Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Trump Warns Iran that US ‘Cocked & Loaded’ but ‘In No Hurry’

Monday, June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Warns Iran that US ‘Cocked & Loaded’ but ‘In No Hurry’

The United States was “cocked & loaded,” ready to strike three sites in Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz but called off the attacks at the last possible moment to spare Iranian lives. The revelation by U.S. President Donald Trump on social media Friday followed a […]

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Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Iran’s president says his country has ‘no intentions to have conflicts’ with world powers and those in the region.

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Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

Monday, June 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iran is ‘championing terrorism’ in Mideast, says Trump

US President Donald Trump launched yet another broadside against Iran on Thursday, accusing Tehran of “championing terrorism” across the Middle East.

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Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran seeking to expand military program to weapons of mass destruction: German intelligence

While European powers still claim Iran’s regime is in compliance with the nuclear deal, a new German intelligence report accuses the Islamic Republic of seeking to build weapons of mass destruction.

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Not supporting the Lebanese Army is akin to supporting Iran and Hezbollah

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Not supporting the Lebanese Army is akin to supporting Iran and Hezbollah

As we mourn the loss of Maronite Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, we are reminded of his legacy of being a courageous defender of the sovereignty of Lebanon in the face of Syrian occupation. It is striking that he passed at a moment when tensions between Iran and the United States are running high and […]

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Defying Iran, U.S. to use Oman ports for Persian Gulf access

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Defying Iran, U.S. to use Oman ports for Persian Gulf access

Iran may not like it, but the deal will transform a former fishing village in Oman into a key Middle East industry. The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman last week which US officials say will allow the US military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships […]

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Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia? – Report

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian IRGC in Syria’s Latakia? – Report

According to a second source, Iran and Syria already signed a protocol for the training of naval forces in Syria. Jorf News, a Syrian news site, reported that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a naval combat training course in Latakia province in northern Syria. Latakia is where Russia’s Khmeimim airbase is located.

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US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

Friday, May 24, 2019 Comments Off on US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said the steps taken to bolster the U.S. military presence in the Middle East have deterred Iran and “put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” even as Iran carried out other attacks.

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Trump: Fighting the US Will Be ‘Official End of Iran’

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Trump: Fighting the US Will Be ‘Official End of Iran’

President Donald Trump has given a strong warning to Iran, threatening its destruction if it attacks the United States or U.S. interests.

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Iran Quadruples Uranium Enrichment

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Quadruples Uranium Enrichment

Iran said Monday it has quadrupled its uranium enrichment capacity as the war of words between Tehran and Washington shows little sign of cooling off.

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Iranian Military Official: Missiles Capable of Striking Warships in Gulf

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian Military Official: Missiles Capable of Striking Warships in Gulf

A senior member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps said Friday Iranian short-range missiles can “easily” reach warships in the Persian Gulf, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

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Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea

The intelligence that caused the White House to escalate its warnings about a threat from Iran came from photographs of missiles on small boats in the Persian Gulf that were put on board by Iranian paramilitary forces, three American officials said.

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Iran may attack Israel if U.S. standoff escalates: Israeli minister

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Iran may attack Israel if U.S. standoff escalates: Israeli minister

An Israeli cabinet minister warned on Sunday of possible direct or proxy Iranian attacks on Israel should the stand-off between Tehran and Washington escalate.

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Bahrain court jails 19 over Iran, Hezbollah links

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Bahrain court jails 19 over Iran, Hezbollah links

Bahrain’s highest court slapped 19 people with jail terms after they were convicted of maintaining links with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, as reported on Anadolu Agency.

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Islamic Jihad debuts new missile with attack on Israel, pledges bigger surprises

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic Jihad debuts new missile with attack on Israel, pledges bigger surprises

The al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, has unveiled its latest domestic missile by firing it at targets in the Israeli occupied territories. The resistance group released a video on Sunday which showcased the new missile, dubbed Badr 3, before cutting to footage of it being launched at positions in […]

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US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as ‘Unmistakable Message to Iran’

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as ‘Unmistakable Message to Iran’

The United States is speeding up the arrival of a naval aircraft carrier strike group to the Arabian Sea after concerns Iran may be planning an attack against American or allied targets.

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Exchange With U.S.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Exchange With U.S.

Iran’s foreign minister offered publicly on Wednesday to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the United States, saying he had been authorized to conduct such talks.

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Iran Oil Waivers Ended

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Oil Waivers Ended

Bottom Line Up Front:

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Destabilising Iran

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Destabilising Iran

Alarm bells went off in September in Washington’s corridors of power when John Bolton’s National Security Council (NSC) asked the Pentagon for options for military strikes against Iran.[1] The council was responding to three missiles fired by an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia that landed in an empty lot close to the United States embassy in Baghdad […]

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Iran’s Hassan Rouhani urges regional powers to ‘unite against US’

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Hassan Rouhani urges regional powers to ‘unite against US’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on countries across the Middle East to unite against the United States during an address at an Army Day parade in Tehran.

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Iran’s Leader Urges Iraq to Demand US Withdraw Troops

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Leader Urges Iraq to Demand US Withdraw Troops

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Iraq to demand U.S. troops leave “as soon as possible”, warning that Washington is plotting to remove the Iraqi government.

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Activists: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Fire on Protesters in Deadly Flood Confrontation

Sunday, April 7, 2019 Comments Off on Activists: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Fire on Protesters in Deadly Flood Confrontation

Exiled Iranian opposition activists say Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has fired on protesters who tried to stop it from diverting floodwaters in a southwestern town, resulting in a protester’s death. The activists said the protester died after being shot by IRGC forces in Wednesday’s predawn confrontation in the Dasht-e-Azadegan district of Khuzestan province. They […]

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Russia to keep forces in Venezuela ‘as long as needed’ despite US call for removal

Saturday, March 30, 2019 Comments Off on Russia to keep forces in Venezuela ‘as long as needed’ despite US call for removal

Russia says it will keep the roughly 100 servicemen it sent to Venezuela over the weekend, despite the US call for their removal. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that the forces would remain in the Latin American country “for as long as needed.” A Russian Air Force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a […]

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THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS IN IRAQ

Iran is pursuing a strategy in Iraq similar to that which it employed in Lebanon, where it built Lebanese Hezbollah into a major military and political force. Hezbollah has become a ‘kingmaker,’ determining who occupies key leadership positions in the Lebanese government. Similarly, with Iran’s extensive assistance, several Iraqi militias and their commanders are emerging […]

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Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants: minister

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants: minister

Turkey and Iran carried out a joint operation against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said according to state-owned media.

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Iran Hints at Using Foreign Militias in Domestic Crackdown

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Hints at Using Foreign Militias in Domestic Crackdown

An influential Iranian cleric says Iran might bring Shiite militias to the country from other parts of the Middle East to fight threats to the government. Musa Ghazanfarabadi, head of the Tehran Islamic Revolution Courts, told religious students in Qom this month that his government could use foreign fighters to crack down on potential popular […]

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Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”

Iran’s military activities and clear public threats to annihilate Israel continue to grow in frequency and intensity. These moves not only instill fear, as they are doubtless meant to do; they also threaten to disrupt the international community. With such dire promises of conflict, it would be expected that the international news media and politicians […]

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Report: Iran Preparing for Role in Syria’s Reconstruction

Saturday, March 16, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Iran Preparing for Role in Syria’s Reconstruction

Iranian construction companies are to build thousands of residential units in the suburbs of Syria’s capital, Damascus, an Iranian state-run news agency has reported.

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US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on US adds Iranian-backed Shia militia and its leader to list of global terrorists

The US Department of State added Harakat al Nujaba (HAN), or Movement of the Noble, an Iranian-supported Shiite militia which operates in both Iraq and Syria, and its leader, Akram ‘Abbas al Kaabi (or Kabi) to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists today. In the recent past, Kaabi has said he takes orders from […]

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Tehran: Iran launches cruise missile from sub during drill

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on Tehran: Iran launches cruise missile from sub during drill

Iran launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz, local media reported Sunday.

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Fortieth Anniversary of Iranian Revolution: How Iran became Islamic Republic

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Comments Off on Fortieth Anniversary of Iranian Revolution: How Iran became Islamic Republic

This February marks 40th anniversary of Iranian Revolution. 1979 Iranian Revolution—having overthrown the last king of Pahlavi dynasty Mohammed Reza Shah Pehlavi—had led to religious establishment. Iran became ‘Islamic Republic of Iran’. A lot is being talked about how ‘Islamic Republic’ has survived and lived a long period of forty years. There is no doubt […]

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Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida’s ‘Board of Directors’

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Minister: Iran Harboring al-Qaida’s ‘Board of Directors’

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of harboring what it said was “the board of directors of al-Qaida” and rejected charges Riyadh was behind last week’s suicide car bombing that killed against 27 personnel of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

What do scoundrels do, when caught red handed in their shenanigans? According to an old proverb they wrap themselves in a flag and seek refuge in patriotism.

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Challenges abound as the Islamic Republic turns 40

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Challenges abound as the Islamic Republic turns 40

This February marks the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic, but for those in power in Tehran, celebrating the victories of the past is easier than dealing with the problems of the present. Challenges abound on all sides. On the home front, the so-called moderates and hardliners will […]

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Iran Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

A suicide bomber killed at least 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and wounded 13 on a bus in a restive region of southeast Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. It was among the deadliest attacks in Iran in years.

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