U.S. Sanctions Iranian Officials Over Protest Crackdown

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TOP STORIES 

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Officials Over Protest Crackdown | Reuters 

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on seven Iranian officials over the shutdown of internet access and the crackdown on peaceful protesters following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of morality police. The nationwide unrest sparked by Amini's death has spiraled into the biggest challenge to Iran's clerical leaders in years, with protesters calling for the downfall of the Islamic Republic founded in 1979. "The United States condemns the Iranian government’s Internet shutdown and continued violent suppression of peaceful protest and will not hesitate to target those who direct and support such actions," Brian Nelson, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.  

EU Foreign Ministers Will Discuss Additional Sanctions On Iran - Top Diplomat | Reuters 

The European Union is considering slapping additional sanctions on Iran, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday, as rights groups say thousands have been arrested and hundreds injured in a crackdown by Iranian security forces. EU foreign ministers will discuss further sanctions on Iran at their next meeting, Borrell told reporters in Prague. 

Death Of 16-Year-Old Protester Adds New Fuel To Iran Uprising | The Washington Post 

The death of a 16-year-old girl during Iran’s ongoing anti-government protests — and the apparent attempt by authorities to cover it up — has given demonstrators another rallying cry. Nika Shakarami disappeared in Tehran on Sept. 20 after burning her headscarf in protest and being followed by security forces, her family told BBC Persian, citing the account of a friend who was with her at the time. The government then refused to disclose her whereabouts, stole her body for a secret burial and pressured relatives to make false statements about how she died, the family alleges.

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS 

Why Women Are Chopping Their Hair For Iran’s Mahsa Amini | The New York Times 

Donya Dadrasan, an Iranian pop star with over 2.5 million followers on Instagram, moved to Australia when she was 12 years old, but she remembers her female family members being terrified of the authorities back in Iran. They worried that if their hijabs did not sufficiently cover their hair that they would be fined, arrested or even hit. “All the women around me were always scared and stressed when they saw the morality police,” she said in an interview. Ms. Dadrasan, 24, who sings in Persian and is popular among young people in Iran, made a music video earlier this year, “Amoo Hassan,” that showed an imagined interaction with Iranian security forces.  

Analysis: Braced To Crush Unrest, Iran's Rulers Heed Lessons Of Shah's Fall, Analysts Say | Reuters 

Iran's clerical rulers will likely contain the country's eruption of unrest for now, and prospects of the imminent dawn of a new political order are slim if history is any guide, four analysts said. The protests, which began over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini her arrest by morality police, have spiralled into a revolt against what protesters said was the increasing authoritarianism of its ruling Islamic clerics. However, the chances of this snowballing into the kind of uprising that rapidly unseated veteran Egyptian and Tunisian rulers in 2011 seem remote any time soon, since Iran's rulers are determined to maintain their grip on power at any cost.

Iran Protests: What Happened On Zahedan's 'Bloody Friday'? | AFP 

Iranian security forces have massacred over 80 people in the southeastern city of Zahedan in Sistan-Baluchestan province, in a crackdown on protests that erupted as Iran is convulsed by nationwide demonstrations, rights activists charge. President Ebrahim Raisi has ordered an investigation into the unrest that started on September 30 after Friday prayers, which officials have characterised as attacks by "extremists" on police stations. Activists however say the horrifying images of bloodied corpses with bullet wounds are emblematic of Tehran's repressive polices towards a poor ethnic minority region.  

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS 

Freed Iranian-American In United Arab Emirates For Treatment  | Voice Of America

Iranian-American Baquer Namazi arrived Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates to receive medical care after being allowed to leave Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that 85-year-old Namazi “has asked that we convey his deepest thanks to all of those who worked so tirelessly to secure his release.” Iran convicted the former United Nations official of collaborating with a hostile government in 2016 and sentenced him to 10 years in prison before releasing him to house arrest on medical grounds in 2018.  

Iran Foreign Minister Accuses West Of Double Standards As Protests Flare Up | The National 

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian accused the west of double standards on human rights, even as the family of an Iranian teenager who died while participating in the anti-government protests accused authorities of murdering her. "The concern for women's rights in Iran is extremely important to us," Mr Abdollahian said in a phone call with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto. "Now women play a very influential role in various academic, scientific, medical, educational, administrative and technological fields."  

MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE MATTERS & PROXY WARS 

France Lambasts Iran After Spying 'Confession' Aired | Reuters 

France lashed out at Iran for "dictatorial practices" and taking two of its citizens hostage after a video aired on Thursday in which they appeared to confess to spying, amid weeks of unrest that Tehran has tied to foreign foes. Iran's intelligence ministry said in May it had arrested two Europeans for allegedly fomenting "insecurity" in Iran. France has condemned their arrest and demanded the immediate release of Cecile Kohler and her partner Jacques Paris. Iran’s state media often air purported confessions by suspects in politically charged cases.  

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN 

Russia’s Iran-Supplied ‘Kamikaze’ Drones Pose New Threat For Ukraine’s Military | NBC News 

Ukraine is accusing Russia of striking deep inside its territory with what it says are Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones as Moscow’s troops are facing mounting setbacks on the battlefield. Ukrainian officials said Wednesday that Russia used drones “of the Shahed-136 type” to target the town of Bila Tserkva, just 50 miles south of Kyiv, injuring one person and destroying several buildings. Ukraine has been sounding the alarm about Russia’s increasing use of drones, which it says are being supplied by Tehran, to hit cities far behind the front lines for weeks, but Wednesday’s attack is the closest to the country’s capital and poses a new challenge to the Ukrainian military. 

IRAQ & IRAN

Iran Attacks Exiled Kurdish Groups In Iraq As Protests Rage | AFP

As protests flare across Iran over the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, the Kurdistan region of Iraq has come under bombardment from Iranian forces. The target has been the long-exiled Iranian Kurdish opposition, installed in Iraq under Saddam Hussein during the war with Iran in the 1980s. Tehran considers the armed factions to be terrorists and said they were responsible for attacks on its territory. An Iranian general has accused Kurdish opposition groups of inciting the protests in parts of Iran with a large Kurdish population.  

TURKEY & IRAN 

Iran Protests Put Turkish Government In Tight Spot | Al Monitor 

As protests over the death of Iranian citizen Mahsa Amini, an ethnic Kurd, at the hands of Iran’s notorious morality police reverberate across the globe, the Turkish government has been strikingly silent on the matter — unlike its Western counterparts. While the protests were largely covered by Turkey’s independent media outlets, they were mostly downplayed by pro-government media groups. Is it possible that the protests have actually escaped the Turkish government's radar?