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How Iran helped Baghdad seize back Kirkuk

Kurdastan
Al-Monitor -
 Around 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, an Iranian general from the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accompanied by Iraqi Commanders Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Hadi al-Ameri sat down with the Kurdish commanders in Kirkuk. The IRGC commander, known only by his surname, Eqbalpour, who works closely with Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani, told the Kurds to give up the city peacefully. “If you resist, we will crush you and you will lose everything,” the general warned the peshmerga commanders, a source with intimate knowledge of the meeting told Al-Monitor.


The Kurdish leadership had turned down repeated requests by Soleimani to cancel the Sept. 25 independence

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Seven Reformists MPs Plan to Sue Iran’s State Broadcasting Agency IRIB for Defamation

HumanRights
CHRI -
 Seven reformist members of Iran's Parliament who were recently sentenced to prison for their political views will sue the state TV and radio broadcasting agency for alleging the MPs engaged in espionage.


On October 5, 2017, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting's (IRIB) "20:30" news program displayed a blurry group photo of the MPs—Mohammad Reza Khatami, Mohsen Safaei Farahani, Ali Shakouri-Rad, Azar Mansouri, Mohammad Naimipour, Hossein Kashefi and Hamidreza

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Iran's parliament speaker moves to position himself as Rouhani’s successor

AliLarjani
Al-Monitor -
 Will Iranian Reformists decide to once again support a moderate-conservative as their candidate in the 2021 presidential elections? This is a question that has come to occupy the minds of observers as a rare scene in a ceremony captured the attention of Iranian media outlets, leading Reformists to think more about their choices when President Hassan Rouhani’s second term ends.


On Sept. 22, moderate parliament Speaker Ali Larijani was seen sitting next to

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Iran weary of Trump’s plans in Iraqi Kurdistan

Kurdastan
Al-Monitor -
 More than two weeks after the Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran has yet to take any meaningful action against the Kurdish region despite its rhetoric, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s labeling of the plebiscite as treason and a threat to the region in his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct. 4. “The perspective of the American and European states is completely

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Iranian universities enter Iraq

Octupus
Al-Monitor -
 In the aftermath of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the country's educational system all but collapsed. Illiteracy rates have exploded. Universities have turned into sectarian battlegrounds. Systemic violence — including beatings, rape and death threats — has forced students and faculty out of campuses. As state provision of higher education has receded, private donors have set up alternative institutions, often with a sectarian and religious twist

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