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Pompeo visits Saudi Airbase ‘to reaffirm’ stance with Saudi Arabia against Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shares lunch at the mess with members of the military as he visits the Prince Sultan air base in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia February 20, 2020. (Reuters) February 22, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Friday pictures showing his visit to Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan [...]

By |February 22nd, 2020|North America, Saudi Arabia, USA|

Brian Hook says US will expose Iran officials ‘in the shadows’

Brian Hook, the US State Department’s special representative for Iran, speaks about the creation of the Iran Action Group in Washington, Thursday, August 16, 2018. (AP) February 21, 2020 U.S. administration announced on Thursday, February 20 that five top members of Iran’s Guardian Council have been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury. This came [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|North America, USA|

How will Iran retaliate against US in Afghanistan?

Iranian IRGC members carry a coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani during a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran January 6, 2020. (Reuters) By Bashir Safi February 21, 2020 After a U.S. strike killed Iran’s Quds Force commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a notorious proxy chief, the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned of “severe retaliation against Americans.” Swiftly, [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Afghanistan, North America, USA|

Iran’s long battle with FATF

Iranian protesters show their hands with writing in Persian that reads, “No to FATF,” to protest the passage of a bill in Tehran on Oct. 7, 2018. (AP) By Jason M. Brodsky February 21, 2020 The February plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is underway in Paris. The outcome of this meeting could [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

New US acting director of national intelligence hard on Iran, Trump ally

US Ambassador Richard Allen Grenell gets in his car after an accreditation ceremony for new Ambassadors in Berlin, Germany, on May 08, 2018. (AFP) February 21, 2020 Richard Grenell, a Trump ally and staunch Iran critic, has been named US Acting Director of National Intelligence. The US Ambassador to Germany Grenell has little experience [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|North America, USA|

Pompeo visits US troops in Saudi Arabia during trip focused on countering Iran

King Salman welcomes US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (SPA) February 21, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited American troops in Saudi Arabia Thursday after talks with King Salman on the second day of a visit focused on countering Iran. The United States began building up its military presence at the Prince Sultan [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|North America, Saudi Arabia, USA|

US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

Guardian Council member Ahmad Jannati (C) speaking during a session of Assembly of Experts in 2015. (IRNA) February 20, 2020 The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running. The targeted officials include Ahmad [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|North America, USA|

Zarif’s conspiracy theories to justify Iran’s actions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Asia Society in New York, April 24, 2019. (AP) By Faramarz Davar February 20, 2020 Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has resorted to conspiracy theories to try to justify Iran’s unwillingness to cooperate with International Civil Aviation Organization procedure regarding airplane crashes — behavior that could not [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|Europe, North America|

Hackers join forces against U.S. and Israeli targets: This is what an Iranian cyber attack looks like in 2020

Revolutionary Guard hackers at work. (IRIB) By Davey Winder February 19, 2020 Ever since the 2010 Stuxnet worm attack on the Natanz nuclear plant that was eventually attributed to the U.S. and Israeli governments, Iran has been taking "cyber" seriously. Although the notion of Iran initiating a cyberwar scenario has been largely dismissed, there has [...]

By |February 19th, 2020|Isreal, North America, USA|

Pompeo: Washington prepared to talk to Iran ‘anytime’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Reuters) February 19, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said authorities in Washington were prepared to talk to Iran “anytime,” but that it needed to “fundamentally” change its behavior and that a campaign of maximum pressure against it would continue. “We are not rushed, [...]

By |February 19th, 2020|North America, USA|