Category Archives: English

Vice News – Iran’s Power Over Iraq

On January 3, 2020, Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, a leader in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the head of the secretive Quds Force, was assassinated in a U.S. drone attack. Nine others were killed alongside Soleimani, including the … Continue reading

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Iran Readies Carrier Barge for Show of Force

Satellite imagery shows Iran repairing the U.S. carrier mock-up it previously targeted during the Great Prophet 9 military exercise in February 2015. The first signs that Iran may have renewed plans for the mockup occurred between July and August 2019. … Continue reading

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HQ-9 Spotted at Ngari Gunsa Airport

China has deployed an HQ-9 surface-to-air missile system to Ngari Gunsa, a civil-military airport in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The battery, which operates in the medium-to-long range role, has been deployed at the location since May 2019, commercial imagery shows. … Continue reading

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How Iran Turned Cultural Heritage into Soft Power

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He researches the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. When analysts study Iran, they tend to concentrate on diplomacy, politics, and religion. While this focus can lead to valuable insights, an overemphasis … Continue reading

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Failure to Launch: Macron’s Mission to the Congo

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Additional EA-03 Deployed to Yishuntun

Up to ten EA-03 Soaring Dragon High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been deployed to Yishuntun airbase near Shuangliao in northeastern China, satellite imagery confirms. That’s four more EA-03 airframes observed since January 2019. The Soaring Dragon … Continue reading

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Cartoon of the month: Green Warriors

Cartoon by Samuel Embleton, alias “Sarcasam” when drawing for the press. Sam is an Anglo-Swiss freelance illustrator and comic strip author. His work ranges from illustration for publishing to visual communication for companies and storyboarding for clients worldwide. He is … Continue reading

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Qatar Constructs Airbase near Dukhan

Commercial satellite imagery shows the construction of Qatar’s new airbase located east of Dukhan on the peninsula’s western coast (coordinates 25.4723 N 51.0133 E). News reporting from 2018 suggests it will be called Tamim Airbase after Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad … Continue reading

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The Race to Find a New Marine Fuel

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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The latest conflict afflicting northeast Syria

by Paul Iddon In the space of a mere week, northeast Syria has once again descended into conflict with various powers scrambling to achieve different objectives. This was precipitated by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to green-light a Turkish attack … Continue reading

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