NCRI - The Syrian opposition negotiating high commission announced their support for the Astana talks in Kazakhstan, Al-Arabiya reported on January 15, 2017.
At the same time, Syrian combatant organizations in Ankara stressed that the Assad regime and its supporting militias need to adhere to the ceasefire and the observers need to be deployed in the contact lines.
NCRI - Senior adviser to Qassem Soleimani commander of the IRGC terrorist Quds Force, Iraj Masjedi, who has recently been appointed as Iranian regime’s ambassador in Iraq said Mosul, Lebanon, Aleppo and Syria is the regime’s frontline.
According to state-run Mehr news agency on January 13, IRGC Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, who was speaking on the anniversary of the killing of another Pasdar (IRGC Revolutionary Guard) in Syria, said: “Yesterday the frontline of our fighters was Abadan, Khorramshahr, Mehran and… and now the frontline is Mosul, Lebanon, Aleppo and Syria.”
NCRI - According to the head of the National Drought and Disaster Management of Meteorological Organizations, some %84 of Iran is facing some degree of drought and 10% of the country is at risk of “severer drought.”
On Friday, January 13, state-run ISNA news agency quoting Shahrokh Fateh, head of the national meteorological organization, wrote: “Based on the SPEI index (internationally recognized system for measuring drought), in the past twelve months ending in December, there are mild to severe droughts in many parts of the country.”
Al Arabiya English Sunday, 15 January 2017 reported that newly recruited Houthi fighters parade before heading to the frontline to fight against government forces, in Sanaa.
A Houthi militia leader has confessed that both Iran and Hezbollah have been heavily involved in training their fighters.
Abu Mohammed, who was in charge of rocket attacks in the al-Nihm district in Yemen, made the confession after surrendering.
Iranians from inside Iran have taken big risks by participating In the Simaye Azadi (Iranntv) telethon including the risk of imprisonment or even execution, and despite the intolerable economic situation, they have been non-stop calling the TV and have been announcing their contributions to the pledge drive. They are from different strata and age groups. This moving video clip demonstrates a small number of these calls to the telethon that started on Jan 13.
NCRI - In an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, Tariq al-Hashimi, Secretary General of the Iraqi Islamic Party and former Iraqi vice president, revealed details of a meeting he had a few years back with Ghasem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Quds Force.
Tariq al-Hashimi was on a trip to Tehran at the time to meet with a number of Iranian officials, and above all with the then President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad.
NCRI - With the joint commission meeting held in Vienna to oversee Iran’s nuclear deal, Vatan-e Emrooz, a newspaper close to Khamenei’s band, has written on January 13 that “the more we refer to this commission, the more responsibilities we’ll likely have to bear! Iran (Iranian regime) has accepted new commitments beyond those set out in the nuclear deal as to the amount of its enriched uranium reserve, and has also decided not to pursue its complaints over the extension of Iran Sanctions Act.”
NCRI - A French organization called for total boycott of Iranian regime’s football because of the regime carrying out executions in football stadiums. The request was sent to the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the FIFA’s secretary general has also supported the call.
According to state-run ISNA news agency, on January 12, French news site SOfoot wrote that FIFA has recently added an article (provision) to its statutes emphasizing on human rights according to which the organization will deal with countries that implement death penalty in sports stadiums.
NCRI - Iran’s central bank in a report announced the debt of Rouhani’s government to the central bank has reached 178,680 billion Tomans (55 billion dollars) by November 20, 2016. According to the report, the government’s debt has faced %45.4 increase in the past seven months.
NCRI - A group of political prisoners in Gohardasht prison have announced in a message their support for the 21st fund raising campaign by Simay Azadi (Iran National Television, INTV) affiliated to Iranian Resistance.
The message reads in part: