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Iran News in Brief – November 11, 2021




Farmers in Isfahan Continue to Protests for Water

چهارمین روز متوالی تجمعات اعتراضی کشاورزان خشمگین اصفهان

For the fourth consecutive day, angry farmers in Isfahan province held a rally at the dry river bed of the Zayandehrood. The representative of the protesting farmers emphasized in a speech that they will continue their protest until they receive a clear response from the authorities. Some farmers say that there is enough water behind the Zayandehrud Dam to supply the province’s agriculture, and they are asking the state why the water is withheld and why their crops are doomed to vanish.


Syria Dismissed IRGC Leader

Mustafa Javad Ghaffari- IRGC-min

According to Al-Arabiya on November 10, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards leader was expelled from Syria by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Al-Arabiya quoted Syrian sources saying: “Mustafa Javad Ghaffari, who has been dubbed “the executioner of Aleppo” for his crimes against Syrians in the Sunni villages of al-Qusayr and around Aleppo, has been expelled from Syria for his many atrocities, which have further discredited the Assad regime and increased disgust inside and outside the country.”


SOHR: Unknown Warplanes Strike Weapon Depots of Iranian-backed Militias in Syria


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said several explosions were heard in the Bukamal area near the Syrian-Iraqi border following the strikes. It added that the strikes led to destroying weapon depots amid confirmed reports on casualties.

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Pentagon Press Secretary Updates Media on Iranian-backed Groups in Iraq


John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary said DOD “presumes” that attacks in and around Iraq were launched by Iranian-backed militias. There have been a number of attacks with the latest being an attempt to assassinate Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Sunday. Drones attacked the prime minister’s residence in Baghdad.

“These attacks are being perpetrated by militia groups that are backed by Iran, and [they] have access to resources and to … lethal tools to conduct these attacks,” Kirby said. “I can’t speak with great specificity as to the timing of these attacks and why they’re happening … in certain times, as opposed to others.”

“All I can say is, we’re focused on the threat,” he continued. “It’s not just a threat to us, but to our Iraqi partners as the attack on the prime minister clearly demonstrated. And we take those seriously.”



The Trial of Hamid Noury Continues From Durres, Albania

تظاهرات ایرانیان آزاده و هواداران مجاهدین در استکهلم

Today, while Hamid Noury was being tried from Albania, Majid Sahib Jam, a member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization (PMOI/MEK) who had spent 17 of his life in Iran’s prisoners, testifies about the regime’s crimes during the massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988.

Simultaneously, Iranians and supporters of the PMOI/MEK in Sweden held a demonstration in front of the Stockholm courthouse and chanted slogans in support of the justice movement.

How Long Can You Keep Governing the Country without Transparency, Asks Former Official

Mostafa Hashemitaba, former vice president

Mostafa Hashemitaba, former vice president and former minister of industries said: “Right now, various accusations have been spread on the internet against all state officials, including the heads of the three branches, ministers, and other officials.”

Talking to the state-run Sharq newspaper, he added: “Why aren’t these officials trying to explain their reasons to create transparency? Why is the Minister of Agriculture failing to explain the reasons why he appointed three of his nieces and nephews to the ministry? Why doesn’t the Minister of Energy explain the reason for employing people who lack expertise while his ministry is full of experts? Why is nobody providing an explanation for the issue with the Vietnamese ship? Why doesn’t the Ministry of Health clarify issues related to the Covid-19 virus, drugs, vaccines, and domestic production? Why is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs failing to clarify the issue of Caspian Sea gas wells? Why are the Environment Organization, the Ministry of Housing, the Ministry of Agriculture, and other relevant agencies not explaining to the people about the subsidence in the country and why aren’t they telling us what happened in Isfahan?”

The former official warned: “There are so many issues and just as the Rouhani government kept the people in ignorance, the current administration is continuing the same path. Can governance continue without transparency?”


The Enemy Wants to Incite an Uprising, IRGC Warns

Javan newspaper, run by the IRGC wrote on November 10: “The enemy’s psychological warfare aimed at activating security faults and radicalizing the socio-economic demands of the people has greatly increased, while frequent power outages, water shortages, and droughts and rallies in support of the Khuzestan protests, dissatisfaction, and protests in July 2021 has reached its highest point. The enemies of the state, while using all the capacities of internet-based, print, and audio-visual media, continue to target the trust of the people and they are inducing their audience that the Iranian society has become more and more impoverished and that this will deteriorate because of the Raisi administration’s performance.”

The IRGC-run daily warned: “In November, there has been a surge in incitement and encouragement of field actions in various ways, including holding rallies or graffiti on the walls, in order to “recreate” the protests of November 2019.”


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“As Far as I Know, You’re the Last One”—Survivor of 1988 Massacre Testifies in Hamid Noury Trial

1988 Massacre of political prisoners in Iran

On Wednesday, the District Court of Durres, Albania, convened for the thirty-fifth session of the trial of Hamid Noury, an Iranian prison official charged with torturing inmates in the Gohardasht prison (Karaj) and taking part in the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. Noury was apprehended by Swedish authorities during a trip to the country. Noury is now standing trial in a court where many of his victims are giving harrowing testimonies of how he and other regime officials brutally tortured prisoners.

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Cop26 and the State of Iran’s Environment


While COP26 is in progress, it has been intelligently mentioned that storms, floods, and wildfires are intensifying around the world. Air pollution sadly affects the health of tens of millions of people and unpredictable weather causes untold damage to homes and livelihoods too. But while the impacts of climate change are devastating, advances in tackling it are leading to cleaner air, creating good jobs, restoring nature, and at the same time unleashing economic growth. Despite these opportunities, man is not acting fast enough. Countries need to join forces urgently to avert this crisis.

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Activist Teacher Aziz Ghasemzadeh Summoned to the Court of Rudsar


The 2nd Branch of the Revolutionary and Public Court of Rudsar summoned the activist teacher Aziz Ghasemzadeh on November 6, 2021. The security forces had arrested Aziz Ghasemzadeh on September 26, 2021, one day after the nationwide protest gatherings of teachers in 36 cities. They subsequently inspected his residence and confiscated some of his personal belongings.

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Iran Security Forces Kill Five Men in Last Seven Days, Including Minor


According to reports from human rights groups, Iranian security forces and border police killed five men, including a minor in the last seven days in northwestern, western, and southeastern Iran. Yesterday, security forces opened fire and killed Ali Berahouyi on the Bam-Reygan road in Kerman, southeastern Iran. An informed source said security forces opened fire without a warning and shot Ali in the head.

On November 8, a border porter or “kolbar” was killed by border police in Sanandaj, western Iran. The Hengaw Organization website identified him as Farhad Zandi, married and father to one child. Border police opened fire on his car without a warning, on suspicion that he was smuggling goods. An informed source said Farhad’s car was empty, and he was not carrying anything.

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