NCRI - The Syrian opposition negotiating high commission announced their support for the Astana talks in Kazakhstan, Al-Arabiya reported on January 15, 2017.
At the same time, Syrian combatant organizations in Ankara stressed that the Assad regime and its supporting militias need to adhere to the ceasefire and the observers need to be deployed in the contact lines.
NCRI - In an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, Tariq al-Hashimi, Secretary General of the Iraqi Islamic Party and former Iraqi vice president, revealed details of a meeting he had a few years back with Ghasem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Quds Force.
Tariq al-Hashimi was on a trip to Tehran at the time to meet with a number of Iranian officials, and above all with the then President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad.
On the details of his meetings, al-Hashimi said that “Ghasem Soleimani came to (Iranian) vice president’s office. I talked to him about some conclusive evidence on Iranian regime’s intervention in Iraq.”
NCRI - The Member of Parliament of Afghanistan, Haji Maulavi Tarakhil Mohammadi stated that the Iranian regime interferes in Afghanistan affairs in order to destroy the country, deteriorate the situation and to spread chaos.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat News, Maulavi stated:"we have a big university for teaching Quran and theology where 4500 students are studying in. This university was targeted with explosive packs; the students were caked in blood and the Quran books got torn.
NCRI - Syrian revolutionary forces’ Press Secretary in Damascus ‘Yusuf Bustani’ says in his interview with Al-Arabiya TV that the Iranian regime is seeking bloodshed, destruction and forced displacement of people in Barda Gorge in Damascus suburb.
NCRI - On Wednesday 11 January, Iran regime announced Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, adviser of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the terrorist Qods Force as the new ambassador of the Iranian regime in Iraq.
The state run website Asr-e Iran wrote: "The Iranian regime's embassy in Baghdad, is one of the strategic positions abroad and is considered and its ambassador is of the utmost importance."
Asr-e Iran added, "Iran's incumbent ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaifar’s six-year mission will end soon and he will be replaced by Masjedi.
On January 11, IJR published an article by Soona Samsami the representative in the United States for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) the following is the full text.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Iranian judiciary had granted temporary release to Golrokh Ebrahimi. A political prisoner, Ebrahimi made international headlines after she was brought up on charges stemming from the “dissident” sentiments expressed in an unpublished, fictional short story found in her home during a police raid. Amnesty International described the charges as “ludicrous,” explaining that she was “effectively being punished for using her imagination.”
NCRI - While education, construction and developmental, and health service systems as well as a number of other civil services are facing shortage of funds in Iran, and according to the regime officials even the adopted development budget is not realized more than a few percent, Iran regime’s parliament agreed to increase military spending in the coming years.
NCRI - In an interview with Aljazeera TV, Iraqi lawyer and director of London based National Center for Justice ‘Dr. Sheikhly’ discusses an Amnesty International report on the Iranian regime’s militia group ‘Al-Hasad Al-Shaabi’ being equipped with Western weapons.
NCRI - Former Iranian President Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died on January 8, 2017, aged 82, was one of the two pillars and ‘key to the equilibrium’ of the Iranian regime.
Over the past 38 years, both under Khomeini and in later years, Rafsanjani played a critical role in suppression at home and export of terrorism abroad as well as in the quest to acquire nuclear weapons. Though portrayed by some Western media outlets as a “pragmatist” or “moderate,” during his long career he was associated with some of the regime’s most egregious actions, including mass-casualty terror attacks and the assassinations of exiled dissidents.
NCRI - In an interview with Al Arabiya Television, Syrian military and strategic analyst, Gen. Ahmad Rahal, said: “The regime in Iran is the main obstacle to the implementation of cease-fire in Syria.”
“After 6 days, we have had 180 cases of cease-fire violations all of them by Assad forces and Iranian regime militias. It is clear that these aggressions take place in Syria upon the order of Qassem Soleimani. Everybody knows that the Iranian regime is the one that hinders implementation of ceasefire,” Gen. Rahal continued.