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The Tehran regime appears determined to bring Armageddon upon itself – and the only explanation that makes any kind of sense is a replay of Putin’ Crimea / Donbass game – start a war to shift public attention away from the internal rot infesting the country. The report on the mass exodus of almost half a million Afghan migrant workers is self-explanatory.
The scale of the protests is being compared to January.
If the regime succeeds in starting a shooting war, Western / Israeli / Arab air power would eviscerate the very IRGC forces the regime needs to suppress its rebelling population.
Will Russia or China make major sacrifices to save the Tehran regime that has treated both “allies” with disrespect if not contempt? There is no evidence this will happen and would be contrary to the self-interest driven philosophy of both Muscovy and Beijing.
Iran began a major naval exercise near the Strait of Hormuz Thursday, in an apparent response to rhetoric from President Trump in recent days that he would ratchet up pressure against Tehran, U.S. defense officials said.
Iran began a large-scale exercise in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday involving more than 50 small boats, practicing “swarming” operations that could potentially shut down the vital water way if ever deployed for real, U.S. officials said.
The United States believes Iran has started carrying out naval exercises in the Gulf, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday.
Israel would deploy its military if Iran were to try to block the Bab al-Mandeb strait that links the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.
If Iran attempts to close off the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which serves as the only outlet from the Red Sea, there will be countermeasures taken by …
ISRAEL’S Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Iran will be met with a military response if it attempts to block the Straits of Bab al-Mandab in the Red Sea, after Houthi rebels allegedly fired missiles at a Saudi Arabian oil tanker.
Israel will help break any blockade that Iran tries to enforce in a vital shipping lane that passes between the Red Sea and the open ocean, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.
Washington fears Iranian-led attack on troops in Iraq ■ Israeli politicians say fight to stop Iran in Syria proved successful, but military remains skeptical
Iran has moved naval forces into the Strait of Hormuz, the source of 20% of the world’s oil, in a display of force aimed showing its ability to shut down the artery. The move follows Tehran’s adoption of a strategy of ‘smart economic resistance’ aimed at disarming US sanctions. Sputnik spoke to specialists about the details of Tehran’s approach.
The Iranian navy is increasing its presence at the Strait of Hormuz, sparking concerns that Tehran is showcasing its ability to block international access to the world’s most important oil transit point.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard has sent 100 boats to the Persian Gulf for naval exercises. US officials believe the military group could be about to shut off the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard is expected to put 100 gunboats in the Persian Gulf sometime in the next 48 hours to practice swarm tactics simulating actions which could potentially shut down the Strait of Hormuz, where roughly 10 percent of the world’s oil passes through each year, two U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Pentagon monitors Iranian naval activity in key choke point for international oil shipments.
Iran is about to launch a major military exercise in the Persian Gulf to show they can close the Strait of Hormuz, according to CNN, citing two US officials.
A war with Iran would define, consume and potentially destroy the Trump presidency, but exhilarate the neocon never-Trumpers who most despise the man. Why, then, is President Donald Trump toying with such an idea? Looking back at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, wars we began or plunged into, what was gained to justify the cost in American blood and treasure and the death and destruction we visited upon that region? How has our great rival China suffered by not getting involved? Oil is the vital strategic Western interest in the Persian Gulf. Yet a war with Iran would imperil, not secure, that interest. Mass migration from the Islamic world, seeded with terrorist cells, is the greatest threat to Europe from the Middle East. But would not a U.S. war with Iran increase rather than diminish that threat? Would the millions of Iranians who oppose the mullahs’ rule welcome U.S. air and naval attacks on their country? Or would they rally behind the regime and the armed forces dying to defend their country?
The “luxury” wedding of an ambassador’s son and other perceived excesses draw fire on social media, with most Iranians fearing tougher days ahead amid a currency crisis and with U.S. sanctions looming.
Thousands of Afghan migrants in Iran are returning home amid an economic crisis that has seen unemployment soar and the value of Iran’s national currency plummet.
Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday China was “pivotal” to salvaging a multilateral nuclear agreement for the Middle Eastern country after the United States pulled out of the pact earlier this year.
The U.S. has been unable to persuade China to cut Iranian oil imports, according to two officials familiar with the negotiations, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic after his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord.
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced that Beijing stands firmly against unilateral US anti-Iranian sanctions and is seeking to keep trade relations with Tehran in line with international agreements.
President Donald Trump has set out on a puzzling and ambitious policy towards Iran that looks increasingly focused on a summit that would deeply humiliate the Islamic Republic’s leadership.
Trump’s offer to talk with Iran was a shrewd, albeit high-risk move made in a complex and highly dynamic and dangerous standoff.
President Trump exposed Iran’s diplomatic hypocrisy when he suddenly offered to meet with Iranian leaders if they wished.
President Trump’s offer of “no preconditions” talks with Iran’s comes as a surprise break from months of escalating rhetoric in the wake of his walkout from the landmark Iran nuclear deal.
To the extent Iranian leaders might be sounding a little testy these days, no one should be surprised.
LONDON: Iran’s application of the death penalty to individuals arrested during the country’s economic crisis would be in “direct breach of international law,” the world’s leading human-rights organization has said. At least 29 people have been arrested for “economic disruption,” Iranian officials announced last weekend, with many facing charges that carry the death penalty.
President Obama said regime change in Iran couldn’t happen. But it’s happening.
IRANIAN lawmakers have demanded President Rouhani appears in parliament to answer their questions on the current state of the country’s economy, according to state media this week.
Citizen journalists’ reports confirm protests in which participants chanted slogans calling for end to Islamist rule
A new round of anti-government demonstrations has been taking place in major Iranian cities for the third day on August 2, with demonstrators chanting slogans against the dictatorship, clerical rul…
Protests resumed Wednesday night in Iranrsquo;s city of Karaj, in Alborz Province, over the high cost of living, inflation and the deteriorating
TEHRAN – A new spree of protests has erupted in Iran after the chaotic economic situation riled the residents of the Muslim-majority state who raised rare slogans decrying Supreme Leader Ayatollah Al
Hundreds of Iranians in Isfahan joined a protest on Tuesday to denounce the Islamic Republic’s handling of the nation’s economic problems.
Ahead of renewed American sanctions and amid high inflation, hundreds of Iranians angrily take to the streets in multiple cities to demand solution to economic woes; police break up demonstrators.
Eyewitnesses reported protestors throwing stones and fires burning at the sites of the demonstrations, and security forces using tear gas and water cannons against the demonstrators
Scattered protests over economic hardship appeared to have been held in several of Iran’s major cities, days before the return of U.S. financial sanctions.
Iranians protested for a third day in a row against the clerical regime that they blame for running the economy into the ground.
The regime in Tehran will likely press forward, doing little to address the very legitimate concerns of its people.