Iran is striving to find a foothold in Europe, especially in the Balkans because of its thorny history tinged with political and sectarian conflicts in which Tehran has invested, in order to expand its ideological influence. But Kosovo is trying to free itself from the consequences of the Iranian expansion on its soil.
Referring to the U.S. operation that killed the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) former Chief Commander of the Qods Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Americans “hit so hard that we are left with only one arm.”
After years of claiming false heroism, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Major General Hossein Salami admitted in a speech to his country’s parliament that the emergence of ISIS offered an opportunity to increase Tehran’s influence in the region.
Authorities arrested 10 people and seized weapons and explosives. Riyadh said three of those held had been trained to make explosives, while the other seven had ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that five ships belonging to the Caspian Sea Fleet and the Iranian naval forces had simulated the destruction of the naval forces of “illegal armed groups” in the Caspian Sea basin as part of the “Caucasus-2020″ maneuvers.
“Our bodies are ruined,” Narges Mohammadi, the imprisoned Iranian journalist and human rights advocate, wrote in July.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards said on Monday that “canceling the sanctions will pave the way for the export of military equipment,” stressing that Iran is self-sufficient and does not need abroad to meet its armament needs.
On Sunday, a senior U.S. official said that the United States will impose sanctions on more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional weapons programs.
Chinese and Russian forces will take part in joint military exercises in southern Russia later this month along with troops from Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and others, China’s Defence Ministry announced on Thursday.
Gasoline shortages have returned to Venezuela, sparking mile-long lines in the capital as international concerns mounted Tuesday that Iran yet again may be trying to come to the South American nation’s rescue.
According to collected reports by sources affiliated with the Iranian Resistance in the month of August, Iranians held 331 recorded protests in 82 cities and 26 provinces, with an average of eight protests a day.