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Iran Hardline Media React to End of Saudi Airstrikes on Yemen

Kayhan news reacts on its Thursday April 23, 2015 frontpage to the end of Saudi airstrikes.

Kayhan reacts on its Thursday, April 23, 2015 front page to the end of Saudi airstrikes.

Two prominent hardline newspapers published front pages boasting of a Saudi Arabian defeat today. These covers were reactions to the Saudi Arabian announcement of the end of airstrikes on Yemen this past Tuesday.

This is not a complete analysis of Iran's media landscape. Looking at a hardline news sources such as Kayhan or Vatan Emrooz in Iran can be likened to looking at Fox News in the United States.

Kayhan, a newspaper associated with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's office, published their frontpage with the photo of a young Houthi Yemeni boy sitting on what seems to be rocket that remains from the Saudi Arabian airstrikes against Houthi fighters. The title reads, “Yemen's Ansar Hezbollah humiliate Israel and America.” The Houthi's are often identified as “Yemen's Ansar Hezbollah” inside Iran.

Vatan Emrooz, another hardline newspaper tied to the Peydari Front, a political party associated with the Revolutionary Guards and Basij forces, published a front page cover depicting a framed portrait of the Saudi king fallen across the rubble of destroyed building with the exclamation, “Saudi's air dies!”. Describing someone's air as ‘dying’ is a popular Persian idiom for someone's defeat. A sub-caption states, “Operation ‘Hurricane Certainty’ ends after 27 days of crime and infanticide without achieving any of its goals.”

Vatan-e Emrooz

Vatan Emrooz reactons on its Thursday, April 23, 2015 front page to the end of Saudi airstrikes.

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