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Secrets of Soleimani-led golden death squad

Commander of IRGC's Qods force Qassem Soleimani (L) with Iraqi pro-Iran militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (R) in Karbala in June 2019. (Supplied) January 24, 2020 Before his death in a US air strike in Baghdad earlier this month, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC Quds Force, was one of the notorious names [...]

By |January 24th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran uses violence, politics to try to push US out of Iraq

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) January 24, 2020 Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general [...]

By |January 24th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

U.S. imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions on two people, six companies

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005. (Reuters) January 23, 2020 The United States on Thursday said it blacklisted two companies based in Hong Kong, one in Shanghai and one in Dubai for helping Iran’s [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps is stretched too thin for multiple missions, new report says

IRGC members march during a parade in Tehran, on September 22, 2011. (Reuters) By Russ Read January 23, 2020 Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may be spread too thin to handle both a large-scale regional conflict and major domestic unrest, according to a report. Iran's Reserve of Last Resort: Uncovering the Islamic Revolutionary Guard [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

US bans trade and investment visas for Iranians

Based on the new US regulations, Iranians carrying E1 and E2 visas should leave the country immediately after their visas expire or apply for other types of visas. (Getty) January 23, 2020 Iranian nationals will no longer be eligible for E-1 and E-2 trade and investment visas, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|North America, USA|

Iranian IRGC officer suggests taking US hostages to make up for sanctions

Members of Iranian Basij paramilitary force reenact the January capture of U.S sailors by the IRGC in the Gulf, in a rally commemorating the 37th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in Tehran, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP) January 23, 2020 A video surfaced online Wednesday of an official Iranian political strategist suggesting that Iran should [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|North America, USA|

Successor to slain Iran general faces same fate if he kills Americans: US envoy

Brian Hook, US special representative for Iran, walks past parts of short-range ballistic missiles at the Iranian Materiel Display at an airbase near Washington on November 29, 2018. (AP) January 23, 2020 The US special representative for Iran said the successor to Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike, would [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Tehran is no longer enjoying immunity with Trump’s rejection of separation between Tehran and its surrogates

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. (Reuters) January 22, 2020 By Track Persa In a long speech delivered on a screen in Nabatieh, Lebanon on Sunday, January 12, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran could withdraw from 2015 nuclear deal in dispute with West says official

Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian president's chief of staff. (MEHR) January 22, 2020 Exiting the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers is one of Iran's options, the Iranian president's chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, said on Wednesday. "It was discussed that it's possible some may take Iran's file to the (UN) Security Council ... [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran conflict could shift to cyberspace, experts warn

U.S. Department of Homeland Security election security workers monitor screens in the DHS (NCCIC) in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. November 6, 2018. (REUTERS) January 22, 2020 Hackers linked to Iran are probing American companies for vulnerabilities, cybersecurity researchers and U.S. government officials say. The warnings suggest that the next phase of hostilities between the [...]

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