Iran and Syria Seal Military Cooperation Agreement

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Syrian president Bashar Assad meets with Iran’s Defense minister Amir Hatami, in Damascus on August 26, 2018. (Credit: SANA via AP)

 

Deal concluded by their defense ministers at a meeting in Damascus, Tasnim news agency says

Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries in Damascus, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. Continue reading

IRGC Chief Calls Out Rouhani Over Iran’s Economic Woes

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Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is demanding immediate action to stop the rial’s freefall.

In an exceedingly rare public rebuke, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has called out his country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, demanding that he do more to gain control of the nation’s economy, which appears to be in a rapid death spiral ahead of implementation next week of the first round of U.S. sanctions. Continue reading

Turkey Moves to Closer Relationship with Iran

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met Thursday with Iran’s Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Baqeri in Ankara to discuss greater levels of military cooperation between the two nations.

 

Turkey and Iran have agreed to boost military cooperation after talks in Ankara this week between the Iranian armed forces chief of staff and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Thursday.

Iran’s military chief General Mohammad Baqeri met Erdogan on Wednesday on a visit that Turkish media said was the first to Turkey by an Iranian military chief of staff since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. Continue reading

Iran ready to give U.S. ‘slap in the face’: commander

Head of Iran’s Revolutionary guards ground forces Mohammad Pakpour (C) attends a funeral ceremony in Tehran October 20, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

 

Since taking office last month, U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S. options were on the table.

“The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake,” said General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guards’ ground forces, quoted by the Guards’ website Sepahnews. Continue reading

Iran unveils maritime ‘suicide drone’

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A suicide drone developed by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, October 26, 2016 (AFP)

 

Aircraft reportedly capable of skimming surface of water or rising to almost 1 kilometer, potentially carrying heavy payload of bombs

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they had developed a “suicide drone” capable of delivering explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land.

The new drone is primarily for maritime surveillance and “has not been designed to be armed with missiles,” the Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Guards, reported. Continue reading

Iran backs Turkey’s Erdogan as massive crackdown widens

A senior aide to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Teheran backs Turkey’s elected government and expects Ankara to do the same when it comes to Syria.

“We disagree with Turkey on some issues, like Syria. We are hopeful that the Turkish government respects the Syrian people’s opinion and votes and lets the Syrian nation choose their government,” Ali Akbar Velayati was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency. Continue reading

Top Iran general: Gulf Arab states ‘stupid’ to rely on U.S. power

The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said that Iran will keep building more powerful missiles, continue its drive for power in the region and the U.S. “would not be able to do a damned thing.”

“For years, we have been building power on the presumption of a widespread war with the U.S. and its allies and have developed all our capacities and capabilities for decisive victories over such enemies,” Maj. Gen. Mohammad Jafari said in a speech to a gathering of senior IRGC commanders in Teheran on March 5. Continue reading