Category Archives: Iran

Iran to sanction 15 US companies for Israel ties

Iran will impose sanctions on 15 US companies for their support for Israel and its “terrorist actions”, state news agency IRNA said Sunday. The decision, which is largely symbolic because the firms do not do business with Iran, comes two

Iranian militias support Assad in Damascus battle

The official website of Harakat al Nujaba militia has published pictures showing the presence of its elements in the vicinity of Damascus, to support the head of the Syrian regime Bashar al Assad in his war against the Syrian opposition,

US senators set bipartisan bill to tighten sanctions on Iran

Iran would face tighter US sanctions over its ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill introduced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of US senators including senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill, which

India tries to fix Iran trade payments as Trump hardens line

India is exploring setting up a new payments mechanism for trade with Iran, after its old sanctions workaround broke down, as state banks remain fearful of handling payments from Tehran in case the US imposes a fresh financial embargo. President

Iran smuggling hi-tech weapons to Houthi militia

In recent months, Iran has increased its role in the war in Yemen, according to regional and Western sources, by sending hi- tech weapons and military advisers to the Houthi militias. A senior Iranian official revealed that Qassim Soleimani, Commander

Iran challenges need to ship out excess material under nuclear deal

Iran has challenged the need for it to ship sensitive material abroad if its stock exceeds a limit set by its nuclear deal with major powers. The challenge raises the prospect of a confrontation with the new US administration of

Iran: Rafsanjani’s daughter imprisoned for criticizing the regime

Faezah Rafsanjani

The daughter of kbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president, has been jailed for six months for “propaganda against the regime,” local media sources said. According to Iranian reformist website Kalma, Faezah Rafsanjani was put on trial on charges of anti-regime

Iranian pilgrims will participate in the Hajj season of this year

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umra and the Pilgrimage Organization of Iran completed all the necessary arrangements for the participation of Iranian pilgrims in the Hajj season of 2017 (1438AH), according to the approved procedures with various Islamic countries.

Iran sends destroyer and warship to the Gulf of Aden

In a provocative move, Iran announced sending the “45 Group” of the Iranian Naval Force, which consists of a ship and a destroyer to the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab. The tension caused by the continued friction between the

US-Iranian, wife, charged over Tehran parties

A jailed US-Iranian and his wife have been formally charged with hosting parties in Tehran, while another couple were given the death penalty for running a ‘‘cult’’, the Tehran prosecutor said Monday. No names were given, but the dual national

Pakistan says Iran has fired nine mortar rounds into its territory

Nine mortar shells were fired onto Pakistani territory during the early hours of Saturday, Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported. The shells landed near populated areas, however, there were no reports of injuries or fatalities reported. According to Assistant Commissioner Mehrullah Badini,

Pentagon: Iran is the biggest security threat to the region’s stability

US CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel, asserted that Iran poses the greatest security threat in the whole Middle East. Votel told the Senate Armed Committee Thursday that Iran seeks to be the regional hegemon, pointing out to its clout

Houthi militia coercively recruit senior civil servants

The Houthi militia have recently instigated a coercing intellectual awareness campaign to recruit high profile civil servants to join the warring militants backed by Iran, well-informed sources in Sana’a revealed to Al Arabiya. Applicants who are enrolled in the covert

Iran successfully tests naval missile: reports

Iran has successfully test-fired a naval missile which hit its target 250 kilometers away, local news agencies reported Thursday. “We have this week tested the Hormuz-2 missile,” the Fars and Tasnim agencies quoted the commander of the air wing of

Iran’s presence in Syria blocks peace deal, Netanyahu tells Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday there could never be peace in Syria as long as there was an Iranian presence there. “We discussed at length the matter of Iran, its objectives

Iran’s foreign minister visits Qatar, meets ruler

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Qatar on Wednesday for talks with his Qatari counterpart and the Gulf Arab country’s ruler, Tasnim news agency reported. Iranian President Hassan Rowhani visited Kuwait and Oman last month, signaling that the Islamic

Iran accuses US of stirring tensions in Gulf

A senior official in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday accused the United States of provoking tensions after two separate incidents in the Gulf last week. “A US Navy ship crossing the Strait of Hormuz changed its international route and

Asiri: Iran is behind terrorism, instability in Middle East

Arab coalition spokesman Ahmed Asiri says Iran is the reason behind terrorism and instability in the Middle East. During a seminar organized by the Saudi embassy in Norway, Asiri called on Iran to admit that it supports and funds the

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