The new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, has selected cleric Esmail Khatib as Minister of Intelligence. Khatib is a radical Islamist with close ties to both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. During his tenure, we can expect a more aggressive approach by the Ministry of Intelligence, meaning more terrorism and violence at the hands of the Islamic regime.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jakub Kulhanek, has expressed Europe’s growing concern over Iran’s nuclear path, and stressed the need to change this course.
Iran, emboldened by the messy U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, is betting that its new hardline cabinet — including Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani — can force concessions in talks on Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
An ex-University of Miami professor, his wife and his sister have are facing federal charges related to purchasing genetic sequencing equipment from US manufacturers and illegally shipping it to Iran, prosecutors said.
Iran has expanded its influence in Latin America with a double threat: extremist ideology and alliance with criminal groups. According to analysts, Tehran conducts illicit business with Venezuela, supports the expansion of the terrorist group Hezbollah into the region, and benefits from illegal mining.
Iran’s propaganda and disinformation operations receive less attention than do the Russians’, but Tehran’s commitment to information warfare is substantial. Iran can’t move the opinions of American voters the way the Russians might—their reach into U.S. audiences remains too limited.
Israeli media reported that the country’s security apparatus last June thwarted an Iranian terrorist operation to assassinate two Israeli nationals in Colombia.
Last week, the Iranian regime’s parliament approved of Ebrahim Raisi nominees to head various cabinet ministries. The entire cabinet consists of thieves and terrorists, but Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi stands out as one of the most appalling appointments. He is subject to international arrest warrants for his involvement in Iranian regime terrorism.
Iran needs to convince its neighbors that it has renounced interfering in their affairs if there is to be a rapprochement between it and the Arab world, Alex Vatanka, director of the Iran Program and a senior fellow of the Frontier Europe Initiative at the Middle East Institute
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) terrorist designated armed forces have become the central power of the smuggling mafia in the region, from smuggling drugs and fuel to weapons and antiques.
Iran’s Quds Force Commander Brigadier General Esmaeil Qaani has arrived in the Iraqi city of Najaf to offer condolences to top Shia Muslim authorities in Iraq over the passing of Ayatollah Seyyed Mohamma Saeed Hakim.