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Iran’s relations with its Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) neighbours have entered a dangerous new phase in the febrile world of Arab politics that has followed the upsurge in popular protest and toppling of North African regimes. Amid claims of bellicose meddling in domestic affairs, it would not be over-dramatic to talk about the emergence of a new Arab-Iranian cold war, reflected in actions such as Kuwait’s 31 March announcement that it would expel an unspecified number of Iranian diplomats for alleged spying and the mid-March attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia
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Sinohydro Corporation has signed a $2bn deal with the local Farabi company to build a 1,500MW hydroelectric dam in south-west Iran, state media reported on 21 March.

Iran
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Tehran’s security forces and riot police were on the streets on Sunday 20 February using batons and tear gas to prevent opposition groups and individuals from commemorating the deaths of two young Iranians, Sanee Zhaleh, a Kurd, and Mohammad Mokhtari, who were shot dead during anti-government protests on 14 February.

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Pro and anti-government demonstrations were due to be held in Tehran as GSN went to press. The former will celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution on 11 February, while the latter will be a march in support of Tunisia’s Jasmine revolution and the anti-Mubarak protesters in Egypt.

Iran
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After a year of turbulence and widespread civil unrest following disputed presidential elections, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government has consolidated its position with the support of the president’s powerful backer, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC or Pasdaran).

Iran
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The GCC states have differing views on the Iranian threat, with hardliners pushing for military action and others preferring the diplomatic route

Iran | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Yemen | Oman | Qatar
Issue 890 - 26 November 2010

Kuwait imposes UN sanctions on Iran

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On 11 November, the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) issued a circular to all local banks, investment companies and money exchanges, ordering them to freeze assets and cease dealing with Iranian financial institutions that contribute to the country’s nuclear activities, according to Kuwait’s Al-Qabas newspaper and other local media.

Iran | Kuwait
Issue 890 - 26 November 2010

Kuwait imposes UN sanctions on Iran

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On 11 November, the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) issued a circular to all local banks, investment companies and money exchanges, ordering them to freeze assets and cease dealing with Iranian financial institutions that contribute to the country’s nuclear activities

Iran | Kuwait
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As federal President Jalal Talabani asks prime minister-designate Nouri Al-Maliki to form a cabinet, there will follow 30 days of delicate negotiations. Maliki must also find at least 163 votes by 11 December in order for his government to be ratified. Some progress has been made.

Iran | Iraq
Issue 890 - 26 November 2010

UN report reveals North Korean meddling

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North Korea is involved in the continuous support of nuclear and ballistic missile-related activity in Iran and Syria, according to a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) report.

Iran | Syria | Lebanon
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In the wake of US and EU sanctions imposed earlier in the year, Iranian oil companies are struggling for business internationally as well as domestically, highlighted by the recent closure of the BP-Iranian Oil Company joint venture-operated Rhum natural gas field in the UK’s North Sea

Iran
Issue 889 - 12 November 2010

PROCUREMENT: Iran and UAE airforces

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Air force to test homemade S-300, UH-60M deliveries, Apache fleet

Iran | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The confusion of a post-Saddam Iraq has presented Iran with countless opportunities to extend its tentacles of influence. GSN outlines the Islamic Republic’s strategy for keeping its rival at bay

Iran | Iraq
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The US Defence Department was ordered to draw up detailed contingency plans for launching military strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Attacks on Christians in Iraq have increased in recent weeks. Defence secretary Robert Gates has announced that the US will boost support to Yemen following October’s foiled bomb plot

Iran | Yemen | Iraq
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The hand of Tehran – and its formidable IRGC – reaches far into the Gulf states, throwing up questions of allegiance and fears of a US or Israeli-orchestrated military strike. Each state has a different experience, and the region is divided over how to deal with subversive activities within and across its borders

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