Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accuses agents of Gulf Arab states, who were trained by United States and Israel, of carrying out a rare terror attack in which 25 people, most of whom members of country's Revolutionary Guards, were killed.
Reuters 20:56 , 22.09.18
Arab Media describes assailants of military parade in the southwest Iranian city of Ahvaz as 'Takifiri gunmen,' term used for ISIS; FM Zarif says 'Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives'; There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Associated Press, Reuters and Daniel Salami 11:49 , 22.09.18
Drill, intended to serve as warning against enemies that attacks will be met with 'stern response', involves army's and Revolutionary Guard fighter jets including US-made F-4, French Mirage and Russian Sukhoi-22 planes.
Associated Press and Reuters 16:15 , 21.09.18
Hassan Nasrallah tells crowds on televised speech in Beirut that his terror group will remain in Syria even after Idlib settlement, emphasizing his organization's presence will depend on 'consent of the Syrian leadership.'
Reuters 09:33 , 20.09.18
Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari calls UN investigative body assisting in investigation of possible war crimes committed by Assad 'destructive', saying Syria is independently capable of achieving justice and accountability.
Associated Press 18:40 , 15.09.18
Addressing thousands near Beirut, secretary-general of Hezbollah terror movement breaks down as he urges Shi'ite Muslims to refrain from cutting faces of their children during Ashura mourning period to repent for their sins.
Daniel Salami 23:46 , 13.09.18
Chlorine gas used against rebels 3 times in Ghouta, Idlib this year bringing to 39 the number of chemical attacks documented since 2013, including 33 attributed to Assad's government, perpetrators of the remaining 6 have not been sufficiently identified.
Reuters and Associated Press 19:01 , 12.09.18
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says number of active centrifuges Islamic Republic currently has at its disposal is still within limit allowed under its nuclear deal with world powers, which allows Iran to operate up to 5,060 first-generation centrifuges at its Natanz plant and 1,044 at its Fordow plant.
Reuters 12:20 , 12.09.18
After Russian and Syrian warplanes resumed bombing in Idlib, Turkey's president calls upon the international community to take action, warning 'entire world stands to pay the price,' as cited by the Wall Street Journal.
Reuters 08:43 , 11.09.18
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that in last 72 hours 1,060 Russian and Syrian air and ground strikes have pounded rebel-held stronghold where residents are preparing for a possible chemical weapons attack.
Daniel Salami and Reuters 16:03 , 10.09.18
Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) says at least 11 killed, 50 wounded in Fateh 110 short-range missile attack; Iran's Khamenei urges Iran's armed forces to increase their power to 'scare off' enemy.
Associated Press, Reuters and Daniel Salami 20:39 , 09.09.18
The battle for the last province held by the rebels in Syria continues; fighter jets drop explosive barrels on residential buildings in dozen air strikes, killing at least three people; jets strike just a day after the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Russian-backed offensive.
Reuters, Ynet 15:07 , 08.09.18
Angry protesters storm the Iranian consulate in southern Iraq, setting a fire inside amid a wave of demonstrations that have turned deadly in the past few days; demonstrators held two Iraqi employees hostage at a nearby oilfield; 12 protesters have died in clashes with security forces since Monday.
Reuters 09:15 , 08.09.18
After confirming reports it has struck in Idlib, Russia says it refrains from attacking residential areas; however, according to Syrian reports, 13 civilians are killed, with 6 of them being children; Turkish President Erdogan warns attack on Idlib would result in 'massacre.'
New agencies, Ynet 21:30 , 05.09.18
Western intelligence officials told Fox News that Iran's Fars Air Qeshm was detected conducting its flights following irregular flight routes, allegedly meant to avoid detection; 'The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Mideast.'
Ynet 09:23 , 04.09.18
Syria's President meets Iranian foreign minister Zarif in light of growing tension in region; the two discuss upcoming summit with Russia, Iran and Turkey, and agree that 'pressures exerted by some Western governments will not deter both countries.'
Daniel Salami 21:28 , 03.09.18
Four Syrians, one Iranian national and three non-Syrian fighters among casualties in attack carried out Saturday night near Al-Tanf base; Syrian observatory group says unclear whether attack was launched by US-led coalition forces.
AFP 12:27 , 03.09.18
Week after joint defense pact signed between two countries, Mohammad Javad Zarif visits Syria as Assad forces prepare for a phased Iranian-backed offensive in northwestern province of Idlib; 'Iran ... will continue its advisory help as long as the Syrian gov't wants,' spokesman says.
Reuters 11:37 , 03.09.18
Home to More than 2 million registered Palestinians, including 370,000 in 10 refugee camps, Jordan warns of 'extremely dangerous humanitarian, political and security implications for refugees and for the whole region' in light of US UNRWA cuts.
Reuters 23:40 , 01.09.18
US State Department cuts financial aid to UNRWA by nearly $300 million, putting an end to decades of support; The move further intensifies tensions between the Palestinians and the Trump administration; Abbas: 'This is a flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions.'
Reuters, Ynet 09:35 , 01.09.18
Announcement expected to be made within coming weeks as Trump administration calls for Palestinian refugee aid organization to implement reforms, reduce number of registered refugees, thereby removing stumbling block in peace negotiations calling for 'right of return' of descendants of 1948 Palestinian refugees.
Ynet 09:40 , 31.08.18
The supreme leader of Iran questions European countries' ability to save the 2015 nuclear deal after US exit, and says Iran will not speak to 'indecent' US officials; Meanwhile Iran's government is under pressure as economic problems mount.
Reuters 17:30 , 29.08.18
Iranian lawmakers launch impeachment proceedings against the education minister, following dismissals of finance and labor ministers over government's handling of the economy following new US sanctions; 'officials should work hard day and night to resolve the problems,' ayatollah says.
Reuters 14:11 , 29.08.18
After Facebook and other companies found multiple social media accounts and websites were part of an Iranian project to covertly influence public opinion in other countries, Reuters identifies 10 more sites and dozens of social media accounts that are part of the same campaign.
Reuters 10:18 , 29.08.18
After Islamic Republic signs military cooperation deal with Syria, Defense Minister Amir Hatami tells Al Mayadeen that Netanyahu's threats against Iran are 'far from reality', says no other country has right to opine on Iranian presence in Syria.
Daniel Salami 21:16 , 27.08.18
Following Iranian threats to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile US action, head of the Revolutionary Guards navy says the Islamic Republic now fully controls the passage.
Reuters 12:51 , 27.08.18
Defense ministers from the two countries meet in Damascus to sign military deal, with no details immediately available; Syrian official says visit is response to Israeli and American demands to remove Iranian forces from Syria.
Reuters, Daniel Salami 10:37 , 27.08.18
After Israel expressed concern over Iran's growing influence, Iran's Defense Minister Amir Hatami says he hopes Iran can play a 'productive role' in Syria's reconstruction during two-day visit to war-torn country where he meets with President Assad.
Associated Press 20:32 , 26.08.18
It is reported that senior PA officials such as Jibril Rajoub and the head of Palestinian General Intelligence Service, started to affiliate themselves with armed gangs in the West Bank to wield leverage in case battle over position of next PA leader turns violent; Two possible scenarios—establishment of several centers of power without a centralized leader, or chaos that would benefit Hamas.
Elior Levy 10:17 , 23.08.18
Following a string of military defeats across Iraq and Syria, terror group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, releases an audio message defying reports of his apparent death; 'For the Mujahideen the scale of victory or defeat is not dependant who has aerial superiority, intercontinental missiles or smart bombs.'
Reuters 23:10 , 22.08.18
While Russian President Putin told US he could not force the Iranians to leave Syria, 'he also told us that his interest and Iran's were not exactly the same,' US national security advisor says, adding prerequisite for US help in resolving Syria crisis is Iranian withdrawal from country.
Reuters 08:45 , 22.08.18
'If the Arabs were united, nobody would have dared make such a move,' says one Yemini pilgrim near Mecca, while others accused Saudi Arabia of surrendering Palestinian rights for the sake of alliance with Trump and his tough stand on Iran.
Reuters 21:35 , 20.08.18
Five-day hajj pilgrimage begins at first light Sunday in Mecca; Saudi Arabia's ruling Al Saud family spends billions of dollars every year on security and safety measures after deadly stampede in 2015 in Mina and amid threats by terror groups.
Associated Press 14:01 , 19.08.18
Following return of UN peacekeepers to the frontier between Syria and Israel for the first time in years, Russian military announces intention to assist them until UN patrols along the border are fully restored; 'The Russian flag is the guarantor of peace and security on that land.'
Associated Press 19:51 , 14.08.18
Asma, mother of 3, said to have discovered an early stage tumor; Bashar Assad posted a Facebook photo of the couple sitting in a hospital room with an IV in wife's left arm; Cancer is generally considered taboo in Arab world.
Associated Press 20:23 , 08.08.18
The unpleasant reception by the Egyptians at the Rafah border crossing, the prominent Hamas figures visiting Gaza for the first time, the strict compartmentalization of discussions, and what did Abbas do when he found himself pushed aside? All of the details on the discussions in Hamas over the proposed ceasefire agreement with Israel.
Elior Levy 14:47 , 05.08.18
Dr. Aziz Asber, head of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center in Masyaf, killed in car bomb with his driver, just minutes after leaving his home; he was involved in Syria's chemical weapons development as well as in the Iranian Fateh missiles program and was considered close to Assad.
Daniel Salami 08:09 , 05.08.18
Syrian army and its allies recapture the Yarmouk Basin, the last embattled pocket of the southwest, leaving the rebels largely confined to a stretch of territory in the northwest; 1,000-1,500 ISIS fighters surrender after intensive Russian bombing.
Reuters 20:17 , 31.07.18
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 20 women and 16 children were kidnapped during suicide attacks carried out by the terror group last week in which 250 people were killed; attacks came against a backdrop of military successes scored by Assad.
Liad Osmo, AFP 16:20 , 30.07.18
Only about 100 White Helmets and 300 family members were spirited out of Syria, leaving some 400 in the war-torn country; Daman Ayed and his family were among those who had to stay; 'Our fate is worse than that of army defectors,' Ayed says.
Reuters 14:27 , 28.07.18
As Assad's forces battle the ISIS-linked group near the frontier with Israeli Golan Heights and southern Syria, a series of Islamic State orchestrated suicide bombings rocked the area killing 38 people; The deadliest attack occurred in the city of Sweiba, a provincial capital populated by Syria's minority Druze.
Associated Press 14:54 , 25.07.18
Details on Israeli rescue mission of 421 people from Syria, consisting of 98 White Helmet activists and their families, begin to emerge, uncovering a fascinating tale of the 'nail-biting trip'; additional 400 people also meant to be pulled out were stopped by advancing Syrian forces; 'It was a Hail Mary operation,' says person familiar with the evacuation.
Associated Press 09:32 , 24.07.18
Despite President Trump's May 8 withdrawal from Iran deal, leaders in Europe say they are determined to to keep the deal alive; However European Investment Bank President says investing in Iran is a big risk which may not pay off; 'There is no European bank which is presently able to do business in and with Iran.'
Reuters 23:58 , 18.07.18
Watchdog says it’s ‘disturbing’ that no investigation has been launched into accusations that Ziad Itani, who has now been released, was held incommunicado, forced to confess under duress and threatened with rape and physical violence against his family.
Associated Press 14:58 , 17.07.18
More Mideast News
Week after US president says ‘at a certain point (Iran's) going to call me and say “let's make a deal,’” FM spokesman Barham Ghasemi appears to make overtures, saying 'maybe someday he will call Tehran and ask for negotiations—this is more likely.'
Associated Press 21:48 , 16.07.18
Hamas blames Israel for technical failure canceling live broadcast by Qasem Soleimani to Gazans during ‘Wet Gunpowder Festival’, while Gaza’s Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar fails to show up, citing security risks.
Elior Levy, Daniel Salami, Matan Tzuri 20:49 , 16.07.18
Rebels surrender at southern district of Daraa, where revolt began 7 years ago; state TV broadcast government forces waving Syrian flags over the city's ruins; WHO: 210,000 Syrians have lost their homes, need medical treatment.
Reuters 19:56 , 12.07.18
As Syrian President Bashar Assad widens his offensive, backed by Russian warplanes, to retake the areas still controlled by the Free Syrian Army and partly by ISIS, his military moves closer to the Golan Heights and the Israeli border.
Reuters 14:44 , 11.07.18
Reaching deal with Russia, rebels hand over heavy arms in return for government forces pullout from villages in Deraa province, allowing some 330,000 displaced civilians to return home; Russian forces to guarantee their protection.
Reuters 17:07 , 06.07.18
After IRGC warning they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if US tries to cut Tehran's exports, US military's Central Command says 'we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.'
Reuters 20:24 , 05.07.18
Poll conducted by Palestinian research group finds that majority of general public in PA would prefer the leader of a Palestinian uprising jailed for life by Israel, over the reigning President Mahmoud Abbas; Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas terror group, is the next most popular candidate.
Reuters 10:55 , 05.07.18
After Iranian president implied Tehran might stop oil exports from the region if the US makes good on its threat to cut the Islamic Republic's oil revenues, Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani tells Rouhani, 'I kiss your hand for expressing such wise and timely comments.'
Reuters 15:09 , 04.07.18
Moscow's FM Lavrov says Tehran is one of the key powers in the region, and it would be 'absolutely unrealistic' to expect it to abandon its interests; however, he notes ceasefire agreement includes all non-Syrian forces withdrawal from border with Israel.
Associated Press 14:53 , 04.07.18
Strong blast heard Tuesday afternoon in an Iranian militia's arms depot in Syria's Daraa province, Al-Jazeera network reports; London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says blasts were heard in northern Daraa, in an area controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad's army.
Daniel Salami 13:04 , 03.07.18
United Nations refugee spokesman presents latest figures on Syrians forced to flee their homes due to heavy bombardment, mostly taking shelter in villages and areas near the Israeli and Jordanian borders; Jordan’s foreign minister says will travel to Moscow on Tuesday to hold talks with Russian counterpart in bid to reach a ceasefire and halt displacement.
Reuters, AP 15:44 , 02.07.18
State news agency IRNA says protesters threw stones and debris at police and set a car on fire in a protest that began late Sunday in the city of Abadan; report says police blocked roads near protest and situation is ‘under control.’
Associated Press 11:27 , 02.07.18
Saudi-based Al-Arabiya network says Revolutionary Guard forces opened fire at protestors in southwest city of Khorramshahr after two days of anti-regime protests against the backdrop of a drinking water shortage; videos circulating on social media show protestors chanting ‘death to Khamenei’ and ‘we were robbed in the name of religion.'
Daniel Salami 08:28 , 01.07.18
Official Jordanian source says there are confirmed reports of ceasefire that would lead to ‘reconciliation’ between opposition and government forces whose battles have stirred fears of a humanitarian catastrophe; Hezbollah leader Nasrallah: We are headed towards an important change and a major victory against all armed militias supported by US and Israel.
Daniel Salami, Reuters 21:06 , 29.06.18
General Yahya Rahim-Safavi says following protests in Tehran and other cities that it is the duty of all Iranians to help the Iranian government overcome economic problems; Supreme Leader Khamenei says Iran’s judiciary must confront those who disrupt economic security.
Reuters 14:09 , 27.06.18
Russian news agencies quote Defense Ministry as saying Syrian army, supported by Russian Air Force, repelled a rebel attack in the southern ‘de-escalation zone; earlier, activists say US told rebels not to expect support.
News agencies 13:18 , 25.06.18
For first time since 'de-escalation' agreement reached a year ago, Moscow carries at least 20 strikes on Busra al Harir, northeast of Deraa—an area bordering Israel and Jordan; Assad's army has expanded its offensive in the area in effort to recapture it from rebels.
Reuters 17:02 , 24.06.18
The terror organization says Twitter and Facebook closed its social media accounts, a day after it posted a video showing 2006 kidnapping of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev; Hezbollah says social media followers can use backup pages; Facebook and Twitter have not commented on the issue.
Daniel Salami 12:04 , 23.06.18
Syria's President Bashar Assad executes an assault on opposition areas of the southwest Syria, according to monitor, rebel officials; Syrian Observatory says helicopters dropped more than 12 barrel bombs on the area, causing damage but no deaths; assault is reported a day after US's demand for the area 'to be respected'; US warns of 'serious repercussions of violations'; UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate end to the military escalation.
Reuters 10:10 , 23.06.18
Al Arabiya network quotes senior Jordanian source as saying kingdom has decided not to appoint another envoy after recalling its ambassador from Tehran, in light of ‘Jordan’s fixed position on Iranian policies which include interfering in the affairs of the region’s countries.’
Daniel Salami 20:57 , 15.06.18
Syrian human rights monitoring group claims Kremlin asked the terror group to vacate its forces from its war-torn client state’s border near Lebanon, but that no rift ensued as a result; report comes day after Syria's Assad said 'Hezbollah is a basic element in this war.'
Liad Osmo 15:09 , 14.06.18
Speaking in interview with Iranian channel al-Alam News, Syrian president denies presence of any Iranian bases on Syrian soil, but admits country's troops are supported by fighters from Iraq, Iran and Lebanon; says contacts ongoing with US, Russia and Israel about about how to handle violence in southwest.
Reuters 09:32 , 14.06.18
During protests in Ramallah that attracts hundreds of people calling on PA leaders to end financial sanctions on Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Palestinian security forces use tear gas, batons to break up rallies, which were banned earlier in the day.
Reuters 23:14 , 13.06.18
New facility at Natanz's uranium enrichment center will allow Tehran to increase its nuclear enrichment capacity, yet stay within the provisions of the nuclear deal; Iran can use 5,060 older-model centrifuges at Natanz, but only to enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent.
Associated Press 23:20 , 06.06.18
Uncoordinated Russian troop deployment near Lebanese border leads to friction with Hezbollah, two non-Syrian officials tell Reuters; military commander says move, which may have been aimed at ‘assuring the Israelis,’ has been resolved.
Reuters 12:12 , 06.06.18
After Supreme Leader Khamenei says he ordered preparations to increase uranium enrichment capacity if nuclear deal with world powers falls apart after US withdrawal, Islamic Republic's Atomic Energy Organization spokesman tells ISNA news agency his country will inform UN nuclear watchdog that the process will start on Tuesday.
Reuters 08:05 , 05.06.18
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Khalid Al Attiyah tells international security conference in Singapore that while Qatar has 'a lot of differences' with Tehran, 'is it wise to call the United States and Israel to go and fight Iran?'
Associated Press 12:45 , 03.06.18
With US-imposed sanctions looming since Trump's withdrawal from nuclear deal, Israeli push to ratchet up pressure on Tehran and daily defeats of Iranian -backed Houthi rebels, citizens begin widespread online protest against regime for 'waste of state funds on activities in foreign countries,' brand Revolutionary Guards as 'terrorists.'
Daniel Salami 19:26 , 27.05.18
SAF's cargo aircraft detected flying from Damascus to Tehran despite US's demand to withdraw Iranian forces from Syria; Syrian reports say US-led coalition forces responsible for recent strike in Albu Kamal; Pentagon denies any involvement in strike.
Itay Blumenthal 14:38 , 25.05.18
Syrian state news agency reports explosion at Dabaa military airfield near Lebanese border; Syrian army official says base targeted by missiles, prompting Syrian air defenses to 'confront attack, prevent it from achieving its aim'; IDF declines comment, US denies involvement.
Daniel Salami 21:55 , 24.05.18
Iranian forces pulling out of Syria is 'not even on the agenda of discussion,' the country's deputy foreign minister says, adding 'we cannot let anyone even raise this issue'; Damascus 'highly appreciates' Russia's military support as well as 'advisers' from Iran and Hezbollah, the deputy FM says.
Associated Press 16:29 , 23.05.18
PA President Abbas, currently hospitalized in Ramallah, was photographed reading PA daily that published caricature of IDF soldier feeding infant bottle of poison; infant depicted in caricature is Lila Randur, 8 month old who allegedly died after inhaling tear gas at Gaza border protest last week; unclear whether photo was published as act of defiance against Israel or as mere oversight.
Elior Levy 13:35 , 23.05.18
Latest development comes shortly after senior PA diplomat Saeb Erekat tells Ynet Palestinian institutions 'stronger than Israel thinks' when asked if his society is prepared for post-Abbas era.
Alexandra Lukash, Nir Cohen and Reuters 23:10 , 21.05.18
Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif says European political support to preserve 2015 nuclear accord is 'not sufficient' after US pulls out of deal; EU leaders say they want to preserve deal since the 'agreement works'; new credit lines for Tehran, increased energy cooperation and implementing EU laws to block European companies from caving in to US sanctions are considered by EU to keep Tehran in nuclear accord.
Reuters 23:19 , 20.05.18
A young Palestinian father of two sets himself on fire in protest of Hamas' mishandling of the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, causing himself moderate injuries across his body; he is not known to be suffering from any mental illness; his brother was injured at a recent border protest.
Elior Levy 12:48 , 20.05.18