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Iran News in Brief – October 23, 2021




US House Foreign Affairs Committee Members Urge Treasury to Take Firm Action Against Iranian Oil Sales

US treasury department

In a letter to the US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, nine members of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee expressed their concerns over China continuing to purchase oil from the Iranian regime.

“These purchases enable Iran to support terrorism, develop ballistic missiles, and pursue weapons,” members of the US congress wore.

“We urge you to take action against China’s illegal conduct of purchasing oil from Iran. This action will increase the credibility of the United States and send a strong message to both Beijing and Tehran that the United States will hold these rogue regimes accountable for destabilizing the Middle East and the world.”


State Affiliated Cleric Calls on Extremists to Attack other Countries

Mohammad-Mohsen Moruji Tabasi (1)

Mohammad-Mohsen Moruji Tabasi, faculty member and director of the University of Religions in Iran, attacked other Muslim countries for failing to send their troops to war in Syria and incited the citizens of these countries to attack the US, UK, and Israel.

Speaking on state television ‘Quran Network’ on October 22, Moruji Tabasi said: “Why shouldn’t we have a joint Islamic army? Why is the burden to defend the holy shrines in Syria and Iraq only upon Haj Qassem Soleimani? Why are other Islamic countries failing to send troops? Why didn’t they go?… Why should a communist country come to our aid? Aren’t these Islamic countries ashamed? Why is Russia coming to help, but Islamic states fail to come to help our children, and then we saw that Qassem Soleimani was martyred.”

Outrightly provoking terrorism, he added: “Do you really want to be a martyr? No problem. Take some explosives, go to the US or the Israeli embassy, and them blow up. You really want to be a martyr and go to heaven? No one is stopping you. There are so many facilities in the United States, Israel, and Britain. Go there, and do it in the name of God. We will pray for you to do this.”


Feudal Infighting within IRGC Becomes More Evident

سیلی خوردن پاسدار خرم در جلسه معارفه‌اش به‌عنوان استاندار

This morning, during the introductory ceremony of Zeinulabedin Khoram, former commander of the IRGC Ashura Corps as the new governor of East Azerbaijan, Khoram was attacked by another IRGC colonel. Khoram who has been one of the IRGC commanders in Syria was appointed as governor by Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s president this week. Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi was also present at the ceremony.


Venediktova: Ukraine Again Requests Iran To Provide Uia Plane Downing Files


As Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova posted on Facebook, “in 2.5 months, we will mark the second anniversary of the downing of Ukrainian plane near Tehran, which killed 176 people. Two of them were the wife and 9-year-old daughter of Hamed Esmaeilion, President of the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims, Canadian citizen of Iranian descent. He and Assistant to Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Mavourneen Mooney paid a visit to the Prosecutor General’s Office.”

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Iran: Coronavirus Fatalities Surpass 462,200

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 462,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran (1)

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Friday, October 22, 2021, that the number of fatalities in 547 cities across Iran had exceeded 462,200. In Tehran it has reached 108,246, Khorasan Razavi 37,855, Isfahan 31,410, Khuzestan 28,345, Mazandaran 17,020, West Azerbaijan 16,998, Fars 16,830, Gilan 16,130, Alborz 13,618, Sistan and Baluchestan 12,990, Kermanshah 8,459, Hormozgan 7,765, Kurdistan 7,412, Semnan 6,210, Qazvin 5,249, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 3,515.

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“My Brother Was Sentenced to Death by Raisi”—Survivor of Iran’s 1988 Massacre


Unfortunately, the summer 1988 massacre in Iran has been one of the most under-reported atrocities in our times. In the span of just a few months the ruling mullahs’ regime sent over 30,000 political prisoners to be executed, mostly members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Countless Iranian families throughout the country have long been devastated by the mass killing, now defined by experts as a “crime against humanity” and “genocide.” Numerous families lost numerous loved ones and the regime, seeking to forever bury these atrocities, carried out the horrific executions in a hasty manner.

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Iran Endangering Children’s Lives With COVID-19 Vaccinations

No health authority worldwide has authorized the use of the COVID-19 vaccines in children under age 11 years so far, except China and Cuba. Yet, the Iranian regime is recommending that parents vaccinate their children as young as 3 years old most probably using COVID-19 vaccines developed in China and Cuba. This recommendation is medically unethical and puts children’s lives in danger. Parents should stand up for their children and fight the government mandate for children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If and when the World Health Organization (WHO), or another globally recognized health authority, authorizes any of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines for use in children-only then should parents carefully weigh the benefits and risks of the vaccine and make the best decision possible for their children.

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Fifth COVID-19 Wave in Iran Worsens, As Sixth Wave Is Imminent

Corona Iran hospital

As Iran is still suffering from its fifth wave of Covid-19 infections, the Iranian regime has announced that they intend to resume normal activities, with public prayer gatherings due to resume on Friday, October 22. According to the regime’s concocted death toll figures, as of Wednesday, the number is approximately 124,500. On the other hand, estimates from the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) suggest that the actual number is above 460,800. The regime has consistently downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic in Iran in a bid to cover up its errors in responding to the crisis.

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Athena Daemi Human Rights Activist, Should Not Spend a Single Day in Prison


Amnesty International has once again called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of human rights activist Athena Daemi. The international organization stated that Athena had been subjected to various human rights violations in Iranian prisons. “Illegal and arbitrary detention, torture, and other cruel and inhuman treatment and unjust imprisonment” are some of the situations Athena has faced during the many years she has spent in prison.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – October 22, 2021