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|

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|