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Iran and attempts to revive the Persian empire

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands as army air force and air defence staff salute in Tehran. (AP) By James Stavridis January 16, 2019 On the campaign trail in 2007, Senator John McCain sang a parody to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann”: “Bomb, bomb, bomb … bomb, bomb Iran.” That [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Middle East|

Iran’s uncertain role in Middle East following US withdrawal from JCPOA

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the U.S. would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the JCPOA. (Getty) By Track Persia January 16, 2019 Iran’s role in the Middle East after the withdrawal of the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 has become uncertain. [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Middle East|

Rivalry and revenge: Iran face Iraq at Asian Cup

Iran’s forward Sardar Azmoun (C) runs with the ball to scores his side’s second goal during the AFC Asian Cup group D soccer match against Vietnam on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP) January 16, 2019 One of football’s great rivalries takes center-stage at the Asian Cup on Wednesday when Iran play Iraq still [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East|

Iran’s military capabilities exaggerated

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reviews army troops marching in front of the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini, outside Tehran on Sept. 22, 2017. (AP) January 15, 2019 Iran’s military is not as strong as previously believed, according to a US think tank. While Tehran has made major advances in building its ballistic and cruise [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Middle East|

US reiterates concern about Iran-backed Hezbollah agenda to destabilize region

Hezbollah supporters carry portraits of the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, Ruhollah Khomeini (left), and supreme leader Ali Khamenei, as they march in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Hatta on March 18. (AFP) January 14, 2019 US officials are in Beirut holding talks with Lebanese officials about the growing threat posed by [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

A key missing piece of the Amad puzzle

Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits the control room of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. (AFP) By David Albright, Olli Heinonen, Frank Pabian and Andrea Stricker January 14, 2019 Background Documentation seized in January 2018 by Israel from the Iranian “Nuclear Archive”1 revealed key elements of Iran’s past nuclear weaponization program and the Amad program more broadly, aimed at [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Iran, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran is likely setting stage for international phishing campaign

Iran has likely been hijacking domains related to entities across the Middle East and North America, which could allow Iran to launch more, and more successful, cyber attacks. (Shutterstock) By Patrick Tucker January 12, 2019 Phishing attacks only work when the target takes the bait. The email containing the link or attachment that will compromise the [...]

By |January 12th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Venezuela, Iran and Hezbollah – all hostile to the US – forge closer ties

Iranian students hold a poster of Lebanese Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, left, Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, right, at Tehran University in Iran. (AP) By Hollie McKay January 12, 2019 As Iran and Venezuela become increasingly isolated and sanctioned by the U.S and much of the international community, the two governments are [...]

By |January 12th, 2019|Latin America, Middle East, North America, USA, Venezuela|

US to host Iran-focused world summit next month

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) surrounded by military commanders while visiting the Aerospace Force Exhibition of the IRGC in Tehran. (AFP) January 11, 2019 The United States plans to host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox [...]

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

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|