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US-backed opposition group admits to being behind riots in Iran media MikeRivero Thu, 12/08/2022 - 13:21

The ringleader of a US-supported opposition group, Maryam Rajavi, has admitted to organizing the recent riots in Iran, the Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday, citing the information posted on Rajavi’s official website.

"This movement [riots] was well-organized by the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) with the use of rebel centers," Tasnim quoted Rajavi, who heads MKO, as saying. "[We consider] the National Council of Resistance of Iran [established by us] as an alternative to the current regime," she said.

Iran has discovered new oil reserves in the country’s southwest, the details of which will be announced by Minister of Petroleum Javad Owji in the near future, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) says.

Iranian experts have also carried out well-logging on an offshore exploratory block in the Persian Gulf with gas reserves estimated at 30 trillion cubic feet, director of exploration at NIOC Mehdi Fakour announced on Tuesday.

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Skepticism is growing that the government of Iran has disbanded its feared morality police, after widespread weekend reports said Tehran took the drastic measure as a compromise in order to appease and soften the still raging 'anti-hijab' protest movement. 

Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri suggested the change was made on Saturday, however this "announcement" that the morality police has been disbanded remained ultra-vague, leading to confusion and rising skepticism.

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Iran's attorney general Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said on Saturday that the 'Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary' and have been 'abolished from the same place it was launched,' according to the ISNA news agency. He also said the parliament and judiciary were reviewing Iran's mandatory hijab law.

Iran has scrapped its morality police after more than two months of protests triggered by the arrest of Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country's strict female dress code, local media said Sunday.

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By accusing Iran of supplying weapons to Russia, Western powers try to justify their own arms deliveries to the Kiev government, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said during a phone conversation with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

"Accusations of delivering weapons to Russia are baseless. Those accusations are being put forward in order to legitimize Western arms deliveries to Ukraine," the Iranian Foreign Ministry quoted the minister as saying in a statement, posted on its Telegram channel.

The head of Basij volunteer forces says the Islamic Republic of Iran successfully managed to thwart hybrid war planned by 47 foreign spy agencies during the recent foreign-backed riots in the country.

Addressing an event in the capital Tehran on Wednesday, Brigadier General Gholamreza Soleimani spoke about recent deadly riots in the country, which claimed many innocent lives, including those of security forces.

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In the summer of 2021, officers from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service showed up at the Vancouver home of Ramin Seyed Emami, an Iranian Canadian musician and performer who hosts a popular Persian-language podcast.

Seyed Emami often features guests from inside Iran and delves into topics that are taboo in conservative Iranian culture, such as sex, mental health and losing religious faith.

Iran's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for four members of a network of hardened criminals affiliated with Israel's spy agencies, who sought to undermine the country's security.

In a statement on Wednesday, the media center of the judiciary announced the final rulings against the Israel-linked network, which was dismantled in May following a joint operation by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). 

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