Iran

Did Republicans ask Iran to delay Saeed Abedini’s release until elections?

A senior Iranian official claims a senior U.S. politician wanted the release of U.S. hostages delayed, for political advantage at home

Two Russian Su-30s land at Hmeimin Air Base in Syria. Click to enlarge

Can the Sukhoi Su-30 have the edge over U.S. fighters in aerial combat?

Iran is in the process of buying Russian Su-30 air superiority fighters. A look at how it measures up to potential Western adversaries

New video from Iranian state television shows captured U.S. sailor crying

State TV broadcasts footage of U.S. sailors weeping after being captured by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Includes video

Iran to Purchase Sukhoi-30 Fighter Jets From Russia

Filling the one obvious gap in Iran’s defences, a state-of-the-art air superiority fighter capable of confronting just about anything the U.S. or Israel could throw at it

A large consignment of Nasr air launched cruise missiles have been delivered to Iran's Air force

Iran Air Force equipped with Nasr cruise missiles

There is absolutely no comparison between Iran’s defence standing today and Saddam’s Iraq or that of Afghanistan in 2001

Littoral combat ship

New U.S Navy Ship Struggles in Test to Fend Off Attacking Boats

Tests reveal that the U.S. Navy’s latest $362 million Littoral Combat Ship would have difficulty fending off numerous small attack craft. Of the type used by Iran

Iran eyes own tank production, instead of buying Russia’s T-90

With over $100 billion in frozen funds in hand Iran’s military looked set to go on a spending spree. However, one item at least appears to have been crossed-off their shopping list

Launched early in 2013, the Iranian built submarine can reportedly launch cruise missile (pictured). Information from the Iranian launch was probably used in the development of North Korea's missile. Click to enlarge

Top Commander Highlights Iranian Navy’s Best-Kept Secrets

What are these secrets? We make some informed suggestions

Al Durrah father and son fired on by IDF

Knesset child’s rights panel head: West hypocritical for courting Iran as it executes minors

From the regime that routinely shoots or imprisons Palestinian juveniles this really takes the cake for hypocrisy

Iran test fires Nour naval cruise missiles during exercises recently. Click to enlarge

Iran Navy successfully test-fires Nour cruise missile – Iran flies drone over US aircraft carrier

Includes clearer drone footage of the USS Harry S. Truman

Still from a video broadcast on Iranian TV of footage from a drone of a US carrier

State TV Iran flew drone over U.S. aircraft carrier

Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and took photographs of it as part of a naval drill, Iranian state TV reported Friday. Includes actual footage

In this Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. Click to enlarge

Iran’s surveillance drone takes precise photo of US aircraft carrier

In addition to flying a reconnaissance drone near the U.S. carrier, Iran claims one of its Ghadir submarines sailed to “the shortest possible distance” of it undetected

USS Monterey

Reports: Iran warns U.S. Navy ship, fighter jet to stay way

For the second time in nearly as many weeks, U.S. forces have had a close encounter with Iran naval forces in the Persian Gulf

Rouhani and China's Xi Jingping

Iran’s leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China

Two emerging powers pledge to forge stronger ties

Iran's stock market roars as sanctions go away

Iran’s stock market roars as sanctions go away

Shares on at least one of the world’s stock markets are booming. Includes video with some interesting facts about Iran’s economy

Russian T90. Click to enlarge

Armored Fist: Russian T-90s Will Be a Welcome Boost To Iran’s Tank Corps

With the release of billions in frozen assets, Tehran is about to go on military spending spree. One of its first purchases: Russian T90 tanks

Screen grab from Iranian TV news.

IRGC Deputy Top Commander: US Marines Crying When Detained

There may be more to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander’s claim than mere bravado

Iranian Emad missile. Click to enlarge

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Iran After Prisoner Exchange

Less than 24 hours after sanctions for Iran’s nuclear program were lifted the U.S. imposed new sanctions

Somalia received Saudi aid the day it cut ties with Iran – document

Meaning, in effect, that Saudi Arabia is using political bribery to isolate its arch rival

Jason Rezaian. Click to enlarge

Iran to buy 114 jets from Airbus – Tasnim news agency

Iran reported to be considering buying over 100 Airbus planes amid a prisoner swap and a dramatic easing of tensions as sanctions are lifted