US, Russia gave Israel green light to strike Iran in Syria, Iraq

An Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets. (Flash90) August 22, 2019 Israel has conducted several strikes on Iranian-controlled bases in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks with permission from the United States and Russia, a Western diplomatic source told a Saudi-owned newspaper Wednesday. Moscow and Washington agreed that the Jewish state could conduct [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iraq, Isreal, Syria|

Syria opposition confirms Iran’s participation in southern Idlib battles

Rescuers and civilians inspect a destroyed building in the Syrian village of Kfar Jales, on the outskirts of Idlib, following airstrikes by Syrian and Russian warplanes. (AFP) August 15, 2019 Syrian opposition sources confirmed on Tuesday that Iranian militias are taking part in battles in northern Hama, southern Idlib and eastern Latakia in [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Syria|

Web of Lebanese companies may be shipping Iranian oil to Syria

Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats cruise past an oil tanker off the port of Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran, on July 2, 2017. (AFP) By Albin Szakola August 13, 2019 Tracking data and business records indicate a pair of shadowy Lebanon-based companies own and operate tankers illicitly transporting Iranian oil in the eastern Mediterranean. While [...]

By |August 13th, 2019|Lebanon, Syria|

Iran to establish at least 3 factories in Syria amid economic crisis

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran, February 25, 2019. (AFP) August 2, 2019 Masan Nahas, head of the Iran – Syria Chamber of Commerce says Iran has agreed to open three factories in Syria before Eid al-Adha (August 12). Two of the factories are [...]

By |August 2nd, 2019|Syria|

How long can Hezbollah sustain fund shortage?

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, August 10, 2017. (AFP) By Track Persia July 30, 2019 Since its establishment in 1982, the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah organisation has been relying on terrorist tactics carried out by its organised militia. The militia later evolved into a [...]

By |July 30th, 2019|Ideology, Lebanon, Syria|

The Quds Force’s new tactics for bypassing sanctions

The holy shrine of Imam Hossein in Karbala, Iraq. (Supplied) By Behnam Gholipour July 30, 2019 Ayatollah Khamenei has given the Headquarters of Reconstruction of Holy Shrines (HRHS) the task of “foiling sanctions” after transferring control of the powerful institution to the Revolutionary Guards’ expeditionary Quds Force. On July 25, in two separate decrees, General [...]

By |July 30th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

6 Iranians among dead in Israeli strike on southern Syria

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) July 27, 2019 Six Iranians fighting for the Syrian regime were among those killed in reported Israeli missile strikes in southern Syria this week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said. Israeli missiles targeted "military positions [...]

By |July 27th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Iran-backed Hezbollah withdraws its troops towards Syrian-Lebanese borders

Hezbollah and Syrian flags flutter on a military vehicle in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 28, 2017. (REUTERS) July 17, 2019 Hezbollah has in the past few days deployed its troops in new areas in the western Qalamoun district in the Damascus countryside, after the forces withdrew from different areas where the Lebanese party [...]

By |July 17th, 2019|Lebanon, Syria|

Ships linked to Iran, Syria removed from Panama’s registry

A British Navy patrol vessel guards the oil supertanker Grace 1 in Gibraltar territorial waters. (Reuters) July 13, 2019 Panama will withdraw its flag from more vessels that violate sanctions and international legislation, the country's maritime authority told Reuters, following the removal of about 60 ships linked to Iran and Syria from the [...]

By |July 13th, 2019|Latin America, Panama, Syria|

Afghans killing Afghans for Iran

The Revolutionary Guards have sent not only young Afghans to fight in Syria, but also a number of Afghan children. (Supplied) July 5, 2019 A citizen journalist using the pseudonym Reza Bagherzadeh talked to an Afghan man who was recruited to fight in the Fatemiyoun Brigade in Syria, a unit established by Iran’s [...]

By |July 5th, 2019|Afghanistan, Syria|