Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

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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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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