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U.S. blacklists Chinese, South African companies over Iran oil trade

The US Treasury Department building in Washington.. (AFP) March 19, 2020 The United States on Wednesday identified seven companies that it has blacklisted for trade in Iranian petrochemicals - three based in mainland China, three in Hong Kong and one in South Africa - the State Department said in a statement. Separately, the [...]

By |March 19th, 2020|Africa, East Asia, North America, USA|

Trump looks to Africa to counter Iran

US President Donald Trump. (Reuters) By Laura Kelly February 13, 2020 The Trump administration is turning toward Africa in an effort to bolster its alliance against Iran. The U.S. is looking to Sudan and Morocco as key partners in the effort to counter Tehran, part of a larger American and Middle East alliance led [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Africa, Middle East, North America, USA|

Is Algeria the new Iranian money laundering haven?

Reza Moshir is said to have helped Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf launder money while he was mayor of Tehran. (Supplied) By Ehsan Mehrabi January 23, 2020 On the eve of Iranian parliamentary elections, and as former presidential candidate and Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf bids for a seat in parliament, the name of Reza Moshir, [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Africa, Algeria|

How Iran tried to set up terror cells in Central Africa

Ismael Djidah in Beirut, believed to be on the seafront in the Al Manara district in September 2017. (Supplied) By Jack Losh January 17, 2020 The rebel from central Africa touched down on Kish Island, an Iranian resort in the Persian Gulf, and left the following day. His stopover was brief but had opened up [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Africa|

As Iran looks to hit US interests, it may turn to Africa

Protesters carry a banner depicting Iranian ayatollahs Khamenei (L) and Khomeini (C), and Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah (R) during a demonstration in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. (AFP) By Salem Solomon January 4, 2020 Africa could emerge as a venue for confrontation between the U.S. and Iran as Tehran [...]

By |January 4th, 2020|Africa, North America, USA|

Nigerian authorities detain Shia group leader with ties to Iran

Sheikh Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, is inspired by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. (Supplied) December 7, 2019 Nigerian authorities have arrested Nigerian Shia leader Ibrahim Zakzaky upon his return from India, where he was refused treatment because his sectarian ties to Iran do not abide by the country’s residency regulations. The [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Africa, Nigeria|

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|

Brother of banned Nigerian Shiite group’s leader says Iran ‘lured him’

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria draws inspiration from Iran’s former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. (Reuters) By Tommy Hilton August 12, 2019 The brother of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Iranian-funded and inspired Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has accused Iran of converting Zakzaky and said the IMN should be proscribed for causing [...]

By |August 12th, 2019|Africa, Nigeria|

Iranian-funded Islamic Movement in Nigeria banned amid fears of violence

IMN Protesters carry a banner depicting Iranian ayatollahs Khamenei (L) and Khomeini (C), and Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah (R) during a demonstration in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. (AFP) By Tommy Hilton August 8, 2019 An Iranian-funded and inspired Shiite organization in Nigeria has been banned and designated as [...]

By |August 8th, 2019|Africa, Nigeria|

Tehran sets up terror cells in Africa as Western sanctions bite

Protesters carry a banner depicting Iranian ayatollahs Khamenei (L) and Khomeini (C), and Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah (R) during a demonstration in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. (AFP) By Con Coughlin June 25, 2019 Iran is setting up a network of terror cells in Africa to attack US and [...]

By |June 25th, 2019|Africa|