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How an Iranian airline tied to terrorism likely spread the virus ‘and lied about it’

An airplane of Mahan Air sits at the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport, March 1, 2017. (AFP) By Kevjn Lim March 30, 2020 There are many reasons why Iran has become the Middle East’s flaming epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. They include the government trying to hide the outbreak; insufficient testing capacity; refusal to [...]

By |March 30th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East|

Iran Defense Minister says cruise missile warheads to become more powerful soon

Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami attends a parliament session in Tehran on August 15, 2017.(AFP) March 28, 2020 Iran's Defence Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami on March 26 said Iran has upgraded all its cruise missiles and is planning to increase the explosive power of their warheads, speed and maneuverability. According to a report [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran using time of crisis to increase its regional meddling

Strikes had been launched against positions occupied by the paramilitary umbrella group Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh March 27, 2020 Iran is facing one of the worst public health crises in its modern history. Tens of thousands of people there have been infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and more than 2,000 have lost their [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Middle East|

The Iranian regime helped spread the coronavirus in Iran and the Middle East by committing to its rigid ideology and downplaying the virus threat

A sanitary worker disinfects a shrine in Qom, Iran, on February 25. (AFP) By Track Persia March 24, 2020 The Iranian regime’s failure to combat the coronavirus has not only posed a threat to Iran’s public health but it has also risked global health as most cases tested positive with the virus in [...]

By |March 24th, 2020|Ideology, Middle East|

Iran negated 14 international obligations in one year

Pictures from the semi-official Tasnim news agency show the Stena Impero being seized and detained by the Iranian forces, July 19, 2019 in the Strait of Hormuz. (Getty) By Faramarz Davar March 21, 2020 The Islamic Republic of Iran has had a record-breaking year for violating international law. This article lists those international obligations [...]

By |March 21st, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Analysts mull coalition strategy in spat with Iran-backed forces

Strikes had been launched against positions occupied by the paramilitary umbrella group Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi. (AFP) March 16, 2020 Three days of attacks between US-led coalition forces and Iran-backed Iraqi militias continued with the second attack in a week on the coalition base at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad. Missiles were fired at the [...]

By |March 16th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

US to keep two carriers in Gulf to counter Iran proxies

Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, talks to journalists at the Pentagon on March 13, 2020. (AFP) March 14, 2020 The Pentagon said on Friday it would keep two aircraft carrier task forces in the Gulf region after carrying out strikes in Iraq on five depots for Iran-supplied rockets. Central [...]

By |March 14th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Dealing with coronavirus reveals cultural differences

Iran's Health Ministry announced the new figures at a news conference Wednesday in Tehran. (ISNA) By Amir Taheri March 14, 2020 Having started as a local public health issue in China, the corona epidemic has now morphed into a global economic and even political threat. It has also put the limelight on the manner [...]

By |March 14th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

US ‘concerned’ by war-zone drones deployed by Iran, its proxies in Middle East

An Iranian home-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with modern strategic capabilities. (Fars) March 12, 2020 Drones deployed by Iran or its surrogates for reconnaissance and potential attacks against US forces in the Middle East are the most daunting new regional threat since improvised explosive devices were deployed during the Iraq war, according to [...]

By |March 12th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Religious tourism to Iran triggers spread of coronavirus across Gulf

A sanitary worker disinfects a shrine in Qom, Iran, on February 25. (AFP) March 12, 2020 Seventy-seven Bahraini citizens tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday after being evacuated from Iran, just one example of how many infections in the Middle East are the result of religious pilgrimage to the Islamic Republic. Most of Saudi Arabia’s 20 [...]

By |March 12th, 2020|Middle East|