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Iran news round up – December 16, 2014

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Mehrdad Moarefian, with contributors Chris Rawlins, Marie Donovan, Warren Marshall, and Dianna Timmerman. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

Key takeaway: Jafari dismissed reports of alleged tension between the IRGC and Rouhani administration over negotiations with the West, while Iran-US bilateral talks resumed in Geneva.

IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said that the enemy is conducting divisive “psychological operations” in order to create discord within the regime, adding that, the IRGC has “very good” relations with the Rouhani administration. The explicit remarks underscore a deliberate move by Jafari to quell rumors of dissonance between rhetoric and action, expressed through conservative opposition to negotiations with the West and President Rouhani’s determination to gain sanctions relief.

IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan expressed Iran’s interests in selling arms to friendly states, and announced that Iran is prepared to deliver military equipment to Lebanon, upon request. The Defense Minister, moreover, pointed to Mexico’s purported interest in purchasing Iranian manufactured drones, following last week’s joint-parliamentary talks in Mexico City. Tehran has a range of potential clients, mainly its regional proxies; the regime, nevertheless, seems to be making a concerted effort to expand its influence in Central and South America.

IRGC Brigadier General 2nd Class Yadollah Javani referred to IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani as the “Savior of Iraq,” attributing the liberation of Amerli and Mosul to his indispensable leadership. The Senior Advisor of the Representative of the Supreme Leader to the IRGC also said: “Today in Iraq and Syria, the great banner of General Soleimani has been installed… this is a great source of pride.” Javani’s remarks exemplify regime rhetoric surrounding the Quds Force Commander and reaffirm an uptick in widespread praise for Soleimani.

Ansar Allah, the political wing of Yemen’s al-Houthi movement, delivered a public address applauding the Islamic Republic for its leading role in resistance “…against the forces of global arrogance [West] led by America and Israel.” Ansar Allah, however, has not confirmed reports of Iran’s military assistance to Houthi rebels, who recently overtook Sanaa. Iranian officials have been vocal in praising the takeover as a byproduct of Iranian soft power through its Revolutionary values.

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By AEI Critical Threat


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