An IRGC commander: Many lost their morale thinking the son of Reza Shah will return


Morteza Kashkouli, the commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Lorestan province says: “In recent years many lost morale thinking the Islamic Revolution will go away and the son of Reza Shah will return.”

He added: “The Islamic Republic regime will not be destroyed by lack of hijab, because the Islam in Iran is very different from the Islam in Spain.”

Sweden has arrested an Iranian suspected of espionage

Swedish newspapers reported that Swedish security police arrested a 46-year old Iranian man on the suspicion of espionage for Iranian Intelligence organizations seven months ago.

According to the report, this individual was arrested in connection to several assassination plots in Europe. The person’s name has not been revealed but according to the report he exited Iran almost 10 years ago and is a Swedish national. He was working as a journalist in Sweden.

In September of 2018, Denmark security police closed the connecting bridge between Denmark and Sweden. It was later announced that it was an operation to arrest suspects of an assassination plot of an Islamic Republic dissident.

Japan will separately send forces to the Strait of Hormuz


According to Asahi, Japan will not joint the US led coalition for shipping security in the Persian Gulf, but will separately send military forces to the Strait of Hormuz.

Previously, the Japanese media announced that due to Iran and Japan’s close economic relations, Japan will not join the US-led coalition for scouting and providing security for commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf.

The arrest of a British tanker and the attacks on several oil tankers in recent months led to the formation of a coalition by the United States to protect navigation in the Persian Gulf.

Pompeo: We will push back against Iran’s threat against Israel and the region

In a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized the two country’s cooperation on pushing back against the threat of the Islamic Republic regime of Iran.

After the meeting, Pompeo told the reporters: "We talked about all the efforts that we have made to push back against the threat not only to Israel but to the region and the world from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“We've had important discussions about strengthening our alliance, the region and various challenges that we face together, and I want to thank you and the president for your consistent support for Israel," Netanyahu said.

The two also talked about the events in Syria, and expressed hope for the ceasefire.

Netanyahu last week issued a statement condemning “Turkey's invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria.”

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.