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These are the signs that Iran’s regime is close to crumbling

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a graduation ceremony of a group of IRGC cadets in Tehran. (IRIB) By Michael Rubin September 14, 2019 Iran and the United States are as close to direct conflict as they have been for three decades, since Operation Praying Mantis in 1988 which was, at the time, the [...]

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

Locked between insurgency strategy and proxy war, Iran is desperate for lifting  US sanctions 

The British vessel  Stena Impero being seized and detained by the Iranian forces, July 19, 2019 in the Strait of Hormuz. (Getty) By Track Persia September 14, 2019 Over the past few months, Iran has escalated tensions with the United States to a dramatic level. The escalation has seen ships mysteriously attacked, drones [...]

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

Iraq resists US pressure to reduce Iranian gas imports

Workers set up a natural gas pipeline at Iraq's border with Iran in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, April 12, 2016. (Reuters) September 10, 2019 Iraq will struggle to generate enough electricity unless it continues to use Iranian gas for three to four more years, the electricity minister said on Tuesday, resisting US pressure [...]

By |September 10th, 2019|Europe, Iraq, Middle East|

Iran seizes ship for alleged fuel smuggling in Gulf, holds 12 Filipino crew

Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats cruise past an oil tanker off the port of Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran, on July 2, 2018. (AFP) September 7, 2019 Iran seized a boat and arrested 12 Filipinos as it busted a “fuel-smuggling ring” in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. [...]

By |September 7th, 2019|Middle East|

Three possible outcomes as US-Iran tensions soar

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron refueling from a KC-10 Extender, at an undisclosed location during a surface combat air patrol mission in the Arabian Gulf, 27 June 2019. (EPA) By Majid Rafizadeh September 5, 2019 The spiraling tensions between two rival nations — Iran and the US — [...]

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

Iran to release seven crew members of detained British tanker

The British oil tanker Stena Impero which was captured by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules." (AP) September 4, 2019 Iran will free seven crew members of the detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, Iranian state television reported on Wednesday. The owner of the UK-flagged tanker [...]

By |September 4th, 2019|Europe, Middle East|

Iranian army general: We will continue to conduct secret military missions

Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi, head of the Iranian Army. (Screen capture) September 4, 2019 The Iranian army has recently conducted secret missions and will continue to do so, the commander of the Iranian army Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said on Tuesday, reported the semi-official Mehr news agency. “Some of the measures recently taken [...]

By |September 4th, 2019|Middle East|

Strait of Hormuz: Iran regime’s quagmire

Iranian military personnel participates in the Velayat-90 war game in an unknown location near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on December 30, 2011. (REUTERS) By Adena Nima September 3, 2019 About one-third of the world’s oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz. 88% of Saudi Arabia’s oil, 92% of Iran’s oil, 96% [...]

By |September 3rd, 2019|Middle East|

Iran confronts British Royal Navy ship 115 times

Pictures from the semi-official Tasnim news agency show the Stena Impero being seized and detained by the Iranian forces, July 19, 2019 in the Strait of Hormuz. (Getty) September 3, 2019 A British Royal Navy warship has faced 115 confrontations with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Gulf since the start of [...]

By |September 3rd, 2019|Europe, Middle East|

From Latin America to West Africa, Hezbollah’s complex web of connections is fuelling its terrorist activity

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Khomeini (L) and Iran's supreme leader Khamenai, during celebrations in Beirut on February 6, 2019. (AFP) By Emanuele Ottolenghi September 2, 2019 When Paraguay announced it was designating Hezbollah as an international terrorist organisation last week, it created a new legal basis [...]

By |September 2nd, 2019|Africa, Latin America, Middle East|