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London, 14 Dec - The French foreign minister said that Iran is seeking to create an axis of military and political influence in the Middle East.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said, in an interview with France 2 television, that IRan is attempting to build a Shiite Crescent from Iran to the Mediterranean Sea- through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

He said: "The Iranian presence and the desire to make an axis from the Mediterranean to Tehran, [I say] no. There is a Syria that needs to exist free [from foreign powers and influence]”.

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London, 13 Dec - Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote an op-ed for the New York Times earlier this month, arguing that Europe should work with Iran or else.

In it he claimed that Iran was a reasonable and peaceful state- despite much evidence to the contrary- and that if Europe didn’t work with Iran, then it may endanger peace in the Middle East or risk the 2015 nuclear deal.

There are many people who have rebutted Zarif’s claims of the Iranian Government as peaceful, including, ironically, Zarif himself when he threatened Europe over their continued relationship but there are those who know exactly the threat that Iran poses to the citizens of foreign powers who don’t do as the Government wants.

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London, 1 Dec - Yousuf Mohamed Ali, Defense Minister of the Comoros, said that his country would continue to confront the Iranian project with “determination and firmness”, as long as it tries to exploit his country’s economic needs and poverty to interfere in its internal affairs.

For destabilizing the security of the region, he also condemned Lebanese Hezbollah, stressing his country's support for Saudi Arabia’s stance against Qatar.

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London, 13 Dec - Iran’s state-run media has devolved into a frenzy over the decision of a female British diplomat not to wear a headscarf in a meeting to discuss the false imprisonment of UK charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe.

Karen Pierce, the political director of the British Foreign Office, accompanied foreign secretary Boris Johnson to Iran this week as part of a delegation to discuss Zaghari-Radcliffe’s case and was reportedly instructed by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to put a headscarf on, in accordance with compulsory Iranian hijab laws.

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London, 1 Dec - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently compared Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to Hitler, but far too many people are painting this comment are evidence of an escalating conflict between the two Middle Eastern countries, rather than as an accurate assessment of Khamenei and the Iranian Regime.

Let’s break it down.

The Iranian Regime, much like Nazi Germany, is hostile to both its neighbouring countries and the West. It is set on creating a superstate through its network of terrorist proxies- as the Nazis did to Eastern Europe before the Allied Forces united against them.

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London, 12 Dec - The Iranian Resistance and their allies held a major protest in Paris on Monday, December 11, against the Iranian Regime’s expert human rights abuses and executions.

The demonstration, which marked International Human Rights Day on December 10, was attended by many high-ranking people from Europe and the Middle East and was concluded after four hours with a resolution in support of the Iranian people and their call for an end to the mullah’s regime.

One of the key people to address the rally was Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

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London, 30 Nov - Iran will send a fleet of warships to the Gulf of Mexico in order to strengthen their ties to terrorist groups in several South American states, the commander of Iran's navy said on Tuesday to Iranian state-run media outlets.

Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, who only recently assumed his post, said that the warships would be deployed to the area, via the Atlantic Ocean, despite what he claims are US objections.

He said: “[Our fleet] will berth in the friendly states in Latin America and the Gulf of Mexico in the near future by deployment in the Atlantic Ocean.”

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London, 12 Dec - The Iranian administration and carmakers living under it- are far behind the rest of the world when it comes to innovation according to the executive vice president of PSA Group for Africa and the Middle East.

Jean Christophe Quémard told Iranian automotive magazine Khodro Emroz: “The global auto industry has reached a watershed. Autonomous cars and electric vehicles [or EVs] are crucial topics in the global auto industry. However, it seems that none of the senior Iranian decision-makers are interested.”

He continued: “I have visited Tehran several times in recent months, but never have I come across a single person among officials and automakers who have coherent thoughts about the ongoing changes in the auto industry.”

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London, 28 Nov - Since US policy on the Iranian Regime has changed from one of appeasement to one of confrontation, the Regime is slowing starting to face consequences for its actions, and they are beginning to lose their hold on the Middle East.

In response, the mullahs have resorted to their most tried and true tactic for slowing the tide of regime change: demonising the Iranian Resistance.

This is by no means a new policy- the Regime began to demonise those calling for democracy in 1979- but there has recently been a surge in the levels.

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London, 11 Dec - Andrew L. Peek is set to become the new deputy assistant secretary of state covering Iran and Iraq with an announcement expected very soon. He will take over the role of the current deputy assistant secretary for Iran - Chris Backmeyer - who was the deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the State Department and National Security Council director on Iran from 2012 to 2014 for the Obama administration.

Peek is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer who was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a member of the State Department transition team for the president.

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London, 27 Nov - A delegation of the top defence ministers from across the Middle East and North Africa met in Riyadh on Sunday, to discuss terrorism and the threat it poses to the world in the wake of this weekend’s attack on the Egyptian mosque.

Notably absent from these proceedings was the Iranian Regime, widely known as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and the countries through which it exerts a great deal of control: Iraq, Qatar and Syria.

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London, 9 Dec - The Iranian Regime has been facing a range of ever-increasing political and military challenges in the Middle East, particularly the US’s tougher policy on confronting Iranian belligerence and expansionism, but the biggest threat to the Regime is a challenge to its extremist interpretation of Islam, according to a leading Iranian-American political scientist.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, president of the International American Council, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post in which he laid out how ideological challenges to the Iranian Regime were destroying its chokehold on power.

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London, 23 Nov - While the Thanksgiving holiday is unique to North America, many people around the world will share what they are thankful for via hastags on social media no matter what country they live in.

Those living under the Iranian Regime will not partake however. It’s not because, as some media outlets imply, they are opposed to American values (most love the democratic, secular governments of the West) but because they have little to be thankful for.

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London, 8 Dec - In yet another clash between the rival factions of the Iranian Regime, the deputy speaker of the Iranian parliament has declared former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters “not worthy enough” to be considered the opposition and referred to them as a “cult”, on December 6.

Ali Motahari said: “They do not have the necessary calibre to even be considered the opposition.”

In the same interview with Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), Motahari also called for Ahmadinejad to have a public trial for his embezzlement charges.

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London, 21 Nov - American officials have exposed a “large-scale” counterfeiting ring, orchestrated by the Iranian Regime, which was sophisticated enough to fool European regulators, on Monday, November 20.

The US Treasury officials described this counterfeiting operation as an attempt by Iran to increase its influence over the Middle East.

They subsequently sanctioned a network of individuals and businesses involved in the counterfeiting and linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its elite Qods Force, including two based in Germany.

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London, 5 Dec - Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, a Harvard-educated Iranian-American political scientist, president of the International American Council, businessman, and leading expert on Iran and US foreign policy, discussed Iran’s increasing presence in Latin America in an article for the Arab News.

Iran’s state-run media outlets have been mentioning Iran’s military participation in Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, and several other countries in Latin America. Iran is trying to increase its naval presence there.

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London, 16 Nov - The Iranian Regime is desperately trying to cover up its responsibility in the large-scale destruction that followed Sunday’s earthquake by downplaying the extent of the damage, suppressing the people, and refusing outside offers of help.

The Regime wants to suppress their people’s legitimate protest and anger over the disaster, so they sent in suppressive government forces like the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) led by Mohammad Ali Jafari and the Basij led by Ali Fazli, rather than aid conveys and the emergency services.

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London, 1 Dec - It appears that toward the end of former president Ahmadinejad’s first term in April 2009, his relationship with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei began to sour, after period of good relations that had defined their alliance up to that point.

When the first Minister of Intelligence, Mohammad Reyshahri, objected to Ahmadinejad’s government separating the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Khamenei told Ahmadinejad to reverse the decision. Ahmadinejad disregarded the Supreme Leader’s objections, and forced Khamenei to make them public.

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London, 16 Nov - In the aftermath of the horrific tragedy that struck Iran late on Sunday, the Iranian regime has all but abandoned the people that need help urgently. After the devastating earthquake hit the country, the Iranian government, bar a few sympathetic tweets, has failed to react appropriately. Instead, it is trying to cover up the reality of the devastation and is trying to suppress the demonstrations that are taking place in solidarity of all those affected.

The people of Iran are angry, and quite rightly so. After the earthquake, instead of sending help in the form of convoys and forces, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Mohammad Ali Jafari and the Basij force commander Ali Fazli were sent.

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