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Bahrain: Iran’s malign activities ‘more blatant than ever’ in Middle East

Abdullatif Al-Zayani, now Bahrain's FM, speaks during a press conference following the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh on Dec.10, 2019. (AP) December 2, 2020 Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East are “more blatant than ever,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani said on Tuesday during the virtual US-Bahrain Strategic Dialogue. Iran’s “malign intent and [...]

By |December 2nd, 2020|Bahrain, Middle East|

The mystery of the Iranian warship that was an Italian cargo

The Iranian Guard's warship named after slain Guard naval commander Abdollah Roudaki, sails in to the Iranian southern territorial waters, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP) By Di Gabriele Carrer and Otto Lanzavecchia December 1, 2020 Last week, the Navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) unveiled a brand-new, ocean-faring, weapons-laden warship, named Shahid Roudaki after a slain [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Amid tensions with Iran, U.S. aircraft carrier deploys to Gulf, Navy says unrelated to ‘specific threats’

Sailors man the rails as aircraft carrier USS Nimitz with Carrier Strike Group 11, deployed in the Western Pacific from San Diego, California, U.S. (Reuters) November 28, 2020 U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was deployed to the Gulf this week, days before the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, although the U.S. Navy [...]

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

Iranian war games, Trump’s legacy and boxing in Biden

An Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran, Oct 18, 2020. (AP) By Yonah Jeremy Bob November 27, 2020 There will be no attack by the US on Iran in US President Donald Trump’s remaining seven weeks in office. But apparently there are [...]

By |November 27th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

The myth that the Shiite Iranian regime and Sunni al-Qaeda are bitter enemies

The F.B.I. wanted poster for Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri. (FBI) By Track Persia November 25, 2020 Two Israeli operatives killed Abu Muhammad al-Masri, a senior Al Qaeda leader in the line of succession in Tehran last August at the behest of the United States. [...]

By |November 25th, 2020|Middle East, North America, Uncategorised, USA|

Pompeo tour seeks to cement Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press briefing at UN headquarters in New York, US, July 20, 2018. (Reuters) November 23, 2020 US top diplomat Mike Pompeo has used a late-term Middle East tour to cement Washington's "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran, so President-elect Joe Biden can't easily reverse it. As [...]

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

With steps on Israel and Iran, Trump aims to lock in foreign policy before exit

US President Donald Trump walks away from the podium after addressing the nation on the situation in Syria on April 13, 2018. (AFP) November 23, 2020 On its way out the door, the Trump administration is enacting new rules, regulations and orders that it hopes will box in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on [...]

By |November 23rd, 2020|Isreal, Middle East, North America, USA|

Future Iran deal must go beyond nuclear and include regional misbehavior: Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan. (SPA) November 23, 2020 Any new deal with Iran needs to go beyond the nuclear program and address Tehran’s regional malign activity, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said on Sunday. “We believe that the issue isn’t just with the nuclear program…the issue [...]

By |November 23rd, 2020|Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

U.S.’s Coons would back resuming Iran nuclear deal, with caveats

A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after JCPOA talks in Vienna, July 14, 2015. (REUTERS) November 21, 2020 U.S. Senator Chris Coons, a possible secretary of state in a Biden administration, said on Friday he would only support returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if there were a [...]

By |November 21st, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s allies on high alert in Trump’s final weeks in office

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coffin of Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Jan 6, 2020. (Reuters) November 20, 2020 Iran has instructed allies across the Middle East to be on high alert and avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump administration cause [...]

By |November 20th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|