Iranian Nuclear Program

Here's How Iranian Airlines Are Violating Sanctions

Nearly two hundred flights have taken off from airfields in the Islamic Republic of Iran to land in Syria since the Iran nuclear deal was announced one year ago, according to publicly available flight-tracking data. These commercial aircraft have almost certainly been ferrying troops and arms that, in conjunction with Russian air strikes and the deployment of thousands of Iranian forces, have staved off defeat for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Honorable Mr. Rouhani

Iran's Parliamentary Resolution on the JCPOA

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Iran's Leaders Say They Will Expand Their Military Capabilities

An Iranian long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (Capable) is launched during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman's shore near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran January 2, 2012. (Reuters)