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The growing impacts of Trump’s maximum pressure on Iran’s threat network

The new commander of IRGC's Qods Force Esmail Qaani (L) and Lebanese Shiite cleric Muhammad Kawtharani, who has long spearheaded Hezbollah's Iraq policy. (Mashregh) By Track Persia May 25, 2020 Attacks targeting US troops by Iran-proxies in Iraq have dramatically decreased in the past few weeks. This coincides with circulated reports that Tehran [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|Iraq, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran must put fighting virus above military adventurism

A city worker disinfects a bus stop sign because of the new coronavirus in Tehran, March 5, 2020. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh May 25, 2020 Coronavirus disease cases are spiking again in Iran after the regime loosened restrictions. According to official figures, there have been more than 133,000 coronavirus cases and 7,000 deaths in [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|Middle East, Opinions On Iran|

The Supreme Leader’s new Tom and Jerry sequence

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei waves to his supporters during his visit to Mashhad, 900 km east of Tehran, March 21, 2018. (AP) By Amir Taheri May 23, 2020 Is a military clash between the United States and Iran inevitable? Since last January, when the Americans assassinated Tehran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, policy circles [...]

By |May 23rd, 2020|Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Opinions On Iran, USA, Venezuela|

Arab League slams Iran for interference in regional issues

Arab Foreign Ministers meet at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on November 19, 2017. (AP) May 22, 2020 The Arab League has condemned Iran’s continued interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries — both directly and through its proxies — which it said posed a risk to regional security and stability. [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Middle East|

Iran has chance to embrace friendship with Gulf states

World Health Organization (WHO) aid, destined for Iran, is loaded onto a UAE military transport plane, Dubai, March 3, 2020. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh May 22, 2020 Amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Islamic Republic has a great opportunity to launch diplomatic initiatives with the aim of improving its relations with other countries [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Middle East, Opinions On Iran|

From Beirut to Bangui: inside Iran’s plan to take proxy wars to Africa

Three rebel soldiers sit atop their vehicle on the road between Kaga Bandor oand N'Dele, two rebel-held towns. (Supplied) By Albin Szakola and Jack Losh May 22, 2020 The Assaha Hotel is a tall, traditional Lebanese stone building with a large swimming pool and tables for al fresco dining at the back. The rooms [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Africa, Middle East|

Iran’s coronavirus strategy: Neglect its people, revive its proxies

Iranian officials wear protective masks and gloves as protection against the coronavirus, during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, March 11, 2020. (AFP) By Walid Phares May 21, 2020 Iran’s strategies to ride the recent wave of events, both in the region and with the United States, is on the minds of many observers of [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian investigation blames airlines for virus outbreak

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) May 20, 2020 Ninety days after the announcement of the first two deaths and the outbreak of the coronavirus, Iranian sites have once again raised questions about the first epicenter of the pandemic in the country, while the total number of infections rose [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East|

US Navy issues new warning to Iran after close encounters in the Gulf

F/A-18F Super Hornets launch from the flight deck of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Gulf, July 29, 2019. (US Navy) May 20, 2020 The US Navy warned Tuesday it will take “lawful defensive measures” against vessels in the Middle East that come within 100 meters (yards) of its warships, offering specific guidelines [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran media report arrests of women-trafficking gang members

Iranian women stand in line at the Masoumeh shrine in Qom, about 120 kilometres south of Tehran on Friday, June 12, 2016. (AP) May 20, 2020 The "leader of the largest trafficking gang of Iranian women in Malaysia" has been arrested and transferred to Iran, media in Tehran reported on May 18. The [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Malaysia, Middle East|