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'Made in Iran': Iranian weapons in Iraq conflict

With sanctions strangling its ability to get its hands on weapons, Iran's only way of amassing a stockpile of arms has been to build them itself. Sniper rifles, armoured vehicles or even surveillance drones make up the Islamic Republic's store of military hardware. Now, Tehran is busy secretly funnelling these weapons to groups taking on the Islamic State group in Iraq. Read more...

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Iranian media publishes fake photos of ‘loot seized by Yemen’s Houthis’


Yemen’s Houthi rebels reportedly seized dozens of missiles, rocket launchers and entire cases of ammo after they attacked a Saudi army post earlier this week. At least that’s what the Iranian media say, and they published photos to prove it. The problem is that some of these photos were taken years ago, often very far from the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Read more...
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Iran’s underground restaurants serve up pork, wine and a pinch of freedom


In the Islamic State of Iran, restaurants are not allowed to serve items forbidden by sharia law, like alcohol and pork. And yet, it is possible to find underground establishments that serve them. Read more…
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Iran mistakenly promotes hijab with ancient bas-relief of veiled men


This poster displayed in the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran features an image of an ancient Persian sculpture alongside a message praising the merits of the Islamic veil, or hijab. The veiled figures in the bas-relief are supposed to demonstrate that Iranian women have been covering their heads for centuries. However, if you look a little closer, you can see that the veiled people aren’t actually women. Read more…
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Iran's coast guard uses 'battering ram' to stop illegal fishing


Along Iran's protected Miankaleh Peninsula on the Caspian Sea coastline, fisherman have been illegally fishing for years. Seizing their small boats doesn't appear to be dissuading them. So Iran's coast guard has come up with a radical technique: ram into the vessels at sea, and leave the helpless fishermen to fend for themselves. Read more...


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Iran’s 'shadow commander' steps into the spotlight

Less than two years ago, the New Yorker magazine ran a lengthy profile of Major General Qassem Suleimani, a discreetly influential Iranian military operative, dubbing him “the shadow commander” for his role helping Bashar Al Assad fight rebels in Syria. Recently, however, Suleimani has been moving out of the shadows and square into the spotlight. Read more...

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Iranians defy ban on images of reformist ex-president Khatami


Earlier this week, Iran’s federal prosecutors decreed that it was illegal for the media to publish photos or news about former president Mohamed Khatami. This quickly backfired: Iranians promptly launched an online campaign titled “We are Khatami’s media” on Facebook, garnering nearly 30,000 likes in 24 hours, and many of them published photos of him under multiple hashtags. Read more…
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Iranians defy ban on Valentine’s Day


February 14 is celebrated by lovebirds all over the world, but Iranian authorities have decreed that references to Valentine’s Day will not be allowed in stores. The ban, however, is being willfully ignored by many. Read more...
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Residents struggle to breathe as dust storms batter Iran


For more than a week, a series of dust storms have been battering southwestern Iran, especially the region of Khouzestan and its capital Ahvaz, which is already ranked as the most polluted city in the world by the World Health Organization. Residents have been sharing their photos and their frustration on social media with the hashtag #KhouzestanCantBreathe. Read more...
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