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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.

Iran’s first vice-president says unaware of environmentalist’s torture allegations

Iranian senior Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri. (AP) February 21, 2020 First Vice-President of Iran on Wednesday said he was unaware of revelations about the torture an environmentalist in prison has suffered in the hands of her interrogators, but he said he will discuss it at the Cabinet meeting on Sunday. Es'haq Jahangiri made the [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iraq prepares quarantine centers along Iranian border amid coronavirus fears

Iranian customs checkpoint on a border crossing with Iraq in Kermanshah province. (Twitter) February 21, 2020 Iraq will be preparing quarantine centers along its territories bordering Iran after Tehran announced at least 5 people tested positive for the coronavirus, the ministry of health announced on Thursday. The Iraqi health minister held a meeting to discuss [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Iraq|

Pompeo visits US troops in Saudi Arabia during trip focused on countering Iran

King Salman welcomes US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (SPA) February 21, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited American troops in Saudi Arabia Thursday after talks with King Salman on the second day of a visit focused on countering Iran. The United States began building up its military presence at the Prince Sultan [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|North America, Saudi Arabia, USA|

US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

Guardian Council member Ahmad Jannati (C) speaking during a session of Assembly of Experts in 2015. (IRNA) February 20, 2020 The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running. The targeted officials include Ahmad [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|North America, USA|

Iran ends week-long parliamentary election campaign

About 58 million Iranians are eligible to vote the parliamentary election. (AFP) February 20, 2020 Campaigning officially ended on Thursday for Iran’s parliamentary election, state media said, a day before a vote seen as a litmus test of the popularity of the Islamic republic The vote to pick 290 lawmakers is Iran’s first since [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Iran|

Zarif’s conspiracy theories to justify Iran’s actions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Asia Society in New York, April 24, 2019. (AP) By Faramarz Davar February 20, 2020 Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has resorted to conspiracy theories to try to justify Iran’s unwillingness to cooperate with International Civil Aviation Organization procedure regarding airplane crashes — behavior that could not [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Europe, North America|

Iran attempting further arms deliveries to Houthis, says Pentagon

A missile that the US Department of Defense says is a “Qiam” ballistic missile manufactured in Iran and that the Pentagon says was fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen into Saudi Arabia on July 22, 2017. (Reuters) February 20, 2020 Tehran continues to deliver weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels, the US military said Wednesday, [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Yemen|

An Iranian-Israeli theater collaboration

My Father Held a Gun, a joint production by Raphael Rodan and Sahand Sahebdivani, on stage at Brussels’ Théâtre National in February. (Supplied) By Mahrokh Gholamhosseinpour February 20, 2020 Last week, Brussels’ Théâtre National staged My Father Held a Gun, a production written and performed by two actors, Iranian Sahand Sahebdivani and Israeli Raphael Rodan. In [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Arts, Europe, Isreal|

Mockery of justice: Ignorant judge vs. a clueless defendant

Ruhollah Zam, the operator of an anti-regime Telegram channel, is now on trial at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. (Supplied) By Faramarz Davar February 20, 2020 The recent release of a short video featuring Revolutionary Court Judge Abolghasem Salavati offers a rare glimpse of Iran’s corrupt judiciary in practice. The clip, showing the second trial session of [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Iran|

Turkish, Iranian media outlets exchange blows on Syria

Smoke plumes rising from reported Syrian and Russian airstrikes across the border in Syria's southeastern Quneitra province, July 16, 2018. (AFP) February 20, 2020 Turkish and Iranian media outlets are battling as deeply rooted tensions have resurfaced. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency has published an opinion piece that critically discussed tensions with Iran over Syria. [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Syria, Turkey|