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Iranians may be behind unprecedented cyber hacks, FireEye says

FireEye has “moderate” confidence that the attackers are from Iran, as its researchers see overlap with previous Iranian cyber attacks. (iStockphoto) By David Tweed January 11, 2019 Cyber attackers in Iran could be behind a wave of hacks on government and communications infrastructure that will require a coordinated global response to repel, according [...]

By |January 11th, 2019|Africa, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Red Sea bloc to thwart Iran expansionism

A Saudi border guard patrols near Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen, along the beach on the Red Sea, near Jizan. (Reuters) By Habib Toumi December 15, 2018 A new regional security entity to protect the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden is being established to boost cooperation between seven Asian and African countries bordering the [...]

By |December 15th, 2018|Africa, Middle East|

Opportunistic Iran regime supports Al-Qaeda-linked terror group

the Iranian regime has been facilitating the path for the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabab to circumvent UN sanctions and make millions of dollars of profit every year. (Supplied) By Majid Rafizadeh October 22, 2108 UN experts have recently shared a report with the organization’s Security Council that describes in detail how the Iranian regime [...]

By |October 22nd, 2018|Africa, Middle East, Somalia|

Iran is new transit point for Somali charcoal in illicit trade taxed by militants: U.N. report

A Somalian soldier walks past a consignment of charcoal destined for the export market in Barawe October 12, 2014. (REUTERS) October 10, 2018 Criminal networks are using Iran as a transit point for illicit Somali charcoal exports that earn Islamist militants al Shabaab millions of dollars annually in tax, U.N. sanctions monitors said [...]

By |October 10th, 2018|Africa, Somalia|

How Iran ‘infiltrated Morocco’ and aims to break into Sub-Saharan Africa

In an interview with Breitbart last month, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Iran is in the process of expanding in the Sub-Saharan Africa. (AFP) October 9, 2018 In an interview with Breitbart last month, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita spoke of how Iran “infiltrated” Morocco via book festivals and voiced his country’s support of [...]

By |October 9th, 2018|Africa, Marocco|

Iran’s controversial cultural attaché leaves Algeria

Amir Mousavi, the Iranian cultural attaché in Algeria. (Supplied) By Romany Shaker October 6, 2018 On September 22, Iran’s cultural attaché in Algeria Amir Mousavi announced he would leave his position after almost four years in the country. The announcement followed accusations by Algerian activists and former officials against the Iranian diplomat over his alleged role in recruiting thousands of [...]

By |October 6th, 2018|Africa, Algeria|

Morocco’s FM, US officials discuss Iran conspiracy with Polisario

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. (Supplied) September 21, 2018 Morocco's Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita said that talks he held with US officials during his visit to Washington on Sep 17-18 addressed several topics, mainly Iran and its conspiracy with Polisario. This topic is a major concern for US officials, as affirmed by [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Africa, Marocco|

Iran forms parliamentary committee to focus on countries it boycotts diplomatically

Senior foreign policy advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. (IRNA) September 18, 2018 A working group and a new mechanism has been adopted by the Iranian parliament to form a committee that will focus on people who are active in regional issues of countries that do not have diplomatic relations with [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Africa, Middle East|

Oil buyers rush to replace Iran

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) September 1, 2018 Oil reserves in western Europe, Africa and Mediterranean region are rapidly falling since major buyers are scared by the US sanctions imposed on Iran, reports say. According to Reuters, oil prices slipped on Friday as concerns [...]

By |September 1st, 2018|Africa, Europe, Middle East|

Sanctions make it harder for South Africa’s MTN to repatriate Iran cash

MTN has around 3.4 billion rand ($256 million) in accumulated dividends and loans from its joint venture in Iran. (Supplied) August 9, 2018 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile operator, is sticking to its 2018 dividend target despite new U.S. sanctions making it harder to repatriate cash from its Iran joint venture, the company [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Africa|