Tag: Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

The Fight for a New Iraq

The persistence and magnitude of protests in Iraq since early October and the brutality of Iraqi government forces and militias seeking to crush them have shaken the country. More than 275 protesters have been killed and thousands injured, but the protests continue unabated. Iraqis initially protested against corruption, unemployment and the failure of the government […]

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A Shiite Holiday Turns Into a Test of Iranian Power in Iraq

KARBALA, Iraq — The annual ceremony commemorating a founding figure of Shiite Islam is one of the most important religious celebrations in the Shiite world, drawing millions of pilgrims to the holy city of Karbala, Iraq. This year, the Arbaeen ceremony was also a political skirmish — the latest test of Iran’s power in Iraq […]

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New U.S. Sanctions Bite Iran as Its President Says No Meeting With Trump

UNITED NATIONS — The United States announced new economic penalties against Iran’s largest oil customer on Wednesday, further squeezing Tehran as its president told the United Nations he would not negotiate with an “enemy who uses sanction and poverty as a tool.” The actions and statements by both countries appeared to rule out what would […]

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Trump’s National Security Officials to Meet on Possible Iran Options

WASHINGTON — Senior national security officials from across the government are scheduled to meet Thursday to refine a list of potential targets to strike in Iran, should President Trump order a military retaliation for missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields last weekend, officials said. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Joseph […]

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Images from Space Show Released Iranian Oil Tanker Near Syrian Coast

BEIRUT, Lebanon — An Iranian oil tanker caught in the escalating feud between Iran, the United States and other Western nations has anchored off the coast of Syria, according to images released by space technology companies. The tanker, Adrian Darya 1, is carrying crude oil from Iran that Western nations suspected was bound for Syria […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iranian Shipping Network

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on an elaborate shipping network that Iran uses to sell oil, and unveiled a $15 million reward to anyone with information that disrupts the scheme, stepping up its effort to exert pressure on the Iranian economy. The sanctions were the latest in a flurry of actions […]

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Hezbollah Says Two Israeli Drones Damaged Its Office Near Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Two Israeli drones crashed in the southern suburbs of Beirut overnight, and one damaged a media office belonging to Hezbollah, a spokesman for the Lebanese militant group and political party said on Sunday. The spokesman, Mohammed Afif, said the first drone crashed on the roof of an apartment building that houses the […]

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Israeli Airstrike Hits Weapons Depot in Iraq

Israel has carried out an airstrike on a weapons depot in Iraq that officials said was being used by Iran to move weapons to Syria, an attack that could destabilize Iraq and thrust it deeper into the conflict between the United States and Iran. The attack, believed to be the first Israeli bombing in Iraq […]

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U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

They change offices every few months and store documents only in hard copy. They scan their businesses for covert listening devices and divert all office calls to their cellphones. They know they are under surveillance, and assume their electronics are hacked. They are not spies or jewel thieves but Iran’s oil traders, and they are […]

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Iran Seizes Oil Tanker in Persian Gulf

Iran has seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel to some Arab states, according to a state television report on Sunday. The report said that the tanker had been detained and the ship’s foreign crew held by the country’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. No further details were provided, […]

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U.S. Sanctions on Foreign Minister Unite Iran’s Fractious Elite

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Iranian officials reacted with unified irritation on Thursday to the Trump administration’s decision to sanction Iran’s foreign minister, calling the move petty and provocative — further evidence, they said, of Washington’s insincerity when it talks of peace. The foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, an American-educated diplomat who negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal […]

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Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf

LONDON — Iran said Friday that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, and the tanker’s owner said it had lost contact with the vessel as it appeared to be heading toward Iran. The British government said it was urgently seeking information about the incident. The possible seizure of the ship, […]

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Iran Denies That U.S. Downed Its Drone in Strait of Hormuz

Iranian officials on Friday denied reports that the American military had downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, a day after President Trump and Pentagon officials first made that claim. A spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, in rejecting Mr. Trump’s assertion, also said that the “unfounded claim” had been intended to increase […]

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Iran Says It Seized Foreign Oil Tanker, Escalating Regional Tensions

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran seized a foreign oil tanker, Iranian news media reported on Thursday, days after a United Arab Emirates tanker disappeared, raising the stakes in the running conflict that has pitted Iran against some of its Persian Gulf neighbors and the United States. Several state news organizations in Iran reported […]

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Iran Says It Aided Foreign Tanker, Amid Reports of Missing U.A.E. Ship

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has said that security forces recently came to the aid of a foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, hours after reports that Iran might have seized a tanker from the United Arab Emirates in the area. Abbas Mousavi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that Iranian forces had rushed to […]

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To Evade Sanctions on Iran, Ships Vanish in Plain Sight

A week ago, a small tanker ship approached the Persian Gulf after a 19-day voyage from China. The captain, as required by international rules, reported the ship’s position, course, speed and another key detail: It was riding high in the water, meaning it was probably empty. Then the Chinese-owned ship, the Sino Energy 1, went […]

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Mossad Chief Bluntly Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks

HERZLIYA, Israel — The head of Israel’s intelligence service said flatly on Monday that Iran was directly responsible for the repeated attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, along with other targets in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, that have raised tensions in the Middle East. “They are a single campaign initiated by a single […]

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Israel Is Blamed for Deadly Missile Strikes in Syria

JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes struck several military sites in Syria overnight and killed several fighters and civilians, Syrian state media reported on Monday, in what appeared to be a stepping up of Israel’s long-running, partly covert campaign to thwart Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and stop weapon transfers to Lebanon. The warplanes fired missiles from […]

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Trump’s Iran Strategy Will Fail. Here’s Why.

As tensions with Tehran escalate, Washington has been struggling to understand the internal thinking of the Iranian government, and especially that of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The organization, which functions as an elite military branch and a bulwark of the country’s revolution, is today the most powerful force within Iran’s complicated political structure. Understand […]

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This Isn’t About Iran. It’s About China.

In a world of global financial markets, 5G networks and cyberwar, geography still rules. The two shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz, each two miles wide, hold the key to the Persian Gulf and roughly half of the world’s proven oil reserves and production capacity. That is why the recent attacks, widely assumed to […]

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