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  • Iran's Launch of Shia Army Threatens to Escalate Sectarian Tensions

    08/29/2016 5:30:49 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    "Using a sectarian Shi'ite identifier with the title of the new army will inflame sectarian tensions in the region," Talha Abdulrazaq, a researcher at the University of Exeter's Strategy and Security Institute, told VOA. "Iran is asserting itself as a regional or even an imperialistic power." The new force, announced Thursday by a veteran military commander who leads Iranian forces in Syria, is designed to fight in Arab countries and would recruit heavily from non-Iranian Shi'ite Muslims across the region.
  • Top Iranian admiral: US lacks the power to confront Iran militarily

    08/29/2016 8:33:15 AM PDT · by Lera · 21 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/28/2016
    The United States does not have the capability to engage Iran in a war on land, air or sea, a top Iranian Navy commander charged Saturday night boasting of his nation's military prowess. "The US doesn't enjoy the power to confront Iran militarily," Iranian media quoted Revolutionary Guards Navy Admiral Ali Fadavi as stating. The remarks downplaying US power came days after an uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran due to multiple instances of Iranian vessels encountering US warships in the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz. Actions by Iranian vessels in several encounters with US warships in the Gulf...
  • Iran deploys long-range missiles to Fordo nuclear site

    08/29/2016 6:09:50 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Tehran has deployed a recently delivered Russian-made long-range missile system to central Iran to protect its Fordo nuclear facility, state television said Sunday. Protecting nuclear facilities is paramount "in all circumstances" General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran's air defences, told the IRIB channel. "Today, Iran's sky is one of the most secure in the region," he added. A video showed an S-300 carrier truck in Fordo, raising its missile launchers toward the sky, next to other counter-strike weaponry. The images were aired hours after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave a speech to air force commanders, including Esmaili, in...
  • Iran Deploys Long-Range Missiles at Nuclear Facility

    08/29/2016 6:43:36 AM PDT · by Lera · 37 replies
    Iran has deployed Russian-made S-300 long-range missiles in its Fordow nuclear facility, Tehran Times and other Iranian state-run media reported Sunday. State TV showed the missiles and other counter-strike weapons being transported to Fordow. The Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) is a uranium enrichment facility located 20 miles northeast of the city of Qom. The site is the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility, the other one is in Natanz. In January 2012 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that Iran had started producing uranium enriched up to 20%. Earlier on Sunday, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a...
  • 2016 08 28 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Buh-Bye Middle Ground" (video)

    08/28/2016 11:37:41 AM PDT · by Lera · 19 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 8/28/16 | John Haller
    Persecution on a wide scale basis is knocking at the doorstep of every true believer, and the frequency and intensity of the knocking has exponentially increased. Just 8 years ago, no one was confused about which bathroom to use...and now, you can be expelled from West Virginia University for not properly using the correct invented pronoun to address anyone who is in a state of "transition" (read: Confusion). There has been a swing in the societal pendulum from common sense to delusion, and the argument can be made that the momentum has significantly increased over the course of the past...
  • The structured transfers of $1.3 billion from a Treasury slush fund remain shrouded in mystery.

    08/27/2016 3:40:20 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 27 Aug, 2016 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    Confidentiality”? Yes, that’s the State Department’s story on why the Obama administration is stonewalling the American people regarding the president’s illegal and increasingly suspicious Iransom payoff. The administration refuses to divulge any further information about the $1.7 billion the president acknowledges paying the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Grilled on Wednesday about how Obama managed to pay the final $1.3 billion installment — particularly given the president’s claim that it is not possible to send Tehran a check or wire-transfer — State Department spokesman Mark Toner decreed that the administration would continue “withholding this information” in order “to protect...
  • Confrontations reveal Obama’s nuclear deal having little effect on Iran’s behavior

    08/26/2016 10:58:41 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 25, 2016 | Guy Taylor
    A pair of dangerously close encounters between the Iranian and U.S. navies in the Persian Gulf this week have raised fresh questions about Tehran’s intentions, a year after Obama administration officials hoped the much-touted nuclear deal would moderate the behavior of the Islamic republic and its military. Iran’s military is going to “warn” and “confront” any foreign ships entering its territorial waters, the nation’s top defense official said Thursday, after four Iranian fast-attack craft buzzed the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, and the USS Squall, a coastal patrol ship, fired three warning shots a...
  • Forewarned is Forearmed!

    08/26/2016 10:40:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2016 | Raymond Tanter
    The News: A Letter to President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of August 19, 2016 was signed by a bipartisan group of 36 former national security officials, e.g., Democratic Party luminaries like Ed Rendell, Gov. & DNC Chair, Howard Dean Gov. & DNC Chair; and prominent Republicans, e.g., Mayor Rudy Giuliani, DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, & UN Amb John Bolton. The letter stated, “We fear that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), and its Quds Force will attack the remaining residents [of Camp Liberty Iraq].” On Aug. 2, the MOIS website stated its opposition to the...
  • First on CNN: US fires warning shots at Iranian vessel after close encounter

    08/25/2016 4:09:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/25/2016 | Barbara Starr, Nicole Gaouette, Jim Sciutto and Jennifer Rizzo,
    A US Navy patrol craft fired three warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat Wednesday after US officials said it had harassed that patrol craft, CNN has learned. Another US patrol craft and a Kuwaiti Navy ship were also harassed in the incident, which took place in the northern end of the Persian Gulf. At one point, the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of one of the US Navy boats. When it failed to leave the area after the Navy had fired flares and had a radio conversation with the Iranian crew, the US officials said, the...
  • US Destroyer Fired Warning Shots At "Harassing" Iranian Fast-Attack Ship

    08/25/2016 12:22:33 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 36 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | August 25, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday, we reported that four Iranian ships carried out a "high speed intercept" of a US destroyer, the USS Nitze, in the Strait of Hormuz, an incident that the official dubbed "unsafe and unprofessional", cited by Reuters. The four vessels belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. Defense official said on Wednesday. Moments ago, CNN reported that in a separate incident, A US Navy ship fired three warning shots after a "harassing" Iranian fast-attack craft approached and...
  • MIDWEEK PROPHECY UPDATE AUG 24, 2016 - GERMANY TELLS PEOPLE TO STOCKPILE FOOD (video)

    08/25/2016 11:39:40 AM PDT · by Lera · 31 replies
    Calvary Melbourne Australia ^ | 8/24/16 | Pastor Andrew Russell
    Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks .... Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strikes, shells .... Egyptian president says Russian President Vladimir Putin ready to host direct talks between PM Netanyahu and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas .... Israel shells Syria after stray mortar crosses into its territory .... Turkey wedding suicide bomber 'was child aged 12-14' .... Turkey's Erdogan to visit Tehran Iran .... Iran expanding terror network in Latin America .... Chilling 'satanic human sacrifice' video spooks scientists working at world's biggest particle accelerator CERN .... Visa-powered payment ring...
  • US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian ship in 2nd Mideast close call this week

    08/25/2016 11:14:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/25/16 | Fox News
    DEVELOPING: A U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship fired warning shots at an Iranian ship that sailed within 200 yards in the Northern Persian Gulf Wednesday in the second close call this week involving U.S. and Iranian vessels, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday. The USS Squall fired the shots, according to the official. In the earlier incident, four Iranian small boats "harassed" the USS Nitze Tuesday, sailing near the guided missile destroyer in the Persian Gulf, a U.S. Navy official told Fox News. The U.S. Navy described the incident as "unsafe and unprofessional" and said it occurred...
  • U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots toward Iranian vessel: CNN

    08/25/2016 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots toward Iranian vessel: CNN Reuters August 25, 2016 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached and circled two U.S. Navy ships and a Kuwaiti vessel in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, CNN reported on Thursday. It said the U.S. ship fired the shots into the water after the Iranian ship did not leave after a brief radio conversation, CNN said, citing U.S. officials.
  • President Obama Said Pallet of Cash to Iran Because “Wire Transfers Not Available”

    08/25/2016 9:02:39 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 25, 2016 | Sundance
    Truncated title. Full title: President Obama Said Pallet of Cash to Iran Because “Wire Transfers Not Available” – Records Indicate Wire Transfers Two Days Later When the discussion of possible ransom payments to Iran surfaced, everyone was wondering why the U.S. State Department sent pallets of assorted cash currency, totaling $400 million to Iran on January 17th 2016. The same day the hostages were released. On August 4th President Obama held a press conference to discuss the controversy and denied it was a “ransom payment” (see video). Specifically, to answer the question of “why cash“, President Obama said:
  • Obama provides Iran with $1.3 billion, but where did the money go?

    08/24/2016 11:50:17 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 20 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | August 25, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    Why the Obama administration is refusing to say where the funds ended up.It appears that when it comes to its dealings with the Islamic Republic, the Obama administration’s miscues are boundless. The latest fiasco involves the recent transfer of $1.3 billion in taxpayer money to Iran’s mullahs. Both the White House and the State Department are shamefully unable or unwilling to provide the public with any pertinent information concerning the transfer. At a State Department briefing, spokesman Mark Toner remained opaque and evasive about the transaction and said that he did not know who in Iran received the money. Nor...
  • Obama Structured Payments to Iran to Avoid 2008 Law (Vanity)

    08/24/2016 9:22:36 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    VANITY
    Obama made another $1.3 billion in payments to Iran. But they were done in a strange way. $99,999,999 payments. This seemed odd. But there was a law they were circumventing. Classic criminal structuring. Proof: Judgment fund is capped at $100,000,000. It was structuring pure and simple. http://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1580&context=jcl Transaction can be found here: http://img4.imagetitan.com/img.php?image=14_xrmpzz.png Source: https://jfund.fms.treas.gov/jfradSearchWeb/JFPymtSearchAction.do "The Judgment Fund is the mechanism Congress established to pay most settlements and judgments against the federal government. The Fund, originally created in 1956 and limited then to paying judgments of $100,000 or less".... "Congress expected that ninety-eight percent of judgments would fall within that...
  • Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of US ship - defense official

    08/24/2016 4:30:54 PM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | August 24, 2016 | Idrees Ali
    Four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional." "The Iranian high rate of closure...created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation including additional defensive measures by Nitze," the official said.
  • BREAKING: Iranian Regime Intercepts US Destroyer in Strait of Hormuz (VIDEO)

    08/24/2016 1:53:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 135 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/24/16 | Jim Hoft
    US defense officials confirmed Wednesday the Iranian regime attempted to intercept a US Destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz. Four Iranian ships harassed and carried out a “high speed intercept” in the strait of Hormuz. Four Iran Ships "Harassed" US Destroyer, Carried Out "High Speed Intercept" In Strait Of Hormuz https://t.co/V6oXq33T1a — THE SPARK of LIBERTY (@United_Ignited) August 24, 2016
  • Iran vessels in 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: defense official

    08/24/2016 1:48:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Idrees Ali
    Four vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "harassed" a U.S. destroyer on Tuesday by carrying out a "high speed intercept" in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz ... came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an action that was "unsafe and unprofessional."
  • Iran Teases a New Tank, But Where Did It Come From?

    08/24/2016 11:11:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 23, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    In March, Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan — Iran’s defense minister — claimed that a new, unseen Iranian tank called the Karrar “is one of the most advanced tanks in the world.” He further suggested that the “tank [is] 100 percent Iranian made and it can even be superior than [the] T-90 in some degrees.” Then in August, a tank with a close resemblance to the Russian-made T-90MS appeared on Iranian television. It flew a green, white and red Iranian flag from the turret … while spinning donuts.
  • Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America

    08/24/2016 9:30:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/23/16 | Adam Kredo
    Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been on a diplomatic tour through key Latin American countries known for hostility towards the United States, including Cuba, Venezuela, and a host of other countries believed to be providing shelter to Iranian terrorist proxies such as Hezbollah. As Iranian-ally Russia boosts its spy operation in the region, sources have raised concerns about the rogue nations...
  • Obama administration blocking congressional inquiries into how $1.3 billion was sent to Iran

    08/24/2016 7:24:14 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 24, 2016 | Rick Moran
    The Obama administration is stonewalling Congress by refusing to cooperate with congressional inquiries into how $1.3 billion was sent to Iran as part of the deal to release our hostages. We already know that $400 million in cash was delivered as part of a $1.7-billion settlement of an outstanding debt owed to Iran. But how the rest of that money was delivered and whom it was delivered to remains a mystery. The question is important, if only to show that the Obama administration lied about why it was necessary to make a cash payment to the Islamic Republic. They insist...
  • Obama Admin Won’t Tell Congress How It Paid Iran $1.3 Billion in Taxpayer Funds

    08/23/2016 4:34:54 PM PDT · by BAW · 64 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8-23-2016 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is withholding from Congress details about how $1.3 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds was delivered to Iran, according to conversations with lawmakers, who told the Washington Free Beacon that the administration is now stonewalling an official inquiry into the matter. The Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice have all rebuffed a congressional probe into the circumstances surrounding the $1.3 billion payment to Iran, which is part of an additional $400 million cash payout that occurred just prior to the release of several U.S. hostages and led to accusations that the administration had paid Iran a ransom. The...
  • Iran Says New Missiles Will Be Designed Specifically To Kill US Ships

    08/23/2016 8:07:20 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/22/2016 | Russ Read
    The Islamic Republic of Iran plans to build new high-speed cruise missiles that could pose a significant threat to U.S. ships operating in the Persian Gulf. Iranian defense minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan announced Sunday that his country made significant advances in surface-to-surface missile technology, and is now close to creating its own supersonic cruise missiles. His statements came during a ceremony unveiling Iran’s first home-grown turbojet engine. “We have greatly increased the range of our marine cruise missiles and currently possess missiles with a range of 200 kilometers which are anti-ship and anti-surface,” said Dehqan. “We have succeeded in...
  • State Department can't say who in Iran got another $1.3 billion

    08/22/2016 11:12:58 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/22/16 | PETE KASPEROWICZ
    The State Department confirmed Monday that the Obama administration has paid Iran another $1.3 billion to settle a failed arms deal from 1979, but couldn't describe who in the Iran government it paid, and couldn't say what form that payment took — cash, check or otherwise. The State Department also admitted it can't guarantee that the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps wouldn't be able to get its hands on the money eventually. "We can always hand it over to someone who can hand it over to the IRGC," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. Many in the U.S. see the...
  • April 2006 Message from Dan (a long war between Islam and the West)

    08/22/2016 7:36:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    DanSimmons.com ^ | April 2006 | Dan Simmons
    Greetings Readers, Friends, and Other Visitors: The Time Traveler appeared suddenly in my study on New Year’s Eve, 2004. He was a stolid, grizzled man in a gray tunic and looked to be in his late-sixties or older. He also appeared to be the veteran of wars or of some terrible accident since he had livid scars on his face and neck and hands, some even visible in his scalp beneath a fuzz of gray hair cropped short in a military cut. One eye was covered by a black eyepatch. Before I could finish dialing 911 he announced in a...
  • State Dept. Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens

    08/22/2016 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/22/2016 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department issued a warning on Monday urging U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Iran, which has made the detention of American a priority. The latest travel advisory, which emphasizes Iran’s desire to capture U.S. citizens, comes on the heels of a growing scandal over the Obama administration’s decision to pay Iran $400 million in cash on the same day that it freed several U.S. hostages. The payment has been cast by lawmakers and others as a ransom payment and prompted increasing concern among U.S. officials that Iran is making arresting Americans a priority. The travel warning is mean...
  • Kerry gives no proof of ransom payment source

    08/22/2016 8:38:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/22/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    Should be plenty of evidence for Congress to convict John Kerry for his treasonous activities As Democratic Party members march lockstep to try to elect corrupt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the White House, it becomes clearer that her successor, John Forbes Kerry, is not only corrupt but guilty of treason for his so-called diplomatic efforts that serve as a conduit for the U.S. funding of Iran’s terrorism-sponsoring regime. Treason, according to Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution is an impeachable offense: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be...
  • Yemen Offers Russia Use Of Its Airports And Ports In "Fight Against Terrorism"

    08/21/2016 12:37:52 PM PDT · by amorphous · 12 replies
    ZeroHedge.Com ^ | 21 August 2016 | Tyler Durden
    While Obama was golfing in the midst of another Louisiana natural disaster, and is set to end his vacation so he can do what is truly important, support Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, Putin has been busy making new friends: first he did the seemingly impossible, having rekindled relations with Turkey to the point where Ankara itself is warning it may quit NATO to seek "military cooperation" with Russia, followed quickly by strengthening relations with Iran to the point where Russia is now using an Iranian airbase to strike ISIS, much to the angry dismay of the US and...
  • State Dept.: 'No Evidence' That 'Deliberately Edited' Videotape Was Meant to Conceal Information

    08/20/2016 4:34:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 19, 2016 | 7:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    The U.S. State Department on Thursday said there is “no evidence” that a “deliberately edited” videotape of its Dec. 2, 2013 State Department briefing was intended to “conceal information from the public,” even though someone requested the edit. Spokesman John Kirby said a months-long internal investigation was unable to identify the person who asked for the edit: “And while the technician recalls receiving a phone call requesting the edit, there is no evidence to indicate who might’ve placed that call or why.” Kirby also said even if the video was edited with the intent to conceal, “There was no policy...
  • Turkey: Assad can be part of transition in Syria

    08/20/2016 11:42:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2016 1:52 PM EDT | Ayse Wieting
    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday his country is willing to accept a role for Syrian President Bashar Assad during a transitional period but insisted he has no place in Syria’s future. The comments came after Assad’s forces began attacking Kurdish positions this week, leading some Kurdish officials to speculate that a Syrian-Turkish rapprochement was underway at the expense of Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria. “There will be concessions on the Kurdish question,” said Nasser Haj Mansour, an adviser to the predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, which expelled the Islamic State group from their northern Syrian stronghold of Manbij...
  • The State Department Carnival Shell Game

    08/19/2016 10:25:25 PM PDT · by pboyington · 3 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 19, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Around and around they go at the State Department…where the truth is, nobody knows… This week the Obama Administration and the State Department had to admit that our payment of $400 million dollars in unmarked Swiss Francs strangely coincided with the release of four Americans held hostage by the Iranians. To put out a media firestorm with more smoke and embers than a Southern California wildfire, the State Department rolled out their affable, squirrely spokesman, recently retired Rear Admiral John Kirby. Kirby is the Mister Rogers of the Beltway, who is sorely lacking in one trait that Mister Rogers emanated;...
  • Migrants Refuse Jobs, Claiming They Are ‘Guests of Merkel’

    08/19/2016 9:09:12 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 19, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    Integration into the job market for migrants has become a major ongoing task for the German government but in one town migrants are refusing to work entirely. One of the major issues of the migrant crisis is Germany and elsewhere has been the economic impact the massive wave of migrants will have in Europe. While some experts initially were optimistic about a potential vast new source of skilled labour, most economists have come to the conclusion that the migrants who have arrived are for the most part unskilled and poorly educated. Yet in own Saxon town, they have moved...
  • State Department: Okay Fine, We Basically Paid a Ransom for Those Iranian Hostages

    08/19/2016 4:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2016 | Guy Benson
    Remember the Obama administration's preposterous spin on Iran's release of four American hostages on the exact same day that an unmarked cargo plane loaded with US-arranged cash landed in Tehran? That money wasn't a ransom, they insisted, and how dare you suggest otherwise? There was no quid pro quo, we were imperiously informed, and any allegation to the contrary was right-wing conspiratorial garbage, fomented by domestic "crazies" who make "common cause" with Iran's anti-American zealots.  "No linkage." The biggest problem with this insulting tale -- setting aside all of the hilariously obvious circumstantial evidence -- was that the Iranians were openly boasting about the...
  • State Dept.: $400M to Iran was contingent on US prisoners’ release

    08/18/2016 2:51:26 PM PDT · by unixfox · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08-18-2016 | Daniel Halper
    Looks like the Obama administration LIED AGAIN!
  • Why Hezbollah Won't Open All-Out Front Against Israel

    08/18/2016 7:48:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 8/18 | Ben Caspit
    Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah broadcast a prerecorded speech from Bint Jebail, Lebanon, on Aug. 14 to mark the 10th anniversary of the war between Hezbollah and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in summer 2006. It was a typical Nasrallah speech that included all his familiar themes: Israelis had lost trust in the institutions that defend them, and the 2006 fighting had cast doubt on Israel’s ability to continue to exist at all. He said that Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, are weak and tired and cannot defend themselves for much longer. He also mentioned his 2006 “spider web...
  • State Department: $400M cash to Iran was contingent on US prisoners’ release

    08/18/2016 2:05:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 8/18/16 | Daniel Halper
    The State Department admitted Thursday that the US would not hand over $400 million in cash to Iran until it released four American hostages — two weeks after President Obama insisted the payment was not a “ransom.” State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked at Thursday’s press briefing: “In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?” “That’s correct,” Kirby replied. In an Aug. 4 press conference, President Obama said the opposite.
  • US SAYS $400M PAYMENT WAS CONTINGENT ON RELEASE OF PRISONERS

    08/18/2016 1:18:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 8-18-2016 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners. Spokesman John Kirby says negotiations over the United States' returning Iranian money from a decades-old account was conducted separately from the prisoner talks. But he says the U.S. withheld delivery of the cash as leverage until the U.S. citizens had left Iran. Both events occurred Jan. 17. Kirby spoke after The Wall Street Journal reported that the departures of the crisscrossing planes were linked.
  • Obama Lied: New Details Confirm $400 Million Given To Iran Was Indeed "Hostage Ransom"

    08/18/2016 12:08:52 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Aug 17, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    For the self-described "most transparent administration ever" it appears keeping the lies straight is becoming harder and harder. Having slammed the press, Donald Trump, and anyone who dare mention the "lack of logic" in paying a $400 million ransom for 4 Iran hostages, WSJ reports that Treasury officials have confirmed that Obama lied and in fact, the tightly scripted exchange of cash was specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran. Trump was right again. As a reminder, The Hill reported that, President Obama chastised the press for their coverage of the payment, noting that the...
  • White House Partner Asked Soros for $750K to Fund Pro-Iran Deal ‘Echo Chamber’

    08/18/2016 10:46:47 AM PDT · by amorphous · 10 replies
    FreeBeacon.Com ^ | 18 August 2016 | Adam Kredo
    An organization that played a key role in the White House’s effort to mislead the public and Congress about last summer’s nuclear agreement with Iran requested $750,000 for this campaign from a foundation backed by liberal billionaire George Soros, according to funding documents leaked to the public. The Ploughshares Fund, a liberal organization cited by top White House officials as a chief architect of the Obama administration’s campaign to push the Iran deal, requested the cash from Soros’s Open Society Foundations so that it could pay off “experts and validators” of the administration’s diplomacy with Iran, according to a funding...
  • Iran to charge detained U.S. man with threatening country’s national security

    08/17/2016 7:29:20 PM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies
    Foreign Desk ^ | 8/17/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Iran is preparing to indict a detained U.S. man, accusing him of acting against the country’s national security interests, a source familiar with the case has told The Foreign Desk. Gholamreza Shahini, 46, known to his friends as Robin, has come under the government's radar for allegedly participating in the Green Revolution of 2009 against the government and collaborating on a TV interview with the US’ State Department-backed Voice of America, according to the indictment set to be unveiled at a Revolutionary Court. Shahini will also face a blasphemy charge for ‘insulting the revered’ on a Facebook page. Shahini kept...
  • U.S. Held Cash Until Iran Freed Prisoners [An Iranian cargo plane left Geneva with $400 million..]

    08/17/2016 3:04:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    U.S. Held Cash Until Iran Freed Prisoners An Iranian cargo plane left Geneva with $400 million in cash after a flight with Americans aboard took off from Tehran in January By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee Aug. 17, 2016 5:27 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—New details of the $400 million U.S. payment to Iran earlier this year depict a tightly scripted exchange specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran, based on accounts from U.S. officials and others briefed on the operation. U.S. officials wouldn't let Iranians take control of the money until a Swiss Air Force...
  • More Mass Executions in the Name of Islam

    08/17/2016 10:40:54 AM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    Frontpage ^ | August 17, 2016 | Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
    The Iranian government is relying more and more on mass executions in order to control its citizens. Iranian officials used to keep their executions secret. However, over the last year since the nuclear agreement was reached, Iranian authorities have been showing no fear or concern when it comes to publicly announcing that they have mass-executed a group of people. Iran is ranked the first in the world, followed by China, when it comes to hanging people. The mullahs have started the month August by mass executing at least 25 people who are from a religious minority. Not only did Iran...
  • Military first for Iran as Russian bombers based on its territory launch air strikes on Syria

    08/16/2016 7:24:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/16/16 | Roland Oliphant
    Russian bombers flying from an Iranian airbase have struck targets in Syria, in the first time the Islamic republic has allowed a foreign power to conduct military operations from its territory since the 1979 revolution. Tu-22 long range bombers and SU-34 strike fighters flying from Hamadan airbase in Western Iran struck targets near Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and Idlib on Tuesday morning, the Russian ministry of defence said in a statement. “Flying with full bomb loads from Iran’s Hamadan airbase, the aircraft carried out group attacks on Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra positions,” the ministry said. Jabhat al-Nusra is the former...
  • Wasserman Schultz and her challenger tussle over who is more pro-Israel

    08/16/2016 5:21:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | August 15, 2016 6:33pm
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. and her primary challenger are exchanging sharp accusations about which candidate is more pro-Israel. Tim Canova, a lawyer, attempted in a debate on Sunday on CBS4-CBS Miami, to use Wasserman Schultz’s vote last year for the nucleat deal with Iran against her. “Her vote has been condemned by an awful lot of folks,” Canova said in remarks reported by Jewish Insider. “I think she wasn’t looking out for Israel’s security.” …
  • Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire Bombers Deploy To Western Iran: Report

    08/16/2016 4:12:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | AUGUST 15, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A group of Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers have supposedly arrived at Hamedan Air Base in western Iran. Photos (below) show them accompanied by at least one IL-76 tanker-transport. The Backfires have supposedly been deployed there for air strikes again ISIS. If these reports prove true, the deployment would be an unprecedented sign of Iranian-Russian military cooperation, and another indicator that Russia is far from finished with its use of fixed-wing air power in the region. Tu-22M3s have been suddenly active once again over Syria, flying long-range missions originating from within Russia’s borders and accompanied by forward-deployed Flanker derivatives once entering...
  • DOJ: Hey, Iran Is Going To View This $400 Million Cash Payment As A Ransom

    08/15/2016 10:46:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    The $400 million cash payment to the Iranians that coincided with the release of four detained Americans in January was met with objections by the Department of Justice. Why? Well, because it'll look like a ransom payment (via WSJ): John Carlin, a Senate-confirmed administration appointee, raised concerns when the State Department notified Justice officials of its plan to deliver to Iran a planeful of cash, saying it would be viewed as a ransom payment, these people said. A number of other high-ranking Justice officials voiced similar concerns as the negotiations proceeded, they said. The U.S. paid Iran $400 million in cash on...
  • Allegedly pro-Israel Wasserman Schultz, can’t guarantee Iran won’t use deal money to attack Israel

    08/15/2016 10:17:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/15/16 | Robert Laurie
    Shocker... Debbie Wasserman Schultz spends a lot of time desperately trying to remind Florida voters that she loves Israel. Some might call this pandering. I’d argue she’s just clinging to her rapidly deteriorating support like a cat trying to climb the curtains. h-so-staunch support of Israel has been a repeated focus of her campaign, one might wonder how she can be such a vocal proponent of the Iran nuclear deal. After all, it released over $1 Billion worth of frozen assets to the terrorist nation. We also recently sent them $400 Million of not-ransom in an unmarked cargo plane. John...
  • Wasserman Schultz Can’t Guarantee Iran Nuclear Deal Money Won’t Go to Terror Attacks

    08/15/2016 5:18:34 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2016 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS Miami’s “Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said she couldn’t guarantee the money the Obama administration gave to Iran as part of the nuclear deal wouldn’t go to financing terror attacks. DeFede asked, “Can you guarantee that none of that money will end up financing Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban in sticks against Israel?”
  • Castro still Israel’s enemy, prominent Cuban dissident warns on rare visit

    08/09/2016 5:39:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 8/9/16 | Raphael Ahren
    Oscar Biscet, a well-known human rights activist from Havana, spent over a decade in Cuban prisons for a host of alleged crimes: dishonoring national symbols, public disorder, inciting delinquent behavior, and, ultimately, crimes against state security. “They put me in a very tiny cell full of tuberculosis patients,” he recalled last week. In another case of the perverse treatment he received for publicly opposing the regime, the prison guards threw him into a small cell with mental patients who had not been given their medication. “They are more subtle than Hitler and Stalin, but they have the same mechanisms,” he...