NCRI - A Senior Official of the IRGC announced that the Intelligence forces compelled the US government to pay 1 billion and 400 million dollars for the release of Jason Rezaian. Earlier than that, Donald Trump also said during the campaign that the US has paid ransom to Iran for the release of its citizens.
NCRI - The Public Security Chief of Bahrain, Major-General Tariq Al-Hassan stated that the interference and threats posed by the Iranian regime will not only destabilize Bahrain but they also endanger the security of the region, since Iran constantly supports terrorism.
NCRI - Alarabiya TV reported on Wednesday February 22 it has obtained images taken by a drone from the port of Midi, western Yemen. The drone was shot down by Yemen’s National Army.
NCRI - A state-run media affiliated with Rouhani wrote about the changes in the US policy at the end of Obama's presidency as well as the dimensions of isolation and the global exclusion burdened on the Iranian regime as the sponsor of terrorism. The news reads:"Undoubtedly, the Iranian regime has to accept the fact that the order of the world and the region has changed and a new form of alliance has been formed among the enemies of our country. We have solely encountered with a global alliance."
A Washington-based lawyer for a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned in Iran by IRGC has called him as a "hostage."
Jason Poblete said in a statement on Thursday that Iranian accusations that Nizar Zakka confessed to authorities are "completely false." AP, reported on February 23, 2017.
A semi-official Iranian news agency on Wednesday published comments from a Revolutionary Guard commander saying Zakka confessed to trying to "encourage corruption" in Iranian society.
NCRI - While Iran’s Statistics Center announced a 0.1% drop in inflation rate in February compared to January, the Central Bank announced that the rate has increased 1.1% compared to previous month.
Tensions continue to rise between the new U.S. administration and Iran with a series of actions and reactions. Most recently, Iran has launched a new round of military drills, embarking on more provocative actions, while U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel have joined in by issuing what is described as twin warnings to Iran. Wrote Heshmat Alavi in AL-Arabiya on February 22.
NCRI - The president of the National Coalition for Syrian Opposition Forces, Anas al-Abdah at the Munich Security Conference stated that the catastrophic situation in Syria will not change as long as Assad holds the power. In fact, Assad is the main part of the problem and not of the solution."