Iran

Late boost for reformist candidate in Iran election unlikely to bring change

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 14, 2013

Iran’s foreign policy is not expected to change whatever the result of today’s presidential elections, but the outcome is being closely monitored in the West in an attempt to gauge the Islamic Republic’s future direction.

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For now, Iran protests are utterly futile

By Meir Javedanfar, June 6, 2013

Anti-regime Chants at the recent funeral procession in Iran of the reformist Ayatollah Jalaluddin Taheri have grabbed the international media's attention.

Ayatollah Taheri was a critic of the regime who, in 2002, resigned in protest from his post of Friday prayer leader in Esfahan. This was a bold move as Friday prayer leaders are usually direct appointees of the supreme leader.

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US ‘deeply troubled’ by Iranian reactor

By Elliot Miller, June 5, 2013

There is growing concern in international circles over the development of the Iranian nuclear reactor at Arak.

According to Reuters, the US is “deeply troubled” by Iran’s plans.

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Who will win Iran’s election? Ask ayatollah

By Meir Javedanfar, May 30, 2013

At a speech on May 27 at Tehran’s Imam Hussein University, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said: “We don’t know who is going to be the president. We also don’t know in which direction the almighty will direct the hearts of the people.”

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Iranian troops are fighting in Syria, says US

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 24, 2013

The US State Department finally acknowledged this week what has been common knowledge in the Middle East for months — that the Syrian civil war has become a conflict between regional and global players in which foreign fighters and proxies are playing a growing role.

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Ashton’s Iran talks produce nothing

May 23, 2013

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers in Istanbul last week ended without producing any concrete results.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who met Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, described the talks as “useful” although she was unable to report any substantive development.

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Jordan and Israel 'as one' over Syria and Iran attack

By Stephen Pollard, May 23, 2013

A senior Jordanian official has confirmed that the Hashemite Kingdom is allowing the Israelis to fly unmanned drones over its air space as part of the Israeli monitoring of the situation in Syria.

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He would change Iran, but don’t hold out hope

By Meir Javedanfar, May 17, 2013

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s decision to register as a candidate for the June 14 presidential elections in Iran has created much excitement.

But it is not worth holding out much hope that he gets elected.

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EU faces ‘great risk’ if it fails to curb Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

Iran’s provision of money, military equipment and training to Hizbollah and terror groups, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas, is of “serious concern”, Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has told Parliament.

He said the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ involvement in terror attacks in Thailand, India, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kenya was increasingly worrying.

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There’s delusion and 'delusion' when it comes to Iran

By Con Coughlin, May 10, 2013

Ever since Iran's insistence on developing nuclear technology triggered the worlds biggest security nightmare, there have been a number of naive souls who have sought to contend that, on the contrary, we really have nothing to fear.

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