Iran’s Unrest Triggers Explosion of Fake News

SETAREH SADEQI AND CHRISTOPHER WEAVER Some of the most incendiary accusations made against Iran’s government by corporate media, celebrity influencers and Western leaders in the past months are little more than fabrications. And most remain uncorrected. Protests in Iran that ostensibly began as a reaction to the death of a woman in police custody in September 2022…

Panic in Israel Over Iranian Air Defences in Syria

Kevork Almassian “The promotion of these capabilities is carried out as a project shared with the Syrian army and possibly even with the aim of enabling independent Iranian operation of the aerial defense systems from within parts of Syria,” a source told the Newsweek An intelligence source from a country that is allied with the…

Syria’s Power Dynamic is Shifting

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad met Iran’s Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian, Damascus, January 14, 2023 The process toward a Turkish-Syrian rapprochement may lose momentum as a top aide to Turkish President Recep Erdogan threatened to derail it. On Saturday, Ibrahim Kalin, presidential advisor on foreign policy, stated during a media briefing in…

How General Soleimani Kick-Started the Multipolar World

Pepe Escobar The consensus among future historians will be inevitable: the 2020s started with a diabolic murder. Baghdad airport, January 3, 2020, 00:52 a.m. local time. The assassination of Gen.QassemSoleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic RevolutionGuards Corps (IRGC), alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi, by laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire…

Does Iran Rule Syria?

The interference of regional and international powers in Syria, especially after the regime change war that erupted in 2011 is undeniable. However, some pundits argue that Syria lost its sovereign decision-making to its allies, particularly Russia and Iran. This week, the Saudi journalist Tariq Al-Homayed published an article in the semi-official Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, claiming that…

‘The Americans Did Not Fight ISIS’: Interview with Hezbollah Commander in Iraq

The Cradle’s Lebanon Correspondent The Cradle speaks with a senior Hezbollah military official in Iraq on the crucial role played by Iran’s late Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in leading the resistance against ISIS. Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian commander of the elite Quds Force in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), played a significant…

The Lieutenant of the Oppressed West Asian

Sondoss Al Asaad General Qassem Soleimani is the savior warrior who has brought radical takfiris and imperialists to their knees. At the onset of 2020, the brutal decision was taken in the White House to assassinate the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, Lieutenant Qassim Soleimani, along with the deputy…

Soleimani Assassination Commemorated in Mass Rallies Across the Region

The Cradle Gatherings to commemorate the Iranian general were held in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and a number of other countries across West Asia and the world As Iranians and Iraqis commemorate the three-year anniversary of Washington’s illegal assassination of Iran’s Quds Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, scores of people have,…

South Caucasus: A Battle of Wills and Corridors

Yeghia Tashjian Azerbaijan and Turkiye are gunning to establish the “Zangezur corridor,” in direct conflict with Iran and Armenia’s interests as it entails the blockade of the Lachin corridor – a lifeline for the ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh. On 12 December, under the pretext of environmentalism, dozens of state-backed “eco-activists” from Azerbaijan blocked the only land…

Iran, China Fix Diplomatic Blunder Following Xi’s Saudi visit

Zafar Mehdi Tehran takes a hard stand as Xi Jinping discovers the Persian Gulf can be a diplomatic minefield. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the first Chinese Consulate-General in Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas on 21 December, Ambassador Chang Hua affirmed China’s support for Iran’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Hua stressed that Beijing sees its…

Russia, Iran Open a Trade Route Heralding a Bloc

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR A ship passing passing through a gate on the Volga-Don Shipping Canal, Russia (File photo) Consequent upon the Ukraine war, as the Sea of Azov becomes an inland sea for Russia, bracketed by the Crimean Peninsula and the mouth of the River Don, the sea and rail networks of the region extend…

Iran, Syria, Yemen: Twitter’s Collaboration with the US Military in Information Warfare

Kit Klarenberg The damning exposure of collusion between the Pentagon and Twitter raises further suspicions about Washington’s ongoing online operations in West Asia. The Cradle has previously deconstructed the Pentagon’s online bot and troll operations targeting Iran. These wide-ranging efforts, over many years, sought to destabilize the Iranian government by disseminating and inciting negative sentiment against it, on a…