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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.

To vote or not to vote? Protests leave Iranians undecided about elections

There is a strong belief among analysts in and out of Iran that the turnout in February will be considerably low. (ISNA) By Behrouz Turani December 12, 2019 The mid-November protests in Iran, during which hundreds of protesters were killed by security forces, changed many things, some forever. Among other things, it has drastically [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|Iran|

China quietly ramps up oil production in Iran

A general view shows a unit of South Pars Gas field in Asalouyeh Seaport, north of Persian Gulf, Iran November 19, 2015. (REUTERS) By Simon Watkins December 12, 2019 The supergiant Azadegan oil field, comprising major north and south sites, is as important to Iran’s overall strategic plan to survive the current sanctions [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|East Asia|

US envoy urges Germany: Don’t fund Iranian terrorism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives the ambassador of U.S. to Germany, Richard Grenell, in Meseberg, Germany July 6, 2018.. (REUTERS) December 12, 2019 The most high-level US ambassador in Europe, Richard Grenell, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that Germany’s government should join the United States and work to stop Iranian regime support for terrorism [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|Europe, North America, USA|

US official warns of Iran-backed attacks in Iraq leading to uncontrollable escalation

Fighters of Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) flash the victory gesture as they advance through a street in the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, August 26, 2017. (AFP) December 12, 2019 A senior US military official said on Wednesday attacks by Iranian-backed groups on bases hosting US forces in Iraq were [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran officials admit ‘many killed’ in Mahshahr but claim they were armed

Suppression of protesters in Marivan, Kurdistan province. November 2019. (Supplied) December 12, 2019 Following more than two weeks of outcry over the killing of dozens of protesters in the southern city of Mahshahr, senior Iranian officials on Wednesday tried to justify the shooting of demonstrators by claiming they were armed. Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|Iran|

Swiss humanitarian channel to Iran seen within months: Swiss, US officials

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Edward McMullen gestures during an interview with Reuters in Bern, Switzerland December 10, 2019. (REUTERS) December 12, 2019 A humanitarian channel to bring food and medicine to Iran could be up and running within months, senior Swiss and US officials told Reuters, helping supply Swiss goods to [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|Europe, North America, USA|

US slaps sanctions on Iranian airline over proliferation

Fresh sanctions are targeting firms linked to Mahan Air. (Reuters) December 12, 2019 The Trump administration on Wednesday hit Iran with new sanctions that target several transportation firms as it continues its “maximum pressure campaign” against the regime over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Washington targeted three general sales agents of Mahan [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran dismisses Macron’s call for release of two jailed French nationals

Fariba Adelkhah is research director at the Paris Institute of Political Studies. (Supplied) December 12, 2019 Iran dismissed as interference in its state matters French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for the release of two French nationals jailed in the Islamic Republic since June, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday. “Iran’s government [...]

By |December 12th, 2019|Europe|

Iran building new underground tunnel to house missiles

Iran's army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looks into binoculars as he visits and other senior officers from the Iranian military a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP) By Trey Yingst December 11, 2019 Iran is building an underground tunnel to store missiles and [...]

By |December 11th, 2019|Syria|

Iran Communications Minister admits ‘massive cyber-attack by ‘foreign state’

Iranian ICT minister Mohammadjavad Azari Jahromi (R) in a meeting with members of Iran's parliament, May 28, 2018. (Supplied) December 11, 2019 Iran's Communications Minister today admitted a "massive state-sponsored cyber-attack" aimed at Iranian government’s cyber infrastructure and websites but did not name the state behind the attack. After a cabinet meeting today [...]

By |December 11th, 2019|Iran|