NCRI - Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) rejected the request by an Iran regime's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander to close Saudi Consulate in Erbil calling the request a meddling in the internal affairs of the KRG.
According to Saudi official news agency (SPA), the KRG in a statement on Monday, January 16, announce that the decision to open embassies and consulate of other countries including Saudi Arabia in Erbil is adopted in the framework of the Kurdistan region as well Iraq’s laws and no one is allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of the region.
NCRI - According to the London-based Arabic-language Elaph website on January 15, the Iranian regime is, in a move regarded as an apparent religious sectarian plan, attempting to alter Syria’s demographics by accommodating Shiite population in Sunni areas.
Parts of the report by the Elaph news agency:
NCRI - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff said on Sunday that he thinks the nuclear deal with the Iranian regime "is on life support."
“I'm not here to declare one way or the other ultimately where this is going to go,” incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."
NCRI - Last weekend, protests broke out across major cities in Iran, with people protesting non-payment of wages, essential utilities, like water, being turned off and lack of education for schoolchildren.
Sunday, January 15
Arak- Central Iran
Hepco Co. workers were protesting five months of unpaid wages and demanding to be paid their outstanding wages and benefits.
NCRI - With 130 votes in favor, Iranian regime’s parliament doubled the budget for regime’s public broadcasting on Sunday January 15.
The money dedicated by the government to regime’s public broadcasting is 3.5 percent of the national budget which, considering the current rise, will reach nearly 3000 billion tomans (1 billion dollars) from a previous amount of 1500 billion (500 million dollars).
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.