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|

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|