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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.

Demonstrators attend an 'al-Quds Day' protest rally in Berlin, Germany, July 11, 2015
Rise in violent Iranian regime supporters in Berlin - Intel report

Middle East Forum Berlin urges ban of "antisemitic" al-Quds rally.

Members of the medical team spray disinfectant to sanitize indoor place of Imam Reza's holy shrine,
Iran to reopen religious, cultural sites for Eid al-Fitr - president

Rouhani said last week that the shrines would open for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
A banner hangs on a bridge on Palestine street showing pictures of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah A
Iraqi protesters tear down Iranian 'Quds Day' posters - report

The posters included images of Iranian leaders and pro-Iranian groups, including Hezbollah and its leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
Wiesenthal to Germany, Austria: Recall ambassadors to protest Iran

"They should explicitly denounce this religious Nazi in Tehran and recall ambassadors for his genocidal threat to Jewish people."

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
German government condemns Iran’s call to 'destroy Israel'

The government has largely refused to criticize the regime over the years for its lethal antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

A poster Khamenei's office published on his website for Quds day
Iran’s threats against Israel - unprecedented in international community

The avalanche of threats is portrayed as common and usual • Rouhani: Palestinian people must “resist” until they are “liberated”; Iranian armed forces head: Israel will be defeated.

Iranian journalism, Nada Amin, who received asylum in Israel, organized a demonstration in support o
Thousands of Iranians ask Israel for asylum, help

“There are lots of Iranians in Iran and in the Diaspora that support Israel, reject the regime and want to see a different future between the two countries”: Foreign Ministry Digital Diplomacy head.

Iran’s supreme leader releases anti-Israel 'final solution' poster

The picture shows a conquered Jerusalem with photos of the late Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani.

People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat
Israel reportedly linked to cyberattack on Iranian port - Washington Post

A foreign government security official said the attack was "highly accurate" and the damage to the Iranian port was more serious than described in official Iranian accounts, the Post reported.

19/05/2020
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, May 14, 2019
Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria - Iran's Supreme Leader

Khamenei said Americans' actions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria had led to them being hated, according to a transcript of a speech to students published on his website.

By REUTERS
17/05/2020
Damage is seen on Iranian-owned Sabiti oil tanker sailing in the Red Sea, Oct. 2019
Iran summons amb. over possible US measures against Venezuela shipment

A senior official in the Trump administration told Reuters on Thursday the United States was considering measures it could take in response to Iran’s shipment of fuel to crisis-stricken Venezuela.

By REUTERS
17/05/2020
An Iranian Officer of Revolutionary Guards with Israel flag drawn on his boots
Iran media: Israel 'cancerous' and a 'virus' after burning of Esther tomb

The regime's media has now adopted so many conspiracies about Israel and Jews that it doesn’t know which one to believe.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 4, 2020
Are Iran’s Afghan ‘cannon fodder’ in Syrian corridor to confront US?

Iran’s role in Syria was mentioned by the US State Department as part of discussions between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to Israel.

Iran sentences French academic to six years in prison

Iran has rejected France’s call to release Adelkhah, a 60-year-old anthropologist who has been detained since June 2019, saying the demand is an interference in Tehran’s internal affairs.

By REUTERS
16/05/2020
The UN Security Council
US envoy to return UN sanctions on Iran if arms embargo not extended

US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, confirmed the strategy two weeks after a US official, speaking on condition anonymity, said the United States had told Britain, France and Germany of its plan.

By REUTERS
14/05/2020
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Thursday any U.S. or Saudi military strike against Iran
Why the Iran-US standoff is going to get worse - analysis

Iran, however beat-up, is not tired or willing to change its goals, but is happy to fight and suffer – as long as it makes its adversaries to suffer also.

ranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting, as the spread of the coronavirus
Coronavirus: Iran locks down southwest county after spike in cases

Schools will open next week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, according to the official presidency website.

By REUTERS
10/05/2020
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech on the occasion of the Iran
COVID-19, hostages, drowning: Iranian regime criminality may be increasing

Iran's human rights violations and the regime’s criminal actions are often ignored or wrapped up in larger discussions about its other behavior.

A supporter of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah carries pictures of the late Iran'
Iran praises Palestinian PFLP for commemorating Soleimani on Quds Day

Recent praise and PFLP work with Tehran in Lebanon may point to increased Iranian support for the group.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the St
Letter urges Pompeo to pursue diplomacy in extending Iran arms embargo

The letter has so far garnered 384 signatures in the 435-member House and warns of “disastrous consequences” if a UN embargo is allowed to expire in October

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/05/2020
Iranians burn an effigy in the likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest marking the
Iran weighs holding its anti-Israel 'Quds Day' amid pandemic

Last year’s Quds (Jerusalem) Day,which is centered on the “liberation” of Jerusalem from the “Zionists,” featured posters and propaganda promising death to Israel.

The UN Security Council
US hopeful UN Security Council will extend arms embargo on Iran

Washington has shared the strategy and an arms embargo draft with Britain, France and Germany, the US official confirmed.

By REUTERS
01/05/2020
plane crash at the Boryspil… REUTERS 19/01/2020 12:16 IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag
Iran is the 'world’s chief trafficker in antisemitism,' says US monitor

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s antisemitic targeting its tiny Jewish population, Israel, Christians and Jews in the Diaspora, was cited in the report.

An Iranian Shahed 171 drone dropping a bomb as part of a military exercise in the Gulf, in Iran
Inside the Iranian IRGC’s secretive drone unit

The head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gave a candid and long interview about Iran’s new success with drone technology over the weekend.

An Iranian Officer of Revolutionary Guards with Israel flag drawn on his boots
How has coronavirus changed the Iranian threat to Israel?

Will the fact that Iran has been hit so hard in the coronavirus crisis, and the economic aftershocks that go with it, change the nature of its threat to Israel?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Rouhani says Iran would 'never' initiate a regional conflict with the US

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had instructed the US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea.

By REUTERS
25/04/2020
An SH-60 Sea Hawk flies over the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Boxer during a vertical reple
Trump to US Navy: Destroy Iranian ships if they harass us at sea

Tensions between Iran and the United States increased earlier this year after the United States killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in a drone strike in Iraq.

By REUTERS
22/04/2020
Iran executes Kurdish prisoner who escaped to avoid coronavirus

The Kurdish news outlet Rudaw reported on Tuesday that “Shayan Saeedpour was among 74 inmates who escaped Saqqez prison in Iran’s Kurdistan province on March 27 after clashing with the guards.”

Why is Iran bragging about 'replicating' an Israeli missile?

Why would a country that prides itself on its indigenous missile technology also claim to be copying its most hated enemy, the “Zionist regime?”

Ex-Mossad official: Iran nuke submarine idea cover for uranium enrichment

To date, Iran has violated the 2015 nuclear deal limits on uranium enrichment, but has not enriched above the 5% level.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For
Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif in Syria to meet with Assad

The one-day visit comes days after alleged Israeli drone strike.

Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as
Iran extends prisoner furloughs, closure of holy sites amid coronavirus

Iran's reported temporary release of 100,000 prisoners since February - including prisoners of conscience and dual and foreign nationals - was welcomed by the United Nations on Friday as a good step.

By REUTERS
19/04/2020
Iran reporting over 5,000 deaths, over 80,000 cases of COVID-19

A parliamentary report released earlier this week said the coronavirus death toll might be almost double the figure announced by the health ministry, and the number of infections 8 to 10 times higher

By REUTERS
18/04/2020
Iranian versions of the American RQ-170 drone which were used in a military exercise in the Gulf in
Iran shows off drones that can reach Israel, threat increases

It is a message to Israel, the US and allies: We can reach you.

A military vehicle carrying Iranian Zoobin smart bomb (L) and Sagheb missile under pictures of Iran'
Iran parades medical supplies, not missiles, on Army Day

"Due to health and social protocols, it is not possible to hold a parade of soldiers ... The enemy now is hidden and doctors and nurses are at the frontlines of the battlefield."

By REUTERS
17/04/2020
A man wearing a protective face mask, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sits
Father of son murdered by Iran: Sanctions-lift will aid regime, not people

"They will spend the money in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Palestine. They will not spend it on Iranians,”

U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar provinc
US moves new missile defense systems to Ain Al-Assad airbase in Iraq

Patriot missiles and 2 other short-range defense systems have been put in place at Ain Al-Assad Airbase, which was hit as a retaliation for the killing of IRGC Commander Qasem Soleimani in January.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
11/04/2020
FILE PHOTO: Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran December
Iran defies EU, declaring continued nuclear uranium enrichment

US State Department accuses Tehran of "nuclear extortion"

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 4, 2020
Coronavirus: Iran's Rouhani slams the US for 'medical terrorism'

US officials have said that the sanctions do not target medicine for Iran and Washington had offered to help Tehran face the outbreak. Iran has dismissed the offer as ridiculous.

By REUTERS
08/04/2020
Coronavirus: Iran approves tapping sovereign wealth fund to fight COVID-19

Iran is the Middle Eastern country worst-affected so far by the coronavirus, with 3,739 deaths and 60,500 people infected as of Monday, official data showed.

By REUTERS
06/04/2020
Iran’s virus deaths soar over 10,000 as regime deceives public - report

The mass deception involved directives to issue fake death certificates. “The cover up by the mullahs is not only a health risk for the Iranians, but also for other countries."

Basij volunteer sprays disinfectant as he sanitizes bus station, amid coronavirus fears in Iran
Iranian official calls for probe into US role in creation of coronavirus

'The US has been always [been] accused of having a role, either intentionally or accidentally, in the biological events, like the (outbreak of) Ebola'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting coronavirus, as they walk in the street i
Iranian dissidents oppose IMF loan to Tehran’s rulers

The clerical regime has sufficient funds to combat coronavirus, says group.

ranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting, as the spread of the coronavirus
US expert: HRW report against Iran sanctions not ‘credible’

HRW tells Post it stands by report cited by sympathizers of Iran's regime

Rouhani: US sanctions not impeding fight against coronavirus

Iran’s president statements contradict Zarif.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 4, 2020
US believes Iran 'directly involved' in killing dissident in Turkey

The United States had not previously disclosed its assessment on who might have been behind the incident.

By REUTERS
02/04/2020
German health minister stops flights from Iran due to lack of transparency

The "Post" reported in March that German airports and authorities defied an announcement from Transportation Minister Andreas Scheuer to bar flights from Iran.

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran
If US eases sanctions on Iran, how much quicker could it produce a nuke?

The coronavirus crisis could be an opportunity for Trump to cite unique and changed circumstances to show flexibility and claim that he did not blink in the two-year game of chicken with Iran.

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Ira
Iran is ramping up threats to US in Iraq - analysis

What appears to be going on in Iraq is some jockeying for position before the war. This is like the so-called Phoney War that preceded the invasion of France in April 1940.

Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as
Iran has nearly 67,000 people with coronavirus symptoms – report

Islamic Republic is epicenter of the virus outbreak in the Middle East

Saint Sarkis Cathedral and a building with a mural of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Iran refuses to release Christian prisoners despite coronavirus outbreak

"According to Islamic law, it is a crime to turn from Islam. The regime has always made an example of its Christian convert detainees to serve as a warning to others."

A cleric man wears a protective mask amid concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, at Najaf
Iran's regime deceived public about lack of coronavirus kits – report

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani failed to act against virus

Iraqi pro-Iran cleric calls to expel envoys over LGBTQ support

The Iraq-based Al-Khalisi, who subscribes to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s radical anti-Western "Guardianship of the Jurists" system, called the US and the UK "aggressors."

Iranian people wear protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran February
Iran’s regime pushes antisemitic conspiracies about coronavirus

Iran’s regime requires a foreign enemy to distract its citizens from its failure to confront the virus last month.

plane crash at the Boryspil… REUTERS 19/01/2020 12:16 IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag
Homosexuals in Iran are having sex reassignment surgery to avoid execution

According to reports within Iran, the country has around 4,000 sex reassignment surgeries every year, in an attempt to purge homosexuality from the Islamic Republic.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/03/2020
Samburu men attempt to fend-off a swarm of desert locusts flying over a grazing land in Kenya, 2020
Iran afflicted by large swarms of desert locusts, amid coronavirus woes

'The density of locusts in the swarms is so high that a 10 to 15-centimeter layer of dead locusts forms on the ground after spraying pesticides.'

05/03/2020
Members of the medical team spray disinfectant to sanitize indoor place of Imam Reza's holy shrine,
Iranian top official dies of coronavirus

66 people have died from coronavirus in Iran and over 1,500 have been infected.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/03/2020
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his vote at a polling station during parliamentar
Iran hard-liners win election, but with record low-turnout of 42.57%

Experts: Regime trying to prepare for more years of Trump.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting with
Iran blacklisted by 200 member nations of Financial Action Task Force

Until this decision, the only other country blacklisted on the task force was North Korea.

WOMEN HOLD pictures of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession and burial at h
Iran's IRGC: Killing of Soleimani will lead to liberation of Jerusalem

"The cowardly and craven assassination of commander Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by the Americans will lead to the liberation of Jerusalem, by the grace of God."

By REUTERS
13/02/2020
Iran alleges bomb attack targeted US forces in Iraq

The report notes that the explosion was directed at a vehicle carrying US military and security equipment near Al-Adawiniya south of Baghdad.

A model of Simorgh satellite-carrier rocket during a ceremony in Tehran, Feb. 2016
Why Iran’s satellite launch failure still threatens Israel, US - analysis

Despite the failure of the Zafar satellite to reach orbit, Sunday's launch shows the Iranians are getting closer.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes ambassador of Iran to Germany Mahmoud Farazandeh,
German president mistakenly congratulates Iran's regime for its revolution

The office of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced it would not send the Iranian regime a congratulatory email on the anniversary of the revolution - then accidentally sent it anyway.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
Iranian youths praise Khamenei, singing about Israel's end

"Israel is facing its end," "Death to America!" and you will hear "the glad tidings of the death of the government of Saudi Arabia,” they sang.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/02/2020
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
The fall of Qasem Soleimani and the Mahdi Doctrine

This messianic creed is the raison d’être for the Islamic Republic of Iran according to its founders and leaders.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Rouhani threatened to quit if Iran did not admit to downing Ukrainian jet

After finding out that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tried to cover up the downing of the Ukrainian plane, Rouhani gave an ultimatum, come clean or walk.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
FILE PHOTO: Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran December
Iran has passed low uranium enrichment threshold for a nuke - Iran official

Actual nuke still requires decision to weaponize, deliver

U.S. says 34 troops diagnosed with brain injury after Iran strike

Hoffman said the military had seen symptoms like headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and nausea.

By REUTERS
25/01/2020
Residents of Qom, Iran meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei after US assassination of Qasem Soleimani
Iranian commander gunned down in front of his own home

Abdolhossein Mojaddami was gunned down by two gunmen on a motorcycle.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Ex-Mossad official: Iran likely to ignore EU pressure for new ‘Trump deal’

Shine said the chances of rehabilitating the nuclear deal or of a new negotiation toward a modified “Trump deal” were “medium to low.”

Iran’s regime straining to cope with Soleimani’s absence

The new head of the IRGC Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, eulogized Soleimani over the weekend. “Our enemies do not understand a language other than force so we must stand firm against them.”

US sanctions Iranian commander for shooting protesters

The U.S. State Department has said previously it had received videos of the Revolutionary Guards opening fire without warning on protesters in Mahshahr county in southwest Iran.

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
U.S. President Trump speaks with Congressional Republicans at the White House in Washington
Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani's last minutes before death

"No emotion. 'Two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They're in the car, they're in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. Thirty seconds. Ten, 9, 8 ...'"

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
Iran banned from hosting international soccer matches

The Asian Football Confederation sent a letter to the Iranian Football Federation on Friday announcing the ban, but the IFF has yet to specify their reasons for receiving it.

Iran denies decision to send Ukraine airliner black box to Ukraine

The Iranian authorities are also prepared for experts from France, Canada and the United States to examine the data from the boxes, the semi-official, IRGC-run, news agency said.

By REUTERS
19/01/2020
Iran's St Stepanos Church, a medieval Armenian Christian place of worship, is seen near the city of
Iran bulldozes grave of reverend hanged by regime

A spokesman for Article 18 told Fox News the family discovered the desecrated grave when they went to visit on the anniversary of his hanging --December 3.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray n
Iran will have enough material for a nuclear bomb within the year

Israeli intelligence estimates that Iran will have capabilities to build a missile capable of carrying nuclear weapon within two years.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCP
What does triggering the Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism mean?

Read how the dispute resolution process, which could take up to 65 days to play out unless extended by consensus, works

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
Debris of a plane belonging to Ukraine International Airlines, that crashed after taking off from Ir
Iran makes arrests over Ukraine plane disaster as protests continue

The shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, killing all 176 people aboard, has led to one of the biggest public challenges to the Islamic Republic's clerical rulers since 1979.

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar provinc
Hours of forewarning saved US, Iraqi lives from Iran's missile attack

When the missiles finally landed at about 1:30 a.m., they struck “empty bunkers that had been evacuated hours before,” the intelligence source said. No one was injured or killed.

By REUTERS
13/01/2020
Iranian security forces open fire at protesters in Tehran

US President Donald Trump urged Iranian leaders not to kill protesters in a tweet on Sunday, referencing protests in November when over 1,000 protesters were killed and thousands more were injured and arrested.

13/01/2020
Iranian flag and cyber code [Illustrative]
Iran's next move: A cyberattack on the US?

'Most people are much more concerned about an attack they can see and feel, and can't relate to this idea of a clandestine war'

By DAVID GAMBACORTA/THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS
12/01/2020
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Trump tweets support for Iranian protesters as they demand Khamenei quit

After denials, Tehran admits “disastrous mistake,” saying air defenses were fired in error after Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq

By LEON SVERDLOV
12/01/2020
Boris Johnson says Iran-US must pursue 'diplomatic way forward'

"Iran’s admission that Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down by mistake by its own armed forces is an important first step," Boris Johnson said in a statement.

By REUTERS
12/01/2020
Qassem Soleimani
'US planned to kill second Iranian official on night of Soleimani killing'

According to a 'Washington Post' report, US forces tried to assassinate the commander of the Quds force in Yemen, but failed.

By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
11/01/2020
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vlad
General Secretary of Merkel’s party calls for Iran sanctions

German politician Paul Ziemiak calls Iran's leadership a "terrorist regime"; his call to sanction the clerical regime stands in sharp contrast to the position of Merkel and her coalition government.

Trump announces new sanctions against Iranian metal industry

"The United States will continue to counter the Iranian regime's destructive and destabilizing behavior," the president said in a statement.

WOMEN HOLD pictures of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession and burial at h
Qasem Soleimani was no general

Middle Israel: Soleimani’s only known military training, by contrast, was less than two months’ basic training when he joined the Revolutionary Guards in 1979.

A MAN displays a picture of Quds Force head Maj.-Gen Qasem Soleimani (right) and Iraqi militia comma
Qasem Soleimani’s final interview

Following his death in an American airstrike, Khamenei confidant Gen. Qasem Soleimani’s manifesto sheds light on Iran’s war on Israel.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark E
Did Trump just reignite Iran v. ISIS war? - analysis

The president said that ISIS has been eliminated, but also that Iran and the US could find common cause by joining forces again to fight the jihadist group.

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