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|

Syria, Iran coordinate after Israeli raids

Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, May 10, 2018. (REUTERS) July 5, 2019 Syria is ready to retaliate against Israel’s recent deadly airstrikes “twice as harsh”, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad announced Tuesday. “Syria is always ready to reciprocate twice as harsh” against Israeli attacks, according to Mekdad who was speaking [...]

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

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound supertanker with Iranian oil

Oil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain in this picture obtained from social media, July 4, 2019. (Reuters) July 4, 2019 Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted Thursday a supertanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment [...]

By |July 4th, 2019|Europe, Syria|

15 said killed, 9 of them foreigners, as Israel strikes Iranian sites in Syria

Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles targeting Iranian facilities near Damascus, April 13, 2019. (AFP) July 1, 2019 At least 15 people were killed, including six civilians, during strikes on Iranian targets in Syria in the predawn hours of Monday morning, according to a Syrian war monitor. The Syrian Observatory for Human [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

After US-Russia summit, Netanyahu says Israel won’t halt hitting Iran in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters) June 28, 2019 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday vowed to continue to act against Iranian entrenchment in Syria, days after a high-level trilateral meeting with the US and Russia. Netanyahu also warned that an Israeli retreat from the Jordan Valley in the West Bank would lead [...]

By |June 28th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Four parties pressure Iran to reduce presence in Syria

A Syrian rebel fighter training for combat in Idlib Province. (AFP) June 19, 2019 Iran’s presence in Syria is subject to military and political pressure from the country’s four parts. This pressure aims at pushing Tehran to gradually “reduce” its presence, leading to the withdrawal of its military forces and militias from areas [...]

By |June 19th, 2019|Syria|

US sanctions shut off Iranian oil feeding Assad’s ‘murderous regime’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran, February 25, 2019. (AFP) By Jonathan Lessware June 12, 2019 The US moved to shut off Iranian oil supplies to Syria Tuesday as Washington said Iran’s conduct in the country was part of a “quest to dominate” the Middle [...]

By |June 12th, 2019|Syria|

Iran infiltrates Syrian society

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 28, 2017. (AFP) June 8, 2019 There have been growing signs that Iran has infiltrated Syrian society in the country’s south and northeast as Russia has continued to expand its [...]

By |June 8th, 2019|Syria|

Syria: Iran is not leaving, despite U.S. and Israeli pressure

Syria says that it will not bargain regarding Iran’s presence. (Getty) June 6, 2019 Syrian official told Russian media that there are no plans for Iran to reduce its troop levels in the country, even if the US and Israel seek to offer Russia a deal. Speaking to Izvestia and later reported in [...]

By |June 6th, 2019|Syria|