Iran

Protesters gather at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations.

Iran’s Regional Influence Campaign Is Starting to Flop

Tehran has long sought to throw its weight around across the region. Now the Islamic Republic is facing a backlash in Iraq, Lebanon, and at home.

Iranian mourners attend the funeral of Morteza Ebrahimi, a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who was killed during demonstrations against a surprise gasoline price hike, in Shahriar on Nov. 20.

Don’t Expect a Thaw in Iran

The protests and prisoner exchange may put talks with the United States further off.

Rafael Grossi, the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Sept. 20.

Rafael Grossi Isn’t America’s—or Iran’s, or North Korea’s—Man

The new head of the IAEA was the United States’ preferred candidate. But, as global tensions rise, he quickly needs to prove his independence.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy

‘We Are Telegraphing Abandonment’

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy slams the Trump administration for withholding aid to Lebanon.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrols the northeastern Syrian town of Qahtaniyah

No ‘End Date’ for U.S. Troops in Syria

Top general is confident he can keep pressure on the Islamic State, but a recent watchdog report says the group could reconstitute.

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command

Top U.S. General: It’s ‘Very Possible’ Iran Will Attack Again

The threat from Tehran continues to increase despite U.S. military buildup, U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Kenneth McKenzie says.

Rioters run in the streets of Tehran in August 1953.

Don’t Just Blame Washington for the 1953 Iran Coup

Declassified evidence shows that Iranians, including clerics, played a significant role in the events of Aug. 19, 1953—and that after an earlier failed coup attempt, the CIA was left in the dark.

View of Tehran shops that were destroyed after nationwide demonstrations broke out in protest of fuel price hikes and led to widespread destruction of property, on Nov. 20.

Iran Protests Suggest Trump Sanctions Are Inflicting Serious Pain

The regime has survived uprisings in the past. But now it is starting to kill demonstrators in great numbers.

A U.S. RQ-4 Global Hawk drone lands at Misawa Air Base for a temporary intra-theater routine deployment in Japan on June 1, 2018.

With an Eye Toward China, Pentagon Weighs Slashing Global Hawk Drone

The surveillance aircraft on the chopping block is a variant of the type that Iran shot down this summer.

An Iranian woman walks past a new mural painted on the walls of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran

Tehran Paints Over Its Anti-American Murals

The city’s old public art showed a United States to be feared. The new ones depict a country that is weaker, more laughable, and riddled with its own problems.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi in Tehran during a visit to the exhibition area at the ICT Ministry on Jan. 21.

Iran’s Information Minister Is Not the Solution. He’s Part of the Problem.

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has been a key player in the Iranian government’s campaign of repression and censorship.

Iraqi protesters hold a candlelight vigil for those killed during anti-government demonstrations in Karbala, south of Baghdad, on Nov. 1.

Enraged Iraqi Protesters Blame Iran for Killings

Many demonstrators see Tehran’s hand in widespread violence and support for the embattled prime minister.

Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Turki bin Saleh al-Malki displays materials recovered from an attack targetting a Saudi Aramco facility during a press conference in Riyadh on Sept. 18.

U.S. Deterrence in the Middle East Is Collapsing

The withdrawal from Syria is part of a broader pattern of weakness, especially in response to Iran.

James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement (center); Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right); former National Security Advisor John Bolton (left); and Joel Rayburn, the U.S. special envoy for Syria (bottom left).

How the Iran Hawks Botched Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

Beginning with special representative James Jeffrey, U.S. officials consistently misread the threat from Turkey.

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