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Pentagon steps up cruise missile defenses as Iranian threat grows

Remains of the missiles which the Saudi government said were used to attack an Aramco oil facility, are displayed during a news conference in Riyadh Wednesday. (Reuters) January 28, 2020 Just before dawn on Sept. 14, more than two dozen small drones and cruise missiles descended on Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Aramco oil [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Oman’s FM in Iran for second time within week

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif arrives in Muscat, Oman, Monday, October 2, 2017. (AP) January 27, 2020 Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi met with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday for the second time within a week for talks on security in the Arabian [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Middle East, Oman|

Tehran and its three fantasies

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran saying Eid Fitr prayers on 15 June 2018. (IRNA) By Amir Taheri January 25, 2020 “He died, so that Iran lives!’ this is the slogan attached to posters and T-shirts distributed in Tehran as the Islamic Republic prepares to mark the 40th day of General Qassem Soleimani’s “martyrdom” in [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

World War 3 panic: Pakistan warns of ‘disaster’ as Iran-US conflict spirals

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan looks on during a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, September 23, 2019. (AFP) By Luke Hawker January 25, 2020 Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, called for de-escalation between Tehran [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Middle East, North America, Pakistan, USA|

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps is stretched too thin for multiple missions, new report says

IRGC members march during a parade in Tehran, on September 22, 2011. (Reuters) By Russ Read January 23, 2020 Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps may be spread too thin to handle both a large-scale regional conflict and major domestic unrest, according to a report. Iran's Reserve of Last Resort: Uncovering the Islamic Revolutionary Guard [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Successor to slain Iran general faces same fate if he kills Americans: US envoy

Brian Hook, US special representative for Iran, walks past parts of short-range ballistic missiles at the Iranian Materiel Display at an airbase near Washington on November 29, 2018. (AP) January 23, 2020 The US special representative for Iran said the successor to Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike, would [...]

By |January 23rd, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Tehran is no longer enjoying immunity with Trump’s rejection of separation between Tehran and its surrogates

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. (Reuters) January 22, 2020 By Track Persa In a long speech delivered on a screen in Nabatieh, Lebanon on Sunday, January 12, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, Middle East, North America, USA|

New vice-commander of Iran’s Qods Force signifies Khamenei’s message of ‘fighters without borders’

Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi was appointed as Acting Commander of Qods Force on January 20, 2020. (Tasnim) By Maryam Sinaiee January 21, 2020 On January 20 Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Guard appointed Mohammad Hejazi as Vice-Commander of the Qods (Quds) Force, a development that signals even more impetus to the role of Iran's extra-territorial [...]

By |January 21st, 2020|Middle East|

Khamenei’s absurd and illegal “combatants sans frontières”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, openly weeps as he leads a prayer over the coffin of Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Tehran University campus, in Tehran, Iran. (AP/PT) By Faramarz Davar January 20, 2020 After an absence of eight years, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attended Tehran’s Friday prayers to address [...]

By |January 20th, 2020|Middle East|

Pakistan FM, after visits, says Iran wants to de-escalate

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (right) greets Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on May 24, 2019. (AFP) January 18, 2020 Pakistan’s foreign minister, who has shuttled between Washington and Tehran in the course of a week, voiced confidence Friday that Iran was seeking to lower tensions. [...]

By |January 18th, 2020|Middle East, North America, Pakistan, USA|