How Iran and Turkey’s unlikely alliance developed

Turkey needs the Iranian regime on its side and the Iranian leaders are more than willing to assist Ankara and intervene opportunistically to advance their own parochial interests. (Getty) By Majid Rafizadeh October 28, 2019 With Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria — Iran’s staunchest ally — it is critical to shed light on the [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Iran is losing leverage 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 Bobby Ghosh October 26, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani can be forgiven for feeling a [...]

By |October 26th, 2019|Syria|

Trump’s Syria withdrawal could spark Iran-Israel war

U.S. soldiers near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, April 4, 2018. (AP) By Michael Rubin October 24, 2019 President Trump is right: People are sick and tired of expensive and seemingly never-ending U.S. military deployments. Mission creep, conflating initial war [...]

By |October 25th, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Why has Iran taken inconspicuous position towards the Turkish military offensive in Syria

Smoke rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as Turkish forces continue their assault, October 15, 2019. (AFP) By Track Persia October 22, 2019 The position of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards the recent Turkish military operation in the Kurdish populated northeastern Syria is view by many observers as inconspicuous. The [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Turkey’s attack on Syria leaves Iran in difficult position

A Turkish army tank moves near the border with Syria. (AP) By Behrouz Turani October 11, 2019 Turkey's military operation in the Kurdish populated northeastern Syria has left Iran in an extremely difficult position between its strongest regional friend and one of Iran's most significant ethnic groups which views itself part of a trans-border identity. [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Iran’s parliament speaker cancels Turkey visit after Turkish attacks in Syria

Iran's Parliament speaker Ali Larijani. (Fars) October 10, 2019 Iran is showing its opposition to Turkey's military incursion into the Kurdish part of Syria by cancelling a high-level visit and holding army exercises. Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani has cancelled his scheduled trip to Turkey, Iranian state TV reported, after Ankara launched a [...]

By |October 10th, 2019|Syria, Turkey|

Syrian opposition leader warns Iranian activity inside Syria has reached unprecedented dangerous level

Destruction in Homs city, Syria. (Reuters) By Hollie McKay October 5, 2019 After more than eight years of war and bloodshed in Syria, the Iranian presence in the nation is at an all-time high, warned the top Syrian opposition figure. “Iranian influence is getting bigger and bigger. They are the ones controlling the State of Syria, the [...]

By |October 5th, 2019|Syria|

Satellite images show activity around Iranian-flagged tanker off the coast of Syria

Images released by Maxar Technologies show the Jasmine alongside the Adrian Darya 1 on Wednesday, with mooring lines between them and a crane deployed on the larger vessel. (Reuters) October 3, 2019 Satellite images released on Thursday show that a once-detained Iranian-flagged oil tanker sitting off the coast of Syria has been approached [...]

By |October 3rd, 2019|Syria|

Israel hints at Iran in drone incident in southern Syria

Israeli forces are seen near a border fence between the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights and Syria. (Reuters) September 23, 2019 Israel denied any connection to a drone captured by Syrian regime forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights over the weekend, hinting the aircraft belonged to the Quds Force of the Iranian [...]

By |September 23rd, 2019|Isreal, Syria|

Airstrike on Iran-backed militia near Iraq-Syria border said to kill at least 5

Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq, August 25, 2019. (AP) September 20, 2019aud Unknown aircraft attacked posts of Iranian-backed fighters in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, killing [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|