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The officials targeted ahead of Friday's vote include Ahmad Jannati, a 92-year-old cleric who, according to the Treasury Department, oversaw the disqualification of nearly half the 16,033 potential.

IRGC commander Mohammad Reza Yazdi claimed Iranian forces stopped Tehran from becoming another Beirut or Baghdad.

What does Avicenna offer today's Iranians?

Austin Bodetti

What does Avicenna offer today's Iranians?

Feature: The legacy of the medieval polymath Avicenna has offered Iranians an opportunity to engage with the intersection of their Islamic and Persian heritages, writes Austin Bodetti.

Iran backlash after top cleric meets ban-stricken Khatami

The New Arab & agencies

Iran backlash after top cleric meets ban-stricken Khatami

A hardline member of Iran's powerful Guardian Council faced a backlash after meeting controversial ex-President Mohammad Khatami.

UN investigators begin probe of IS crimes in Iraq

The New Arab

UN investigators begin probe of IS crimes in Iraq

Investigators from the UN have begun collecting evidence on the massacres of the Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic ...

The New Arab

Half of Yazidis kidnapped by IS 'still missing'

More than 3,000 Yazidis - mostly women or girls - are still being held by Islamic State group militants or are considered missing, Iraqi Kurdish officials said on Sunday.

The New Arab

Iranian dissident and former foreign minister dies in Turkey

Ebrahim Yazdi became a strong opponent of the Iranian regime after resigning from his post in government in 1979, when radical students ...

Soheil Asefi

Iran's 'resistance economy' dries out in neoliberal rehab

Comment: As the big game hits the headlines once again, a look at the "Resistance Economy" in Iran gives us a clearer picture of the ongoing ...

Soheil Asefi

What does the future hold for post-Khamenei Iran?

Elections for Assembly of Experts in Iran are making headlines. This time it's a decisive one, as Iran's elite prepare for ruling after Khamenei.

Top Iran commander: support for Assad 'necessary'

Farah al-Zaman Shawki

Top Iran commander: support for Assad 'necessary'

Defending the 'axis of resistance' in Syria is a 'necessary' element of Tehran's foreign policy, Mohammad Ali Jafari said in comments carried by ...

John McHugo

Making history relevant: Sunni and Shia solidarity in Iraq

Review: Two books explore the history of Sunni-Shia solidarity in Iraq during the First World War, a history that, in today’s climate, deserves ...

Hard-line ayatollah elected to lead Iran's most powerful clerics

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Hard-line ayatollah elected to lead Iran's most powerful clerics

Mohammad Yazdi, an aging ultra-conservative, has been elected to head Iran's Assembly of Experts, which chooses or dismisses the ...

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