Category Archives: Iran

Coronavirus Pandemie: Auswirkungen im Nahen Osten

Einer der bis jetzt am stärksten betroffenen Staaten in der Coronavirus Pandemie ist der Iran, welcher die höchste Anzahl Coronavirus Infektionen und Tote im Nahen Osten aufweist. Als Patient 0 kommt wahrscheinlich ein Händler in Frage, der zwischen Qom, dem … Continue reading

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U.S. and Iranian missiles strikes sought to avoid escalation

by Paul Iddon In many ways, the Iranian ballistic missiles attack on U.S. forces in Iraq and the U.S. missile strikes against targets in Syria were strikingly similar in the way they sought to avoid bringing about any serious escalation … Continue reading

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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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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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Iran Is Fitting out a Jamaran-class Frigate on the Caspian

Satellite imagery shows the construction of a new Jamaran-class frigate at Bandar Anzali on the Caspian. The 94 meter-long vessel replaces the Damavand which was sunk after hitting a breakwater on 10 January 2018. The Damavand had been previously commissioned … Continue reading

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Current generation of US spy satellite has a resolution of 10 cm per pixel

At the end of August, US President Donald Trump released a photo from satellite imagery showing the launch pad of the Imam Khomeini Spaceport at the Semnan Space Center in northern Iran, where a launch of an Iranian Safir space … Continue reading

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Between the wars: Iran’s relations with Iraq in the 1970s

by Paul Iddon For a brief period, the second half of the 1970s, Iran and Iraq went through a thaw in their hitherto antagonistic relationship. After having reached an agreement to settle a major border dispute, they seemed to have … Continue reading

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Iran Builds A New Tanker at Sadra

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scJrTjK_EV0] Iran’s Sadra Island shipyard is currently constructing another AFRAMAX tanker, satellite imagery acquired by Planet Labs confirms. Workers at the shipyard began laying the keel in late April 2018 but very little progress was made until November — … Continue reading

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Iran: New SAM Site At Masshad

Satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s Masshad civil-military airfield. A new surface to air missile (SAM) site has been constructed on the north side of the runway to support Khatam al-Anbia’s S-300PMU-2 deployments. Between 2017-2018, Iran jumped the … Continue reading

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