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Money-laundering is the essence of the Revolutionary Guards’ financial activities

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (AP) By Ali Ranjipour November 13, 2019 The financial activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), whether inside or outside Iran, can be summed up as various kinds of money laundering. The IRGC both organizes and financially supports opponents of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an [...]

By |November 13th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

U.S. sets sights on shipping companies for Iran sanctions evasions

An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. (AFP) November 7, 2019 The United States will target shipping companies that are in breach of sanctions and aggressively enforce measures across the globe to clamp down on such practices, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday. In one of [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

US navy launches ‘largest maritime exercise’ to protect Gulf allies following Iran tensions

US navy launches 'largest maritime exercise' to protect Gulf allies following Iran tensions. (Getty) November 5, 2019 The United States is training Gulf allies to "protect navigation" in the region's troubled waterways, as Washington seeks to build an alliance of friendly nations to contain Iran. The US' three-week-long International Maritime Exercise (IMX) that began on October 21 comes after [...]

By |November 5th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

US State Dept: Iran intervenes in Iraq, other countries to instill chaos

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stands at the lectern during a press conference at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on June 10, 2019. (AFP) November 5, 2019 On the 40th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed, the US State Department [...]

By |November 5th, 2019|Middle East|

Tighter US sanctions are weakening Iran’s grip on Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq

Brian Hook, left, the US special representative on Iran, listens to a member of the Saudi military forces at an army base in Al Kharj, south of the Saudi capital Riyadh, on June 21, 2019. (AFP) November 2, 2019 The recent tightening of US sanctions on Iran has weakened the regime’s grip on [...]

By |November 2nd, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

‘Biggest terrorism sponsor’ Iran spends $1 billion a year on global proxies: US report

Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Nujaba armed group march during a military parade marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Baghdad, May 31, 2019. (AFP) November 1, 2019 Iran remained a top state sponsor of terrorism around the world in 2018, the State Department said in its annual terrorism report on Friday. A [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Middle East|

Iraq protests: Slogans reflect anti-Iran sentiment

Iran’s role in responding to the demonstrations in Iraq and the failure of the government to protect its citizens is a significant indication of Tehran’s influence in the country. (AP) By Nabil Ahmed November 1, 2019 As the second wave of Iraq protests continues since October 25 with new demands and anti-Iran slogans, Iranian [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Middle East|

Ordinary citizens have turned against Iranian proxies

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh October 31, 2019 One of the core aims of the 1979 Iranian Revolution was to ensure the Islamic Republic’s influence across the Middle East by exportingits ideals and principles beyond Iran’s borders. In fact, [...]

By |October 31st, 2019|Middle East|

No let-up in Iran’s foreign terror operations

Members of IRGC in a joint ceremony in Boushehr on May 24, 2015. (Tasnim) By Majid Rafizadeh October 31, 2019 In spite of the Trump administration’s maximum pressure policy on the Iranian regime, it is showing no signs of backing off from its belligerent policies and destructive behavior. One of the core pillars of [...]

By |October 31st, 2019|Europe, Middle East|

US, Gulf countries slap joint Iran-related sanctions on 25 targets, including Hezbollah

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenai in Beirut on February 6, 2019. (AFP) October 31, 2019 The United States and six Gulf countries agreed to jointly impose sanctions on 25 corporations, banks and individuals linked to Iran’s support [...]

By |October 31st, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|