17 Oct 2018

Iranian Drone Overflights of U.S. Warships in Persian Gulf Now Common

U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf now expect regular flyovers from Iranian drones, as well as Iranian monitoring from small watercraft. While ships are equipped with expensive high-tech equipment to provide early warning alerts, it can be difficult to find out whether or not an approaching drone is armed. Systems

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17 Oct 2018

Iran says it has killed mastermind of parade attack: was he with ISIS or a secession movement?

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced that they have killed the alleged “mastermind” of the recent military parade attack that killed 25. “Both Islamic State and an Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahwaz National Resistance, which seeks a separate state in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, have claimed responsibility for

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08 Oct 2018

Under US pressure, Iran passes anti-terror financing bill

Iran has passed a law against terrorist financing in order to maintain international economic ties with partners, as the U.S. increases economic pressure and sanctions removed under the Nuclear Deal return. The law is an attempt to satisfy the October 2018 deadline for increased regulations against terror financing given to

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05 Oct 2018

White House Adviser: Iran Is ‘Central Banker’ For Terrorism

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has called Iran ‘the central banker of international terrorism’ as he laid out a wider strategy for countering Tehran in the Middle East. John Bolton told reporters on October 4 that the U.S. strategy toward Iran would use both military and nonmilitary means

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04 Oct 2018

France blames Iran for foiled Paris bomb plot

“French officials say Iran’s ministry of intelligence was behind a plot to bomb a rally of Iranian opposition groups in Paris in June. In a statement, the French government said it had frozen the assets of two senior Iranian officials. Iran insists the alleged plot is a fabrication, but has

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04 Oct 2018

Israel Plans Anti-Missile Nano Satellite Constellation

“Israel is planning constellations of nano satellites, built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), that will allow almost continuous coverage of ‘areas of interest,’ which are likely to include Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other countries. The first nano satellite was developed by IAI and was launched into space in 2017 as

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28 Sep 2018

US Official: We May Cut Support for Iraq If New Government Seats Pro-Iran Politicians

“The Trump administration may decrease U.S. military support or other assistance to Iraq if its new government puts Iranian-aligned politicians in any ‘significant positions of responsibility,’ a senior administration official told reporters late last week. The comment comes as Baghdad pols jockey to form a new government following May’s parliamentary elections.

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28 Sep 2018

Iranian Oil Tankers Switch off GPS Trackers as Sanctions Approach

“Iran’s oil tankers are starting to disappear from global satellite tracking systems with just under six weeks to go until U.S. sanctions are due to hit the country’s exports, making it harder to keep track of the nation’s sales. No signals have been received by shore stations or satellites from

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28 Sep 2018

Netanyahu claims Israel has found Iran’s ‘secret atomic warehouse’

Speaking before the UN general assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted that Israel has identified a “secret atomic warehouse” in Iran that houses nuclear equipment and materials. Tehran has mocked the claims and it is uncertain that Netanyahu’s claims may be made substantive enough to prove a breach of

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25 Sep 2018

Bolton: US troops staying in Syria until Iran leaves

The U.S. has around 2,200 boots on the ground in Syria, most of them allocated towards the fight against ISIS. National Security Advisor John Bolton has announced, however, that U.S. forces will remain in the country “as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies

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