The Quds Force and its Axis of Resistance played an early, crucial role in the battle against ISIS in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Though the self-styled caliphists rarely targeted Israel, ISIS jihadis swept through tens of thousands of square miles of land and once enforced their ultraconservative rule over millions before being decimated by an array of local and international powers that included coalitions backed by the U.S. and Iran, along with Russia. … [Read more...] about Israel Reveals Plan to Attack Iran’s Allies, but Iran is Ready to Fight Back
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In a swipe at President Donald Trump's approach to the crisis, he said: "I think they will be encouraging officials to remind the President all the time that the best way to go forward is with allies and friends and to try and stop this escalatory talk over the Twittersphere." … [Read more...] about Iran: Jailed Nazanin’s husband suggests Trump ‘playing fast and loose with international law’
The shipping network, led by Rostam Ghasemi, Iran's foreign minister of petroleum, has been known to send money to Hezbollah and to the Syrian government, run by President Bashar al-Assad. The Treasury Department at the time also placed sanctions on 26 individuals and entities tied to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, which the US claims had shipped roughly $500 million worth of Iranian oil. … [Read more...] about US imposes new sanctions on Iran
Iranian filmmakers: Successful despite censorship Marjane Satrapi Having permanently left Iran as a young adult, Marjane Satrapi didn't have to deal with Iranian authorities as an author and filmmaker. Her best-known comic book, "Persepolis" (photo) adapted into a film that won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2007, offers a personal depiction of how a teenager can get into trouble with the police by disregarding modesty codes and buying music banned by the regime. … [Read more...] about Why Mohammad Rasoulof still makes films despite Iran’s threats
Rhode Island Democrat Rep. David Cicilline led off the hearing by drawing a parallel between the administration's conflicting explanations for killing Soleimani earlier this year and its public messaging related to the coronavirus, claiming that the American public has "lost trust in their government." … [Read more...] about Pompeo clashes with lawmakers over coronavirus and Iran in tense hearing
Before the new coronavirus epidemic gripped the globe --- about a million supercharged news cycles ago -- we seemed to be on the brink of a major US-Iran war. But two months later, the feared backlash of the US killing of top Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani has largely not materialized. … [Read more...] about Did Iran give Trump a foreign policy victory, after all?