Is Iran Ill-Advised to Finance its Regional Allies While Under Sanctions?

Elijah J. Magnier Many Iranians question the benefits of arming and financing Iran’s many allies in the Middle East while Iran is suffering the harshest ever US “maximum pressure”. Iran’s allies are spread over Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Is Iranian support for these allies the main cause of the US’s aggressive attitude…

The Untold Stories of Martyr General Qassem Suleimani

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shared on Friday several stories of former commander of IRGC’s Quds Force General Qassem Suleimani who was martyred in a US strike on Baghdad international airport last January. In an interview with Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen Arab TV, Zarif said that Suleimani was  courageous, smart and humble. He used to care…

The Worst-Case Scenario in Lebanon: Civil War

Elijah J. Magnier In Lebanon, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned that the ongoing anti-government protests might lead to “chaos, collapse and civil war ”. What is the scenario for a civil war? Is it a realistic possibility? The Lebanese people think the current upheaval was triggered by monthly taxes imposed on the messaging…

Russian FSB Chief: 5,000 Terrorists Amassed in Afghanistan Close to CIS Border

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Islamic State offshoot has amassed around 5,000 militants in Northern Afghanistan on the border of post-Soviet republics of Central Asia, the director of Russia’s FSB warned, adding that many of them have fought in Syria. “Especially worrying is re-deployment of terrorist groups into Northern provinces of Afghanistan,” Alexander Bortnikov told chiefs of…

FSB: Nearly 1,500 Foreign Terrorists Arrived in Europe from Middle East

ST.PETERSBURG, April 18. /TASS/ Some 1,500 foreign terrorists, who took part in combat actions in the Middle East, are in Europe now, Director of Russia’s Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov told a conference on countering international terrorism on Thursday. “Some 1,500 out of 5,000 terrorists have arrived in the European Union from the Middle East,…

US Foreign Policy Will Re-ignite Extremism

Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai “Islamic State” (ISIS) has been defeated in Iraq and Syria, regardless of the presence of a few tactical remaining pockets. Moreover, following the decision of the international community and the other countries in the region to end the war in Syria, al-Qaeda is facing infighting and at the same time…

Afghanistan: Da’esh Fear Popular Uprising in Kabul

Popular outrage in Afghanistan sees the Islamic State avoiding responsibility for beheadings. By Justin Podur Kabul is Afghanistan’s capital, a city of over five million people that has transformed completely since 2001. Kandahar was, and remains, a stronghold of the Taliban. The highway between Kabul and Kandahar, which passes through Wardak, Ghazni, and Zabul, is…

MSF Releases Internal Review of US Bombing of Kunduz Hospital

Médecins Sans Frontières has taken a decision to publically release the initial outcomes of its own MSF review of what happened before, during and immediately after the US airstrikes on the hospital in Kunduz. “The hospital was razed to the ground after a wave of attack from the air. We lost our ability to treat…

The Kunduz Hospital Bombing

By Marjorie Cohn In one of the most despicable incidents of the United States’ 14-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. troops bombed a hospital in Kunduz, killing 22 people, including patients, three children, and medical personnel from Doctors Without Borders, or MSF. Thirty-seven people were injured, including 19 staff members in the Oct. 3, 2015, attack. U.S. forces…

US-NATO Destruction of Afghan Hospital a War Crime

MSF demands explanations after deadly airstrikes hit hospital in Kunduz “MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz. These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital – with more than…