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  • John Kerry’s Dangerous Ignorance On The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    12/05/2016 9:32:31 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/5 | Aaron Klein
    “There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world – I want to make that clear to all of you,” Kerry lectured, “without the Palestinian process and without Palestinian peace.” Perhaps the esteemed diplomat forgot that Israel already signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, two moderate Arab countries that enjoy normalized relations with the Jewish state despite the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian deal. And Kerry may have missed that under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there have been numerous reports of security cooperation between Israel and Sunni Arab states like Saudi Arabia that are deeply concerned by...
  • China warns Trump: Iran nuclear deal must stand

    12/05/2016 2:02:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    BEIJING — Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal should not be “affected by any changes in the domestic situations” of countries involved, China’s foreign minister warned Monday, responding to US president-elect Donald Trump’s threats to abandon it. The agreement, signed in Vienna in July 2015 and in force since January 2016, was the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama’s second term. It calls on Tehran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief from the US and other nations. Trump has promised to tear up the nuclear deal once in office, calling the agreement under which it was...
  • In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

    12/05/2016 5:41:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 5:03 AM EST
    The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Beijing that the seven nations who agreed to the deal in July 2015 “have the obligation to fully implement” it. “Iran will not allow any country to take unilateral action to violate the agreement and Iran has the right to take action against that,” Zarif said at a news conference after...
  • Rouhani Urges Obama to Block Iran Sanctions Law Extension

    12/04/2016 4:27:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
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  • Trump's New Defence Secretary Was Obama's Go-To Man to Keep Pakistani Generals Happy

    12/04/2016 8:26:38 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Wire, thewire.in ^ | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | Devirupa Mitra
    <p>In the aftermath of the Raymond Davis and bin Laden affairs, General James Mattis was key in maintaining ties with top Pakistani military leadership.</p> <p>New Delhi: The next US secretary of defence was the Obama administration's main man to keep a line open and bring ties with the top Pakistani military leadership back on an even keel in the dark days following the arrest of a CIA contractor and the killing of Osama bin Laden.</p>
  • Iran Threatens to Walk Away From Nuke Deal, Retaliate Against U.S. for New Sanctions

    12/02/2016 10:05:57 AM PST · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 2, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Iran is threatening to walk away from the nuclear deal with the United States and pursue forms of retaliation, including a national boycott of American goods, as a result of Congress’s overwhelming vote on Thursday to level new sanctions against Iran for another 10 years, according to multiple comments by senior Iranian officials. ... Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani hotly criticized the United States during Iran’s weekly national Friday prayer service, urging the country’s leaders to retaliate against America. “Nothing but hostility is expected from the U.S., but as said before, now it’s time for retaliation,” the cleric was quoted...
  • Congress Passes New Iran Sanctions, Ignoring Obama Admin Threats

    12/01/2016 7:14:02 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Congress unanimously voted on Thursday to level new sanctions on Iran, sending a clear message that lawmakers stand opposed to the Obama administration’s continued concessions to Tehran in the final months before it leaves office, according to comments provided to the Washington Free Beacon. The Obama administration, including Secretary of State John Kerry, made a final push in recent weeks to convince lawmakers to abandon the new sanctions, but lawmakers remained firm on Thursday, voting 99-0 to approve the new sanctions. Even Democrats who have supported the White House’s diplomacy voted in favor of the sanctions. Senior Iranian officials have...
  • Senate Votes 99-0 to Extend Sanctions Against Iran

    12/01/2016 12:37:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/01/2016 | Thomas Kaplan
    WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to extend American sanctions against Iran for a decade, sending to President Obama a measure that supporters said would help ensure that the United States could fully respond if Iran were to violate its obligations under the nuclear agreement. Iranian officials, rankled that the legislation to extend sanctions was being considered — the House overwhelmingly passed it last month — have threatened to respond if the United States goes through with the renewal. The 99-to-0 vote Thursday showed the desire of lawmakers to maintain a tough posture toward Iran amid uncertainty over the...
  • These Funky North Korean Guns Are Turning Up Everywhere: Type 73s appear on battlefields from [tr]

    12/01/2016 6:54:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 1, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    Between February and March 2016, Australian and French sailors in the Arabian Sea seized small ships — or dhows — smuggling weapons, most likely to militants in Somalia and Yemen. These caches aboard the dhows included examples of one particularly rare firearm, the North Korean Type 73 machine gun. In November 2016, independent monitoring group Conflict Armament Research released a report detailing the captured weapons and their likely points of origins and destinations. According to the analysis, the shipments showed links between Iran and armed groups Tehran supports in the Gulf of Aden region.
  • Old Article: Clinton Foundation accepted money from donors who violated Iran sanctions

    11/30/2016 9:22:29 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7-12-15 | Sarah Westwood
    Hillary Clinton's family charity has accepted contributions from donors accused of violating sanctions against Iran. Her husband has also received a generous payment for a speech hosted by a company with financial interests in Iran. The ties to Iranian business raise questions about Clinton's cautious support of a nuclear deal that would lift sanctions that prevent companies close to her from making money in Iran. For example, a British company whose chairman is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative pleaded guilty to violating sanctions against Iran, the Daily Beast noted Friday..http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/clinton-foundation-took-cash-from-iran-sanctions-violators/article/2568069
  • New UN Security Council Resolution Strengthens Sanctions against North Korea

    11/30/2016 6:12:41 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/16 | Joseph Klein
    But Iran, freed of sanctions, is likely to be the spoiler The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2321 (2016) on November 30th. It condemns the North Korean (DPRK) regime’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles while its people continue to suffer under inhumane conditions. The resolution strengthens previous UN-imposed sanctions on the DPRK in response to its fifth nuclear test conducted on September 9, 2016. The prior resolutions have failed to slow, much less eliminate, the DPRK’s nuclear program involving the development and testing of both nuclear device and ballistic missile capabilities. As UN Secretary General...
  • CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal 'height of folly'

    11/30/2016 3:40:37 PM PST · by canalabamian · 84 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/30/2016 | Gordon Corera
    The director of the CIA has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be "disastrous" and "the height of folly". In a BBC interview, John Brennan also advised the new president to be wary of Russia's promises, blaming Moscow for much of the suffering in Syria. In his campaign, Mr Trump threatened to scrap the Iran deal and also hinted at working more closely with Russia. Mr Brennan will step down in January after four years leading the CIA. In the first interview by a CIA director with the British media, John Brennan outlined a...
  • We need a plan if Assad wins

    11/29/2016 2:26:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 28 November 2016
    We need a plan if Assad wins 28 November 2016 ? 9:00pm The word “unacceptable” has been used a great deal in the context of the Syrian tragedy. Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons was branded “unacceptable” but there is evidence of their continued use after Western plans to bomb arms dumps were aborted. Then, it was “unacceptable” that President Assad would ever be part of the future of Syria. No peace deal would be countenanced while he remained in power. Yet, with Russian help, he may be on the verge of a military victory. It has been apparent for...
  • Undeterred By Trump Threats, Schlumberger Signs Deal With Iran

    11/28/2016 2:18:18 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 14 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-11-2016 | The Ayatollah and his mom
    Just about everyone right now wants to know where President-elect Donald Trump stands on Iran, and what fate lies ahead for the nuclear deal and the easing of sanctions that have energy companies’ mouths watering—not the least of them oilfield services giant Schlumberger, which has just hedged its bets that sanctions are history despite heavy rhetoric to the contrary. Schlumberger has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Iranian South Oil Company for the development of oilfields in Iran’s southern Khouzestan province, making it the second Western energy major to return to Iran after the lifting of most sanctions....
  • WikiLeaks Releases More Than Half A Million US Diplomatic Cables

    11/28/2016 11:53:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/28/16 | Alex Pfeiffer
    WikiLeaks released Monday more than half a million U.S. diplomatic cables from the year 1979. “If any year could be said to be the ‘year zero’ of our modern era, 1979 is it,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a press release. “In the Middle East, the Iranian revolution, the Saudi Islamic uprising and the Egypt-Israel Camp David Accords led not only to the present regional power dynamic but decisively changed the relationship
  • Iran: Sanctions relief money is spent on terrorism

    11/26/2016 1:22:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 26, 2016 | By Shahriar Kia
    Developments following the landmark nuclear deal struck between Tehran and world powers prove that hopes for the recovery of Iran’s economy in a post-JCPOA era is false placed. The economic crisis riddling Iran is a byproduct of the corruption ingrained in the structure of the fundamentalist regime ruling the country and the very foundations it has been established on. And this isn’t something that is going to change as a result of an international treaty or an alteration of the country’s political lineup. In fact, for average Iranians, the changes ensuing the signing of the nuclear deal leave a lot...
  • Obama Classified Number of Illegal Alien Muslim Migrants

    11/27/2016 10:27:33 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is big on making up his own laws and rules. He rules by executive order and he's gotten into the truly illegal habit of unilaterally signing treaties with foreign governments. This is a very basic problem. And in the context of his deal to take in Muslim migrants rejected by Australia, he is being warned once again that his actions are grossly illegal and unconstitutional. ... We’re not even being told the total numbers who will shortly be making their way to our shores, but the Journal notes that two of the camps located on Naru and Manus Islands...
  • Iran Loses Nuclear Device, Sparks GCC Worry

    11/26/2016 6:34:43 PM PST · by Innovative · 47 replies
    Oil Price.com ^ | Nov. 26, 2016 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is concerned over a missing radioactive device from Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor, Saudi-owned Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday. Aside from the security concerns, at the forefront in the GCC’s mind is what impact the radioactive device—wherever it may be today—could have on water supplies. According to the newspaper, the device went missing after the car transporting it was stolen. Thankfully, the vehicle was recovered, but the radioactive nuclear device was not so lucky. The GCC has contacted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the incident—both organizations are concerned that Iran’s nuclear program...
  • Iran using Commercial Flights to Deliver Arms to Hezbollah

    11/26/2016 7:43:59 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week, intelligence reports submitted to the United Nations Security Council reported that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has allegedly been smuggling weapons on commercial flights to Hezbollah and other terrorists operating in Syria. Weapons smuggling is a violation of two Security Council resolutions. The revelation has renewed focus on a congressional inquiry to re-implement sanctions on Iran that have been obstructed by the Obama administration since October. According to intelligence gathered, Iran was using its Mahan Airline to covertly deliver advanced weaponry to the terrorist forces in the region. The weapons were either delivered directly to Hezbollah via “commercial flights from...
  • Iraq's parliament adopts law legalizing Shiite militias

    11/26/2016 7:04:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2016 9:24 AM EST | Hamza Hendawi and Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to accord full legal status to government-sanctioned Shiite militias as a “backup and reserve” force for the military and police and empower them to “deter” security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic State group. […] The Shiite militias, most of which are backed by neighboring Shiite Iran, have been bankrolled and equipped by the government since shortly after IS swept across much of northern and western Iraq in 2014. Many of these groups existed long before IS emerged, fighting American troops in major street battles during the U.S. military presence in Iraq...
  • Iran's House Church Movement Witnessing 'Astounding' Growth; Hundreds Being Baptized

    11/25/2016 6:25:52 PM PST · by freedom44 · 14 replies
    ChristianPost ^ | 11/16/16 | ChristianPost
    The underground church movement in Iran is growing despite the regime's crackdown on Christians. Hundreds are being baptized in large ceremonies and people are praising Jesus for saving them from despair and suicide, according to Christian ministries working in the region. Elam Ministries reported earlier this week that more than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in a large service just outside the Islamic Republic of Iran, with eight different Persian-speaking churches attending. The group said that 20 years ago, estimates put the number of believers in Iran at only 2,000–5,000 people, but new statistics are saying there could be...
  • hen the Henchman Weeps – The Ayatollah who Apologised for his Role in the Revolution

    11/23/2016 3:59:04 PM PST · by OddLane · 12 replies
    Kayhan London ^ | November 23, 2016 | Potkin Azarmehr
    Grand Ayatollah Moussavi-Ardebili who died today aged 91, was one of the pillars of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. For eight years between 1981-1989, as the head of Iran’s Supreme Court, he was the highest judicial authority in the Islamic Republic during the harshest years of the post-revolution religious dictatorship in Iran. The massacre of political prisoners in Iran in 1988, took place when Mousavi-Ardebili was the head of the Supreme Court. More than 5000 political prisoners, some barely in their teens, who were sentenced to prison sentences and not execution, were summarily re-tried by kangaroo-courts and asked two...
  • Hassan Rouhani: Iran's Executioner

    11/23/2016 4:41:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 23, 2016 | Heshmat Alavi
    As we begin to wind down to the end of Hassan Rouhani’s term as president of the regime in Iran, it is time to take a look back at the past four years. We all remember how the West joyfully welcomed his election -- read selection -- as a change of gear in Iran aimed at moderation. However, what the world witnessed ever since has been anything but. An atrocious rise in executions, continued public punishments and an escalating trend of oppression has been Rouhani’s report card during his tenure. With a new administration coming into town, Washington must make...
  • Israel: Iran is smuggling weapons to Hezbollah on commercial flights

    11/22/2016 7:32:26 AM PST · by zlando · 14 replies
    Europe-Israel News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Europe Israel News
    UN Ambassador Danny Danon sent an urgent letter to the Security Council members in which he revealed the smuggling route from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to Hezbollah Iran is smuggling weapons and ammunition to Hezbollah through commercial flights from the Islamic Republic to Lebanon, according to intelligence information revealed by Israel’s UN ambassador to the Security Council, which was cleared for publication on Tuesday. UN Ambassador Danny Danon sent an urgent letter to the Security Council members in which he revealed the smuggling route from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to Hezbollah: “The Iranian Al-Quds Force packs weapons, ammunition and missile technology...
  • Millennial Iranians Bring Back Their Persian Roots

    11/18/2016 5:45:25 PM PST · by freedom44 · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/18/16 | Slater Bakhtavar
    In the modern day, the nation of Iran in the Middle East has become synonymous with Islamic extremism and terrorism. This is because the country is ruled by a religious dictator, the Grand Ayatollah, and is known to support radical organizations that share its uncompromising Muslim ideology. People worry, with good reason, that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons or otherwise strengthen itself. And this condition persists even as a majority of Iran’s population is young, progressive, and, unlike its government, not at all hostile towards the West. Iran wasn’t always like this. It has a long and venerable history as...
  • Trump's National Security Picks Want to Air Obama's Iran Secrets

    11/19/2016 6:27:37 PM PST · by blueyon · 34 replies
    www.bloomberg.com ^ | 11/19/16 | Eli Lake
    For years, many Republicans and conservatives have charged that President Barack Obama was shielding embarrassing intelligence and policy details about Iran in order to support the nuclear deal reached last year. With Donald Trump's upset victory, the party of Lincoln will have an opportunity to declassify and disclose this information. While no decisions have been made, two early picks to Trump's cabinet suggest this is going to happen. Let's start with retired general Michael Flynn, the next president's choice to be national security adviser. Flynn served for two years as Obama's director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to...
  • Incoming CIA Director Has Reputation for Confronting Iran

    11/18/2016 6:08:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | November 18, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) to serve as the next CIA director is garnering early praise from senior congressional insiders and foreign policy experts, who told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday that the lawmaker has won plaudits for taking a tough line on Iranian intransigence and investigating the Obama administration’s secret negotiations with Tehran. Pompeo, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, earned a reputation among his Republican colleagues for his aggressive investigations into Obama administration secrecy surrounding last year’s nuclear agreement with Iran, multiple sources confirmed.Multiple investigations by the lawmaker unearthed documents showing...
  • Bolton: Iranian People ‘Would Long for a New Regime’

    11/18/2016 1:17:08 PM PST · by conservative98 · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Nov 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton told Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Thursday that he still believes the only real solution for Iran is “regime change.” “The only longterm solution is regime change in Tehran,” said Bolton. “The ayatollahs are the principal threat to international peace and security and the Middle East.” Bolton continued, “Their ouster won’t bring sweetness and light to the region, that’s for sure, but it will eliminate the principal threat.” “I think the people of Iran would long for a new regime. I think we saw that in the summer of 2009 with...
  • [Video] United Kingdom: Shia militia march in military uniform in a suburb of London

    11/18/2016 11:22:05 AM PST · by zlando · 30 replies
    Europe-Israel News ^ | Europe Israel News
    The militia of the fundamentalist Shiite preacher Yasser Habib, whose men train in a suburbs of London, parade in military uniform with flag raising. In the video Al Jazeera below, it is possible to see this parade from 1mn34 to 3mn48. Read More Twitter: @zlando
  • Saudis implore Israelis for help

    11/18/2016 8:34:54 AM PST · by zlando · 45 replies
    Europe-Israel News ^ | November 18, 2016 | Europe Israel News
    The Saudi royals are petitioning the Israelis to save them. As the president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee, Salman al-Ansari, says in this Hill blog post, the Saudis are imploring Israel to resuscitate their collapsing economy and defend them against their Iranian Muslim brethren. This should not have come as a surprise, given the Saudi ruling family’s obsession with its security and mistrust of Arab and Muslim regimes, especially the Persians, with whom they share strategic borders and reciprocal religious hatred. Having risen to and maintained their power by ruthless force, the Saudi rulers have mastered...
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama Never Met With His Defense Intelligence Chief

    07/12/2016 9:51:05 PM PDT · by blueyon · 47 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 7/12/16 | Jack Flash
    Bombshell yes, surprising no. Excerpted from The Daily Caller: President Barack Obama twice appointed former Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to key national security jobs in his administration, including as deputy director of national intelligence and later as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, yet he never once met with Flynn face to face. The general, who spent 33 years in the intelligence field, told The Daily Caller News Foundation he was never called in for a face-to-face meeting with Obama to offer his assessment of ISIS as it rampaged through the Middle East, or during the political meltdown of...
  • Three Christians are sentenced to 80 lashes by Sharia court in Iran for taking communion wine

    11/17/2016 10:18:59 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | November 17, 2016 | HANNAH AL-OTHMAN
    Three Christians in Iran have been sentenced to 80 lashes by a Sharia court after they were found guilty of blasphemy for drinking holy communion wine. Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi, also known as Youhan, are due to be flogged in public after they were arrested at a house church gathering in Rasht in May.
  • UN atomic agency chief urges Iran to honor nuclear deal

    11/17/2016 8:13:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 17, 2016 6:17 AM EST
    … Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency referred to last week’s IAEA finding that Iran overstepped limits on the amount of heavy water it is allowed to possess for the second time since the agreement’s implementation in January. Heavy water is a concern because it is used to cool reactors that can produce substantial amounts of plutonium. That, in turn, can be applied to making the fissile core of nuclear warheads. …
  • Giuliani: Trump can disavow Iran deal on day one

    11/16/2016 10:15:14 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/16 | Elad Benari
    Audio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grxl0nZqKxQ
  • House votes 419-1 to extend Iran sanctions

    11/16/2016 5:33:48 PM PST · by ConfidentConservative · 43 replies
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/15/16 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to extend an Iran sanctions law for another 10 years...
  • Islamic Republic of Iran: Sharia court sentences Christians to 80 lashes for drinking communion wine

    11/16/2016 1:19:17 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 16 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 11/16/2016 | Robert Spencer
    “It is not illegal for Christians to drink alcohol in Iran but under Islamic law, Muslims are forbidden from drinking and it is illegal for Muslims to convert. The trio’s conversion from Islam to Christianity is not recognised by Iranian authorities who subscribe to Sharia law.” A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other...
  • Iran's House Church Movement Witnessing 'Astounding' Growth; Hundreds Being Baptized

    11/16/2016 10:32:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/16/2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The underground church movement in Iran is growing despite the Islamic regime's crackdown on Christians. Hundreds are being baptized in large ceremonies and people are praising Jesus for saving them from despair and suicide, according to Christian ministries working in the region. Elam Ministries reported earlier this week that more than 200 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in a large service just outside the Islamic Republic of Iran, with eight different Persian-speaking churches attending. The group said that 20 years ago, estimates put the number of believers in Iran at only 2,000–5,000 people, but new statistics are saying there could...
  • Tomcat’s First Kill Iran, not the United States, was first to fly the F-14 in air combat

    11/15/2016 7:40:15 PM PST · by onona · 5 replies
    Medium - War is Boring ^ | two days ago | TOM COOPER
    It’s generally accepted that it was two U.S. Navy F-14 crews who scored the first aerial victories in the powerful, twin-engine fighter — when on Aug. 19, 1981, a pair of Tomcats from squadron VF-41 shot down two Libyan Sukhoi Su-22s that had opened fire at them over the Gulf of Sidra. That’s the conception. As is often the case in the history of aerial warfare, the truth is significantly different. An Iranian F-14 crew actually scored the Tomcat’s first kill.
  • Iran has 25,000 Shiite fighters in Syria, says ex-Shin Bet chief

    11/15/2016 5:16:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 3, 2016
    Iran has 25,000 Shiite fighters in Syria, says ex-Shin Bet chief Likud MK Avi Dichter warns Tehran has not abandoned its nuclear aspirations and seeks to rebuild the Persian empire By Times of Israel staff November 3, 2016, 10:34 pm Iran commands a force of up to 25,000 Shiite Muslim militants fighting in the Syrian civil war, a majority of them from Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter, who now chairs the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign...
  • Iran once again exceeds a nuclear deal limit - IAEA report

    11/12/2016 3:18:23 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9 November 2016 | Francois Murphy
    VIENNA, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Iran has exceeded a soft limit on sensitive material set under its nuclear deal with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Wednesday, hours after Donald Trump - who has strongly criticized the agreement - won the U.S. presidential election. It is the second time Tehran has surpassed the 130 metric tonne threshold for heavy water, a material used as a moderator in reactors like Iran's unfinished one at Arak, since the deal was put in place in January. It had 130.1 tonnes of the material on Tuesday, the watchdog said. The last time...
  • UN: Iran Violated the Nuclear Deal Again

    11/12/2016 3:46:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/11/16 | John Hayward
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations’s nuclear watchdog group, reported on Wednesday that Iran has violated the terms of the nuclear deal again, exceeding a limit of 130 metric tons for heavy water. Iran exceeded the same limit last February. “On 2 November 2016, the director general expressed concerns related to Iran’s stock of heavy water to the vice president of Iran and president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran,” said the confidential IAEA report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters. Iran reportedly told the agency it would begin preparations to ship 5 tons...
  • When the Trump Team Comes Looking for the Secrets of Obama's Iran File

    11/11/2016 1:17:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 11, 2016 | Claudia Rosett
    Thursday's cordial meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama was a reassuring ritual of democracy. But Obama was far from convincing when he told Trump "we are now going to do everything we can to help you succeed." There are some highly disparate ideas here about what constitutes success, both foreign and domestic. There are also big areas in which one might reasonably wonder if Obama and his team are in a quandary over the prospect of a Trump administration inheriting the internal records of the most transparent administration ever. Take, for instance, the Iran nuclear deal, Obama's...
  • Trump Adviser: US to Create Coalition With GCC

    11/11/2016 12:05:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 11 November 2016
    Walid Phares, one of US President-Elect Donald Trump's foreign policy advisers, has confirmed that the upcoming administration plans on creating a coalition with the GCC, Jordan and Egypt in counter-terrorism efforts. Phares also confirmed during an interview with the BBC that Trump will plan on recalling the Iran nuclear deal and re-discussing it in congress before resubmitting it to EU partners, clarifying that the next US administration will demand key changes to agreement. During the campaign, Trump said the Iran deal was one of the worst agreements ever negotiated. In a USA Today op-ed in September of 2015 Trump said,...
  • Netanyahu: Iran supports 360 degree terror

    11/11/2016 7:40:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 11/11/16 00:01 | Nitsan Keidar
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday warned about Iran’s drive to carry out terror attacks. His comments were made during a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. “We would like to take advantage of the great opportunities of the new world, but there are those who would like to take us backward to the old world of the dark and murderous Middle Ages, and we are partners in the war on radical Islamic terror,” said Netanyahu. […] “We are determined to do two things: First, prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons and...
  • Iranian General: Trump's Threat To Sink Iran's Ships 'Just A Joke'

    11/11/2016 5:26:16 AM PST · by Strategy · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 10, 2016 | By Theodore Bunker
    President-elect Donald Trump's threat to sink Iranian ships was "just a joke" according to one of the country's generals. "The person who has recently achieved power, has talked off the top of his head! Threatening Iran in the Persian Gulf is just a joke," General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri said, according to The Times of Israel. He added that presidential candidates in the United States "eat too much sugar" during campaigns, referring to a Farsi proverb about talking nonsense. Trump said in September that Iranian ships attempting to provoke America "will be shot out of the water" if he were president.
  • Iran’s Rouhani Says Trump Cannot Reverse Nuclear Deal

    11/09/2016 9:38:24 AM PST · by detective · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Nov 2016
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said there was “no possibility” of its nuclear deal with world powers being overturned by US president-elect Donald Trump despite his threat to rip it up. “Iran’s understanding in the nuclear deal was that the accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the UN Security Council and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government,” Rouhani told his cabinet, according to state television. Last year’s accord with world powers saw international sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for guarantees that it would...
  • Trump Presidency May Jeopardize Iran’s New Oil Contracts

    11/09/2016 8:34:27 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-11-2016 | Jeopardized
    Just when western oil majors started resuming investments in Iran’s oil and gas after the lifting of the sanctions, the election victory of Donald Trump – who has spoken against the nuclear deal that led to lifting of said sanctions – may make international oil companies rethink their enthusiasm in bidding in Iran’s new oil and gas contract tenders. Last month, Iran invited international E&P companies to start pre-qualifying for bidding under the new petroleum contract models approved in September. But in March of this year, Trump said in a speech addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee: “My number-one...
  • Up to 150 men and women detained at party in Iran

    11/07/2016 2:45:09 AM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 10 replies
    Guardian ^ | 7-26-16 | Saeed Kamali Dehgan
    Up to 150 people have been detained in Iran after the morality police raided what has been described as a mixed-gender party near Tehran. In the sweltering heat and as people spend more time outside, the authorities tighten their grip on social norms, cracking down on activities deemed un-Islamic. Such restrictions have become a regular feature of Iranian life since the 1979 Islamic revolution, as members of the morality police appear on the streets, or are deployed in vans at public places, to tackle women defying the compulsory hijab, men with non-approved hairstyles, or males and females partying together. Mohsen...
  • Iran threatens to shelve nuclear deal at “museum” if U.S. is non-compliant: Government official

    11/04/2016 10:27:58 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | Nov 3, 2016 | Lisa Dafteri
    A lieutenant commander within Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps is celebrating the 37th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran by threatening that if the United States does not keep its end of the nuclear deal, Iran will render the deal void, or “send the deal to (the) Museum,” according to Iranian media sources. "The Iranian nation is bound to its nuclear commitments, but this commitment is not a one-way street," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said at a commemoration of the Embassy takeover and subsequent hostage crisis in Tehran.
  • 'Deft Diplomacy' Results in the Politicization of the Treasury Department

    11/03/2016 4:09:43 AM PDT · by detective · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 3, 2016 | John A. Cassara
    This past April, Treasury's acting under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence spoke at a Washington, D.C. forum and delivered remarks that demonstrated what I long suspected: the politicization of the Department of Treasury's enforcement arm.  Recent developments have confirmed my fears.  As a former Treasury special agent, I am appalled at what has been happening. Reading a prepared statement, the under-secretary discussed the Iran sanctions program and described how it helped pave the way to the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" (JCPOA) or the long-running negotiations with Iran that will postpone Iranian nuclear weapon development.  Sitting in the audience that...