News Updates

08 December, 2018 - 31 December, 2018
  • US policy spreads gloom in Iran
    Bahareh Hedayat can't see any sense in America's policy. "The United States has been imposing sanctions on one country or another for 50 years: Cuba, Libya, Iraq, Iran, North Korea. Where, in which country, has it achieved its aims?” she asked, rhetorically, in an interview with DW. Hedayat is an Iranian activist for women's and for human rights. "The economic situation in Iran has worsened," she said. "A lot of newly created jobs have been lost. Now the system is again looking for ways to bypass the sanctions, and in doing so it leaves the door wide open for corruption. Ultimately, it's the ordinary people in Iran who have to suffer the consequences.” (DW- 30.12.2018)
  • US sees China, Russia and Iran as key players in Afghanistan
    China’s military, economic, and political engagements in Afghanistan are driven by domestic security concerns that terrorism will spread across the Afghan border into China, and also by China’s increasing desire to protect its regional economic investments,” says a report the US Department of Defence (DoD) sent to Congress this week (Dawn, 26.12.18)
  • Iran says US presence in Syria 'wrong' from the start
    In first Iranian comments on Trump's pull-out plan, Tehran says US caused 'instability and insecurity' in the region. (Al Jazeera: 22 Dec 2018)
  • Iranian Revolutionary Guard ships fired rockets in waters patrolled by the USS John C. Stennis and an Iranian drone was spotted flying near the American aircraft carrier strike group, Ynet News reported. (21Dec, 2018- Jerusalem Post)
  • Turkey, Iran vow to work closer on Syria after US announcement
    Without commenting on US troop withdrawal, Erdogan and Rouhani vow to continue efforts to bring peace to country. (Al Jazeera 20 Dec, 2018)
  • Russia, Iran, Turkey seek deal on Syria constitutional body at UN :UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura set to review joint proposal with foreign ministers in Geneva (Al Jazeera 18 Dec, 2018)
  • Trump Withdraws U.S. Forces From Syria, Declaring ‘We Have Won Against ISIS’
    President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria, bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Islamic State but ceding a strategically vital country to Russia and Iran. In overruling his generals and civilian advisers, Mr. Trump fulfilled his frequently expressed desire to bring home American forces from a messy foreign entanglement. But his decision, conveyed via Twitter on Wednesday, plunges the administration’s Middle East strategy into disarray, rattling allies like Britain and Israel and forsaking Syria’s ethnic Kurds, who have been faithful partners in fighting the Islamic State. (New York Times- 19.12.2018)

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