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Iran News Round Up

[Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation; (E) signifies English link]

Military and Security

  • (E) Iran builds hi-tech naval weapon “never used before.”
  • Hassan Haddad, deputy public prosecutor of Tehran, says the explosion at the mosque in Shiraz, a recent bomb explosion at Jahan Hotel in Tehran, spread of pornography and a public demonstration in support of Abbas Palizdar at the gates of the Mellat park in Tehran were all components of a widespread conspiracy of the exiled monarchists and Los Angeles-based Persian language television and radio stations.
  • An unnamed ambassador to Tehran is arrested for carrying explosives in diplomatic parcel at a Tehran airport.


  • STATOIL CEO Helge Lund says the Norwegian oil giant will not invest in the 6th and 8th phases of South Pars Gas Field due to U.S. pressure, but Shahab News discloses that the company has also negotiated development of Anaran development scheme of Azar oil field.



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Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


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