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Jan 07 11:43

Iraq Rejects Iran Sanctions and US Troop Presence

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim laid out the latest step on the path to independence for Baghdad from the US concerning sanctions on Iran by Washington. Although Iraq currently has a 90-day waiver to trade with Iran issued on December 20th, Hakim let reporters know Iraq would be pursuing their own policy on Iran should the waiver not be renewed.

Hakim explained to reporters that

“These sanctions, the siege, or what is called the embargo,” imposed by the US is “unilateral, not international,” and Iraq is “not obliged [to follow] them.”

This is a big step for Baghdad to take in the face of pressure from Washington for Iraq to become “energy independent” with the help of US corporations exploiting their oil and gas resources. Instead, as explained by Hakim, Iraq would rather choose their own options for energy, even if that includes continuing the annual $12 billion in trade between Iraq and Iran flowing over US objections.

Jan 07 10:42

Bolton: U.S. ‘Very Supportive’ of Israeli Strikes Against Iranian Targets in Syria

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said Sunday that the U.S. military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State group, and on Turkey assuring the safety of Kurdish fighters allied with the United States.

Bolton, who traveled to Israel to reassure the U.S. ally of the Trump-ordered withdrawal, said there is no timetable for the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria, but insisted it’s not an unlimited commitment.

“There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” Bolton told reporters in Jerusalem. “The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement.”

Jan 07 09:43

Iran Bracing For Economic Contraction As Oil Exports Crumble

Iran’s Parliament Research Center is predicting negative growth for Iran in the current fiscal year that ends March 20 due to its falling exports, Radio Farda reported on Friday.

The economic contraction could be as significant as 5.5 percent negative growth, the Research Center figures, with the best-case scenario ending with a 2.6 percent negative growth.

The rosier scenario of the two assumes that Iran will see a 800,000 barrel per day loss in Iran’s crude oil exports. The bleaker view assumes Iran’s oil exports will dip by 1.6 million barrels per day.

Beyond March 2019, when this fiscal year ends, the research center is predicting a 4.5 to 5.5 percent contraction.

Iran’s oil exports have decreased despite Iran’s insistence that the U.S. sanctions levied against Iran in November would have no effect on its oil exports.

Jan 07 08:08

Iran Rejects Trump’s Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as ‘False Dreams’


Iran Rejects Trump’s Claims That Tehran Sought Talks With the US as ‘False Dreams’
Iran has categorically dismissed Trump’s new claims that Tehran is after talks with Washington, saying the US president is only giving voice to his “false and unattainable dreams.”

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Jan 06 14:45

It Begins: Russia, China, and India Are Now All Dumping the US Dollar

(RT) — The past year was full of events that inevitably split the global geopolitical space into two camps: those who still support using US currency as a universal financial tool, and those who are turning their back on the greenback.

Global tensions caused by economic sanctions and trade conflicts triggered by Washington have forced targeted countries to take a fresh look at alternative payment systems currently dominated by the US dollar.

RT has taken a deeper look into the recent phenomena of de-dollarization, summing up which countries have taken steps towards eliminating their reliance on the greenback, and the reasons behind their decision.

Jan 06 10:04

Pompeo Launches Middle East Tour to Galvanize Region Against Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to depart on a tour of the Middle East next week in a bid to galvanize regional leaders to confront Iran and remind allies that the United States is not disappearing from region amid the Trump administration's decision to pull American troops out of Syria and possibly Afghanistan, according to senior State Department officials.

Pompeo will depart next week on his way to meet with government leaders in Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

The goal of the trip is to show regional allies that the "United States is not leaving the Middle East," according to senior State Department officials who previewed the secretary's itinerary on Friday.

Jan 05 10:49

Iran to Send Warships to the Atlantic, Closer to U.S. Waters

The Iranian navy will send warships to deploy in the Atlantic from March, a top commander said on Friday, as the Islamic Republic seeks to increase the operating range of its naval forces to the backyard of the United States, its arch foe.

Iran sees the presence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the Gulf as a security concern and its navy has sought to counter that by showing the flag near American waters.

A flotilla will leave for the Atlantic early in the Iranian new year, starting from March, Iran’s naval deputy commander said.

Jan 05 08:48

Netanyahu tells Putin: Israel will continue fight against Iran in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel will continue working against “Iranian military repositioning in Syria”.

Netanyahu’s comments were made in a phone call between the two leaders, Anadolu Agency reported, with Netanyahu’s office also sending a written statement about the issue to its Russian counterpart.

The statement – a copy of which reached Anadolu – said that both leaders discussed the latest developments in Syria, while “Netanyahu agreed with [Putin] to continue cooperation between the armies of the two countries [in Syria]”.

“Israel insists on continuing its efforts aimed at undermining the Iranian military’s repositioning in Syria,” Netanyahu said, according to the statement.

Jan 04 14:04

Israel acts at 'military level' amid US sanctions on Iran: Netanyahu

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he had “insisted” that the US reimpose sanctions on Iran, adding Tel Aviv complements economic pressures with its own actions "at the military level.”

US President Donald Trump “is acting against Iran at the economic level and we here in Israel are acting against Iran at the military level,” Netanyahu said in an address to Israeli military cadets on Thursday.

By military actions, Netanyahu apparently meant airstrikes against what Israel calls Iranian positions in Syria. Damascus says the attacks are part of Israel's efforts to prop up terrorists in the face of army advances.

Last week, an Israeli intelligence website refuted Tel Aviv's claims that a recent aerial raid in Syria had targeted Iranian military advisers and Hezbollah fighters, saying the attack actually hit Syrian army positions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here is the one thing which could make this really sticky; it's Russia, Russia's military position in Syria, and Putin's relationship with Syria's al Assad.

One must wonder; what happens when and Israeli and Russian fighter jets start attacking each other?!? Because should this happen, it would involve the US's presence in behalf of Israel, undoubtedly.

I hope that Russia's President Putin and Israel's Prime Minister, Netanyahu, have been having some conversations about preventing such a situation, which could evolve into a world war.

Jan 04 13:54

Trump ignoring Tel Aviv’s demands about Syria: Israeli report

US President Donald Trump’s recent statements about Syria have alarmed Israeli officials and intelligence services, according to an Israeli report.

"It’s unfortunate that he isn’t paying attention to the evidence provided by the intelligence services," said an unnamed senior Israeli official speaking to the Israeli Ynet news website on Thursday.

"We are in a state of shock. Trump simply doesn’t understand the extent of the Iranian military's presence in the region."

The statement was made in response to Trump’s earlier remarks, which some Israeli media outlets described as an American “policy change” on Syria.

“Iran is pulling people out of Syria, but they can frankly do whatever they want there,” said Trump

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I posit a very different thought here.

Netanyahu is in the political fight of his life, and still unsure if Israel's AG will indict him for corruption.

Netanyahu has dissolved Israel's Parliament, and called for an election to be held on 9 April.

So what I think has happened, is that Israel has given President Trump his "marching orders", which is why the slowdown of the withdrawal of American troops will happen in 90 days, which conveniently dovetails into the time between the moment the Knesset was dismissed, and elections were called on April 9th.

What President Trump has done, has been to give Netanyahu 90 days in which he can do what he wants militarily, in Gaza; Syria; Iran; or Lebanon, so as to look "uber-butch" to the voters come April 9th.

Let's just say that we may well be on the cutting edge of a March/April "Israeli surprise". But if any of these actions come off badly, Netanyahu may well have sealed his fate at the ballot box.

Jan 04 12:47

Pompeo Warns Iran Against Launching Rockets Into Space

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement preemptively warning Iran against following through on a plan to launch rockets into space, saying that they are required to cease all nuclear-related activities and that the US will not allow them to put international security at risk.

Pompeo further accused Iran of being in defiant of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, saying that Iran must not launch any rockets into space as a result.

Iranian officials dismissed these allegations, saying that no UN resolution prohibits them from sending vehicles into space. This is not the first time this has been a subject of dispute between the US and Iran on the UNSC 2231.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Pompeo, your amazing ability to lie to get what you want, is well documented.
Pompeo lied to Congress about Yemen to protect arms sales

You accusations against Iran in this area have no merits and are very fact-free. You are making up the argument that if Iran shoots any more rockets into space, the Iranian government should be defined as a "regional aggressor", and that should be the justification for an American strike against it.

And to add insult to injury, the IAEA, at its last round of inspections, declared that Iran was following the letter of the law, and does not possess any nuclear weapons.

And here is what they said in October of 2018:

Benjamin Netanyahu, please go away

The article goes on to state:

The IAEA seems to have had enough of Netanyahu’s mumbo jumbo. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano responded to Netanyahu by saying that the IAEA's work "must always be impartial, factual, and professional.”

Without a single evidence, the mad man from Tel Aviv proceeded to say:

“We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons. We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues. Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction. Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond. The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles.”[3]

Right now, Netanyahu is in one of the roughest patches in his political career, as it is still uncertain as to whether Israel's Attorney General will indict him for corruption.

He has just dissolved his Parliament, and he is desperate for a distraction, which I believe, President Trump just gave him, in announcing the the Syrian withdrawal process to end in April.

April happens to be the month when snap elections are to be held in Israel; so in essence, President Trump has given him time to do something "amazingly evil" between now and April, perhaps against Iran; perhaps against Lebanon; perhaps against Syria, because he wants to look "butch" to his electorate.

There is no accident here in the timing; we may well be looking for a "March/April "Surprise", generated by Israel, and supported by the US government, again, to keep Netanyahu in office.
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Jan 04 12:11

TRUMP WALKS BACK SYRIA PULLOUT AS NOOSE TIGHTENS - GOLD GOATS 'N GUNS

If anyone still thinks that Donald Trump has some master plan to kill off his Deep State adversaries they should check themselves into therapy. I know withdrawal is hard, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to curing it.

He doesn’t have a plan. He may fight them but it won’t be with any kind of master plan to trap them in some beautiful bit of political judo.

Frankly, Vladimir Putin he is not.

No, Trump is winging things at this point. While he still has the office he’s trying to do some of the things he promised. Doing that may keep him in power for a few more months.

But with his walking back the timetable for pulling troops out of Syria after a visit from Lindsay Graham (R-MIC/AIPAC) should tell you all you need to know about Trump’s willingness to stand up to the pressure he’s under.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel and his AIPAC sponsors have spoken; they want to make a complete desolation of the Middle East; want to see the war in Syria expand, as well as a war against Iran, to be led by the Americans, (only at the costs of American blood and American money, of course,) which the Russians and Iranians will probably join, on the Syrian side.

I am sickened by this about-face on President Trump's part, but we had to see the handwriting on the wall years ago, in terms of what Israel was up to, and how they think they can maneuver the American president in any direction they feel is beneficial for Israel.

What President Trump needs to realize, is that what may be beneficial to Israel, may not be at all good for We the People, you know, the folks who hired him, thinking that he was at least going to keep his promises.

Unfortunately, as time has unfolded, we have seen him flip-flop on so many issues, that we are getting "intellectual whiplash" at the rapidity of these policy changes.

And with the continued clamoring by the Warmongers for more and more US-sponsored military engagements around the world, I would not bet against the possible return to the draft in this country, perhaps as early this year.

Jan 04 08:49

FM Zarif: US in no position to lecture Iran on UNSC Res. 2231

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed a new US claim that Iran's launch of space rockets and missiles breaches a Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington has already violated that UN document and thus cannot comment on it.

Zarif was responding to remarks on Thursday by his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo on Iran's planned launch of three Space Launch Vehicles (SLV).

Pompeo said the SLVs incorporate technology that is "virtually identical" to that used in intercontinental ballistic missiles, claiming that such rocket launches would violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Jan 04 08:27

Iran Submits First Budget Since US Sanctions Restored

Iran’s president submitted next year’s budget to parliament on Tuesday, the first since the United States restored sanctions that had been lifted under the nuclear deal.

The $47.5 billion budget is less than half the size of last year’s, mainly due to the severe depreciation of the local currency following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The Iranian rial has fallen from around 42,000 to the dollar a year ago to around 100,000 today.

The government plans to fund 35 percent of the budget with oil revenues, projecting exports of up to 1.5 million barrels a day at a maximum of $54 a barrel.

Jan 04 08:21

Do not invite the US to the Persian Gulf: Iran to 'regional enemies'

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri says despite its mainly peaceful defense doctrine, the Islamic Republic maintains powerful and categorical military presence in the region, warning certain regional countries against inviting the US to the Persian Gulf to hatch plots against Iran.

Jan 04 06:32

Wait..What Did He Say?

Israel is a little shocked at how indifferent President Trump seemed to be about Iran’s presence in Syria.

US President Donald Trump said that in regard to Iran’s role in Syria “they can do whatever they want there, frankly.” The president added that the situation in Iran has changed in recent months as a result of the renewed US sanctions.

During a meeting of his Cabinet, Trump explained that the Ayatollah regime is withdrawing its forces from Syria and Yemen. There are weekly protests and their situation is very bad. He added that he may sit down to negotiate with the Iranians; but he felt that they are not willing to sit with him at the moment.

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Jan 03 09:20

Iran 'Can Do What They Want' in Syria, Trump Says

Speaking on the war-torn country in wake of his momentous decision to pull out American troops, Trump sidelines question on move's timing, says it will 'happen over a period of time'

Jan 02 11:27

Ken O Keefe Great speech in Iran

Jan 02 10:28

Netanyahu Reaches Out To Wahhabis, Says Israel Is Ally To Those Against Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Arab countries see Israel as an “indispensable ally” to fight Iran and the jihadist group Daesh [ISIS].

This assessment, he told Brazil’s Globo TV during a visit to Rio de Janeiro, caused “a revolution in relations with the Arab world.”

The comments came as Israel intensified airstrikes on Iranian positions in neighboring Syria, and how Israel digested an abrupt decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria.

Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons to destroy the Zionist entity.

Jan 02 09:17

'Unacceptable Threat': Pompeo Discusses Iran With Netanyahu - State Dept

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Tuesday discussed Iran’s "regional aggression" with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US State Department said in a statement.

“Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today in Brasilia, Brazil. They discussed the unacceptable threat that regional aggression and provocation by Iran and its agents poses to Israeli and regional security. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to Israel’s security and unconditional right to self-defense,” the statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No mention of Israel's and the US' "regional aggression", of course.

Jan 01 11:40

Powerful U.S. forces work against pullout of troops from Syria

President Donald Trump’s announcement on Dec. 20 that his administration would quickly pull some 2,000 troops from Syria and 7,000 of the 14,000 in Afghanistan seemed to have caught many high-ranking U.S. as well and U.S. allies around the globe off guard.

It is unclear, however, to what extent the pullout will be able to be implemented. Trump is under a lot of pressure from even his supporters to back off or slow down the plan.

This often happens throughout history, when the core beliefs of a country promulgated by elites are challenged — and in the case of the U.S., it is both Republican and Democratic elites. The dismay at the retirement of Secretary of Defense James Mattis indicates the many battles ahead for a rebalancing of U.S. foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The writer of this op-ed misses one very critical fact; the "winner" from this draw-down of US forces in Syria, is Israel's Benyamin Netanyahu, now fighting for his political life because he is on the keening edge of potentially being indicted for corruption by Israel's Attorney General.

Netanyahu has recently dissolved the Knesset, and set the date of 9 April for the next round of elections.

As now both Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, he can now wreak whatever havoc he wants in Syria (or Lebanon, or Iran), for these next 4 months until the election, with US collusion and cooperation from the commanders and their troops still on the ground.

And I would like to politely mention to the writer of this op-ed, that there will be utterly zero "rebalancing' of US Foreign Policy, particularly in the Middle East, as long as Trump is outsourcing his Middle East Policy to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

There are moments where there are goals to be achieved with which we should be aligned with Israel; but a regional war against Syria, Iran, and Lebanon, (with Russia most likely to take the side of these countries)at the enormous costs, which Tel Aviv fully expects to be expended in American blood, and American money?!?

So President Trump, I feel the need to strongly caution you, that the use of US troops, fighting and dying for what can only be characterized as a wretchedly apartheid, rogue theocracy with nuclear weapons, is not the highest and best use of US troops right now.

And at its point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a victory in this kind of war.

you are welcome, President Trump

Jan 01 11:10

IDF intel chief: Iran could use Iraq as springboard for attacks on Israel

Israel’s Military Intelligence chief warned Monday that Tehran’s increasing presence in Iraq means the country could be used as a base from which Iran could launch attacks on Israel.

“Iraq is under growing influence of the [Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’] Quds Force and Iran,” Maj. Gen. Tamir Hyman told a conference in Tel Aviv.

Jan 01 11:06

Trump Slows Syria Pullout: Military Given Four Months to Withdraw

Reports that President Trump is slowing America’s withdrawal from Syria were confirmed today in a series of Tweets, during which Trump confirmed that the US was “slowly sending our troops back home.”

Though there was never an official timetable for the withdrawal, early reports suggested that the 2,000 US troops believed to be in Syria could be out within 30 days. Now, President Trump is said to be giving the Pentagon four entire months.

In the meantime, the troops are going to be engaged in continued combat with ISIS, and US airstrikes will also continue. President Trump made reference to “ISIS remnants” in his comments.

This presence of remnants has been fueling a lot of the calls among hawkish politicians to just stay in Syria forever, on the grounds that if even a few remain, they’ll quickly regrow into a large organization. Several groups are expected to continue fighting ISIS after the US leaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Turkey's impending invasion of Syria is on hold, pending the US drawdown.

But let's look at the real reason for the timing here, shall we?!? It appears that President Trump, unfortunately, as usual, has been given his "marching orders" from Tel Aviv.

Please remember: Israel's Netanyahu, is reeling on the ropes for the fight of his political life, if Israel's attorney general indicts him for corruption, (for which, BTW, Israel's AG is getting threatened, and his father's tomb was recently desecrated Israel's Attorney General had Father's tomb desecrated)

The Israeli Knesset has been dissolved, and elections are scheduled for 9 April of this year. And at the moment, until those elections take place, Netanyahu has also taken the job of minister of defence, as in November of last year. Israeli Prime Minister takes over Defense Ministry

Trump's " new and improved, Israel-compliant" pullout schedule in Syria actually gives Netanyahu, who now is both Prime Minister, and Defense Minister, a clear shot of creating major mayhem against Syria, Gaza, and Iran, coordinated with the White House, and US Pentagon, with utterly no oversight from Israel's Parliament, because it is now dissolved.

Were I an Israeli citizen right now, looking at this scenario, even appreciating what military weaponry and might are possessed by Israel's IDF, you would have to color me very nervous indeed.

Animals are at their most vicious when cornered, and wounded; so it is also for politically wounded heads of state.

Dec 31 09:56

6 RED SEA COUNTRIES LAUNCH JOINT MILITARY DRILL

A military drill between six Red Sea countries was launched in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, according to the kingdom’s official SPA news agency.

The Red Wave 1 exercise brings together naval forces from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen and Djibouti. Observers from Somalia are also taking part in the drill.

“The exercise aims to strengthen maritime security of the countries bordering the Red Sea, protect territorial waters, enhance military cooperation and exchange combat expertise,” commander of Saudi Arabia’s Western Fleet, Major-General Saqr bin Mohammed al-Harbi, said.

The military drill is scheduled to continue until Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I want to know here, is, who do they believe will be "the enemy" with which they will, at some point, engage militarily?!?

Looking at how this unprecedented representation of these countries, coupled with the level of professionalism needed to coordinate and pull such exercises together successfully, were I a betting woman, my bet would be... Iran.

Dec 30 08:43

Christmas 2018: Iran and Syria show respect, Israel and Saudi Arabia don't

Christmas is a time of goodwill to all men. Or at least it should be. But while the West’s Middle East ‘bad guys’ Iran and Syria, showed the Yuletide spirit, its closest allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, failed to do so.

Iran is demonized by Western neocons and we’re meant to see the country as an evil, ‘monster‘ regime of foaming-at-the-mouth religious fanatics who hate everyone.

So it goes against the dominant narrative somewhat that Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted a Christmas message and wished ‘peace and joy to all in 2019’, on Christmas Eve.

Dec 29 05:07

2019 Year of Failure of US Plots, Victory of Resistance Front

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, referred to the withdrawal of the US forces from Syria and the Arab states' decision to reopen their embassies in Damascus, stressing that 2019 will bring failure for Washington and victory for the resistance front.

"The year 2019 will be the year of victories (for the resistance) and failure for the US plots in the region and return of honor to the regional states," Atwan said in an interview on Friday.

"Syria won because it resisted and the Arab countries are happily reopening their embassies in Damascus>>>

US Fighter Jets, Helicopters Spotted over Manbij as Turkish Troops Cross Syria Border

Dec 28 13:16

The “Self-Genocide” of the West, Preparing its Populations for War, By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and Prof. Stephen F. Cohen

Russia as The Enemy.

The Democrats have an interest in the vilification of Russia as “Russiagate” explains Hillary’s loss of the 2016 Presidential election and gives Democrats hope of removing President Trump from office. The media lacks independence, knowledge, and integrity and is the tool used by the military/security complex to control explanations, a prostitution of the media that has made the term “presstitutes” an accurate description. As strategic and Russian studies are largely funded by the military/security complex, the universities are also complicit in the march toward nuclear war. Republicans are as dependent as Democrats on funding from the military/security complex and the Israel Lobby.

Dec 28 10:10

Recent Airstrike in Syria Shows Israelis Are Changing Tactics

Israel's recent airstrike against Syria, which involved the usage of civilian flights as cover for the operation, shows that the Israelis are changing their tactics against Damascus, Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria, told Sputnik.

Israel's new tactics were detailed in a Wednesday statement by the Russian Defense Ministry, which indicated that six Israeli F-16 fighter jets used two commercial aircraft as cover that were preparing to land in Damascus and Beirut, respectively.

Photos since released by the Israeli company ImageSat map out a 900-square-meter area where strikes reportedly destroyed an arms depot that was housing Iranian weapons. Wednesday's airstrike came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue military operations in Syria to counter Iran's military presence.

Dec 28 09:17

Pentagon admits Iran’s key role in restoring calm to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has acknowledged Iran’s key role in restoring peace and stability to war-torn Afghanistan, backtracking on Washington’s earlier claims that Tehran supports the local Taliban militant group.

“Iran seeks a stable Afghan government that is responsive to Iranian goals, the elimination of ISIS-K, the removal of the US/NATO presence, and the protection of Iranian concerns, such as water rights and border security,” the US Department of Defense said in a report sent to Congress this week.

The Pentagon also admitted Iran’s influence in Afghanistan, saying that Tehran pursues “a multitrack strategy” of engaging with the Afghan government and seeks to boost bilateral economic ties with Kabul.

“Iranian involvement is most prominent in western, central, and northern Afghanistan, where local Afghans share common history, culture, religion, and language with Iran,” according to the report.

Dec 27 13:17

Bolton’s Hawkish Syria Plan Backfired, Pushing Trump to Get Out

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

Some leading Pentagon officials were uncomfortable with Bolton’s anti-Iran goals in Syria. Days after Bolton’s statement, senior Pentagon officials signaled to Congress that they weren’t on board. “In Syria, our role is to defeat ISIS. That’s it,” Brig. Gen. Scott Benedict, an officer on the Joint Staff, testified to the House Armed Services Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump has been made to realize what an absolutely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid Syrian policy Bolton crafted, leaving President Trump with little to zero option in Syria but to withdraw, will someone who has his ear, please, encourage the President to take a look, hard, long look at the Iranian foreign policy Bolton (and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu) want him to pursue?

And also, 2020 being an election year, how, in the name of Heaven, does he believe he can sell yet another Middle East war to the American people, who have become very skeptical about the existing US-generated wars, which continue to go horrendously badly, and war weary,with the uncomfortable sense that if sanctions will not bring the Iranians "to their knees" economically and geopolitically, that he is considering attacking Iran?

And again, I find it interesting that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East; The Butcher of Yemen, Prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

And I have to wonder; is it because these people can order singular, or multiple assassinations with impunity, and not be held responsible for what they have done?

Dec 27 07:43

Iran Holds Talks With Afghan Taliban as US Prepares Partial Troop Withdrawal

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, announced on a visit to the Afghan capital of Kabul that Iranian officials have met with the Afghan Taliban.

The announcement came just days after the Taliban attended peace talks in the United Arab Emirates with US officials. Representatives from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan were also present. However, Taliban leaders refused to meet with an official delegation from Afghanistan.

Shamkhani's remarks were printed by Tasnim, an outlet considered close to Iran's military. It isn't clear when or where the talks were held, but they were first reported after Shamkhani noted them in a meeting with government officials in Kabul on Wednesday.

Dec 27 07:40

Iran plans 3 million barrels of oil sale to private exporters

Iran plans to sell 3 million barrels of crude oil to private companies in the third round of sales aimed at bypassing US sanctions, Minster of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says.

“The license required has been procured from the three branches of power for three million barrels of oil to be sold on Iran’s energy bourse, 100 percent in rials,” Zangeneh said on Wednesday.

However, payment in foreign currencies is also possible for those who want to buy oil in non-rial currencies, he added.

“If a person wants to buy oil on the bourse in foreign currencies, oil will be provided in foreign exchange and if a person wants rial-based purchase, the supply will be carried out in rials.”

Dec 26 13:18

Israel Preparing For Comprehensive War In Syria: Report

Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta said that Israel is preparing for a comprehensive war on Syria following the US’ withdrawal from the country.

The newspaper said that the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has left Israel forced to face the Iranian presence in Syria with its troops alone.

The newspaper quoted Israel’s former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying that:

“the United States’ withdrawal from Syria greatly increases the likelihood of a large-scale conflict in the north, whether in Lebanon or Syria”.

Lieberman added that “the Americans’ departure will raise the morale of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah.”

The Russian daily quoted Russian military expert Yuri Liamin as saying that “Iran cannot interpret this decision as a blank cheque”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had a nasty feeling in my gut, when Netanyahu dissolved the Knesset, and set a time for snap elections in April, that he was going to use the time in between to wage a significant war against Syria, and/or a war against Iran, with literally no opposition from the Knesset, because it had been dissolved.

There are moments it kinds of bites, being correct on an assessment like this.

And to all my brother and sister Americans, even if you're in a tryptophan coma from too much turkey yesterday, please wake up; because by the time the New Year gets here next week, both the US military and Israel's military may well be at war with Syria, and with Russia throwing its hat into the ring, and siding with Syria.

Dec 26 12:40

Iranian Deputy DM: US Pullout from Syria Signifies New Failure for Trump

Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Qassem Taqizadeh in a meeting with Deputy Chief of the Russian Army's General Staff Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov underlined that US President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria indicates failure of his policies.

The US military forces' evacuation from Syria is another failure for Trump's unwise policies in the region and the world, General Taqizadeh said at the meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

He also stressed Iran's preparedness to further develop and deepen defense and military cooperation between the two countries.

General Osipov, for his part, described consolidation of military ties between Iran and Russia as important to regional and global security, and said, "Establishment of security and stability in the world and the region is possible in light of high-volume military cooperation and powerful interactions between the two countries in Syria."

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(*See ?
Trump said he had a better deal , then Obama's , for Iran . So , if everything works out , they better not even think of criticizing Trump Grandstanding , after all
they did to make it happen , because they're already on thin ice with the boss ! )

Dec 26 09:31

Israeli raids target Iranian weapons depots near Damascus

Syria’s air defenses have responded to a number of air raids in the vicinity of Damascus, Syrian media reported Tuesday night.

Al Arabiya’s correspondent said that the Israeli raids near Damascus were carried out from Lebanon’s airspace.

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Israeli raids were targeting weapons storage areas of Iranian militias and Hezbollah positions in the countryside of Damascus.

Rami Abdulrahman told Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath that Israeli raids targeted the western and southern suburbs of Damascus.

State television Al-Ekhbariya carried a breaking ticker saying air defenses had intercepted missiles. But it only referred to “hostile targets” in a later report.

Lebanese state-run National News Agency said Israeli war planes performed mock raids above southern Lebanon.

Dec 26 09:13

Iran, Russia in Quest for Widening Military Cooperation

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined the need for Tehran and Moscow to further increase their military cooperation, adding that both countries are determined to confront existing threats.
"Success of the two countries' Armed Forces in the process of confronting terrorism in Syria and the failure of Takfiri terrorists and their supporters in the region indicates Iran and Russia's will and capacities to confront the existing threats," General Baqeri said in a meeting with Deputy Chief of the Russian Army General Staff Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov in Tehran on Tuesday.

"The geopolitical and geostrategic capacities of Iran and Russia necessitate the two countries' Armed Forces to devise and develop fields of cooperation through a long-term view, and manage and plan for them within the framework of the agreements made by the joint military commission," he added.

Dec 26 09:11

IRGC holds military drills in Persian Gulf

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) holds the main and final stage of massive exercises in the Persian Gulf. The maneuvers are aimed at showcasing the IRGC's defense capabilities and deterring potential threats posed by the enemies. IRGC forces also showcased sophisticated communication systems, radars, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

Dec 26 09:11

Iran will not stand by for Europe to fulfill JCPOA commitments: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will not stand by for Europeans to fulfill their commitments under a multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and six major world powers in 2015, following the United States' move to pull out from the deal.

"The Europeans are acting slowly in the fulfillment of their commitments under the nuclear agreement (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA)," Zarif said in an interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network on Monday, adding, "We will not wait around for them unless they adopt practical steps."

The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that the Islamic Republic has many option to deal with the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and would consider them based on its national interests.

US President Donald Trump withdrew his country in May from the landmark Iran nuclear deal and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

Dec 26 08:39

US warships never allowed to approach Iran's territorial waters: Commander

A senior Iranian commander says Iran will never allow US warships to sail near its territorial waters, reiterating once again that the Islamic Republic is ready to respond to any action by Washington.

Deputy Chief of Iran's Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari made the remarks on Monday while speaking to reporters in reaction to the return of US aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis to the Persian Gulf on Friday after a long absence.

"The response of the Armed Forces and the Army of the Islamic Republic is that we will never allow them [US warships] to come near our territorial waters," Sayyari said.

He added that the presence of the USS John C. Stennis is insignificant to Iran, saying, "They cannot take any measure against us, because we are so prepared and have enough capabilities to stand up to such a publicity stunt."

Dec 26 08:29

IRGC Commander Categorically Dismisses Firing Rockets at US Carrier in Persian Gulf

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri strongly dismissed media claims that his forces have fired rockets near the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier which arrived in the Persian Gulf on Friday.
"The propaganda and some reports by the foreign media about missile fire at the US fleet deployed in the Persian Gulf during the Payambar-e Azam 12 wargames by the IRGC is a sheer lie and the Americans are used to telling lies," General Tangsiri told reporters on Qeshm Island on the sidelines of the IRGC drills in the Persian Gulf on Saturday.

He added that the IRGC vessels monitored the US fleet, and further stressed the Iranian drones' capability to monitor any foreign vessel which enters the region and preparedness of the country's forces to confront any threats.

"Our responsibility is defending the waters of Islamic Iran and we are present in the region with strength and full intelligence superiority," General Tangsiri said.

Dec 25 10:08

Iran To "Build A Force Of 100,000 Ground Troops" In Syria, Claims Israeli Defense Chief

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to intensify military action in Syria after the White House's order for all US troops to pullout out of the country — expected to be complete within months — and now Israel's outgoing defense chief, Gadi Eisenkot, has revealed more details of what's driving Israel's thinking.

Gen. Eisenkot, who is set to complete his four-year tenure next month, warned Iran will "build a force of 100,000 ground troops" as soon as the war is complete, noting this will happen "the day after" cessation of fighting. Israeli defense officials have long hyped the "Iran threat" across its border and have over the past years repeatedly warned its "red line" to act militarily would be "Iran entrenchment" in Syria.

Dec 25 10:06

Iranian Admiral: US Will Never Be Allowed in Iran’s Territorial Waters

Iran’s Deputy Chief of the Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iran will never allow US warships to approach its territorial waters, noting that the Islamic Republic is ready to respond to any action by Washington.

Sayyari made his remarks on Monday while explaining the reaction of the Iranian Navy to the return of the American aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis, to the Persian Gulf on Friday after a long absence, PressTV reported.

“The response of the Armed Forces and the Army of the Islamic Republic is that we will never allow them [US warships] to come near our territorial waters,” Sayyari said.

Dec 25 09:36

Iran will not stand by for Europe to fulfill JCPOA commitments: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will not stand by for Europeans to fulfill their commitments under a multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and six major world powers in 2015, following the United States' move to pull out from the deal.

"The Europeans are acting slowly in the fulfillment of their commitments under the nuclear agreement (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA)," Zarif said in an interview with Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network on Monday, adding, "We will not wait around for them unless they adopt practical steps."

The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that the Islamic Republic has many option to deal with the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and would consider them based on its national interests.

Dec 25 09:30

‘Peace and joy in 2019’: Iran’s foreign minister tweets Christmas congratulations

Iran’s foreign minister tweeted an English language Christmas message, wishing ‘peace and joy’ in 2019. Christians are free to practice in the Islamic republic, but promoting conversions from Islam are illegal.

Zarif, who often sends political messages via twitter, and even argues with the US President (link), used a line from the Koran to congratulate on the holiday. He had to correct the number of the verse in the follow up tweet after followers pointed to the mistake.

Dec 24 13:32

Iranian Ship Fires Rockets Near US Aircraft Carrier In Persian Gulf

A US aircraft carrier sailed into the Persian Gulf on Friday amid Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, the only sea passage from the Gulf to the open ocean and strategic waterway linking Middle East crude producers to crucial world markets.

Some 30 Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels fired rockets in the waters patrolled by a US aircraft carrier strike group led by USS John C. Stennis on Friday, the AP reported. At one point, one small ship launched what looked like a “commercial-grade” drone to film the US vessels, said the AP report, adding that journalists on the Stennis were also filming the Iranian boats.

Dec 23 09:56

HILLARY CLINTON SCOLDS TRUMP OVER SYRIA, EXPLAINS WHY WE NEED PERMANENT WAR

Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated defense of the war machine Friday on Twitter while attacking President Trump for moving to pull out of Syria.

The Resistance icon said: "Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is every US Deep State Warmonger's and military industrial complex's wet dream, and is desperately attempting to capitalize on Trump's pullout of Syria with Netenyahu and his cronies who see US perpetual war in the Middle East, (only to be fought, of course, with American blood and American money) as their only way to to accomplish their goals of complete annihilation of the Palestinian people, and the way forward toward building Eretz Israel.

Sorry, Mrs. Clinton: what may be seen as "good" for Israel, may definitely not good for the future of this country, and you seem pathologically incapable of distinguishing between the two, which means that as President, just as President Trump has done, up until he had that "come to logic moment" on Syria, you will be planning to outsource America's foreign policy in the Middle East to Israel.

This would continue to be immeasurably costly, because as you are well aware, Israel is a nuclear armed country bristling with American made weapons, and has the full capability of defending itself, should something nasty come down against it.

Dec 22 09:26

IRGC holds major drills, debuts ‘offensive’ component

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps holds the main and final stage of massive exercises in the Persian Gulf, launching an “offensive” component in Iran's defensive strategy for the first time.

The Great Prophet 12 drill entered its final chapter in the general area on Saturday, with IRGC chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari saying "we hope the enemies have more than ever grasped the power of our response."

"This was a response to allegations made by the enemies who should know that the defense capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are deterrent, and as the Eminent Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has said, 'if they try to hit us once, they will definitely be hit 10 times more'," Jafari told reporters.

The IRGC Ground Force’s chief Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said the drills take place on a strategic and defensive level proportionate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just yesterday, as if right on cue:

USS Stennis is the First US carrier in the Persian Gulf after a long absence, and just in Time for Christmas

I am hoping and praying, that there will be no escalation of tensions here; the the military staff on both the Iranian and US sides of this low-rumbling conflict need to behave calmly and responsibly.

But of course, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, is no guarantee, that it won't actually do it.

I am very concerned about a potential "false flag" happening here, to be blamed on the Iranians, and off we go.

Dec 22 06:35

Cleric: US Withdrawal from Syria Due to Defeat

Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said today that the reason that the US is withdrawing its troops from Syria is that Washington has failed in realizing its goals in the region.

Emami Kashani said that the American troops are leaving Syria after their failure, expressing the hope that foreign troops will leave other countries in the region.

“When the Americans say that they need to leave Syria it means that they have failed in the country. They have also failed in Yemen, Iraq and other areas. And God willing, both the United States and the Zionist regime and their milk cow, Saudi Arabia, will also be discredited and destroyed">>>

(*WE'RE LEAVING! forcryingoutloud !
whitehorse souce)

Dec 22 06:09

Iran Says US Presence In Syria 'WRONG' From The Start

In first Iranian comments on Trump's pull-out plan, Tehran says US caused 'instability and insecurity' in the region.
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Trump vowed on Thursday that the US would no longer be the "policeman of the Middle East" as he ordered troops back from Syria.

"The presence of American forces was from the very start, in principle, a wrong and illogical move and a primary cause of instability and insecurity in the region," Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said>>>

(*Hey , we had a good run and now we're allowing somebody else the honor of cleaning up after our mess . We are , after all , as we remind everybody , from time to time , #1 !
whitehorse souce )

Dec 21 13:17

Saudi Arabia, UAE send troops to support Kurds in Syria

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent military forces to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group in north-east Syria, Turkey’s Yenisafak newspaper reported.

Scott Adams is right -- a lot of the time. See also:

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1076195738122481664

Dec 21 10:03

US Withdrawal from Syria Ineffective in Regional Developments

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington is not playing a role in developments in Syria, and as a result the US’ possible withdrawal of troops from the Arab country will have no impact on relevant political equations, said a renowned Iranian analyst of the regional developments.

The US is currently having 3,000 troops on ground in Syria, and according to their military system, 1,000 out of them are combat forces and 2,000 others are logistics personnel,” said regional affairs analyst Saadollah Zareyee on Thursday.

His remarks came after some American news outlets relayed earlier that the US President Trump has ordered full withdrawal of Washington’s military from Syria.

Zareyee added that the US is currently having the minimum size of military presence in Syria in comparison with other players on the ground, highlighting that all American troops are stationed in Eastern borders of the Arab country at eight bases with the largest base in the North of Raqqa.

“The US is not on firm ground in Syria as it has no local ally in there. ..." >>>

(*so don't let the door . hit you in the ...)

Dec 21 08:43

'The whole world needs us:' Netanyahu says IDF 'the only army fighting Iranians'

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu boasted of Israel's success in countering the "Iranian threat" by targeting Iran-backed Hezbollah, foiling terrorist plots worldwide and impeding Tehran's weapons access.

Speaking at a Jerusalem business conference on Wednesday, Netanyahu dived into his favorite topic – the imminent threat Iran supposedly poses to the Jewish state's existence, and offering spirited praise of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

"The IDF is the only army fighting the Iranians in the world and, so far, we have had significant success," the PM said.

Although Israel’s military is not engaged in any direct confrontation with Iran (yet), it has repeatedly pounded Syria with rocket fire claiming to be targeting pro-Iran militias and Iranian troops. One of their targets is Hezbollah, a Shia militant group backed by the Iranian government.

Dec 20 07:05

Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for “exchanges of fire.”

Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic missiles that are forbidden to them by the U.N. Security Council.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that, within days, he will launch a military thrust against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, regarding them as allies of the PKK terrorist organization inside Turkey.

Vladimir Putin just flew two Tu-160 nuclear capable bombers to Venezuela. Ukraine claims Russia is amassing tanks on its border.

How did the United States, triumphant in the Cold War, find itself beset on so many fronts?

Dec 18 09:04

IRAN: First VP Stresses US Failure in Destabilizing Iranian Economy

Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined that Washington attempted to stir chaos in Iran's economy by imposing the hardest-ever sanctions against the country, but to no avail.

"The Americans are aware that Iran can resolve its problems and therefore, they imposed the hardest-ever sanctions all throughout the history against the Iranian nation, but Iran is still standing on its feet," Jahangiri said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday.

He stressed the Iranian government's efforts to turn the economic turbulence created after the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal into stability, and said, "Fortunately, today we are witnessing signs of reviving stability to the country's economy."

Earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed Washington's failure to prevent his country's oil exports, expressing pleasure that crude sales had even increased after the US sanctions.

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Dec 18 09:02

Why Iran’s Positive OPEC Spin Won’t Last

In recent months, it’s been difficult to hear any positive statements coming from Iran’s troubled oil sector, particularly since President Trump decided in May to reinstate tough sanctions over what he sees as Iran’s non-compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord it reached with the U.S. and other western powers.

However, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh praised OPEC on Saturday over what he claimed was the oil-producing cartel's ability to reach an oil output agreement despite intense internal political differences. On December 7, the so-called OPEC+ group of producers, which includes production heavyweights Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC member Russia, agreed to trim production by 1.2 million b/p for six months, starting in January, with the deal to be revisited in April.

Dec 17 09:47

Russia, Iran prevented Western interference in Syrian conflict settlement - Assad

President of Syria Bashar Assad praised efforts of Russia and Iran to restrain the Western interference in the process of the political settlement of the Syrian conflict, SANA news agency reported on Monday.

According to the agency, during a meeting in Damascus on Sunday with Senior Adviser to the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari, President Assad "stressed the importance of efforts exerted by the friendly and allied countries of Syria, particularly Iran and Russia."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds great, right?!?

But it is pain fully obvious, Al Assad, Putin, and Rouhani haven't QUITE gotten the memo yet, as indicated by the following article, posted at the Wa Po on Friday, 14 December:

US troops are to stay in Syria Indefinitely

I would like to suggest that if there is a way to negotiate this with President Trump, after he greenlit an indefinite stay of US troops in Syria, that would be great; but in the last two years, watching this man attempt to govern, what I have seen here is a complete, and total, surrender of US Middle Eastern policy to Israel's Netanyahu.

The potential for an incendiary explosion in the region, is most probably higher than it has ever been before.

You have Syria's, Russia's and Iran's collaborative, and winning, work to get the US funded, trained, and armed jihadis out of the country, butting heads the Israeli and US government's attitude that they can invade and occupy, any foreign government they want, with utter impunity.

I cannot see a good way out of this situation; it will only be a matter of time before we have Russian, and Iranian military action against the US troops, who have illegally invaded a foreign country, and refuses to leave, somewhat like a petulant house guest, who was never invited in, in the first place.

And forgive me, but I have to ask the question; are the troops presently stationed in Syria there, as "the sacrificial lambs", allowing US and Israel to create a "false flag happening as the "justification" for open warfare against both Syria and Iran?!?

Dec 16 16:01

THE 911 GRAND JURY IS A GO!!! SEE THE EVIDENCE...

This is the full list of 57 Grand Jury Petition Exhibits, both PDF and Video types as presented to the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York on April 10, 2018. Click the exhibit number to see the exhibit on the website for the Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, whom filed the petition with several family members. Link above newer than than video below

Dec 16 05:06

Trump’s Anti-Iran Policy Proving US Influence in Decline

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that Iran with the lowest defense spending in the Middle East is the strongest country of the region, while the US with the highest military budget in the world is unable to stop Iran’s growth which shows that the US’ power and influence is waning.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif reiterated that Trump, president of a country with the highest military budget in the world, sends representatives to various countries forcing them into stopping business with Iran, which indicates the ebbing of US influence and power.

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(*LISTEN FOR IT: "The quickest way to end the war is lose" )

Dec 16 04:52

Pressures on Iran's Missile Power Due to US Disappointment at Military Action

Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the US is using Iran's missile program as a pretext to pressure and weaken Tehran as Washington has been disappointed at the military option against Iran.

"Today, the enemies have grown disappointed at military threats and their pressures on Iran's missiles are becuase of their despair. But we do know very well that we can never neglect the defense power even for one moment," General Hatami said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Sunday.

He added that the US and its allies wanted to use the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria to hit a blow to the Islamic Revolution but Iran's supports for the legal governments in those countries foiled enemies' plots and created the resistance pivot.

Iran has taken long strides in production of different missiles despite the US sanctions.

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Dec 15 10:14

BEX ALERT - Iran’s NUCLEAR cooperation with North Korea EXPOSED - ‘Exact’ names and locations REVEALED

IRAN is cooperating with North Korea on nuclear weapons by conducting clandestine deals with the dictatorship to further its global military ambitions, an Iranian Resistance document has claimed.

Dec 14 12:20

A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars. Wars by Proxy

China moves forward with its global infrastructure program;and the trade war has had little impact in isolating Bejing from its principal markets. Moreover, the US policy has increased China’s role as a leading advocate of ‘open trade’ against President Trump’s protectionism.

Likewise, the tactics of encircling and sanctioning Russia has deepened ties between Moscow and Beijing. The US has increased its nominal ‘proxies’ in Latin America and Africa but they all depend on trade and investments from China. This is especially true of agro-mineral exports to China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the very scenario Mike and I have seen unfolding for years, and have been trying to stop, in the US government's drive to force the world back to a unipolar world which makes the US dollar the only instrument of payment.

But right now, particularly for Russia and China, that answer neither works, nor respects the reality of how much the fundamentals have changed, with national trade-building happening for the countries in national currencies, which are not the US dollar.

I would strongly expect this trend to continue, unless, of course, the US government is planning to blow Russia, China, and Iran to smithereens.

Dec 14 12:06

BEX ALERT - Iranian Hackers Targeted Treasury Officials, Atomic Scientists And...An Intern?

Move over China, Russia and North Korea - Iran is now vying for the title of America's most threatening cyber nemesis. According to a report in the Associated Press, an Iranian hacking group known by the codename "Charming Kitten" has been caught by a private security firm trying to break into the email accounts of US nuclear scientists and policy makers, presumably to try and figure out what the US knows about Iran's clandestine enrichment program, and what, exactly, is happening in the minds of America's most senior policy setters.

Dec 14 11:33

Pompeo at the U.N.: ‘Iran’s Missile Testing and Missile Proliferation Is Growing’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the United Nations Security Council on the subject of Iranian missile proliferation on Wednesday.
Pompeo criticized the Iran nuclear deal and urged the U.N. to restore a ban on ballistic missile testing by Iran, challenging the Security Council to “get serious about this real risk from proliferation from the Iranian regime.”

Pompeo began by quoting Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) airspace commander Amir Hajizadeh’s boast that Iran is now capable of building missiles with a range of over 2,000 kilometers and can hit “enemy bases” within 800 kilometers using weapons which have already been deployed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nations that seek peace in the Middle East do NOT include the United States!

Dec 14 11:26

US to Resort to Use of Force if Iran Blocks Strait of Hormuz – Ex-CIA Officer

The US and Iran may find themselves in a hot conflict if Tehran delivers on its promise to close the Strait of Hormuz, Philip Giraldi, a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer at the CIA, told Sputnik, explaining why tensions are likely to escalate even further by May 2019.

"It is a show of force to pre-empt any aggressive action by Iran, particularly if they try to interfere with traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, as they have threatened", says Philip Giraldi, a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer at the CIA, commenting on the USS John C. Stennis' deployment in the Middle Eastern region. "Aircraft carriers are always moved around to wherever there is any possibility of conflict".

Dec 14 09:40

IRANIAN HACKERS TARGETED TREASURY OFFICIALS, ATOMIC SCIENTISTS AND...AN INTERN?

Move over China, Russia and North Korea - Iran is now vying for the title of America's most threatening cyber nemesis. According to a report in the Associated Press, an Iranian hacking group known by the codename "Charming Kitten" has been caught by a private security firm trying to break into the email accounts of US nuclear scientists and policy makers, presumably to try and figure out what the US knows about Iran's clandestine enrichment program, and what, exactly, is happening in the minds of America's most senior policy setters.

After Trump reimposed sanctions against Iran last month (while offering a crucial backdoor in the form of oil -export waivers), the Iranian government rushed to try and infiltrate the accounts of people tasked with enforcing them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More demonization of Iran, as a run-up "justification" to a US-led military campaign against it.

Dec 13 10:57

Iran Confirms Pompeo's Charge Of Testing New Ballistic Missile "Capable Of Hitting Europe"

Iranian media has quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander on Tuesday as confirming Iran had recently carried out a ballistic missile test, which is the first time the country has owned up to allegations made by US officials previously this month.

The confirmation appeared in the semi-official Fars News Agency and is the first time Iran affirmed charges made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who earlier this month said Iran had test-fired “a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads.” Pompeo made the charge on December 1st while calling on Iran "to cease immediately all activities relating to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons."

Dec 13 10:56

Japanese Refiners Will Resume Iran Crude Purchases Next Month

Japanese refiners will start buying Iranian crude oil in January, but will only continue buying until March to make sure they don’t get on the bad side of Washington in case the 180-day sanction waivers are not extended, S&P Global Platts reports, citing the head of the country’s Petroleum Association.

"We aim to lift as much as possible over January-March to keep our hope for the next [period]," Takashi Tsukioka said.

Japan is one of Iran’s largest oil importers, but it is also the United States’ staunchest ally in Asia—and the combination of the two has not worked to Tokyo’s advantage. Earlier this year, while the government tried to secure a waiver from the U.S. State Department, local refiners stopped all purchases of Iranian oil ahead of the sanctions that came into effect on November 5.

Dec 13 10:42

America Won't be Able to Stop Iraq From Importing Iranian Gas - U.S. Expert

The United States will not be able to force Iraq to stop importing gas from Iran, says an academic, adding that Baghdad will continue to procure its energy requirements rather than going along with the U.S. anti-Iran sanctions.

“Definitely in the context of Iraq, it is not looking good for the hawks in Washington because they are basically not going to be able to remove the waivers that enable Iraq to continue to purchase energy from Iran," David Yaghoubian, professor of History at CSU San Bernardino told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

According to the terms of an agreement struck between Tehran and Baghdad, Iran is to supply 35 million cubic meters of natural gas on a daily basis to the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad [gradually in three phases], while up to 25 million cubic meters of gas per day is supposed to be exported to the southern city of Basra.

Dec 13 09:29

Netanyahu: Israel ‘won’t rule out’ military action in Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel would not rule out undertaking military action inside Iran.

Addressing a gathering of foreign media yesterday, Netanyahu was asked what his “red line” would be for attacking Iranian territory, rather than Iranian proxies alleged to be operating in Syria and Lebanon, the Times of Israel reported. Netanyahu replied:

Our red line is our survival. I’m not ruling out doing anything that we need to do to defend ourselves – we do what is necessary to protect the state of Israel against the Iranian regime, which openly calls for the annihilation of the Jewish state.

Dec 12 09:19

Netanyahu: Israeli Military to Discuss 'Right' to Oppose Iran in Syria in Moscow

An Israeli military delegation will state at the upcoming consultations in Moscow that the Jewish state has a "right and obligation" to oppose the presence of Iranian forces and Hezbollah in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

A meeting of representatives of the Russian and Israeli General Staffs will take place Wednesday in the Russian capital within the framework of Netanyahu’s agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Dec 12 09:11

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

Iran has been under severe US-imposed economic sanctions for 40 years. The US has been threatening Iran with war and “all options are on the table” for decades. The US has also instigated instability inside Iran and supported external attacks by terrorist groups such as Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK. [*]

The US project to destroy Iran’s economy has had a devastating impact. The husky Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo said that it is up to Iranian’s leadership “if they want their people to eat”.[*] Because of the US, Iran lacks sufficient funds that it would like to invest in human resources and social programs. Iran’s constitution guarantees healthcare and free education for all, as well as protections of civil rights. As reflected in the drafting of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, the vision of the economic order was:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is, unfortunately, zero guarantee that they won't do it.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is advocating for a full-on US military attack against Iran, of course, only to be purchased by American blood and American money.

Should Iran get attacked, I would rather count on Russia's Putin, to bring his military into the fray on Iran's side; and we have seen, with what Russian troops did in Syria, the capabilities of both Russia's military and its weaponry.

It is disconcerting to me in the extreme, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are Saudi Arabia's King Mohammed bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

I therefore strongly caution the President about thinking that an invasion of Iran would "be a cakewalk", where our soldiers would be embraced as liberators; because at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome from a war with Russia.

And if none of his "advisors" have told him this, it is high time that he knew.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Dec 12 02:59

Iran: Currency Swap Underway with Several Countries

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnasser Hemmati announced on Tuesday that the country has launched mutual financial channels with a number of world states for money transactions to confront the US sanctions.
"Practically, currency swapping treaties have been signed between Iran and some countries and this will be strengthened in the future," Hemmati said, addressing the economic activists in Tehran.

He described launching financial channels between Iran and several other countries to exclude dollar from Iran's trade with those states as an important measure to confront the US economic sanctions against Tehran.

Early in November, Hemmati said that the US had failed in its efforts to cut Iran’s oil revenues to zero with sweeping sanctions, while the country was ready to combat even worse conditions.

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Dec 11 13:01

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

The US had a great deal going from 1953 to 1979 with the Shah of Iran. For 25 years Iran was a cornerstone of the US usurping the British Empire in the Middle East, following World War Two. Iran was a base for projecting US power in the region, and strategically it bordered the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Dec 10 14:15

US Sets Up 8 New Military Bases Near Iraq's Borders with Syria

A commander of Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) revealed that the US forces have established 8 military bases in Western Iraq, near the border with Syria, warning of Washington's plots to gain control over the strategic and oil-rich region.

The Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm news website quoted Qassem Mosleh as saying on Monday that recently the US forces have set up bases in al-Qa'em, the international road, area between al-Rotba and region 160, the area between al-Walid and al-Rotba and 4 bases in al-Rotba in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.

He added that the Americans will take control of Western and Southern al-Rotba, which has not yet been cleansed, once it is through with setting up these bases.

He accused the US military of cooperating with the ISIL, saying that the terrorists will move more and more easily in the region if the US forces stand in control of the region.

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Dec 10 11:00

Iran navy launches stealth warship in the Gulf

Sahand destroyer apparently has advanced warfare capabilities including anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles; 'This vessel is the result of daring and creative design relying on the local technical knowledge of the Iranian Navy,' says head of the navy shipyards that built the warship.

Dec 10 10:43

EU will soon establish alternative payment channel allowing Iran to bypass US sanctions – Mogherini

Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the near future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced.

Dec 10 08:24

Trump's international anti-Iran coalition looks like it's falling apart. He doesn't have a back-up plan.

President Donald Trump set out to pick a fight with Iran from the early days of his administration. But a set of astonishing developments has pulled the rug out from under his feet, and the next three months will determine whether Trump will opt to escalate his provocations or find a face-saving exit from his bravado.

Dec 10 08:20

EU will soon establish alternative payment channel allowing Iran to bypass US sanctions - Mogherini

Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the nearest future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced.

The 28-nation bloc has been considering ways to continue doing business with Tehran and bypass US economic restrictions after Washington pulled out from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed economic sanctions.

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"You can't DO that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 09 10:13

US instigating wars, acts of terror in Asia: Iran's parliament speaker

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States seeks to engage Asian countries in wars and acts of terror with the purpose of exhausting their resources and hindering their progress.

Larijani made the remarks in Tehran on Saturday in an address to the closing ceremony of the second Speakers' Conference on the challenge of terrorism and inter-regional connectivity, attended by speakers from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

He added that the US had created terrorist groups in Asia because the region enjoyed great economic and energy potential.

For this reason, Asian countries have been engaged in wars over the past three decades and now most of terrorist groups are in Asia, the top Iranian parliamentarian said.

Dec 08 12:01

Canada Arrests Chinese Evading Illegal Sanctions on Iran (ICC)

This is one of the stupidest moves ever seen by Canada, the Chinese and any foreign national evading the illegal sanctions against Iran, as deemed by the ICC, should avoid landing in Canada & America if they want to ensure their freedoms remain intact. [Previous account was banned by google, please subscribe to my new channel, ravenise006]

Dec 07 09:58

US Unlikely to Cede Control of Syrian Territories While Iran Stays - Ex-UK Envoy

The United States regards its presence in Syria as a strategic tool and will maintain it unless Iran withdraws its forces from the country, which is a highly unlikely scenario, former UK Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford told Sputnik.

"The United States regards this territory as pawns in a chess game. It will not surrender any of these pawns except in return for, principally, withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria," Ford said.

Dec 06 04:14

Blumenthal: “Pistachio Wars”: How the Resnicks’ Snack Food Fortune is Fueling the Assault on Iran

A highly original documentary project reveals how a couple of Beverly Hills billionaires “are willing to risk war in Iran and the Middle East — all in order to boost and protect their lucrative pistachio business.”
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Dec 06 04:08

Iran will not cut oil output until sanctions are lifted — minister

Iran will not reduce its oil production output in accordance with the agreement reached in the OPEC+ format, Minister of Petroleum Bijan Namdar Zangeneh told reporters after the session of the OPEC-Non-OPEC Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) in Vienna. "We should be excluded from any decision on output quotas in the future until sanctions are lifted," Zangeneh said. The minister did not specify the Iran's current level of production as he said it might serve as a pretext for the US to extert pressure on Tehran. "If they [the US] want to exert pressure on Iran through OPEC, this is unprofessional, and I want to add that OPEC is not part of the US Department of Energy, so it does not need instructions from the US on what to do," he added. The JMMC meeting was held in Vienna on December 5. The participants agreed to recommend OPEC members to cut output in the first half of 2019. Production will be cut by around 1 mln barrels per day.

Dec 05 12:05

"11 Times In Past Two Years": Iran Slams U.S. Attempts At Fresh Nuclear Negotiations

Seeking to humiliate the United States after it abandoned the 2015 JCPOA and reinstated crippling sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made public prior U.S. efforts to restart negotiations during statements made on Tuesday.

Rouhani claimed the U.S. approached Tehran 11 times in order to begin negotiations afresh over a period of the last two years. Rouhani confidently noted that all of these overtures were firmly rejected by Iran.

Dec 05 11:50

Blain: "Are We Backing The Wrong Country In The Saudi-Iran Race"

A digression: Saudi vs Iran?

I had a number of comments about Monday’s porridge on the significance of Qatar pulling out of Opec, and what next for Saudi. What is the relevance for markets they asked?

That’s interesting question. Donald Trump recently told us that his successful negotiations and personal relationship with Mohammed bin Salman attracted planned investment of $450 bln into the US, including $110 bln in defence orders, from Saudi Arabia. He warned all that could be undone if we don’t turn a blind eye to the Khashoggi murder.

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If Americans were permitted to travel there, I would love to tour Iran.

The art; the music; the continuity of history; the push the country is making toward educating both their young men, and their young women, encourages me to think that given time and space, it could be absolutely thriving state, and a great trading partner for the world

Unfortunately, Netanyahu's usual dystopian, hubristic view of Iran means only one thing; it must be destroyed in a horrendous war, but that the costs of such a war will only be borne...in American blood, and American money.

It is more than a little disconcerting to me, that President Trump's two best friends in the Middle East, are Prince bin Salman, the Saudi Butcher of Yemen, and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the Israeli Butcher of Gaza.

Dec 05 11:41

Pompeo Says US Committed to Confront Iran Via Maximum Pressure

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday US commitment to confront the threat posed from Iran by applying the maximum pressure campaign, the Department of State said in a press release.

"He [Pompeo] reiterated America’s resolve in confronting the totality of the Iranian regime’s threats through maximum pressure," the release said on Monday.

Dec 05 11:41

Iran Deploys Fleet to Gulf of Aden as Rouhani Threatens to Block Hormuz Strait

Tehran earlier warned Washington against limiting its energy exports, vowing to otherwise close the exit from the Persian Gulf. Considering that a significant part of the world's oil exports goes through the strait at the Gulf's mouth, such a blockade could strongly affect the global energy market.

The Iranian Students' News Agency reported, citing Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, that Iran has deployed 58 fleets to the northern Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, situated just outside of the Persian Gulf — the source to a major part of the world's oil exports.

In an address to the people of Semnan Province on 4 December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated threats to prevent all oil exports from the Persian Gulf in the event the US curbs Tehran's own exports.

Dec 05 11:07

Reuters Creates Fakenews About Iran - Intentionally Conflates Two Different Missiles - Misquotes Official

The Reuters piece conflates ground launched ballistic missiles with air-to-air missiles that the air force commander wants to develop. The U.S. does not care about Iran's air-to-air missiles. It itself has far superior ones. The U.S. does care about Iran's ballistic missiles. But the Iranian general did not talk about those at all. The quote Reuters attributes to the Iranian general it is taken out of context and used to propagandize a non-issue.

The FARS piece Reuters cites is absolutely clear with what the air force commander means, even while its headline is probably too generalized:

Dec 05 05:01

Iran Calls on US to Stop Abusing UN Security Council

Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in a statement urged the United States to halt abusing the United Nations Security Council to increase its mischievous intentions against Iran.
"Iran firmly rejects any arbitrary interpretation of the provisions of resolution 2231, according to which, Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons," the statement said on Tuesday.

It said that all ballistic missiles related activities of the Islamic Republic are in full conformity with the relevant provisions of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- the official title assigned to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal reached between Tehran and six world powers.

The full text of statement by Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations is as follows:>>>

US Accepts UN Resolution Not Banning Iran's Missile Program

(*It might have something to do with The Steel ?)

Dec 04 11:56

Iran among world’s top missile powers: Defense minister

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the Islamic Republic is currently one of the world’s topmost missile powers despite being subject to severe sanctions during the past 40 years.

“Today, Iran is among the world’s topmost powers in building missiles, radars, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),” the Iranian defense minister said in an exclusive interview with IRNA on Sunday, emphasizing that Iran's defense power is meant to send the message of peace and friendship to other nations.

"Iran has managed to attain a very desirable and acceptable performance in the field of defensive products and the Defense Ministry has become self-sufficient in defense industry despite tough sanctions [imposed] by the [global] arrogant system in 40 years," he added.

Dec 04 11:20

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Heads To Persian Gulf In "Show Of Force" After Iran Ballistic Missile Test

Days after Iran unveiled its first stealth destroyer in a televised ceremony on Saturday which saw the warship launched into operation in the Persian Gulf, and after the US condemned Iran's test firing a medium-range nuclear capable ballistic missile on Sunday, Pentagon officials have announced the U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf in a show of force against Iran.

Dec 04 10:15

FARS NEWS AGENCY: Massive Propaganda War Launched against Iran by US

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi warned that Washington which has been disappointed at military assault against Iran has now resorted to propaganda warfare.

"In the new era, the US is no more focused on the issue of military attack and has planned and executed a major propaganda and psychological war against Iran," Vaezi said on Monday.

He also said that an extremist stream in the US which has always pursued the overthrow of the Islamic Republic in Iran has again gained power and is making shared attempts with Israel and Saudi Arabia to achieve its desired objectives.

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Dec 04 09:34

Iran deploys massive naval force to Persian Gulf after Rouhani threatens to block Strait of Hormuz

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran has allegedly deployed a massive naval contingent to the Persian Gulf, today, after the nation’s president, Hassan Rouhani, threatened to block the vital Strait of Hormuz.

Dec 04 09:27

Does Israel's Northern Op Mean War With Hezbollah and Iran?

After weeks of hints that a big military operation is in the offing, Israel has launched a broad operation against Hezbollah tunnels. A snap audio-analysis with Haaretz's senior military correspondent Amos Harel

Dec 04 09:11

Iran’s Steel Exports Up by 23%

Dec 03 11:02

Here We Go Again: US Accuses Iran of Hiding Chemical Weapons

CNN reports last week that: “The Trump administration is set to accuse Iran of violating the international treaty that bars the use of chemical weapons.

The White House notified lawmakers on Friday that it would declare Iran is violating the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention because it has kept the equipment and facilities needed to produce them, not because it is actively making or using such weapons.

Two senior US officials tell CNN that the charge will not trigger immediate penalties, but could be used as justification to file claims against Iran with international organizations going forward.”

P News Washington also reports that the announcement:

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