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"Princess of Rome" avant-garde animation in Iran

- "Princess of Rome", young Iranian director Hadi Mohammadian's animation about a religious historical story about Imam Hassan Askari's marriage to Malika, the granddaughter of Roman Emperor Caesar, is on screen at Iranian theaters. - 11/25/15

Iranian Diplomat: Nuclear Deal To Enter Into Force In Early January

- "We expect it will be in early January," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told reporters in Vienna on November 24 after meeting the head of the UN's atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is responsible for verifying the accord. - 11/25/15

After summit in Tehran, GECF urges cooperation over market issues

- A landmark summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) wrapped up in Iran's capital Tehran on Monday evening. The GECF member states at the end of the summit issued a declaration that underscored the need to facilitate stronger cooperation over a series of industry issues including the transfer of expertise and pricing mechanisms. - 11/24/15

Migrant crisis: 'Iranians' sew lips shut in border protest

- Migrants stuck on the border between Greece and Macedonia sewed their lips together to protest against not being allowed to continue their journey. About six men, apparently from Iran, stripped down during the demonstration near the village of Eidomeni. -BBC - 11/24/15

GECF summit opens in Tehran

- A landmark summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has opened in the Iranian capital Tehran with the participation of the heads of nine member states. Presidents of Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Iraq, Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Turkmenistan as well as the Algerian prime minister are the key participants. - 11/23/15

Turkmenistan-Iran trade to rise to $60 billion

- Iran and Turkmenistan have decided to raise their annual trade to $60 billion over the next decade, President Hassan Rouhani says. The Iranian president on Sunday received his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Tehran where heads of states of several countries are descending for the most high-profile summit of gas exporting countries. - 11/22/15

Iran: Key to Stabilizing the Middle East

- It would not have to be a formal or even a declared arrangement. Iran is not ready for that, and in the environment of a presidential campaign the United States is probably not ready either. But there is no realistic way to bring the conflicts in the Middle East under control and stabilize the region unless Washington and Tehran are willing at least to talk to each other, respect each other's positions, and seek to identify common interests as a basis for action. -homas Lippman - 11/21/15

Gas-rich nations meet in Tehran ahead of summit

- An extraordinary meeting of gas exporting countries has begun in Tehran ahead of a Monday summit which will gather several leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, to discuss issues related to gas production, exports and pricing. - 11/21/15

NIAC Action Condemns Discriminatory Backlash to Heinous Terrorist Attacks

- NIAC Action condemns the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 innocent people and injured dozens of others, and is deeply concerned by the reactionary proposals offered by some U.S. politicians in response - including suggestions to openly infringe on the rights of Americans based on their religious faith and calls for the U.S. to suspend the admittance of refugees and potentially non-refugee visa seekers from Middle Eastern countries, including Iran. - 11/20/15

How Paris attacks have strengthened Iran's position over Syria

- The attacks in Paris may have postponed Hassan Rouhani's highly-anticipated visit to the Elysee Palace, which was scheduled for this week, but the Iranian president will soon travel to France with a better bargaining position over Syria. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 11/20/15

UN: Iran Has Begun Reducing Nuclear Program

- The UN nuclear watchdog says Iran has begun curbing its nuclear program in line with a deal with six world powers. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) included that assessment in a report presented to the UN Security Council on November 18. - 11/19/15

Some two million Iranians will travel to Iraq to mark Arbaeen

- It is predicted that some two million Iranians to travel to Iraq to mark Arbaeen, Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said, Mehr reported on Wednesday. Arbaeen ritual marks the 40th day following the seventh-century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. - 11/19/15

'Terrorist Team' Demolished, Says Iran's IRGC

- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has demolished a terrorist cell in the western province of Kermanshah. In a statement issued to Iranian media on November 18, the IRGC said the operation was carried out in "recent days." - 11/19/15

Will Russia and Iran Finally Tie the Knot?

- Despite its slogan of "Neither East Nor West, only Islamic Republic" and its labeling of the USSR as the "little Satan," the Islamic Republic of Iran from its very early days viewed the USSR and the other Eastern Bloc countries more sympathetically than it did the United States and West European countries. -Shireen Hunter - 11/18/15

Iran to host 9 heads of state in GECF summit: Oil Minister

- Iran's oil minister says the Islamic Republic will be hosting nine heads of state and a large group of other dignitaries during the third summit meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). - 11/18/15

Western Policy and the Paris Terror Attacks

- As we mourn the many killed in Paris by the terror attacks of November 13, we may be tempted to react mainly with anger and outrage and to rally around the Western governments in their "war" against the Islamic jihadists. But if we want to live in a world free of terror, we must do more than react blindly in support of widened Western military campaigns, air strikes, drone attacks, secret operations, assassinations, destabilization campaigns, secret prisons and all the apparatus of official violence. -Jim Paul Bio: Jim Paul, NationofChange - 11/18/15

Rouhani talks to Hollande, stresses unity against terror

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has held a phone conversation with his French counterpart Francois Hollande, stressing unity against terrorism in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the French capital of Paris. The telephone conversation was held on Tuesday, according to President Rouhani's Twitter account. - 11/17/15

Iran among countries said to be targeted for attacks by ISIS

- Speaking on the sidelines of the Syria peace talks in Vienna on Saturday November 14, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ebrahim al-Jafari said: "Information was obtained from Iraqi intelligence sources before the Paris attacks occurred that the countries to be targeted soon were Europe in general, specifically France, as well as America and Iran." - 11/16/15

Iran's economic growth to outperform MENA states: Report

- Iran's economic growth will outperform most of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries in 2016 when sanctions are lifted, a Washington-based finance industry body says. Iran will post a growth increase of about six percent next year up from 1.4%, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report. - 11/16/15

Iran nixed Assad ouster clause in Vienna: Official

- Iran says it opposed the inclusion of a clause that would have asked for the removal of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad from power in the statement that was issued following recent talks in Vienna on the Syrian conflict. - 11/16/15

Iran starts dismantling inactive centrifuges in Natanz: Nuclear Chief

- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has started dismantling inactive centrifuges in the Natanz nuclear facility, the AEOI chief said on Sunday. However, Ali Akbar Salehi said, "We have dismantled no centrifuge in Fordow yet". - 11/16/15

ISIS- The Hour Has Struck

- ISIS, with its horrific attack on purely civilian targets in Paris, has established new realities about its nature, capabilities and intentions. The need for its elimination can now no longer be in doubt. It is not that Parisian lives are more important than others, but Paris changes the game. -Graham E. Fuller - 11/16/15

Iranian cartoonists and artists draw for France

- Here is a selection of cartoons and drawings by Iranian cartoonists, artists and the press expressing sympathy with the people of France after the Friday's terrorist attacks by the Islamic State in Paris that killed 129 people and injured another 352. - 11/15/15

Photos: Iranians express solidarity with France over Paris attacks

- Iranians have expressed solidarity with the French people following the deadly terror attacks in Paris carried out by the Daesh Takfiri militant group. The Iranians on Saturday paid tribute to those killed or injured in the attacks and extended their condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the attacks by gathering in front of the French embassy in Tehran. - 11/15/15

US-Iran: Zarif, Kerry hold meeting on JCPOA in Vienna

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the manner of removing sanctions and the implementation of the United States' commitments have been discussed during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. - 11/15/15

Iran's Position on the Arms Trade Treaty

- The "axis of evil" club portrayed by George W. Bush in 2002 no longer exists. Iran has now famously exited from the group leaving bad boy Kim Jong Un all alone. But the two countries still share something in common. In March 2013, North Korea and Iran, both of whom are under UN arms embargoes, alongside Syria, blocked adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) during the treaty drafting conference. -Emma Scott - 11/14/15

Halabja: A 'lost daughter' finds her way home

- In 1988 Saddam Hussein dropped chemical weapons on his own people - the Kurdish residents of the town of Halabja. Thousands died and in the chaos that followed many families were scattered. One woman, a baby at the time of the attack, was brought up in Iran but recently returned to find out whether any relatives had survived. -BBC - 11/14/15

Syrian Army Retakes Town Near Aleppo In Second Victory This Week

- Syrian television has announced the capture of Al-Hader, a former rebel stronghold in Aleppo Province, in the Syrian Army's second big victory in two days ahead of international peace talks. Regime soldiers, supported by troops from Iran and the Shi'ite Hizballah militia, claimed to be in full control of Al-Hader, just 48 hours after regime forces broke a siege by the Islamic State group of the Kweyris air base in Aleppo Province. - 11/13/15

Top Iranian official accuses Saudis of backing "terrorist" attack

- Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, says the people who attacked the recent Ashura ceremony in Dezfool, Kuzestan were paid off by the Saudi government. - 11/13/15

Iran signs second gas deal with Iraq

- Iran has signed a new contract with Iraq to export natural gas to the country's southern port city of Basra. Based on the contract, Iran will pipe a daily of 20-25 million cubic meters (mcm/d) of gas for Basra for a period of six years. The supply - that will increase to 45-60 mcm/d in a later stage - will be used to feed the main power plant of the city. - 11/12/15

Has Syria been a military success for Iran?

- Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, Iran's deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has made it known his country is ready to take on all comers and is stepping up its role in the Syrian war. -Abbas Qaidaari, Al-Monitor - 11/12/15

Syrian Army, Backed By Russia And Iran, Recaptures Base From IS

- Syrian soldiers fought their way into an isolated air base in northern Syria and freed military personnel under siege there by the Islamic State extremist group, state television reported on November 10. It is the most high-profile victory for Syria's army since Russia launched a military campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad in September. - 11/11/15

Iran can offer health services to regional market of 400 million: Minister

- Iran can manage to offer healthcare services to a market of more than 400 million people in the region, Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said on Sunday, IRNA news agency reported. "In collaboration with its regional partners Iran's health system should become the health hub of the region," he stated. - 11/11/15

The US and Iran's Common Interests in Syria

- The conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen cannot be resolved unless Iran is at the negotiating table. For decades, consecutive US administrations pursued a foreign policy in the Middle East designed to "contain" the Islamic Republic of Iran. However, the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by the P5+1 and Iran in June has opened the door for the West and the Iranians to address regional security issues within the framework of the US-Iran detente. -Giorgio Cafiero & Daniel Wagner, Huffington Post - 11/11/15

Obama, Netanyahu Look to Move Past Iran Differences

- WHITE HOUSE- With a handshake over the "extraordinary" bond between their two countries, U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought Monday to dispel the discord that was most visibly seen during the U.S.-led negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran earlier this year. -Aru Pande, VOA - 11/10/15

Russia to Fulfill Iran Contract for S-300 Missiles

- Russia and Iran are advancing a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems. "The contract for the supply of S-300s to Iran was not only signed by the parties, but has entered into force," Russia's RIA Novosti quoted Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov as saying Monday while he was attending the Dubai Air Show. - 11/10/15

Saudi charge d'affaires summoned over execution of Iranians

- Iran has summoned Saudi Arabia's charge d'affaires over the execution of three Iranians, whom the kingdom had convicted of drug smuggling. The sentences, issued following trials at courts, had been endorsed by the kingdom's Supreme Court as well as King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. - 11/9/15

Iran's Jewish Community Sees Signs of Hope as Country Opens to West

- Iran may be known for its controversial nuclear program and demonstrations featuring chants of "Death to Israel," but the country also is home to the largest Jewish community in the Middle East. For the first time in years, that ancient group now has reason to hope for a brighter future after many years of pressure under the Islamic Republic. -Ali Arouzi, NBC - 11/9/15

Iran Deal in Spotlight at Netanyahu-Obama Meeting

- Months after U.S.-Israeli relations appeared to hit a new low, President Barack Obama will welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House next week for talks centered on what has long been the key issue of contention -- the Iran nuclear agreement. -Aru Pande, VOA - 11/5/15

Deconstructing the Myth of Lavizan-Shian

- As the world awaits the mid-December report of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano on the accusations of past Iranian work on nuclear weapons, anticipation of the report's content will be shaped primarily by the nearly universal belief that Iran has hidden such work repeatedly over the years. -Gareth Porter, LobeLog - 11/5/15

Iran ex-envoy to Lebanon may have been kidnapped, his brother says

- Iran's former Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi, who has been missing since a crush during Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, may have been kidnapped, his brother tells Press TV. - 11/5/15

Fourth Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Said Killed In Syria

- Iran's Fars news agency is reporting that a senior officer in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards was killed in Syria, the fourth Iranian commander to die there in the last month. Colonel Mostafa Ezzatollah Soleimani died during an "advisory mission" near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Fars said on November 3. - 11/4/15

Iran's involvement in Syria talks alarms hardliners

- Coffins are being flown back to Tehran from Syria at an alarming rate. On Sunday, the Revolutionary Guard in Tehran held a funeral for two of its men killed in action in Syria, the latest of dozens in recent weeks. -Kasra Naji, BBC - 11/4/15

Russia, Iran plan Caspian oil, gas swap

- Russia and Iran plan oil and gas swap as part of their new push to step up trade which is relatively minuscule compared with their strong political ties. Representatives of a major Russian energy company will arrive in Tehran soon for discussions on swap of crude oil, oil products and gas, Iran's Deputy Petroleum Minister Amir Hossein Zamaninia said on Monday. - 11/3/15

Rubio Anointed Neocon Choice

- At the end of last week, third-place Republican primary candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) won a major endorsement, effectively making him the neoconservative candidate of choice and the GOP establishment's top pick. -Eli Clifton, LobeLog - 11/3/15

Iran's Supreme Leader: Talks with U.S. on regional issues is pointless

- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has dismissed the idea of Iran-U.S. negotiation on regional issues, saying the totally contrasting policies of the two countries and Washington's attempts to impose its demands make such talks pointless. - 11/2/15

The Role of Iran's Military in Syria

- Even though the number of Iranian casualties in Syria has been increasing lately, the Iranian government insists that the country's role there is purely advisory and it is not sponsoring any military presence. -LobeLog - 11/2/15

World Powers Agree on UN Plan for Syria

- VIENNA-World powers involved in talks on Syria's political future have agreed to a U.N.-led process that involves talks between the Syrian government and opposition and also to explore a cease-fire that would still allow strikes against terrorist groups. -Pamela Dockins, VOA - 10/31/15

U.S. To Deploy Special Forces To Syria As Diplomats Meet In Vienna

- The United States says it will send a small number of special operations forces to Syria that will advise rebels but that the deployment will not be a combat mission. The October 30 announcement came amid a call by the United States, Russia, and other countries for the UN to launch a new diplomatic effort to halt the 4 1/2-year war in Syria. - 10/31/15

Rival group claims attack on People's Mojahedin of Iran

- A Shia paramilitary group in Iraq has taken responsibility for the attack on Camp Liberty, the base that houses members of the Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin of Iran still remaining in Iraq. - 10/31/15

Iran Accuses Saudi Arabia of Kidnapping Officials in Chaos of Hajj Stampede

- A month after hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Muslims died in a stampede during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Iranian authorities are accusing the Saudis of having exploited the chaos to kidnap Iranian officials, using them as hostages in the increasing war of words between both countries. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY TImes - 10/31/15

US, Russia, Iran Seek to Bridge Gaps on Syria

- VIENNA-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting separately with his Iranian and Russian counterparts in Vienna, before international talks on Syria the top U.S. diplomat has called "the most promising" opportunity in years to end the country's bloody conflict. - 10/30/15

John Kerry: We Have a Middle East Strategy

- In a speech in Washington on Wednesday to kick off the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's "Arab World Horizons" project, Secretary of State John Kerry articulated and defended the Obama administration's Middle East strategy. He described the current unrest in the region as a struggle between "destroyers" and "builders" and placed the United States on the side of the "builders." -Derek Davison - 10/30/15

U.S. Condemns Deadly Attack Against Exiled Iranian Opposition Group In Iraq

- The United States has condemned a rocket attack outside Baghdad that killed at least 23 Iranian opposition members and Iraqi soldiers and urged Iraq to pursue those responsible. Iraqi police said about 15 rockets hit Camp Liberty, a former U.S. base near Baghdad International Airport that now houses the exiled Iranian opposition group known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). - 10/30/15

How Iran Views Saudi Arabia's Regional Policies

- Antagonism between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia reached a new peak this year. The wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen--as well as the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran, and the recent catastrophic stampede in Mina during the Hajj pilgrimage--have caused serious harm to Tehran-Riyadh relations. -Adnan Tabatabai, LobeLog - 10/30/15

Kerry: Vienna Talks Best Hope Of Saving Syria From 'Hell'

- Kerry was speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on October 28, before departing for Vienna where he is to meet with his counterparts from a dozen countries to find consensus on a political way forward in Syria. Assad's main regional backer, Iran, is to take part for the first time in such a multilateral meeting on the four-year-long war, along with Damascus' other key ally Russia. - 10/29/15

Rafsanjani: Iran Considered Nuclear Deterrent In 1980s

- Iran considered pursuing a nuclear deterrent when it began its nuclear program in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War, a former president has been quoted as saying. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani suggested in an interview with Iran's Nuclear Hope magazine this week that officials were thinking about a deterrent capability when the nuclear program first began. But he insisted that it never took shape. - 10/29/15

Senator Schumer Opposes Iran Deal, Receives $90,000 From AIPAC Ally

- AIPAC's leadership has been known to funnel their campaign contributions through NORPAC , which bills itself as the "the largest pro-Israel PAC." NORPAC contributed $90,000 to Schumer's campaign committee between the time of the announcement of his opposition to the Iran deal and the September Senate vote, according to the group's recent FEC disclosures. -Eli Clifton - 10/29/15

Islamic State? Al-Qaeda!

- A report recently issued by the Wilson Center suggests that the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) is fundamentally incapable of sustaining its early successes. On the other hand, al-Qaeda, which many believe has been eclipsed by IS, may still be the greater long-term terrorist threat to US and Western interests. -Derek Davison, LobeLog - 10/29/15

The Iran accord is going to change everything

- Iran is the world's most misunderstood country. It has been cut off from the West for decades, and during that period much of the world press, with limited access, has joined to demonize it. Anyone in the United States or Europe who believes what press outlets have reported about Iran over the last 36 years, and what Western leaders have said about Iran, would logically conclude that it is among the world's nastiest places. -Stephen Kinzer, Global Post - 10/28/15

Iran Confirms Participation In Vienna Talks On Syria

- Iran's ISNA news agency reported on October 28 that Mohammad Javad Zarif will participate in the talks, which will begin with a meeting of the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey on October 29 and will be expanded to include Iran on the following day. - 10/28/15

Russia and Iran helping Assad gain upper hand in Syria, head of Joint Chiefs says

- Russian bombing and Iranian-backed forces have helped give Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled forces an advantage in the country's bitter civil war, the top U.S. military officer said Tuesday, suggesting a sharp setback for the Obama administration. -Los Angeles Times - 10/28/15

Is Israel's Oscar entry a 'Zionist plot' against Iran?

- Iranian media accuse Persian-speaking film 'Baba Joon' of being a Zionist propaganda movie aimed at disconnecting Jews of Iranian descent from their heritage and brainwashing them. -ynet - 10/28/15

Netanyahu's Stereotyping

- Benjamin Netanyahu's bit of revisionist history about the origins of the Holocaust certainly deserves the outraged response it got this week. One wonders why he chose to push this line given the well-established and easily cited historical fact-which many of his critics did cite-that the Nazi regime's mass killing that would become known as the Holocaust was well under way before the meeting to which Netanyahu referred, between Adolf Hitler and the mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. -Paul R. Pillar, LobeLog - 10/28/15

Study: Persian Gulf may become unlivable

- The Persian Gulf region, the center of a high-rise building craze, could experience "intolerable" levels of heat in the decades ahead because of global warming, according to a scientific finding. - 10/27/15

Iran's Generals Are Dying in Syria

- Iran can no longer downplay its intervention in Syria's civil war; there are too many public funerals these days. Two generals were killed in action this month. So was a senior bodyguard of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -Robin Wright, New Yorker - 10/27/15

Neocons Launch 2016 Manifesto

- A mostly neoconservative group of national-security analysts have published perhaps the first comprehensive outline of what they believe a Republican foreign policy should look like as of Inauguration Day 2017. It's titled "Choosing to Lead: American Foreign Policy for a Disordered World." -Jim Lobe, LobeLog - 10/27/15

Ahmadinejad's Ex-Bodyguard Among Growing Number Of Iranians Killed in Syria

- A onetime bodyguard for former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has been killed in Syria while fighting Islamic State (IS) militants, according to Iranian media reports. Abdollah Bagheri Niaraki was killed October 22 while "fighting terrorists" in the suburbs of the northern city of Aleppo, the hard-line Tasnim news agency reported, adding that he was "martyred." - 10/26/15

Kumbaya (Not)

- In his new film Taxi, Iranian director Jafar Panahi is having a conversation with his young niece. They're sitting in the cab Panahi is driving. The Iranian government has banned the director from making films, so he's ostensibly found an alternative means of making money and of making films. - John Feffer, LobeLog - 10/26/15

Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi hits back at 'racism' claims

- Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi has hit back at claims the show is racist after artists hired to paint background graffiti sneaked in slogans accusing it of stereotyping Arabs as terrorists and refugees. -Evening Standard - 10/26/15

The Potential for Further U.S.-Iran Talks

- In September 2013, after the historic phone conversation between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. president Barack Obama, many believed that Tehran and Washington were on the path to not only diplomatically resolving the nuclear issue but also to engaging in broader negotiations on other issues and eventually normalizing relations. - 10/24/15

Israeli Nuclear Board Okays the Iran Deal

- The pattern is clear as day: whatever Benjamin Netanyahu has to say about the Iran deal is based in hyperbole, fear-mongering, and fantasy. Before the nuclear deal was even inked, Netanyahu made a highly politicized appearance at Congress and denounced the deal. Now we have a report that a notable authority disagrees with Netanyahu's assessment: the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission. -Ali Gharib, LobeLog - 10/24/15

Several Iranian Fighters 'Killed In Syria'

- Two members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, including an ex-bodyguard for Iran's former president have been killed in Syria, Iranian media reported on October 23. Ramezan Sharif, a spokesman for the guards, was quoted by Fars news agency as saying: "Abdollah Bagheri and Amin Karimi were killed yesterday and today on a mission in Syria." - 10/24/15

Hacked CIA emails mark change in US policy toward Iran

- CIA chief John Brennan once advised the U.S. president "to come to terms with whatever government holds power in Tehran", says WikiLeaks, which revealed the content of Brennan's emails obtained from a hacker. - 10/23/15

Can the Middle Eastern Humpty Dumpty Be Put Back Together Again?

- As mayhem and anarchy spread like a contagion across the Middle East, can the Middle East, like Humpty Dumpty, be put back together again? Some pundits say no. Yet, for a variety of admittedly highly debatable reasons, I still believe that yes, it can be salvaged. -Graham E. Fuller, LobeLog - 10/23/15
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