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The Islamic Republic of Iran today is a Shiite Islamic republic with a Sunni minority under a theocratic regime which is ruled by President Hassan Rouhani since 2013. Historically, it is home to some of the world's oldest civilizations including the Persian empire. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution Iran has become more and more conservative.

People gather to ask for justice for late Sarah Halimi on Trocadero plaza in front of the Eiffel Tow

Iran regime-backed Hezbollah builds stronghold in France - report

Investigative journalist Rachel Binhas reported the French government authorized the extradition of the Lebanese national Mazen al-Atat, who is alleged by the US to be an agent for Hezbollah.

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Iran moderate candidate: 'Positive coexistence' may pave way to US talks

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all matters of state, has repeatedly ruled out negotiations with the United States.

By REUTERS
15/06/2021

Nikki Haley warns Biden Iran policy 'death wish' to Israel

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spent Sunday touring rocket-tattered southern Israel and Monday in meetings with top Israeli officials.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

Khamenei set to tighten grip in Iran vote as frustrations grow

The front-runner in a carefully vetted field is Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge seen by analysts and insiders as representing the security establishment at its most fearsome.

By REUTERS
15/06/2021

Likely new Iranian president Raisi embraces possible nuke deal

A mark of his campaign has been Iranian self-resilience and the “resistance economy” having the ability to overcome American sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote during the presidential election in Tehran

Iran vote turnout poses test of youth frustrations and hopes

Iran will hold a presidential election on June 18, seen as a referendum on the Islamic Republic's handling of an array of political and economic crises.

By REUTERS
14/06/2021
Vigil held for Navid Afkari, a wrestler killed by the Iranian regime, in Toronto, Canada

Family of murdered Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari beaten and arrested

Navid’s brother, Saeed, tweeted “Two female officers beat my mother so that her head was hit on the asphalt. 20 people beat Navid, 5 people [beat] Elham."

'Intense' Iran nuclear talks resume as Germany calls for rapid progress

The sixth round of talks kicked off with a meeting of remaining parties to the deal - Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - in the basement of a luxury hotel.

By REUTERS
12/06/2021

Iran nuke talks back over weekend, but could drag into August

Iranian officials started to leak that they would like a deal by August, around when the country’s new president, who will be elected on June 18, actually takes office.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote during the presidential election in Tehran

Why Iranians won’t vote: Survey reveals massive political disenchantment

The combination of modern totalitarianism and Iran’s Islamic theocracy, with a supreme leader, cannot allow for more than a voting spectacle.

By REUTERS
10/06/2021
Former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot

Ex-IDF chief Eisenkot: Iran not existential threat, but nuke deal worrying

Rejects Netanyahu's framing of the severe threat posed by Iran as having the constant ability to destroy the Jewish state.

Ex-Mossad chief Tamir Pardo: Netanyahu broke policy with Iran, US

Netanyahu's non-strategy led to 60% nuke enrichment

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking at the State Department in Washington, earlier this mo

Blinken: 'We don't know if Iran is willing, able to comply with JCPOA'

"Even in the event of a return to compliance with the JCPOA, hundreds of sanctions will remain in place,” Blinken told lawmakers

Mossad director Joseph (Yossi) Cohen attends a cybersecurity conference at Tel Aviv University, Isra

Ex-Mossad chief Yossi Cohen: Will West go easy on Iran?

"Will we be pushovers to Iran? Will we let it support and carry out terror? Destroy embassies?”

Ali Akbar Mohtashamipur, co-founder of Hezbollah and IRGC.

Iran cleric who helped found IRGC, Hezbollah in Lebanon dies of COVID-19

The 74-year-old was considered a descendent of the Prophet Mohammed and helped found Hezbollah and the IRGC, and lost his hand in an attempted assassination by Israel.

08/06/2021

Iran weighs using Palestinians against Israel again

Whether it is Sheikh Jarrah or a planned march in Jerusalem, now called off, or other “threats,” there is always an excuse to stoke war plans.

Blinken: Iran not close to returning to 2015 nuke compliance

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Iran has not given indications that it’s willing to return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.

A man holds up a sign as he and several thousand other protestors demonstrate during a rally

Sticking points in the Iran nuclear deal - analysis

The US and Iran both want a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. So, what is preventing the deal from being signed?

What role will Hezbollah play in Lebanon’s future government?

Iran is taking an interest in seeing its ally Hezbollah receive more power.

Fire at Zarand Iranian Steel Company, June 6, 2021

Blast at Iranian steel plant, latest in series of incidents

A local official told Iranian media that no injuries were caused in the incident and that the fire was under control.

06/06/2021
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

Iran leader says some rejected vote candidates were 'wronged'

"Some candidates were wronged. They were accused of untrue things that were unfortunately spread throughout the internet too," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

By REUTERS
04/06/2021

Iran: Huge fire reported in oil refinery in Tehran

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said all operations had been suspended at the facility, known as the Tondguyan refinery, as firefighters tried to contain the blaze.

03/06/2021

Disaster for Iran as its largest naval ship sinks

It is not clear if the fire was accidental, but tensions have loomed over the region for the last year amid reports of various attacks on vessels of Iran and Israel.

Gantz slams Netanyahu over threat that Israel will ignore US on Iran

Gantz, who heads to the Pentagon this week, urged the prime minister to keep disagreements behind closed doors.

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Concerns mount about young Iranian rapper jailed for singing

“I can’t breathe” said the rapper who is being compared to George Floyd

How did Iran target a secret CIA site in Iraq?

As US and Iranian drones dueling in Iraq, is there a new drone world order developing in the Middle East?

Iran praises Hamas for missile barrages, commemorates key missile maker

Although Hejazi reportedly died of a heart condition, IRGC Quds Force head praises him as “martyr” who helped develop missile tech against Israel.

A crew member raises the Iranian flag on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1

Iranian tanker seized in Indonesia is released - Iranian media

Jakarta said that its coast guard had seized the MT Horse vessel over the suspected illegal transfer of oil in the country's waters.

By REUTERS
29/05/2021

Israel pleased with US support with Gaza, worried about Iran talks

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: The US really did stand up for Israel during Operation Guardian of the Walls, but an entirely different story is taking place with Iran in Vienna.

IAEA chief: Iran nuke ‘genie cannot be put back in bottle’

Warns breaking 60% enrichment line can't be undone

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Iran official: No stronger, longer deal with US

There are no plans to talk to the United States beyond the JCPOA

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

Khamenei wants new deal to wait until after June 18 election - Analysis

Tehran has returned to its earliest position that the US must make all concessions in lifting sanctions first, with it only ceasing nuclear violations afterward.

Iran okays 7 candidates for presidential election, nixes non-hardliners

INSS Iran expert: Way paved for Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi to be the next president.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gute

Iran official upbeat over nuclear talks, top delegate cautious

"Today we will start the negotiations again and we hope that during the few days of talks, God willing, we will be able to reach the final solutions."

By REUTERS
25/05/2021
Fire at a petrochemical plant in the Shokuhieh Industrial Town in the Qom Province of Iran

Iran: Large fire reported at oil refinery, day after drone factory blast

The refinery was inaugurated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani just a few months ago, with an expectation of generating about $1 billion in revenue for Iran.

25/05/2021

Iran agrees to inspections extension with IAEA until June 24

The US, Iran and the world powers have had five rounds of negotiations in Vienna in recent months to try to resolve the nuclear standoff.

Iran's then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he leaves a news conference in Istanbul, Turke

Ahmadinejad wants to run for president of Iran, again

The former president is remembered fondly by some Iranians for his populism and for offering loan programs. He was often portrayed as a modest 'Mr. Clean' but this is disputed by others.

IAEA announcement on Iran inspections status delayed due to mixed signals

The way that the different statements were made public in an uncoordinated fashion seemed to indicate some real substantive differences between the various Iranian officials.

Iran unveils new missiles, ‘Gaza’ drones - analysis

This new drone can achieve new heights with 35 hours of flight time and a range of 2,000 km., and can also carry bombs and hundreds of kilos of payloads.

Israel shot down armed Iranian drone near border with Jordan - Netanyahu

Downing happened on sidelines of Gaza fighting. “I think that says everything about the real patron of terror in the Middle East and the world – Iran.”

Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir

Iran grows new, loyal elite from among Iraqi militias in tactical shift

The new covert groups were trained last year in drone warfare, surveillance and online propaganda and answer directly to officers in Iran's IRGC Quds Force.

By REUTERS
21/05/2021

Rouhani: West agrees to lift all sanctions on Iran

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi stressed that some key issues still have not been resolved.

20/05/2021
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Iran nuclear deal negotiations move forward - negotiator

Deal could be reached as soon as next week, or at least before Iran's June 18 presidential elections.

Iran’s hand seen in Hamas drone threat against Israel - analysis

Why do drone threats matter? Because drones can carry warheads and also move slowly and may be able to maneuver.

Increase of Hamas and pro-Iran regime members in Berlin - German intel

“Iranian cyber actors are also trying to gain access to protected information in Germany"

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran, Ira

Iran's election ‘competition for who is most sycophant’ - expert

Hardliner Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi may be frontrunner in the race to elect the next president of Iran.

Is massive Hamas attack on Israel the assault Iran warned of? - analysis

Iran’s IRGC head Hossein Salami warned last week that Israel was vulnerable to one large tactical operation because the country is so small.

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Iran’s June 18 presidential election race kicks off

To date there is no clear candidate from the reformist camp, and anyone too popular might be disqualified by Iran’s Guardian Council.

11/05/2021
Iranians burn an Israeli flag during a rally marking the annual Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, in Tehra

Iranian man ironically catches fire while burning an Israeli flag - Watch

A video shows the man lifting a burning Israeli flag and attempting to wave it, before a sudden burst of wind causes the fire to quickly spread down the pole and to his clothes.

IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY Guards Corps commander Qassem Soleimani uses a walkie-talkie

Israel helped US track Qasem Soleimani using cell phone - report

"The Israelis, who had access to Soleimani’s numbers, passed them off to the Americans, who traced Soleimani and his current phone to Baghdad."

Fire at shipyard in Bushehr, Iran, July 15, 2020

Massive fire breaks out near Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant - Watch

The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to Iranian media reports.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech in Tehran, Iran March 11, 2

Does the US want a nuclear deal sooner than Iran? - analysis

Does Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei want to see the outcome of June's presidential election before agreeing to a new nuclear deal?

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Iran ‘conceals illegal activities’ for WMD tech - German intel

The report said Iran’s regime can use “Detour deliveries over ‘third states’ in order not to identify the final buyer” and “the use and misuse of inexperienced freight deliverers and transporters."

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's Khamenei says fight against Israel is a public duty

Khamenei was speaking on Iran's annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, held on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

By REUTERS
07/05/2021

Iran deal results and future - opinion

The JCPOA was a bad deal that worked pretty well. Canceling it, in contrast, led Iran to multiply its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons or force concessions from the US.

By MARK LAVIE/THEMEDIALINE
06/05/2021

Death of diplomat in Iran feeds gossip and conspiracies - analysis

When high profile people or those involved in sensitive work fall out a window, it is naturally considered suspicious.

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Dutch intel proves Iran sought weapons of mass destruction tech in 2020

The findings from the three European intelligence agencies in 2021 contradict Khamenei’s claims and are likely to fuel a new debate about rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.

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Mixed messages on Iran-US deals and 'prisoners' - analysis

It would appear rumors about a rapid return to a deal and US appeasement of Iran’s regime may not be on the cards as quickly as some have predicted.

Iran seeks tech in Sweden for nuclear weapons - Swedish intel. report

Iran, China and Russia are the biggest security threats to Sweden

Police stand outside a hotel where a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan

Israel and the US are learning to manage JCPOA disagreements - analysis

According to the Israeli official, the Israeli delegation told the US delegation that there is no point negotiating specific details at this moment of the “longer and stronger” deal

Israel's warplanes can reach Iran, minister warns amid nuclear talks

Reiterating Israel's position that it does not consider itself bound by the diplomacy, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said: "A bad deal will send the region spiraling into war."

By REUTERS
29/04/2021
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference after meeting with Norway's Fore

Iran bans 15 people from traveling over Zarif leak, official resigns

The recording, shedding a rare light on ties between the government and the elite Guards, has angered hardliners in Iran, who called the leak "an espionage act."

By REUTERS
29/04/2021

How Israel and the US are taking Iran’s drone threat seriously - analysis

The decision to try to counter UAVs or drones has been in the works for years. Back in 2018 Congress first authorized a cooperative US-Israeli Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) Program

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Iran still seeks mass destruction weapons - German intelligence report

'Additional focus of Iran’s intelligence is the observation of and fight against opposition groups domestically and abroad.'

John Kerry, the latest victim of Zarif’s big mouth - Analysis

It seems ridiculous that Zarif was unaware of the widely reported alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria, begging the question why he's claiming he didn't know.

US dead set on Iran deal, but ‘long way to go’ - analysis

Joe Biden appears to be unfazed by the Natanz incident, Iran's 60% uranium enrichment and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's claim that John Kerry leaked info to him.

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Middle East peace at the Department of State in

Give John Kerry a break this time – Zarif is the problem - analysis

There are real reasons to criticize Kerry, such as failing to predict the Abraham Accords and backing the Iran deal, but he probably doesn’t deserve the wrath he’s attracting over this Zarif quote.

Israel won't heed any deal that doesn't halt Iranian threats, Erdan says

Erdan's words came as talks to revive the 2015 Iranian deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program advance.

Disagreements between Iran and the US persist after recent nuclear talks

Negotiations between Tehran and Washington are still far from a conclusion after the latest round of nuclear talks in Vienna, according to a senior American official.

22/04/2021
Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting coronavirus, as they walk in the street i

Iran, oppressor of rights, elected to UN Commission on Status of Women

Iran was elected to the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, an organization that works to be the global champion for gender equality.

22/04/2021

Iran installed more advanced centrifuges at Natanz - IAEA

The report is the latest evidence that Iran is pressing ahead with the installation of advanced machines.

By REUTERS
22/04/2021

Erdan to ‘Post’: We’re working with US on next steps on Iran

A high-level delegation of Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi, Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat will arrive with senior IDF officers in Washington.

VIEW OF a damaged building after a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility, in Isfahan on J

Ex-Mossad chief Pardo has no criticism of hit on Iran's Natanz

Pardo suggested Israel support the two-phase approach of the Biden administration – especially the second phase of lengthening and strengthening the JCPOA.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gute

Rouhani says return to Iran deal could come ‘in a short time’

“If Americans act within the framework of honesty, we will achieve results in a short time.”

Interim Iran nuclear deal could be ready before May 21 - analysis

All the messaging from Iran, US, Russian and China indicate that an interim deal for the new Iran nuclear deal is near completion.

Iranian missiles are seen at a new "missile city" of Iran's Revolutionary Guards naval unit at an un

Iran’s missiles, drone arsenal a growing 'destabilizing threat' - report

Its missile arsenal was designed to be an asymmetric kind of threat because Iran has a weak conventional army and weak air force.

‘Iran’s economy is closer than ever to collapse,’ says expert

Tehran must compromise in Vienna negotiations or face economic danger.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE
20/04/2021

Why would Israel say US is getting outplayed by Iran? - analysis

Before looking for whom the message was intended, it is worth looking first at who was not likely the targeted audience: US President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

19/04/2021
Drone displayed in Army Day parade in Iran, April 18, 2021

Iran shows off dozens of drones in military parade

The Islamic Republic has improved the range and guidance on its drones.

Iranian-backed units may have targeted Turkish base in Iraq

In December, Turkish forces at Bashiqa were wounded in an ISIS attack.

Did Iran order a drone attack on the US in Iraq?

A day before the attack, a shadowy group told Sabereen news that it had targeted “Mossad” in northern Iraq.

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits southern Iran, no casualties reported - TV

Electricity and landline telephone and internet in Gonaveh city had been cut off "and people are taking to the streets for fear of earthquakes", semi-official news agency Tasnim reported.

By REUTERS
18/04/2021

Saudi and Iranian officials held talks to patch up relations - FT

Iraq's prime minister visited Saudi Arabia late last month.

By REUTERS
18/04/2021

Natanz nuclear site blast: Iranian State TV identifies man behind attack

"Reza Karimi, the perpetrator of this sabotage... has been identified" • suspect fled the country before the attack

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U

Biden says Iranian enrichment to 60% unhelpful, but glad about talks

"We do not support and do not think it's at all helpful that Iran is saying it's going to move to enrich to 60 percent," Biden told reporters in Washington.

By REUTERS
17/04/2021

Debunking revisionism about Iran's last Shah

Unpacking the Shah’s modernization, his despotism, and US-Iran relations

UAE official says US in driver's seat for stronger Iran deal

"You [US] are essentially in the driver's seat to get to a point to where we can address what I believe were shortcomings in JCPOA."

By REUTERS
15/04/2021
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran

Iranian official admits Israel swiped nuclear archive

Iran needs to revamp its security, says the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council who reports directly to the supreme leader.

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Iran, world powers resume nuclear talks amid enrichment, Natanz attack

"We will have to see how in the coming days we address these violations with the will to press ahead in the talks."

By REUTERS
15/04/2021

Iran has 'almost completed preparations' to enrich uranium to 60% -IAEA

Iran's nuclear deal with major powers only lets Tehran enrich uranium to up to 3.67% purity, one of many limits that it breached more than a year ago.

By REUTERS
14/04/2021

Iran censors soccer match over 100 times due to woman referee

Exclusive: Reaction from prisoners in Tehran to execution of wrestler Navid Afkari

Iran has begun 60% uranium enrichment - chief nuclear negotiator

Araqchi also announced that Iran will introduce 1,000 more centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility.

Iran: Grandson of first supreme leader drops presidential bid

This was reportedly at the request of current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

13/04/2021

Day 3 after Natanz: Iran reiterates 'right' to retaliate

This “reserves the right” story about retaliation appears to be a dialing back of Iran’s claims it would retaliate.

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