Aban 1 1400 - October 23 2021
How Azerbaijan's anti-Iran policies are backfiring

The hope for de-escalation of tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan following last week's phone call between their foreign affairs ministers, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Jeyhun Bayramov respectively, has so far proved to be short-lived. At a meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States a few days after the call, Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev accused Iran of using the Nagorno-Karabakh region for drug trafficking to Russia and Europe, without producing any proof. Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs pushed back against what it called "Aliyev's astonishing claims." -Eldar Mamedov, Responsible Statecraft 10/22/21

Revealed: Biden rejected way forward in Iran deal talks

Iran's delay in rejoining talks in Vienna to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement has fueled speculation that the new Ebrahim Raisi government has lost interest in the accord. Its deepened mistrust, optimism about its China option, and confidence that it can weather American sanctions have shaped this conclusion, leaving Washington with no choice but to publicly threaten its own shift to more coercion under an undefined Plan B, the narrative goes... -Trita Parsi, Responsible Statecraft 10/21/21

Iran in the SCO: a Forced "Look East" Strategy and an Alternative World Order

On September 17, a package of several dozen documents was signed in Dushanbe at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The highlight of the meeting was the decision taken by the Heads of State Council of the SCO on launching the procedure of granting SCO membership to the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Nikita Smagin, Modern Diplomacy 10/21/21

Iran holds nationwide air force drill, latest armed exercise

Iran on Thursday kicked off an annual air force drill across the country, a week after holding another massive exercise in air defense, state TV reported. The report said bombers, jet fighters, and attack and surveillance drones will participate in the drill, using heavy weapons including laser-guided missiles. -AP 10/21/21

The Same Dogs Are Barking Again!

The Israeli alarmists say they are convinced that Iran is on the brink of a dangerous breakout stage in developing its nuclear bomb. Oy-vey, oy-vey; better stop them now before it's too late! The Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, seems to confirm that we are running out of time for bringing the Iranians to the negotiating table to discuss a less forceful resolution to stop the ticking bomb. Israelis believe they now see a green light from Washington, which means that they can take a unilateral military action against Iran without objections or support by the United States. O, really?! -Kambiz Zarrabi 10/20/21

UAE is now the 'number one' exporter to Iran

In a further sign of a thaw in relations between Iran and the UAE, the Gulf state has become the number one exporter of goods to the Islamic Republic, according to the latest data released by the Iranian Customs Authority. The authority's spokesman, Ruhollah Latifi, released figures on Sunday showing that goods exported from the UAE to Iran were valued at $7 billion over the past six months. -MEMO 10/20/21

UN atomic agency head to visit Iran as nuke talks uncertain

The head of the U.N.'s atomic watchdog plans to visit Iran before the end of next month amid questions about whether Iran will return to negotiations aimed at reviving the languishing 2015 nuclear deal. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said Tuesday he intends to visit Tehran "soon" to discuss and hopefully resolve specific concerns about Iran's nuclear program. -AP 10/20/21

Poll: Iranians disillusioned with Biden, back turn toward East

The Iranian public has grown increasingly disillusioned with the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden and the United States more generally and supports its new government's emphasis on turning more to the East in its international political and economic relations, according to a new survey released Monday by the Iran Poll and the University of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies. -Jim Lobe, Responsible Statecraft 10/19/21

Iran: 'Seriousness' in nuclear talks means lifting sanctions

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said seriousness on the part of the United States in upcoming talks to restore the 2015 nuclear deal would mean lifting sanctions against Iran. In a late-night interview aired by state television, the president said Iran is "serious and committed" to return - at a still unspecified time - to Vienna to resume "result-oriented" talks aimed at restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). -Al Jazeera 10/19/21

EU denies nuclear talks with Iran in Brussels, contradicting Tehran

The EU will not hold talks in Brussels on Thursday with Iran on restarting negotiations over the nuclear deal, a spokeswoman for the bloc said, contradicting a declaration by Tehran. Spokeswoman Nabila Massrali told AFP on Monday: "There will not be a meeting Thursday." "At this stage we cannot confirm if or when a meeting will take place," Massrali said. -AFP 10/19/21

Iran to host multilateral conference on Afghanistan on October 27

Tehran will host a meeting of Afghanistan's neighbours plus Russia next week, the country's foreign ministry has confirmed, with the October 27 event witnessing the presence of all six foreign ministers. During a press conference on Monday, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that in addition to Iran and Russia, the meeting will be attended by China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, who all have land borders with Afghanistan. -Al Jazeera 10/19/21

Iran resumes exports to Saudi Arabia after a year of 'zero' activity

Iran has resumed exports to Saudi Arabia for the first time since the regional rivals stopped bilateral trade last year, a senior official has confirmed. A report of Iran's six-month trade with neighbouring countries was released on Sunday by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), showing Saudi Arabia on the list of the country's export destinations. -MEE 10/19/21

Jardim hails 'fantastic' Al Hilal, Persepolis' Golmohammadi apologises for defeat

Al Hilal SFC head coach Leonardo Jardim hailed his side's display as they brushed aside Persepolis FC 3-0 to reach the 2021 AFC Champions League semi-finals on Saturday. \A second-half brace from Bafetimbi Gomis added to Salem Al Dawsari's fine strike in the first half to help the 2019 champions set up a clash with domestic rivals Al Nassr on Tuesday with a place in the final at stake. -AFC 10/18/21

EU's Borrell 'optimistic' about possible new Iran talks

The European Union's top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday he hoped EU and Iranian diplomats would meet soon to discuss a potential return to nuclear talks but declined to confirm reports of a meeting in Brussels on Thursday. A senior EU official said last week Iran was not ready yet to return to actual talks with world powers over its nuclear programme and related U.S. sanctions but could discuss with the EU in Brussels texts that would later be put forward. -Reuters 10/18/21

Hawks on all sides ready to swoop if Iran drags feet on nuclear talks

Coordinated warnings last week from the US, Israel and the EU that "time is short" to revive an agreement curbing Iran's nuclear activities raise a disturbing question: what will opposing governments do if, as seems likely, Tehran's hardline regime continues to drag its feet while accumulating the wherewithal to build a nuclear weapon? -Simon Tisdall, Guardian 10/18/21

Azerbaijani, Iranian top diplomats try to turn down heat

The foreign ministers of Iran and Azerbaijan have spoken in an apparent attempt to decrease the temperature on the tensions that have erupted between the two sides in recent weeks. Azerbaijan's Jeyhun Bayramov spoke with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian by phone on October 13. The readouts from both sides referred to the heated mutual accusations that Baku and Tehran have been hurling at the other and expressed a willingness to move beyond them. -Eurasianet 10/18/21

Iranian warship fends off pirate attack in Gulf of Aden

An Iranian warship has repelled pirates who were trying to take over two Iranian oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden, state television said. The commander of Iran's navy, terming the incident "maritime terrorism", said on Saturday that the two tankers were attacked by pirates commanding five boats. -Al Jazeera 10/18/21

Note to Blinken: Israel's 'military option' shouldn't be on our table

As indirect talks to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) remain in limbo, the U.S. and Israeli governments continue suggesting that "other options," including military action, are available and will be considered if the talks should fail. The latest example of this came during a press conference between Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week along with their counterpart from the United Arab Emirates. -Daniel Larison, Responsible Statecraft 10/15/21

Saudi-Iran Rapprochement Was Unthinkable Under Trump's Blank Check to the Kingdom

DESPITE HIS PLEDGES to put "America First," Donald Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East prioritized the interests of regimes like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel - nations willing to leverage their strong ties with elites in Washington, D.C., to get what they want. And they did get what they wanted: a blank check for foreign policies built on aggression. Trump's gift of a free hand to America's foreign partners enabled, among other things, accelerating Israeli colonization of the West Bank and Jerusalem... -Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept 10/15/21

US and Israel exploring 'plan B' for if Iran does not resume nuclear talks

The United States and Israel have warned that they are exploring a "plan B" for dealing with Iran if Tehran does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal. With talks to revive the deal at a standstill, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Wednesday that the window for the Islamic Republic to return to the agreement is closing. -Guardian 10/14/21

Azerbaijan, Iran agree to mend ties 'through dialogue'

Azerbaijan says it has agreed to resolve a diplomatic crisis with Iran through dialogue, weeks after ties soured over Tehran's allegations that Israel's military was active in the country. The breakthrough came during talks between Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian by phone, Azerbaijan's foreign ministry said on Wednesday. -Al Jazeera 10/14/21

Amid Israeli threats, Iran touts successful test of anti-missile defense system

The Iranian military said Wednesday it had successfully tested anti-missile defenses for "sensitive" sites during war games in central Iran, after Israeli and US warnings over its nuclear program. "The country's air defenses are perfectly prepared to protect sensitive and vital installations through a multi-layered defense system," said General Amir-Qader Rahimzadeh, commander of Hazrat Khatam al-Anbiya airbase at Semnan -AFP 10/14/21

Iran, Korea Republic settle for share of points

Tehran: Alireza Jahanbakhsh's 76th-minute equaliser ensured Islamic Republic of Iran retained top spot of Group A after a 1-1 draw in their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar clash against Korea Republic on Tuesday. -AFC 10/13/21

Is the old nuke deal with Iran already dead?

Has the nuclear deal with Iran already died an ignominious death? The difficulties in reviving it would suggest it truly has. Ever since President Biden stated it was a priority for his administration, it seems it has been anything but. Delays by both the U.S. and Iran have plagued the negotiations. Both have stated that time is running out. The dynamics have changed so dramatically that there may be no compelling reason for either the U.S. or Iran to return now to the negotiating table. -Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Responsible Statecraft 10/13/21

Iran launches large-scale air defence military drill

Iran's army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have launched a joint military exercise with a focus on air defence that they say will encompass half the country's airspace. The two-day drill, launched in Iran's central desert area in the early hours of Tuesday, was led by the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defence Headquarters. -Al Jazeera 10/13/21

Iraq vote underscores divisions over Iran's role

Iraq's Shiite militias that often serve as a proxy for neighboring Iran have taken a beating in Iraq's election, while a Shiite cleric who set himself apart by taking a more nationalistic approach has emerged as Iraq's strongest political figure. The results underscore growing divisions over Iran's heavy-handed influence in the country, weakening Iran's allies as it seeks to revive its nuclear deal with world powers and engage with its regional rival, Saudi Arabia.-AP 10/13/21

Saudi and Iran signal warming ties but 'real steps' needed

Regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran are showing signs of warming relations, but experts say more work is needed to ease tensions after a five-year rift. Sunni kingpin Saudi Arabia and Shiite-majority Iran cut ties in 2016 after protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic republic following the kingdom's execution of a revered Shiite cleric. -AFP 10/12/21

Microsoft says Iran-linked hackers have targeted US and Israeli defense firms

Suspected Iranian hackers have targeted dozens of defense technology and maritime transportation firms, successfully breaching a small number, in a spying campaign launched since July that could leave some of the companies vulnerable to follow-on hacking attempts, Microsoft announced Monday. -CNN 10/12/21

Partial results show pro-Iran groups losing Iraq election

An alliance of Iraqi candidates representing Shiite militias supported by neighboring Iran has emerged as the biggest loser in the country's national elections, according to partial results released Monday. The results, posted online successively, also showed the bloc of Iraq's populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr maintaining the most seats in parliament, leading in several of Iraq's 18 provinces, including the capital Baghdad. -AP 10/12/21

Preventing an accidental nuclear crisis in Iran and beyond

There has been no sign as to when nuclear talks with Iran may recommence. But after weeks of consultations, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reached a deal on "the way and the timing" for UN nuclear inspectors to service cameras installed at Iran's nuclear facilities. This patchwork agreement has kept alive the possibility of recovering a complete picture of Iran's nuclear program and of reviving the Iran nuclear deal since Iran cut inspector access in February. -Samuel M. Hickey, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 10/11/21

Iran's nuclear chief reports jump in 20 percent enriched uranium

Iran has produced more than 120 kilogrammes (265 pounds) of 20 percent enriched uranium, according to its nuclear chief, a considerable increase compared with the global nuclear watchdog's latest report. In an interview broadcast on state television late on Saturday, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) head Mohammad Eslami said it has more than complied with a December parliament law that demanded production of 120 kilogrammes of 20 percent enriched uranium in one year. -Al Jazeera 10/11/21

So where's all of the 'diplomacy' we've been talking about?

A few weeks have passed since the dramatic collapse of America's two-decade long war in Afghanistan, and the painful failure already is in Washington's rear-view mirror. The Biden administration wants to forget its messy withdrawal; Republicans are focused on scoring political points. The American people largely forgot the war years ago. -Doug Bandow, Responsible Statecraft 10/11/21

Van Marwijk vows UAE will soldier on, Skocic delighted with Iran's resilience

United Arab Emirates boss Bert van Marwijk urged his players to keep fighting after they suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Iran in their latest AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar clash on Thursday. While solitary Mehdi Taremi goal in the 70th minute took Team Melli a step closer to a return to the FIFA World Cup, UAE now find themselves seven points behind the group leaders and five adrift of second placed Korea Republic after three of 10 matches. -AFC 10/8/21

Why the US shouldn't support Azerbaijan against Iran

As tensions are skyrocketing between Iran and Azerbaijan, the usual suspects in Washington are offering vociferous support for Baku and call on the U.S. government to do the same. One of Baku's principal cheerleaders in Washington, the Hudson Institute's Michael Doran, went one step further by posting a picture of Azerbaijan's autocratic president Ilham Aliyev posing next to an Israeli-made drone, allegedly on the Iranian border, as an example to the Biden administration of how to "deal with Iran." -Eldar Mamedov, Responsible Statecraft 10/8/21

US calls for 'imminent' return to nuclear talks with Iran

The Biden administration has called for an "imminent" return to talks in Vienna to revive the Iran nuclear deal, but said a resumption of the negotiations is "hinging on the Iranians". State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Thursday that Washington is willing to continue the talks as soon as Tehran agrees to re-engage in the negotiations, stressing that the path to diplomacy is still open. -Al Jazeera 10/8/21

Iran offers big promises to help rebuild Lebanese economy

Meeting one Lebanese official after another, Iran's top diplomat announced substantial pledges for Lebanon's energy crisis, as foreign players are jostling each other for influence in the Arab country. -Al Monitor 10/8/21

Iranian state TV releases footage of cheering Revolutionary Guards in speedboats 'chasing a US Navy vessel in Persian Gulf'

Iranian state TV has claimed its navy chased a US vessel in the Persian Gulf, with video showing Revolutionary Guards cheering as they tail the speedboat. The footage shows at least one US-flagged vessel with around six personnel on board as two speedboats appear to be chasing it. A voice in Farsi says, 'Keep chasing them,' as other men cheer and whistle in the background. The report did not say when the encounter took place. -Daily Mail 10/8/21

Tensions Flare Up Between Iran And Azerbaijan, Amid Military Drills, Claims And Counterclaims

Relations between Iran and its neighbor Azerbaijan have steadily deteriorated over recent weeks, fueled by military drills on both sides of the border, allegations of an Israeli military presence and the imposition of border controls on a road straddling the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. Iranian forces began a military exercise close to the Azerbaijan border on October 1. -Forbes 10/7/21

Iranian FM in Beirut discusses 'positive' Iran-Saudi talks

Iran's foreign minister said he discussed with officials in Beirut Thursday the "positive" effects of ongoing talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and blamed foreign troops based in the Middle East for regional instability. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is on his first visit to Lebanon since taking his post after Iran's presidential elections this summer. -AP 10/7/21

US efforts to broaden sanctions on Iran won't work

The United States is at a crossroads with Iran as diplomatic talks to revive the nuclear deal stall. President Joe Biden stated recently that the administration is looking at "other options" beyond diplomacy with Iran, even as he promised "relentless diplomacy" in his first address to the United Nations. Amidst a report the Biden administration is reaching out to China to cut its imports of Iranian oil, it appears the United States is prematurely abandoning the diplomacy-first approach. But a return to sanctions wouldn't serve U.S. interests. -Geoff LaMear, Responsible Statecraft 10/6/21

Iran 'concerned' by Israeli 'presence' in the Caucasus

Iran has "serious concerns" about Israel's presence in the Caucasus, as tensions mount between Iran and Azerbaijan over Baku's ties with Israel, a major arms supplier. Iran's new Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, who is in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, said on Wednesday that Iran "certainly will not tolerate geopolitical change and map change in the Caucasus". -Al Jazeera 10/6/21

IDF vows to continue striking Iran's nuclear program

The Israeli military's chief of staff said operations targeting Iran's nuclear program will continue, rebuffing a demand by Tehran that they halt if the United States and the United Nations want inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities to continue. "Operations to destroy Iranian capabilities will continue, in any arena and at any time, and the operational plans against Iran's nuclear program will continue to be developed and improved," IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Kochavi said Tuesday. -Al Monitor 10/6/21

Iran's export to Iraq increases 28% in H1

The value of Iran's export to Iraq has risen 28 percent during the first half of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-September 22), as compared to the same period of time in the past year, the secretary-general of Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce announced. Jahanbakhsh Sanjabi Shirazi said that Iran exported 13.9 million tons of products valued at $3.8 billion to its neighbor Iraq in the first half of this year, which also indicates 50 percent rise in terms of weight. -Tehran Times 10/6/21

Taliban, Iran conclude bilateral economic deals

Afghanistan and Iran yesterday concluded "important" bilateral economic and trade agreements, a spokesman for the Taliban said. Zabihullah Mujahid, who is also acting deputy minister of information and culture in the interim Afghan government, said in a statement that a meeting was held between Afghan and Iranian officials "with the aim of strengthening economic ties and providing necessary facilities for trade issues between the two countries". -MEMO 10/6/21

Washington welcomes news of direct talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, official says

The U.S. welcomes the news of direct communication between longtime Middle Eastern rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, a Biden administration official told CNBC on Monday, at a time when tensions are high in the region and Iran's recently-elected government has not held back in expressing its animosity toward the West. -CNBC 10/5/21

Saudi Arabia confirms recent talks with Iran

Saudi Arabia held discussions with regional rival Tehran last month as talks to ease tensions continue under Iran's conservative President Ebrahim Raisi. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said on Sunday "the fourth round of talks took place on September 21". -Al Jazeera 10/4/21

Death toll in Cyclone Shaheen now 13 as storm churns in Oman

The death toll from Cyclone Shaheen rose to 13 on Monday while other fishermen from Iran remained missing as the storm moved further inland into Oman and weakened. In Iran, the state-run IRNA news agency said rescuers found the bodies of two of five fishermen who went missing off Pasabandar, a fishing village near the Islamic Republic's border with Pakistan. -AP 10/4/21

UAE official says time to manage rivalry with Iran and Turkey

The United Arab Emirates is trying to manage long-running rivalries with Iran and Turkey through dialogue to avoid any new confrontations in the region as the Persian Gulf state hones in on its economy post-COVID-19, a senior official said. Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to the UAE president, told a conference on Saturday there was uncertainty about the United States' commitment to the region and concern about a "looming Cold War" between Washington and Beijing. -Al Jazeera 10/4/21

At Dubai's Expo, the world's problematic politics loom

Iran wants you to put politics aside and marvel over its ornate carpets. Syria wants you to forget about its brutal war and learn about the world's first alphabet. Yemen, on the brink of famine, is very excited about its honey and coffee. Welcome to Dubai's Expo 2020, the first world's fair in the Middle East that boasts over 190 participating countries - except Afghanistan, whose new Taliban rulers are a no-show. -AP 10/4/21

The twisted logic of Iran deal opponents

Insofar as U.S. policy influences Iranian policy, those who have always opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multilateral agreement that limited Iran's nuclear program, have to be creative in constructing their talking points. The record of the last six years has shown that the first half of that period, when the JCPOA was fully in force and international monitoring confirmed Iran's compliance with the strict limits that the agreement had imposed on Iran's nuclear activities, was markedly better... -Paul R. Pillar, Responsible Statecraft 10/1/21

Iran army holds drill near Azerbaijan border amid tensions

Iran's military has launched a large military drill near the country's border with Azerbaijan, in a show of force amid tensions with its neighbouring country partly linked to the latter's close ties with Israel. State television on Friday showed footage of tanks, helicopters, artillery and soldiers being deployed in an unspecified area in northwestern Iran. -Al Jazeera 10/1/21

Iran nuclear talks to resume 'within an acceptable period of time', EU says

Stalled talks between Iran and world powers to reinstate a 2015 nuclear deal will resume "soon", the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday, while Tehran said it was evaluating the previous rounds of negotiations. -France24 10/1/21

US public, especially younger Americans, want more diplomacy, less war

Amid the growing debate over the U.S. role in the world after the end of its "longest war" in Afghanistan, Americans want more diplomatic engagement and less military intervention in their nation's foreign policy, according to the findings of a new poll released by the Eurasia Group Foundation. -Jim Lobe, Responsible Statecraft 9/30/21

'Full of lies': Iran bashes Israeli PM's UN speech

Iran has responded to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's speech at the UN General Assembly, accusing him of trying to propagate "Iran-phobia" and cleanse Israel's actions across the region. Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran's permanent representative to the UN, said in a tweet on Tuesday that Bennett's speech was "full of lies". -Al Jazeera 9/28/21

Are vaccines and Afghanistan routes back to US-Iran engagement?

Efforts on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly last week to catalyze a swift return to talks on the Iran nuclear deal appeared to fizzle. Tehran rejected a group meeting of remaining participants to the 2015 accord and was vague about when it might resume the negotiations in Vienna that were suspended in June. -Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council 9/28/21

Afghan women barred from teaching or attending Kabul University

Women will no longer be allowed to attend classes or work at Kabul University "until an Islamic environment is created," the school's new Taliban-appointed chancellor announced Monday, in the latest move excluding Afghanistan's women from public life. "As long as real Islamic environment is not provided for all, women will not be allowed to come to universities or work. Islam first," Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat said on his official Twitter account. -CNN 9/28/21

Iran's hardliners pursue a complex resistance strategy

While the election of Ebrahim Raisi to the Iranian presidency and the appointment of Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as foreign minister signal a clear victory for the hard-liners in the country, it is unlikely to presage a foreign policy "revolution" under the umbrella of a united regime. As they consolidate power, Iran's leaders will adjust to emerging challenges and opportunities while defending contending agendas and constituencies. -Daniel Brumberg, Responsible Statecraft 9/28/21

In the grip of hunger: only 5 percent of Afghan families have enough to eat

As the harsh Afghan winter looms closer, recent surveys conducted by the World Food Programme (WFP) have revealed that only five percent of families have enough to eat every day, while half reported they had run out of food altogether at least once in the past two weeks. -World Food Programme 9/28/21

At UN, Israel's Bennett Hints at Military Action Against Iran

Addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hinted at possible military action against Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic's nuclear program of crossing "all red lines." "Iran's nuclear program has hit a watershed moment. And so has our tolerance," Bennett said. "Words do not stop centrifuges from spinning." -Antiwar.com 9/28/21

Iran, Saudi sides continue tension-easing talks in Baghdad

Representatives from Iran and Saudi Arabia have held a new round of talks in Baghdad, two Iraqi officials said Monday, in the first such meeting between the regional foes since a new president was sworn in in Tehran. The meeting held last week discussed "pending issues between the two countries according to a previously agreed on roadmap, including diplomatic representation between the two countries," according to one Iraqi official. -AP 9/28/21

Iran and IAEA in new disagreement over nuclear monitoring

Iran and the global nuclear watchdog have found themselves in disagreement over the contents of an understanding reached earlier this month, which was part of efforts to restore the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran decided to restrict international inspections of its nuclear sites in 2019 agreed as part of the landmark deal after the United States withdrew a year earlier. It, however, later granted limited access to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). -Al Jazeera 9/27/21

Biden admin sends 'negative sign' by keeping sanctions on Tehran, says new Iranian foreign minister

Iran remains ready to return to nuclear talks "very soon" but the Biden administration has sent a "negative sign" by failing to lift economic sanctions and imposing new sanctions against Tehran, Iran's new foreign minister told NBC News. The foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell that President Joe Biden needed to back up his talk of diplomacy with concrete actions to show Iran that Washington is serious about restoring a 2015 nuclear deal. -NBC News 9/24/21

To help U.S. allies flee Afghanistan, these advocates turned to Iran

The female lawmakers were moving from house to house, trying to stay one step ahead of the Taliban fighters they feared were stalking former government officials since taking over Afghanistan last month. The militants controlled Kabul airport, threatening one escape route. At the borders, security was more relaxed, but most neighboring countries had declined to give visas to the women. And no help came from the United States, which had worked with at least one of the lawmakers... -Washington Post 9/24/21

Saudi king expresses hope for the direct talks with Iran

Saudi Arabia's monarch expressed hope Wednesday that the kingdom's direct talks with Iran will lead to confidence building as the two bitter regional rivals take small steps toward dialogue following several years of heightened tensions. King Salman made the remarks in a pre-recorded speech delivered to leaders gathered for the U.N. General Assembly. -AP 9/23/21

Report: US, Israel Held Secret Talks on Possible 'Plan B' for Iran

US and Israel officials held secret talks last week on a "plan b" for Iran if negotiations to revive the nuclear deal do not resume, Axios reported on Wednesday. The talks were led by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart, Eyal Hulata. Earlier this year, the US and Israel revived a strategic dialogue on Iran between the two nations' security councils. Last week's talks were the first time the group was convened since Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet replaced Benjamin Netanyahu. -Antiwar.com 9/23/21

AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group G: IR Iran defeat Bangladesh to set up decider with Jordan

Iran are one victory away from qualifying for their first ever AFC Women's Asian Cup, after defeating Bangladesh 5-0 at Bunyodkor Stadium on Wednesday. The win brought Maryam Irandoost's side level with Jordan at the top of Group G, with the winners of Saturday's clash between the two sides to decide who advances to January's Finals in India. -AFC 9/22/21

Empowering women in Iraq and Afghanistan: Is this the actual question?

At a time when the voices of American and British officials, and the official media in the West in general, are loudly denouncing the lack of support for Afghan women in the recently formed Taliban government, and the failure to allocate a percentage of political representation to them, in any other position, the absent Iraqi women live like their Afghan counterparts, in the shadow of the silence of the same parties. -Haifa Zangana, MEMO 9/22/21

Biden's Middle East policy is just sugar-coated business as usual

U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has proved to be business as usual for the Biden administration, though superficially presented as a break from the Trump administration's embrace of the region's authoritarian leaders. Biden has also stressed democracy and the rule of law as the linchpin of the United States' contest with China, Russia, and the global rise of authoritarianism. -John Hursh and Sarah Leah Whitson, Responsible Statecraft 9/22/21

Why Iran is hesitant to help the Afghan refugees?

Since the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan in August 2021, the number of Afghans seeking asylum in Iran in search of safety and economic opportunity has increased dramatically. In this regard, Fatemah Awan, a non-resident senior fellow at the Middle East Institute argues as the Taliban secured control of the border, many of those who entered Iran have been detained and returned so why Iran is not willing to help the Afghan refugees? -Global Village Space 9/21/21

No Ministers' Meeting on Iran Nuclear Deal at U.N., Says EU's Borrell

Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will not meet with Iran at the United Nations this week to discuss a return to nuclear deal talks, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday. Diplomats were tentatively planning for a ministerial meeting of the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday on the sidelines of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders. -Reuters 9/21/21

Iran defeats Japan to win Asian Volleyball Championship

Iran defeated Japan 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 31-29) on Sunday to win the 21st Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship. After the poor performance in the 2020 Olympic Games, Iran participated in the Asian championship with the young players. 9/20/21

What Iran's membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation means

Iran's bid to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was approved after almost 15 years by the bloc's seven permanent members on Friday. After the technical and legal process concludes - which could take up to two years - Iran will formally join a group that accounts for about one-third of the world's land and exports trillions of dollars annually - as it counts China, Russia and India, in addition to several Central Asian states, among its members. -Al Jazeera 9/20/21

About the only job women can do for the Kabul government is clean female bathrooms, acting mayor says

Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, and only women whose jobs cannot be done by men are allowed to come to work -- the latest restrictions imposed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The order, announced by Kabul's acting Mayor Hamdullah Nohmani on Sunday, effectively means women are now barred from government work in the Afghan capital. -CNN 9/20/21

Middle East cooperation appears to be breaking out - the untold story

To many in the U.S. foreign policy establishment, the images of chaos at Kabul airport last month appeared to vindicate an article of faith in Washington - when the U.S. leaves, chaos ensues. But while all eyes were on Afghanistan, an arguably more consequential event occurred in Baghdad as a direct result of Washington's military shift away from the Middle East: Saudi, Iranian and Emirati foreign ministers were coming together at a regional security summit hosted by the Iraqi government. -Trita Parsi, Responsible Statecraft 9/20/21

Iran Joins Expanding Asian Security Body Led by Moscow, Beijing

Iran joined a rapidly expanding central Asian security body led by Russia and China on Friday, calling on the countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to help it form a mechanism to avert sanctions imposed by the West. The body, formed in the 2001 as a talking shop for Russia, China and ex-Soviet states in Central Asia, expanded four years ago to include India and Pakistan, with a view to playing a bigger role as counterweight to Western influence in the region. -Reuters 9/17/21

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