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Iran’s showdown strategy is mired in self-delusion

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Iran's military commanders on the "Navy Day" on November 28, 2018. (IRIB) July 15, 2019 We have American plans and Iranian plans. Clearly, no one in Washington wants a direct military confrontation with Tehran. This does not necessarily mean that the US war on Iran will stop. This [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Middle East, North America, USA|

European powers ‘deeply troubled’ by shipping attacks, warn Iran nuclear deal could collapse

Smoke rises from an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman after an explosion hit the vessel, June 13, 2019. (IRNA) July 15, 2019 France, Britain and Germany said on Sunday they were preoccupied by the escalation of tensions in the Gulf region and a risk of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal falling apart, [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Europe, Middle East|

South Korea considers joining coalition to patrol waters off Iran

Trading dhows and ships are docked on the Gulf waters. (AP) July 13, 2019 The South Korean government is in discussions with the US over plans to join a multinational naval coalition to protect shipping in the Arabian Gulf in the face of alleged Iranian threats, Foreign Ministry officials revealed on Thursday. The [...]

By |July 13th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East|

Iran has raised its ‘intensity of malign activity’ following US pullout of nuclear deal, top general says

Smoke rises from an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman after an explosion hit the vessel. (IRNA) July 13, 2019 President Trump's pick to become the military’s next top officer says Iran has raised its “intensity of malign activity” since the U.S. pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s comments [...]

By |July 13th, 2019|Middle East|

Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats

Oil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain in this picture obtained from social media, July 4, 2019. (Reuters) July 12, 2019 Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Europe, Middle East|

IRGC strategist proposes exporting “Sacred Defense” culture to proxies

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (AP) July 12, 2019 Iran’s culture of “Sacred Defense” can be exported to all of Iran’s proxies in the region according to a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) strategist, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Friday. “Today, what can be given to Hezbollah in Lebanon, [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Middle East|

US, allies planning naval escort for Gulf tankers after Iranian military threats

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group conduct joint exercises in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (US Navy) July 11, 2019 The United States and its allies are discussing plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, a top US general said Thursday after Iranian military vessels menaced a British [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Middle East|

UK concerned by Iran actions, calls for de-escalation

UK Prime Minster Theresa May. (UPPA) July 11, 2019 Britain is concerned about action by Iranian vessels to stop a commercial oil tanker, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Thursday, calling for a de-escalation of tensions. Earlier on Thursday, the British government said three Iranian vessels tried to block the passage of a BP-operated [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Europe, Middle East|

Israel said it thwarted 50 operations by Iran, ISIS around the World

Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), attend a rally in Villepinte, near Paris, France, June 30, 2018. (Reuters) July 11, 2019 Senior intelligence sources in Tel Aviv announced Wednesday that the Mossad and the Israeli military intelligence division have thwarted at least 50 terrorist attacks in 20 countries over [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Europe, Middle East|

UK says 3 Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to stop British ship

Iranian Revolutionary Guards drive a speedboat in front of an oil tanker at the port of Bandar Abbas on July 2, 2012. (AFP) July 11, 2019 Britain says three Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz. The British government said in a statement Thursday [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Middle East|