Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean

OpEd

Militias controlled by Tehran are poised to complete a land corridor that would give Iran huge power in the region Not far from Mosul, a large military force is finalising plans for an advance that has been more than three decades in the making. The troops are Shia militiamen who have fought against the Islamic…

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Princess Fawzia

The Life and Times of Princess Fawzia

History

ED. NOTE: I don’t always write about perfume. In fact, once upon a time, I wrote mainly about history under the name “Pandora’s Box.” A few are already posted and hidden in the archives, but I’m in the process of transferring over a few more articles — namely, a two-part series about Princess Fawzia of…

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FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1969–1976, VOLUME E–4, DOCUMENTS ON IRAN AND IRAQ, 1969–1972

History

Washington, May 1972 A Modern Housing Development, Still Limited to a Few Urban Areas [Page 3] DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE Intelligence Report Centers of Power in Iran May 1972 No. 2035/72 [Photo: A Mountain Village, Typical of Most of Iran] [Photo: A Modern Housing Development, Still Limited to a Few Urban Areas] CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Directorate…

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The British And U.S. Governments Installed Khomeini Into Power In 1979

History

Documents seen by BBC suggest Carter administration paved way for Khomeini to return to Iran by holding the army back from launching a military coup Iranian leaders have reacted with fury to reports that newly declassified US diplomatic cables revealed extensive contacts between Ayatollah Khomeini and the Carter administration just weeks ahead of Iran’s Islamic…

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Farah Diba Pahlavi: The United States attempted to hand over the Shah to Khomeini in the Azores

History

The last Empress of Persia is now 70 years old and has spent the last 30 in exile. In this interview, by e-mail, she tells of her anguish at Lajes Air Base one night in March 1980. Four months later, Reza Pahlavi died in Cairo. Today she hopes that Tehran’s Islamic regime has its days…

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‘The war after Isis’: has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran?

opinion

As US forces strike Syrian militias backed by Tehran, many fear delegation to the Pentagon and the looming defeat of the Islamic State could fuel a fiercer fire US forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria three times in the past month, amid mounting tensions that observers and former officials worry could easily…

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Donald Trump could drop a nuclear bomb on Iran within two years

opinion

Iran is boxed in economically, militarily and politically. It has no friends left. Very few neighbours would bat an eyelid and many would quietly applaud Donald Trump has just signalled that new and old enemies of the Persian people are aligning like no time in history. Iran should be very worried indeed. Many of Donald Trump’s critics claim…

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Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway

In Iran/opinion

By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces. When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for…

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Iran’s long-exiled prince wants a revolution in age of Trump

Reza Pahlavi

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –  Iran’s exiled crown prince wants a revolution. Reza Pahlavi, the son of the last shah to rule before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, has seen his profile rise in recent months following the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who promises a harder line against the Shiite power. Pahlavi’s calls for…

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