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Iran’s new brigade infiltrates tribes in east Syria (Mohammed Hardan, Al Monitor)

Since the beginning of 2021, Iran has begun working on forming the Hashemiyoon military brigade in Syria, allowing only Shiites to join it. The newly formed faction, which began operating in mid-August, has joined the other pro-Iranian factions in Syria, including Zainabiyoun BrigadesFatemiyoun Brigade and al-Husseinoun Brigade.

Iran’s new brigade infiltrates tribes in east Syria – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Expansion of industrial production to help develop trades (IRNA)

Focus on export of industrial production will help Iran boost trade ties with neighboring countries, an Iranian official believes.

Chairman of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Hadi Tizhoush Taban told IRNA on Monday that expansion of trade relations with neighboring states is a proper strategy, which will bring about economic and security achievements.

Expansion of industrial production to help develop trades – IRNA English

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Foreign Ministry pursuing Iranian citizens’ problems along Belarus-Lithuania border (IRNA)

Foreign Ministry spokesman elaborating on latest status of Iranian citizens’ difficulties on Belarus-Lithuania border emphasized here on Sunday that the Foreign Ministry will pursue the matter seriously till its full resolving and release of those Iranian citizens.

Foreign Ministry pursuing Iranian citizens’ problems along Belarus-Lithuania border – IRNA English

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Iran Israel

Iran’s Khamenei urges reversal of Arab-Israeli normalisations (Al Jazeera)

Arab nations that normalised ties with Israel last year have “sinned” and should reverse such moves, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco agreed to normalise ties with Israel in 2020, as Washington under the administration of then-US President Donald Trump made Arab-Israeli rapprochement a foreign policy priority.

Iran’s Khamenei urges reversal of Arab-Israeli normalisations | News | Al Jazeera

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UN Nuclear Chief Says Restrictions On Access To Iranian Facility Threaten Work Of Monitoring Program (RFE RL)

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog says his monitoring program in Iran has been restricted at a key facility, raising concern that it will not be possible for world powers that are party to a 2015 nuclear deal to “reconstruct the picture” of Iran’s nuclear program down the road.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi made the comments in an interview with NBC News broadcast on October 23. Grossi is currently visiting Washington as the countries that are party to the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) urge Iran to return to negotiations to restore the deal.

UN Nuclear Chief Says Restrictions On Access To Iranian Facility Threaten Work Of Monitoring Program (rferl.org)

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Iran

Iranian Governor Assaulted During Inauguration Ceremony (RFE RL)

The new governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province was assaulted during his inauguration ceremony by a man who rushed the stage and slapped him.

The new governor, General Abedin Khorram, had just approached the podium on October 23 in the city of Tabriz when an unidentified man strode onto the stage and struck him without warning.

Iranian Governor Assaulted During Inauguration Ceremony (rferl.org)

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Iran tests drones amid simmering tensions with Azerbaijan (Al Monitor)

The air force of the Iranian army launched a major drill on Oct. 21 involving several bases nationwide, the latest in a series of muscle-flexing gestures by the Islamic Republic in recent weeks.

According to the Iranian army’s air force commander, Brig. Gen. Hamid Vahedi, the exercise was testing combat preparedness for bombardments and using domestically developed weapons, laser missiles and smart bombs.

Iran tests drones amid simmering tensions with Azerbaijan – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Iran Lebanon

Iran’s fuel shipment to Lebanon requires regional policy shift (Lina Khatib, Chatham House)

In September 2021, at the height of the unprecedented fuel shortage in Lebanon, a tanker carrying Iranian fuel docked at a Syrian port where the fuel was loaded onto trucks and driven through an illegal border crossing into Lebanon. The fuel shipment was brokered by Iran-backed Hezbollah to help alleviate Lebanon’s energy crisis that has been brought on by the country’s ongoing economic crisis. The newly formed Lebanese government made no comment about the shipment while Hezbollah hailed the arrival of the fuel a ‘victory’ and as having ‘broken the American siege’ on Lebanon. Despite it being in violation of US sanctions on trade with Iran, the US ignored the scenario altogether.

Iran’s fuel shipment to Lebanon requires regional policy shift | Chatham House – International Affairs Think Tank

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Iran Russia

Iran, Russia agree on security-ensuring activities in region (IRNA)

Iran’s Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri who is paying a visit to Moscow said that Iran and Russia agreed to have activities in the region that ensure security.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA correspondent in Moscow on Wednesday, Baqeri said that the talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov were positive and constructive.

Iran, Russia agree on security-ensuring activities in region – IRNA English

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