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Iran Revolutionary Guards Find New Route to Arm Yemen Rebels

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Aug 2 – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have started using a new route across the Gulf to funnel covert arms shipments to their Houthi allies in Yemen’s civil war, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters. In March, regional and Western sources told Reuters that Iran was shipping weapons and military

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Kuwait Denies its Waters Used for Iran Supplies to Houthis

DUBAI, Aug 2 – Kuwait on Wednesday denied a Reuters report that Iran was using the Gulf Arab state’s waters to smuggle weapons and equipment to Houthi forces in Yemen. “The State of Kuwait refuted news by the Reuters news agency regarding Iran’s exploitation of Kuwaiti waters to deliver arms and military assistance to the

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Fall of Aleppo Puts Iran on Cusp of ‘Shiite Crescent’ of Influence

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Dec 14 – Iran has played a pivotal role in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to crush rebel resistance in Aleppo and is now close to establishing a “Shi’ite crescent” of regional influence stretching from the Afghan border to the Mediterranean Sea. Revolutionary Guards commanders and senior clerics in Tehran have

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The Other Kurdish War

Historians battle to save the remnants of Kurdish culture BY  Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah When Mazhar Khaleghi was arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in 1980, he says his only crime was being himself. A sitar player and singer of Kurdish folk songs, Khaleghi was something of a pop star among Kurds. He was

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Iran’s Global Banking Problems Deepen With Rise of Trump, Brexit

By Jonathan Saul and Parisa Hafezi LONDON/ANKARA, July 31 – Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the rise of U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump have paralyzed efforts by Western governments to encourage already highly reluctant international banks to do business with Iran. Uncertainty is frustrating Tehran’s push for foreign investment to revive its

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Arrests of Several Dual-National Iranians Could Be Politically Motivated

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON, July 18 – Montreal academic Homa Hoodfar was preparing to return to Canada from Iran in March when agents from Iran’s powerful paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps raided her Tehran home and took her laptop, phone, books and passport, her family said. Over the course of the next three months, Hoodfar, an Iranian, Canadian

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Iran Refers Cases of Detained Iranian Dual-Nationals to Court

ANKARA, July 11 – Iran’s judiciary has referred the cases of four detained Iranian dual-nationals to court, the Tasnim news agency quoted a senior judiciary official as saying on Monday. Several Iranian dual nationals from the United Sates, Britain, Canada and France have been detained in the past few months and are being kept behind

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Executive Pay Stirs Outrage, Becomes Political Issue in Iran

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, June 30 – Executive pay, a source of controversy at shareholder meetings in the West, has become a political issue in Iran where revelations of high compensation packages at state-owned firms are being used to attack moderate President Hassan Rouhani. Over the last several weeks, local media have published the pay-slips

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Iran’s Army Denies Direct Involvement in Syria, Speaks of “Volunteers”

DUBAI, April 20 – Iran’s army chief said on Wednesday the forces it had deployed in Syria in the first such operation abroad since the 1979 revolution were volunteers working under Revolutionary Guards supervision, and the regular army was not directly involved. The Islamic Republic announced this month that it had sent commandos from the

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