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Can Russia Help Biden Get a Comprehensive Agreement with Iran?

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Can Russia Help Biden Get a Comprehensive Agreement with Iran?

Though Moscow’s stance on Iran’s regional activities might be ambivalent, Russian competition with Iran in Syria, as well as their military-defense cooperation, will afford Washington limited opportunities to rely on Russian leverage-plays with Tehran.

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US to deploy Iron Dome missiles to bases in Persian Gulf states: Israeli officials

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on US to deploy Iron Dome missiles to bases in Persian Gulf states: Israeli officials

Israeli security officials say the United States is expected to soon begin deploying Iron Dome missile systems to its bases in the Persian Gulf Arab countries. Speaking to Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Sunday, the officials refused to reveal the countries in which the Iron Dome batteries will be stationed.

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Cabinet kept in the dark as PM directs Biden-era Iran policy

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Cabinet kept in the dark as PM directs Biden-era Iran policy

No security cabinet meetings since election called on December 23 • ‘In this government, the cabinet practically didn’t function’ The Diplomatic-Security Cabinet has not convened in over a month, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formulates his policies on the Iranian threat with a new US president who seeks to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.

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CENTCOM general to visit Israel as Biden admin. looks to deal with Iran

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on CENTCOM general to visit Israel as Biden admin. looks to deal with Iran

McKenzie’s upcoming visit comes at a time of increased tension in the region due to Iran’s continued aggression. Commander of CENTCOM, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, will arrive in Israel later this week in what will be the first high-level visit by a top American official since Joe Biden was sworn in as president last week.

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Recently sanctioned Iran Foundation, regime’s slush fund for terrorism

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Recently sanctioned Iran Foundation, regime’s slush fund for terrorism

On January 13, the US Treasury Department in the final days of the Trump administration, sanctioned the Astan Quds Razavi Foundation and 15 other institutions, some of which are under the direct supervision of the regime’s Supreme Leader, to further its maximum pressure campaign.

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Trump issues pardons related to Israeli spying, Iran sanctions on last day in office

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Comments Off on Trump issues pardons related to Israeli spying, Iran sanctions on last day in office

The now former president pardoned the Israeli handler of American spy Jonathan Pollard as well as an Iranian-American man who was charged with violating Iran sanctions, among dozens of others.

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Iran denies informal talks with Biden team

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on Iran denies informal talks with Biden team

Tehran claims there have been no informal preliminary talks with the incoming US administration, but signs of economic relief are already appearing in Tehran’s forex market.

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Iran holds another military drill in the Gulf of Oman

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on Iran holds another military drill in the Gulf of Oman

Tuesday’s ground forces exercise followed naval and drone drills last week, as tensions with the United States continue. The Iranian army began a military drill in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday. Iran’s military has conducted several military exercises in the last few days at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

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As Trump departs, Iran says ‘ball in Washington’s court’ to reinstate nuclear deal

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on As Trump departs, Iran says ‘ball in Washington’s court’ to reinstate nuclear deal

President Hassan Rouhani appeared more upbeat on the prospects of the Iran nuclear deal on the day that Donald Trump departed from the White House. Donald Trump’s departure from the White House must have prompted a sigh of relief from his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, who declared the outgoing US leader “dead” and the Iran […]

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Massive Iran missile drill is message to US, Gulf and Israel

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Massive Iran missile drill is message to US, Gulf and Israel

Footage from Iran shows the missiles and precision strikes. A massive Iranian missile drill showcasing long range missiles, drones and other weapons is taking place this weekend and serves as a message to Gulf countries, the US and Israel.

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Will Israel lose its freedom to operate against Iran?

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Will Israel lose its freedom to operate against Iran?

Israel needs to prepare for this new reality where its ability to combat Iranian forces and proxy groups is concerned. Speculation about the extent to which the incoming American administration will appease Iran has been rampant. But US President-elect Joe Biden’s picks for relevant top positions don’t seem to leave much room for conjecture.

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Israel, Iran fight for influence over Biden administration

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Israel, Iran fight for influence over Biden administration

Café Milano, the upscale Italian restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, was the scene of an important dinner on Monday night: Mossad chief Yossi Cohen sat down to eat with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the two were spotted by journalists.

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Aden attack investigation fuels regional concerns about Iranian missiles

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Aden attack investigation fuels regional concerns about Iranian missiles

The Yemeni interior minister said the Houthi militias, helped by Iranian and Lebanese experts, were behind the strikes that targeted Aden airport on December 30. The results of investigations by the Yemeni government about the Aden airport attack underline the danger posed by missiles Iran has supplied to the Houthis, which have seriously threatened energy […]

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Lebanon Wants an End to Iranian Occupation

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Lebanon Wants an End to Iranian Occupation

The Lebanese are worried that their country will meet the fate endured by Iraq, Syria and Yemen, where the Iranians and their militia proxies are playing a major role in the civil wars currently plaguing these countries. The Lebanese are demanding an end to Iranian occupation of their country; they are clearly hoping that the […]

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Iran’s Quds Force denies deaths in Israeli airstrikes in Syria

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Iran’s Quds Force denies deaths in Israeli airstrikes in Syria

The Afghan Fatemiyoun also denied members were hit, but said Syrian army personnel were killed. A deputy commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) denied that any deaths had resulted from a string of airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Israel in Syria earlier this week.

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Iran’s shows off ballistic missiles, drones in drill amid US tensions

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on Iran’s shows off ballistic missiles, drones in drill amid US tensions

The military exercise in Iran’s central desert comes as the Trump administration makes a final push to punish Tehran. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Friday fired a “barrage” of surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and launched new bomb-carrying drones in a military drill held in the country’s central desert of Iran, state media reported.

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The US targets Iran’s key henchman ‘Abu Fadak’ in Iraq

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Comments Off on The US targets Iran’s key henchman ‘Abu Fadak’ in Iraq

On Wednesday, Abu Fadak al-Mohammadawi was listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Abu Fadak has a habit of avoiding the cameras. But he was thrust into the limelight after the US used a drone to kill Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in January last year.

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Reports say Iran has expanded ‘kamikaze drone’ base in Yemen

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Reports say Iran has expanded ‘kamikaze drone’ base in Yemen

Tehran is very openly bragging about its UAV capabilities and regularly lists its arsenal. Iran has sent drones to Yemen, enabling the creation of a base for so-called “suicide drones” or what are known as loitering munitions, according to Newsweek. The report claims that “Shahed-136” drones are now based in Al-Jawf. These are supposedly “advanced […]

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Treasury Targets Billion Dollar Foundations Controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Treasury Targets Billion Dollar Foundations Controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader

Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against two organizations, along with their leaders and subsidiaries, controlled by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO), and Astan Quds Razavi (AQR). While purportedly charitable organizations (bonyads), EIKO and AQR control large […]

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Largest-ever Iranian military vessel set to join Navy soon

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Comments Off on Largest-ever Iranian military vessel set to join Navy soon

The Iranian Navy is set to receive the country’s largest-ever military vessel, an indigenously-manufactured helicopter carrier outfitted to take on momentous logistical responsibilities in support of the defense force’s maritime missions.

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Quds Force’s Deputy Discusses Iran’s Role and Relationship With Hezbollah

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Comments Off on Quds Force’s Deputy Discusses Iran’s Role and Relationship With Hezbollah

The deputy commander of the Quds Force has insisted that Iran does not interfere in foreign countries and has also spoken of Iran’s close ties with Hezbollah writes Al-Masdar. The Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard revealed, “new information about the commanders and perpetrators of the assassination of the late commander Qassem Soleimani.”

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Iran Is Already Raising the Stakes for Biden in the Middle East

Monday, January 11, 2021 Comments Off on Iran Is Already Raising the Stakes for Biden in the Middle East

Just days into the new year, Iran announced that “a couple of hours ago,” it had started enriching uranium to 20 percent—a level that experts say would put it within a six-month sprint of converting its entire nuclear stockpile to bomb-grade material.

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European Union to ‘redouble efforts’ to revive Iran nuclear deal

Monday, January 11, 2021 Comments Off on European Union to ‘redouble efforts’ to revive Iran nuclear deal

The announcement follows Iran ramping up uranium enrichment and comes in the waning days of US President Donald Trump’s administration, as incoming President Joe Biden has raised the possibility of reentering the deal.

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Turkey, Iran jockey to reap dividends of Qatari ‘victory’

Monday, January 11, 2021 Comments Off on Turkey, Iran jockey to reap dividends of Qatari ‘victory’

Fearing a secret agreement that may include reducing their presence in Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood have launched a smear campaign against boycotting countries.

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Iran uses domestically made drones in large military exercise

Monday, January 11, 2021 Comments Off on Iran uses domestically made drones in large military exercise

Iran’s military training and exercises regularly focus on potential conflict with the United States. Iran’s military conducted a major drone drill on Tuesday, using unmanned aircraft produced in Iran.

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South Korea, U.S. Demand Iran Release Tanker Seized In Strait Of Hormuz

Saturday, January 9, 2021 Comments Off on South Korea, U.S. Demand Iran Release Tanker Seized In Strait Of Hormuz

South Korea and the United States have demanded the release of a South Korean-flagged oil tanker seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz. South Korea and the United States have demanded the release of a South Korean-flagged oil tanker seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Russia guards an Iranian military base in Syria with its own radar

Saturday, January 9, 2021 Comments Off on Russia guards an Iranian military base in Syria with its own radar

Russia guards an Iranian military base, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing Russia’s Aviapro news agency. The published material is about the Syrian airport in Deir Ez-Zor, which is repeatedly used by the Iranian military.

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Iranian drones against the USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf

Saturday, January 9, 2021 Comments Off on Iranian drones against the USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf

“Iranian drones against the USS Nimitz.” This sentence is the shortest way to describe the current situation in the Persian Gulf. BulgarianMilitary.com learned from the Iranian state news agency IRNA that Iran is launching large-scale air exercises with drones. Iran decided in response to the US decision to leave the USS Nimitz in the Persian […]

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Israel in bind over Iran resuming uranium enrichment

Saturday, January 9, 2021 Comments Off on Israel in bind over Iran resuming uranium enrichment

With the Iranians now resuming uranium enrichment, Jerusalem prepares itself for the Biden administration resuming nuclear talks with Tehran. With perfect timing, worthy of a virtuoso scriptwriter, Iran announced Jan. 4 that it had resumed enrichment of bomb-grade uranium to a 20% purity level in yet another gross breach of its 2015 nuclear agreement with […]

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Congressmen Beating the Drum for Iran’s Mullahs

Friday, January 8, 2021 Comments Off on Congressmen Beating the Drum for Iran’s Mullahs

More than 100 Congressmen recently signed a letter expressing their support and urging presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden to rejoin the nuclear deal, which, incidentally, Iran never signed.

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Aircraft carrier Nimitz staying in Mideast as Iran raises uranium enrichment levels, seizes South Korean ship

Friday, January 8, 2021 Comments Off on Aircraft carrier Nimitz staying in Mideast as Iran raises uranium enrichment levels, seizes South Korean ship

Iran began enriching uranium Monday to levels unseen since its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and also seized a South Korean-flagged tanker near the crucial Strait of Hormuz, a double-barreled challenge to the West that further raised Mideast tensions.

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Trump directed Pentagon to reverse decision and keep aircraft carrier in Middle East amid Iran tensions

Friday, January 8, 2021 Comments Off on Trump directed Pentagon to reverse decision and keep aircraft carrier in Middle East amid Iran tensions

President Donald Trump directed acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller to reverse course and order a US aircraft carrier to return to the Middle East following a White House meeting Sunday, according to a senior defense official.

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Quds Force’s Deputy Discusses Iran’s Role and Relationship With Hezbollah

Friday, January 8, 2021 Comments Off on Quds Force’s Deputy Discusses Iran’s Role and Relationship With Hezbollah

The deputy commander of the Quds Force has insisted that Iran does not interfere in foreign countries and has also spoken of Iran’s close ties with Hezbollah writes Al-Masdar.

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US again sends B-52 bombers to deter Iran as tensions peak

Friday, January 8, 2021 Comments Off on US again sends B-52 bombers to deter Iran as tensions peak

The deployment is the third flight of nuclear-capable Stratofortresses to the region in less than two months Two American B-52 bombers flew over the Middle East on Wednesday in the latest show of force against Iran as tensions rise ahead of Sunday’s anniversary of the US assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

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Iran’s 20% enrichment is its biggest step toward nukes – analysis

Friday, January 8, 2021 Comments Off on Iran’s 20% enrichment is its biggest step toward nukes – analysis

This is a major step forward to a nuclear bomb, the most significant step the Islamic Republic has taken since the 2015 nuclear deal. Most of the noise surrounding the anniversary of the death of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and the end of the Trump administration’s term is focused […]

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