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About Track Persia

Track Persia is a Platform run by dedicated analysts who spend much of their time researching the Middle East, in due process we fall upon many indications of growing expansionary ambitions on the part of Iran in the MENA region and the wider Islamic world. These ambitions commonly increase tensions and undermine stability.

Drugs in Iran: Inside the government-sponsored “treatment camps”

A drug addict in Sistan & Balouchestan province using drugs in front of his family. December 20, 2015. (Tasnim) By Dariush Farahani April 02, 2020 Back in 2010, the Iranian Expediency Council amended Iran’s anti-narcotics law in a manner that drastically altered the status of drug users. The law now identified and discerned between [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Iran|

Bahrain announces 241 confirmed cases came from Iran

A general view of the Bahraini capital Manama. (AFP) April 2, 2020 Bahrain announced 241 of the confirmed coronavirus cases in the Kingdom came from Iran, according to the health ministry. Last month, Bahrain accused Iran of “biological aggression” by covering up the spread of the coronavirus and failing to stamp the passports [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Bahrain|

US believes Iran was ‘directly involved’ in killing of Iranian dissident in Turkey

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Reuters) April 2, 2020 The United States believes Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security was directly involved in the killing of an Iranian dissident last November in Turkey, a senior administration official told Reuters on Wednesday. Masoud Molavi Vardanjani was shot dead on an Istanbul street on [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA|

Pandemic not likely to stop China from building influence in Iran

Iran's FM Javad Zarif and China's FM Wang Yi shake hands at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Singapore, Aug 3, 2018. (REUTERS) April 02, 2020 The stalling of Iran’s sanctions-hit economy as it battles the coronavirus is unlikely to stop China’s long-running pursuit of infrastructure projects in [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|East Asia|

Iran has no proxies, as Trump claims, but has friends: Iranian Foreign Minister

Iran Foreign minister Javad Zarif looks with representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs in Brussels on January 11, 2018. (AFP) April 2, 2020 Iran has no proxies but it has friends, tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said that the country [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran allows dual national to return to UK nine years after arrest

Kamal Foroughi has been in prison since 2011. (Supplied) April 02, 2020 Kamal Foroughi, an 80-year-old man with dual Iranian-British nationality, has returned to Britain nine years after being arrested in Iran on spying charges, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement. Foroughi, who was working as a business consultant [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Europe|

Iran general visits Baghdad, tries to forge political unity

Brigadier-General Esmail Qaani (Ghaani), IRGC Quds Force commander, undated. (IRNA) April 02, 2020 A top Iranian general arrived in Baghdad this week to try and unify Iraq’s fractured political leaders, Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts the chances the country’s latest prime minister-designate can form a government. [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Iraq|

Iran executed at least 280 in 2019, Iran human rights reports

A police officer standing in a stadium before a public execution in city of Neyriz in Southern province Fars, on September 23, 2016. (Supplied) By Maryam Sinaiee April 02, 2020 Iran Human Rights (IHR) has reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran carried out at least 280 death penalties in 2019 including at least [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Iran|

Trump warns Iran against possible ‘sneak attack’ on U.S. in Iraq

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, Oct. 25, 2018. (AP) April 2, 2020 US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Iran and its proxies against attacking US troops or assets in Iraq, citing a possible “sneak attack” but giving no other details. “Upon information and belief, Iran or its [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran floods leave 21 dead

An aerial view of flooding in Khuzestan province, Iran, April 5, 2019. (Reuters) April 01, 2020 Flooding in Iran caused by heavy rainfall has left 21 people dead and one missing, an emergency services spokesman said Wednesday, even as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic. Mojtaba Khaledi told Iran's ISNA news agency that [...]

By |April 1st, 2020|Iran|