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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman calls for Iran-backed Hezbollah to be disarmed

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman focused on regional issues during his first address at the 75th UN General Assembly meeting, Sept. 23, 2020. (SPA) September 23, 2020 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday said Hezbollah must be disarmed for Lebanon to achieve security, stability and prosperity. Last month’s Beirut port blast was a result [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Lebanon, Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

Iran’s Guard flew surveillance drone over USS Nimitz

F/A-18F Super Hornets launch from the flight deck of the USS Nimitz in the Arabian Gulf, July 29, 2019. (US Navy) September 23, 2020 Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard force has managed to fly a surveillance drone over the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier which last week transited through the Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Saudi Arabia says any nuclear deal with Iran must preserve non-proliferation

The reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, 1200 Kms south of Tehran. (AFP) September 23, 2020 Saudi Arabia said that any nuclear deal with Iran has to preserve non-proliferation and continue efforts aimed at making the Middle East a zone free of mass destruction weapons, state news [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

Fact check: Does Iran have one of the strongest militaries in the world?

A missile is displayed by the Iranian army in front of a portrait of supreme leader Ali Khamenei during a parade in Tehran, April 18, 2013. (AP) By Pezhman Tahavori September 23, 2020 “By the reckoning of strategic research institutes in the world, we are currently among the superior powers and have the strongest armed [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Nuclear confrontation, Khamenei’s gift to Iran

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with religious poets in Tehran, Iran, March 8, 2018. (REUTERS) By Ehsan Mehrabi September 19, 2020 Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has entered into two major and protracted confrontations with the West. The first was the eight-year Iran-Iraq from [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran vows ‘hit’ on all involved in US killing of top general

Chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Hossein Salami speaks at a pro-government rally, in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP) September 19, 2020 The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general’s January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq. [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

US carrier transits Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Arabian Sea, January 19, 2012. (US Navy) September 18, 2020 The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier safely transited on Friday through the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil shipments, the U.S. Navy said, as tensions with Iran continue to [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Goal of Natanz explosion was to send ‘clear’ message to Iran

The location of a possible crater and the approximate blast and damage area from the explosion and fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear site. (Screengrab) September 18, 2020 An explosion two months ago at a key Iranian uranium enrichment facility in Natanz was meant to send a message of determination to stop the Islamic Republic’s nuclear [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Middle East|

The Abraham Accord: Arab farewell to Iran

The UAE FM speaks as Israeli PM Netanyahu (L), US President Trump (2-L) and Bahrain FM Zayani (R) look on during the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords at the White House, September 15, 2020. (AFP) By Camelia Entekhabifard September 17, 2020 The US presidential election is approaching and it is opined that President [...]

By |September 17th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran: Asian Football Confederation tournament TV rights cut due to ‘sanctions’

Four Iranian clubs, including Persepolis, Esteghlal, Shahr Khodro and Sepahan, represent Iran in the tournament. (AFP) September 14, 2020 Iran has said that the Asian Football Confederation has canceled television broadcasting rights of the regional champions’ league to the Islamic republic, seemingly over US sanctions against it. Iran’s football federation said Sunday the [...]

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