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Top EU diplomat talks to US on Iran trip, Mideast plan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Josep Borrell. (AP) February 08, 2020 Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Friday briefed US leaders on a trip to Iran aimed at easing tensions and discussed a US Middle East plan that he has [...]

By |February 8th, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran will continue to fund terror abroad despite laundering regulations

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a graduation ceremony of a group of IRGC cadets in Tehran. (IRIB) February 07, 2020 Financial regulations will not stop Iran illicitly funding terrorist militant groups abroad, said experts, as the deadline for Iran to comply by global money laundering rules approaches this month. Iran’s President [...]

By |February 7th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran curtailed oil production as unsold stockpile reached a maximum

A Panamanian tanker docks at the platform of the oil facility in the Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf, March 12, 2017. (AFP) February 06, 2020 Iran's unsold oil stockpile stored on land, floating in the Persian Gulf and on high seas at the end of January has remained unchanged since [...]

By |February 6th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s leaders know their military is outdated. They don’t care

Surface-to-air missiles are paraded past a portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, on April 18. (AFP) By David Axe February 05, 2020 Iran’s conventional weaponry is hopelessly out of date, and the country’s leaders know it, according to one expert. But conventional military inferiority hardly fazes Tehran. Iran has [...]

By |February 5th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Report compares Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to Daesh, Al-Qaeda

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (AP) February 4, 2020 Western governments and international bodies, including the EU, should designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, the London-based Tony Blair Institute for Global Change said in a report published on Tuesday. The IRGC acts as an “institutionalized militia,” [...]

By |February 4th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran can obtain nuclear weapons far quicker than widely recognized

Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits the control room of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. (AFP) By Andrea Stricker January 31, 2020 After infiltrating a Tehran warehouse two years ago, agents from Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, seized a massive collection of old plans, blueprints, electronic files and documents related to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Material from [...]

By |January 31st, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iranian missile attacks show the need for better defense abroad

An Iranian military truck carries missiles during an April 18, 2018 parade in Tehran to mark the country's annual army day. (AFP) By Rebeccah Heinrichs January 30, 2020 The two Iranian missile attacks over the last several months demonstrate the vulnerabilities to both American forces and vital interests abroad. Last September, a combination of drones [...]

By |January 30th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Buyers beware: U.S. grip tightens on Iranian oil

An Iranian oil tanker is seen floating on the Caspian Sea, as Iranian President Mohammad Khatami attends the opening ceremony 29 April 2004, of the Neka oil terminal on the Caspian Sea. (AFP) by Kenneth Rapoza January 30, 2020 There is simply no sanctuary for Iran’s state run oil industry. China has all but [...]

By |January 30th, 2020|East Asia, Middle East, North America, USA|

Ransomware linked to Iran, targets industrial controls

The regime’s massive cyber-machine is mainly focused on posting lies to demonize the Iranian opposition. (Shutterstock) By Gwen Ackerman January 30, 2020 An Israeli cybersecurity firm said it believes a new strain of ransomware was created by Iran and has the ability to lock up or even delete industrial control systems. Tel Aviv-based Otorio, a [...]

By |January 30th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s Rouhani says upcoming parliamentary elections will impact region

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president. (AP) January 28, 2020 President Hassan Rouhani declared on Tuesday that Iran’s upcoming parliamentary elections in February will have an effect on regional and international politics. In a speech broadcast live on state TV, he also claimed that the current US government is the worst in the history of [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|Middle East|