Earthquake in Iran claims lives

THE LEVANT – A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Ilam in western Iran on Monday, causing injuries and damage, Iranian state television said, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. The US Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the quake at 6.3 and said its epicentre was at a depth of …

The Shadow Government in Qom

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem for Islamist Gate Seminary Teachers in the city of Qom, known as Hawza, is becoming a shadow government in Iran as it supervises the work of the president, government, media and other institutions in the country. The establishment makes sure that the red lines of the Shiite faith are not crossed, especially …

Tehran: Significant gaps remain in nuclear talks

A top Iranian nuclear negotiator says significant disagreements remain in the ongoing talks between Iran and the P5+1 aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s nuclear energy program. “There are differences in almost all important issues and we have not been able to narrow the gaps in any [such] issues,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal …

Iranian Top Commander: Support for ISIL to Backfire on Saudi Arabia

 Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces General Hassan Firouzabadi lashed out at Saudi Arabia for supporting Takfiri terrorist groups in Iraq, and said Riyadh’s support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will backfire soon. “If the ISIL win, they will definitely continue their offensive against Saudi Arabia,” General Firouzabadi said …