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Russia, Iran maneuver for influence in Syria

Iran's army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looks into binoculars as he visits and other senior officers from the Iranian military a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP) By Jamie Dettmer May 3, 2019 Once-hidden Russian-Iranian disagreements over Syria are starting to surface. Moscow [...]

By |May 3rd, 2019|Russia, Syria|

CIA shifts focus from terrorism to ‘hard targets’ such as Russia and Iran

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, (R) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Tehran, last November. (AP) April 24, 2019 CIA Director Gina Haspel is reorienting the nation's top intelligence agency, shifting its emphasis from counterterrorism to combating nation-state rivals such as Russia and Iran. Increasing investment into "hard [...]

By |April 24th, 2019|North America, Russia, USA|

Russia, Iran compete for control over Syrian regime regions

Russian military vehicles are seen in eastern Ghouta near Douma, in Damascus, Syria April 23, 2018. (REUTERS) April 19, 2019 The “cold war” between Russia and Iran in the Syrian regime area continues as military operations against opposition factions receded, after the restoration of Damascus Ghouta and Syrian southern, according to a report. [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Russia, Syria|

Russia’s UN Ambassador: Iran and Turkey will leave Syria

Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya speaks during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, February 22, 2018. (Reuters) April 12, 2019 In his first ever interview with an Arab media outlet, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said that the world order [...]

By |April 12th, 2019|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Iran’s presence on Syria coast angers Russia

Russian military vehicles are seen in eastern Ghouta near Douma, in Damascus, Syria April 23, 2018. (REUTERS) April 4, 2019 Russia has expressed its anger over Damascus’ granting of Iran the right to operate the western Latakia port on the Mediterranean. This marks the first time that Tehran is given a foothold on [...]

By |April 4th, 2019|Russia, Syria|

Facebook removes accounts from Russia, Iran for ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’

513 of those accounts were tied to Iran, while 1,907 were linked to Russia, Facebook said.. (Getty) March 26, 2019 Facebook said on Tuesday it has removed more accounts from Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo, citing what it described as “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” A total of 2,632 pages, groups, and accounts were removed [...]

By |March 26th, 2019|Iran, Russia|

Iran uses new mechanisms to circumvent US sanctions

The Iran Delvar, an Iranian Oil Tanker. (supplied) By Track Persia March 23, 2019 The renewal of economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and the latter’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is known as Iran nuclear deal, have significantly limited Iran’s trade with European economic [...]

By |March 23rd, 2019|Europe, Iran, North America, Russia, USA|

Dark money flows between Russia and Iran show how vital EU sanctions are against both

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, (R) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Tehran, last November. (AP) By Sir Graeme Lamb March 22, 2019 On Tuesday 12 March, the European People’s Party (EPP) Vice President Sandra Kalniete presented a report to the European Parliament calling for the EU to reassess its relationship [...]

By |March 22nd, 2019|Europe, Middle East, Russia|

Russia supplied Iran with advanced phone hacking tech

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 28, 2017. (AFP) March 18, 2019 Russia recently supplied Iran with advanced technology that allows remote hacking of cellphones without the victim taking any action, Channel 12 news reported Saturday. [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Isreal, Russia|

Iran insists Moscow ties ‘strong’, shrugs off Israel-Russia coordination

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (AP) March 5, 2019 Iran’s foreign ministry insisted Monday that Tehran’s ties with Moscow are “strong” and shrugged off reported Israeli-Russian coordination on a withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria. “Iran’s ties with Moscow are [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Isreal, Russia, Syria|