Isa Saharkhiz, a well-known independent journalist, was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on charges of “insulting the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and propaganda against the regime”, his son Mehdi said in a telephone interview from the United States.
The managing director of the Farikhtegan newspaper was also arrested around the same time, on security charges.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that the United States is having difficulty sending cash to Iraq because of fears it may end up in Iran or with ISIS:
The Federal Reserve and Treasury Department temporarily shut off the flow of billions of dollars to Iraq’s central bank this summer as concerns mounted that the currency was ending up at Iranian banks and possibly being funneled to Islamic State militants, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials and other people familiar with the matter.
The previously unreported move to stop the cash shipments pushed the Iraqi financial system to the brink of crisis and marked a climactic moment in efforts to avert the flow of dollars to U.S. foes.
Twelve years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, it seems our intelligence and pipelines in the country aren’t very good. And noises about centrifuge reductions notwithstanding, Tehran isn’t really showing the friendlier post-deal face some thought it might.