Iran Attacks Kurdish Groups In Iraq That It Blames For Unrest

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Iran Attacks Kurdish Groups In Iraq That It Blames For Unrest | The Wall Street Journal 

Iran launched drones and missiles against Kurdish groups in northern Iraq on Monday, the second time in a week, as the Islamic Republic intensifies efforts to suppress a two-month-old protest movement inside its borders. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Monday that it had targeted Kurdish military bases in Erbil and Sulaimaniya, alleging that factions there are fomenting unrest in Iran. The latest strikes are part of Tehran’s campaign to retaliate against outside groups and foreign governments that it has blamed for supporting the discord at home, which is posing the clerical establishment’s biggest challenge in decades.  

Germany Says It Echoes U.S. In Shifting Iran Focus From Nuclear To Rights Issues | Reuters 

Germany agrees with the United States in shifting its focus away from reviving a nuclear deal with Iran to support for ordinary Iranians against a violent state crackdown on popular protests, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Monday. "We are really moving along the same lines," the spokesperson told a regular government news conference. "Right now, our focus is on supporting the Iranian people and putting pressure on the Iranian regime to stop suppressing the rights of its people," added the spokesperson.  

Iran Says Uranium Enrichment Ramped Up To Near Weapons-Grade At A Second Facility | CBS News 

Iran has begun producing uranium enriched to 60 percent at its Fordo plant, official media reported Tuesday about the underground facility that reopened three years ago amid the breakdown of its nuclear deal with major powers. The move was part of Iran's response to the United Nations nuclear watchdog's adoption last week of a censure motion drafted by Western governments accusing it of non-cooperation. "Iran has started producing uranium enriched to 60 percent at the Fordo plant for the first time," Iran's ISNA news agency reported. While 60 percent enriched uranium still isn't technically weapons-grade (weapons require uranium enriched to 90 percent or higher), having a significant stockpile of it could reduce the time Iran would need to make a bomb.

UANI IN THE NEWS 

Impassive And Silent, Iran’s National Team At World Cup Sits Out Anthem Extolling The ‘Imam’ | CNS News 

…As the month-long World Cup got underway this week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Qatar for strategic dialogue talks – and to watch the U.S.-Wales game. President Biden last March designated Qatar, a key ally of Iran (and the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas), as a major non-NATO ally. “Maintaining ‘business as usual’ with Qatar undermines [the] U.S. position,” the advocacy group United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI) said on Monday, noting that Qatar maintains strong relations with the regime in Iran, including its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), whose Basij militia is playing a key role in the attempt to crush the protests.  

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM 

Iran Says Taking Retaliatory Measures For IAEA Resolution | AFP 

Iran has said it is taking retaliatory measures against the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over a resolution criticizing Tehran’s lack of cooperation with the nuclear watchdog. The United States, Britain, France and Germany had on Thursday brought the motion adopted by the UN agency – the second of its kind within six months. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani announced a response in comments Sunday night. 

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS

Activists: Iranian Forces Unleash Heavy Fire On Protesters | Associated Press 

Iranian security forces used heavy gunfire against protesters in a Kurdish town in the country’s west on Monday, killing at least five during an anti-government protest that erupted at the funeral of two people killed the day before, activists said. Videos circulating online show dozens of protesters taking shelter in alleyways as heavy gunfire echoes through the streets. Some show individuals lying motionless and bloodied in the streets, while others show residents gathering at a local hospital to donate blood.  

Iranian World Cup Squad Declines To Sing National Anthem, Backing Protests | Reuters 

Iran's World Cup team declined to sing their anthem before their opening World Cup match on Monday in a sign of support for mass protests back home after many fans accused the squad of siding with a violent state crackdown on the unrest. Protests demanding the fall of the ruling Shi'ite Muslim theocracy have gripped Iran since the death two months ago of young woman Mahsa Amini after her arrest for flouting the strict Islamic dress code. 

Major Disruption To Internet Service In Iran -NetBlocks On Twitter | Reuters 

A major disruption in internet service in Iran was confirmed by the NetBlocks internet monitor on Monday, raising fears among rights groups of a cut-off in internet access to help crush anti-government unrest in Kurdish-populated regions. The nationwide protests, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in September in the custody of morality police, have been at their most intense in western provinces where the majority of Iran's 10 million Kurds live.

Iran's Judiciary Says 40 Foreigners Arrested For Involvement In Protests | Reuters 

Iran, which has blamed "foreign adversaries" for protests sparked by the death of a woman in morality police custody, said on Tuesday 40 foreign nationals had been arrested for their role in the unrest. The Islamic Republic has been gripped by nationwide protests since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in morality police custody on Sept. 16 after she was arrested for wearing clothes deemed "inappropriate". "So far, 40 foreign nationals have been arrested for their involvement in the protests," Iran's judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi told a televised news conference, without revealing their nationalities.  

Iran Situation 'Critical' With More Than 300 Killed -UN Rights Chief | Reuters

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday that the situation in Iran was "critical", describing a hardening of the authorities' response to protests that have resulted in more than 300 deaths in the past two months. "The rising number of deaths from protests in Iran, including those of two children at the weekend, and the hardening of the response by security forces, underline the critical situation in the country," said a spokesperson for U.N. human rights chief Volker Turk at a Geneva news briefing.  

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN 

Iran Commander Threatens To Kidnap And Enslave Netanyahu | The Jerusalem Post 

The Iranian regime’s commander of the Revolutionary Guards in the province of Isfahan said on Sunday that the theocratic state seeks to kidnap Benjamin Netanyahu and bring him to the Islamic Republic as a slave. Mojtaba Fada, the commander of Isfahan’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), told the Iranian regime-controlled Bahar News “The former prime minister of the Zionist regime hoped that the protests in Iran would lead him to travel to Tehran [in a post-protest, Mullah-free Iran], but God willing, the Islamic Republic will prevail [and quash the protests, once again taking charge of the country] and will frog march that prime minister to Iran wearing a leash and a slave collar."  

Iran Begins Linking Electricity With Russia | Al Monitor 

Iran has begun the process of linking its electricity grid to Russia’s. Iranian Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian said Sunday that Iran completed an “initial synchronization” between its power grid and those of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, according to the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture. Synchronization refers to the process by which electrical systems’ frequencies are matched. Iran does not border Russia, but its neighbor Azerbaijan does.  

IRAQ & IRAN 

Iraq Condemns Iranian, Turkish Attacks On Kurdistan Region | Reuters 

Iraq on Monday condemned Iranian and Turkish attacks on its northern Kurdistan region, the state news agency INA reported, citing a foreign ministry statement. "The repeated attacks carried out by Iranian and Turkish forces with missiles and drones on the Kurdistan region are a violation of Iraq's sovereignty," the statement added. Iran targeted the headquarters of what it called "dissident groups" in Iraqi Kurdistan in the early hours of Monday, while Turkish warplanes had already carried out strikes in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, destroying targets linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).  

OTHER FOREIGN AFFAIRS     

Trudeau Says Government Monitoring After CSIS Reports Iran Has Issued Death Threats Against Canadians | CBC

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's aware of reports that Iranians are "interfering" with the lives of Canadians and his government is monitoring the threats. CBC News reported Friday that Canada's spy agency is investigating what it calls multiple "credible" death threats from Iran aimed at individuals in Canada. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said the threats undermine Canadians' safety and it is working with allies to respond. "We are constantly watching and evaluating the threats posed to Canadians from foreign interference from a range of countries," Trudeau said at the Francophonie Summit in Djerba, Tunisia on Sunday.  

CYBERWARFARE 

Iran Hackers Closer To Penetrating Israel, US Drones - Cyberdefense CEO | The Jerusalem Post 

Iran’s team of hackers has recently advanced closer than ever to being able to penetrate and control Israeli and US drones, ClearSky Cyber Security CEO Boaz Dolev said Monday. Speaking at the INSS conference on Iran, he listed a number of dangerous trends emanating from the Islamic Republic’s cyber sector. Tehran is expanding its cyber capabilities in every arena, including ongoing improved efforts to hack drones and to develop closer to “zero-day” capabilities, Dolev said.