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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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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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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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Big Guards-Owned Company May Lose Out as Iran Economy, Politics Shift

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, May 26 – Long used to lucrative state contracts, Iran’s biggest construction company faces leaner times, as overseas firms better able to attract financing push for orders in an economy trying to open to the world after years of sanctions. The misfortunes of Khatam al Anbia Construction Headquarters (KAA) are an

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In Iran, Dividends of Nuclear Deal Are Slow To Appear

By Samia Nakhoul and Richard Mably TEHRAN, May 24 – Hopes that Iran would quickly reintegrate with world markets after its nuclear deal, bringing investment and opportunities to a young population, are turning to frustration. An opaque business environment in Iran and political uncertainty in the United States are to blame. Tehran’s hotels are buzzing

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Iran’s IRGC Says Many Iranians Have Volunteered to Fight in Syria

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA, May 19- Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Wednesday many Iranians have volunteered to fight in Syria in support of President Bashar Al Assad’s war against “terrorism”, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Shiite-dominated Iran is Assad’s main regional ally and has provided military and economic support for his conflict

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Iran and Russia Move Closer But Their Alliance Has Limits

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Lidia Kelly DUBAI/MOSCOW, April 26- When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day. Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin’s decision a year ago to press ahead with the

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