Outbreaks at Iranian ports combined with the covert arrival and departure of Iran-linked vessels at other ports in the region have fuelled fears about the spread of the coronavirus.
Years of destabilising policies and activities by the regime and the IRGC have sparked popular protests and left the country isolated on the world stage.
COVID-19 immunisation remains inaccessible to many Iranians due to shortages and the regime's discriminatory distribution of vaccines.
Syrian mercenaries were often paid only a fraction of the money they were promised and sent without warning to foreign conflicts, often forcing them to resort to a life of crime to survive.
The Gulf of Aqaba is an integral part of a network of secured waterways that stretch from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean.
In the past two days, massive fires at a major oil refinery near Tehran and on a navy ship in the Gulf have highlighted the deteriorating situation inside Iran.
Expanding Chinese assistance to Iran means that Beijing would be providing direct support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an outfit responsible for arming militias across the region.
Hassan Eyrlou, Iran's ambassador to Yemen, is acting as a de facto governor of Houthi-controlled areas, and is leading the group's campaign to seize Marib.
Iran's annual budget, approved by the Majles in March, has been secretly altered in favour of the IRGC and its allied institutions.
In his reaction to the foreign minister's leaked remarks, Iran's leader shows he favours intervention and expansionism over diplomacy.