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IRGC commander trumpets Iran’s foreign military interventions

Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp, attends a news conference in Tehran February 7, 2011. (REUTERS) March 18, 2019 Iran’s military involvement in Syria and Iraq and assistance to Hezbollah are among the Islamic Republic’s “unique achievements”, according to Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Major General [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Middle East|

Iran is mastering the final frontier

A Simorgh satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. (AFP) By Kevjn Lim and Gil Baram March 16, 2019 In mid-January and early February, Iran attempted two satellite launches intended for environmental monitoring purposes. The Payam (Message) and Doosti (Friendship) ascended aboard Iranian-made satellite launch vehicles (SLVs). Both launches failed to place the satellites into orbit. [...]

By |March 16th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Pompeo to UN chief: Iran’s activities undermine efforts to resolve conflicts

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres (R) on February 21, 2019 at the United Nations in New York. (AFP) March 15, 2019 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has informed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that Washington was concerned over the Iranian regime’s “destructive [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Latin America, Middle East, Venezuela|

Iran’s ‘road to the sea’ exposed on Golan

An Iranian Officer of Revolutionary Guards, with Israel flag drawn on his boots, is seen during graduation ceremony, held for the military cadets in a military academy, in Tehran, Iran June 30, 2018. (REUTERS) By Seth Frantzman March 15, 2019 The threat posed by Hezbollah and Ali Musa Daqduq, a senior operative in Hezbollah, was [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Middle East|

Iran holds drill near key strait, tests armed drones

An Iran-made drone is launched during a military drill in Jask port, southern Iran, in this picture released by Jamejam Online December 25, 2014. (AP) March 14, 2019 Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency says the country’s Revolutionary Guard is holding a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz to test dozens of Iranian-made [...]

By |March 14th, 2019|Middle East|

N. Korea summit shows need to stop Iran from getting nukes

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Singapore. (AP) March 14, 2019 The absence of a deal and the dynamics of the February North Korea-US summit in Vietnam showed the importance of stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, INSS Arms Control [...]

By |March 14th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Are we underestimating Iran’s cyber capabilities?

The regime’s massive cyber-machine is mainly focused on posting lies to demonize the Iranian opposition. (Shutterstock) By Annie Fixler March 13, 2019 While Iran is unlikely to match the cyber capabilities of Russia, China, or even North Korea in the short term, this third-tier actor has already racked up some notable wins. Between 2011 [...]

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

How Iran fueled Islam’s Sunni-Shiite divide

An overturned truck with Pepsi soft drink logo burns during riots in Tehran, Iran, 1979. (AP) By Jennifer Bell March 11, 2019 The centuries-old sectarian Sunni-Shiite divide is arguably so entrenched that many — even Muslims — would be hard-placed to pinpoint the source of the largest cultural dispute in the history of Islam. [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Middle East|

Rouhani predicts ‘tough days ahead for Iran,’ says ‘resistance is all we can do’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference on May 22, 2017 in Tehran. (Getty Images) March 9, 2019 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says world leaders have contacted him 13 times since March 2017 to encourage him to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. Speaking during his visit to Iran's Gilan Province in [...]

By |March 9th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian regime seeks to dominate countries of the region

General Joseph Votel, commander of the US Central Command, said Iran has “enhanced” its support and funding for proxy forces in the Middle East. (AFP) March 8, 2019 The Iranian regime is seeking to dominate countries in the Middle East, the top US commander for the Middle East said Thursday at a House Armed Services Committee [...]

By |March 8th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|