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There can never be peace with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, right, arrives at a graduation ceremony of the Revolutionary Guard's officers, May 20, 2015. (AP) By Reza Parchizadeh May 7, 2021 When Ali Khamenei was appointed Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, he knew he lacked Khomeini’s charisma. He needed the power of the military to subdue his [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s seven mountainside missile silos discovered in new satellite imagery

Iranian missiles are loaded into launch position via a newly unveiled ballistic missile launch system in footage shared on November 4, 2020. (IRAN) By Thomas Harding May 7, 2021 Analysis of satellite imagery obtained by the International Institute for Strategic Studies revealed the construction of a new set of seven silos storing advanced new [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Middle East|

China and Iran: A dangerous strategy for an unstable region

Iranian FM Javad Zarif, right, and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, pose for photos after the ceremony of signing documents, in Tehran, March 27, 2021. (AP) May 5, 2021 With the recent announcement of China’s new strategic relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran, there is now an additional threat to an already dangerous [...]

By |May 5th, 2021|East Asia, Middle East|

US officials in Mideast to reassure jittery allies over Iran

Senator Chris Coons of Delaware talks to the journalists during a press briefing in Abu Dhabi, May 3, 2021. (AP) May 3, 2021 Top Biden administration officials and U.S. senators crisscrossed the Middle East on Monday, seeking to assuage growing unease among Gulf Arab partners over America’s re-engagement with Iran and other policy [...]

By |May 3rd, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

The Iniochos military exercise in Greece is bad news for Iran

An Israeli F-156 military jet taxis along the airstrip of the military airport of Andravida, southern Greece, on April 18, 2021. (AFP) May 1, 2021 Greece hosted the Iniochos 2021 military exercise in April, welcoming military forces from the United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus and a number of other nations. In addition to [...]

By |May 1st, 2021|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran again boosts OPEC oil output in April

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005. (Reuters) April 30, 2021 OPEC oil output has risen in April as higher supply from Iran countered involuntary cuts and agreed reductions by other members under a pact [...]

By |April 30th, 2021|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Blinken: US won’t tolerate Iran’s destabilizing activities

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (AFP) April 29, 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reiterated that the US will not tolerate Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East at the expense of the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. Washington is holding indirect talks with Iran in [...]

By |April 29th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s growing drone threat

Drone displayed in Army Day parade in Iran, April 18, 2021. (MEHR) By Seth J. Frantzman April 28, 2021 Earlier this month, pro-Iranian groups used a drone to strike against U.S. forces in Iraq for the first time. It was just the latest in a series of attacks carried out against American troops in the country, many of [...]

By |April 28th, 2021|Middle East|

Iran, US warships in first tense Mideast encounter in a year

IRGC vessels buzzing past US military ships, April 15, 2020. (US Navy) April 27, 2021 American and Iranian warships had a tense encounter in the Arabian Gulf earlier this month, the first such incident in about a year amid wider turmoil in the region over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal, the US Navy said [...]

By |April 27th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

Leaked recording of Iran’s top diplomat offers blunt talk

Iranian FM Javad Zarif wears a protective mask and gloves as protection against coronavirus, during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, March 11, 2020. (AFP) April 26, 2021 A recording of Iran’s foreign minister offering a blunt appraisal of diplomacy and the limits of power within the Islamic Republic has been leaked, providing a [...]

By |April 26th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|