Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Iran And Israel Spar Over Cyber Warfare

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Iran And Israel Spar Over Cyber Warfare

There is a whole lot of churning going on in Iran, which has been at loggerheads with US, for around more than five-decades, as it traces its modern tussle with US to the way Muhammed Musaddiq government was over thrown by US in 1953 1, which later was followed by setting of a new nationalist […]

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Iran-China deal raises more questions than answers

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Iran-China deal raises more questions than answers

China has become the new polarizing factor in Iranian politics. The latest issue is the 25-year deal between Iran and China, which, according to Abbas Milani of Stanford University, will make Iran a “colony” of China — a treaty even worse than the 1872 Reuter Concession, which gave a British businessman control over Iran’s roads, […]

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Rouhani slams US ‘aerial terrorism’ after Iran plane interception

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Rouhani slams US ‘aerial terrorism’ after Iran plane interception

The US interception of an Iranian civilian aircraft over Syrian skies has set off yet another escalatory episode in the rivalry between Tehran and Washington over influence in the Middle East.

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60 pro-Iranian militants killed in Syria since May

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on 60 pro-Iranian militants killed in Syria since May

Over the past several months, Israel has been accused of dozens of strikes. In June, a series of airstrikes were reported on almost a weekly basis.

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The “Maximum Pressure” on Iran’s Regime

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on The “Maximum Pressure” on Iran’s Regime

For almost four decades, Iran’s regime has been squandering the nation’s resources on terror and militia groups… It is estimated that the regime has spent more than $100 billion on its nuclear program.

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Mysterious Explosions Continue to Rock Iran

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Mysterious Explosions Continue to Rock Iran

The July 2 explosion at a key Iranian nuclear facility was likely an attack organized by an external actor.

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Hezbollah financier ‘freed by US after secret Iran talks’

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah financier ‘freed by US after secret Iran talks’

A Lebanese man convicted of financing Hezbollah was freed from jail in the US last month as a result of indirect contacts between Tehran and Washington that are expected to yield more releases, three senior Middle East officials told Reuters news agency.

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What’s behind the wave of mysterious incidents in Iran?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on What’s behind the wave of mysterious incidents in Iran?

On the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Stuxnet computer virus, designed by the U.S. and Israel to target Iran’s nuclear program, the Islamic Republic is facing a new wave of unclaimed acts of sabotage. While military and nuclear facilities in Parchin and Natanz have been attacked, this latest wave is not limited to […]

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Iran’s Military Alliance with China Threatens Middle East Security

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s Military Alliance with China Threatens Middle East Security

Announcing Iran’s intention to build a new military base in the Indian Ocean, Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, the commander of the naval attachment of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said that the base would be used to protect fishing and commercial vessels from piracy and “foreign ships”, a reference to the US-led multinational naval task […]

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Iran offers unconditional support to Hamas, Islamic Jihad

Monday, July 20, 2020 Comments Off on Iran offers unconditional support to Hamas, Islamic Jihad

Hamas is sparing no effort to restore its relations with Iran, which announced that it will provide all necessary support to the Palestinians facing the Israeli annexation plan of the West Bank.

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Iraq Fails to Rein in Iran-Backed Militias

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq Fails to Rein in Iran-Backed Militias

Iraq’s new government failed an initial test of its efforts to gain control of the Iran-backed Shia militias that have been attacking U.S. forces and installations throughout Iraq.

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Explosions damage site at Iranian missile complex and nuclear facility

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Comments Off on Explosions damage site at Iranian missile complex and nuclear facility

Over the last two weeks, explosions have taken place at the Khojir missile production complex in Tehran and the Natanz nuclear complex. While Iranian officials have downplayed the events, it is likely that both blasts at the facilities were acts of sabotage.

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Release of Pro-Iran Militants Signals Governance Challenge in Iraq, Experts Say

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Comments Off on Release of Pro-Iran Militants Signals Governance Challenge in Iraq, Experts Say

Defying state power, a group of 14 pro-Iran militiamen clothed in khaki military fatigues trampled over doctored portraits of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

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German intel says Iran ‘massively promotes antisemitism, Israel hatred’

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Comments Off on German intel says Iran ‘massively promotes antisemitism, Israel hatred’

Iran’s clerical regime is a leading sponsor of Jew-hatred, the domestic intelligence agency for the city-state of Berlin disclosed June 25 in a report on antisemitism.

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Pompeo urges U.N. arms embargo on Iran’s `terrorist regime’

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Comments Off on Pompeo urges U.N. arms embargo on Iran’s `terrorist regime’

Calling Iran “the world’s most heinous terrorist regime,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to extend the U.N. arms embargo against Tehran, which expires in October, and reject “extortion diplomacy.”

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Renewed Iran-Backed Attacks in Iraq Ratchet Up the Pressure

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Comments Off on Renewed Iran-Backed Attacks in Iraq Ratchet Up the Pressure

Bottom Line Up Front A new spate of Iran-backed attacks on key facilities in Iraq demonstrates that Iran remains undeterred by the potential for U.S. retaliation. Iranian-backed strikes in Iraq suggest that Iraq’s new Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, is struggling in his efforts to rein in Iran-backed Shia militias under government control. The timing of […]

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Iran’s influence in Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s influence in Afghanistan

Despite strong religious and cultural ties and a long shared border, Iran has a somewhat complicated relationship with Afghanistan. Revolutionary Iran’s tumultuous birth coincided with the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan some four decades ago. Since then, Iran’s attempts to preserve its interests in conflict-ridden Afghanistan have not received much attention from the outside world, […]

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The East Fails Iran

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Comments Off on The East Fails Iran

Officials in Tehran have a lot to worry about. But they are particularly irked at the speed by which Asian states have dropped Iran as a trading partner. Iran had hoped that the East would save the country’s economy from the barrage of sanctions enacted by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. In early […]

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Iranian proxy in Iraq targets US bases

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian proxy in Iraq targets US bases

In a recently published video, the Iranian-backed front League of the Revolutionaries (LoR) claimed responsibility for recent attacks including the crash of an American C-130 military cargo plane and several rocket attacks against American-led coalition bases in Iraq.

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Danger: Iran’s Arms Embargo About to Expire

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Danger: Iran’s Arms Embargo About to Expire

Who will benefit from lifting the arms embargo? Russia and China. They would most likely be the preferred weapons exporters to Iran. With prospects for multi-billion dollar deals, Moscow and Beijing would doubtless be delighted to sell weapons to Iran.

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Iran’s New Parliament Heralds Conservative Consolidation

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s New Parliament Heralds Conservative Consolidation

Conservatives won big in Iran’s February legislative election. Disqualification of rivals, low turnout and coordination among factions may portend their victory in the 2021 presidential contest as well. Should an opportunity arise to reduce U.S.-Iranian tensions between now and then, it should be seized.

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Finally, a Good New Snap-Back Plan on Iran

Saturday, June 20, 2020 Comments Off on Finally, a Good New Snap-Back Plan on Iran

The RSC plan also advocates that Congress impose further new sanctions on “Iran’s petrochemical, shipping, financial, construction and automotive sectors.” Legislation would also target “Iran’s human rights violations and regional aggression, including in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. And it suggests sanctioning the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), a European mechanism that the […]

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Berlin plans to ban pro-Iran, anitsemitic al-Quds rally in 2021

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Comments Off on Berlin plans to ban pro-Iran, anitsemitic al-Quds rally in 2021

Al-Quds Day calls for the obliteration of the Jewish state and is attended by neo-Nazis, Hezbollah members and supporters, left-wing activists for the Palestinian terrorist organization the PFLP.

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Iran’s New Terror Network in Latin America

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s New Terror Network in Latin America

The recent upsurge in Iranian activity in Venezuela certainly needs to be taken seriously by the Trump administration if Tehran is to be prevented from strengthening its terrorist activities on America’s southern flank.

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More than 100 domestically-built missile-launching speed boats join Iran’s naval fleet

Monday, June 8, 2020 Comments Off on More than 100 domestically-built missile-launching speed boats join Iran’s naval fleet

Iranian naval forces have received more than 100 missile-launching speed boats designed and manufactured by experts at home, in what will boost the Islamic Republic’s offensive power in the strategic Persian Gulf waters.

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IntelBrief: Iran and Israel Continue Their Shadow Conflict in Cyberspace

Monday, June 8, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Iran and Israel Continue Their Shadow Conflict in Cyberspace

Bottom Line Up Front

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Iranian tankers feed fuel to Venezuela’s El Palito refinery, help it resume gasoline production

Friday, May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian tankers feed fuel to Venezuela’s El Palito refinery, help it resume gasoline production

Iranian tankers have fed fuel to one of Venezuela’s most important refineries, enabling the strategic El Palito facility to resume gasoline production after it was forced to largely reduce its activities under pressure from draconian American sanctions.

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Iran’s First Tanker Reaches Venezuelan Waters

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s First Tanker Reaches Venezuelan Waters

The first of five Iranian oil tankers has entered the Venezuelan territorial waters to show Iran’s determination to carry out exports of goods and oil to everywhere in the world regardless of US threats.

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Iran-U.S. Tensions Rise In The Middle East

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iran-U.S. Tensions Rise In The Middle East

Top Iran Military General Qassim Suleimani, commander of Iran’s revolutionary guard Corps -Quds Force, was killed along with six others including the head of Kataib Hezbollah, Abu Mehdi Al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the PMF, Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, who was reportedly present during the storming of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Dec 31st, was […]

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Iran’s influence extends to South America

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s influence extends to South America

Since the death of General Soleimani in Baghdad on January 2nd as a result of a Drone Strike at the Baghdad International Airport, there has been great consternation that the Trump Administration would take such a bold step and fear that Iran will retaliate for this move.

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The US and Iran are still perilously close to conflict

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on The US and Iran are still perilously close to conflict

Even amid the coronavirus crisis, the countries are trading threats. A de-escalation hotline is desperately needed.

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Iran Parliament Approves Bill To Change Currency, Slash Four Zeros

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Iran Parliament Approves Bill To Change Currency, Slash Four Zeros

The Iranian Parliament on Monday voted for the details of a government monetary reform bill which will change the country’s currency name and drop four zeros from banknotes.

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Iranian spies ‘smuggle millions to terrorists’ in Lebanon and Syria

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian spies ‘smuggle millions to terrorists’ in Lebanon and Syria

IRANIAN agents are delivering suitcases stuffed with £800,000 in cash to Hezbollah terrorists despite the Islamic state begging for financial help to deal with coronavirus, it is claimed.

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IntelBrief: United States and Iran Heading Slowly Toward the Brink Again

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: United States and Iran Heading Slowly Toward the Brink Again

Bottom Line up Front

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Iranian-backed militias playing key role in Anbar against ISIS

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian-backed militias playing key role in Anbar against ISIS

US-Iran tensions and protests in Iraq, as well as other issues that lead to instability have enabled ISIS cells to continue to function.

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