Twin pressures adding friction to Iran-Turkey ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters) By Majid Rafizadeh April 10, 2020 Until recently, Turkey and Iran maintained a cordial relationship due to the convergence of their interests in the region, specifically in the geopolitical and economic arenas. Both countries oppose the US forces’ involvement in Syria, while [...]

By |April 10th, 2020|Turkey|

US believes Iran was ‘directly involved’ in killing of Iranian dissident in Turkey

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Reuters) April 2, 2020 The United States believes Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security was directly involved in the killing of an Iranian dissident last November in Turkey, a senior administration official told Reuters on Wednesday. Masoud Molavi Vardanjani was shot dead on an Istanbul street on [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA|

Iran assassination in Istanbul latest regime murder abroad

Masoud Molavi Vardanjani (R) with the late Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani (C), undated, (Tasnim) By Ismaeel Naar April 1, 2020 The recent revelation that intelligence officers at Iran's consulate in Turkey instigated the killing of Iranian dissident Masoud Molavi Vardanjani last November is just the latest example of a long-standing foreign policy practice of the Islamic [...]

By |April 1st, 2020|Europe, Turkey|

Iranians increasingly seek Turkish citizenship to evade sanctions

Men walk at the Galata bridge with two Turkey flags, in Istanbul, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP) March 31, 2020 Buying property in Turkey in return for Turkish citizenship has become a new way for Iranians to evade sanctions, mostly through the use of bitcoin. Such “gray zone” schemes, however, which were [...]

By |March 31st, 2020|Turkey|

Iran says natgas exports to Turkey halted after attack by “terrorists”

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) March 31, 2020 Iran said on Tuesday its natural gas exports to Turkey have stopped after an attack on a pipeline inside the neighbouring country, an Iranian official told state TV. “This morning, terrorists [...]

By |March 31st, 2020|Turkey|

Killing of Iranian dissident fuels tensions between Turkey, Iran

Masoud Molavi Vardanjani, had been killed for criticizing Tehran’s political and military leadership. (Supplied) March 30, 2020 A claim that two intelligence officers at Iran’s consulate in Turkey instigated the killing of an Iranian dissident in Istanbul last November has added to simmering tensions between the two countries. Reuters said that it had [...]

By |March 30th, 2020|Turkey|

Iranian diplomats instigated killing of dissident in Istanbul

A view of the Iranian consulate in Istanbul. (AFP) March 28, 2020 Two intelligence officers at Iran's consulate in Turkey instigated the killing last November of an Iranian dissident in Istanbul who criticized the Islamic Republic's political and military leaders, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters. The accusation is likely to strain ties [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Turkey|

U.S. court exposes Turkey’s role in Iran’s and Venezuela’s sanctions evasion schemes – again

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) is welcomed by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a meeting at Erdogan's office in Ankara June 9, 2014. (REUTERS) By Aykan Erdemir and Philip Kowalski March 21, 2020 A Manhattan federal jury on Monday convicted Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, the Iranian owner of the now-defunct Pilatus Bank of Malta, [...]

By |March 21st, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA, Venezuela|

50 Iran-backed Pakistani fighters killed in Turkish strikes in Syria

A poster showing 47 Pakistani militiamen associated with Zainebiyoun Brigade is being shared by Zainebiyoun on its Facebook page on March 1, 2020. (Facebook) March 7, 2020 Up to 50 Pakistani fighters have been killed in military action by the Turkish army and Syrian regime forces in Syria’s last major rebel stronghold in [...]

By |March 7th, 2020|Pakistan, Syria, Turkey|

Iran buries 21 Afghan, Pakistani proxy fighters killed in Syria

IRGC has sent thousands of Afghans and Pakistani fighters to fight in Syria. (Supplied) March 2, 2020 In intense clashes taking place in Syria’s Idlib province in recent days 21 members of Iran-backed Afghan and Pakistani militias were killed, Qom News an Iranian website has reported. The report says 18 members of Pakistani [...]

By |March 2nd, 2020|Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey|