Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Release as she arrives at Tehran’s Airport

On Wednesday morning, Iranian officials said that British-Iranian detainees Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori had been released from custody. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s lawyer in Iran confirmed the news, as did Tulip Siddiq, her MP in the UK. When asked for comment by … Continue reading Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Release as she arrives at Tehran’s Airport

Iran’s vast web of influence in Iraq revealed by leaked intelligence

Leaked Intelligence shows a Iraqi security agent returned to Iran to apply for his previous job as a double agent. The leaked files are from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), and they mostly concern Iran’s intelligence operations in … Continue reading Iran’s vast web of influence in Iraq revealed by leaked intelligence

US stalls CIA Covert Action in Iran report disclosure

The U.S. Department of State has blocked the publication of a long-awaited documentary history of U.S. covert action in Iran in the 1950s out of concern that its release could adversely affect ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. The controversial Iran history volume, part of the official Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, had been slated for release last summer. (“History of 1953 CIA Covert Action in Iran to be Published,” Secrecy News, April 16, 2014). But senior State Department officials “decided to delay publication because of ongoing negotiations with Iran,” according to the minutes of a September … Continue reading US stalls CIA Covert Action in Iran report disclosure

E3+3 Talks on Iran

The major E3+3 countries of the world (including the UK, US, China, France, Germany and Russia) will be meeting today in Instanbul with the Iranian Government once again to discuss and have an offer of an  assurance over any proposed nuclear programme that Iran may be conducting. This follows a meeting of the E3+3 at the UN General Assembly in September 2009. At that meeting Iran’s nuclear programme was found a matter of concern to the E3+3 countries as they said in their statement – those talks basically wanted to see Iran to implement all measures required by the IAEA … Continue reading E3+3 Talks on Iran

EU Imposes Oil Sanctions

In an attempt to deflect Tehran‘s nuclear development program the European Union has today joined the United States in a new round of measures and imposed sanctions on Iran‘s oil imports to Europe. It however has not imposed a complete ban on oil imports. In response to this a Iranian politician responded by renewing a threat to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, which is a oil export route vital to the global economy, and another said Tehran will cut off it’s crude shipments to the EU immediately which would greatly affect ailing European economies such as Greece, Italy, which depend … Continue reading EU Imposes Oil Sanctions