Tag Archives: Iran

7 October 2014

Data shows ISIS’ Ammunition as originating from no less than 21 countries, including U.S. and China

An analysis conducted by Conflict Armament Research, a London-based organisation that is collecting evidence of weaponry used by the Islamic State, has recently uncovered 21 nations as sources of ISIS’s ammunition- with more than 80 percent of the ammunition having been manufactured in the USA, China, the Former Soviet Union, post-Soviet Russia and Serbia. A small sample of cartridges, including ammunition manufactured as recently as 2013, was found to be of Iranian origins. (more…)

Source: The New York Times | ISIS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China

29 September 2014

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran: West’s ‘strategic blunders’ aided rise of IS

The New York Times reports that President Hassan Rouhani of Iran delivered a searing indictment of Western and Arab states in his speech to the UN, blaming them for sowing the seeds of extremism in the Middle East with ‘strategic blunders’ that have given rise to the Islamic State and other violent jihadist groups. (more…)

Source: The New York Times | Iran’s President Says West’s ‘Blunders’ Aided Rise of Islamic State

17 September 2014

In the fight against ISIS, Shiite militias and US forces find themselves on the same side but will not work together

Identified in 2008 by American officials as the biggest threat to US forces, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the US military are now fighting on the same side, though each insists that they will not work together, The New York Times reports. According to the same source, Asaib Ahl ah-Haq or The League of the Righteous, considered to be the most formidable of Iraq’s three large Iranian-backed militias, is now spearheading the fight against the Sunny extremists of the Islamic State. (more…)

Source: The New York Times | Shiite Militias Pose Challenge for U.S. in Iraq
Source: The Washington Post | Iranian-backed militant group in Iraq is recasting itself as a political player
Source: HRW | Iraq: Pro-Government Militias’ Trail of Death

2 July 2014

UN expert panel: weapons from Iran destined for Sudan, in violation of arms embargo

According to a confidential report by the UN Security Council’s Panel of Experts that was obtained by Reuters on 27 June 2014, a cargo of arms that was intercepted by Israel in March, came from Iran and constitutes a breach of the UN arms embargo on Iran. (more…)

Source: Reuters | Exclusive: U.N. experts trace recent seized arms to Iran, violating embargo

24 June 2014

US denies agreement permitting Sri Lanka to import Iranian crude oil through third parties

On 21 June, the United States denied the existence of any agreement with Sri Lanka that allows Sri Lanka’s oil refinery near Colombo to import crude oil from Iran via third parties, avoiding sanctions intended to constrain Iran’s nuclear program. According to Keheliya Rambukwella, Sri Lanka’s Media Minister and government spokesman, Sri Lanka has been importing Iranian oil from several countries, including Malaysia, through third parties, with the understanding of the US. (more…)

Source: Reuters | U.S denies any agreement allowing Sri Lanka to import Iran crude via third parties
Source: Reuters | RPT-Sri Lanka imports Iran crude via 3rd parties, avoids sanctions

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