Thought for the day

"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe." -- Luke 11:21

US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron will discuss Ukraine, China, Iran and the Sahel during the upcoming meeting in Washington, D.C., on December 1, a high-ranking US administration representative said Monday.

Journalistic Responsibility Vanishes When Reporting On US-Targeted Nations MikeRivero Tue, 11/29/2022 - 06:53

Two false news reports have gone viral in recent hours due to sloppy sourcing and journalistic malpractice. As usual they both featured bogus claims about US-targeted nations, in this case Russia and Iran.

Iran to increase cargo transit between Russia and India to record high MikeRivero Tue, 11/29/2022 - 06:26

The Economic Times of India revealed in a report on 28 November that Russia and Iran have agreed to increase the volume of cargo transit along the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) to 12 million tons.

Israel, US to hold air drill simulating striking Iran nuclear program MikeRivero Tue, 11/29/2022 - 06:01

The Israel Air Force this week will hold one of its largest drills in years with the United States Air Force simulating offensive strikes against Iran’s nuclear program.

The drill will take place from Tuesday until Thursday over the Mediterranean Sea and Israel. It will include long-range flights such as those that Israeli pilots might need to make in order to reach the Islamic Republic.

The exercise will include refuelers as well as fighter jets from both forces.

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ground force, General Muhammad Pakpour, announced on 25 November that troops will be sent to the country’s Kurdish border regions in order to prevent “the infiltration of terrorists” from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR).

“Some armored units and special forces of the [IRGC] ground forces are currently heading to the border provinces in the west and northwest of the country,” Pakpour said.

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President Biden's hopes of reviving the deal brokered with Iran by Barack Obama have faded, as it was claimed the Islamic regime is just weeks off having sufficient nuclear material to build its first atom bomb.

The president had hoped to revive the peace deal struck by Obama in 2015 as recently as summer.

The head of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) returned to Israel on Thursday after five days of talks with US officials in Washington that were focused on Iran and said joint military operations between the US and Israel will be “significantly expanded.”

Iran told the UN on Thursday that it had no choice but to act in self-defence by striking Kurdish rebel groups in northern Iraq, state media reported.

The Islamic republic has launched a series of cross-border missile and drone strikes on Iranian-Kurdish opposition groups, based in Iraq, which it blames for stoking protests back home over the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini.

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On 24 November, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani revealed that the Islamic Republic has formed a panel under the interior ministry to investigate the deaths caused by ongoing protests.

Bagheri Kani made the announcement during a diplomatic visit to India, where he also revealed that at least 50 members of the security forces have been killed and hundreds have been injured as a result of street violence gripping Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini in mid-September.