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U.S. says new Iran sanctions coming on Thursday over rights violations

Special Representative for Iran Elliott Abrams speaks during a news conference at the State Department, in Washington, March 31, 2020. (REUTERS) September 24, 2020 The United States will slap new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and entities, including a judge who sentenced Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari to death, U.S. Special Representative [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|North America, USA|

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|

US calls on Iran-linked Houthis to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stands at the lectern during a press conference at the US Department of State, June 10, 2019. (AFP) September 23, 2020 The US on Tuesday called on Houthi militants in Yemen to stop launching attacks on Saudi Arabia. The State Department said it was “deeply concerned” by [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|North America, Saudi Arabia, USA, Yemen|

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|

Iranian rial at record lows against the dollar as U.S announces sanctions

Various rates and prices for currencies and gold coins are displayed at an exchange bureau, in Tehran, August 21, 2019. (AP) September 22, 2020 Immediately after the United States announced the return of international sanctions on Iran on Sunday, the dollar exchange rate set a new record high with a 2.5 percent increase [...]

By |September 22nd, 2020|North America, USA|

U.S. concerned about Iran-North Korea cooperation, seeks to prevent it

US Special Envoy for Iran, Elliott Abrams, speaks during a media availability at the State Department on February 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP) September 21, 2020 The United States is concerned about Iran’s cooperation with North Korea and will do whatever it can to prevent it, Elliott Abrams, Washington’s envoy on Iran, said [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran says it is ready to swap all prisoners with U.S

Iranian FM Javad Zarif in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, March 11, 2020. (AFP) September 21, 2020 Iran is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a virtual address to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Relations between Tehran and Washington have deteriorated sharply [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|North America, USA|

U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran’s defense ministry, Venezuela’s Maduro

Different units of the Iranian Armed Forces displayed their capabilities and latest military achievements in nationwide parades in Tehran. (Tasnim) September 21, 2020 The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on the Iranian defense ministry and others involved in Iran’s nuclear and weapons program to support its assertion that all U.N. sanctions [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Iranian front groups claim responsibility for recent attacks against Coalition targets in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite militants backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Caleb Weiss and Joe Truzman September 21, 2020 Over the past few days, a surge of assaults against American and Coalition forces inside Iraq have been reported across the country. Four nascent armed factions, all of which are believed to be Iranian-backed, have claimed responsibility. From top left: [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Yemen welcomes US reimposition of sanctions against Iran

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei meets with the spokesman of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen Mohammed Abdul Salam, Aug 13, 2019. (IRNA) September 21, 2020 The legitimate Yemeni government welcomed on Monday the United States’ announcement that it has reimposed all United Nations sanctions against Iran, including an armed embargo against Tehran. [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|North America, USA, Yemen|