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Amir Toumaj
Cover all things Iran. Retweets aren't endorsement, views are my own.
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raz zimmt Feb 21
And hardline cleric Mesbah-Yazdi is reported to be elected in Mashhad.
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Fereshteh Sadeghi فرشته صادقی Feb 21
Replying to @fresh_sadegh
Former head in ’s administration and nuclear scientist Fereydoun who survived an assassination attempt is elected in city of Kazeroun, Fars province. He is in camp.
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Fereshteh Sadeghi فرشته صادقی Feb 21
These are initial results from a number of small cities & towns where vote counting is ongoing. I can see at least 3 of ’s ministers (Finance, Education & Housing) + his Governor Bahmani leading in their constituencies.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Qods Force's formation year consistently misunderstood. It was around 1990 after the Iran-Iraq War.
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Adam Rawnsley Feb 21
This is interesting and good reporting but the idea that Russian personas would adopt pro-Bernie personas is something we've known
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Kaveh Shahrooz کاوه شهروز Feb 21
Video of my speech . Iranians "need us to tell our governments that the only way to help the people of Iran is by helping them topple -- by themselves; and I stress, ** by themselves ** -- this authoritarian regime."
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
This official is misinformed. Crackdown of student protesters was in '99, when Clinton pursued better ties w/ Khatami. Reformists have been unwilling, unable to implement promises and overcome hardline-dominated institutions, leaving more Iranians lose faith in idea of reform.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Replying to @AmirToumaj
Some state-linked media outlets have reported 39-40% voting as of 6 PM local time. The government announced an extension of voting. They'll probably look to announce figures of around 50%, and could also blame coronavirus scare.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Replying to @AmirToumaj
As of 3 PM local time, the head of the Election HQ said that 11 million voted. Iran has 58 million eligible voters.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Iran International reports that participation rate in today's Parliament elections as of 5 PM local time in Iran were 25%, and 16% in Tehran.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Infograph produced by IRGC-led Harakat al-Nujaba that shows "the empire of Resistance," the capital of which is Tehran. Adds Nujaba chief Akram al-Kabi's threat that answer to deaths of Soleimani, Muhandis would take place "across this empire."
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Maryam Nayeb Yazdi Feb 21
Bahare Hedayat just released from prison reacts to Khatami casting his vote in the parliamentary election today which many in Iran including Bahare boycotted. "Our allegiance and pact is not with individuals but with their conduct, principles, and ideals"
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Rumors circulating on Iranian social media that Chinese clerics brought coronavirus to Iran. A health ministry official said that it was likely that Chinese workers brought the virus to Qom.
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Hector Torres Feb 20
Based on my sources and what I've gathered there are ~2,000 cases of in Iran.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
"Earlier in the day, Iran confirmed 13 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total in the country to 18." There has to be more, and number will increase. This is a massive emergency, and gov didn't stop or delay elections.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Replying to @yarbatman
How is it self-defeating to ask about practical steps to end game? Otherwise, asking to have faith (in system that has resisted reforms for over decade). That's territory of acting as a cleric. I personally don't buy a product that no one has seen or tells me how to get there.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Replying to @yarbatman
They do (Pakistan is FATF high-risk). Were they caught funneling billions through their central banks like Tehran, or have they (mostly) had good sense to keep accounts with FATF clean (there's argument for designating some of these likey Turkey as state sponsor of terrorism)?
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Replying to @AmirToumaj
In 2004, when Badr said it would "surrender" its weapons, he helped form Special Groups to target US forces, with Badr's "financial backing." He helped form Kataib Hezbollah in cooperation with Soleimani, Muhandis, and slain Hezbollah commander Emad Mughniyeh in 2006.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Abdolaziz al-Muhammadawi (AKA Abu Fadak) has replaced Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis as HQ chief of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces. Said to have close ties with Qasem Soleimani. Joining Badr in 1983, he was previously the org's intelligence chief as adviser to commander Hadi al-Ameri.
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Amir Toumaj Feb 21
Hardline-dominated power centers are unwilling to stop using the financial system on paper and in practice for illicit activities. Former CBI director was caught moving billions for the Quds Force.
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