Iran news round up November 22, 2013

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Will Fulton and Iran Intern Amir Toumaj, with contributors John Lesnewich and Mehrdad Moarefian.

(E) = Article in English

Excerpts of these translations may only be used with the expressed consent of the authors.

Politics

Regional Developments and Diplomacy

Military and Security

  • According to several media outlets, including al-Manar [Iranian Arabic media outlet], Saudi Arabia and Pakistani intelligence cooperated to provide material and training support to Jaish al-Adl, which claims to have carried out the attack on Iranian border guards in Sistan va Balouchestan province last month.
  • IRGC Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami praised the Basij for “causing the nation to move  forwards in the direction of the values of the Islamic Revolution,” and said: “In order to achieve an Islamic-Iranian lifestyle that is mixed with Islamic culture, it is necessary to move with the Basij vision, forgiveness, sacrificing barriers, and putting the enemies attacks to the side.”
  • Head of the Basij Organization Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi gave a speech praising his forces before Friday prayer in Tehran:
    • “All of the Iranian people are Basijis in the way that when the Supreme Leader speaks, all of the admirers are mobilized by the system, revolution, and people which they know are responsible for the guardianship of their divine values. From this number, we can organize, for certain projects on the agenda and from the identification of the national population, more than 20 million individuals.”
    • “Against many strong forces, with the faith and trust that God has promised in the Quran that one of these individuals is equal to ten enemies, talk of a military threat is a laughable statement. With such forces there is no sign of retreat, compromise, or appeasement with the enemy.”
  • Grand Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani met with Naghdi and said that “Young Basijis are the nation’s elite who enter the field to become close to and please God.”

Nuclear Issue

Economy

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