Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions ‘hijacked’

The vessel took on Iranian oil from Kharg Island to sell abroad, the US government said. (AFP) July 16, 2020 An oil tanker sought by the US over allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the UAE, a seafarers organization said Wednesday. Satellite photos showed the [...]

By |July 16th, 2020|North America, UAE, USA|

Trump joins ‘do not execute’ Twitter campaign against executing protesters in Iran

US President Donald Trump. (Reuters) July 15, 2020 US President Donald Trump joined on Wednesday a Twitter campaign launched by Iranians to protest against the regime's decision to go forward with the execution of three young men who took part in Iran’s November 2019 protests. Iranians had launched a hashtag on Twitter on Tuesday against the Iranian [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|North America, USA|

Iran could face a summer of nuclear sabotage

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L), walking alongside Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation chief Ali Akbar Salehi at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, January 13, 2015. (AFP) By Andrea Stricker July 15, 2020 A powerful explosion destroyed an advanced centrifuge assembly plant in Iran earlier this month, an event which anonymous sources told U.S. journalists was the result of Israeli sabotage. An attack [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|Isreal, North America, USA|

US Centcom chief: Iran still aiming for regional dominance despite Suleimani killing

Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, talks to journalists about the military response to rocket attacks that killed two US and one UK service members in Iraq at the Pentagon on March 13, 2020. (AFP) July 15, 2020 Iran is persisting in its goal of “regional hegemony” despite the killing [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran explosions: The main suspects

The location of a possible crater and the approximate blast and damage area from the explosion and fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear site. (Screengrab) By David Brennan July 15, 2020 Iran has been rocked by a series of mysterious explosions in recent weeks, prompting speculation that an outside power or internal dissident group is [...]

By |July 15th, 2020|Isreal, North America, USA|

Iran says it has executed Iranian agent linked to CIA

Executions in public, Tehran, Iran. Undated. (MEHR) July 14, 2020 Iran has executed a former defense ministry worker who sold information to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Iranian judiciary said on Tuesday. Reza Asgari had linked up with the CIA during his last years serving at the defense ministry and sold [...]

By |July 14th, 2020|North America, USA|

Long-planned, bigger than thought: Strike on Iran’s nuclear program

A building after it was damaged by a fire, at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, July 02, 2020. (AP) By David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Ronen Bergman July 13, 2020 As Iran’s center for advanced nuclear centrifuges lies in charred ruins after an [...]

By |July 13th, 2020|Isreal, North America, USA|

How have Iran’s intelligence forces broken down in face of explosions

The location of a possible crater and the approximate blast and damage area from the explosion and fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear site. (Screengrab) By Yonah Jeremy Bob July 11, 2020 With another explosion on Thursday night, reportedly at an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps facility, the question is not only how anyone has pulled off [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|Isreal, North America, Opinions On Iran, USA|

Iran will develop oil industry despite U.S. sanctions: Iranian Oil Minister

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to reporters during the 15th International Energy Forum Ministerial in Algiers, Sep 27, 2016. (Reuters) July 11, 2020 Iran is determined to develop its oil industry in spite of U.S. sanctions imposed on the country, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in a televised speech on Saturday. [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|North America, USA|

Tensions continue to rise between US and Hezbollah

A Hezbollah supporter chants slogans, as he holds a picture of the late Iran leader Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (R) in Beirut, Jan 7, 2020. (AP) July 11, 2020 The fallout from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s warning that Washington will do all it can to prevent [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|Lebanon, North America, USA|