US officials suspect Iran may send warships to Venezuela amid talks

Iran-made warship Makran prior to be joined to the Navy, in Iran, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP) May 31, 2021 The United States is monitoring the movement of two Iranian naval vessels near Africa that may be heading to Venezuela, Politico reported May 29, citing three people with knowledge of the situation. If Iran [...]

By |May 31st, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

Confusion around the death of Hejazi: Iran’s general in Yemen, Lebanon, Venezuela

Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi was appointed as Acting Commander of Qods Force on January 20, 2020. (Tasnim) April 20, 2021 Top Iranian commander Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi was a key figure for the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen and oversaw projects targeting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a former Iranian government [...]

By |April 20th, 2021|Iran, Middle East, Venezuela|

US ‘monitoring’ as Iran sends fuel tankers to Venezuela in defiance of sanctions

Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (AP) April 9, 2021 As Iran sent three gasoline shipments to fuel-starved Venezuela in recent months in defiance of U.S. sanctions, the Biden administration apparently did nothing to stop the tankers, signaling [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

Iran cozies up with Venezuela, creeping into America’s backyard

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on Jan 10, 2015. (AFP) By Eric Shawn April 2, 2021 Iran has established a foothold on America's doorstep and is expanding in South America, experts say, especially by cultivating close ties with the Nicolas Maduro government in Venezuela. "It should [...]

By |April 2nd, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

Business or terror? Key figures denounce Iran’s incursions in Venezuela

An Iranian tanker crew celebrates their arrival in Paraguaná, Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (Reuters) By Ximena Herrera March 27, 2021 It is a rarity in Venezuela to see the Catholic Church involving itself in politics. But back in November 2020, Monsignor Mario Moronta, a well-respected bishop of San Cristobal and first vice-president of [...]

By |March 27th, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

‘Perfect trips’ – Venezuela ships jet fuel to Iran in exchange for gasoline, sources say

An oil tanker is seen at Jose refinery cargo terminal in Venezuela in this undated file photo. (Reuters) By Deisy Buitrago and Marianna Parraga February 24, 2021 Venezuela is shipping jet fuel to Iran in return for vital gasoline imports for the South American nation as part of a swap deal agreed by [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

Tanker Forest delivers 44 mln liters of Iranian fuel to Venezuela

A worker of the Venezuelan state oil company Pdvsa holds an Iranian flag during the arrival of an Iranian tanker at the El Palito refinery in Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (Reuters) February 20, 2021 A shipment of around 44 million liters of gasoline has secretly arrived at El Palito, Venezuela from Iran aboard [...]

By |February 20th, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

Venezuela receives more airlifts of refinery materials from Iran

Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, May 25, 2020. (AP) February 12, 2021 Venezuela has begun to receive a second round of airlifts of materials from ally Iran to help its troubled oil refineries to produce fuel, according to three people [...]

By |February 12th, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

Exiled mayor says Hezbollah, other groups will oversee Venezuelan regional elections

Iran maintains a presence in the politically turbulent South American nation, with close ties to drug cartels through Hezbollah. (Supplied)  February 10, 2021 Hezbollah will oversee elections for state governors in Venezuela, a “den” for terrorist groups, according to exiled former mayor of the capital Caracas. Antonio Ledezma, who fled house arrest in 2017 and [...]

By |February 10th, 2021|Latin America, Lebanon, Venezuela|

How friendship with Venezuela benefits Iran’s isolated regime

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during the 17th NAM Summit, in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on Sept. 16, 2016. (Xinhua) February 1, 2021 One seldom discussed byproduct of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, which ended with the fall of the Shah and the rise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979, is the [...]

By |February 1st, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|