ANALYSIS: Will Iran learn from past mistakes of other regimes?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Several factors that led to the fall of the Roman Empire, can clearly be seen in the problems now facing the Iranian regime. When the Roman Empire was close to collapse, it had been notching up victories in foreign wars, while at home economic stagnation had taken hold, political corruption was rife, and as a result of the administration’s money wasting, much of which came in the form of military spending, the poor had taken the brunt of the country’s woes, and as a result, serious ...

US-Iran: 2018 to be model year for international relations?

Saturday, 13 January 2018

I was listening, a few days ago, to an Iran political expert commentating on the Iranian popular uprising on an Arab satellite channel. When asked about the outcome he expected, he said “It may not bear fruits within six months, perhaps six years, but suppression only will not end popular discontent and opposition”.I think this is quite logical, especially if one looks into the ‘psychology’ of despotism, and behavior of despots, as well as how ‘the disciples’ ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Who are the Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers leading Houthis in Yemen?

Monday, 1 January 2018

The Iranian Crime Research Institute revealed on Monday the names of four military commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who are working alongside Houthi militias in Yemen.They confirmed that the Iranian Defense Ministry has also sent munitions experts in early 2017 to Yemen.A report by the US-based Iranian Institute considered that: “Three of Iran's top Revolutionary Guards’ commanders were sent to Yemen. They are Col. Ridaa Bassini, Com. Ali al-Rajabi and Maj. Gen. ...

ANALYSIS: How these protests in Iran differ from 2009

Monday, 1 January 2018

Starting Thursday, anti-government rallies beginning in Mashhad, northeast Iran, are mushrooming in several major cities of Tehran, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz, and dozens of towns across the country. These rallies are in sharp contrast to the 2009 episode where former US president Barack Obama refused to support the massive demands for sweeping change. At the time, the controversial reelection of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked nationwide rallies with protesters demanding ...

Iranian Basij guard falls into hands of protesters in Kermanshah

Monday, 1 January 2018

A video has surfaced on social media showing a member of the Basij force in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps falling into the hands of demonstrators in the city of Kermanshah after being attacked with a taser. In the video, the man can be seen attacked and violently kicked by a group of demonstrators. The video emerges after a long night of persistent protests that ignited in Iran four days ago as citizens demonstrate against the Iranian regime. As of Monday, nearly 370 demonstrators have ...

ANALYSIS: US adds teeth to strategy for countering Iranian menace

Thursday, 28 December 2017

As usual, the Iranian regime is in the spotlight for its intolerable behavior in the region. Make no mistake, Iran and its revolutionary guards (the IRGC) think they have it all figured out. After having secured a grip in Iraq and Syria, thanks to Mr. Obama’s hands off policy toward Iran, it is now ready to gain its stronghold in Yemen. Missile after missile is being fired into Saudi Arabia, bearing clear IRGC markings on them. Although, the US and its allies are frustrated with the ...

Is Iran’s IRGC launching special patrols to fend off rebellion?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A major commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that special patrols of IRGC’s Basij forces have been dispatched to enhance the security across the country.The decision reminds many Iranians of the brutal crackdown between 1980 and 1988, which eventually led to the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Human rights defenders fear that these patrols will, in reality, be used to prevent demonstrations, persecute activists and arrest protesters.A senior official of ...

US sanctions ‘network’ accused of forging money for Iran

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a network individuals and companies accused of forging money to help Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, officials announced. The sanctions targeted four companies and two individuals involved in printing counterfeit Yemeni currency to benefit Iran, including Iranian national Reza Heidari and Mahmoud Seif, whose nationality was not given, according to a statement. ALSO READ: US Congress orders Treasury to investigate Iranian leaders’ ...

ANALYSIS: How Iran has its eyes set on Iraq oil

Monday, 20 November 2017

Iran, sensing the increasing international isolation, has long sketched the necessary blueprints to prevent a future already becoming very bleak. For decades Tehran has maintained this entire country and its vast oil reserves in its crosshairs. Recent developments in Iraqi Kurdistan prove the Iranian regime’s devious intentions and should alert the international community. The government of Iraq, jockeying to maintain ties with both Washington and Tehran, has unprecedentedly agreed to ...

Will IRGC-established militia in Syria sabotage de-escalation agreement?

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards established a new militia named Brigade 313 in South Syria, it has been revealed. Syrian opposition figures warned that the militia, which consists of young men from Daraa and which is trained and funded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, aims to sabotage the de-escalation agreement in South Syria. Also read: Syria deal in the works ahead of likely Trump-Putin meeting The name of the militia is linked to sectarian concepts, which Tehran is trying to ...

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