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S. Korean-flagged tanker bound for UAE goes into Iranian waters, feared seized

Satellite data from MarineTraffic.com showed the MT Hankuk Chemi off Bandar Abbas on Monday afternoon without explanation. (AFP) January 4, 2021 A South Korean-flagged tanker bound for the United Arab Emirates has instead gone into Iranian territorial waters, with a security firm fearing the vessel has been seized.Satellite data from MarineTraffic.com showed the MT Hankuk [...]

By |January 4th, 2021|East Asia, Middle East|

Iran resumes 20% enrichment at Fordow in latest nuclear deal breach

A satellite view of Iran's Fordow nuclear plant. (GOOGLE) January 4, 2021 Iran has resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility, the government said on Monday, breaching a 2015 nuclear pact with major powers and possibly complicating efforts by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the deal. The move is the latest Iranian [...]

By |January 4th, 2021|Iran, Middle East|

US aircraft carrier to stay in Gulf: Pentagon

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Arabian Sea, January 19, 2012. (US Navy) January 4, 2021 The US reversed a decision to bring an aircraft carrier home from the Gulf Sunday, with the Pentagon saying that due to “recent threats” by Iran the USS Nimitz would stay in position. The [...]

By |January 4th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

A year on, Hezbollah says Iran ‘doesn’t need help’ in avenging its top general

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L), Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah (C), and Commander of Iran’s Quds Force Qassem Soleimani. (khamenei.ir) January 4, 2021 Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group makes a speech marking a year since the US assassination of Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani and a pro-Iran Iraqi militia leader, and [...]

By |January 4th, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

IRGC: Iran will not distinguish between US bases, Arab host countries in case of war

The commander of the Air Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Brigadier General Ali Hajizadeh. (IRNA) January 02, 2021 Iran will not differentiate between US military bases in the region and the Arab countries hosting American troops if a war broke out, commander of the IRGC aerospace divison said on Saturday. “If something happens here [...]

By |January 2nd, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

US, Gulf allies brace for Iran terror attacks as Tehran vows to avenge Soleimani killing

Soleimani (2nd-L) was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 3 last year after his convoy was attacked outside Baghdad airport. (AFP) January 02, 2021 The US and its Gulf allies have been warned to prepare for Iran-led terror attacks after Tehran ramped up threats of revenge on the eve of the first anniversary [...]

By |January 2nd, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

A year after his death, Soleimani’s corrupt practices begin to surface

Iranian former major general and the commander of Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, undated. (Supplied) By Ehsan Mehrabi January 02, 2021 On December 27, 2020, Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founding and leading member of Hamas, revealed that he had been gifted some 22 million dollars – in cash, and stuffed into suitcases – at Tehran Airport by [...]

By |January 2nd, 2021|Middle East|

Iranian navy ups alert level in the Gulf, U.S. sources

An undated photo of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol vessels. (FARS News) January 01, 2021 The Iranian navy has upped its alert level in the Persian Gulf in the past 48 hours, U.S. sources told CNN on Friday. It was unclear whether this was a defensive move and Iran was expecting a U.S. attack, [...]

By |January 1st, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

2021, the year that Iran reaches top news headlines

Members of Iranian forces pray around the coffin of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during the burial ceremony at Imamzadeh Saleh shrine in Tehran, on Nov 30, 2020. (Reuters) By Camelia Entekhabifard January 1, 2021 The year 2020, with all its challenges, from the coronavirus pandemic and its death tolls to the global economic recession, [...]

By |January 1st, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran staggers into 2021 with its many vulnerabilities exposed

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon to the crowd during Friday Prayers in the capital Tehran, January 17, 2020. (AFP) By David Romano January 1, 2021 Iran’s woes during 2020 proved worse than most. The year began with shockwaves from the fuel price hike protests (which broke out in late November 2019) [...]

By |January 1st, 2021|Middle East, North America, USA|