Iran news in brief, 19 June 2017

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Iran news in brief, 19 June 2017
US: Iran exerts influence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen by militias
US General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with Breaking Defense this week that he hasn’t seen any change in Iran’s behavior.
'The Republican Guard’s Quds Force continues to exert a malign influence in Iraq and Syria through proxy forces and militias, and in Lebanon through Lebanese Hezbollah,' Dunford added.
'Iran’s support for [Shiite terrorists] in Yemen has also been unhelpful, and Tehran continues to pose a threat to close allies like Israel and Jordan. So mitigating the malign influence of Iran remains a major US objective in the region,' he asserted.
US Sen. Bob Corker: New sanctions sends a clear signal to Tehran
US Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee introduced the bill for new sanctions on Iran. The resolution was adopted by US Senate with a 98-2 vote this week.
Senator Bob Corker weighed in his thoughts about the passag of the resolution and said:
“With passage of this legislation, the Senate reasserts congressional authority – while providing the Trump administration appropriate national security flexibility – and sends a clear signal to both Iran and Russia that our country will stand firm in the face of destabilizing behavior and that Congress will play a leading role in protecting our national interests,” .
Violent Attack of Regime's Police Forces on Protesting Gold Miners in the North West of Iran
According to the reports, regime’s brutal police forces have attacked and beaten up the protesting laid off workers and their families of Aqdareh gold mine in Western Azerbaijan province on June 15, 2017.
This mine is located in Takht-e-Soleiman region of Takab city in West Azerbaijan. Workers stated that their protest was peaceful, but they were attacked by police forces.
Due to this brutal attack , few women were severely injured and became unconscious, and 10 demonstrators were arrested as well, according to this report, Workers were saying, their only demand was return to work.
Iran: Orumiyeh’s female death-row prisoners in horrible conditions
Women imprisoned in the women’s ward of the Central Prison of Orumiyeh are detained in deplorable conditions in overcrowded cells lacking the least sanitary needs.
Mohebbat Mahmoudi is the longest serving prisoner in the women’s ward who has been incarcerated in this prison for 17 years. Two other women by the names of Chenar Salehi and Yasna Sadeghi are sentenced to death for drug-trafficking.
Iran: Water & Electricity Crisis in Southeast Province
During the excruciating summer heat, water shortage and continuous power outages in various areas of Sistan & Baluchistan Province, southeast Iran, are deteriorating by the day.
“Sistan, with 50 degree C heat, is suffering from water shortages and power outages in many areas, covering around 10,000 people,” the state-run Hamoon website reported.With decreasing drinking water levels in the city of Zabol, the amount of mineral water is also decreasing in stores and water sources are unable to produce the necessary volume of purified water.

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