Iran

Iran decries ‘cowardly attack’ on oil tanker

DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian government spokesman on Saturday described as a “cowardly attack” an incident that Iranian media have called the apparent targeting by missiles of an Iranian-owned oil tanker, and said Iran would respond after the facts had been studied. The tanker Sabiti was hit in Red Sea waters off Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian media have reported, ...

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Iran’s Mad Max Navy Could Give Donald Trump a Giant Headache in a War

Key point: In terms of ‘civilian boats,’ the IRGCN musters hundreds of fast-in-short boats are on the pattern of the open-cabin ‘Boston Whaler’ motorboat, typically fitted with unguided rocket launchers, rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and recoilless rifles. On May 16, 2019, U.S. officials cited reports that Iran had installed missiles on civilian motorboats in the Persian Gulf as a justification for ...

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It’s Time to Talk to Iran

With tensions rising in the Middle East and Iran suffering under sanctions, this may be the last best opportunity to walk back from the brink. This month, six years ago, we were in the midst of secret talks with Iran that led to the comprehensive nuclear agreement. It was a moment when diplomacy carried considerable risk, and considerable promise. Today, ...

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What Trump’s “Baffling Decision” Means For The Saudi-Iran Crisis

The attack on an Iranian oil tanker last week reignited tensions between Tehran and Riyadh. Iran and Saudi Arabia had seemingly pulled back from the brink of war last month, and tensions were on the wane as the U.S. and Saudi Arabia showed no appetite for military conflict following last month’s attack on Abqaiq. But on October 11, an Iranian ...

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Iran-backed Militia Says It Downed Surveillance Drone in Iraq

Popular Mobilization Forces intercepted a drone in Iraq’s Diyala Province using anti-aircraft missiles, Al Manar reportedA prominent Iran-backed militia in Iraq said Wednesday it intercepted a surveillance drone east of Baghdad. According to a statement by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the drone had been collecting intelligence to prepare for an attack against military targets in the area.Arab media, including ...

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Iran Closes Border Crossing With Iraq Citing ‘Backlog’ Of Export Goods

The Iranian Customs Administration closed Soumar border crossing in Western Iran on Tuesday May 21, bringing export of Iranian goods to Iraq to a halt, Mehr news agency reported. A statement issued by the Iranian Customs Administration orders transportation companies “To stop sending export goods to the Soumar border until further notice.” The Iranian Customs Administration has issued the statement ...

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Iran’s network of fighters in the Middle East aren’t always loyal to Iran

With tensions mounting between the Trump administration and Iran, national security adviser John Bolton put Iran — and Iran’s nonstate partners, the regime’s preferred foreign policy tool — on notice. As the United States and its regional partners scramble to determine what happened to four tankers and two Saudi Aramco oil pumping stations — all allegedly attacked by Iranian forces ...

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Riyadh and Tehran ‘fight for influence’ in Lebanon

Iran’s foreign minister has promised business deals to Lebanon, while some in Beirut are anticipating aid from Riyadh on the back of a forthcoming visit from a Saudi delegation. Two weeks after Beirut announced the formation of a government following an eight month impasse, the Middle East’s major regional rivalry is playing out in the Levant. Adviser to the Saudi ...

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IRGC busts terror outfit, kills three terrorists near Iraq border

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has smashed a terror outfit and killed three terrorists in the west of the country near the border with Iraq. In a statement on Saturday, the Najaf Ashraf Base of the IRGC Ground Forces said it had identified and completely destroyed a “counter-revolutionary terrorist group” that planned to carry out acts of sabotage and ...

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Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal

The world should stand up to Washington’s bullying behavior, Iran’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday by state media in a letter to counterparts, as the top diplomat intensifies efforts to save a nuclear deal after a U.S. exit. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out last month from the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers that lifted ...

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