Rubin.  To subscribe to this daily newsletter, please visit this page, fill out the "New Subscribers" section, and check "Iran News Round Up" listed under "Projects." 

(E) = Article in English




Military and Security

  • An "unarmed" and "mentally disturbed man's attempt to hijack a passenger plane to Damascus" was aborted.
  • The Revolutionary Guards boast of preventing "an element related to the counterrevolution to hijack a plane."
  • Basij of the Oppressed will soon have a brown uniform of its own distinct from the IRGC uniform.
  • Monthly salary during military service: 1st Private, 2nd Private, and Private First Class: C. $42, Corporal: $43, Sergeant First Class: $47, Sergeant: $45, Master Sergeant: $49, First Sergeant: $51, Sergeant Major: $54, 3rd Lieutenant: $58, 2nd Lieutenant: $62, 1st Lieutenant: $69, 1st Lieutenant Medical Doctor: $76.
  • Basij Chief Mohammad-Reza Naghdi: "The enemies of the Islamic revolution have 30 years experience with us but have still not come to their senses and conspire against our country..."
  • Former Revolutionary Guards Chief Rahim Safavi: "It is written in George Bush's memoirs that after invading Afghanistan and Iraq, they had decided to attack Iran, but the question remains: Why did the Americans not find the courage to attack Iran despite their decision? It is clear that after the wise preparations and courageous positions of the Supreme Leader, the presence of the Basij and the fact that the Americans did not know what would be the reaction of the Basij, they did not find the courage to attack Iran. Of course, apart from the military might of our country's armed forces, the Basij was the main deterrence towards United States invasion..."
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Mojtaba Zolnour, Basij deputy: "There are those who think that Bani-Sadr fled the country, but the Islamic regime allowed Bani-Sadr to leave the country... Everyone saw that Bani-Sadr fled the country dressed as a woman..."
  • Navy Chief Habibollah Sayari says the navy will add new submarine units.
  • Expediency Council Strategic Studies Center arranges a seminar on underground music in Iran.
  • [E] A senior Iranian diplomat denies western media reports claiming that Iran has obtained 19 advanced missiles from North Korea.

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