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Iran News in Brief – October 27, 2021

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UPDATE: 11:00 PM CEST

Resounding Iran Defeat From Baghdad to Beirut

THE UN Security Council’s endorsement of the results of the recent Iraqi elections came as a fatal blow to the camp of the militias affiliated with Iran. Therefore, the demands of this camp for manual counting, or the rerun of the elections on the original date in 2022 are no longer valid. Today, they are trying to prove their ability to destabilize civil peace under the slogan “Either we are in power, or no country”.

The pressures exerted by these gangs will not change the reality in which the Iraqis have proven that they are fed up with corruption, the wear and tear of institutions, and the political class’s subservience to Iran. Meanwhile, the sectarian slogans, which used to be a force of attraction, fell with the October uprising in 2019, and this was translated into the ballot boxes on October 10.

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UPDATE: 10:30 PM CEST

Afghanistan Meeting Turned Out Futile for Tehran

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Today, despite previous planning, Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s president did not attend the meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries; Mohammad Mokhber, the vice president participated instead.

In this meeting, foreign ministers from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Pakistan attended in person, while their Chinese and Russian counterparts participated virtually. A Taliban spokesman had previously announced that the group would not attend the Tehran summit, unlike their participation in the Moscow summit. Iranian state media criticized the meeting and used condemning language against the Taliban and Russia.


Terrified of Social Upheaval, Iranian Regime Resorts to Wargames

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Approaching the second anniversary of the November 2019 uprising, the Iranian regime conducted war games by special forces in urban combat mode.

Quds force affiliated news agency, Tasnim reported: “Special forces conducted an urban warfare operation by carrying out a pre-determined plan and offensive missions. They liberated the city occupied by the hypothetical enemy and then carried out an accelerated defensive drill across the city.”

In November 2019, the sudden spike in gas prices triggered major uprisings across Iran. During four days, protesters took to the streets in at least 191 cities, calling for regime change. They burned down police stations, banks, gas stations, and offices of the ruling clerics. The regime shut down the internet and brutally cracked down on protesters. It was the most severe security crisis in the regime’s history.


UPDATE: 10:00 PM CEST

Iranian Regime’s Judiciary Upholds Severe Sentencing Against Poor Father for Stealing Food

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Iranian regime’s Judiciary defended the inhuman sentencing of imprisonment and flogging of a deprived father of three children for steeling some food.

A reporter from the IRGC-affiliated Fars News Agency asked the Judiciary’s spokesman: “In recent days, concerning the sentence of one of the Judiciary’s branches that ordered ten months imprisonment and forty lashes for stealing three packets of cashew, it seems like the crime isn’t fitting the punishment. What is the Judiciary’s stance regarding this sentence?

Zabiollah Khodaeian, the Judiciary’s spokesman answered: “The ruling, which was issued based on the law and was in compliance with the law, has no objections, although there are some formal objections to it.”


UPDATE: 12:30 PM CEST

Iraq Blames Iran for Drastic Decline in Sirwan River Flow

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Iraqi officials warned Tuesday of a drastic drop in the flow of water in a river from Iran due to low rainfall and dam-building in the neighboring Islamic republic. The Sirwan river begins in Iran, flowing to Darbandikhan Dam in northeastern Iraq before going through the rural province of Diyala and joining the Tigris.

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UPDATE: 8:30 AM CEST

Iran: COVID-19 Fatalities Surpass 464,000

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The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Monday, October 25, 2021, that the COVID-19 death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 464,000. In Tehran, the number of victims has reached 108,705, Khorasan Razavi 37,970, Isfahan 31,565, West Azerbaijan 17,103, Fars 16,930, East Azerbaijan 16,138, Lorestan 15,410, Alborz 13,678, Sistan and Baluchestan 13,020, Kerman 12,367, Hormozgan 7,785, Yazd 7,623, Bushehr 5,219, Zanjan 4,410, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 3,374.

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UN Rapporteur Raises Concerns Over Human Rights Conditions in Iran

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In his report to the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee on October 25, Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Conditions in Iran, expressed alarm about continued human rights abuses in Iran. “The overall picture of the human rights situation in Iran remains grim,” Rehman said, adding that a serious impediment for improvement is the “persistent impunity for serious violations of human rights law.”

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“Where Is Our Gas?” Iranians Remember November 2019 Protests

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On the eve of November 2019, when nationwide protests ignited following gas price hikes, some Iranians hacked the advertising billboards in some cities to remember this event. At the time, the regime killed more than 1,500 people to quell citizens’ peaceful protest. On Tuesday, October 26, the ISNA news agency quoted Humayun Salehi, head of Iran’s Fuel Stationers Association, as saying that a cyberattack on Iranian gas stations had been launched. The news agency immediately deleted the report without explanation.

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Iran’s Government Is Lining Up Against the People in Fear of a Revolution

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In recent years, Iran has witnessed nationwide protests like November 2019 which have threatened the regime’s security. The regime has found the only solution to curb these protests to be repression and killings. The formation of a Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) strike force under in the name of neighborhood-centered patrols of the Basijis and the so-called plan of fighting the thugs by the police, and lately the entry of the IRGC, the Basij, and the police into the social sphere under the pretext of fighting social harms are meant to prevent any further protests.

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UK Warns Iran to ‘Meaningfully’ Engage in Nuclear Talks

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The UK’s Foreign Secretary has warned Iran that “all options are on the table” if it fails to “meaningfully” engage in talks over its nuclear programme.

Negotiations in Vienna that seek to resurrect the 2015 deal that Iran signed with world powers, which gave Tehran sanctions relief in return for nuclear curbs, have been on hold since June when the Iranian presidential election took place.

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Pres. Joe Biden Will Seek a “United Front” With Europe on Iran Policy, US National Security Advisor Said

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In a joint press briefing with US State Department Press Secretary Jen Psaki, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said United States President Joe Biden will seek a “united front” with Europe on Iran policy as he travels across the Atlantic to attend two major summits in Rome and Glasgow later this week.

Jake Sullivan told reporters: “We will be sending clear messages to the Iranians, as we have been doing over the course of the past few months, that this window is not unlimited; that we do need to see a return to diplomacy and progress at the diplomatic table; and that we, of course, retain all other options to be able to deal with this program as necessary.”


Iran Sentences Man To Flogging and Public Execution in Northeastern City

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A man was sentenced to prison, flogging, and public execution yesterday in Mashhad, northeastern Iran. According to the state-run Rokna News Agency, the 31-year-old man identified as Hassan T was charged with kidnapping and rape. His trial was held in the Khorasan Razavi Criminal Court. Hassan was sentenced to five years in prison, 99 lashes, payment of fines to the plaintiffs, and public execution.

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A Female Political Prisoner in Imminent Risk of Blindness in Sepidar Prison

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Political prisoner Nejat Anvar Hamidi is at imminent risk of blindness in Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz. She is presently in a severe physical condition and bleeding from both eyes. An informed source said Nejat Anvar Hamidi, and her family repeatedly followed up to have an optometrist finally examine her in prison. The specialist doctor diagnosed her with pterygium. He also said that Ms. Anvar Hamidi’s eye pressure was high, and she needed to be examined, operated on, and treated at a civic hospital.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – October 26, 2021