Nestled in a seemingly non-descript private home in Baghdad, scores of Iraqi militiamen piled into a dark living room – some lined their weapons up by the wall, others sat close beside them. Some wore battle fatigues and others donned suits and ties.
A new and rapidly growing popular rebellion is affecting the Iranian regime. On March 11, a statement signed by 640 eminent Iranians, some living within and some outside Iran, was posted on-line in English and Persian with the hashtag #No2IslamicRepublic. It marked the launch of a new anti-government movement.
It has long been evident that the Iranian regime is desperate for the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. This is due to the regime’s financial hardship and the significant pressure it is facing inside the country.
A secretive Turkish base in Iraq came under rocket fire last week. Turkey’s Anadolu news, which represents the government’s narrative, said that the rocket pads used to launch the attack were found in an area controlled by the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Sha’abi or PMU in northern Iraq.
A senior Saudi official has denied direct talks have been held with Iran, four years after the two countries cut off diplomatic ties, contradicting a Financial Times report claiming discussions were ongoing between the two major regional players.
Ukrainian officials have said they believe Iran intentionally shot down the Ukrainian Airlines flight PS-752 intentionally in January 2020, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported on April 15.
The Iranian government is facing extreme security crises. The latest explosion at Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz speaks volumes about this situation. Crises which are now joining the social crises and making the situation even worse for the government. Another fact about its weakness is its isolation in the region.
On April 12, authorities in Iran received two heavy blows in various aspects, leading them to show ridiculous responses. Regardless of their intelligence and material consequences, the blows once again amplified political rivalries and plunged the entire ruling system into confusion.
The Director of US National Intelligence Avril Haines has cited Iran’s contribution to instability in the Middle East as she testified at a public congressional “Worldwide Threats” hearing.
Despite its crumbling economy, Iran will “expand its nuclear program, military sales and acquisitions, and proxy attacks,” says a new U.S. intelligence report.
An Israeli blogger who was contacted via Instagram by Iranian intelligence agents who tried to lure him to the United Arab Emirates urged caution on Wednesday about speaking to strangers online, days after the ploy was publicly revealed by Israel’s intelligence agencies.