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US deploying 1,000 more troops to Middle East as Iran tensions soar

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, deployed to the region, conduct joint exercises in the US Central Command area of responsibility in Arabian sea. (AP) June 18, 2019 Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

The Afghan media controlled by Tehran

Sheikh Asef Mohseni, founder of Tamadon TV network, is a Shia Afghan clergymen who studied religion in Iran and has maintained close relations with the Islamic Republic. (Supplied) June 18, 2019 Over the last few years, the number of media outlets in Afghanistan has increased substantially, something the Afghan government regularly boasts about [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Afghanistan|

Deaths in Iran’s notorious prisons on the rise

Iranian prisoners generally do not have access to safe drinking water, medical care, food or fresh air, and they are exposed to infectious disease. (Supplied) By Majid Rafizadeh June 18, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continues to project himself as a defender of human and women’s rights, while evidence on the ground points to [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Iran|

New Jersey woman admits role in smuggling $2 million in airplane parts to Iran

An Iranian Mahan Air passenger plane takes off as a plane of Iran's national air carrier Iran Air, left, is parked at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran. (AP) June 18, 2019 A Morristown woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with an Iranian national to smuggle thousands of airplane components – worth an estimated $2 million [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran: Child labor represents prevalent poverty in a volatile society

Child labor is a serious issue in Iran where the number of child laborers is estimated to be between 3 to 7 million, with some 60,000 children added every year. (MEHR) June 18, 2019 One of the tragic social ills in Iran is the problem of child labor. In a meeting held in [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Iran|

Iran government advisor warns of ‘unavoidable war’ if sanctions not ‘abandoned’

The oil tanker Front Altair on fire on the Gulf of Oman after an attack. (Al-Arabiya) June 18, 2019 An Iranian government advisor has warned that if US President Donald Trump does not “abandon” sanctions against Iran, the world will be driven into an “unavoidable war.” “If American people really don’t want to [...]

By |June 18th, 2019|Middle East|

Iran ‘nuclear blackmail’ must be met with international pressure- White House

Trump speaks during an interview in the Oval Office on Aug. 30.(Bloomberg) June 17, 2019 Iran’s plan to exceed nuclear enrichment limits amount to “nuclear blackmail” and must be met with increased international pressure, a White House National Security Council spokesman said on Monday. “Iran’s enrichment plans are only possible because the horrible [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|North America, USA|

Germany, UK warn Iran over uranium plans as EU urges caution

A picture shows the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran. (AFP) June 17, 2019 Germany and Britain on Monday warned Tehran not to breach uranium stockpile limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal, as the EU’s diplomatic chief dismissed Iranian threats as “political dialectics”. Iran set a [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Europe|

What is a limpet mine and does Iran have them?

Iranian "Sticky Mine" displayed at a 2015 military show in Tehran. (Fars) June 17, 2019 On June 13 the U.S. Central Command published a statement alleging that an Iranian boat removed an “unexploded limpet mine, ” from the M/T Kokuka Courageous. What are limpet mines and does Iran have such devices? A limpet [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Iran|

Iran says to break int’l curbs on uranium enrichment in 10 days

Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits the control room of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. (AFP) June 17, 2019 Iran announced on Monday that it will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days. “We have quadrupled the rate of enrichment and even increased [...]

By |June 17th, 2019|Europe, North America, USA|