Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Yemen Talks to Prevent Country’s Division

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Yemen Talks to Prevent Country’s Division

Fighters loyal to Yemen’s Houthis attacked several positions belonging to southern separatists Wednesday, Arab media reported. The attacks occurred a day after a Houthi delegation met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who reportedly backed a resumption of stalled talks between rival Yemeni groups.

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Iran general: Hezbollah strong enough to annihilate Israel on its own

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran general: Hezbollah strong enough to annihilate Israel on its own

IRGC chief says Lebanese proxy group honed skills fighting in Syrian civil war, claims US-led efforts to undermine Tehran’s regional influence have backfired.

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Iran’s Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has criticised a US-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz, saying Washington’s military build-up in the Gulf was aimed at “creating division and emptying the treasuries” of countries in the region.

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Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Iran over possible talks with Washington.

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U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

They change offices every few months and store documents only in hard copy. They scan their businesses for covert listening devices and divert all office calls to their cellphones. They know they are under surveillance, and assume their electronics are hacked.

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A modern ‘Trojan Horse’ to stop Iran’s ship seizures in the Strait of Hormuz

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on A modern ‘Trojan Horse’ to stop Iran’s ship seizures in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran has seized another oil tanker in the Persian Gulf — this one, it says, was smuggling oil to Arab nations — weeks after it detained a British-flagged tanker and attacked several others.

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Iran Boosts Aide To HAMAS To $360 Million – Reports

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Boosts Aide To HAMAS To $360 Million – Reports

Two weeks after a visit to Tehran by representatives from HAMAS, Israeli media on Tuesday August 6 reported an eye-catching increase in Iran’s financial assistance to this Palestinian group.

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In siding with Iran, Hezbollah could put Lebanon’s future at serious risk

Friday, July 26, 2019 Comments Off on In siding with Iran, Hezbollah could put Lebanon’s future at serious risk

While Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have been quick to use the Gulf’s escalating tensions to rattle sabres, analysts downplayed the likelihood that the exchange of threats would develop into full-scale conflict in the immediate future.

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Even as Tensions With Iran Rise Over Seized Ship, U.K. Stays ‘Committed’ to Nuclear Deal

Friday, July 26, 2019 Comments Off on Even as Tensions With Iran Rise Over Seized Ship, U.K. Stays ‘Committed’ to Nuclear Deal

Britain took new steps on Monday to distance itself from the Trump administration’s escalating confrontation with Iran, even while pushing for the release of an oil tanker seized by Tehran three days earlier.

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Iran has intercontinental drones, will use them if necessary: Navy chief

Friday, July 26, 2019 Comments Off on Iran has intercontinental drones, will use them if necessary: Navy chief

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi says Iran is in possession of intercontinental drones and will definitely put them to use if the need for a long-haul mission arises.

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Iran intelligence says identified 17 CIA spies

Thursday, July 25, 2019 Comments Off on Iran intelligence says identified 17 CIA spies

Iranian Intelligence Ministry official said on Monday that 17 spies affiliated with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been identified.

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Iran Says It Seized Foreign Tanker, Escalating Regional Tensions

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Says It Seized Foreign Tanker, Escalating Regional Tensions

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran has detained a foreign oil tanker it said had been smuggling fuel, Iranian news media reported on Thursday, days after a United Arab Emirates vessel with the same name disappeared in the Persian Gulf.

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IRGC releases drone footage, belying US claim of downing

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Comments Off on IRGC releases drone footage, belying US claim of downing

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has released footage captured by an Iranian drone flying over the Strait of Hormuz and monitoring a United States Navy vessel, belying a claim by Washington that the unmanned aircraft was shot down by the American forces.

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IRGC says captures British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Comments Off on IRGC says captures British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has said that it has captured a British oil tanker for breaching international maritime law while crossing the Strait of Hormuz.

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Britain Offers To Help Release Tanker If Given Guarantees By Iran

Saturday, July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Britain Offers To Help Release Tanker If Given Guarantees By Iran

Britain has offered Iran a way out of the crisis over its seized oil tanker in Gibraltar, saying it will “facilitate release” of the Grace 1 if Tehran provides guarantees the vessel will not travel on to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

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Iran Rejects Pompeo’s Suggestion It Is Willing to Negotiate Over Missile Program

Saturday, July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Rejects Pompeo’s Suggestion It Is Willing to Negotiate Over Missile Program

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Iran appeared willing to negotiate over its missile program “for the first time,” in what he and President Trump presented as evidence that sanctions and military pressure were working, less than a month after the president halted a planned military strike against Iran.

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Iran Says It Aided Oil Tanker, Amid Reports of Missing U.A.E. Ship

Saturday, July 20, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Says It Aided Oil Tanker, Amid Reports of Missing U.A.E. Ship

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has said that security forces recently came to the aid of a foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, hours after reports that Iran might have seized a tanker from the United Arab Emirates in the area.

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It’s time to hold Iran accountable for terrorism in Argentina

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on It’s time to hold Iran accountable for terrorism in Argentina

Twenty five years ago this month, the world watched in horror as rescuers in Buenos Aires picked through the rubble of a Jewish community center, searching for survivors of a suicide bombing that leveled the building, killing 85 people, including a five-year-old boy, and wounding 300 more.

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Iran officially begins enriching uranium beyond 3.67% level

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran officially begins enriching uranium beyond 3.67% level

Iran on Sunday has officially announced the beginning of the second phase of reduction of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, increasing the level of its uranium enrichment to a level beyond the 3.67% limit set by the accord.

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Several suspected U.S. spies ‘due to be’ sentenced to death, Iran says

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Several suspected U.S. spies ‘due to be’ sentenced to death, Iran says

Iranian prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for several individuals accused of spying for the United States, Iran’s spokesman for the judiciary announced Tuesday.

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Iran warns Europe it ‘will take next step’ to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level if new deal isn’t reached

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Iran warns Europe it ‘will take next step’ to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level if new deal isn’t reached

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned European nations Wednesday that Tehran will “take the next step” in increasing its uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels this coming Sunday if they do not offer a new deal by then, adding that they will increase it to “any amount that we want”.

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Foreign minister: Iran’s enriched uranium stocks exceed 300kg

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Foreign minister: Iran’s enriched uranium stocks exceed 300kg

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country has increased the level of its low-enriched uranium production to over 300 kilograms as had been already announced by the country in line with paragraphs 26 and 36 of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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Pompeo Meets Saudi King, Crown Prince on Iran

Thursday, June 27, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo Meets Saudi King, Crown Prince on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman Monday, before going for a “working lunch” with his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, at a restaurant in the Red Sea resort town of Jeddah. The visit took place at a time of strong tensions with Iran and what analysts say […]

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Trump Imposes New Iran Sanctions, Targeting its Supreme Leader

Thursday, June 27, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Imposes New Iran Sanctions, Targeting its Supreme Leader

U.S. President Donald Trump imposed what he described as “hard-hitting” new financial sanctions on Iran Monday, specifically targeting the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Trump Warns Iran that US ‘Cocked & Loaded’ but ‘In No Hurry’

Monday, June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Warns Iran that US ‘Cocked & Loaded’ but ‘In No Hurry’

The United States was “cocked & loaded,” ready to strike three sites in Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz but called off the attacks at the last possible moment to spare Iranian lives. The revelation by U.S. President Donald Trump on social media Friday followed a […]

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Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Iran’s president says his country has ‘no intentions to have conflicts’ with world powers and those in the region.

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Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

US President Donald Trump launched yet another broadside against Iran on Thursday, accusing Tehran of “championing terrorism” across the Middle East.

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Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

While European powers still claim Iran’s regime is in compliance with the nuclear deal, a new German intelligence report accuses the Islamic Republic of seeking to build weapons of mass destruction.

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Not supporting the Lebanese Army is akin to supporting Iran and Hezbollah

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Not supporting the Lebanese Army is akin to supporting Iran and Hezbollah

As we mourn the loss of Maronite Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, we are reminded of his legacy of being a courageous defender of the sovereignty of Lebanon in the face of Syrian occupation. It is striking that he passed at a moment when tensions between Iran and the United States are running high and […]

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Defying Iran, U.S. to use Oman ports for Persian Gulf access

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Defying Iran, U.S. to use Oman ports for Persian Gulf access

Iran may not like it, but the deal will transform a former fishing village in Oman into a key Middle East industry. The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman last week which US officials say will allow the US military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships […]

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Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia? – Report

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia? – Report

According to a second source, Iran and Syria already signed a protocol for the training of naval forces in Syria. Jorf News, a Syrian news site, reported that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a naval combat training course in Latakia province in northern Syria. Latakia is where Russia’s Khmeimim airbase is located.

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US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

Friday, May 24, 2019 Comments Off on US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said the steps taken to bolster the U.S. military presence in the Middle East have deterred Iran and “put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” even as Iran carried out other attacks.

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Trump: Fighting the US Will Be ‘Official End of Iran’

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Trump: Fighting the US Will Be ‘Official End of Iran’

President Donald Trump has given a strong warning to Iran, threatening its destruction if it attacks the United States or U.S. interests.

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Iran Quadruples Uranium Enrichment

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Quadruples Uranium Enrichment

Iran said Monday it has quadrupled its uranium enrichment capacity as the war of words between Tehran and Washington shows little sign of cooling off.

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Iranian Military Official: Missiles Capable of Striking Warships in Gulf

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian Military Official: Missiles Capable of Striking Warships in Gulf

A senior member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps said Friday Iranian short-range missiles can “easily” reach warships in the Persian Gulf, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

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