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US detains Iranian smuggling ship, UK seizes drugs in Mideast waters

US service members from coastal patrol ship USS Tempest (PC 2) and USS Typhoon (PC 5) inventory an illicit shipment of drugs while aboard a stateless dhow vessel transiting international waters in the Arabian Sea, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP) January 24, 2022 The US Navy announced Sunday it seized a boat in the Gulf [...]

By |January 24th, 2022|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

The Islamic Republic’s compromised stance on human shields

Today Lebanese Hezbollah has used residential homes in Syria for producing and stockpiling weapons. (Reuters) By Faramarz Davar January 20, 2022 The use of civilians, prisoners of war, medics and other protected individuals as “human shields” in military conflict has been forbidden under international law for almost 45 years. It refers to the [...]

By |January 20th, 2022|Ideology, Middle East|

Iran deploys drones to target internal threats, protect external interests

A drone is pictured during a large-scale drone combat exercise of the Iranian Army, in Semnan, Iran, Jan 4, 2021. (REUTERS) By Golnaz Esfandiari January 19, 2022 Charred tents, a burned-out motorcycle, and a damaged white SUV vehicle. This was the aftermath of a reported drone strike carried out by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps [...]

By |January 19th, 2022|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran comments on ‘recent Yemen-linked developments’: Military attacks not a solution

A man holds a national flag as he rides a horse in front of Burj Khalifa during parade celebrating 41st National Day of the UAE, Dubai. (Reuters) January 18, 2022 Iran's foreign ministry commented on what it described as “recent Yemen-linked developments” by saying military attacks were not the solution, a day after [...]

By |January 18th, 2022|Middle East|

Iran needs to stop interfering in Arab affairs: Jordan’s FM

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) meets with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (R) at the State Department, Jan. 13, 2022. (AFP) January 15, 2022 Jordan’s top diplomat touched down in Washington last week, where he held meetings with nearly all the top US officials in the Biden administration, making him the first Arab [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|Middle East|

Iran seeks to grow naval power as it prioritizes asymmetric warfare

A Nasr missile fired from a ship during the second day of a military exercise in the Gulf, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Sept 2020. (AFP) By Agnes Helou January 12, 2022 In 2021 alone, Iran’s naval forces and Revolutionary Guard added the Alvand destroyer, four Martoob al-Sabehat 15 Type submarines and [...]

By |January 12th, 2022|Middle East, North America, USA|

Abdollahian expresses Iran’s interest in bolstering ties with neighboring countries

Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Omani Minister of Foreign Affair, receives Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian in Muscat, Jan 10, 2022. (Oman News Agency) January 11, 2022 Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Monday that Tehran hopes to develop and strengthen relations with the Gulf States. He was speaking in [...]

By |January 11th, 2022|Middle East, Oman|

US warns Iran of severe consequences if Americans attacked

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Oct. 26, 2021. (AP) January 10, 2022 Iran will face severe consequences if it attacks Americans, the White House said on Sunday, including any of those sanctioned by Tehran for the 2020 killing of General [...]

By |January 10th, 2022|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s Persepolis, Esteghlal expelled from 2022 AFC Champions League

Iranian football team Persepolis' players celebrate a goal during the AFC Champions League match against Qatar's Al Sadd in Tehran, Jan 10, 2020. (AFP) January 7, 2022 The route for Saudi Arabian clubs to the 2022 AFC Champions League title was made a little easier on Friday with news that Iranian giants Persepolis [...]

By |January 7th, 2022|East Asia, Middle East|

Did the Quds Force exploit the Red Crescent in a war zone?

Ali Akbar Salehi attends a meeting in Ankara 18 January 2012. (REUTERS) By Faramarz Davar January 7, 2022 This week the Islamic Republic of Iran observed the second anniversary of the US killing of Ghasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s expeditionary Quds Force. A reported 10,000 events have taken place across the country, with tributes [...]

By |January 7th, 2022|Middle East|