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Iran Headlines: ISIS Seizes Mosul, Natural Gas Exports, and Sanctions

Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in Mosul.

ISIS SEIZES MOSUL

In an interview with Tasnim News Agency, Iranian political analyst Hassan Hanizadeh was asked why Iraqi military forces fled Mosul. According to Hanizadeh, “This issue is connected to the Iraqi generals whose goals were to hand over the city to terrorist groups and create instability and discontent with the Iraqi Shia-led government. The generals want to organize the fleeing forces and reconstruct them with remnants of the Baath Party under the pretext of combating the terrorist groups, and stage a coup to overthrow the government of Mr. Maliki.”

In an article entitled, “Mosul under the Control of American and Saudi Arabian Terrorists,” hard line Resalat News suggests “the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria (ISIS) has been supported by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia over the years,” and that in response to ISIS’s takeover of Mosul, the Iraqi government should “mobilize military forces around the country, declare a state of emergency, request that Iraqi tribes join military and militia forces,” and a number of other measures.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham condemned the ISIS takeover of Mosul calling it “a blatant example of the transnational threat of terrorism.”

Hard line Javan Online published an editorial entitled, “The growth of the cancer of terrorism reaches Mosul,” and argues, “Influential individuals that have penetrated the police, security, and military forces have been the source of many disasters in Iraq, including Mosul.” The article goes on to dispute how “two to three thousand ISIS fighters could take over a large city such as Mosul quickly.”

POLITICS

Alef News published the full text of today’s Parliamentary government performance oversight report which evaluated the last three months of the former administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as the first nine months of the Hassan Rouhani administration

SANCTIONS

Hard line Raja News criticizes Iran’s foreign ministry for “not doing anything” in the case of eight Iranian PhD students in Norway who “were expelled by Norway’s right-wing government under the pretext of sanctions and Iran’s nuclear program.” The article asks, “Where are our Geneva agreement concessions from the lifting of sanctions?”  The students were denied residency permits.

ECONOMY AND ENERGY

Khabar Online compares the performance (in a number of different fields) of President Hassan Rouhani’s first year in office to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s eight years in office and writes, “The inflation rate during the eleventh (Rouhani) administration dropped 9.8 percent.”

Economic news publication Donya-e-Eqtesad looks at the market’s reaction to this week’s Geneva talks and writes, “Market experts emphasize that during the short run, external factors outside of Iran’s economy will be the driving force in the short-term,” and that “all of Iran’s economic sectors are focused on Geneva and waiting for news.

ISNA asks, “Will Iran charge Turkey less in natural gas exports in order to secure Turkish investment (in Iran’s natural gas sector)?”

Khabar Online writes, “Contrary to what people might think, being a tattoo artist (in Iran) is a high paying job,” as artists are relegated to working underground or in beauty salons. According to Khabar Online “tattoo artists in Tehran can make the equivalent of $2,500 USD a month and even as high as $30,000 USD a month.” The monthly minimum wage in Iran is nearly $248 USD.

PHOTOS

Former Iranian national team soccer players played soccer with cancer-stricken children during an event held at with cancer at Tehran’s Pediatric Medical Center.

In large ceremony coinciding with the birthday of the third Shia Imam Ali al-Akbar ibn Husayn, 100 couples were married as a group in Qazvin.

The Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Masound Soltanifar visited an arts and crafts fair in Tehran.