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Iran moving short-range missiles into Iraq

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen in Tehran in September 2017. (Reuters) December 5, 2019 Iran is using the current upheaval in Iraq to secretly move and stockpile short-range ballistic missiles in its neighboring country, the New York Times reports citing US intelligence [...]

By |December 5th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran’s Rouhani calls for release of innocent, unarmed protesters

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the opening of a factory in Tehran on Nov. 5, 2019. (AFP) December 5, 2019 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Wednesday for the release of any unarmed and innocent people who were detained during protests against gasoline price hikes, after two weeks of violent clashes. The [...]

By |December 5th, 2019|Iran|

Khamenei planning a new suppression machine resembling Revolutionary Committees of the 80s

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks next to Iranian commanders during a gathering of Basij. (Getty) By Reza Haqiqatnezhad December 5, 2019 Iran Supreme Leader has recently called for restructuring the Basij paramilitary force as a more mobile, omnipresent militia similar to the Islamic Revolution Committees of the 1980s. This is clearly a [...]

By |December 5th, 2019|Iran|

Omani FM from Iran: There is a chance to solve regional crisis

Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. (AFP) December 5, 2019 Iran is willing to restore its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, announced Iranian President Hasan Rouhani during his reception of Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. “Iran’s point of view, there is no obstacle on the path of developing relations with neighbors and [...]

By |December 5th, 2019|Middle East|

Iran drops to the bottom of OPEC oil exporters list

The OPEC flag and the OPEC logo are seen before a news conference in Vienna, Austria, October 24, 2016. (REUTERS) December 5, 2019 Iran has dropped to the bottom of the list of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' (OPEC) crude exporters, slightly ahead of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Meanwhile, the United States, [...]

By |December 5th, 2019|Iran|

Rouhani says Iran hasn´t closed window on talks with US

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president. (AP) December 4, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran hasn´t closed the window on talks with the US but reiterated his government´s standing condition that the Trump administration lift sanctions imposed on Iran before any negotiations can take place. Rouhani´s statement was posted on the Iranian presidency´s website [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|North America, USA|

US has fresh intelligence on possible threat from Iran

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, conduct joint exercises in the US Central Command area of responsibility in the Arabian sea. (AP) December 4, 2019 Intelligence gathered by the United States during November points to a potential threat from Iran to U.S. forces and American interests in [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Russia, Iran, China to hold joint naval drills

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 4, 2019 Russia, Iran, and China will hold joint naval maneuvers on December 27, Russia’s TASS news agency cited a senior Iranian naval official as saying on Tuesday. TASS did not report where they would be held. This coincides with [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

US court sentences Iran-linked Hezbollah operative to 40 years in jail

Ali Kourani, one of the Hezbollah suspects arrested by US. (Supplied) December 4, 2019 An American of Lebanese descent was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday for buying weapons and plotting attacks on behalf of the Lebanese Hezbollah organization.. Ali Kourani, 34, was found guilty in May of gathering intelligence on [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|Lebanon, North America, USA|

Iran consulate in Iraq burns a 3rd time, amid premier talks

Demonstrators gather as flames start consuming Iran's consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf on November 27. (AP) December 4, 2019 Anti-government protesters burned an Iranian consulate in southern Iraq for a third time on Tuesday, as the country’s political leaders continued talks over selecting a new prime minister following weeks of [...]

By |December 4th, 2019|Iraq|