Experts argue that a regimented Iran led by a hardliner president might be more confident in dealing with the West.
The Islamic Republic’s cleric-dominated top Guardian Council disqualifies all moderate and reformist candidates ahead of the June presidential election, paving the way for a conservative victory.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s unorthodox views towards Iran’s military establishment angers the supreme leader, deepening moderate-hardliner infighting as June elections approach.
Iran’s state TV showed paratroopers landing behind mock enemy lines on the Gulf of Oman and preparing attacks with missile launchers.
Iranian dissident and journalist Ruhollah Zam, who has a mass following on social media, was convicted of fomenting violence during anti-government protests in 2017.
Iranian authorities blame Israel and an exiled opposition group for the assassination of its top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Fakhrizadeh, killed in an attack outside Tehran, was widely seen by Western intelligence as the mastermind of clandestine Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Here's more on the man whose killing is being blamed on Israel.
Despite increasing attacks led by Iran-backed Shia militias in Baghdad, Washington wants to avoid a major escalation of tensions ahead of the crucial US elections. Tehran has its own reasons to de-escalate.
US Justice Department accused Iran of "forcibly" boarding an unrelated ship after the four tankers were seized "in an apparent attempt to recover the seized petroleum."
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps destroys replica of US aircraft carrier with missiles during military exercises near Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for a fifth of global oil output.
Israel is reported to be behind the strikes which sources say targeted a major Iran-backed ammunition depot on the edge of the Syrian capital and killed five fighters linked with the Islamic republic.
Iran is gradually reducing its presence in the Middle East in the face of Israeli attacks and an economic crisis triggered by the pandemic and sanctions.
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