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Wednesday’s Iran Mini Report – December 26, 2018

Wednesday's Iran Mini Report - December 26, 2018

Iran Won’t Outlaw Marriage Of Under-13 Girls, As Islamic Countries Fare Worst In Annual Gender Survey

CNS News Lawmakers in Iran have defeated a bid to outlaw the marrying of girls aged nine to 13, just days after the findings of a new global report indicate, once again, that women fare worse in Islamic countries. A female lawmaker described as a reformist expressed regret at the decision, which was taken by the parliamentary committee dealing with legal and judicial affairs, saying forcing children to marry young was akin to “killing them.”

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe To Turn 40 In Jail In Iran
Daily Mail Charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will spend her 40th birthday in prison in Iran. The British-Iranian mother was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport in April 2016 and reached the milestone age on Boxing Day. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, of Hampstead in north London, was sentenced to five years in jail after being accused of spying, a charge she vehemently denies.

Iran: Businessman Dubbed ‘Sultan Of Bitumen’ Executed Over Fraud Charges

Asharq Al-Awsat: Iran executed on Saturday a trader known as the “Sultan of Bitumen” over charges of fraud, bribery, and embezzlement, the judiciary’s news agency Mizan online reported. Hamidreza Bagheri Dermani is the third businessman to be executed since an anti-corruption drive was launched over the summer. He was convicted of “corruption on earth”, Iran’s most serious capital offense, after swindling over 10 trillion rials (around $100 million at the current rate) through “fraud, forgery, and bribery”, Mizan reported.

ANALYSIS: What Amnesty Report Tells Us About Iran Regime’s Human Rights Record?

Reza Shafiee for Al Arabiya :Amnesty International has published a 200-page comprehensive report on the massacre of political prisoners in Iran, 30 years after it actually took place. Its main focus is the dark days of 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Had the 1988 massacre been given enough international attention it deserved back then, Iranian people would not have faced unbridle human rights abuses in the years that followed. Impunity for crimes in those days, embolden the regime over the years to the extent that it is leveling the graves of the same victims all over Iran.

Bus crash on university campus in Tehran leaves 10 dead

A bus carrying students of Tehran’s Science and Research Center in Azad University unfortunately tipped over, leaving ten students dead and 26 others injured. Head of the Iranian regime’s emergency services said this incident took place at 12:20 pm local time on Tuesday.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi sent a message of condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and hoping for a quick recovery of those injured.

“My heart goes out to the students who died in the bus accident. Deepest sympathies to their families and sincere prayers for the quick recovery of those injured. Shame on the corrupt mullah regime that plunders and spends on repression by the billions but leaves roads unattended.

Soul-Searching Reformists Debate Whether To Run In Iran’s Next Polls | Al Monitor

Iran’s next elections are to be held in 2020 and 2021, but it has already preoccupied Reformists’ minds about whether to participate or boycott the ballot box as they are facing an unprecedented threat of losing their political capital. Moderate Hassan Rouhani won the 2013 and 2017 presidential elections after forming a coalition with Reformists. As Rouhani’s first term ended, he seemed committed to his supporters’ ideas and was fighting to fulfill a number of his electoral promises.

Pentagon Considers Using Special Operations Forces To Continue Mission In Syria

| The New York Times: The Pentagon is considering using small teams of Special Operations forces to strike the Islamic State in Syria, one option for continuing an American military mission there despite President Trump’s order to withdraw troops from the country. The American commandos would be shifted to neighboring Iraq, where an estimated 5,000 United States forces are already deployed, and “surge” into Syria for specific raids, according to two military officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Saudis Want Peace In Yemen | Mohammed Al-Jaber For The Wall Street Journal

The Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen made critical compromises in peace talks this month, agreeing to retreat from the key city of Hodeidah and release a stranglehold that has blocked aid from reaching millions. Now the hard part: ensuring the Houthis live by their commitments. I found renewed hope in the scenes of amity between representatives of Yemen’s legitimate government and the Houthis. The two sides, locked in conflict since the Houthis’ violent coup in 2014, sat down for eight days of negotiation at a castle near Stockholm. They shook hands, smiled, broke bread. Most significant, they struck agreements that could dramatically improve the lives of Yemenis, and advance peace, security and stability.

India Takes Over Iran’s Strategic Chabahar Port

| Radio Free Europe: India has formally taken over operations at Iran’s strategic Chabahar Port, a move that could have significant geopolitical ramifications in the region. The port on the Indian Ocean, inaugurated last year, is being built largely by India and is expected to provide a key supply route for Afghanistan while allowing India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia. Representatives from India, Iran, and Afghanistan met in Tehran to formally hand over control to state-owned India Ports Global Limited (IPGL).

Report: Delegation Of Senior Hezbollah Officials A Target Of Airstrikes In Syria

Initial reports by an Israeli news site said that a delegation of senior Hezbollah figures in Damascus came under Israeli attack during the airstrikes. Newsweek confirmed the report on Wednesday morning.