Iran

Initial Reactions in Iran to the Election of Donald Trump as President of the United States - Dr. Raz Zimmt

Issued on 22/11/2016 Type Article
Donald Trump's election as the 45th president of the United States was received in Iran with great surprise. Senior Iranian officials, among them Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, reacted with care and restraint in their initial references to his victory, claiming Iran was not worried but rather prepared to cope with any possible challenge. However, they did express concern that the president-elect would make good on his campaign threats to revise the nuclear agreement.
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Spotlight on Iran* (November 7-20, 2016)

Issued on 20/11/2016 Type Article
Faysal Meqdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister, paid a visit to Tehran and met with senior Iranian officials. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, advisor to the speaker of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament) for international affairs, told him Iran would continue to support Syria in its fight against terrorism. Mohammad Bagheri, the Iranian chief of staff, said that a number of years ago Iran had built a factory for the manufacture of missiles in the region of Aleppo, and that during the Second Lebanon War the missiles produced there had been used to attack Israel.
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Spotlight on Iran* (October 23 – November 6, 2016)

Issued on 06/11/2016 Type Article
Four Iranians, two of them high-ranking officers, were killed by rebels in Syria. They died during the attack begun by Syrian rebel organizations in Aleppo aimed at breaking the Syrian forces' siege of the city's eastern neighborhoods. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, meeting with families of Iranian fighters killed in Syria, said he was particularly proud of the Iranian martyrs killed while defending Shi'ite shrines in Syria.
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The Campaign for Mosul: The Situation and Initial Assessment (As of the morning of October 27, 2016)

Issued on 27/10/2016 Type Article
On October 17, 2016, Haidar al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, announced the beginning of a military campaign to liberate the large, important Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS's main stronghold in Iraq. It was where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the founding of the Islamic Caliphate on June 4, 2014, which gave Mosul great symbolic value.
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Spotlight on Iran* (October 9-23, 2016)

Issued on 25/10/2016 Type Article
Hassan Firouzabadi, senior military advisor to the supreme leader and former chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, told that the presence of Iranian advisors in Iraq and Syria, and Iran's support for Yemen and Hezbollah, manifested its revolutionary and religious ideology. Basij commander Mohammad-Reza Naqdi said it was Iran's duty to fight for the liberation of Palestine. As to the Iranian presence in Syria, he said if Iran did not fight in Syria, it would be forced to fight terrorists on its own soil. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme Council for National Security, said Iran would continue providing the Palestinians with weapons.
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Hostility towards Israel continues to be a fundamental element of Iranian foreign policy - Dr. Raz Zimmt

Issued on 13/10/2016 Type Article
Iran's diplomatic charm offensive, which began in the summer of 2013 with the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iranian president, and the nuclear agreement signed with the Western powers in the summer of 2015, raised the question of whether Iran's foreign policy towards Israel had become more moderate.
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