NCRI - A prisoner incarcerate in central prison of Karaj was executed on drug related charges in an incomplete trial and before the vague and flawed judicial process ends.
According to the prisoner’s wife, the amount of drug he was carrying was much less than what was recorded in the court’s secretariat. On the other hand, his case was still under investigation in the Supreme Court and the death sentence was neither confirmed nor communicated to the prisoner.
NCRI - Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) rejected the request by an Iran regime's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander to close Saudi Consulate in Erbil calling the request a meddling in the internal affairs of the KRG.
According to Saudi official news agency (SPA), the KRG in a statement on Monday, January 16, announce that the decision to open embassies and consulate of other countries including Saudi Arabia in Erbil is adopted in the framework of the Kurdistan region as well Iraq’s laws and no one is allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of the region.
NCRI - According to the London-based Arabic-language Elaph website on January 15, the Iranian regime is, in a move regarded as an apparent religious sectarian plan, attempting to alter Syria’s demographics by accommodating Shiite population in Sunni areas.
Parts of the report by the Elaph news agency:
NCRI - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff said on Sunday that he thinks the nuclear deal with the Iranian regime "is on life support."
“I'm not here to declare one way or the other ultimately where this is going to go,” incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."
NCRI - Last weekend, protests broke out across major cities in Iran, with people protesting non-payment of wages, essential utilities, like water, being turned off and lack of education for schoolchildren.
Sunday, January 15
Arak- Central Iran
Hepco Co. workers were protesting five months of unpaid wages and demanding to be paid their outstanding wages and benefits.
NCRI - With 130 votes in favor, Iranian regime’s parliament doubled the budget for regime’s public broadcasting on Sunday January 15.
The money dedicated by the government to regime’s public broadcasting is 3.5 percent of the national budget which, considering the current rise, will reach nearly 3000 billion tomans (1 billion dollars) from a previous amount of 1500 billion (500 million dollars).
NCRI - The Syrian opposition negotiating high commission announced their support for the Astana talks in Kazakhstan, Al-Arabiya reported on January 15, 2017.
At the same time, Syrian combatant organizations in Ankara stressed that the Assad regime and its supporting militias need to adhere to the ceasefire and the observers need to be deployed in the contact lines.
NCRI - Senior adviser to Qassem Soleimani commander of the IRGC terrorist Quds Force, Iraj Masjedi, who has recently been appointed as Iranian regime’s ambassador in Iraq said Mosul, Lebanon, Aleppo and Syria is the regime’s frontline.
According to state-run Mehr news agency on January 13, IRGC Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, who was speaking on the anniversary of the killing of another Pasdar (IRGC Revolutionary Guard) in Syria, said: “Yesterday the frontline of our fighters was Abadan, Khorramshahr, Mehran and… and now the frontline is Mosul, Lebanon, Aleppo and Syria.”
NCRI - According to the head of the National Drought and Disaster Management of Meteorological Organizations, some %84 of Iran is facing some degree of drought and 10% of the country is at risk of “severer drought.”
On Friday, January 13, state-run ISNA news agency quoting Shahrokh Fateh, head of the national meteorological organization, wrote: “Based on the SPEI index (internationally recognized system for measuring drought), in the past twelve months ending in December, there are mild to severe droughts in many parts of the country.”
Al Arabiya English Sunday, 15 January 2017 reported that newly recruited Houthi fighters parade before heading to the frontline to fight against government forces, in Sanaa.
A Houthi militia leader has confessed that both Iran and Hezbollah have been heavily involved in training their fighters.
Abu Mohammed, who was in charge of rocket attacks in the al-Nihm district in Yemen, made the confession after surrendering.