Iranian official: Tehran has ballistic missiles to target navigation

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Hossein Salami, the deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said on Monday night that Iran possesses unique ballistic missiles that target navigation and international shipping, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. Colonel Turki al-Malki, the Arab Coalition’s spokesperson, said earlier on Monday that Iran has supplied Houthi militias with weapons to target the international shipping route in Bab al-Mandeb strait. “I boldly assert that we have ballistic missiles with high ...

IRGC’s generals and the new generals

Monday, 5 February 2018

On the 11th of February, the Iranian Revolution will celebrate the 39th anniversary of its victory and commence its 40th year. We can imagine the map of the region wide open on the table of current and former Revolutionary Guard generals; General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jaafari, commander of the Guards, General Rahim Safavi, military adviser to the spiritual leader and former IRGC chief, General Mohsen Rezaee, secretary general of the Expediency ...

Ghassan Charbel

Iran protests: IRGC unable to reinstate the atmosphere of repression

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the viewpoint of Al Arabiya English. The common denominator for all dictatorships is that a ruling minority maintains its grip on power by controlling all crucial sectors such as territory, wealth, weapons and the media. In Iran, there is another dimension to this reality as the religious dictatorship misuses religion to mobilise its supporter and deceive ordinary citizens. The regime in ...

Iranian-American dual national, wife sentenced to 27, 16 years in jail

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

An Iranian-American dual citizen and his wife have been sentenced to 27 and 16 years in jail respectively, the husband said in a letter from prison published on human rights websites. Karan Vafadari, a US citizen, and Afarin Neyssari, a US permanent resident, were arrested in July 2016. They own an art gallery, and they were first accused of hosting mixed-gender parties for foreign diplomats and possessing alcoholic drinks at home. However, they later faced more serious charges, including &ldquo ...

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 ...

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