Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Iran’s Leader Urges Iraq to Demand US Withdraw Troops

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Leader Urges Iraq to Demand US Withdraw Troops

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iraq to demand U.S. troops leave “as soon as possible”, warning that Washington is plotting to remove the Iraqi government.

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Activists: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Fire on Protesters in Deadly Flood Confrontation

Sunday, April 7, 2019 Comments Off on Activists: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Fire on Protesters in Deadly Flood Confrontation

Exiled Iranian opposition activists say Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has fired on protesters who tried to stop it from diverting floodwaters in a southwestern town, resulting in a protester’s death. The activists said the protester died after being shot by IRGC forces in Wednesday’s predawn confrontation in the Dasht-e-Azadegan district of Khuzestan province. They […]

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Russia to keep forces in Venezuela ‘as long as needed’ despite US call for removal

Saturday, March 30, 2019 Comments Off on Russia to keep forces in Venezuela ‘as long as needed’ despite US call for removal

Russia says it will keep the roughly 100 servicemen it sent to Venezuela over the weekend, despite the US call for their removal. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that the forces would remain in the Latin American country “for as long as needed.” A Russian Air Force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a […]

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THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Iran is pursuing a strategy in Iraq similar to that which it employed in Lebanon, where it built Lebanese Hezbollah into a major military and political force. Hezbollah has become a ‘kingmaker,’ determining who occupies key leadership positions in the Lebanese government. Similarly, with Iran’s extensive assistance, several Iraqi militias and their commanders are emerging […]

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Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants: minister

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants: minister

Turkey and Iran carried out a joint operation against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said according to state-owned media.

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Iran Hints at Using Foreign Militias in Domestic Crackdown

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Hints at Using Foreign Militias in Domestic Crackdown

An influential Iranian cleric says Iran might bring Shiite militias to the country from other parts of the Middle East to fight threats to the government. Musa Ghazanfarabadi, head of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Courts, told religious students in Qom this month that his government could use foreign fighters to crack down on potential popular […]

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Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”

Iran’s military activities and clear public threats to annihilate Israel continue to grow in frequency and intensity. These moves not only instill fear, as they are doubtless meant to do; they also threaten to disrupt the international community. With such dire promises of conflict, it would be expected that the international news media and politicians […]

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Report: Iran Preparing for Role in Syria’s Reconstruction

Saturday, March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Iran Preparing for Role in Syria’s Reconstruction

Iranian construction companies are to build thousands of residential units in the suburbs of Syria’s capital, Damascus, an Iranian state-run news agency has reported.

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US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

The US Department of State added Harakat al Nujaba (HAN), or Movement of the Noble, an Iranian-supported Shiite militia which operates in both Iraq and Syria, and its leader, Akram ‘Abbas al Kaabi (or Kabi) to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. In the recent past, Kaabi has said he takes orders from […]

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Tehran: Iran launches cruise missile from sub during drill

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on Tehran: Iran launches cruise missile from sub during drill

Iran launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz, local media reported Sunday.

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Fortieth Anniversary of Iranian Revolution: How Iran became Islamic Republic

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Comments Off on Fortieth Anniversary of Iranian Revolution: How Iran became Islamic Republic

This February marks 40th anniversary of Iranian Revolution. 1979 Iranian Revolution—having overthrown the last king of Pahlavi dynasty Mohammed Reza Shah Pehlavi—had led to religious establishment. Iran became ‘Islamic Republic of Iran’. A lot is being talked about how ‘Islamic Republic’ has survived and lived a long period of forty years. There is no doubt […]

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Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida’s ‘Board of Directors’

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida’s ‘Board of Directors’

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of harboring what it said was “the board of directors of al-Qaida” and rejected charges Riyadh was behind last week’s suicide car bombing that killed against 27 personnel of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

What do scoundrels do, when caught red handed in their shenanigans? According to an old proverb they wrap themselves in a flag and seek refuge in patriotism.

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Challenges abound as the Islamic Republic turns 40

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Challenges abound as the Islamic Republic turns 40

This February marks the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic, but for those in power in Tehran, celebrating the victories of the past is easier than dealing with the problems of the present. Challenges abound on all sides. On the home front, the so-called moderates and hardliners will […]

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Iran Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

A suicide bomber killed at least 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and wounded 13 on a bus in a restive region of southeast Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. It was among the deadliest attacks in Iran in years.

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Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged With a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Comments Off on Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged With a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues

Indictment Unsealed as U.S. Treasury Department Announces Economic Sanctions. Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, a former U.S. service member and counterintelligence agent, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to deliver and delivering national

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Iran unveils underground ballistic missile plant for 1st time

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Comments Off on Iran unveils underground ballistic missile plant for 1st time

Iran has unveiled an underground plant manufacturing precision ballistic missiles for the Aerospace Division of its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Trump Says Wants To Keep U.S. Base In Iraq To ‘Watch Iran’

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Says Wants To Keep U.S. Base In Iraq To ‘Watch Iran’

President Donald Trump made clear in a television interview that he wants to reduce U.S. military engagement in Syria and Afghanistan, but said he was willing to keep a U.S. military base in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran.

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Iran unveils long-range Hoveyzeh cruise missile

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Comments Off on Iran unveils long-range Hoveyzeh cruise missile

Iran has unveiled a surface-to-surface missile with a range of more than 1,350 kilometers during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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Iran not to extend range of its missiles: Top security official

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Comments Off on Iran not to extend range of its missiles: Top security official

Iran has no scientific bottleneck to extend its missiles range but, according to its defense doctrine, the country is only focusing on improving the precision of its missiles and not on extending their ranges, said the secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran on Tuesday.

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Iran, EU to hold nuclear meeting, high-level talks in Brussels

Monday, November 26, 2018 Comments Off on Iran, EU to hold nuclear meeting, high-level talks in Brussels

Iran and the European Union plan to hold the third seminar on peaceful nuclear cooperation and the fourth round of high-level political talks in Brussels, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi says, Press TV reports. In a post on his Twitter account on Sunday, Araqchi said the two “important events” in relations […]

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China’s CNPC replacing France’s Total in SP gas project: Zanganeh

Monday, November 26, 2018 Comments Off on China’s CNPC replacing France’s Total in SP gas project: Zanganeh

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said China’s state-owned CNPC has officially replaced France’s Total in Iran’s multibillion-dollar South Pars gas project, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

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Zarif castigates the Western silence on gas attack in Aleppo

Monday, November 26, 2018 Comments Off on Zarif castigates the Western silence on gas attack in Aleppo

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif castigated the West for being silent toward chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Aleppo by terrorists. “Where is the West in condemning the chemical attack in Aleppo by terrorists?” Zarif wrote on his Tweeter page…Zarif said the West condemns chemical attacks only if it is allegedly used […]

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EU mechanism for Iran trade to be symbolically ready on Nov. 4: diplomats

Friday, October 26, 2018 Comments Off on EU mechanism for Iran trade to be symbolically ready on Nov. 4: diplomats

A new European Union mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of U.S. sanctions hit, but it will not be operational until early next year, three diplomats said.The mechanism, a so-called special purpose vehicle (SPV), is designed to circumvent the sanctions, under which […]

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Iran wins another legal battle against U.S.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Iran wins another legal battle against U.S.

An Italian appeal court has rejected a lawsuit by the U.S. that called for the seizure of $5 billion worth of Iranian assets in Italy, in a second win for Tehran in its legal battle against the U.S. this month, IFP news reported.

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Iran urges intl. community to respond to U.S. unilateralism

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Comments Off on Iran urges intl. community to respond to U.S. unilateralism

Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, said on Tuesday the U.S. unilateralism is a “serious threat” to the world and suggested that a “swift” and “robust” reaction is needed by the international community to counter this policy.

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UN’s top court rules in favor of Iran, orders U.S. to lift sanctions

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Comments Off on UN’s top court rules in favor of Iran, orders U.S. to lift sanctions

The United Nation’s top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on “humanitarian” goods to Iran that President Donald Trump reimposed after pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, The Daily Start reported.

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Serica, BP get temporary US OK to work on partly Iranian-owned UK project

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off on Serica, BP get temporary US OK to work on partly Iranian-owned UK project

Serica Energy said on Monday that the US Treasury had given temporary approval for certain US businesses to work on a British North Sea oil and gas field owned in part by Iran, which is targeted by US sanctions.

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Daesh would have reached Europe without Iran: senior MP

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off on Daesh would have reached Europe without Iran: senior MP

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said on Monday that Daesh would have reached the gates of Europe if it had not been for Iran’s fight against the group in Iraq and Syria. Falahatpisheh made the remarks as ambassadors from 27 European countries had a meeting with the MPs sitting on […]

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Iran says missile attack won’t impede Astana talks

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Comments Off on Iran says missile attack won’t impede Astana talks

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that Iran’s missile attacks on IS terrorists in Syria will not cause any impediment to the process of the Astana talks.Contacts and consultations among Iran, Russia and Turkey within the framework of the Astana talks will continue, he said in a press conference.

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South Korea boycotts Iran’s oil

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Comments Off on South Korea boycotts Iran’s oil

South Korea has stopped buying Iran’s oil, Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum confirmed on Sunday. “It is for three successive months that South Korea has not imported oil from Iran,” public relations of the ministry announced…Prior to the U.S. sanctions threat, Seoul imported 180,000 barrels per day of Iran’s crude oil, according to the report.

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Morocco Wants Strong Security Cooperation with US Against Iran

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Comments Off on Morocco Wants Strong Security Cooperation with US Against Iran

Following his meeting with Mike Pompeo, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met three US senators in Washington, D.C…The Moroccan official visited the US to discuss means to “end Iran’s support for terrorism and counter its malign influence in the region.”

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Iran-Iraq trade grew 30% in 5 months

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Comments Off on Iran-Iraq trade grew 30% in 5 months

The trade between Iran and its western neighbor Iraq has grown 30 percent during the first five months of the Iranian calendar year (March 21- August 22, 2018), director of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Al-e Es’haq told Mehr news agency in an interview published on Monday.

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‘Gradualism’ not proper approach to save nuclear deal, Salehi tells EU

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Comments Off on ‘Gradualism’ not proper approach to save nuclear deal, Salehi tells EU

Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Monday that “approach of gradualism” adopted by the European Union’s is not a proper way to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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IAEA chief confirms Iran JCPOA commitment

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Comments Off on IAEA chief confirms Iran JCPOA commitment

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano verified on Monday that Iran is living up to all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal. “Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna using the […]

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