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US Centcom chief: Iran still aiming for regional dominance despite Suleimani killing

Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, talks to journalists about the military response to rocket attacks that killed two US and one UK service members in Iraq at the Pentagon on March 13, 2020. (AFP) July 15, 2020 Iran is persisting in its goal of “regional hegemony” despite the killing [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s voluntary auction of water and soil

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tehran, Iran, January 23, 2016. (AP) By Camelia Entekhabifard July 14, 2020 In the past week, what was said and heard of the so-called “25-year strategic partnership between China and Iran” was mainly the comparison made between this deal and [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East|

Iran reports 200 more coronavirus deaths as toll tops 13,000, highest in Middle East

Burial of Covid-19 victims in Iran shows just a handful of family members standing afar and the grave being disinfected. April 3, 2020. (IRNA) July 13, 2020 Iran reported on Monday more than 200 new coronavirus fatalities that took the overall toll in the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak beyond 13,000. “Unfortunately, in the [...]

By |July 13th, 2020|Middle East|

Chinese fishing trawlers cleaning out the Gulf, Iran daily reports

A special fishing trawler with capability to clean out whole fish schools. (IRNA) July 9, 2020 Under the cover of night, Chinese vessels are illegally cleaning out fish resources in the Persian Gulf, a pro-reform Iranian daily, Sharq (Orient) disclosed on Wednesday, July 8. Meanwhile, Iranian fishermen are forced to pay ten thousand [...]

By |July 9th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East|

Iranian oil in perfect storm of storage shortage, low demand, sanctions

An oil facility on Iran's Kharg Island. (AFP) July 08, 2020 Iranian oil production has reached its lowest point in almost four decades, according to industry experts, with the country’s storage facilities fast approaching full capacity. The news comes amid a dip in Iran’s oil exports due to a crash in global demand, [...]

By |July 8th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s FM Zarif says he coordinated everything with slain commander Soleimani

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a press conference in Tehran, Sunday, December 22, 2013. (AP) July 06, 2020 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday he coordinated regional matters with slain Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani on a weekly basis. “I met with him (Soleimani) every week and we [...]

By |July 6th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran says it has built underground missile cities along Gulf coastline

New photos showing an Iranian "missile city". January 14, 2020. (Tasnim) July 06, 2020 Tehran has built underground “missile cities” along the Gulf coastline, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Navy chief said on Sunday, warning of a “nightmare for Iran’s enemies”. “Iran has established underground onshore and offshore missile cities all along the coasts of [...]

By |July 6th, 2020|Middle East|

Extending Iran’s arms embargo is in favor of Iranian citizens

An Iranian flag flutters next to a ground-to-ground Sajil missile before being launched at an undisclosed location in Iran. (AFP) By Pooya Stone July 3, 2020 Iranian officials’ aggressive behavior and remarks have proven in word and deed the importance of extending the UN arms embargo as the Security Council approaches its final [...]

By |July 3rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

What’s on Iran’s shopping list if the UN arms embargo is lifted?

Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets are part of Iran’s air force. (AFP) By Thomas Harding July 2, 2020 Iran will have a range of advanced military equipment it can choose from if the UN arms embargo ends in October. High on Tehran's list will be highly manoeuvrable Russian-made fighter aircraft, as well as some of [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

Are we seeing the back of the theocratic regime in Iran?

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, January 6, 2020. (Reuters) By Track Persia June 30, 2020 Over the past few months, the theocratic regime in Iran has been witnessing a sharp decline in the impact of its expansionist [...]

By |June 30th, 2020|Middle East|