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In a major escalation that brought Iran and Israel to the brink of direct conflict, Israeli jets launched airstrikes in Syria last weekend after an Apache helicopter shot down the Iranian drone. Syrian antiaircraft missiles then shot down one of the f-16 fighter aircraft, the first time Israel had lost a jet in more than ...
Tactical advisers from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are deployed at military bases across Syria. Its commanders regularly show up at the front lines to lead battles. Iran has built and continues to back powerful militias with thousands of fighters it has trained in Syria. And it has brought in new ...

relatives of 66 people who were on board a plane that crashed in Iran are desperately waiting for any news, as rescue teams search for wreckage. The Aseman airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday, and all those on board are feared to have been killed. Heavy wind and snow forced ...
Tensions between Israel and Iran have hit a new high following last weekend's unprecedented military clashes inside Syria. The fighting has intensified fears that the Middle East is heading for all-out war. But such alarming predictions assume both protagonists standing toe-to-toe, actuallywant to fight.
The OPEC Monthly Oil market Report is out production data for January 2018. All data, unless otherwise noted, is through January 2018 and is in thousand barrels per day. View photos. OPEC crude only production has held steady for three months. However, this chart masks the fact that November ...
The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone. Netanyahu said of Iran ...

Good morning. Here's what you need to know: Photo. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times. • In the U.S., indictments secured by the special counsel against more than a dozen Russians and three companies over interference in the 2016 elections have put President Trump on the defensive. Mr. Trump ...
Israel's prime minister has launched a stinging attack on Iran, telling a security conference in Munich it is the "greatest threat to our world". Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would "not allow Iran's regime to put a noose of terror around our neck". In a moment of drama, he brandished what he said was a piece ...
An official joint statement also referred to "strengthening India-Iran-Afghanistan trilateral consultations". The three nations had signed a trilateral transit agreement during Modi's visit to Tehran in May 2016. Trade ties between the two countries have been dominated by Indian import of Iranian crude oil.
European companies engaged in business with Iran are enriching the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNBC on Sunday. "We believe that a large percentage of the Iranian economy is controlled by the Revolutionary Guards and companies ...
(Munich) -- The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone. Netanyahu ...
Tehran, Iran -- A commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of Iran, most likely killing all 66 people on board, the state news media reported. The Iran Aseman airlines plane went down near its destination, the city of Yasuj, about 485 miles south of the capital, Tehran.
Iran is a signatory to two international treaties that prohibit capital punishment for offenses committed by minors. But that has not stopped the country from being the worst international offender when it comes to executing such juveniles, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights ...
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has this week been repaying the trip Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Tehran in 2016 with a visit to India. Rouhani's arrival in New Delhi represented a continuation of India's robust outreach to West Asia, and interestingly comes on the heels of the Modi government's ...
Iran missed its oil and gas revenue targets by nearly 30 percent last year, while failing to grab enough money in taxes to make up the shortfall, according to its official news service. President Hassan Rouhani's administration "only managed to earn $19.44 billion from taxes and $13.06 billion by exporting oil ...
Maybe it is if you've put all your eggs in other Middle Eastern baskets to the total exclusion of Iran, while your rivals long ago established a solid footing there. In that case, you've just lost a mighty expensive "long game" bet, and it won't be easy to eject the entrenched competition from that market in order to ...
United Nations -- A new U.N. report highlights Iran's non-compliance with United Nations sanctions over weapons and ballistic missiles that ended up in Yemen after a targeted arms embargo was put in place in 2015, the United States says. The 329-page report released late Thursday, "identified ...

The clashes with Iran have coincided with one of the roughest weeks in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political life. Israeli police recommended Tuesday that he should be indicted on charges of corruption and bribery. Netanyahu has denied all the charges and has vowed that he will be ...
Tehran, Iran - Iran has introduced new monetary measures to halt the devaluation of the country's currency, a move seen as a setback to President Hassan Rouhani's efforts to bring investment and create more jobs following a 2015 nuclear deal. The rial has been on a downward spiral, falling to an all-time ...
Iran's claim that speCIAl lizards have been used to spy on its nuclear activities isn't the first time the regime has claimed animals are behind espionage. Iran has previously claimed birds and squirrels are used for spying. During the Cold War, the CIA looked at using cats for surveillance on the Soviets.
While the newfound Azerbaijani state has not enjoyed warm ties with Iran, this trend appears to be changing as the two countries move closer to one another. The absence of close ties between Tehran and Baku is believed to be rooted in several factors, the most important being Azerbaijan's preference for ...
An 81-year old American citizen who was released from the hospital back to a notorious Iranian prison has been hospitalized again, with growing concerns that he could die in Iranian custody. Baquer Namazi has been held by Iran for nearly two years after he was trying to visit and secure the release of his ...
Over the past several years, and especially since the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015, I have become increasingly convinced of the need for the United States to adopt a more confrontational policy toward Iran. I have written and spoken about it in various places. But I have never spelled out something ...
Iran and North Korea are often rhetorically linked, most famously in President George W. Bush's 2002 speech in which he labeled them part of an "axis of evil." In practice, however, they have been largely treated as separate challenges for American foreign policy. There are good reasons for this.
A surge in Israeli-Syrian cross-border incidents has turned into the "biggest" confrontation between the two countries in decades and confronted Russia with a new dilemma: how to preserve its ties with both sides. The tit-for-tat attacks, which started on Saturday and continued until the following day, have ...
Thus, to Iran, Syria is a badly damaged puppet that nonetheless helps it solidify its influence in the Shiite Arab heartland; from Israel's point of view, it's a forward operating base in Iran's campaign to wipe the Jewish State off the map. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who adheres strongly to the ...
human rights groups have called for an independent investigation into the death of Kavous Seyed Emami, a top environmentalist and academic, who died in mysterious circumstances while in detention at Tehran's Evin prison. Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for human rights in Iran (CHRI), ...
Tehran -- The increasingly bitter feud between Iran's president and hard-line commanders and clerics exploded into the open over the weekend with the arrest of a top environmental official and the prison death of a prominent Iranian-Canadian environmental activist who was arrested last month.
In late December, a young woman appeared standing atop a utilities box in front of the French Bakery on Enghelab (Revolution) Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Tehran. She was holding a long stick with a white veil hanging limply off the end of it. She appeared just before the recent wave of protests ...
"This is indeed a dangerous escalation that raises the specter of direct conflict between Israel and Iran in Syria -- a far more serious situation than the drawing of red lines and tit-for-tat exchanges that have occurred before," said Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East ...
Israel's Minister of intelligence Israel Katz said on Sunday that by striking key Iranian sites in Syria, Israel sent a clear message to Iran that it would not tolerate an Iranian military foothold on its doorstep and would act decisively to counter any further provocations. The wave of airstrikes came after Israel ...
The 39th anniversary of the revolution in Iran promises to be a sombre occasion for the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, who was forced to acknowledge the mass discontent in the country as result of the recent protests and received letters from two dissident insiders accusing him of negligence and empire ...
Iran's judiciary says a prominent Iranian environmentalist in a Tehran prison killed himself because of the evidence against him in a spying case. Kavous Seyed-Emami, 63, a dual Canadian national, was arrested last month. His son said he did not believe he had taken his own life. And one of his colleagues said Iran's ...
France will continue to encourage its firms to do business in Iran in spite of objections raised by US President Donald Trump on the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, a senior French finance official said. France and other European countries have been looking to increase trade with Iran since Paris, Washington ...
The threat posed by Iran looms large for both countries, and they became convinced that Obama saw the Iranians as the solution to problems in the region and not, as they do, as the source of those problems. By contrast, Trump speaks bluntly about the threat that Iran poses to U.S. interests and allies in the ...
The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release human rights activists Atena Daemi, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and her husband Arash Sadeghi, Amnesty International said today, amid reports all three have begun a hunger strike to protest the unlawful transfer of Atena Daemi and ...
Center for a New American Security Senior Fellow Mira Rapp-Hooper has authored a first-rate take-down of the illogic of supposedly limited strikes (aka the " bloody nose " option) against North Korea at The Atlantic. Here are a few choice passages: Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now.
The two-week protest movement that rocked cities across Iran earlier this year has largely subsided, but the fallout from the government's harsh response has just begun. On Jan. 14, two activists, Saro Ghahremani and Ali Poladi, died in prison, reportedly from torture. By early February, the detainee death ...
At least three minors have been executed by hanging in Iran so far this year, rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. 18-year-old Amirhossein Pourjafa was hanged on 4 January in the northern town of Karaj for the alleged rape and murder of a three-year-old girl when he was 16.
JARED GENSER: Iran's decision, against the advice of its own doctors, to send Baquer Namazi back to Evin prison is a shocking development and is tantamount to a death sentence that will be imposed quickly. KELEMEN: And he's hoping the U.S. and the U.N. will do more to press for Namazi's release on ...
The United States says it is holding Iran responsible for the health of an 81-year-old Iranian-American man who was sent back to prison this week following a short medical leave. Baquer Namazi "remains in urgent need of sustained medical care, and the United States government holds Iran fully ...
The KRG came under a crippling economic blockade and political pressure following the September referendum, with KRG officials now trying to repair relations with Baghdad and neighboring countries -- including Iran, a key player with a long land border with the Kurdistan Region and enormous clout in ...
(Beirut) - Iran executed at least three child offenders across the country in January 2018, Human Rights Watch said. Iran should immediately and unconditionally end the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by children under age 18, and move toward a complete ban on capital punishment.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called on Turkey to stop its military operation in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, saying it will only result in more deaths on both sides. In a wide-ranging press conference on Tuesday, the Iranian leader said his government believes "a military foreign intervention ...
Mr. Namazi and one of his sons, Siamak, also a dual citizen of Iran and the United States, were convicted in October 2016 by an Iranian revolutionary court of collaborating with a hostile power -- meaning the United States -- after a closed trial. Their convictions and 10-year sentences were upheld last ...
A rise in tension between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in a row over military flights threatens U.S. strategic interests in the gulf and could benefit regional rival Iran to the dismay of Israel and Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi says Qatari air force jets intercepted two UAE civilian aircraft on commercial flights ...
Neatly defining President Trump's foreign policy has never been easy, characterized as it is by contradictory impulses, fragmentary ideas, and strains of paradox. However, on the two most arresting national security issues at the top of Trump's agenda--Iran and North Korea--his approach is plain: ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - An ailing Iranian-American dual national held in Tehran was returned to prison Tuesday after Iran's government refused to agree to an extended medical release, his family and attorney said. Iran's judiciary had allowed 81-year-old Baquer Namazi to leave Evin prison for a few days ...
For many observers, Iran emerged as the major winner of Middle East developments in 2017. They saw a "new superpower" in the region now securing military victories "outside its own borders." Although the dynamic in places like Syria, Qatar, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen may have turned in Tehran's favor, ...
Russia and Iran might undermine Afghanistan's central government by supporting the Taliban and other local forces, U.S. officials fear. "The Russian influence has not been welcome," Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, the second-highest ranking U.S. diplomat, told the Senate Foreign Relations ...



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