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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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Iran’s Zarif, Russia’s Lavrov dismiss as ‘impractical’ Pompeo’s anti-Iran UN bid

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s Zarif, Russia’s Lavrov dismiss as ‘impractical’ Pompeo’s anti-Iran UN bid

The top Iranian and Russian diplomats have dismissed a plot by their US counterpart to press for the extension of a UN arms embargo against the Islamic Republic by resorting to a process outlined in a 2015 nuclear agreement that Washington has already abandoned.

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US-Iran tensions in Iraq and the effect on civil society

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on US-Iran tensions in Iraq and the effect on civil society

While Iraq’s domestic political crisis continues, the geopolitical face-off between the U.S. and Iran has broadened out, ensnaring civic actors in a mainly military (non)confrontation. Militias have launched rockets at the Green Zone in Baghdad, which houses government buildings and all international representation, seemingly in line with the wishes of their strongest political and financial […]

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Iran receives signals from military satellite, vows new surprises

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Iran receives signals from military satellite, vows new surprises

The Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Division has said that the country is receiving signals from its recently launched Noor satellite and that it plans to launch a future satellite in higher orbit.

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Space Force Commander Says Iran’s Military Satellite Launches Will Continue

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on Space Force Commander Says Iran’s Military Satellite Launches Will Continue

Amid international condemnation of Iran’s space satellite launch, a commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard (IRGC) told the state-run television there will be other military satellite launches in the future.

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IntelBrief: Iran and the United States Continue to Compete for Influence in Iraq

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Iran and the United States Continue to Compete for Influence in Iraq

Bottom Line Up Front .

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U.S. Navy Says Iranian Vessels Harassed Its Ships In Persian Gulf

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Navy Says Iranian Vessels Harassed Its Ships In Persian Gulf

The U.S. Navy says 11 vessels of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) made “dangerous and harassing approaches” toward U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf.

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Iran mulls over producing nuclear-powered submarines: Navy chief

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Iran mulls over producing nuclear-powered submarines: Navy chief

Iran’s Navy commander says the force plans to build nuclear-powered submarines capable of operating in international waters for long periods of time amid the growing threats facing the country from the sea.

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Iran’s overhauled, radar-evading Ghadir-class submarine joins naval fleet

Monday, April 13, 2020 Comments Off on Iran’s overhauled, radar-evading Ghadir-class submarine joins naval fleet

An overhauled radar-evading Ghadir-class Iranian submarine has joined the country’s naval fleet.

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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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