Middle East


  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi Crown Price Mohammed bin Salman at the Royal Court in Riyadh on January 14, 2019. (Photo by AFP) 2019-01-14 20:59

    Pompeo in Mideast to corner Iran but Tehran not cowed

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been touring the Middle East to rally support against Iran, but Tehran is not impressed.

  • Mike Pompeo 2019-01-11 17:22

    U.S. to host Iran-focused world summit next month -Pompeo

    The United States plans to host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News in a report published on Friday.

  • Mideast has turned into U.S. graveyard due to Iran’s resistance: cleric 2019-01-04 22:02

    Mideast has turned into U.S. graveyard due to Iran’s resistance: cleric

    TEHRAN – Hojatoleslam Mohammad Javad Haj Ali Akbari, a new Tehran Friday prayer leader, said on Friday that the Middle East has turned into a graveyard for the United States because of the Iranian nation’s resistance.

  • salami 2018-12-29 21:05

    U.S. policies in the region have failed: general

    TEHRAN - Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps second-in-command, said on Saturday that the U.S. policies and strategies in the Middle East region have ended in failure.

  • Trump 2018-12-29 12:26

    By Martin Love

    Trump may have begun a serious turn for the better in the Middle East

    NORTH CAROLINA - Rarely does a U.S. President show common sense and a recognition of what is obvious. Donald Trump is indeed having some second thoughts about U.S. foreign policy, as suggested in a recent column, and it is extremely welcome even if hopes for change prove erroneous. He told some top brass in the military that: “We are spread out all over the world. We are in countries most people have not even heard about. Frankly, it’s ridiculous. You can’t have any more time. You’ve had enough time,” Trump stated.

  • Iran tops Middle East for applied mathematics in 2017 2018-12-27 10:07

    Iran tops Middle East for applied mathematics in 2017

    TEHRAN – Iran ranked first among the Middle-Eastern countries for development in applied mathematics in 2017, data released by the SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) show, ISNA reported on Wednesday.

  • dehqani 2018-12-17 21:30

    Interferences prevent stabilizing Mideast, Iran regrets

    TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Gholam-Hossein Dehqani said on Monday that interferences by extra-regional countries prevent a stabilization of the Middle East.

  • JCPOA cannot protect Iran’s interests: ex-nuclear negotiator 2018-12-09 20:14

    We need stronger region not strongmen, Zarif tweets

    TEHRAN – A stronger region, rather than strongmen, is needed by regional countries, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday.

  • zarif 2018-12-08 22:30

    Zarif says U.S. has turned region into ‘gunpowder store’

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the U.S. has turned the Middle East region into a “gunpowder store”.

  • Eshagh Al habib 2018-12-07 20:52

    Iran blames Israeli occupation as the root cause of Middle East conflicts

    Iran's permanent mission to the United Nations has described the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories as the root cause of all existing conflicts and crises across the Middle East region.

  • U.S.-Saudi 2018/12/05

    By Mudasir Sheikh

    Hypocrisy of U.S. and its Mideast allies

    There is no denying the fact that the U.S. is using Saudi oil card to damage the oil-based economies of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela as they are unfailingly challenging Washington’s hegemony.

  • zarif 2018-12-03 21:24

    U.S. seeking to ‘permanently’ destabilize region, Zarif says

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the U.S. is seeking to destabilize the Middle East region “permanently” to justify its heinous policy.

  • Trump 2018-11-28 10:57

    By Martin Love

    Bold counter moves even if naïve are worth marginal examination at least

    NORTH CAROLINA - President Rouhani and other leaders in Iran have lately been appealing for unity among all Muslims to counter the threats posed by the Israelis and the U.S. and the Saudis to sow yet more chaos in the Middle East. No one can argue against the idea of such unity, but aside from a few discrete periods in Islamic history the effective unity of the “ummah” has been and seems to remain a chimera, a least when viewed from any purely political angle.

  • سرلشگرموسوی 2018-11-17 00:38

    Army chief: U.S. dominance in West Asia has waned

    TEHRAN – The Iranian Army chief said on Thursday that the era of U.S. dominance in West Asia has come to an end.

  • ‘U.S. will be forced to leave Middle East’ 2018-11-12 08:13

    ‘U.S. will be forced to leave Middle East’

    TEHRAN – Thanks to the Islamic Ummah’s resistance, the U.S. will be defeated and will have to leave the Persian Gulf, Syria and other countries in the Middle East, a senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said on Sunday.

  • ‘Regional cooperation, only way to tackle SDSs’ 2018-11-09 22:41

    ‘Regional cooperation, only way to tackle SDSs’

    TEHRAN – Sand and dust storms (SDSs) severely hitting the southern part of the country posing threat to human and environmental well-being, requires the cooperation of neighboring countries to be tackled, head of the international affairs at the Department of Environment (DOE) has said.

  • Pakistan-China 2018-11-06 07:46

    ‘CPEC vital link for China, Pakistan’

    TEHRAN -The ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would serve as a vital link for the two countries to the Middle East and Central Asian Republics and open fresh investment avenues, new markets and vistas, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday.

  • Martin Love 2018-10-15 12:26

    By Martin Love

    The beginning of Trump’s unravelling may be at hand

    You have to wonder about the Saudis who, aside from the Zionists, are considered the number one U.S. ally in the Middle East. And the latest incarnation of Saudi Arabia’s “leadership” is Muhammad bin Salman, the designated crown prince of the Kingdom, who for stupidity may know no equal at the moment.

  • Trump 2018-10-12 10:11

    By Hanif Ghaffari

    Trump's Strategic weakness in west Asia

    TEHRAN - In his recent remarks, Donald Trump said that if he wasn't at top of the U.S. political and executive equations, Iran would capture the Middle East (West Asia)! This is while Islamic Republic of Iran created stability in the West Asian region, and besides, has stood against the long-term, medium-term, and short-term and destructive goals of the United States and its allies in the region.

  • Anand Gopal 2018-10-08 19:21

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘The blame for resurrecting the insurgency in Afghanistan ultimately rests with the U.S.’

    TEHRAN - The war in Afghanistan, which began on October 7, 2001, completed 17 years this week. More than 17 years after invading the country, the U.S.-led international coalition has reluctantly conceded defeat to insurgent groups, after miserably failing in counter-terrorism efforts. Today, security situation remains volatile, government is in disarray, terrorists are stronger than ever, and civilians continue to pay the heavy price.

  • Chuck Hagel 2018-10-06 15:50

    ‘It’s complete folly’ to threaten Iran out of Syria: ex-Pentagon chief

    Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized tough talk on Iran from senior Trump administration officials determined to ouster the forces backed by Tehran from Syria.

  • Tehran to host regional security meeting 2018-09-25 00:09

    Tehran to host regional security meeting

    TEHRAN – The first meeting among regional countries’ national security officials and consultants is scheduled to be held in Tehran on Wednesday, ISNA reported.

  • aboutorabi 2018-09-22 09:42

    ‘U.S. has lost Middle East’

    TEHRAN - Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi Fard, interim Friday prayer leader of Tehran, has said that the U.S. has lost the Middle East.

  • Trump -  Macron 2018-09-08 10:14

    By Hamid Bayati

    Did Trump deceive Macron again?

    Speaking at a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Vienna, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's remarks on the necessity of holding missile and regional negotiations with Iran surprised many of his addressees!

  • ‘Unaware we are in war condition’: cleric 2018-09-08 10:00

    ‘Unaware we are in war condition’: cleric

    TEHRAN – A Tehran Friday prayer leader says U.S. President Donald Trump has said that “we are seeking to conquer the Middle East”, but Trump and his companions will soon take this wish to the grave, Mehr reported.

  • Martin Love 2018-08-25 11:20

    By Martin Love

    Geopolitical and economic transitions are nothing but painful

    Who knows what the real numbers are, but it’s been estimated that since the end of World War 2 the U.S. has been responsible, one way or another, for the demise of some 25 million souls across the planet – many of them innocent, who were victimized by the overweening insistence that the U.S. grab or maintain military or economic hegemony by damaging potential rivals.

  • شیرین هانتر 2018-08-12 11:35

    By Javad Heirannia

    Arab NATO is exchanging security by economic and financial issues: Hunter

    TEHRAN - Shireen Tahmaasb Hunter, a professor of political science at Georgetown University, tells the Tehran Times that that “At least since the mid1970s, there has been a tacit cooperation among Persian Gulf Arab states and the West, including America.”

  • آرشین ادیب مقدم 2018-08-12 11:28

    By Javad Heirannia

    Members of Arab NATO have conflicting interests: Adib-Moghaddam

    TEHRAN - Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute believes that the countries that are said to become a part of this new "Arab NATO" have conflicting interests.

  • Paul Pillar 2018-08-08 12:48

    By Javad Heirannia

    Security problems in Middle East are not clear situations: Pillar

    TEHRAN – Professor Paul Pillar, who was CIA intelligence analyst for 28 years, tells the Tehran Times that “The security problems in the Middle East in which Iran is involved are not clear situations, in which there is one aggressor and one victim.”

  • Hossein Askari 2018-08-05 11:31

    By Javad Heirannia

    Arab NATO is unlikely to succeed: Askari

    TEHRAN – Professor Hossein Askari, an expert on Saudi Arabia who also teaches international business at the George Washington University, believes that if you look at the members of Arab NATO, “it is the ‘usual suspects’ of the Persian Gulf—Saudi Arabia and the UAE plus Saudi Arabia’s tag along that is Bahrain—plus the two mercenaries of the region—Egypt and Jordan whose military are at the service of anyone who can pay and who rely on financial handouts. It is not an effective grouping of countries. Instead it is a military mishmash supported by the United States and Israel.”