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Statement by the Department of Defense

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Statement by the Department of Defense

At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the […]

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Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, PMU deputy head martyred in US strike

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, PMU deputy head martyred in US strike

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have been killed in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

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IRAN PREVAILING IN IRAQ AND LEBANON

Friday, January 3, 2020 Comments Off on IRAN PREVAILING IN IRAQ AND LEBANON

Iran is pursuing a variety of methods in an effort to preserve its influence in Iraq and Lebanon in the face of protests against existing power structures.

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Iran’s IRGC: The Persian Gulf belongs to us

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s IRGC: The Persian Gulf belongs to us

“We have the right to question any vessels entering the Straits of Hormuz and Iranian territorial waters,” naval commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said.

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Iranian threat to ‘flatten Tel Aviv’ from Lebanon draws ire in Beirut

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian threat to ‘flatten Tel Aviv’ from Lebanon draws ire in Beirut

Top officials in Beirut reacted with outrage on Tuesday after comments by an adviser to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, threatening to attack Israel from Lebanese territory.

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Russia, Turkey and Iran express concern about militants in Syria’s Idlib

Monday, December 16, 2019 Comments Off on Russia, Turkey and Iran express concern about militants in Syria’s Idlib

Russia, Turkey and Iran are concerned about the increased presence of terrorist groups in Syria’s Idlib province, the three countries said after talks in Kazakhstan, pledging to coordinate actions aimed at eliminating the militants.

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Fresh intelligence points to Iranian threat against US forces and interests in Middle East, officials say

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Fresh intelligence points to Iranian threat against US forces and interests in Middle East, officials say

There is fresh intelligence of a potential Iranian threat against US forces and interests in the Middle East, according to several US defense and administration officials.

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Iranian missile parts headed to Yemen captured by US Navy warship, officials say

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian missile parts headed to Yemen captured by US Navy warship, officials say

U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that a U.S. Navy warship has intercepted a “significant cache” of what is thought to be missile parts from Iran headed to rebels in Yemen.

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Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichment

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichment

A Russian state company suspended a research project with Iran because of its decision to resume enriching uranium, a move a senior official said Thursday was necessary after the U.S. canceled a waiver to allow the joint venture.

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US offering $15 million for info on Iranian planner of 2007 Karbala attack that killed 5 US troops

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comments Off on US offering $15 million for info on Iranian planner of 2007 Karbala attack that killed 5 US troops

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday it was offering $15 million for information related to an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Commander who planned one of the most sophisticated attacks against coalition troops in Iraq, killing five soldiers in 2007.

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Iran’s Guard threatens US, allies over protests

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Guard threatens US, allies over protests

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened the U.S. and its allies Monday as he addressed a pro-government demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people denouncing last week’s violent protests over a fuel price hike.

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U.S. Commander Warns of Iranian Attack in Middle East

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Commander Warns of Iranian Attack in Middle East

A top general said that America’s addition of 14,000 troops in the Persian Gulf since the spring would probably not deter Iran from carrying out a major strike.

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Iran Military Power Report Statement

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Military Power Report Statement

The following remarks were delivered by Christian Saunders, the Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst for Iran, Defense Intelligence Agency.

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Thanks to Trump, the Mullahs Are Going Bankrupt

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Comments Off on Thanks to Trump, the Mullahs Are Going Bankrupt

One of the reasons behind IMF’s gloomy picture of Iran’s economy is linked to the Trump administration’s decision not to extend its waiver for Iran’s eight biggest oil buyers; China, India, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and South Korea.

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Iran: Hard Times for Ayatollahs

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Comments Off on Iran: Hard Times for Ayatollahs

It is an irony that not even the most devoted supporters of the ayatollahs can ignore that a country such as Iran, that prides itself on being one of the world’s largest oil producers, is unable to produce enough fuel to satisfy the needs of its own population.

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A Better Iran Deal Is Within Reach

Friday, November 22, 2019 Comments Off on A Better Iran Deal Is Within Reach

When the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump ratcheted up its “maximum pressure” campaign last May, with the professed aim of driving Iran’s oil exports to zero, it didn’t take long for Tehran to respond with escalation of its own. In the months since, Iran has reportedly attacked pipelines, tankers, and one of the world’s […]

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Iran condemns US show of support for ‘rioters’

Friday, November 22, 2019 Comments Off on Iran condemns US show of support for ‘rioters’

Iran condemned the United States’ support for “rioters” in a statement issued late Sunday, after two days of violent protests in the Islamic republic against a petrol price hike.

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Qatar’s silence on Iran’s ship attacks ‘devastating at all levels’

Friday, November 22, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar’s silence on Iran’s ship attacks ‘devastating at all levels’

A western intelligence report showing Qatar knew of Iranian plans to attack four ships off the coast of the UAE could have “devastating” legal implications for Doha, an international relations expert said.

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Citing ‘Credible Reports,’ Amnesty International Says At Least 106 Killed In Iran Protests

Friday, November 22, 2019 Comments Off on Citing ‘Credible Reports,’ Amnesty International Says At Least 106 Killed In Iran Protests

At least 106 protesters are believed to have been killed in 21 cities in Iran during protests over fuel price hikes, Amnesty International said on November 19, citing “credible reports.”

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Turkey hosts Iranian tied to Jewish center bombing in Argentina

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey hosts Iranian tied to Jewish center bombing in Argentina

Dershowitz said that “ while serving as Tehran’s ambassador to Spain from 1985–1989, he reportedly oversaw a sleeper cell there and maintained contact with Hezbollah activists.”

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Iran: Europeans hypocrites for condemning steps away from deal

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran: Europeans hypocrites for condemning steps away from deal

Iran accused European nations trying to salvage the moribund 2015 nuclear deal of hypocrisy for criticising and threatening to reimpose sanctions after Tehran took a major step away from the historic agreement.

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Israel targets Islamic Jihad leadership, sending message to Iran

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Comments Off on Israel targets Islamic Jihad leadership, sending message to Iran

Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region.

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Tehran Begins Uranium Enrichment at Fordow Facility – Iran Atomic Energy Organisation

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Tehran Begins Uranium Enrichment at Fordow Facility – Iran Atomic Energy Organisation

Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Wednesday that preparations for the fourth stage of a reduction in Iran’s commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as Iran nuclear deal, have begun.

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Iran’s enrichment capacity to hit pre-JCPOA level: AEOI spokesman

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s enrichment capacity to hit pre-JCPOA level: AEOI spokesman

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says with the new centrifuges installed following the third step that Iran took to reduce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, the country’s enrichment capacity is to reach the level it was before signing the agreement.

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US envoy: Iran has spent $16 billion on militias in Iraq, Syria

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on US envoy: Iran has spent $16 billion on militias in Iraq, Syria

Remarks by Brian Hook come amid growing concern in Israel over potential attack by Tehran in retaliation for efforts to thwart arming of Iranian proxies.

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Iran and Hezbollah financers listed by Gulf anti-terrorism coalition

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Comments Off on Iran and Hezbollah financers listed by Gulf anti-terrorism coalition

The seven-member Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre in Riyadh on Wednesday designated 25 targets affiliated with Iran and Hezbollah, in the largest single designation to date.

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Protests in Iraq and Lebanon pose a challenge to Iran

Friday, November 1, 2019 Comments Off on Protests in Iraq and Lebanon pose a challenge to Iran

The day after anti-government protests erupted in Iraq, Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani flew into Baghdad late at night and took a helicopter to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where he surprised a group of top security officials by chairing a meeting in place of the prime minister.

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Senior Israeli official attends Bahrain security meeting focusing on Iran

Friday, October 25, 2019 Comments Off on Senior Israeli official attends Bahrain security meeting focusing on Iran

Israel, which regards Sunni Muslim Gulf states as natural allies against Shi’ite Muslim Iran, has formal diplomatic relations with only two Arab states, neighboring Egypt and Jordan, established in 1979 and 1994 respectively.

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Is Iran’s Regime Really Be About To Collapse?

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Comments Off on Is Iran’s Regime Really Be About To Collapse?

Iran and the United States are as close to direct conflict as they have been for three decades, since Operation Praying Mantis in 1988 which was, at the time, the largest surface naval engagement since World War II.

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Whistleblowers Arrested In Iran, Accused Of Terrorist Intentions

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Comments Off on Whistleblowers Arrested In Iran, Accused Of Terrorist Intentions

Security forces have arrested nine people connected to a whistleblower page on social media platform Telegram, the chief of Police in the province of Kurdistan, western Iran, says.

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Iran’s Rouhani calls US the ‘supporter of terrorism’ in the Middle East and downplays role in Saudi oil attacks

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Rouhani calls US the ‘supporter of terrorism’ in the Middle East and downplays role in Saudi oil attacks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the United States the “supporter of terrorism” in the Middle East and downplayed Tehran’s role in the recent Saudi oil facility attacks in a Tuesday interview with Fox News.

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Is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Iran’s Most Dangerous Weapon of War?

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Iran’s Most Dangerous Weapon of War?

Key point: The IRGC is a fanatical and elite unit. No other branch of the Iranian military can claim the notoriety that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has earned for itself over the last several decades.

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Nasrallah warns Iran will ‘destroy’ Saudi Arabia if it attacks

Friday, September 27, 2019 Comments Off on Nasrallah warns Iran will ‘destroy’ Saudi Arabia if it attacks

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Saudi Arabia Friday that Iran would destroy it if it started a war in the region. “Don’t gamble on a war with Iran,” the terror group’s leader said in a speech broadcast on Lebanon’s Al-Manar television. “It will destroy you. Your house is made of glass as is your economy.”

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Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank and National Development Fund

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Comments Off on Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank and National Development Fund

Action targets major sources of funding for the regime’s proxies and terrorist arms, including the IRGC, the Qods Force, Hizballah and the Houthis

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Trump orders new Iran sanctions after Saudi attack

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Comments Off on Trump orders new Iran sanctions after Saudi attack

President Trump announced that he’s ordered new sanctions on Iran, following an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has directly blamed Iran for the attack — which forced state-owned Saudi Aramco to halve its production — Trump has stopped short, saying he wanted to wait for a final intelligence […]

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