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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|

Iran launches ‘Resistance’ award named after Soleimani

Statue of Qassem Soleimani in the Iranian city of Gilan. (Twitter) May 20, 2020 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani approved a resolution by the Islamic Republic's Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution to launch a new award named after slain military commander Qassem Soleimani, who was targeted by a US airstrike last January. The [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|Middle East|

Unrealistic threat inflation with Iran is risky

The damaged Konarak vessel, hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, is docked at the Jask port, in southern Hormozgan province, May 11, 2020. (AFP) By Bonnie Kristian May 19, 2020 Iranian naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman devolved into disaster Sunday afternoon when a missile from one Iranian ship accidentally [...]

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

Mullahs’ missiles kill Iranians but can’t defend Iran

Konarak naval vessel still burning after being towed to port. May 11, 2020. (Supplied) By Amir Taheri May 16, 2020 Last Monday’s tragedy in the Gulf of Oman in which 19 Iranian naval officers were killed and 15 others injured in a “friendly fire” incident has focused attention on the Islamic Republic’s failure to [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

Noose tightens around Iran with sanctions threat by US

Iranians stand in front of a bank, hoping to buy U.S. dollar at the official rate in downtown Tehran, April 10, 2018. (AP) May 16, 2020 The US has publicly threatened to trigger the restoration of all UN sanctions on Iran if the organization’s Security Council fails to extend an arms embargo on [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

What led to the killing of 19 Iranian sailors by friendly fire?

The Konarak was hit by friendly fire in the Gulf of Oman exactly 123 days after the IRGC fired the two missiles that brought down Ukraine Airlines Flight 752. (Reuters) By Faramarz Davar May 14, 2020 The Iranian navy has issued a statement about the recent deaths of Iranian sailors in the Gulf of Oman, but [...]

By |May 14th, 2020|Middle East|