The Week in Review: September 29th – October 6th

Oct. 5 – Personnel from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have taken up position in central Syria following the withdrawal of forces belonging to Russia-backed Wagner Group.

The withdrawal follows an order to the Group by Russia’s Defense Ministry to leave Syria or join Russia’s armed forced by Sept. 20.

The installation of IRGC staff in Sukhnah is believed by analysts to be part of a plan by the regime to establish a permanent presence in Syria.

US lawmakers have submitted a bipartisan bill which if passed would bar sanctioned Iranians from attending meetings in the US hosted by the United Nations.

The bill, named “No Paydays for Hostage-Takers Act,” includes clauses which call for periodic reviews for all cases of hostage taking by Iran’s regime, as well as itemized breakdowns of all transactions involving Iran’s frozen assets.

The proposed legislation also requires the US  Secretary of State to assess whether US travel to Iran poses “an imminent danger to the public health or physical safety of US travelers.”

And the mother of 16-year-old Armita Garavand who is fighting for her life in hospital after allegedly being confronted by Iran’s so-called Morality Police, has been arrested.

Armita’s mother, Shaheen Ahmadi, was arrested on Wednesday evening by Iran’s security forces, according to human rights organization Hengaw.

Ahmadi’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

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