Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s “myth of invincibility” has crumbled

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel’s premier. “Israel uses aggression as a policy against its neighbors,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference, accusing Israel of “mass reprisals against its neighbors and daily incursions into Syria, ...

Saudi foreign minister says regional problems began with Khomeini revolution

Sunday, 18 February 2018

During his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that Iran has trained several terrorist factions and executed terrorist operations around the world.He added that Saudi Arabia is continuing to put pressure on Iran to stop supporting extremist groups.“Didn’t Iran train and manage the terrorist factions that bombed the Saudi Khobar Towers?” he said.Al-Jubeir said that the region’s problems ...

Syria: Looking for ways out of the maze

Sunday, 18 February 2018

In Western political and diplomatic circles the received idea these days is that war in Syria has reached its end and that what one should now focus on is reconstruction.However, like all other received ideas this one, too, is as full of holes and Swiss cheese.The first hole is that what we have witnessed in Syria over the past seven years was not a war in any classical sense of the term. What we saw was several wars woven into each other in the context of a humanitarian disaster sharpened by ...

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Arab coalition in Yemen targets Iranian espionage experts in Taiz

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Arab coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen have targeted a spying center east of Taiz which is said to host Iranian experts working for the Houthi militia, reported the local media center in Taiz. The center said that coalition aircrafts raided the Automatic Release Center in al-Houban on Friday. They also targeted Iranian spy experts who were in the targeted structure, the center added. Meanwhile, Houthi militia leader and Commander of the Armored Corps, Abu Mohammed al-Mortada, and a number ...

Opposition leader: Women should assume role of furthering Iran uprising

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Women played a key role in recent protests in Iran, taking to the streets to eliminate the clerical regime and to liberate the entire nation, said Maryam Rajavi, an Iranian opposition leader on Saturday. She added that this was “a goal that would certainly be realized”. Rajavi said that present circumstances provide the potential for continuing protests and that Iranian women should assume the responsibility of furthering the uprising. This responsibility is two-fold: First, ...

WATCH: Iranian policewoman scolds girl for not wearing hijab ‘properly’

Friday, 16 February 2018

Iranian activist and journalist Masih Alinejad has posted a video on her Twitter account showing an Iranian moral policewoman scolding a girl for not wearing her hijab ‘properly.’ Despite wearing a long headscarf, the woman claimed that she wore it improperly since she showed the front of her hair. READ ALSO: Why Iranian women are protesting now against the hijab In the video, the woman is purportedly seen asking the girl to wear it as she has instructed. However, the girl ...

US wants UN action over report on Iranian missiles to Yemen

Friday, 16 February 2018

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday that it was “time for the Security Council to act” following the release of a report by UN experts concluding that Iran had violated the arms embargo on Yemen. The report found that Tehran had failed to block supplies to Yemen’s Houthi rebels of ballistic missiles that were fired at Saudi Arabia. “This report highlights what we’ve been saying for months: Iran has been illegally transferring weapons in violation of multiple ...

Tillerson: Growing Hezbollah arsenal a threat to Lebanon

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday Hezbollah’s growing arsenal and its involvement in regional conflicts threatened the security of Lebanon. He said that Hezbollah "is a terrorist organization" and there is no distinction between its political and military wings." He stressed that "Hezbollah has increased the conflict in Syria and the region" and it must stop its activities abroad. Tillerson, in a Beirut news conference, also urged Lebanese ...

Despite protests, Iran raises prices of water, electricity and gas

Thursday, 15 February 2018

While the protests across Iran continue against rising prices and the drop in living conditions, the Iranian parliament has agreed to increase water, electricity and gas costs during Iran's next year's budget, which starts on March 21 according to the Persian calendar. The decision comes after a long debate aimed at filling the budget deficit as the iranian parliament agreed to raise prices in line with Iran's Sixth Development Plan, which states that water and electricity costs could increase ...

US Defense Secretary to Al Arabiya: Iran is behind all regional crises

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US Defense Secretary James Mattis told Al Arabiya that Iran is behind all the regional crises. In response to a question by Al Arabiya, Mattis said: "Syria should belong to Syrians and Iraq to the Iraqis." Speaking from Brussels on the sidelines of a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Mattis added that Iran is involved in the crises in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Iraq. NATO defense ministers are expected to agree in Brussels, on Thursday, on how to begin the ...

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