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Has Iran (or proxies) proposed any long-term strategies for the destruction of Israel? [closed]

The general consensus is that Iran and its proxies (e.g., Hamas and Hezbollah) long for the destruction of the Jewish state, viewing it as an usurping colonial entity in Arab Muslim lands. Let us ...
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Why does the Islamic Republic of Iran view the US as its principal geopolitical adversary in the world?

No US administration has ever vowed to annihilate Iran. American citizens don't chant anti-Iranian slogans on the streets. Iranian flags aren't being burnt in America, and there's hardly any animosity ...
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Why does the US view Iran as its principal geopolitical adversary in the Middle East?

The vast majority of Islamist terrorism against the US and Europe is done by Saudi-aligned Salafi jihadist groups. Indeed, this was the case in the worst act of terrorism against the US—indeed, ...
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Why aren't Iran and Pakistan working together?

Iran and Pakistan have traded attacks on each other's soil recently. Both claimed to be targeting terrorist groups based just over the border. Both countries have professed outrage at the strikes on ...
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To whom does the Iranian leader refer as an Israeli official? [closed]

In 2002, Iran's political and religious leader, Mr. Ali Khamenei, delivered a speech that says: One of the top officials of the Zionist usurper regime of Israel made a recommendation to the Americans ...
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Is it legal to justify a terrorist attack against the Iranian people by Iranian opposition group (or Israelis who speak Persian) in the west? [closed]

According to the NBC: Two explosions killed at least 84 people in southern Iran on Wednesday at a memorial event for a senior Iranian general killed in a 2020 U.S. drone strike, ramping up tensions ...
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What was India's response to alleged Iranian attack on a ship off her coast?

Recently, there was a drone attack on a ship off India's coast on the Arabian Sea. The US has said that this attack was carried out from Iranian soil. Iran has denied these allegations. [Source] What ...
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Have any international organizations negotiated with Iran about ceasing their weapon supply to the Houthi?

After a recent attack, in which a Norwegian-owned ship heading to Italy got attacked by Houthi missiles (aljazeera) I am curious if there were any efforts from international organizations to resolve ...
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Which side of the conflict in Syria used child soldiers?

According to Iranwire, the practice of child soldiers / martyrs is still happening in the region of the levant, namely in Syria: Although the practice is most often associated the Iran-Iraq War, ...
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What impact did the martyrdom of Iranian children have on the Iran-Iraq war?

Iraq's extensive use of chemical weapons, and deliberate attacks on civilian targets. A notable feature of the war was the state-sanctioned glorification of martyrdom among Iranian children; the ...
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Why did Russia vote to renew the arms embargo and other sanctions on Yemen?

On both Feb 28, 2022 and Feb 16, 2023 Russia voted to renew the arms embargo and other sanctions on Yemen. Why would they do that when Iran is probably not too pleased, given that e.g. the US 5th ...
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How justified are the US strikes against the IRGC troops of Iran in Syria from the point of view of international law?

Pentagon(U.S. Department of Defence 26 October 2023: Today, at President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted self-defense strikes on two facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran’s ...
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What was the reason for Trump's administration to withdraw from JCPOA? [duplicate]

From the Wikipedia article for JCPOA: After the Trump administration twice certified Iran's compliance in 2017, in May 2018 the United States withdrew from JCPOA as Trump pledged he would negotiate a ...
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Did Iran retaliate against Sweden in any way after the latter designated IRGC as terrorists?

According to Wikipedia, in Europe only one country designates the IRGC as terrorist: Sweden since May 2023. When the US declared the IRGC terrorists in 2019, Iran retaliated symbolically by declaring ...
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Why does Afghanistan use Solar Hijri calendar while they don't celebrate Nowruz as the new year day? [closed]

I was reading the Wikipedia article for Nowruz and the first map caught my eye: Iran is the only country that Nowruz is both a national holiday and the new year. Afghanistan on the other hand just ...
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Who gained more successes in Iran-Iraq war? [closed]

From the infobox of the Wikipedia article for the Iran-Iraq war: Result: Stalemate; both sides claim victory. Iraqi failure to capture Iranian territories and bolster Arab separatism in Iran's ...
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What did China offer to Saudi Arabia and Iran in the triparty pact?

In April 2023, China mediated and signed a triparty deal with Saudi Arabia and Iran. As a result, Saudi Arabia normalized its relations with Iran after many decades. What is the thing that China ...
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Besides Iran, are there any other countries which have held referendums to determine the future political system with only one candidate?

On 30-31 March, 1979 a referendum was held in Iran to determine the political system of the country (Previously the monarchial regime had been overthrown on February 11, 1979). But the problem with ...
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Does China sell more weapons to Iran or to Saudi Arabia?

Interestingly, China is selling some non-trivial weapons like ballistic missiles to the "traditional US ally" Saudi Arabia. Is it possible to know if China sells more weapons [e.g. in terms ...
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Why are most US news programs silent about Iran-Saudi deal announced at Beijing on March 10th?

Saudi Arabia, Iran restore relations in a deal brokered by China on March 10th. Now 3 days have passed, but I only saw MSNBC and BBC briefly reported it on their TV programs once. All the other news ...
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What does China have to gain from renewed ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/11/us/politics/saudi-arabia-iran-china-biden.html China has been seeking military bases of its own in the region as it pursues energy resources and influence beyond ...
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Has Iran presented any evidence that their drones (used in Ukraine) were sent to Russia before the war?

It seems Iran initially denied they sent drones to Russia, but later Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that they sent some, but before the war. “Some western countries have accused ...
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Why Iran does not sell drones to Ukraine instead?

Iran provides Shahed-136 drones to Russia, to launch them into Ukraine. This way, Iran obviously gets into friction with the EU, the US, and other world powers that are standing on Ukraine's side. ...
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Are Iranian citizens subject to their regime's laws on dress, etc., when they are publicly on view outside the country?

There have been countless images of female Iranian supporters dressed in party-hats and looking every bit as casually turned out as any Western women. In view of the recent severe, and brutal, actions ...
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What is/has been the obstruction to resurrecting the Iran nuclear deal exactly as it was agreed under the Obama administration?

If all parties are interested in reviving the deal, why didn't they all just re-agree to exactly the same terms that were already negotiated back in 2015? Which side is demanding more than what they ...
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Iran's Military in Which Regime Had More Power? [closed]

At the moment, Iran holds the 14th rank in military power in comparison to other countries. Iran's Supreme Leader claims that he has been prioritizing military power over the economy to increase ...
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Can The International Court of justice take action regarding the murder of Mahsa Amini by the Khamenei regime?

On 16 September 2022, a 22-year-old Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini, (Euro News), died in Tehran, Iran, under suspicious circumstances, potentially due to police brutality. Can The International Court ...
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What is the state of the relationship between the US Democrats and Israel? [closed]

Recently, the Democrats granted a visa to Iran's President Raisi, against opposition, and he attacked the Holocaust. As I heard, some of his bodies who got visas are IRGC commanders, which is a ...
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What practical advantages does Iran get from full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation over and above bilateral deals it has?

Besides some (obvious) PR, what does full SCO membership mean for Iran that they don't get e.g. from their bilateral deals with China or with Russia? There is a somewhat long article in Tehran Times ...
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What's the interest of reviving JCPOA when it can be revoked by the next US president?

In 2015 P5+1 signed an agreement(JCPOA) with the Islamic Republic of Iran and after 3 years, Trump revoked the deal and now they are about to revive it. Given that the deal does not have enough ...
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Why is the Iran regime so obsessed with Salman Rushdie?

I'm trying to understand why the Iran regime considers Salman Rushdie such a problem that they put millions of dollars bounties on him over the years. From my vague understanding Rushdie wrote an ...
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Does the US have a plan B in case the negotiations with Iran fail?

On October 13, 2021, the Guardian talked about a possible "plan B" in case Iran doesn't want to rejoin the negotiations, but did not clarify what that "Plan B" practically means, ...
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How do the Iranian authorities or state-leaning media describe Muqtada al-Sadr?

Muqtada al-Sadr despite being Shia seems to be leading an Iraqi faction that seems to want to be less aligned with Iran. (His supporters have recently stormed the parliament, "chanting anti-Iran ...
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What are the political obstacles to the resurrection of the Nabucco pipeline from Iran?

As already reported by another question the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom has ceased gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria. The problem with alternative supplies is that they are few and ...
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Has Iran built this missile defense system by copying Russian S-200 system?

Iran unveils its new local-made AD-200 air defense missile system during DIMDEX 2022 in Qatar Has Iran built this missile defense system by copying or reverse-engineering the Russian S-200 system? Or,...
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How did Iran mitigate the effect of the SWIFT sanctions on them?

It seems to me although Iran faced hash sanctions with SWIFT ban in 2012 and again in 2018, their GDP took a hit and dropped for two years and but rebounded again (even through Covid). From the chart ...
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How exactly will the US restoring sanction waivers on Iran's civilian nuclear activity help Iran?

Recently it was announced that the Biden administration has restored the waivers on sanctions on Iran's civilian nuclear program - revoked in 2020 by the Trump administration - which were part of the ...
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How is Iran sustaining its economy?

Iran has been under US sanctions for a long time now. Why isn't Iran collapsing like Venezuela or Cuba? How is Iran sustaining its economy?
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Can you be an avowed atheist in Iran?

It seems that, at least as recently as 2014, Iran had a death penalty for apostasy. But apostasy isn't non-belief. In fact, that charge seems to be a rather contextual matter. In this Guardian story ...
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Is Iran's claim of civilian uses for 60%-enriched Uranium valid?

(This is a followup question, I suppose, to: Are there non-military uses of 20%-enriched Uranium?) Following the US pulling out of the JCPOA agreement in 2018, and the other signatories enabling ...
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What do those Iranians who say "Death to America!" mean by it?

I was watching an old Anthony Bourdain show and I saw local Iranians in Tehran chanting "Death to America!" and then in the next scene saying "We need one day to be friends". Do ...
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Is there anything the United States can do to stop the Taliban from selling American made military equipment to Iran?

Today I have been wondering about the possibility of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan selling some American made military equipment to Iran as a way of raising much needed cash for the new Taliban ...
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What are downsides of Israel's starting war on Iran? [closed]

Influenced by this question, now been deleted. In that question its author in rude and abusive form asked about why Israel still not bombing Iran. I wonder what downsides (other than massacring ...
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Why is Former President Trump criticized for leaving the Iran Deal and his 'Maximum Pressure' campaign?

(Inspired by another question which was closed and deleted as a push question.) According to the Financial Tribune: The US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said the maximum pressure campaign ...
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Why is the media assuming Iran did actually try to kidnap Masih Alinejad? [closed]

Recently four Iranians were accused of plotting to kidnap activist Masih Alinejad. Since then we've had articles like these in the media: Activist targeted in kidnapping plot says Iran is testing the ...
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Why didn't the USA invade Iran before they could build up their missile arsenal?

Iran's Ballistic Missile Program According to the above article, even though Iran started its domestic missile program during the 80s, it achieved its long-range missiles around the 2000s. As of 2021,...
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Does the US officially acknowledge that Iran diverted a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan in 2010?

Iran and Kyrgyzstan have claimed that a flight from Abu Dhabi to Bishkek was forced to land in Iran in 2010, leading to the arrest of Abdolmalek Rigi, who was later executed. Interestingly, US ...
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Where can I find a copy of Iran's proposal pertaining to Palestine to U.N. Security Council on November 1, 2019?

From the official Khamenei.ir's "Which final solution?" It appears that the uproar and the responses of the American and Zionist authorities and their mercenaries are for the most part ...
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Does IAEA conduct spot checks / surprise visits at Iranian nuclear facilities?

I have heard it claimed (in personal conversations) that when the IAEA wishes to make an inspection/visit to an Iranian nuclear facility, it is required to announce its visit a good number of days in ...
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Is Iran considered a democracy by the Western world?

In Iran, there is a supreme leader and a guardian council on top of the parliament. Any candidate for parliament must be approved by the supreme leader and the guardian council. Therefore, this is not ...
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