Iran News Round Up

Parliamentarians debated a bill that would require the IRGC Intelligence Organization and the Judiciary to approve appointments to “sensitive government positions.”
Assembly of Experts members elected Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a hardline cleric, as the Assembly’s new chairman.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed that Iran is currently in a “war of willpower” with the U.S. and its allies.
Friday prayer leaders in Tehran and Shiraz condemned the Baha’i faith following a recent meeting between Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s daughter and a Baha’i leader.
Incoming parliamentarian Mohammad Reza Aref confirmed that he will run for parliament speaker against current speaker Ali Larijani.
The Guardian Council refused to confirm the parliamentary election results in three districts.
Parliament passed legislation calling upon the Rouhani administration to seek compensation from the U.S. “for its hostile actions against Iran.”
The IRGC has reportedly halted its deployments of troops from Mazandaran province to “operational areas” in Syria following heavy losses during the rebel offensive at Khan Tuman.
Former Quds Force Commander IRGC Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi blamed Israel for the death of senior Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati “tentatively confirmed” the cancellation of the Hajj for Iranian pilgrims following Saudi Arabia’s refusal to comply with Iranian demands.