10 Iraqi members of Iran-backed militia killed in Syria

Ten Iraqi members of an Iran-backed militia were killed in an airstrike near their position in the east of Syria close to the Iraqi border.

According to Syria Human Rights Watch on Tuesday, the attacks targeted three positions of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its militia allies.

It is not yet clear which group or country is responsible for the attacks.

Recently Israel has repeatedly targeted Iranian bases and its proxies in the region.

 

 

Atefeh Rangriz begins her hunger strike in Qarchak prison

Atefeh Rangriz, the university student who was arrested on the International Workers’ Day, has begun her hunger strike in Qarchak Varamin prison. She was sentenced to 11 years and six months in prison and 74 lashes.

Rangriz began her hunger strike in protest to the unfair trial procedure and being repeatedly denied her basic rights in prison during the past five months.

 

Pakistan says Iran and Saudi Arabia willing to pursue diplomacy

Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, says Iran and Saudi Arabia are willing to find a diplomatic solution to end the conflicts between the two countries.

He did not elaborate on the solution.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia rose after the attacks on Saudi oil tankers and reached an all-time high with the attack on Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Due to the attacks, Saudi Arabia’s oil production was reduced by half for a few days. The United States, Saudi Arabia, and European countries have blamed Iran for the attack.

 

 

 

Trial of 14 female signatories of letter to Khamenei to be held on Monday

The trial of 14 women who wrote a letter to Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic, calling for his resignation and writing a new constitution will be held on Monday, October 21, in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran.

One of their attorneys told the Human Rights Campaign in Iran that the defendants are charged with “propaganda against the regime and assembly and conspiracy.”

Since May of this year, two letters have been written by groups of 14 activists to the leader of the Islamic Republic calling for his resignation. So far at least 16 signatories have been arrested.

 

Iraqi media: US extended Baghdad’s sanctions waiver for Iranian gas and electricity

Some Iraqi media reported that the United States has extended Baghdad’s sanction waiver for buying natural gas and electricity from Iran.

It was reported on Thursday that a spokesperson for the US State Department said that the waiver allows Iraq to meet its short-term energy demands in order for the country to reduce its dependence on Iranian energy.

The United States has previously extended Iraq’s sanction waiver four times.

 

Russian army enters Kubani with the support of Syrian forces

Syria Human Rights Watch reported on Wednesday that the Russian army forces accompanied by Syrian government’s forces have entered the city of Kubani.

On Tuesday, the Russian news agency Interfax reported that the Defense Ministry of Russia has announced that Syrian forces have taken control of an area of 1000 square km near Manbij city.

Manbij and Kubani are among the areas that have been under the control of Syrian Democratic Forces in recent years.

After Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria, the Kurdish forces announced last week that they have been forced to come to an agreement with the central government of Syria.

Bashar Assad’s adviser warns of potential conflict with Turkish army

 

The political advisor of Bashar Assad, the president of Syria warned on Wednesday about the possibility of a conflict between the Syrian army and Turkish forces in the northeast of Syria.

Shaaban told RT: “Two terrorist groups of Al-Nusra Front and ISIS are supporting the Turkish army in its operation on Syrian soil.”

Assad’s advisor condemned Turkey’s attack on Syria and said: “We are certain that our army will force the aggressor forces to leave.”

Shaaban added: “Syrian officials have taken necessary measures to defend against the Turkish army’s attack on Syria.” He did not elaborate on these measures.

He expressed content about US troops evacuating Syria, but said Damascus does not want to “replace American occupying forces with Turkish occupiers.”

Iranian writers condemn Turkey’s attack on Syria

The Iranian Writers Association released a statement condemning Turkey’s military operation in northeast Syria and demanded the attacks to stop immediately.

The statement says: “When Turkey suffocates every peace-loving and anti-war person with labels like terrorism propaganda and disturbing the public opinion, it adds to the responsibility of the writers and intellectuals in other countries.”

The Writers Association adds: “Continuation of this aggression will lead to a massive disaster.”

Iranian MP: Arresting Rouhollah Zam shows Islamic Republic’s infiltration power in Europe

MP Mohammad Reza Pour-Ebrahimi, the representative of Kerman, said: The arrest of Rouhollah Zam shows the infiltration power of the Islamic Republic Intelligence in the depth of Europe.”

He added: “Zam’s arrest was planned a while ago and it came to floriation yesterday and today. This arrest shows the country’s Intelligence power, and especially the IRGC’s.”

“Zam’s arrest occurred in the cybersecurity arena, since Zamad News had tried to damage the image of the Islamic Republic regime,” Pour-Ebrahimi continued. “The IRGC has done some smart Intelligence moves in monitoring terrorists, confronting Jaish Ul-Adl, arresting Rigi, and recently neutralizing the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.

 

 

 

Zarif: One or more governments were involved in the attack on Iranian tanker

 

The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed that the attack on the Iranian oil tanker (SABITI) in the Red Sea is a “complicated issue” and said: “According to the information we received, the attack was backed and executed by one or more governments.”

Zarif said on Tuesday that the investigations about the incident are ongoing and added: “Until we reach certainty, we will not accuse any governments.”

Soon after the attack, an Iranian official speculated that Saudi Arabia was most likely behind the attack. Hours later Iran denied that allegation.