Iran, Russia rap UN for failing to mentions US violations in report on JCPOA

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Iran and Russia have sharply criticized the UN Secretariat for failing to address the US’s brazen violations of international law and bringing up, instead, irrelevant issues in its latest assessment of the situation surrounding the 2015 nuclear deal following Washington’s withdrawal.

Iran to create secondary currency market by next week

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Iran will set up a secondary currency market by the next week, Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Valiollah Seif announced on Monday. The decision was made as the Iranian rial plunged to a record low against the U.S. dollar in the unofficial market on Sunday.

Iran’s top judge vows severe punishment for economic disruption

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

The Judiciary chief on Tuesday lashed out at those who are “disrupting the economy” by funneling their huge assets into foreign currency and gold market, threatening that they will face “severe punishment” if their acts is recognized as “corruption on the earth”. Asking police to identify these persons, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said these moves which agitate the market is a “treason against the system and the nation”.

Ayatollah Khamenei says Iran keeps ‘demanding stance’ from the West about human rights violations

Author : Admin | Thursday, June 28, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Leader of the Islamic Revolution says despite Western powers’ attempts to shun responsibility for human rights violations, Iran keeps its “demanding” stance to pose questions regarding their behavior in North Africa and the Middle East.

BACK TO FOUR FLAGS … AND MORE?

Author : Admin | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Kurds: POST-DAESH and beyond

 

Not long ago, developments in the Middle East seemed to bring closer to reality the idea of a Kurdish state entity, with Kurdish influence increasing due to their military successes against Daesh and in the context of the prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Syria. However, the Middle East is showing again its volatility, and the Kurds are now not only far from statehood but fighting to survive among the opposing interests of more powerful international and regional actors.

 

Recent developments

a) The 25 September 2017 independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan – that resulted in approximately 93.25 percent of votes in favor of independence – was held without taking into account not only the regional and international opposition, but also the lack of unity among the Iraqi Kurdish political groups.

Most local observers and analysts blamed the referendum failure on Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, who decided to hold it despite Iraqi and regional objections, including those of the United States. According to his critics, he needed to bolster his popularity by playing the independence card.

The Washington administration attempted to give the Kurdish leadership a face-saving way to postpone the referendum, reportedly promising that the Kurds would receive letters from the United States and Britain offering to facilitate and support their negotiations with Baghdad. The U.S. offer said that if negotiations with Baghdad had not progressed after two years, the United States would recognize the need for a referendum.

Iranian efforts to intervene also failed. Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Quds Force and Iran’s military point man in Iraq, travelled to the Iraqi Kurdistan capital Erbil before the referendum to persuade Barzani to stand down.

Turkey, Iran and Syria were deeply concerned that the vote would fan secessionist sentiment among their own Kurdish populations. Along with Baghdad, they have the power to completely besiege the landlocked region economically.

While the region united in its desire to curtail Kurdish ambitions, the Kurds themselves were divided, first over whether to hold the vote and later on how to deal with the fallout. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) started making plans for state building and negotiations with Iraq before a formal declaration of independence would be issued, and KRG leader Massoud Barzani even created a new “political leadership” body to prepare for independence, but three Kurdish parties refused to join it.

The Baghdad government declared the referendum as illegal, and on 15 October 2017, Iraqi forces took control over Kirkuk, which gave impetus to capitulation across northern Iraq, with Baghdad-backed forces facing no resistance.On 25 October 2017, to avoid the escalation of the conflict, the KRG offered to “freeze” the result of the referendum and begin dialogue with Baghdad, and on 29 October 2017, Barzani announced his intention to step down as President of the KRG, after being in power for 12 years. His gamble of pushing through with the unofficial referendum ended with the disputed territories being recaptured by Iraq and the Kurdish state-building project was abandoned.

b) In Syria, Kurds have been lauded internationally for their struggle with Islamist militants, sometimes as the only viable force to counter them on the ground[1]. However, Kurdish autonomy ambitions have not always sat well with the Assad regime, as well as for its regional backer Iran.

The Assad regime seeks to recapture the territories that it lost in the post-2011 revolution phase. It also has economic interests linked to the presence of two-thirds of Syrian oil in the area, which is also rich in gas resources and has important trade routes such as the highway linking Baghdad to Damascus. The Assad regime views the persistence of a Kurdish autonomous area under U.S. protection as a direct threat.

For Tehran, the region is an essential land corridor stretching from Iran through Iraq and leading into Lebanon.

Both Iran and the Assad regime favor limited confrontation and indirect military operations against the Kurds and their U.S. backers, given the large resources spent in the area by Washington. For Iran and Assad, subversive techniques range from triggering unrest against the SDF, exploiting Arab Kurdish differences and working on an underground network that can be more effective in the war with the United States, even more with Washington’s escalating strikes on Syria.

Local observers noted that the Assad regime is also exploiting Kurdish-Arab rivalries and creating undercover networks, with much of the covert and overt activity targeting Deir ez-Zor, Bukamal, al-Mayadeen, Raqqa, Manbij and Hasakah.

c) In northern Syria, as well as in northern Iraq, the Kurds are facing significant attacks of the Turkish military forces, motivated by Ankara’s position that the Kurdish militias – notably the People’s Protection Units (YPG), supported by the U.S. led anti-Daesh coalition – are connected to the Workers’ Party of Kurdistan (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist organization.

Earlier this year, the Turkish government launched the “Olive Branch” offensive against the purported positions of the YPG Kurdish militia in Syria’s western enclave of Afrin, and at the beginning of June, Ankara and Washington said they have agreed on details of a withdrawal of the YPG from northern Syria, during a meeting between visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The State Department confirmedthe agreement on a “road map” for the city of Manbij, but the Turkish foreign minister declared that further U.S. support for the YPG was “unacceptable.” He also said that the city of Manbij would be secured by both Turkish and U.S. forces, and the roadmap will also be implemented in other parts of Syria.

In this context, on June 11 2018 the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Council – the political arm of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – announced that it is ready for unconditional talks with the Syrian government and welcomed the prospect of a “summit for Syrians”, a proposal put forward by a delegation dispatched by Damascus to mediate between the Assad government and the Kurds.

As for northern Iraq, in an interview with CNN Turk on June 7, 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey was ready to attack northern Iraq if the Iraqi central government does not take action against Kurdish militant groups there, and may strike the Iraqi city of Qandil, “at any moment one evening.” A military action would go on to include Sinjar and Makhmur as well, he added. Earlier in the week, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkey had established 11 regional bases in northern Iraq and doubled its troops across the region.

d) The Turkish actions triggered a reaction in Israel, where Yoav Kisch (Likud member of the Knesset) recently proposed to include on the Knesset’s agenda that Israel should back Kurdish statehood. “Facing Iran’s strengthening in the region, Turkey’s extremism and the dissolution of Syria, Israel must lead and support the Kurdish effort to establish an independent state” is the title of Kisch’s motion.

According to Kisch, Turkey is “distancing itself from the West and calling out against Israel, supporting terrorism and continuing to oppress the Kurds in its territory.” As such, “recognizing an independent Kurdistan can be good for Israel’s interests,” Kisch said, adding: “There is a reason that Israel was the first to publicly congratulate moves toward Kurdish independence in northern Iraq.” Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan army to hand over oil crescent region to eastern interim government

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The eastern-based Libyan army said Monday that it will hand over the oil crescent region to the National Oil Corporation of the eastern-based interim government.

The army spokesman Ahmed Mismari told a news conference in the eastern city of Benghazi that the army commander Khalifa Haftar made the decision to hand over the oil ports and fields secured by the armed forces to the oil company of the interim government. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt, Greece, Cyprus hold joint military drill along Mediterranean coast

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

imgNaval and air forces of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus began a joint military drill on Monday along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, the Egyptian army said.

The exercise, dubbed “Medusa 6,” came as part of the effort to boost the “distinguished relations” among the three countries, the army said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt Supports Efforts to Form Strong National Iraqi Government

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has affirmed that Egypt supports efforts to form a strong national Iraqi government that represents all Iraqis.

During his meeting with Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi, Sisi welcomed political talks carried out by Iraqi blocs and stressed that Egypt backs any outcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa is home to over 10k jihadists, Morocco FM says

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAfrica is home to more than 10 000 jihadists from the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Morocco’s foreign minister told a meeting of the US-led coalition on Tuesday.
“Within the framework of the evolution of the strategy of Daesh (ISIS), Africa is among the most targeted zones” whose vulnerabilities are “exploited by the terrorists”, Nasser Bourita said.
Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Al-Arabiya: Libyan Army Arrests Leading Al-Qaeda Member Abu Sufyan Bin Qumu, Suspected of Involvement In The Attack On U.S. Consulate In Benghazi
On June 17, 2018, the Al-Arabiya website reported that according to “a senior military source” Libyan armed forces arrested a leading member of Al-Qaeda (AQ), Abu Sufyan Bin Qumu, on June 16, 2018, during a raid on one of the last strongholds of the extremist groups in Derna.
Article In The Al-Akhbar Lebanese Daily: Indications Of A Priority Shift In TIP – From Jihad In Syria To Jihad Against The Buddhists In East Asia
On June 20, 2018, the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, which is close to Hizbullah and the Syrian regime, published an article about the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) reporting that the party is changing its priorities from jihad in Syria to jihad in other arenas, particularly in East Asia.(by memri org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Telegram Users Advocate Using Social Media To Encourage Lone Wolf Attacks On The World Cup
As part of ISIS supporters’ ongoing incitement to target the World Cup games that open today (June 14, 2018) in Russia, the pro-ISIS Telegram channel “Ready-Made Tweet Lovers” posted a message calling to perpetrate lone wolf attacks at the games.
New Pro-ISIS Poster Calls For Vehicle Attacks During The World Cup
On June 20, 2018, a pro-Islamic state (ISIS) Telegram channel released an English-language poster encouraging ISIS supporters to “kill the citizens of Crusader nations wherever you find them.”
Jihadi Sheikh: Watching World Cup Is Impermissible Because Of Russia’s Role In Syria; Participating Muslim Nations Are ‘Traitors’
On June 16, 2018, Syrian jihadi sheikh Abd Al-Razzaq Al-Mahdi issued a fatwa saying that watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup on television is impermissible because of the role the host nation of Russia is playing in Syria.(by memri.org)

Top Iranian Official Mohammad-Javad Larijani On Claims In U.S. 9/11 Report: In Some Cases, We Allowed Al-Qaeda Members To Pass Through Iran Without Stamping Their Passport

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Afghanistan, Iran

Senior Iranian official Mohammad-Javad Larijani referred to the U.S. 9/11 Commission Report, and said that in some cases, Al-Qaeda members travelling from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan and elsewhere were allowed to pass through Iran without having their passports stamped. Larijani, who heads Iran’s Human Rights Council and is a top adviser to Supreme Leader Khamenei, said that the Iranian government had agreed to this request, because they were in transit and would be in Iran “for only two hours.” The interview, aired on Iran’s Channel 2 TV on May 30, was posted on YouTube.(by memri org.)

Zarif: Europe has guaranteed Iran’s oil sale

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Iran’s top diplomat said on Sunday Europe has guaranteed that the country will be able to sell its crude following US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran.

India preparing to pay in rupees for Iran oil

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category India, Iran, Iran Press

The Indian government is reportedly moving closer to a scheme to make some oil payments to Iran in rupees in a bid meant to avoid US economic sanctions.

President Rouhani congratulates Turkish counterpart on re-election

Author : Admin | Monday, June 25, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a message congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election as president of Turkey.

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Sheikhs Killed In Airstrike In Libya
On June 10, 2018, several sources reported the deaths of three prominent Al-Qaeda-affiliated sheikhs – in a Libyan military airstrike on their homes in Derna, Libya.
Afghan Taliban Urge U.S. ‘To Directly Negotiate’ With Them
On June 3, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement on the departure of Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, urging the U.S. to directly negotiate with the Taliban.
Taliban Spokesman Rejects NATO Official’s Remark That Peace Talks Are Taking Place
On June 12, 2018, Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), issued a statement rejecting a statement by a NATO official saying that unofficial talks with the mujahideen are taking place.(by memri.org).

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

EXCLUSIVE: Jihadi Scholar Issues Fatwa Granting Uyghurs Permission To Wage Jihad In Syria Instead Of Fighting Locally In ChinaOn June 6, 2018, Sawt Al-Islam, the media arm of the Syria-based and pro-Al-Qaeda jihadi group the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), released a new issue of its Islamic Turkestan magazine, which included a fatwa granting the Uyghur population permission to give precedence to waging jihad against the “farther” enemy in Syria over the “near” one, the Chinese government.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani: We Oppose The Astana Talks; The Concentration In Idlib Of The Fighting Factions From Across Syria Will Strengthen The Rebels
In recent days, media outlets belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) have been publishing video clips and photographs of the organization’s leader, Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani. (by memri org.)

Mogherini: EU would guarantee nuclear deal implementation

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Iran Press

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the European Union will continue supporting the 2015 nuclear deal… In her speech at the European Parliament, she said that …it is essential for the EU’s security and for the security in the region to continue implementing the agreement, and the EU would guarantee this, regardless of the U.S. withdrawal.

Syria, Iraq discuss efforts to reopen border crossing

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Middle Orient

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Wednesday sent a letter to Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari on increasing the efforts for reopening the border crossing between Syria and Iraq that connects the Syrian city of al-Boukamal and the Iraqi city of al-Qa’im.

President al-Assad to Iranian Al-ALAM TV: Syrian-Iranian relation is strategic… the strongest response to Israel is to strike its terrorists in Syria

Author : Admin | Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran Press, Middle Orient

President Bashar al-Assad affirmed that the Syrian south is in front of two options; reconciliation or liberation by force, indicating that at this point, there are no concrete results for a simple reason which is Israeli and American interference, for they put pressure on the terrorists in that area in order to prevent reaching any compromise or peaceful resolution.

Libyan army calls on displaced people to return Darna

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Libyan eastern-based army on Sunday urged the displaced people of the eastern city of Darna to return after their homes have been secured.

“The commander of the army’s operations chamber, General Abdussalam al-Hassi, called upon all the residents of Darna who were displaced during the military operations to return to their homes after being secured by armed forces,” army spokesman Ahmad Mismari said. Read the rest of this entry »

US issues new sanctions on Russian entities over cyberattacks

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe United States has issued fresh sanctions against Russian entities over malicious cyber activities including providing material and technological support to Russia’s intelligence service, the U.S. Treasury announced Monday.

The Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on five Russian firms and three of their executives under legislation passed last year and an executive order aimed at punishing efforts to hack into U.S. computer systems. The sanctions freeze any assets that those targeted may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them. Read the rest of this entry »

US urges regional governments to block South Sudan war money

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A US Treasury official is urging East African governments to tighten the loopholes that allow illicit money from war-torn South Sudan to cross into regional capitals.

Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in Uganda on Monday that authorities in countries like neighbouring Uganda must make it clear that “corrupt money is not wanted here.” Read the rest of this entry »

NATO eastern allies call for increased naval, air presence on eastern flank

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 11, 2018

imgThe nine member countries on NATO’s eastern flank, the so-called ‘Bucharest Nine’, want the increased presence of that alliance in their region, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced after the group met in Warsaw yesterday, Friday.

The Group, which comprises the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Visegrád countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia plus the eastern Balkan nations of Romania and Bulgaria, believes it necessary to augment NATO’s current ground troops with “aerial and naval components in order to achieve the full spectrum,” Duda told reporters alongside his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia News

New Pro-ISIS Posters Threaten Trump And New York City
On June 4, 2018, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters on Telegram released two new digitally created posters threatening the U.S and President Donald Trump. ISIS supporters and media operatives release threatening posters daily as part of their media war efforts.
ISIS Weekly Praises Liege Attack, Says Attacker Killed Five ‎People: Two Police Officers And ‘Three Belligerent ‎Christians’ ‎
Issue 138 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba’, released online on May 31, 2018, praised the May 29 terror attack in Liege, Belgium, for which the group had claimed responsibility.
Afghan Taliban Reject Gen. Nicholson’s Claim That They Are In Talks With Afghan Government
On May 31, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement rejecting U.S. Gen. John Nicholson’s claim that the Taliban are in talks with the Afghan government. (by memri.org.)

Middle east events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted in category Eurasia News

EXCLUSIVE: In Video, Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Calls Upon ‎Mujahideen In Palestine To Export Their Jihad Globally
On June 6, 2018, Al-Qaeda media wing Al-Sahab released a 15-minute video recording by the group’s leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in which he calls upon Palestinians to transform their jihad from a local and constrained one to a global jihad against their enemies.
EXCLUSIVE: Editorial In Pro-ISIS Magazine Urges Followers In The West And Worldwide To Carry Out Attacks, Offers Tips On How To Donate Money For Jihad
An editorial in Issue 16 of the pro-Islamic State (ISIS) magazine Al-Anfal, released online on June 4, 2018, advised ISIS supporters who are unable to join the group by immigrating to its territories on how they can support the organization and engage in jihad from wherever they are.
EXCLUSIVE: TIP Publishes Issue 23 Of Turkestan Al-Islamiyyah Magazine, Calling For Jihad Against China And Inciting Muslim Public Opinion Against It
On June 6, 2018, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) published issue 23 of its Arabic-language magazine, Turkestan Al-Islamiyyah. As usual, the magazine is dedicated to rallying Arab-Muslim public opinion to support the cause of the Uyghur Muslims in China, and to promoting TIP’s participation in global jihad on other fronts, mainly in Syria. (by memri org.)

Iran’s Rouhani to leave Tehran for China on Friday

Author : Admin | Friday, June 8, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani will leave Tehran for China on Friday (June 8) to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, the Iranian envoy in Beijing said on Thursday.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry: Quds Day An Opportunity for Countering Israeli Apartheid

Author : Admin | Friday, June 8, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

As Muslims around the world are going to hold pro-Palestinian demonstrations the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan known as the International Quds Day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement in support of the initiative, calling for worldwide condemnation of Israeli measures.

EU urges Mali ‘restraint’ after opposition protest crackdown

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 7, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The European Union urged Mali’s government on Monday to respect “freedom of expression” and “show restraint” after dozens of people were hurt in banned opposition protests two months ahead of presidential elections.

“The EU stresses the importance of the respect of fundamental freedoms, and in particular the freedom of expression, during election time,” the European Union said in a statement released late on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya strongman says victory near against Derna jihadists

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 7, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgLibyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said on Monday that victory was near for his forces in Derna, the eastern city held by jihadists since the 2011 armed uprising.

Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive on May 7 to “liberate” the coastal city, home to about 150 000 people and held by hardline fighters since the uprising that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

“Victory is near,” Haftar said in a video published on YouTube, adding that his forces had “cleaned up” suburbs of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

US says airstrike in Somalia kills 27 al-Shabaab extremists

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, June 7, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

img2The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in northern Somalia that killed 27 al-Shabaab extremists.

The statement issued on Monday by the US Africa command said it assesses that no civilians were killed in the attack on Sunday Read the rest of this entry »

Israel intelligence minister proposes ‘military coalition’ against Iran

Author : Admin | Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran Press

Israel has proposed that “a military coalition” be formed against Iran in case Tehran pursues “military-grade” uranium enrichment, suggesting that the military force would comprise of the Israeli regime, the US, the Western states and their Arab allies.
Speaking to media on Tuesday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz claimed that Iran had once been running an “unsupervised” enrichment scheme with the potential of arming the country with nuclear weapons.

EU confirms Iran enrichment plan not in nuclear deal violation

Author : Admin | Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A spokeswoman for the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that Iran’s decision did not constitute a breach of the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “However, at this particularly critical juncture, they will not contribute to build confidence in the nature of the Iranian nuclear program,” she claimed.

Ayatollah Khamenei orders Iran’s atomic organization to be ready to increase nuclear enrichment

Author : Admin | Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Posted in category Iran, Iran News, Iran Press

Ayatollah Khamenei ordered the AEOI to make preparations to increase uranium enrichment capacity “up to a level of 190,000 SWUs (separative work units) for the time being within the framework of the JCPOA” and take other preliminary steps that President Hassan Rouhani has ordered.

Middle East events and news

Author : Admin | Monday, June 4, 2018
Posted in category Special Analysis

ISIS Supporters On Telegram Call For Attacks On A Stadium In The Netherlands
On May 29, 2018, pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Telegram users distributed messages urging potential lone attackers to target the Galgenwaard stadium in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Infographic In ISIS Weekly Al-Naba’ Praises Recent Attacks ‎In Indonesia, Philippines
Issue 133 of the Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba’, released online on May 25, 2018, featured an infographic that praised ISIS’s recent attacks in East Asia, namely in Indonesia and in the Philippines.
Pro-ISIS Hacker Group ‘United Cyber ‎Caliphate’ Defaces Several Websites
On May 24, 2018, an announcement was circulated on Telegram stating that the pro-ISIS hacker group “United Cyber ‎Caliphate” (UCC) was resuming its activities after a period of absence.
Islamic Emirate Urges U.S. To Adopt ‘A Peaceful Strategy Of Dialogue’ In Afghanistan
On May 27, 2018, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) issued a statement saying that the U.S. strategies in Afghanistan have always met with failure and the U.S. should adopt a policy of dialogue instead. (by memri org.)