09 Sep 2019

Activists: Airstrikes on Iran-backed groups in Syria kill 18

In the latest sign of an escalating proxy war between Iran and Israel, airstrikes killed at least 18 members of Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria Sunday night. One source put the death toll at 21, and the number of wounded at 36. The attacks have so far not been claimed,

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06 Sep 2019

Cracks in Saudi-UAE coalition risk new war in Yemen

The conflicting interests of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia could end the countries’ coalition against Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen, and add a new chapter to the Yemeni civil war that has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis in the country. In 2015, the UAE and Saudi

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05 Sep 2019

NYT on The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran

A recent New York Times report explores what they call a secret history of hawks seeking to advocate action against Iran. We summarize and expand a bit on that here to provide food for thought to our members since a crisis or conflict with Iran will have significant impacts on

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05 Sep 2019

Iran to develop centrifuges in further step away from nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that “all limitations on our research and development” of improved centrifuges for enriching uranium “will be lifted on Friday.” This will mark the third measure recently taken by Tehran in violation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iran has already exceeded the amount

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04 Sep 2019

Afghan government has concerns about US-Taliban peace deal

The Afghan government wants Washington to clarify its draft peace agreement with the Taliban so that Kabul can “completely analyze its dangers and negative consequences and avoid the dangers,” the spokesperson of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday. Under the agreement, which still needs to be approved by US

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04 Sep 2019

US sanctions Iran space agency over alleged ballistic missiles

Days after an explosion took place at Iran’s Imam Khomeini Space Center, the United States government has imposed sanctions on the country’s civilian space agency as well as two related research facilities. According to the Trump administration, the recent explosion was an indication that the site is being used for

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03 Sep 2019

Iran Confirms Rocket Explosion At Its Space Center

Iran confirmed that an explosion took place last Thursday at the country’s Imam Khomeini Space Center. On Friday, US President Trump tweeted footage of the site after explosion and stated that the US had not been involved in the incident. The footage was apparently taken by a US spy satellite.

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03 Sep 2019

US and Taliban reach agreement ‘in principle’ on Afghanistan, envoy says

The United States and the Taliban have come to an agreement “in principle,” according to US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. US President Donald Trump will still need to approve the accord, under which the US would withdraw 5,400 of the almost 14,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan. The pull

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02 Sep 2019

Iran says it will take ‘stronger step’ away from nuclear deal if Europe doesn’t act

Iran on Monday warned that it is ready to take a “stronger step” away from its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if the European signatories to the agreement don’t “show enough determination” to salvage the agreement that was abandoned by the US last year. The Iran has already

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02 Sep 2019

Israel, Hezbollah engage in brief, intense fighting

On Sunday, days after Israel attacked Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, the Iranian-backed militant group retaliated by firing anti-tank missiles into the country. Israel responded to the attack with heavy artillery fire. Hours after the escalation, a spokesman of the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) said that “calm has

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