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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps is stretched too thin for multiple missions, new report says

IRGC members march during a parade in Tehran, on September 22, 2011. (Reuters) By Russ Read January 23, 2020 Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may be spread too thin to handle both a large-scale regional conflict and major domestic unrest, according to a report. Iran's Reserve of Last Resort: Uncovering the Islamic Revolutionary Guard [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Successor to slain Iran general faces same fate if he kills Americans: US envoy

Brian Hook, US special representative for Iran, walks past parts of short-range ballistic missiles at the Iranian Materiel Display at an airbase near Washington on November 29, 2018. (AP) January 23, 2020 The US special representative for Iran said the successor to Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike, would [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Tehran is no longer enjoying immunity with Trump’s rejection of separation between Tehran and its surrogates

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. (Reuters) January 22, 2020 By Track Persa In a long speech delivered on a screen in Nabatieh, Lebanon on Sunday, January 12, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, Middle East, North America, USA|

New vice-commander of Iran’s Qods Force signifies Khamenei’s message of ‘fighters without borders’

Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi was appointed as Acting Commander of Qods Force on January 20, 2020. (Tasnim) By Maryam Sinaiee January 21, 2020 On January 20 Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Guard appointed Mohammad Hejazi as Vice-Commander of the Qods (Quds) Force, a development that signals even more impetus to the role of Iran's extra-territorial [...]

By |January 21st, 2020|Middle East|

Khamenei’s absurd and illegal “combatants sans frontières”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, openly weeps as he leads a prayer over the coffin of Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Tehran University campus, in Tehran, Iran. (AP/PT) By Faramarz Davar January 20, 2020 After an absence of eight years, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attended Tehran’s Friday prayers to address [...]

By |January 20th, 2020|Middle East|

Pakistan FM, after visits, says Iran wants to de-escalate

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (right) greets Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on May 24, 2019. (AFP) January 18, 2020 Pakistan’s foreign minister, who has shuttled between Washington and Tehran in the course of a week, voiced confidence Friday that Iran was seeking to lower tensions. [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Middle East, North America, Pakistan, USA|

Iran: Why the old recipe does not work

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left) and Iranian President Hassan Rohani. (IRNA) By Amir Taheri January 18, 2020 No matter what gloss the ruling clerics might try to put on current events in Iran, one point is clear: their Islamic Republic is in trouble. Deep trouble. This is, of course, not the first [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

A look at Iran’s mounting crises

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, January 6, 2020. (Reuters) January 18, 2020 Iran's supreme leader says his nation is living through "days of God." The Islamic Republic has been reeling from one crisis to another, [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian regime under pressure from three sides

Iranians students demonstrate following a tribute for the victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 in front of the Amirkabir University in the capital Tehran. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh January 17, 2020 The Islamic Republic is, for the first time since its establishment, simultaneously encountering what I would call three concentric circles of pressure. [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Why did the elimination of Qassem Soleimani decrease US-Iran tensions?

Former Iran’s IRGC’s Quds Force commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani. (IRNA) By Mehdi Jalali Tehrani January 16, 2020 When the specter of war is on the rise between two or multiple nations, there are two general ways to deescalate and reduce tensions: use of diplomatic channels and employing a policy of deterrence. The channels [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|