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Iran weighing plot to kill U.S. ambassador to South Africa

Former head of the elite Quds force of IRGC, Qassem Soleimani, attends a meeting on Sept. 17, 2013. (AP) By Nahal Toosi and Natasha Bertrand September 14, 2020 The Iranian government is weighing an assassination attempt against the American ambassador to South Africa, U.S. intelligence reports say, according to a U.S. government official familiar with the [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Africa, North America, USA|

Qatar funds Iran-backed Hezbollah arsenal through the gold markets of Uganda

A Hezbollah fighter is seen standing at attention in an orange field near the town of Naqura on the Lebanese-Israeli border on 20 April 2017 (AFP) By Damien McElroy September 14, 2020 Qatar operated a funding network for arms shipments from Europe to Hezbollah using gold shipments traded through Africa, according the latest revelations [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Africa, Lebanon, Qatar|

UK team helps free Iranian hostages from Somali pirates

Eight Iranian sailors were originally captured on board their vessel, the Siraj, while fishing off Somalia in March 2015. (REUTERS) August 28, 2020 A British team has helped secure the release of three Iranian sailors from Somali pirates, amid heightened tensions between the UK and Iran over the case of the imprisoned charity [...]

By |August 28th, 2020|Africa, Europe, Somalia|

Report implicates Iran in 2011 attacks on US consulate in Benghazi

An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept 11, 2012. (AFP) By Kenneth R. Timmerman August 25, 2020 US intelligence agencies are sitting on a treasure trove of documents that detail Iran’s [...]

By |August 25th, 2020|Africa, Libya, North America, USA|

Iran social media campaign winning over Sunnis, other parts of world

Sepah Pasdaran, revolutionary guard hackers, cyber, cyberwar. (Supplied) August 8, 2020 An Iranian social-media Threat Network (ITN) is winning over Sunnis and supporters in Asia, Africa and Europe, a new think tank report obtained first by The Jerusalem Post reveals. In the report by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) of IDC Herzliya and by [...]

By |August 8th, 2020|Africa, East Asia, Europe, Middle East|

Map of Iran-backed Hezbollah’s global operation goes live

The Washington Institute's new interactive map draws everything so far known about Hezbollah’s malign international activities into a single, multimedia repository. (Screen-grab) By Hannah Somerville August 5, 2020 A ground-breaking interactive map detailing the breadth of Hezbollah’s global operations over the past 38 years been launched by US think-tank the Washington Institute. The online tool, [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, USA|

Have Egyptian troops joined Iran-backed forces in Syria?

Egyptian soldiers in a military vehicle are seen in Sheikh Zuwaid city, Egypt, May 21, 2018. (REUTERS) By Rami Muhammad August 4, 2020 A military source has told IranWire that on July 30, the Egyptian army began deploying troops in the southern rural region near Idlib and across western Aleppo, despite denials from Egypt [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Africa, Egypt|

In Somalia, Iran is replicating Russia’s Afghan strategy

A Somalian soldier walks past a consignment of charcoal destined for the export market in Barawe October 12, 2014. (REUTERS) By Muhammad Fraser-Rahim July 18, 2020 Iran has established covert ties with the Somalia-based al-Shabab terrorist group well known for its attacks in the Horn of Africa. Following Russia’s playbook in Afghanistan and the [...]

By |July 18th, 2020|Africa, Somalia|

From Beirut to Bangui: inside Iran’s plan to take proxy wars to Africa

Three rebel soldiers sit atop their vehicle on the road between Kaga Bandor oand N'Dele, two rebel-held towns. (Supplied) By Albin Szakola and Jack Losh May 22, 2020 The Assaha Hotel is a tall, traditional Lebanese stone building with a large swimming pool and tables for al fresco dining at the back. The rooms [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Africa, Middle East|

Why Iran’s Bourse is lower than Venezuela and Zimbabwe?

Iranian stock exchange in the capital Tehran, August 2018. (MEHR) May 11, 2020 “Iran’s Bourse with 60 million stockholders will become the largest Bourse in the world,” claimed Alireza Saleh, the head of Iran’s privatization organization, on April 29. This claim, of course, no longer deceives anyone while the coronavirus has left tens [...]

By |May 11th, 2020|Africa, Latin America, Venezuela|