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Iran Focus

London, 22 Feb - Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose 2009 re-election caused the people to protest a rigged vote, has written an open letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections.

Ahmadinejad wrote: “An immediate and essential need is the holding of quick and free elections for the presidency and the parliament, of course without the engineering of the Guardian Council and interference of military and security institutions, so the people have the right to choose.”

Iran Focus

London, 21 Feb - Iran announced on Tuesday that it had located the passenger jet that disappeared from radar signal over the weekend and confirmed that it had crashed into a mountain.

According to Revolutionary Guards spokesman Ramezan Sharif, the wreckage was spotted by a military drone and Russia helped Iran to locate the crash site.

He told the state-run news: “Two helicopters were sent to the coordinates that the drone had located, and found the wreckage. The plane had hit the top of the mountain before crashing 30 meters (yards) further down.”

Iran Focus

London, 20 Feb - Six people have now died in clashes between the Iranian Regime’s security forces and members of the Sufi faith in Gonabadi.

Currently, the death toll stands at six, with three riot police, two members of the paramilitary Basij force, and one protester having died.

Videos have emerged showing vehicles ploughing into the Regime's security forces and both drivers have been arrested, but it is important to note that this is the desperate act of a community who are under constant attack from the Regime and have exhausted their other options. You can even hear protesters saying this is one of the videos.

Iran Focus

London, 18 Feb - Iran is currently facing a turbulent time. There are widespread protests in Iran calling for the removal of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani – some by any means necessary – and the defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria has led to power vacuums that the Regime is desperate to fill and everyone else is desperate that they don’t.

Thus Iran has turned to its favourite method of dealing with foreign and domestic crises: misdirection.

Iran has been attempting to strengthen ties with its neighbour Azerbaijan over the past few months and there are signs that it is working.

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London, 16 Feb - Former White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who was instrumental in helping secure media support of the 2015 Iranian Nuclear Deal through manipulation that he admitted, has now joined the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund, a foundation that also helped to sell the deal by paying for favourable media coverage of it.

Back in 2015, before the Iran Deal was agreed, Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund told NPR’s All Things Considered that he believed the American security establishment was solidly behind the deal and said that opponents to the deal were merely trying to block everything that President Obama wanted to do.

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