US is Actively Trying to Undermine Iran

Vladimir Platov Iran has been living under US and EU sanctions for over four decades now. Over time, foreign food left the country, with the Danish and Dutch milk, English teas and cereals, coffee, and Swiss chocolate familiar to Iranians in the past having disappeared from store shelves. But there was no famine, as Iranian…

Iranian IRGC Colonel Assassinated in Tehran

The Cradle The body of IRGC Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei lays motionless in his car outside his home after being assassinated by unknown armed assailants, likely hired by the Israeli Mossad, on 22 May 2022. (Photo credit: IRNA) Many are pointing towards the Mossad as being behind the assassination Unknown assailants shot and killed an…

Iran Seizes Foreign Tanker Smuggling 550,000 Liters of Fuel

The Cradle (Photo credit: Al-Mayadeen) According to estimates, in 2021 between seven and 10 million liters of fuel and crude oil were smuggled out of Iran Iranian media reported on 18 May that the country’s navy seized a foreign tanker attempting to smuggle fuel out of Iran in the second smuggling operation foiled within a…

Timing is Everything: Unpacking Assad’s Visit to Tehran

Abdel Bari Atwan Major political salvos across West Asia have heightened tensions, and the main parties are rushing to calibrate their next moves and new responses. Five reasons for President Assad’s unannounced visit to the Iranian capital amid rapid geopolitical developments in the region Since the onset of the brutal war against Syria in 2011, Syrian…

IRGC Launches Attack on ‘Terrorist Targets’ in Northern Iraq

The Cradle Reports suggest that the IRGC targeted an anti-Iran Kurdish militant group that operates in northern Iraq On 11 May, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched an attack on what it called terrorist bases in the Barbzin heights of Erbil’s Sidikan area in northern Iraq. “No casualties have been reported so far,” Iranian…

Yemen’s Fragile Truce Enters its Second Month on Eid Al-Fitr

Naseh Shaker “There is miscalculation”: Yemen’s fragile truce enters its second month on Eid Al-Fitr Yemenis and Ansar Allah representatives celebrating Eid Al-Fitr react to the Saudi coalition’s violations of the two-month UN-brokered ceasefire, now entering its second month. Wael Jubarah had a great time spending the morning at Al-Thawra Park near Sanaa Airport on…

‘Mutually Assured Development’: A Winning Formula for Iran-Saudi Rapprochement

Mohammad Salami Saudi Arabia’s economic stagnation, its coffer-draining Yemen war, and new regional developments have pushed the kingdom to seek rapprochement with a welcoming Iran. Restoring diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia will not only benefit both countries economically, but can help stabilize global oil prices and end the war in Yemen. The fifth round…

Iran Makes Gains as Israel, Turkey Test Moscow’s Limits on Ukraine

MK Bhadrakumar Under pressure to side with the west on Ukraine, Israel and Turkey risk falling out with Russia – which will benefit Iran in the long-term. The closure of Turkey’s air space to all Russian aircraft has not come as a surprise to Moscow, which is aware that Ankara and Washington are involved in a…

Iranian Delegation Meets Kurdish Officials in Erbil

The Cradle This marks the first diplomatic meeting between Iran and the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government following an IRGC strike on a Mossad compound in Erbil An Iranian delegation traveled to Erbil, Iraq on 10 April to meet with several high-ranking Kurdish officials. The delegation met with Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Massoud Barzani,…

Were Iran’s Kurdistan Strikes Aimed at Turkish-Israeli Entente?

Agha Hussain When Iran took out an alleged Mossad facility in Erbil, Iraq, it was likely also sending a strong message to Turkey that Tehran would no longer humor collusion with Israel so close to Iranian borders. The missile strikes in Erbil reveal a more assertive Iran in responding to Israel’s provocations. However could they also…

Iran Places Sanctions on US Officials for Terrorism, Human Rights Violations

The Cradle Noteworthy current and former US officials include former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, US ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, former US senator Joe Lieberman, and several US Treasury officials The Iranian foreign ministry has placed sanctions on both current US officials and former officials, according to an announcement made on 9 April. Nine…