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May 02 11:46

US plan of last push against ISIS raises specter of Syria partition

Announcing the start of military operations against the remaining strongholds of Islamic State, the US State Department included some pointed language, hinting at de facto partition of Syria, analysts tell RT.
“The days of ISIS controlling territory and terrorizing the people of Syria are coming to an end,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday.The operations will be conducted by the US-led coalition and local partners, including the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces.

The US will also work with Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon to “secure their borders” from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Nauert said. This is intriguing, because the only remaining IS presence is near the Iraqi border, with a pocket south of Damascus currently being cleared out by Syrian government forces.

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Neither the US nor Israel, are finished in Syria yet; not by a long shot.

May 02 11:45

FLASHBACK - US investigates illegal military equipment shipments from Israel to Iran

Israeli arms dealers twice tried to send spare parts for fighter planes to Iran, The Telegraph has established, flouting an international arms embargo and openly contradicting the bitter enmity between the Jewish state and the Islamic regime.

The illegal shipments are now being investigated by the US Homeland Security Department after they were intercepted by authorities in Greece.

The potentially explosive revelation came as six world powers resumed negotiations with Iran in Vienna aimed at reaching a long-term agreement over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

May 02 11:42

Putin Tries Adding Weight To Iran Conflict With U.S.

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have an ally in Russia. When it comes to Washington (and Tel Aviv's) penchant for calling foul on the Iranian nuclear deal, the two largest economies in the eurozone can count on Vladimir Putin to stand in their corner.

Putin reiterated Russia's position that the Iranian nuclear deal made by former president Barack Obama is "of paramount importance for ensuring international stability and security" and must be "strictly observed by all parties," the Kommersant business daily reported on Tuesday.

Putin reportedly discussed the Iranian nuclear power deal with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who just hours before had come out with his own intelligence agency's report alleging evidence that the Islamic Republic was indeed enriching uranium for military use and not just for energy use. The report said that Israel initiated the call.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Israel goes to war against Iran, for allegedly "lying" about its nuclear weapons program, the entire world will most likely be sucked into this war, with Iran, Russia, and China on one side, and the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and NATO on the other.

There are times when the interests of Israel and the US government align; this is not one of those times, and President Trump is a consummate fool, if he decides to pull out of the P5+1 deal, as a prelude to this war.

I hope Russia's President Putin did mention to Israel's Prime Minister Netantahu, that should such a war happen, based upon Israel's lies about Iran's alleged nuclear weapons, there will be costs incurred by Israel, which may well be devastating to the country's potential for further existence.

Such a war, again, based on lies to control Iran's oil, and the currency in which it is sold, just as happened with Iraq, will break the Unhinged, Surveilled state of Amerika, morally, economically, and politically.

The US military, at this time in its history, doesn't have the money; the manufacturing; the weaponry; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome against the forces which will be martialled against it.

Yes, the US government spends a lot of money for its weaponry; what it gets, is, generally, late, with horrific cost overruns, and many times obsolete upon delivery, or doesn't work as advertised.

I give you the Lockhee-Martin F-35 as an example here.

Should such a war happen, look for a return of the draft in the US, but this time, the process will be going after both our young men and our young women. There may well be massive riots against it, which the US government will put down with extreme prejudice. It is possible that the Constitution and Bill of Rights will be suspended, and martial law will be invoked.

May 02 11:25

Israel Doesn't Seek War With Iran - Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday defended his dramatic “revelation” regarding Iran’s “lies,” dubbed “old news” by former CIA Director Michael Hayden, while asserting that he does not seek a military confrontation with the Islamic Republic.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Netanyahu reiterated his claim that Iran was "brazenly lying" about its nuclear ambitions prior to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

But when pressed on Israel's own nuclear capability, the prime minister repeatedly refused to directly answer the question and only said that he did not seek war with Iran.

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Bibi wants AMERICANS to have a war with Iran!

May 02 11:20

LIBERMAN WARNS TEHRAN: DON’T TRY TO MESS WITH US

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Iran not to tangle with Israel, one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday unveiled a secret Mossad operation that lifted half a ton of documents out of Tehran.

“Iran is trying to hurt us and we will respond appropriately,” Liberman said. “The State of Israel cannot afford to ignore the threats of Iran, whose senior officials routinely threaten the State of Israel, promise to wipe it out and continue to support terror, and therefore we will do everything we need to do.”

May 02 10:51

Israel's claims about Iran's nuclear weapons program rejected as IAEA releases statement

The world's nuclear watchdog has effectively rejected Israel's claims Iran lied about its nuclear activities, by referencing a report showing there were, "no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009".

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said documents released by Israel about Tehran's nuclear weapons program do not reveal anything new.

It cited one of its own reports, from 2015, that identified some Iranian activities in 2003, "relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device".

"These activities did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities," the IAEA said in a statement.

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May 02 10:49

NETANYAHU SLAMS IRAN FOR 'SECRET NUKE PROGRAM,' WON'T SAY WHETHER ISRAEL DEVELOPED NUKES IN SECRET

On CNN Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Iran for allegedly working to develop nuclear bombs in secret, but refused to say whether Israel did the same (in violation of US non-proliferation law).

From The Daily Caller:

“A ‘yes-no’ question for you,” [CNN’s Chris Cuomo] said. “You know where I’m going with this. Does Israel have nuclear capabilities and nuclear weapons, yes or no?”

“We’ve always said that we won’t be the first to introduce it, so we haven’t introduced it,” Netanyahu replied.

“That’s not an answer to the question. Do you have them or do you not?” Cuomo asked.

“It’s as good an answer as you’re going to get,” Netanyahu said. “Iran said they don’t have this nuclear weapons program and Iran calls daily for the annihilation of my country. We don’t do that.”
Cuomo admitted Iran has a reputation for being dishonest but continued to press the prime minister about his country’s nuclear program.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please; on that last statement of yours, " “One thing is clear, Israel is not threatening the annihilation of any country.”, our BED (Bovine Excrement Detector) re-kitted, completely, and will have to be immediately replaced.

The next time this happens, sir, we will be left with no option, other than billing the Israeli government for its replacement, because the world knows ...you, and your government in Tel Aviv, are full of it!!

And I would like to add, sir, that every dollar, and every weapon, the US government gives to Israel is illegal, under the Syminton Amendment, and the Glenn Amendment

The Symington Amendment, and the Glenn Amendement

These amendments state quite clearly:

"The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 was amended by the Symington Amendment (Section 669 of the FAA) in 1976. It banned U.S. economic, and military assistance, and export credits to countries that deliver or receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology when they do not comply with IAEA regulations and inspections. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 101 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

The Glenn Amendment (Section 670) was later adopted in 1977, and provided the same sanctions against countries that acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology or explode or transfer a nuclear device. This provision, as amended, is now contained in Section 102 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA)."

Please note that legally, Israel has no exemption from these laws, except for the reality that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is not a country ruled by law, but a country ruled by corrupt individuals.

May 02 10:33

US JUDGE ORDERS IRAN TO PAY BILLIONS TO FAMILIES OF 9/11 VICTIMS

Tehran has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $6 billion to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, despite the fact that most of the plane hijackers were Saudi nationals, and no direct link was ever found to Iran.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in New York found Iran, the country’s central bank, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps liable for the deaths of more than 1,000 people in the September 11 attacks. As a consequence, District Judge George Daniels ordered Iran and its entities to pay over $6 billion in compensation to the victims’ families.

The default judgment seeks compensation of $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child, and $4.25 million per sibling. The US could potentially retrieve the sum from billions of dollars in Iranian assets that were frozen in the US and Europe over the years. This is unlikely, however, as the ruling is seen as symbolic and unenforceable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing, other than heaping more scorn and demonisation against Iran ahead of 12 May, when President Trump makes the go/no go decision about decertifying Iran's compliance with the P5+1 accord.

And please remember; as of this moment, the IAEA team which has been certifying Iran's full compliance with the deal, says that they are still in complete compliance with it.

The last thing these people are...are idiots.

IF the US withdraws from the agreement, to placate Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, it will be a breathtakingly lousy moment in the history of the world, because Israel will probably haul off, and attack Iran directly, or attack its assets in Syria.

In fact, with Israeli police stating that they have enough info with which to indict Netanyahu on corruption charges, Israeli PM faces toughest political challenge, but is unlikely to go quietly,,he may in fact feel that a war with Iran, in Syria, or against Iran proper, may be his only options for deflecting a trial on corruption charges.

And if he thinks and feels that such a trial is imminent, he may well haul off far before the 12 May date, at which President Trump is to make the decision as to whether the US believes Iran in compliance with the P5+1 deal.

Of course, given that the world knows he may be going on trial for corruption, the optics will be horrible; but in order to save his own political skin from ruin, he may decide that a war, where hundreds of thousands of people may well die, is far preferable than having to defend himself in court.

This is simply the way the man thinks.

I would like to hope that he understands that the 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing on the Bosendorfer grand in this situation... is Russia.

Russia has historically stated, and this comes from both civilian and military leadership, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

However, unfortunately, looking at Netanyahu's characteristic hubristic behaviour, I doubt that this will factor into his decision to attack either Iran, or Iran's assets in Syria, if he feels the coming trial is "too close for comfort."

May 02 10:25

WHITE HOUSE ADOPTS NETANYAHU’S ‘FALSE PRETENCES’ NARRATIVE ON IRAN DEAL

Hosting his French and German counterparts at the White House last week for critical talks on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, Donald Trump tried to be respectful, and coy: As the American president so often says, he prefers to be unpredictable on the international stage.

But the actions of his national security team in recent days point in one direction: He is preparing to withdraw from the 2015 deal, based on an argument that it was brokered in bad faith by the Iranians in the first place, and now rests on illegitimate foundations.

May 02 10:22

Israel 'only state in Middle East that actually has nukes’: Analysts denounce Bibi’s Iran WMD claim

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is the wrong person to accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons as his country has repeatedly refused to join any non-proliferation treaties which equates it to North Korea, Middle East experts told RT.

Israel and its PM “are in no position to accuse Iran of anything, they’re not part of the nuclear deal, they’re not even a member [of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty],” said Hamed Mousavi, Professor of Political Science at the University of Tehran.

The analyst then commented on Netanyahu’s well-rehearsed Monday show, in which he claimed Israel has incriminating evidence that Iran is pursuing a nuclear program in violation of the milestone 2015 deal. He noted the only entity in the world authorized to declare Iranian compliance or non-compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal is the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

May 02 10:21

UK should stick to nuclear deal despite Israeli claims of Iran ‘lying’ - Boris Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Britain will remain in the “vitally important” Iran deal, despite Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu claiming Tehran has been covertly developing a nuclear weapons program.

Johnson said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement, signed between world powers in 2015, is necessary more than ever to keep an eye on Iran’s nuclear program. It comes after Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Israel obtained 55,000 files showing Iran was “brazenly lying” when it claimed it was not pursuing nuclear weapons activity.

May 02 10:02

BEX ALERT - Iran is ordered to pay $6BILLION in damages to families of victims of 9/11 after a federal judge found the Islamic Republic aided the attacks and provided material support to Al -Qaeda

A federal judge has ordered Iran to pay $6billion to families of the victim's of 9/11 after he found various government entities were liable in the attacks.

Judge George B. Daniels announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic are responsible for aiding in the terrorist attacks that took the lives of thousands of innocent people, ABC News reports.

An attorney for the families, Robert Haefele, said the federal court found Iran had provided material support to al Qaeda.

'The evidence presented established that Iran's provision of material support to al-Qaeda was a cause of the 9/11 attacks and the resulting damage, injuries, and deaths,' Haefele said in a statement to ABC News.

May 02 10:00

Hassan Nasrallah: Israel has come into direct confrontation with Iran

Today, the whole region goes through a worrying situation. Worry is one thing, and fear is another. We say a worrying situation. Why? Because many leaders, governments, analysts, personalities and people in general, even people at home, everyday people who perhaps do not care much about politics, today follow the situation (with alarm), wondering where things are going, what will happen, because of certain events that occurred in Syria.

Last week, two important events took place, after which the situation remains tense.

The first event is the Israeli blatant and manifest aggression against the T-4 base or airport on the outskirts of Homs, that targeted Iranian forces from the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution of Iran who were present there, hitting them with a large number of missiles, causing 7 martyrs among its officers and soldiers and wounding others. This was a new, significant and important event. Maybe some people do not pay attention to its importance and magnitude.

May 02 09:28

Netanyahu's Iran Nuke Show: Should We Believe Him?

May 02 09:01

Journalists are pressuring witnesses to the Douma chemical attack

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday that the Syrian witnesses to the alleged chemical attack in Douma who gave their accounts at The Hague days ago were put under pressure from journalists.

This comes as a BBC reporter ridiculously claimed that a 12-year-old Syrian witness sustained “psychological trauma”.

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May 02 03:31

US judge orders Iran to pay billions to families of 9/11 victims

Tehran has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $6 billion to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, despite the fact that most of the plane hijackers were Saudi nationals, and no direct link was ever found to Iran.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in New York found Iran, the country’s central bank, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps liable for the deaths of more than 1,000 people in the September 11 attacks. As a consequence, District Judge George Daniels ordered Iran and its entities to pay over $6 billion in compensation to the victims’ families.

The default judgment seeks compensation of $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child, and $4.25 million per sibling. The US could potentially retrieve the sum from billions of dollars in Iranian assets that were frozen in the US and Europe over the years.

May 01 18:08

Only IAEA can assess any claim on Iranian nuclear program: Mogherini

The EU foreign policy chief says what the Israeli premier tried to present as documents on Iran’s “secret” nuclear work fails to question Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, and that any such claims should solely be assessed by the UN nuclear watchdog.

“What I have seen from the first reports is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has not put into question Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) commitments, meaning post-2015 nuclear commitments,” Federica Mogherini said Monday.

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Mogherini further said the JCPOA “is not based on assumptions of good faith or trust - it is based on concrete commitments, verification mechanisms and a very strict monitoring of facts, done by the IAEA. The IAEA has published 10 reports, certifying that Iran has fully complied with its commitments.”

May 01 15:54

Netanyahu Slams Iran For 'Secret Nuke Program,' Won't Say Whether Israel Developed Nukes In Secret

On CNN Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Iran for allegedly working to develop nuclear bombs in secret, but refused to say whether Israel did the same (in violation of US non-proliferation law).

May 01 12:16

US Officials: Israel Preparing For War With Iran, Seeking US Support

Not that there was much doubt who was behind it, but two days after "enemy" warplanes attacked a Syrian military base near Hama on Sunday, killing at least 11 Iranians and dozens of others, and nobody had yet "claimed responsibility" the attack, US officials told NBC that it was indeed Israeli F-15 fighter jets that struck the base, NBC News reported.

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May 01 12:09

Netanyahoo To Again Cry Wolf - But Something Bigger Is Up (Updated)

U.S. President Trump wants to end the nuclear agreement (pdf) with Iran and wants to eliminate Iranian forces in Syria which support the Syrian government. Something is being prepared to make that happen.

Last week General Joseph Votel, commander of CENTCOM - the U.S. military command for the Middle East, was in Israel. It was the first ever visit of a CENTCOM commander to Israel which usually works with the European command EUCOM.

Yesterday former CIA director and now Secretary of State Pompeo visited Israel. A few hours later Israel bombed two ammunition depots in Syria which are supposedly related to Iran. This was a clear attempt to provoke Iran into some reaction.

The Israeli defense minister Lieberman just visited Washington DC and only today came back to Israel.

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When leadership from both the US and Israel are wracking up the frequent flyer miles to each others' capitals, I get ..... very nervous; and the current flurry of activity is no exception.

May 01 11:47

UN nuclear agency: ‘No credible indications’ of Iran nuclear activity after 2009

The United Nations's nuclear agency on Tuesday rejected claims from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran's government is conducting nuclear weapons research in secret.

In an assessment released Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency wrote that there is "no credible indications" to support claims that Iran was continuing its "coordinated" nuclear weapons program after 2009, The Associated Press reports.

Netanyahu made the claims Monday in a speech in Tel Aviv as part of his effort to urge President Trump to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015 under the Obama administration, which was meant to ensure Iran does not complete development of a nuclear weapon.

Critics say the deal is too weak and has led to Iran pursuing the weapons in secrecy.

On Monday, Netanyahu called the deal "terrible" and urged Trump to do the "right thing" and exit the agreement with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu; you may be able to lie the President of the United States into contributing to a war against Iran, but this time, you cannot lie the American people into wanting such a war.

The US government and military going to war against Iran on a fabrication, just as it did against Iraq, which it declared to have "weapons of mass destruction", which it did not, was simply about controlling Iraq's oil, and in what internationally currency it would be sold; ultimately, the same will be true of Iran.

But to Netanyahu and Trump, I offer the following caveat from Sun Suu, from "The Art of War", paraphrased: soldiers must believe that they have the moral high ground on their side. The Iranians do, should such a war happen, because they are defending their country; the US, and Israel, will not.

And then, there is the 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing on top of the Bosendorfer Grand; that 6,000 lb gorilla, right now, is Russia, whose military and political leadership have collectively vowed to protect Iran, should it be attacked militarily.

Were I Netanyahu and/or President Trump, I would be thinking about this very, very carefully right now, before either leader does something potentially catastrophic against Iran.

May 01 11:35

Israel ready to bomb Iran if necessary: Report

Israeli defense officials have told their American and Russian counterparts that if Iranian-backed forces attack Israel from inside Syria, Jerusalem will not hold back from retaliating with direct strikes against Tehran or other targets in Iran.

The officials delivered the message ahead of a national security statement expected Monday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to Iranian threats to hit Israel after recent strikes on Tehran-backed assets in Syria, according to a report by Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.

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Translation: look for a massive Israeli "false flag", to appear to have be created by the Iranian military against Israeli from Syria, and this war is off and running.

I would like to hope that Russian President Putin, in a conference call with Netanyahu, has completely disabused Netanyahu about pulling a stunt like this; however, one can never account for the ways in which Israeli hubris can lead to a catastrophe, as it well might under these circumstances.

And please note: such Israeli raids against Syria are against a soverign nation, which has invited Russian and Iranians there to help clamp down on Western-funded jihadists, are illegal under international law.

May 01 11:15

Bibi baby – Netanyahu: a clown sitting on a huge pile of weapons of mass destruction

"On 30 April Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu provided a fascinating glimpse into a psychotic tribal mind. A clown who sits on a huge pile of weapons of mass destruction, an arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons designed to kill millions, is crying foul, complaining that another state in the region may attempt to equip itself with similar weapons as a means of deterrence. Netanyahu’s performance looked like a raging toddler pointing to another toddler’s nappy while his own pampers dripped from every direction. " >>

May 01 10:53

WHY IS ISRAEL DESPERATE TO ESCALATE SYRIAN CONFLICT?

After seven years of utter devastation and bloodletting, a consensus has emerged among all the belligerents of the Syrian war to de-escalate the conflict, except Israel which wants to further escalate the conflict because it has been the only beneficiary of the carnage in Syria.

Over the years, Israel has not only provided medical aid and material support to the militant groups battling the Syrian government – particularly to various factions of the Free Syria Army (FSA) and al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front in Daraa and Quneitra bordering the Israel-occupied Golan Heights – but Israel’s air force has virtually played the role of the air force of the Syrian jihadists and has conducted more than 100 airstrikes in Syria and Lebanon during the seven-year conflict.

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In the view of Tel Aviv, Syria must be neutralized before there can be a meaningful attack against Iran, primarily with American troops, and the costs borne in American blood and American money, which the US government does not have.

But the one question President Trump needs to ask himself, if he goes full-tilt buggie on Syria and Iran, by way of an invasion, and a greater war, is just what Russia's President Putin will do to respond to such acts.

And President Trump had better think long and hard about this, because today, the US military doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a war against either Syria or Iran, or possibly both.

May 01 10:42

Moscow Stresses Need to Authenticate Israel's Iran Nuclear Deal Docs - Envoy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the Israeli intelligence had obtained thousands of documents proving that Iran violated its commitment to maintaining a peaceful nuclear program and kept secretly developing a nuclear weapons program.

The permanent Russian representative to the UN in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said it is necessary to authenticate Israel's documents concerning the Iran nuclear deal, which suggest that Tehran had lied about its compliance with the terms of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the peaceful nature of its nuclear projects.

May 01 10:39

IN ‘BIZARRE’ TELEVISED EVENT, NETANYAHU PUSHES US TOWARD WAR WITH IRAN

In a “bizarre” performance that conjured memories of former national security adviser Colin Powell’s infamous weapons of mass destruction speech in 2002, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday theatrically deployed props and powerpoint slides in an attempt to distort facts and convince his “audience of one“—U.S. President Donald Trump—that Iran is failing to comply with the nuclear accord.

“Iran lied, big time, after signing the nuclear deal in 2015,” Netanyahu claimed from a stage in Tel Aviv, Israel, dramatically unveiling shelves of disks and binders that he insisted contain conclusive proof that Iran is still pursuing nukes.

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As long as I have breath in me, I will peacefully continue to protest such a war, which is not at ALL in the interests of the American people, but Netanyahu's painfully obvious attempt, on completely fabricated evidence, to have America's military "neutralize" Iran for him, with all the costs being borne with American blood, and financed with US dollars.

Were I a betting woman, I would bet that President Trump will go along with this, as he has no intelligent alternate views on Iran, voiced to him by his cabinet, other than what Netanyahu spoon feeds him, which is fabrication after fabrication after fabrication.

The IAEA knows precisely where the site is which Netanyahu described in his tirade, and also knows that there is no secret nuclear program going on there; it is simply a lie, to attempt to get the American people to follow President Trump's lead on a war against Iran.

But after the Colin Powell speech about Iraq's "yellow cake uranium", and Saddam's WMDs, the American people are, hopefully, a lot more sceptical concerning what Netanyahu is willing to lie about to get a war started.

May 01 10:25

Up to IAEA to decide if Iran lied & violated nuclear deal – world reacts to Netanyahu’s claims

The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran remains a pinnacle of international peace and stability, and it is up to the IAEA to assess whether Tehran violated it, several signatories to the agreement said in response to Israel’s claims.

The allegations about Iran’s nuclear program made by the Israeli prime minister during his televised address from Tel Aviv might, in fact, be an argument in favor of the 2015 nuclear accord and not against it, officials from several countries said, reacting to Benjamin Netanyahu’s presentation.

May 01 10:19

Putin, Macron Back Preservation of Iran Nuclear Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani held phone talks and agreed to work together on maintaining Iran's nuclear deal.

In a telephone conversation, which took place at the initiative of the French side, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron called for the preservation of the nuclear agreement with Iran, as well as stressed the necessity of its strict implementation, the Kremlin said in a statement.

According to the Kremlin, Macron informed Putin about the results of his visit to the United States with an emphasis on his talks regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), dubbed the Iran nuclear deal, with US President Donald Trump.

The Elysee Palace said in a separate statement that president Macron expressed hope during phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Moscow would play a significant role in the settlement of a number of challenging issues in the Middle East.

May 01 10:02

Iran Blasts "Child Killer" Netanyahu After Nuclear Program Accusations

In a predictably furious response to a presentation delivered Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran's Foreign Ministry denounced allegations that the Islamic Republic had been carrying on its nuclear program in secret, calling Netanyahu "an infamous liar" and accusing him of being the head of a "child-killing Zionist regime," according to a statement published in English on Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

May 01 09:50

Pat Buchanan Blasts Bibi: He's "Been Crying Wolf For Decades" About Iran

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's powerpoint presentation Monday evening - allegedly demonstrating captured evidence, documents, and computer disks, showing a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program much more advanced and ambitious than the Iranian government publicly admits existed - Pat Buchanan joined Sean Hannity on his show to discuss the reality behind Bibi's warning.

May 01 09:30

Iran’s Secret Nukes? Scaremongering Netanyahu Strikes Again

Legally speaking, however, the Israeli argument, along with any attempt on the part of the Trump administration to rely upon the Israeli information used by Netanyahu in his presentation, does not hold water. The IAEA, in implementing the “Roadmap for Clarification of Past and Present Outstanding Issues”, had already thoroughly investigated the Amad Project and its alleged leader, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, based upon information made available from member states (presumably including Israel). The conclusions reached by the IAEA—that the Amad Project was terminated in 2003, and that Fakhrizadeh went on the head up a new organization that made use of the same personnel as the Amad Project—were the same as made by Netanyahu. As Netanyahu noted, Iran denied the existence of the Amad Project to the IAEA.

May 01 09:22

Bibi Baby

Yesterday PM Netanyahu provided a fascinating glimpse into a psychotic tribal mind. A clown who sits on a huge pile of WMDs, an arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons designed to kill millions, is crying foul, complaining that another state in the region may attempt to equip itself with similar weapons as a means of deterrence. Netanyahu’s performance looked like a raging toddler pointing to another toddler’s nappies while his own pampers are dripping from every direction.

Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East. Israel has never allowed any international body into its nuclear and other WMD facilities.

May 01 08:10

‘Infamous liar’: Iran blasts Netanyahu for claims Tehran had nuclear weapons program

In a statement Tuesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry blasted Monday’s claims by a “broke and infamous liar who has had nothing to offer except lies and deceits.” It accused Israel of “using battered charlatanism” and viewing others as a threat to justify the existence of their “illegal regime.”

“Netanyahu and the notorious, child-killing Zionist regime must have reached the basic understanding that the people of the world have enough awareness and cognizance,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi,

In a series of tweets, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also ridiculed Netanyahu’s accusations, noting the “coordinated timing of alleged intelligence revelations by the boy who cries wolf just days before May 12.” On that day President Donald Trump is expected to decide whether the US should stay in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal inked by five world powers as well as Iran.

May 01 06:52

Stunning details reveal how Israel’s spy agency pulled off one of the most brazen heists in modern history

Israel's spy agency Mossad stole a trove of documents from a warehouse in Tehran, Iran, in one of its most brazen missions to date.
Agents reportedly stole 110,000 documents and smuggled them back to Israel in one night.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "a great intelligence achievement" but experts have pointed out that none of the documents made public contained new information.

May 01 06:47

Israel's Netanyahu Can Now Declare War on Iran With Single Vote

The Israeli parliament voted in favor Monday of granting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the ability to declare war with the sole approval of his defense chief under certain conditions.Following a 20-minute presentation in which Netanyahu accused Iran of covertly pursuing nuclear weapons, reports emerged that the Israeli Knesset approved 62 to 41 the amendment to Israeli law regarding the authorization for the declaration of war. The new regime included a clause suggested by Netanyahu himself, one that requires only Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's approval to initiate a war "in extreme situations,"

May 01 06:37

Netanyahu says has proof of 'secret' Iranian nuclear weapons programme

Netanyahu says has proof of 'secret' Iranian nuclear weapons programme.
Note: Israel and Netanyahu positively cannot be believed, they lie constantly.

Apr 30 16:50

Iran drops the dollar. Others tried and were bombed. 'It's all about the banking,' says Lee Camp

Iran recently announced it is dropping the US dollar in foreign trade. Just as Iraq did shortly before it was invaded by the US, or Libya planned to before it was bombed by NATO-led allies. Lee Camp is starting to see a pattern.

The US is gearing up to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, which has all but killed Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, because it's not restrictive enough. With Iran already saying it won't accept more demands or more sanctions, it's anyone's guess what kind of chain reaction might ensue.

Apr 30 15:43

WW3 ALERT: Iran Threatens ‘Strikes Will Be Met With Force’ After US-led Syria Attacks - Mac Slavo

Iran has issued a chilling new warning to the United States an allied forces which allegedly coordinated an attack on Syria on Sunday. Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has warned that attacks on Iranian military bases by the US or its allies will not be tolerated and will be met with “firm force.”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, has launched a blistering verbal attack against the US in the wake of missile strikes on Syrian bases in Hama and Aleppo on Sunday night, according to The Daily Star. In a bellicose speech on Monday, Khamenei accused the US of causing a “regional crisis” in the Middle East by creating “instability” that has “brought misery to people.”

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We the People are no longer in control of this government; the American deep state, and the military industrial complex are in complete control, no matter who sits at that desk in the Oval Office.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, who fervently believes that the US should be resolving its geopolitical issues with moral, hard-won negotiations, rather than bombs and bullets, all I can do is witness, as I do at this blog, and pray that there will be some mechanism to stop what I see coming, which is a global war, with Iran, China, Russia on one side, and the US, NATO, Israel, and Saudi Arabia on the other.

Apr 30 15:36

Iran: The True Focal Point for the IMF-NATO Hegemony, by Jeremiah Johnson

The “Iranian problem” is one that was created by the United States and Britain decades ago. Mossadegh was removed from office when the Shah was inserted…that selfsame Shah who supported Anglo-American oil interests in his country until Ayatollah Khomeini sparked the Iranian Islamic Revolution in ’79. That revolution began the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Teheran and the hostage situation that effectively ended the Carter presidency (rather his actions to resolve it, such as Operation Desert One). President Reagan came in, the hostages were released, Iran and Iraq fought a bloody war, and relations with the U.S. were discontinued.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but consistently predictable from this government, no matter who is allegedly guiding it as President.

Does President Trump think, for a millisecond, that Russia's President Putin will just hold hands with the Duma, and sing "Kumbyah" at a concerted set of US/Israeli airstrikes against Syria?!? I would respectfully suggest that this only will happen after pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

A war with Russia over Syria is as insane as it can possibly get, unless you factor in the war Netanyahu wants the US to fight against Iran, which would be another idiotic thing for this Administration to decide to do.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

If President Trump goes for both of these wars (after an "alleged" terrorist false flag inside this country, or against American interests overseas most probably, or a cyber 9/11), look for the return of a military draft, supported by both parties, and the devolution to an even worse climate for civil liberties, and the questionings of why these wars are necessary to wage for the protection of American people.

They are not; they are simply wars of aggression against two countries Israel wants the US to beat up militarily, which have absolutely done nothing to us, no have any mind to do so. and I must politely remind you; Tel Aviv wants the costs for these wars to be borne only in American blood and with American money.

Netanyahu's half hour of spewing fakeries on Faux TV, was just that; a fabulous story, well spun, with utterly no hard evidence.

Number one, how would have Israeli intelligence spirited those documents out of the country, which Netanyahu was using to justify his assertions that Iranian leadership has a secret nuclear missile program; and number two, if such a program exists, how could the IAEA, which has been monitoring Iran for compliance on the P5+1 accord, not know that such a facility existed?!?
I can guarantee you; the CVs of the members of the Iranian monitoriing team, would leave you breathless, at their collective levels of technical expertise.

The timing of Netanyahu's heavy-handed insanity, coming right before 12 May, when President Trump is to either recertify Iran as compliant with the accord, of decertify the US's agreement to the accord, is both scarily telling, and troubling; I doubt that the US government is going to recertify Iranian compliance here, which will lead to more US sanctions, which will lead to Iran walking away from the deal entirely.

That is the design intent for such US sanctions, period, end of discussion.
How soon a shooting war breaks out, I cannot tell you; the dangers which will be created by such a war, just feel...imminent, at this moment.

Apr 30 14:38

Netanyahu Bombs Syria, Delivers PowerPoint Claiming Iran Has Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a made-for-US-TV PowerPoint presentation in English on Monday where he appealed directly to President Donald Trump to cancel the Iran nuclear deal and claimed to have evidence showing Iran continued its nuclear weapons program in secret.

The move comes just one day after Israel is believed to have launched a deadly strike on ammunition depots in Syria supposedly linked to Iran.

Apr 30 13:19

Trump Proclaims Netanyahu Announcement on Iran Shows ‘I’ve Been 100% Right’

Wrong! You folks who still support this Israeli lovin bum are nothing but neocon traitors!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kFUNZ_8dKA

From a White House Rose Garden podium this afternoon, President Donald Trump declared that he has been “100 percent right” on continued Iran nuclear development and brand new evidence from the Israeli Prime Minister proves that.

Apr 30 12:56

Netanyahoo To Again Cry Wolf - But Something Bigger Is Up

U.S. President Trump wants to end the nuclear agreement (pdf) with Iran and wants to eliminated Iranian forces in Syria which support the Syrian government. Something is being prepared to make that happen.

Last week General Joseph Votel, commander of CENTCOM - the U.S. military command for the Middle East, was in Israel. It was the first ever visit of a CENTCOM commander to Israel which usually works with the European command EUCOM.

Yesterday former CIA director and now Secretary of State Pompeo visited Israel. A few hours later Israel bombed two ammunition depots in Syria which are supposedly related to Iran. This was a clear attempt to provoke Iran into some reaction.

Apr 30 12:27

BEX ALERT - Netanyahu says Israel obtained ‘half a ton’ of documents on Iran’s nuclear weapons program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims to have intelligence reports proving that Iran was definitely pursuing nuclear weapons prior to the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, despite Tehran’s long-held claim that its nuclear program was purely for peaceful energy purposes.

Speaking from Israel’s ministry of defense in Tel Aviv on Monday, Mr. Netanyahu said that he has “secret” files exposing Iran’s covert pursuit of nuclear weapons and showing that Iranian authorities for years lied to the international community.

Mr. Netanyahu specifically claimed that Israeli intelligence had obtained some 55,000 pages of evidence and digital files consisting of “incriminating documents, incriminating charts, incriminating presentations, incriminating blueprints, incriminating photos, incriminating videos and more.”

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Remember the "laptop of death" fiasco?

Apr 30 12:10

The real war for Syria is taking place in its skies

Jonathan Cook argues that Israel’s strategy of playing both the Americans and Russians in Syria “is now beginning to unravel as Israel and the US seek to prevent Moscow and Iran from helping consolidate President Assad’s hold on power”. >>

Apr 30 11:59

Pompeo 'Would Rather See Iran's Nuclear Capacity Blown Up' - Lecturer

Just 12 hours after being confirmed as the 70th US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo began shuttling around the world to show that the State Department is back in business after a lull under Rex Tillerson. But what trajectory can we expect US diplomacy to take under the new chief who is a known advocate of bombing first, asking questions later?

Apr 30 11:58

Rouhani tells Macron Iran nuclear deal ‘non-negotiable,’ Pompeo says ‘fix it’ or let it die

Disagreements over the 2015 nuclear deal are growing sharper as Tehran says it will not make any additional concessions, while Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu lob barbs at Iran during the state secretary’s visit to Israel.

“The nuclear deal or any other subject under its pretext is not negotiable in any way,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, following a phone call on Sunday.

“Iran will not accept any restrictions beyond its commitments,” Rouhani was cited as saying by his press service in relation to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that eased sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for a slowdown of its nuclear program.

Apr 30 11:55

Pompeo meets Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

Newly-appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has underlined Washington’s unwavering support for Israel in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting was held hours after Pompeo repeated Washington’s anti-Iran accusations during talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh.

Apr 30 11:44

Zionist Warmongers Slaughter Scores of Iranians in Unprovoked Attack

Apr 30 10:40

Iran Deal: Trump 'Acts on Orders From Israeli Lobby in Washington' - Analyst

Commenting on Tehran's warning that it will withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if Washington scraps the Iran nuclear deal, US political analyst Alexander Azadegan told Sputnik that the Islamic Republic should tread carefully on the issue.

Alexander Azadegan, professor of geopolitics from the University of California and chief editor of the website ImperiaNews, said that Europe is not ready for Tehran's possible withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and does not want to lose the advantages that the nuclear deal brought to European countries which are also against Iran's pullout of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Azadegan recalled that US attacks on Iran began during the Obama presidency, when the White House extended the Iranian oil embargo.

Apr 30 10:39

Macron, Rouhani Agree to Work on Preserving Iran's Nuclear Deal - Elysee Palace

ouhani spent more than an hour in telephone talks on Sunday and agreed to work together on preserving Iran's nuclear deal, the French presidential office said in a statement.

"The French president and the Iranian president have agreed to work mainly in the next few weeks on the preservation of the content of the 2015 deal, with all of its elements," the statement read.

Macron has expressed his wish to preserve the existing nuclear agreement and to launch discussions on additional aspects, such as control of nuclear activities after 2025, Iran's missile program and main regional crises.

The statement contradicts the previous stance of French President Emmanuel Macron, expressed after his visit to the US, saying that he wanted to preserve the deal, but adding several new provisions to it.

Apr 30 10:37

Is a military coup possible in Iran?

Since the beginning of the year, Iran has witnessed persistent protests. In January, massive demonstrations against the government spread to more than 80 cities in 29 provinces in which at least in 21 people were killed. In early February, dozens of women were arrested for taking off their head scarves and protesting against mandatory veiling in Tehran.

Later the same month, police clashed with members of the Gonabadi Sufi order, which led to five deaths, according to Gonabadi activists, and hundreds arrested. In late March, Arabs staged protests in Khuzestan province after a the national TV excluded their community from a programme about Iran's ethnic diversity. Then in April, the security forces cracked down on water shortage protests in Isfahan province. Labour strikes in various cities across the country have also persisted.

Apr 30 10:33

Israel ready to bomb Iran if necessary: Report

Israeli defense officials have told their American and Russian counterparts that if Iranian-backed forces attack Israel from inside Syria, Jerusalem will not hold back from retaliating with direct strikes against Tehran or other targets in Iran.

The officials delivered the message ahead of a national security statement expected Monday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to Iranian threats to hit Israel after recent strikes on Tehran-backed assets in Syria, according to a report by Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.

The developments come amid growing concern in Washington that Israel and Iran are on the verge of a clash that could spill dangerously beyond Syria, where there were reports Monday that missile strikes had killed more than two-dozen mostly Iranian forces supporting the Syrian government of Bashar Assad.

Apr 30 10:22

Live: Netanyahu says Iran ‘lied big time’ about nuclear program

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will reveal “new and conclusive proof” that Iran lied about the nature of its nuclear program and tried to hide it.

“After signing the nuclear deal in 2015 Iran intensified its efforts to hide its nuclear files,” he says in a press conference.

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Apr 30 10:21

Iran went the extra mile to adhere to the JCPOA nuclear deal. Now it fears that was a mistake

The negotiations leading to the Iran nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – were painstakingly detailed. Almost every eventuality was identified and planned for – except one: that the American people would elect as president a geopolitical novice hell-bent on erasing the legacy of his predecessor regardless of the implications for US national security.

Now this unforeseen eventuality risks turning a central tenet of Iran’s strategy – to regain the international community’s confidence by fully adhering to the deal – into a liability.

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Apr 30 10:13

Zarif to Netanyahu: 'Boy who can't stop crying wolf at it again'

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is due to deliver a speech at 8 pm tonight and report a dramatic development proving Iranian nuclear agreement non-compliance.

The Teheran government is attacking the speech even before it's been delivered. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif referred to what the Prime Minister had yet to say and remarked, "The boy who can't stop crying wolf is at it again. Undeterred by cartoon fiasco at UNGA.

"You can only fool some of the people so many times," Zarif tweeted on his Twitter account.

Apr 30 10:03

NETANYAHU TO ADDRESS COUNTRY WITH 'DRAMATIC NEWS ABOUT IRAN' MONDAY NIGHT

Israeli media reports indicate Netanyahu will address the Iran nuclear deal and not the overnight strike in Syria.

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Apr 30 08:47

Syrian Army Positions Come Under Missile Attacks in Hama, Aleppo

The Syrian army's military positions came under missile attacks in Hama and Aleppo provinces two weeks after the trilateral attacks by the US, the UK and France.
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No one has yet admitted the responsiblity for the attack, but militants' news outlets and social media networks said the US has fired the missiles from Al-Tanf border crossing in Eastern Syria.

Some other sources said that the missile attacks were carried out by the US and in response to the Syrian army's advances East of Euphrates against the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Other sources said that Israel that had previously targeted the T4 airbase in Homs province where the Iranian troops had been stationed has been behind the missile attacks.

There is yet no official confirmation on the origin of the missile launches.

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(*little or nothing from U.S.
corporate media sources , either)

Apr 30 07:45

Details Of The Israeli Aggression Against Iran In Syria – VIDEO

The following article is a series of Tweets made by Al-Ackbar journalist, Firas al-Shoufi.

1. Initial reports in9dicate the missiles used by Israel tonight in the attacks on Hama and Aleppo were bunker buster munitions – missiles that have the ability to penetrate underground targets.

(*VIDEO at source)

2. The impact of the Israeli attacks was so intense, it resulted in an earth tremor measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale.

3. There are several casualties, both Syrian and Iranian martyrs in these latest attacks.

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(*Eight informative tweets , in all , on last nights "weekend warrior" Syrian strike)

Apr 30 06:01

Strike Likely Targeted Surface-to-surface Missiles Iran Seeks to Deploy in Syria

The timing and magnitude of the attack could suggest a large arms depot was hit, in what could be an attempt to thwart an Iranian revenge over Israeli bombing

The attack on Syria Sunday night apparently targeted major arms caches, including surface-to-surface missiles that Iran seeks to deploy in Syria, according to assessments.

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Apr 30 04:59

Resonant Syria Strike Suggests Coordinated US-Israel Message To Russia And Iran

Overnight attack comes with Pompeo in the region, Netanyahu and Trump on the phone, Liberman in the US, and the US Army CENTCOM chief having visited without fanfare last week

Hours after a mysterious “earthquake” — 2. 6 on the Richter scale — registered on the devices of the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, the circumstances behind the series of explosions that shook Syria overnight Sunday-Monday are starting to become clear.

An increasing number of media organizations associated with the Syrian regime and Hezbollah are hinting that Israel was responsible. According to a report in the Al Akhbar newspaper, identified with Hezbollah, bunker buster missiles, which do not explode on impact but rather deep in the ground, hit bases in the Hama and Aleppo areas. Hence the “earthquake.”

The base that was attacked in the Hama area belongs to the 47th Brigade of President Bashar Assad’s Syrian Army, but apparently there were many Shiites and/or Iranians in the area. The Syrian Human Rights Observatory (based in London) reported that 26 people were killed in this attack, Iranians among them. Another report spoke of 38 fatalities. Whatever the case, it is clear that the strike was highly unusual in several respects.

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Apr 30 04:41

Source: No Iranian Military Advisors Killed In Sunday Night Attacks In Syria

No Iranian military advisors have been killed in the Sunday night attacks on several military bases in Syria's Hama and Aleppo provinces, an informed source said on Monday, dismissing the claims made by few Arab media.

Syrian state media reported overnight that "enemy missiles" had struck government targets in Hama and Aleppo provinces. The reports did not mention any casualties from the missile strikes, or who was suspected of the attack.

In a news flash, state television said the missile attacks took place at 10:30 pm local time. Earlier, state television said successive blasts were heard in rural Hama province and that authorities were investigating the cause.

The Syrian army positions came under missile attacks in Hama and Aleppo provinces two weeks after the trilateral attacks by the US, the UK and France.

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Apr 30 04:32

Iranians killed in suspected Israeli strike' in Syria

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told army radio on Monday morning that he was "not aware" of the latest strikes.
But, he said, "all the violence and instability in Syria is the result of Iran's attempts to establish a military presence there. Israel will not allow the opening of a northern front in Syria."

Apr 29 19:55

Rouhani tells Macron Iran nuclear deal ‘non-negotiable,’ Pompeo says ‘fix it’ or let it die

Disagreements over the 2015 nuclear deal are growing sharper as Tehran says it will not make any additional concessions, while Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu lob barbs at Iran during the state secretary’s visit to Israel.

“The nuclear deal or any other subject under its pretext is not negotiable in any way,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, following a phone call on Sunday.

“Iran will not accept any restrictions beyond its commitments,” Rouhani was cited as saying by his press service in relation to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that eased sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for a slowdown of its nuclear program.

In a symptom on the growing tensions, Iran announced last week that it would no longer use the dollar for its international transactions, while also calling for nations around the world to unite against Washington’s “bullying.”

Apr 29 09:22

BEX ALERT - Ambassador Danon warns UN Security Council of Iran's entrenchment in Syria

Iran controls a military base in Syria used to recruit and indoctrinate militants for terror activities in the Middle East, says Israel's ambassador to the UN, adding Iran commands over 80,000 Shi’a fighters in the war-torn country.

Apr 29 09:21

Katz says 'denuclearized' Korean peninsula helpful versus Iran

Friday's historic pledge by the leaders of the two Koreas to work to denuclearize the Korean peninsula should give US President Donald Trump a stronger hand to renegotiate the treaty curtailing Iran's nuclear program, Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Reuters.

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North Korea is being very foolish trusting a US promise not to invade following denuclearization.

Apr 28 10:52

Washington Using Currency War To Destabilize Iran

The neoconservative hawks around the US President, notably new National Security head John Bolton and designated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are on record that Iran is in Washington’s sights for regime change or at a minimum, economic sanctions and chaos. The rhetoric is not empty. The ground is being laid by US threats to not renew the Iran nuclear agreement in May, a move opposed by the other signatories and a move that would plunge Iran into a deep economic crisis at a time it can ill afford.

In recent weeks its currency has been dropping like a stone, provoking panic buying of dollars on the black markets and aggravating a growing domestic crisis. While Trump threatens in May not to renew the Iran nuclear agreement, opening new official sanctions, evidence suggests there is a dirty game underway from the side of key Washington allies Saudi Arabia and UAE to weaken the Rial.

Apr 28 10:51

What John Bolton Has In Mind For Iran

Apr 28 06:26

Russia-Iran Ties Surge Under US Pressure

(*where Trump is every bit as instrumental as he was to The Korea Summit , his odds of winning The Nobel Prize , could be UP , on this development !)

Apr 28 04:21

What's Behind The Push Against Iran Nuclear Deal?

Iran being 'demonised' for opposing western powers and their allies attempting to dominate the Middle East, experts say.

A sustained effort by the administration of US President Donald Trump and its allies at home and in the Middle East to cancel, or at least renegotiate, the Iran nuclear deal appears to have succeeded in bringing one major European country, France, to its side.
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Iran experts argue, however, that the real issue is not Tehran's nuclear programme, that even if it were taken out of the picture, "Iran would still be demonised and made evil" by its regional adversaries - similar to what has been happening, they argue, since the 1979 revolution.

"The root causes of Israeli and Western animosity towards Iran has to do with its opposition to Western hegemony in the region and its support and sympathy with the Palestinian people," said Mohammad Marandi, professor at the University of Tehran.

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Apr 28 04:06

Iran Starts Trial of ISIL Terrorists Involved in Parliament Attack

Trial opened in a Tehran court here on Sunday for the terrorists involved in the June 2017 attack on the Iranian parliament.
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Based on the indictment, one of the suspects has joined the ISIL in a foreign state almost three years ago and returned to Iran last year with weapons and ammunition and while he was armed with a suicide belt. He was tasked with coordination for terrorist attacks inside the country.

All the suspects present in the first court session were arrested on June 7-26, 2017, and they are accused of purchasing, carrying and keeping light, semi-heavy and heavy arms and conducting terrorist attack.

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Apr 27 15:36

Existing Iran deal 'not sufficient' to curb nuclear program - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the existing deal with Iran was not sufficient to curb its nuclear program, while Tehran’s influence must be contained.

“We are of the opinion that the JCPOA is the first step that has contributed to slowing down their activities in this particular respect, that also established a better verification and monitoring process. But we also think, from the German perspective, that this is not sufficient in order to see the Iranian ambitions curbed and contained,” Merkel said, adding that Tehran’s “geopolitical influence in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq” must be countered.

Apr 27 14:12

Gold Leaving US Vaults: Signs of Upcoming Currency War and Armed Conflict

An armed conflict with Iran might be much closer than generally believed. The nuclear deal has been honored, to everyone’s satisfaction but to Washington’s chagrin. Iran undoubtedly has no military capability that would be a threat to the US. It has never been responsible for any terrorist acts committed abroad or things like that. But it has done something unforgivable in the eyes of the US. It has threatened the USD. That’s what Washington cannot accept, because if it does not support the dollar, there will be problems financing the US government’s huge federal debt. A war with Iran would eliminate the largest non-USD oil exporter. One thing leads to another. The gold repatriations are a precursor to a currency war and armed conflict. That’s what drives US foreign policy.

Apr 27 11:49

If The Leaders Of The Two Koreas Can Meet, Why Can’t Those Of Saudi Arabia And Iran?

The Saudi-Iran standoff has some resemblances to that between the two Koreas. If the leaders of the latter two are widely recognized as being wise to meet, then it should be equally desirable for MbS to sit face to face with Rouhani.

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Apr 27 10:04

Macron’s Mission to Washington: Protect French Business Interests With Iran? Trump’s Intent to Jeopardize the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Now though, European companies like Total may see their Iranian business deals become immediately jeopardised due to Donald Trump’s clearly stated intention to either amend or withdraw from the JCPOA. Making matters more complex, Tehran has vowed that it will not accept any ex-post-facto revisions of the JCPOA, not least because according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, Russia, China, the EU, Germany, France and Britain, Iran remains fully compliant with the original deal. The United States and “Israel” remain alone in challenging Iran’s compliance and have done so for obvious geopolitical rather than objective reasons.

Apr 27 10:03

MATTIS, RECEIVING LIBERMAN, WARNS OF ‘LIKELY’ CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND IRAN

WASHINGTON — Direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is increasingly likely in Syria as Tehran pursues a permanent military presence there, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned on Thursday.

Addressing a congressional panel before hosting his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Liberman, at the Pentagon, Mattis said it was “very likely” from his perspective, “because Iran continues to do its proxy work there through Hezbollah.”

Apr 27 09:53

Trump ‘Running Washington into a Hole’ If He Cancels Iran Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up his three-day visit to the United States with a ominous forecast: that US President Donald Trump will rescind his country’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear was joined by Catherine Shakdam, a Middle East analyst, Thursday to talk about what the move could mean.

Macron and Trump agreed that any deal with Iran should control Iran's influence in the Middle East and and should prevent Iran from engaging in nuclear activities in the longer term, but the French leader still wasn't able to convince Trump to keep the deal, reportedly a top priority of his visit.

"My view is… that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons," Macron said of the Obama-era pact with the Islamic Republic that was also signed by Germany, the UK China and Russia, plus France.

Apr 27 07:45

BEXALERT!: Israel: Iran Has More Than 80,000 Fighters in Syria

I posted this one as science fiction. They get caught passing off an airport in Tehran as an Iranian airbase in Syria and now this.

The Times of Israel reports: Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday presented an aerial photograph of an alleged Iranian base outside Damascus that he said Tehran was using to bring in and train tens of thousands of fighters for the militias it backs in Syria.

observers.france24.com/en/20180419-idf-israel-syria-iran-airport-photo-debunked

Apr 26 15:23

Israeli Defense Minister: "The Iranian Regime Is In Its Final Days"

Israel's Defense Minister says Iran is on the brink of economic and military collapse, and that Israel will attack Tehran "and destroy every Iranian military outpost in Syria threatening Israel," according to Arab-language publication Elaph and reported by Israeli media Thursday.

“They know that the Iranian regime is in its final days and will soon collapse,” said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, adding "If they attack Tel Aviv, we will attack Tehran."

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Israel has been saying this for thirty years now (along with "Iran is weeks away from a nuclear weapon.")

Apr 26 10:48

World War 3: Iran 'ATTACKS' Trump with SCATHING INSULTS ahead of nuclear deal ultimatum

IRAN has attacked Donald Trump with scathing insults ahead of the Republican firebrand’s nuclear deal ultimatum that could see the US withdraw from the agreement, it has emerged.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted the billionaire as unqualified ahead of the vital US decision.

He stated: "You don't have any background in politics.

"You don't have any background in law.

“You don't have any background on international treaties."

Apr 26 10:20

Trump Talks Tough Against Iran, But His Political Options Are Limited

A crisis in relations between the US and Iran – which has the potential to produce a military confrontation in the Middle East – is building rapidly in the expectation that President Donald Trump will withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal in just over two weeks’ time.

Mr Trump is demanding that Iran effectively renegotiate the terms of the agreement which traded the suspension of US economic sanctions for a stop to Iran’s nuclear programme.

The White House sounds as if it has already decided to exit the agreement, which Mr Trump persistently denounced before and after his election as “the worst deal in the world”.

But he has put forward no alternative to what was successfully negotiated by President Barack Obama in 2015 other than a series of demands with which Iran is unlikely to comply, and appear designed to put the blame for the US action on Iran.

US officials admit that Iran has so far abided by the terms of the 2015 accord.

Apr 26 10:09

An Iranian air base inside Syria? No - Israeli media use wrong photo

Several Israeli news sites published a satellite photograph on Tuesday April 17 that they said showed an Iranian military airfield inside Syria. But in fact the photograph showed Mehrabad International Airport in the Iranian capital Tehran.

The Jerusalem Post published a satellite photograph with a caption saying it showed proof of Iranian military involvement in Syria. It said the photograph was one of three released by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman’s unit Tuesday morning.

Apr 26 10:08

The Coming War

The question is not whether Israel and Iran will come to blows, but when, where and how

Apr 26 02:40

Iran Arrests Members of London-Backed Spying Cell

Members of a team affiliated to Britain with links with the groups leading the 2009 unrests were arrested by the security forces, a source said on Thursday.

"Recently, members of a network affiliated to Britain have been arrested", who sought to launch espionage operations in Iran and had contacts with the leaders of 2009 unrests and other anti-Iran groups, the source told FNA.

Abbas Edalat was also among those arrested in Iran.

British sources said last night that Edalat is a British-Iranian citizen and a professor of computer sciences and mathematics at Imperial College in London.

Imperial College plays a special role in training spies in different disguises to launch espionage operations inside Iran.

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Apr 26 02:14

Chinese Tech Company Huawei Probed ‘For Violating US Sanctions On Iran’ By US Department of Justice

The US Justice Department is investigating China’s Huawei Technologies, the largest maker of telecom equipment in the world, for violating US sanctions in relation to Iran, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, amid growing concern in Washington about Chinese technology companies.

The report follows news last week that the Justice Department activated sanctions on another Chinese telecom equipment producer, ZTE, on charges related to its equipment sales in the same Middle Eastern country.

Huawei had previously been subpoenaed by the US Commerce Department and the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the source said. But the Justice Department’s criminal inquiry suggests more serious misconduct - and consequently more serious repercussions.

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Apr 25 10:43

Turkey’s Military Offensive in Afrin

In late January, Turkey launched a ground incursion named Operation Olive Branch in the Afrin canton of northern Syria. The offensive is directed against the Kurdish-led Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), particularly its armed wing named People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers as a terrorist group since 1985 and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions surrounding the city of Afrin. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the aim of the operation was to give Afrin back to its rightful owners, a statement that has since been used by Kurdish group to claim that he intends to engineer a demographic shift. However, by March, Turkish troops took control of Syria’s Afrin region, deploying “police force” to oversee 115 “strategic forces” and more than 80 villages under its control, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Apr 25 10:04

Trump Threatens Iran as Deadline to Withdraw From Nuclear Deal Looms: Iran FM: US already violating the nuclear deal

Speaking on Tuesday, President Trump again threatened to withdraw from the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. Trump previously set an ultimatum of May 12 for withdrawing if the deal isn’t changed substantially. Trump also threatened to make Iran “pay a price like few countries have ever paid.”

The May 12 deadline is when President Trump would have to extend sanctions relief from the deal. Without that, the US would effectively be withdrawing. Iranian officials have made clear if that happens, they’ll resume uranium enrichment they’d stopped under the pact.

The three EU parties to the deal have been trying to come up with a sideline agreement with the US to prevent all this. So far, President Trump appears unwilling to budge. French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to join Trump in opposing the deal’s continuation, backing a joint statement from the two calling the current deal “insane.”

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The folks at the IAEA, who are inspecting Iran's sites, and tell the world that they are totally in compliance with the deal, are not idiots; they are very bright, accomplished people, and when they tell me that Iran is in compliance, my tendency, as someone who appreciates science, is to believe them.

Unfortunately, however, Israel wants Syria; Iran; and Lebanon regime changed, but ony wants the costs of these military campaigns to be borne in American blood and American money.

And whatever President Trump believes Israeli Prime Minister wants, he will give that to him, delivered on a silver platter if possible, no matter the costs to We the People.

Apr 25 08:56

Iran rejects Trump and Macron's latest nuclear deal proposals

Iran’s president has rejected a proposal to change the international deal regulating the country’s nuclear programme, mocking the suggestion outlined by Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump and dismissing the US leader as “a tradesman”.

Speaking in Washington, during a three-day state visit, Mr Macron proposed a new deal that he hoped answered concerns raised by the US president and ensured Washington did not pull out. “This is the only way to bring about stability,” he had said.

But the following day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed the two leaders had no right to renegotiate the the terms of the 2015 accord, brokered by seven parties. He also poured scorn on Mr Trump as a tradesman who was not qualified to comment on international affairs.

Apr 25 08:54

Macron: France Will Not Leave Iran Nuclear Deal

Speaking before the US Congress, Emmanuel Macron said that France is not going to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — which was signed in 2015.

The comment comes after statements from the US State Department and EU foreign police chief Federica Mogherini, who reiterated their commitment to the agreement.

Apr 25 08:35

Tehran, Watch Out: German Analyst Warns of Potential US Attack on Iran

A potential military intervention by Washington would destabilize the region and lead to new refugee inflows that would again affect European countries the most, German political analyst Josef Braml said in an interview with Sputnik.

If National Security Advisor John Bolton manages to work his way forward with his harsh rhetoric, Washington is likely to take military action against Iran, political scientist and expert on transatlantic relations with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) Josef Braml said in an interview with Sputnik.

"I have had in mind that the second supporter of Assad — not only Russia, but also Iran — would be punished more directly," Braml stated.

Apr 25 08:10

Washington Has Violated Iran Deal ‘Ever Since the Agreement Was Signed’

European leaders are clamoring for US President Donald Trump not to rip up the historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Whether or not Trump kills the deal, the US hasn’t been living up to its end of the bargain since the agreement was signed, according to Mohammad Marandi, a professor at Iran’s University of Tehran.

French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington to convince Trump to go against the suggestions of new neoconservative National Security Adviser John Bolton and keep the 2015 Iran nuclear deal intact.

While anything is possible between now and May 12 — when Trump must renew the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — Bolton's role in the White House has led to increasing conviction among political observers that Trump will pull the US out of the history agreement struck by his predecessor.

Apr 25 06:48

Regime change is official Washington policy now - Iranian top diplomat’s advisor

Western countries, particularly the United States, have no respect for international law in relations between countries, only forcing their interests ahead instead, Advisor to Iranian Foreign Minister and former head of the Institute for Political & International Studies Seyed Mousavi said in an interview with Izvestia. "Under various pretexts the US and their western allies intervene in the affairs of other states, and regime change has become their official policy, though they label it ‘promoting democracy’," he pointed out. According to Mousavi, "Iran opposes political and economic pressure, just like Russia and other independent countries." "We cannot accept the fact that the US is trying to turn their domestic decisions into international law," he added... He believes that Iran’s potential membership in the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) will add political weight to the organization due to the country’s potential and strategic position.

Apr 25 06:44

Neither EU nor US authorized to amend Iran nuclear deal, notes Russia’s EU envoy

The European Union and the United States are not authorized to amend the nuclear deal with Iran, and no one can talk on behalf of a group of six international mediators (Russia, China, the US, France, the UK and Germany), Russia’s Permanent Representative to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said on Wednesday upon his arrival at the international donor conference on Syria in Brussels. "If the European trio reaches an agreement with the Americans on something, neither our Chinese counterparts nor we have anything to do with that. Everyone signed the agreement, and no one has authorized the European trio to talk on behalf of a group of six nations," the Russian diplomat said commenting on reports about closed-door consultations between EU member-states and the US on amending the Iran nuclear deal. "I believe it is premature now to say who struck a deal with whom.

Apr 25 06:02

John Oliver Runs Ad On Hannity To Try And Save The Iran Nuclear Deal

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Since we know that Sean Hannity is considered Donald Trump’s unofficial chief of staff, what better way to get a message to the Viewer in Chief than to run an ad? After all, it’s unlikely Oliver would get actual air time on Hannity. And even if he could get on the show, host Sean Hannity would almost certainly spend the time trying to bully, badger and belittle Oliver.

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Apr 24 12:14

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More
GREGORY SHUPAK

Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More
Atlantic: A Reckoning Will Come in Syria

And by “reckoning,” the Atlantic (4/14/18) appeared to mean “a war with Russia and its allies.”

Corporate media outlets were glad that the US, France and Britain bombed Syria in violation of international law (FAIR.org, 4/18/18), but lamented what they see as a dearth of US violence in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is never the children of the monied elite presstitutes and warmongers whose kids will get killed, or maimed for life, in such wars; they always want it to be... other people's children, getting killed or maimed for life to preserve the US's economic, and geopolitical hegemony.

Israel wants Syria balkanized and Tehran regime changed; of course, only at the costs of American or Saudi blood and money; and whatever Israel wants, the editors of our non-esteemed manure spreaders, like the Washington Compost, want Israel to have, and want to make sure that the American people swallow such codswallop whole, and unquestioningly.

Americans can no longer tolerate our government doing this, because of the huge costs, geopolitically, and financially of enabling Israel toward its stated end of complete domination of the Middle East, and its oil.

In fact, the following article, states this quite clearly:

As Israel becomes a political liability it is time to challenge its enablers

Apr 24 11:38

US, EU States Agree on Conditions to Preserve Iranian Nuclear Deal - Reports

The United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom have agreed on the conditions under which Washington will remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), media reported Tuesday.

Under the new agreements, the European and US sides decided that they needed to threaten Iran with new sanctions because of its missile tests and regional policy, but the JCPOA itself would not be altered, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

A Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was reached concerning Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2015.

The media also noted citing diplomatic sources that the negotiations had not finished yet.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the JCPOA – negotiated by the previous US President Barack Obama's administration – as being perhaps the worst deal in US history and threatened to withdraw Washington from the deal if it was not amended

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is attempting to use sanctions against Iran for issues which have absoflippinglutely NOTHING to do with the JCPOA, as a way of getting Iran to back out of the deal entirely, thus making the Iranian government look like "the bad guy" to do so, when it will potentially be US sanctions which have caused this.

The only problem is, this is so brazenly idiotic, that the entire world can see what the US is attempting to do here, and has utterly no respect for these sanctions.

Apr 24 11:32

Israel Hints It Can Hit Iran's "Air Force" in Syria if It Retaliates for T-4

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, two Israeli F-15 fighter jets conducted an attack against Syria's T-4 base on April 9. Israeli sources claim the attack was aimed at Iranian fighters in Syria, with Tehran denying the claims of its military presence in the country.

Israeli media released aerial photos of alleged Iranian air bases on Syrian territory early on April 17. Sky News Arabia reports, citing an IDF official, that Israel is determined to strike back if Iran decides to retaliate for its attack on the T-4 air base. Roni Daniel, military editor for Israeli TV station Mako, told Reuters that the exposure of images of the bases is a sign that Israel can conduct a strike on them, if it is forced to do so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I the Israeli government, I would be far more concerned about potential Russian strikes against their aircraft, in these illegal raids against Syria, rather than what Iran or Syria could do.

Of course, the reason the Israelis are panicing right now, is the oil under Syria's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where Israel is already selling the oil contracts there illegally.

The other reason for these raids is, that Israel wants to see Syria balkanized, and Tehran regime-changed, for its, and Western banks' interests, but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

Israel wants to find a way of tricking the US into a wider Middle Eastern war, with it, Saudi Arabia, the US and NATO on one side, and Russia and China on the other. The goal is controlling all the oil in the region, even into Africa, and in what denomination that oil is siold.

I would like to hope President Trump is smart enough to appreciate this little factoid of Israeli foreign policy, but that remains to be seen.

I just get the sense, however, that the US is going to be occupying Syria for a long, long time, and that the war here may be widening, thanks to US and Israeli efforts.

Apr 24 10:17

Netanyahu turns up volume as Iran deadline nears

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a fresh call Monday for an overhaul of the Iran nuclear deal as US President Donald Trump's deadline for further Iranian concessions edged closer.

Trump has threatened to tear up the 2015 agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear activity, unless it curbs its ballistic missile programme by May 12.

"Israel will not allow regimes that seek our annihilation to acquire nuclear weapons," Netanyahu told an audience of diplomats in a speech in Jerusalem.

"This is why this deal has to be either fully fixed or fully nixed," he said in English.

Apr 24 10:15

The Great Game Comes To Syria

An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war, one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration’s designs on Iran. It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region’s largest ethnic groups, the Kurds.

However, the “troika alliance” - Turkey, Russia and Iran - consists of three countries that don’t much like one another, have different goals, and whose policies are driven by a combination of geo-global goals and internal politics.

Apr 24 10:06

America’s Unsustainable Empire

Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize.

For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has never enriched uranium to bomb grade. It has shipped 98 percent of its uranium out of the country. It has cameras inside and inspectors crawling all over its nuclear facilities.

And North Korea? It has atom bombs and has tested an H-bomb. It has intermediate range-ballistic missiles that can hit Guam and an ICBM that, fully operational, could hit the West Coast. It has shorter-range missiles that could put nukes on South Korea and Japan.

Hard to believe Kim Jong Un will surrender these weapons, his ticket of admission to the table of great powers.

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