West Asia


  • Khaji 2021-10-20 18:35

    Iran diplomat meets UN, Italian envoys for Syria

    TERHAN - Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior advisor to Iran’s foreign minister, met on Tuesday with UN and Italian special envoys for Syria Geir Pedersen and Italian Special Envoy for Syria Stephen Ravanan in Geneva.

  • Yahya Rahim Safavi 2021-09-27 20:38

    Top military aide predicts U.S. will soon flee Syria, Persian Gulf

    TEHRAN - Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution, has predicted that the Americans will eventually flee Syria and the Persian Gulf region very soon after their humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  • Andrew Korybko 2021/09/27

    By Andrew Korybko

    The U.S' recalibration towards the Asia-Pacific might stabilize West Asia

    TEHRAN- America is visibly in the process of geostrategically recalibrating its focus towards the Asia-Pacific as evidenced by several relevant developments that will impact West Asian affairs. First, U.S. President Joe Biden remained committed to his predecessor's decision to militarily withdraw from Afghanistan. He then announced that combat troops will depart from Iraq by the end of the year, which is being done in accordance with the will of that country's parliament. Finally, the American leader withdrew Patriot air defense systems from Saudi Arabia.

  • Rodney Shakespeare 2021-09-27 17:05

    By Prof. Rodney Shakespeare

    A monster mulls its options

    There has long been a monster roaming West Asia. Its evil breath poisons the atmosphere and, every now and then, it launches an attack to remind everybody that it is big and powerful. Above all, in order to support Zionism, it is anti-democratic and its name is America. Yet, despite the fun, it has wrecking lives in West Asia, America wants to cause even more misery and is mulling its options. Thus, it is looking towards East Asia, in particular, towards Taiwan with the chance of creating mayhem.

  • The U.S. withdrawing from West Asia is a new chapter for the region 2021-09-27 14:46

    By Paul Larudee

    The U.S. withdrawing from West Asia is a new chapter for the region

    TEHRAN- Is the US departure from Afghanistan a victory? A cause for celebration? Certainly, for the Taliban it is. They are the ones who sacrificed their blood for 20 years to make it happen. It is also a victory for all resistance against imperialism in the same way that the victory of Vietnamese showed that the greatest imperialist power could be defeated.

  • Arbaeen Pilgrimage 2021-09-27 00:40

    By Myles Hoenig 

    The tables are turning against the U.S. presence in West Asia 

    TEHRAN- It’s always gratifying to see the bully being beaten, getting his comeuppance, or stood up to by those he has been harassing, humiliating, hurting, intimidating for so long. Sometimes that’s all it takes. The most aggressive bully in West Asia and much of the world is the United States. It goes where it wants and does what it pleases.

  • arshin adib 2021-09-19 13:53

    By M. A. Saki

    U.S foreign policy suffering from hypocrisy: professor

    TEHRAN - Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, a London-based professor, says that the U.S foreign policy suffers from hypocrisy.

  • A view of Si-o-Se-Pol, a centuris-old arch bridges in Isfahan, central Iran. 2021-09-17 18:28

    UNWTO plans restart of tourism across Asia and the Pacific

    TEHRAN – Tourism leaders from across Asia and the Pacific have met to plan the sector’s restart and recovery even as borders remain closed throughout the region.

  • Window to the past: gigantic underground city is chock-full of untold stories 2021-09-11 18:56

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Window to the past: gigantic underground city is chock-full of untold stories

    TEHRAN – A massive underground city, which was once a defensive refuge in ancient times, is getting ready for public visits in central Iran.

  • Amir Abdollahian 2021-08-28 23:52

    Iran FM tells Baghdad summit: U.S. is main cause of insecurity in region

    TEHRAN — Iran’s new Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian who participated in the Baghdad summit on Saturday blamed the U.S. for security problems in West Asia.

  • U.S. Senate committee debates arms sales to West Asia 2021-08-11 18:54

    U.S. Senate committee debates arms sales to West Asia

    During a hearing at the United States' Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee, senior officials exchanged views on arms sales to Washington’s allies in West Asia with poor human rights records.

  • Amir Abdollahian 2021-07-14 01:55

    Raisi looks at neighbors and the East with particular importance

    TEHRAN — In a post published on his Instagram page on Tuesday, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, a senior advisor to the parliament speaker, said that President-elect Raisi will pay special attention to neighbors and the East in his foreign policy.

  • Oman FM 2021-07-10 22:14

    Oman: Iran supports peace efforts in the region

    TEHRAN— In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper published on Saturday, Omani foreign minister Badr al-Busaidi has said that Iran is an advocate of peace and stability in the region.

  • Why did Saudi Arabia wage a war on Yemen 2021-07-09 09:07

    Why did Saudi Arabia wage a war on Yemen?

    To say the war on Yemen was a major development in the history of West Asia might be an understand. It will certainly go down In history, perhaps not in favor of the Saudis though.

  • U.S. redeploying military hardware in West Asia 2021-06-20 16:27

    U.S. redeploying military hardware in West Asia

    The Pentagon says it is cutting the number of troops and anti-missile systems that had been deployed to West Asia. A spokesperson has confirmed a report by the Wall Street Journal, the first media outlet that broke the story, that eight Patriot battery units are being withdrawn from the region.

  • dena destroyer 2021-06-14 22:01

    To the high seas and beyond

    Iranian “steel mountain” and the multilayered strategy of maintaining peace in the region

    TEHRAN— Iranian Navy unveiled a destroyer and a minesweeper through a virtual videoconference led by President Hassan Rouhani on Monday.

  • Brigadier General Rahimzadeh 2021-06-12 18:23

    Iranian airspace is most secure in the region

    TEHRAN – A top military official said on Saturday that the Iranian airspace is the most secure in the West Asia region.

  • قالیباف 2021-05-19 21:57

    Ghalibaf maintains parliamentary diplomacy in support of Palestine

    TEHRAN— Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, has increased his efforts to coordinate plans with his counterparts in other Muslim countries to support the Palestinian people and take collective action against the Israeli regime's crimes.

  • Palestine 2021-05-10 16:01

    By Amir Mohammad Esmaeili

    The normalization will not make the Palestinian cause disappear: Political analyst

    Abu Ali al-Ansari, a political analyst and Islamic scholar based in London, tells the Tehran Times that the Arab–Israeli normalization is a betrayal by Arab monarchies and it will not lead to the disappearance of the Palestinian cause.

  • Andrew Korybko 2021-05-10 15:49

    By M. A. Saki

    The Arab–Israeli normalization is a betrayal of the Palestinians' political cause

    Andrew Korybko, an American scholar based in Moscow, believes that the Arab–Israeli normalization is a betrayal of Palestinian’s cause and it seems to be an inter-elite process which doesn't reflect the view of Arabs nations.

  • David Yaghoubian 2021/05/09

    By Professor David N. Yaghoubian

    Selling out Palestine will not result in regional security and stability

    Normalization between expansionist Zionism and regional monarchial despotisms is inherently oxymoronic

    The United States is on its back foot in West Asia.

  • ظریف امارات 2021-05-05 22:06

    Report: Zarif to travel to UAE

    TEHRAN— The Doha-based Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed news website quoted Iranian sources as saying that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will soon travel to the United Arab Emirates.

  • 2800 historical documents restored in National Library of Iran 2021-05-02 19:30

    2800 historical documents restored in National Library of Iran

    TEHRAN – A total of 2800 folios of manuscripts and historical documents were restored by panels of experts at the National Library of and Archives Iran throughout the past Iranian calendar year ended on March 20.

  • suspension bridge 2021-04-27 17:19

    West Asia’s longest glass suspension bridge being built in Kordestan

    TEHRAN –West Asia’s longest glass suspension bridge with a length of 450 meters is being constructed in the village of Negel, west province of Kordestan, the provincial tourism chief has said. 

  • شاه محمود قریشی 2021-04-17 17:13

    Pakistani FM set to visit Iran soon

    TEHRAN— Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi started a regional tour on Saturday that first took him to the UAE. After concluding visit to Abu Dhabi, he is scheduled to travel to Iran, Qatar and Turkey, respectively.

  • Tim Anderson 2021/04/16

    By Tim Anderson

    West Asian endgame when the lying dead is in the morgue

    It seems fairly clear that Israel was responsible for Natanz sabotage, as (1) the sabotage is consistent with a long line of Israeli attacks; (2) the Israeli media rapidly gloated over it and (3) quoted anonymous sources saying that the Mossad was responsible.

  • JCPOA nuclear deal 2021-04-11 12:49

    By Mehrdad Pahlavani

    An accessible passkey to the West Asia crisis

    How the nuclear deal can create a new solution?

     The circle of tensions in West Asia runs slow, and after a slow or modest pace, it can potentially plunge. Like a multi-pointer watch, West Asia has several cogwheels. As one of the cogwheels of conflict bounces, the rest will pursue. Alleviation of a single tension in the region doesn't help immune others, but the escalation of tension in West Asia needs to be defused, at least by quitting one of the cogwheels of pointers.

  • معدن نمک 2021-03-30 18:04

    Garmsar home to largest salt mines in West Asia

    Garmsar in northcentral Iran has the largest salt mines in West Asia. With more than 40 salt mines, the city holds the lion’s share of salt extraction in the country.

  • Baqeri 2021-03-16 16:29

    Top general says Iran capable of annihilating Zionist regime

    TEHRAN - Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri says capacities have been developed for a destruction and elimination of the Zionist regime, Tasnim reported.

  • IRGC sets up modern mobile hospital to combat COVID-19 2021-03-14 17:25

    IRGC sets up modern mobile hospital to combat COVID-19

    TEHRAN - On Sunday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched a modern mobile hospital in a bid to help the health sector in the fight against coronavirus.