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Iran to Increase Explosive Power of Its Missile Warheads – Defence Minister

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on Iran to Increase Explosive Power of Its Missile Warheads – Defence Minister

Earlier this month, following attacks on a base holding US troops in Iraq, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Iran will continue to respond to America’s assassination of Commander Qasem Soleimani on 3 January.

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State designates Iran-backed League of the Righteous as Foreign Terrorist Organization

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Comments Off on State designates Iran-backed League of the Righteous as Foreign Terrorist Organization

The U.S. Department of State has added Asaib Ahl al Haq, an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia terror group also known as “League of the Righteous,” to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Additionally, the group’s leader, Qais al Khazali, and his brother, Laith al Khazali, have been listed as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

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U.S. targets Iranian-backed militia active in Iraq – State Department

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. targets Iranian-backed militia active in Iraq – State Department

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted a senior member of Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, punishing it for its attacks targeting U.S. forces, most recently for killing an American contractor in an Iraqi military base near the northern city of Kirkuk.

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To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Comments Off on To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is far from the first proof of how intertwined we are as a global community. The climate crisis and the refugee crisis have long been glaring examples that the wars or CO2 emissions on one continent risk the lives and well-being of people on another continent. What coronavirus is providing, however, […]

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How Should the West Respond to the Iranian Protesters?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on How Should the West Respond to the Iranian Protesters?

“Right now people are mad, not just because of their own government… People are furious about the Western reaction, with the silence of the world. When they see that people are getting killed, but still the Western governments do not dare to openly support human rights and ask the United Nations to make an open […]

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Diminishing Returns from Iran Sanctions

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Diminishing Returns from Iran Sanctions

Virtually every sector of Iran’s civilian economy is now subject to U.S. secondary sanctions, rendering additional sanctions progressively less significant.

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Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias suffer heavy losses fighting in Syria

In 2012, Hezbollah committed itself to armed conflict in defense of its Syrian ally, Bashar al Assad, against rebels and Islamic State fighters attempting to overthrow the Assad government. With the backing of Iran and Russia, they successfully supported the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in largely putting down the armed insurgency.

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Ex-CIA official warns of Iran, ISIS drones armed with chemical weapons

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Ex-CIA official warns of Iran, ISIS drones armed with chemical weapons

The warning takes on greater meaning following a call on January 28 by ISIS’s new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, to direct greater attention to attacking Israel and Jews, including using chemical weapons.

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Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani’s wake

Shortly after Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, the Tehran-backed Lebanese organization Hezbollah urgently met with Iraqi militia leaders, seeking to unite them in the face of a huge void left by their powerful mentor’s death, two sources with knowledge of the meetings told Reuters.

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IS Tries to Stage Comeback Amid Rising US-Iran Tensions

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Comments Off on IS Tries to Stage Comeback Amid Rising US-Iran Tensions

The Islamic State group’s self-styled “caliphate” across parts of Iraq and Syria seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine.

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Iran-Backed Houthis Suspected Of Ballistic Missile Attack At Yemen

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Iran-Backed Houthis Suspected Of Ballistic Missile Attack At Yemen

On January 18, 2020, ballistic missiles struck a mosque at the al-Estiqbal military camp in Marib, killing at least 116 people in what was reportedly one of the deadliest attacks in Yemen’s civil war. Although there was no immediate claim by the Houthi rebels, Yemen’s government condemned the Iran-backed extremist group for the attack.

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Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Escalating U.S.-Iran tensions mean Afghanistan, which shares a border with Iran, could be the next proxy battleground between Washington and Tehran, a clash that threatens to undermine the Trump administration’s pursuit of a peace deal with the Taliban and eventual drawdown of American troops.

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France promises continued support against ISIS in Iraq and Kurdistan

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on France promises continued support against ISIS in Iraq and Kurdistan

On Thursday, the French Consul General in Erbil affirmed his country’s ongoing support for the security of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq during a meeting with the head of the leading Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

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Hezbollah supporters say revenge for Soleimani’s death has only just begun

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah supporters say revenge for Soleimani’s death has only just begun

Qassem Soleimani was often described as a “shadowy” figure; an elusive commander who criss-crossed the Middle East in secret on his mission to sustain a regional military alliance loyal to Iran.

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Reading Sun Tzu in Tehran

Monday, January 20, 2020 Comments Off on Reading Sun Tzu in Tehran

Iran is not done. General Hajizadeh, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, said in a briefing yesterday that the strike “was the starting point of a great operation”. He also underlined that “the strikes were not meant to cause fatalities: We intended [rather] to deliver a blow to the enemy’s military machine”. And the Pentagon […]

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Airstrikes kill 8 Iran-backed militants near Syria-Iraq border, monitor says

Monday, January 13, 2020 Comments Off on Airstrikes kill 8 Iran-backed militants near Syria-Iraq border, monitor says

Airstrikes in eastern Syria killed eight fighters of the Iran-backed Iraqi militia in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces overnight, a war monitor said Friday.

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Canadian Delegation Heading to Iran over Plane Crash

Friday, January 10, 2020 Comments Off on Canadian Delegation Heading to Iran over Plane Crash

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi says a 10-member Canadian delegation is coming to Iran in order to deal with the Canadian victims of the Wednesday crash.

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Iranian Gov’t Issues Statement on Ukrainian Plane Crash

Friday, January 10, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian Gov’t Issues Statement on Ukrainian Plane Crash

A Boeing 737 plane carrying 180 passengers and crew, mostly Iranians, crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran early Wednesday, leaving no survivors.

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Anti-ISIS Coalition Countries Relocate Troops from Iraq after Iran Tensions

Friday, January 10, 2020 Comments Off on Anti-ISIS Coalition Countries Relocate Troops from Iraq after Iran Tensions

Several member states of the anti-ISIS coalition announced Tuesday that they would be relocating their troops from Iraq following tensions with Iran over Washington’s killing last week of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

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Iran Fires on U.S. Forces at 2 Bases in Iraq, Calling It ‘Fierce Revenge’

Friday, January 10, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Fires on U.S. Forces at 2 Bases in Iraq, Calling It ‘Fierce Revenge’

Iraqi officials say the Iranian strikes, involving at least a dozen ballistic missiles, caused no American or Iraqi casualties. President Trump issued an upbeat appraisal.

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What Happens Next with the Tensions Between Iran and the United States?

Friday, January 10, 2020 Comments Off on What Happens Next with the Tensions Between Iran and the United States?

Iran responded to the death of IRGC-QF Major General Qassim Soleimani by launching nearly two dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases where American troops are stationed.

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Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

Friday, January 10, 2020 Comments Off on Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

In the wake of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on air bases which house US forces in Iraq, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he would “continue his active engagement” to de-escalate tensions and avert full-scale war.

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Zarif: Iran informed Iraqi govt. of missile attack on US bases‎

Friday, January 10, 2020 Comments Off on Zarif: Iran informed Iraqi govt. of missile attack on US bases‎

Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran informed the Iraqi government of its retaliatory attack on US bases, reaffirming Tehran’s respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab country.

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Saudi Arabia Sought Dialogue With Iran. Then The U.S.-Iranian Conflict Escalated

Friday, January 10, 2020 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia Sought Dialogue With Iran. Then The U.S.-Iranian Conflict Escalated

The U.S. killing of senior Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani left many of America’s allies in the Middle East confused and nervous. That includes Saudi Arabia, the top regional rival of Iran.

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Iran Hits US Bases in Iraq in Retaliation Attacks after US Killing of Soleimani

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Hits US Bases in Iraq in Retaliation Attacks after US Killing of Soleimani

Iran on Wednesday targeted two US airbases in Iraq, including the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq.

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Iran Expresses Regret over Tehran-Kiev Plane Crash

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Expresses Regret over Tehran-Kiev Plane Crash

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has expressed deep regret over the crash of a Ukrainian airline’s passenger plane in Tehran, which killed a number of Iranian citizens and foreign nationals, especially Ukrainians.

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Iran, Turkey Discuss IRGC Missile Attacks on US Base

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Comments Off on Iran, Turkey Discuss IRGC Missile Attacks on US Base

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday.

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The Assassination of Qassem Soleimani Institutionalizes Anti-American Sentiment in Iran

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on The Assassination of Qassem Soleimani Institutionalizes Anti-American Sentiment in Iran

The Trump administration’s strategic miscalculation in assassinating Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has institutionalized anti-American sentiment in Iran’s domestic politics and among the Iranian public. This has given Iran’s government the upper hand in confronting U.S. strategic goals in the greater Middle East region, consequently challenging America’s global position.

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Muqtada al Sadr reactivates Mahdi Army, Promised Day Brigade

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on Muqtada al Sadr reactivates Mahdi Army, Promised Day Brigade

In the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani and important militia leader Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr has reactivated two of his longstanding militia forces in Iraq.

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A Region on Edge: Mideast Officials Scramble to Anticipate Iranian Retaliation

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on A Region on Edge: Mideast Officials Scramble to Anticipate Iranian Retaliation

No one knows where Iran may strike to avenge the killing Friday of its top general in a U.S. drone strike, but few believe Tehran won’t retaliate, and it has plenty of possible targets to pick proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen to carry out reprisals, warn analysts.

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Trump Threatens Iranian Cultural Sites

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on Trump Threatens Iranian Cultural Sites

U.S President Donald Trump is threatening to hit Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliates for last week’s assassination of its top general Qassem Soleimani.

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Iran announces decision to take fifth step to scale back JCPOA commitments

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on Iran announces decision to take fifth step to scale back JCPOA commitments

The Iranian government has issued a statement announcing its decision to take the fifth and final step in reducing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with world powers, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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Hezbollah official says response of ‘axis of resistance’ to Soleimani killing will be decisive: al Mayadeen

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah official says response of ‘axis of resistance’ to Soleimani killing will be decisive: al Mayadeen

A Lebanese Hezbollah official said the response of the Iran-backed “axis of resistance” to the killing of Iran’s military commander Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. air strike will be decisive, al-Mayadeen TV said on Saturday.

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There’s a winner from the US-Iran crisis, and it’s ISIS

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on There’s a winner from the US-Iran crisis, and it’s ISIS

Terrorist group ISIS will likely be the winner as tensions between Washington and Tehran mount after the U.S. killing of Iran’s most powerful military commander, experts say.

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Conflict With Iran Threatens Fight Against ISIS

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Comments Off on Conflict With Iran Threatens Fight Against ISIS

The American assassination of a top Iranian commander may make it impossible for American forces to stay in Iraq. That could ease an ISIS comeback.

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