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Iran in talks on new energy exploration with 18 foreign companies


Special to from NICOSIA — Iran has been negotiating with foreign companies for new energy exploration. Officials said the Teheran regime has been talking to 18 foreign companies regarding crude oil and natural gas exploration. The officials said several […]

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China, Iran to conduct joint naval exercises in defiance of U.S. interests

Changchun destroyer of the 17th Chinese escort naval fleet arrives at southern port of Bandar Abbas, Iran, on Sept. 20.  /Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz

Special to from For the first time in four decades, a Chinese naval flotilla has visited the Islamic Republic of Iran, as U.S. deterrence and its military presence in the region wanes. In subsequent talks, the two navies’ […]

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After early support for ISIL, Turkey now finds itself focusing on homeland security

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey,  on Sept. 8. / Reuters

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, faced with insurgency infiltration from at least three neighbors, has sought to invest in homeland security. Officials said President Recep Erdogan has approved plans to expand procurement of systems that would protect critical facilities in […]

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Intel: Hizbullah built arsenal of 5,000 long-range rockets from Iran

Fatah-110 rocket.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s intelligence community has determined that the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah built a huge long-range rocket arsenal. The intelligence community has assessed that Hizbullah was focusing on the procurement of rockets with a range of […]

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Iran-backed Islamic Jihad building new Gaza tunnels ‘for the next battle’

Islamic Jihad takes an Al-Jazeera reporter on a tour of one of its new tunnels.

Special to GAZA CITY — The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has begun digging tunnels in the aftermath of the war with Israel. Jihad’s military wing said it was constructing an unspecified number of tunnels in the Gaza Strip. The Al […]

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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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U.S. finds Iran still secretly acquiring dual use WMD components

Iranian medium range missile on parade in Teheran.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Iran, despite an international agreement, continues to secretly procure components for its missile and nuclear programs. The administration of President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Iranians and […]

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Report: Iran opted for talks with West due to worsening economy

By 2013, Iran underwent inflation that reached 85 percent and threatened its ability to pay for vital imports.

Special to TEL AVIV — Iran’s leadership has been influenced by the deteriorating economy, a report said. The Alliance Center for Iranian Studies asserted that the Iranian leadership approved a nuclear pact with P5+1 in November 2013 because […]

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Iran says Israeli drone it downed was headed to Natanz nuclear site

Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh

Special to NICOSIA — Iran said it shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle on its way to the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said the intercepted Israeli UAV was a radar-evading, stealth platform […]

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Iran showcases new missiles, reconnaissance drones

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President, shows president Hassan Rowhani, center, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan, second right, visiting Iran's defense capabilities exhibition on Aug. 24 in Teheran.   /AFP

Special to NICOSIA — Iran has displayed what it termed were new missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Iranian Defense Ministry has presented two missiles and two UAVs in a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rowhani. Both UAVs displayed […]

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