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Iran News in Brief – February 14, 2022

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UPDATE: 10:00 PM CET

Two Reports of Executions in Iran

The Iranian regime’s Judiciary executed two prisoners in Dieselabad and Zahedan prisons on Sunday, February 13. The executed prisoners were identified as Mosayeb Faraji from Islamabad-e-Gharb and Idris Shahbakhsh, 27, the son of Shamsuddin from Zahedan.


Systemic Neglection in Karaj Prison Puts Prisoners’ Lives at Risk – Sources

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Front gate of Karaj prison in Iran

Reports from sources affiliated with the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization inside Iran reported that a large number of prisoners in Karaj Central Prison have been infected with the Omicron variant but prison officials are refusing any medical treatment. Most cases have occurred in wards 7 and 8 of the prison, and many prisoners are suffering from sore throats, headaches, fever, and chills. There has been no access to physicians for prisoners nor have they been receiving painkillers or proper medication.

A large number of prisoners in this prison are sleeping on the ground floor due to lack of space. Some even sleep on the floor in front of the public toilet, clinging next to each other. These conditions have accelerated the spreading of the Covid-19 virus in prison.


Explosions in IRGC Bases in Western Iran

Noor News, a news site affiliated with the Iranian regime’s Supreme National Security Council, confirmed that a fire broke out at a military base in the west of the country on Monday. The source confirmed that the fire was in one of the “Revolutionary Guards logistical support bases” in the “Mahidasht” area of Kermanshah province. State media claimed there were no casualties.

On Sunday, February 13, unconfirmed reports were published on the internet that several explosions had occurred in northern Kermanshah, a strategic location in Iran with various IRGC missile and military sites.


UPDATE: 2:00 PM CET

Iranian Regime Official Warns About Repercussions of Direct Talks with US

Warning about the consequences of direct talks with the United States, Mohammad Sadegh Koushki, a former intelligence interrogator and a current “political analyst” said: “The Rouhani government was a pro-Western government, but now what? What will they say about us if we negotiate today? The Syrian government, the Hashd al-Shaabi, Yemen, and Hezbollah… what will they say to us when we have become their role model?

According to the state-run website Ruydad24, Koushki added: “God forbid, if the Yemeni forces see that the Islamic Republic is sitting at the negotiating table with the United States again, what will they say? Who wants to handle Yemen’s despair?”


Ongoing Efforts to Woo and Lure People | Iranian-backed Militias Equip Military Training Post in Palmyra Desert Under Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolution Guard Corps Supervision

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights sources in the eastern countryside of Homs in the Syrian desert have reported that militias operating under the banner of Iran have been equipping “Military training post,” near Marhatan village, more than 40 km from Palmyra.

The post is equipped with military and logistical equipment such as weapons, ammunition, dormitories, bunkers, underground rooms in camouflage tactics. This new post is equipped to train new members who have recently joined the ranks of Iranian-backed militias.

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UPDATE: 8:30 AM CET

Retirees Rally in Different Cities

This morning, retirees and pensioners in Tehran, Isfahan, Ahvaz, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Ilam, Arak, Shush, Shooshtar, Bojnurd, Rasht, Tabriz, and Mashhad protested against low payments, lack of health insurance, and poor living conditions. The protesters gathered outside the regime’s parliament in Tehran. In other cities, they gathered outside the Social Security and Retirement Organization offices. Simultaneously, steel industry retirees protested in front of the Steel Pension Fund in Tehran and Isfahan.

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Us Congress Members Call For Firm Iran Policy at Event Organized by Dissidents

Some 50 Bi-partisan Members of the United States House of Representatives took part in an online conference on Friday, February 11, calling on the Biden administration to adopt a firm Iran policy and stand alongside the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom and democracy. The Organization of Iranian American Communities hosted the event marking the 43rd anniversary of Iran’s 1979 anti-monarchical revolution. While expressing their solidarity with the Iranian people, the representatives condemned the Iranian regime as the world’s “worst sponsor of terror” and criticized the current U.S. policy vis-à-vis the regime’s clandestine nuclear program. The lawmakers also expressed their support for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic in Iran.

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Resistance Units Commemorate Mek Martyrs in Cities Across Iran

MEK Resistance Units mark the anniversary of the death of Ashraf Rajavi and Mousa Khiabani

The network of the supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside Iran, known as the Resistance Units, organized various activities commemorating senior leaders of the MEK, Ashraf Rajavi and Mousa Khiabani, killed by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on February 8, 1982. The Resistance Units posted their pictures and posters and paid homage, describing them as eternal symbols of freedom in Iran.

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