U.S. may deepen effort against Iran-allied rebels in Yemen

Mar 29, 2017

U.S. may deepen effort against Iran-allied rebels in Yemen

The United States is considering deepening its role in Yemen’s conflict by more directly aiding its Persian Gulf allies battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, officials say, potentially relaxing a U.S. policy that limited American support. The review of potential new U.S. assistance, which includes intelligence ...

Iran steps up support for Shiite ally in Yemen proxy war

Mar 29, 2017

Iran steps up support for Shiite ally in Yemen proxy war

Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shiite ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the Middle East, regional and Western sources say. Iran’s enemy Saudi ...

Mar 28, 2017

Iran says Russia can use its military bases 'on case by case basis'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch airstrikes against militants in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad and have ...

Mar 28, 2017

Rights group criticizes U.S.-led coalition over Mosul civilian deaths

A recent spike in civilian casualties in Mosul suggests the U.S.-led coalition is not taking adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths as it battles the Islamic State militant group alongside Iraqi ground forces, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The human rights group’s report follows acknowledgement ...

IAEA board backs incumbent Amano for a third term

Mar 9, 2017

IAEA board backs incumbent Amano for a third term

The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s 35-nation Board of Governors on Wednesday backed the agency’s chief, Yukiya Amano, for a third term as director general after he ran unopposed on a platform of continuity in dealing with issues like Iran’s nuclear programme. Amano, a 69-year-old career ...

Japan storms past Iran in exhibition series opener

Feb 10, 2017

Japan storms past Iran in exhibition series opener

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The Japan men’s national team knocked down 12 3-pointers and forced 19 turnovers en route to an 85-74 victory over Iran in the opener of a two-game exhibition series on Friday night in Sapporo. Interim head coach Luka Pavicevic’s team shot 52.2 percent (12-for-23) ...