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Venezuela’s military to escort Iranian fuel tankers

A support vessel flying an Iranian national flag sails alongside the oil tanker 'Devon' as it prepares to transport crude oil to export markets. (Bloomberg) May 21, 2020 Venezuela’s military will escort Iranian tankers bringing fuel to the gasoline-starved country as soon as they enter its exclusive economic zone, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

US sanctions Iran’s interior minister over human rights abuses

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli. (ISNA) May 20, 2020 The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s interior minister, accusing him of having a role in serious human rights abuse, including giving orders that led to violence against peaceful protesters, the US Treasury Department said. The Treasury said in a statement that [...]

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

US Navy issues new warning to Iran after close encounters in the Gulf

F/A-18F Super Hornets launch from the flight deck of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Gulf, July 29, 2019. (US Navy) May 20, 2020 The US Navy warned Tuesday it will take “lawful defensive measures” against vessels in the Middle East that come within 100 meters (yards) of its warships, offering specific guidelines [...]

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

Iranian extradited from UK arraigned in Minneapolis for sanction-busting

Sajjad Shahidian (L) with his partner Vahid Vali. Undated. (Social Media) May 20, 2020 A U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota has charged Payment24, an Iranian online financial services company, its founder and Chief Executive Officer Seyed Sajjad Shahidian and Chief Operating Officer, Vahid Vali, with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. Shahidian, 33, [...]

By |May 20th, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

U.S. blacklists Chinese logistics firm over business with Iran airline

Iran’s second-largest carrier, Mahan Air, is flying commercial routes to more than a dozen European and Asian countries in spite of U.S. terror-related sanctions. (AP) May 19, 2020 Washington on Tuesday slapped sanctions on a China-based company it accused of acting on behalf of U.S.-blacklisted Mahan Air, the Treasury Department said, and denounced [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|East Asia, North America, USA|

US needs help restricting Iran’s influence in Syria

U.S. soldiers near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, Syria, April 4, 2018. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh May 19, 2020 US sanctions on Iran and the Trump administration’s maximum pressure policy are forcing Tehran to tactically shift its policy toward its staunchest ally, [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|North America, Syria, USA|

Unrealistic threat inflation with Iran is risky

The damaged Konarak vessel, hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, is docked at the Jask port, in southern Hormozgan province, May 11, 2020. (AFP) By Bonnie Kristian May 19, 2020 Iranian naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman devolved into disaster Sunday afternoon when a missile from one Iranian ship accidentally [...]

By |May 19th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s Zarif warns US against disrupting oil shipments to Venezuela

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif wears a protective mask and gloves as protection against the cornonavirus, during a cabinet meeting in Tehran, March 11, 2020. (AFP) May 18, 2020 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned the US against disrupting its fuel shipments to Venezuela in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Latin America, North America, USA, Venezuela|

Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, says Iran’s Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP) May 18, 2020 Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, renewing Iran’s demand for US troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East. Iran almost got into a full-blown conflict with the United States when a US [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

Noose tightens around Iran with sanctions threat by US

Iranians stand in front of a bank, hoping to buy U.S. dollar at the official rate in downtown Tehran, April 10, 2018. (AP) May 16, 2020 The US has publicly threatened to trigger the restoration of all UN sanctions on Iran if the organization’s Security Council fails to extend an arms embargo on [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|