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Iran-linked drug trafficking on rise amid financial crisis

Revenues from drug trafficking can be a significant boost to Hezbollah, the Syrian regime and Iran. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh August 10, 2020 Iran and its staunchest allies, the Syrian regime and Hezbollah, seem to be stepping up their drug trafficking activities, which span several continents. A Lebanese man, Ghassan Diab, was last month extradited [...]

By |August 10th, 2020|Europe, Middle East|

GCC seeks UN extension of Iran arms embargo

The secretariat of the GCC said that Iran’s continued interference in neighboring countries made an extension necessary. (Arab News) August 10, 2020 The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has asked the United Nations to extend an international arms embargo on Iran, a move pushed strongly by the United States. The secretariat of the GCC, [...]

By |August 10th, 2020|Middle East|

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|

US ambassador says Iran is world No. 1 sponsor of terrorism

US Ambassador Kelly Craft addresses her first Security Council meeting, at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP) August 7, 2020 The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called Iran “the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism” on Thursday and warned Russia and China that they will become “co-sponsors” if they block [...]

By |August 7th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

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|

Mock-up US aircraft carrier sinks during Iran’s war games, endangering passing ships

A fake aircraft carrier is seen off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran. It was apparently built for potential live-fire drills. (Maxar Technologies) August 4, 2020 A mock-up of a US aircraft carrier used by Iran’s military during recent military exercises has accidentally sunk in shallow waters, putting passing ships at risk, satellite [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran-linked Hezbollah’s fake news training camps revealed

A Hezbollah supporter chants slogans, as he holds a picture of the late Iran leader Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (R) in Beirut, Jan 7, 2020. (AP) August 3, 2020 An investigation has revealed Hezbollah’s role in training recruits from across the Middle East to spread online misinformation and [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|Middle East|

Iran’s Supreme Leader admits sanctions have been effective, but insists his regime will survive

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech in Tehran, March 20, 2020. (REUTERS) By Ehsan Mehrabi August 1, 2020 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has given his most expansive and detailed Friday prayers address since March, when the coronavirus outbreak officially began in the Islamic Republic. The speech, which was delivered online, addressed [...]

By |August 1st, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

The US Navy mocks Iran’s target practice on a replica of an aircraft carrier

IRGC speed boats circle around a replica aircraft carrier during a military exercise, in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, July 28, 2020. (AP) August 1, 2020 In a series of pictures and messages on Instagram, the U.S. Navy has mocked the Islamic Republic for making a replica of an American aircraft carrier and using [...]

By |August 1st, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran clears oil spill in northern Gulf region: IRNA

Iranian Revolutionary Guards drive a speedboat in front of an oil tanker at the port of Bandar Abbas on July 2, 2012. (AFP) August 1, 2020 Iranian teams have cleaned up an oil slick near field in the northern region of the Gulf that had extended over a six-square-km area, an Iranian maritime [...]

By |August 1st, 2020|Middle East|