16 Sep 2019

Drone strikes knock out half of Saudi oil capacity

Drone strikes targeted two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais over the weekend, disrupting about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity, or about 5.7 million barrels per day. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said that the attacks are not only aimed at the kingdom, but

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13 Sep 2019

Trump Leaves Open Possibility of Easing Iranian Sanctions to Spur Nuclear Talks

Following the departure of John Bolton as the White House national security adviser, it looks like President Trump is taking a step back from his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. The President has signaled that he is ready for diplomatic talks with the possibility of easing economic sanctions that

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12 Sep 2019

Iranian Hackers Hit Over 60 Universities to Get Library Access

Between July and August of this year, Iranian state-backed hacking group Cobalt Dickens (aka Silent Librarian) targeted over 60 universities across four continents as part of a phishing campaign designed to obtain unauthorized access to university libraries. Secureworks tracked the campaign and recently revealed all known domains linked to the threat

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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

Revealed: How a secret Dutch mole aided the U.S.-Israeli Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran

The notorious Stuxnet malware attack that targeted Iranian nuclear facilities was deployed by “an inside mole recruited by Dutch intelligence agents at the behest of the CIA and the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad,” according to a new report by Yahoo News based on information provided by anonymous sources. The

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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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