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CIA Director Pompeo Lashes Out at Iran, Compares It to ISIS

On the eve of President Trump’s decision on the certification of the Iran nuclear deal, CIA Director Michael Pompeo lashed out Thursday at the Islamic Republic in a speech at the University of Texas, calling it “a thuggish police state,” a “despotic theocracy” and compared its ambitions to those of …

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Tourism is becoming Halal in Iran

TEHRAN – An Iranian tourism official says special attention should be paid to Halal tourism as an emerging economic powerhouse to materialize the goal of attracting 20 million tourists annually by 2025. “For achieving the goal of drawing 20 million [foreign] tourists under a 2025 Tourism Vision Plan, the country …

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Iran warns US on designating Revolutionary Guards terrorist group

Iran said on Tuesday that the United States would be siding with the militant Islamic State (IS) group if it designated the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. “The Guards are the defender of the nation,” government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters. “If the US wants to put the …

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How will Iran and Turkey deal with Kurdish state bid?

Iran and Turkey join forces to oppose Kurdish secession in Iraq. Iran and Turkey may seem like unlikely partners following events of the past few years, especially in Syria. But they are saying the same thing about the recent “Yes” vote in the Kurdish referendum, as neither want Kurdish people …

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How Iran tries to control news coverage by foreign-based journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns attempts by the Iranian judicial system and intelligence services to influence the Persian-language sections of international media outlets by putting pressure on Iranian journalists based abroad and on their families still in Iran. How do the Iranian intelligence services pressure Iranian journalists who are working …

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Iran and Iraq to hold joint border drills

Military exercises to take place near Iran’s border with Iraqi Kurdish region in response to ‘illegitimate’ referendum. The Iranian and Iraqi armies will hold joint drills at several crossings on Iran’s border with the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region, according to officials. The announcement on Saturday came amid rising tensions in the …

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US interior secretary hints at economic war on Iran

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Washington is now better placed to use its “economic dominance” to cut Iran’s oil revenues. American companies have been jacking up shale oil production since President Donald Trump walked away from the Paris climate treaty. US ability to extract energy from vast shale formations has put the country on …

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Iran’s Kurds are growing restless, too

A referendum held by Iraqi Kurds is revving up their Iranian cousins THE Kurds of Iran are calling for independence just as lustily as their cousins in Iraq, perhaps even more so. While the mood in the streets of Iraq’s Kurdish cities was generally subdued and nervous after their referendum …

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IRAN IS BUILDING NUCLEAR SUBMARINES AND A NEW DESTROYER DESPITE DONALD TRUMP’S WARNINGS

Iran says it is developing nuclear-powered submarines and building a new advanced destroyer for its navy, even as tensions rise with the United States over the Islamic Republic’s military expansion. The commander of the Iranian navy told the country’s semiofficial news agency, Fars, Tuesday that Iran’s nuclear agency was under orders …

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Iran tests new 2000 km-range missile

TEHRAN – On Friday night Iran released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, called Khorramshahr, with a range of 2,000 kilometers. The footage was released a few hours after Khorramshahr was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran. Khorramshahr is the name …

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