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EXCELLENT comment by our anonymous expert: 

“If the IRGC are seeking martyrdom, they might get exactly what they want.”

Iran’s leadership appears seriously out of touch with reality. They’re like little girls, poking and prodding. 

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POTUS responds to Tehran provocations and insults with a warning tweet, eliciting more threats, insults and provocations from a very smug Tehran leadership. UK SECSTATE Hunt is correct, they do need to be thinking very carefully about what they say and do next. This is not 1988 any more. If the IRGC are seeking martyrdom, they might get exactly what they want.

Javad Zarif on Twitter: “Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won’t “end Iran”. #NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect—it works!”

Iran promises ‘crushing response’ after Donald Trump’s tweet threat –

An Iranian military official responded to Trump’s threat Monday, saying Tehran would have a “crushing response” to any armed conflict involving the United States. “The enemies of Islamic Iran are incapable in operation fields and have resorted to media warfare because of their fear of Iran’s military power,” Iranian Gen. Ali Hajilou said at a military ceremony in Mianeh. “We have not invaded any country and will not do so but we will give a crushing response to [any] aggression by enemies.” Hajilou said Iran’s defenses are “very advanced.”

Trump’s ‘genocidal taunts’ will not end Iran – Zarif – BBC News

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US president should try showing Iranians some respect.

The Latest: Britain warns Iran not to underestimate US | Idaho Statesman

Britain’s foreign secretary is warning Iran not to “underestimate the resolve of the U.S.” amid heightened tensions across the Persian Gulf. Jeremy Hunt told journalists in Geneva on Monday that U.S. leaders “are not seeking a conflict, they don’t want a war with Iran, but if American interests are attacked, they will retaliate. And that is something that the Iranians need to think about very, very carefully.” Unlimited Digital Access: Only $0.99 For Your First Month Hunt added that Britain has had a lot of discussions with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Iran. He said he hopes Iran starts to “pull back from the destabilizing activities” it conducts in the region. The foreign secretary acknowledged the danger the tensions posed for the wider Mideast. Hunt says: “We want the situation to de-escalate because this is a part of the world where things can get triggered accidentally.”

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”

Trump issues harsh warning to Iran, tweeting it would meet its “official end” if it wants to fight U.S. – CBS News

After rocket lands near U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, president tweets Iran would meet &quot;its official end&quot; if Tehran wants to fight U.S.

Threats would mean ‘official end’ of Iran, Trump warns in tweet – The Washington Post

Message is shift in tone from last week, when he said he hoped the new nations were not heading toward war.

US president says war would be ‘end’ of Iran as tensions rise – BBC News

The US president issues a stern warning as tensions rise between Washington and Tehran.

Trump vows to ‘end’ Iran if it threatens US again

It’s unclear exactly what promoted Trump’s posting, but news outlets reported explosions in Iraq’s capital and that a rocket launcher was discovered in eastern Baghdad

Trump: if Tehran attacks, it will be ‘official end of Iran’

President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning to Iran on Sunday, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed. “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump said in a tweet.

Trump says war will mean ‘official end of Iran,’ warns ‘never threaten the United States again’ | Fox News

President Trump fired a social media shot at the Iranian regime Sunday afternoon, vowing that war between Washington and Tehran would result in “the official end of Iran” before warning, “[n]ever threaten the United States again!”

Trump says war would be ‘official end of Iran’

President Trump said Sunday that war would be “the official end of Iran.”

Trump: ‘I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons’ | TheHill

President Trump said in a Sunday night Fox News interview that he doesn’t want to go to war with Iran but emphasized he will never allow the nation to develop nuclear weapons.

Trump takes on Biden, vows not to let Iran get nuclear weapons during Fox News interview | Fox News

Presdient Trump vowed, in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News, not to let Iran get nuclear weapons but reiterated his reluctance to go to war.

Iran stands alone in US quarrel – it must maneuver to avoid war

Iran doesn’t want war, but won’t give in to humiliation of surrender

IRGC chief: US will collapse with one strike just like the World Trade Center – Al Arabiya English

The head of Iranrsquo;s Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that his country is in a full intelligence war with the United States and

Iranian official taunts Trump with 9/11 jab as tensions rise

A top Iranian official taunted the Trump administration with 9/11 imagery Saturday, making a cruel reference to the attacks on the 2001 World Trade Center.

Iran able to defeat enemies in intelligence war: IRGC chief – Tehran Times

TEHRAN – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Saturday that Iran is able to defeat enemies in intelligence war.

Hugh Hewitt on Twitter: ““Meanwhile, IRGC head Major General Hossein Salami said at a meeting Saturday that Iran and the US were in the ‘midst of a full-scale intelligence war.’””

Zarif plays down tensions as IRGC chief says Iran, US in midst of intel war | The Times of Israel

Iranian FM indicates Tehran not seeking conflict; Hossein Salami says US political system ‘like the World Trade Building that collapses with a sudden hit’

Iran sends direct THREAT to US – ‘full-scale CONFRONTATION with the enemy’ | World | News |

TENSIONS between Iran and the US has surged after Tehran warned it is ready full military conflict, amid continued interference in the middle-east from Washington.

Iran is not pursuing war, Revolutionary Guards leader says

The Revolutionary Guard general, known for his inflammatory rhetoric, mocked the U.S. political system and made a jab related to the 9/11 attacks.

Iran dismisses possibility of conflict, says does not want war – Reuters

Iran’s top diplomat dismissed the possibility of war erupting in the region at a time of escalating confrontation with the United States, saying Tehran did not want conflict and no country had the “illusion it can confront Iran”.

Iranians see Donald Trump as erratic, untrustworthy adversary – Washington Times

Most Iranians say they believe a war will not come to the region, though they remain willing to defend their country. They think Iran should try to talk to the U.S. to help its anemic economy, even as they see President Donald Trump as an erratic and untrustworthy adversary.

Iran threat sees British Special Forces ‘joining US strike force’ in the Gulf

The reported move comes as the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier fleet arrives for patrols in the Arabian Sea

Saudi Arabia say they don’t want war, but will defend themselves – Times of India

Middle East News: Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, spoke early Sunday, a week after four oil tankers were targeted in an alleged act of sabota

Saudi Arabia to convene Arab leaders over recent attacks – Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman invited Gulf and Arab leaders to convene emergency summits to discuss the implications of this week’s attacks against the kingdom and neighboring United Arab Emirates, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia, Iran Say They Don’t Want War, but Are Ready to Fight If Provoked – WSJ

Saudi Arabia and Iran toned down their threatening rhetoric in an attempt to avoid military conflict, after the Trump administration moved to de-escalate two weeks of crisis.

Britain ‘shares US belief of heightened threat of attacks by Iran’

The UK shares America&rsquo;s assessment of a &ldquo;heightened threat&rdquo; of attacks by Iran, Jeremy Hunt said Thursday, as he tried to bring an end to days of transatlantic division over the issue.

Alert 5 » USAF has just release a video of B-2 dropping the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator – Military Aviation News

B-2 dropping the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator

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B-2 dropping the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator

The World Agrees With Trump on One Thing When It Comes to Iran – Bloomberg

Blunt, ignorant and confused are some of the criticisms voiced by allies on U.S. policy toward Iran. But none sees the Trump administration preparing for war.

President Trump ‘doesn’t want to go to war with Iran,’ says Gen. David Petraeus – ABC News

Iran’s balancing act: Khamenei’s strategic thinking at a critical juncture – AEI

Trump’s national security team must calibrate just how much strength is needed for Iran to stand down, without giving the regime reason to believe its survival is at stake.

Trump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran | TheHill

Escalating tensions with Iran have laid bare President Trump’s split with the United States’ traditional European allies.

The Partisan Divide on How to Read the Intelligence on Iran – Defense One

Adam Schiff lays out his worries on the intelligence, but the Trump administration is pushing back.

Fmr CIA chief of station: ‘Encouraging’ that Iran is unloading missiles from its boats | Fox News

Iran’s decision to remove missiles from two of its boats indicated the rogue nation was de-escalating tensions surrounding its nuclear program, former CIA Chief of Station Daniel Hoffman said on Saturday.

Former CIA Director John Brennan to Brief House Democrats on Iran

The outspoken Trump critic is expected to address House Democrats at a private weekly caucus Tuesday.

Dems ask former CIA chief John Brennan for Iran briefing: report | TheHill

House Democrats will reportedly receive a briefing on Tuesday from former CIA Director John Brennan on Iran as tensions between the Middle Eastern country and the U.S. escalate.

U.S. sanctions on Iran hit Lebanon’s Hezbollah hard – The Washington Post

Spending cutbacks by the Iran-allied Lebanese militia illustrate the profound impact of the sanctions, which are curtailing Iran’s ability to support its most powerful regional proxy.

Foreign minister warns Saudi Arabia will defend itself ‘with all force and determination’ | TheHill

A top Saudi official has said that the kingdom does not want war, but warned that it would defend itself defend itself “with all force and determination” against Iran if necessary as tensions rise between the Middle Eastern powers.

Saudi Arabia Says No to War With Iran, Vows Strong Response – Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia does not want a war with Iran but will respond “with strength and determination” if Iran decides to start one, a top Saudi official said on Sunday.

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch “surgical” strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its military presence in the Persian Gulf.

Saudi Oil Infrastructure at Risk as Small Attacks Raise Potential for Big Disruption – The New York Times

Saudi Arabia spent heavily to protect its oil production lines but rapid changes in technology may mean ports and pipelines are increasingly exposed in the turbulent region.

WATCH: What’s Driving U.S. Sanctions On Iran : NPR

For 40 years, the U.S. and Iran have been locked in an almost nonstop confrontation.

For Iranians, economic crisis looms larger than US tensions – ABC News

Across Iran’s capital, the talk always seems to come back to how things may get worse. Battered by U.S. sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran’s 80 million people struggle to buy meat, medicine and other staples of daily life. Now they wonder aloud about America’s intentions as it rushes an aircraft carrier and other forces to the region over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Iran. The Associated Press spoke to a variety of people on Tehran’s streets recently, ranging from young and old, women wearing the all-encompassing black chador to those loosely covering their hair.

In Iran, a plunging economy trumps fears of US confrontation

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Across Iran’s capital, the talk always seems to come back to how things may get worse. Battered by U.S. sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran’s 80 million…

US has the military might, but Iran will lean on proxies and militias if they get dragged into conflict | Fox News

The possibility of a military confrontation between the United States and Iran is rising as U.S. officials claim an increased threat risk to troops in Iraq and Syria and shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf.

There’s no compelling reason for the U.S. to go to war with Iran — yet – Los Angeles Times

A military conflict with Iran would make a bad situation worse. What’s needed first is a mix of deterrence, transactional negotiations and renewed dialogue.

Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could ‘burn’ Iraq | Fox News

Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery.

Rocket fired at US embassy in Iraq the same model used by Iran

The rocket that exploded Sunday outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad is of a design trafficked by Iran and used by Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

Baghdad’s Green Zone targeted in rocket attack, no casualties reported, military says | Fox News

A large explosion was heard in central Baghdad on Sunday night after an apparent rocket attack on the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone but no casualties were reported, according to officials.

Rocket Fired into Baghdad’s Green Zone Less Than a Mile from U.S. Embassy

A rocket was fired into Iraq’s capital of Baghdad on Sunday evening, landing less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy, according to a report.

Katyusha rocket fired into Baghdad Green Zone

A Katyusha rocket was fired Sunday into Baghdad’s Green Zone housing government offices and embassies including the US mission, days after the United States evacuated staff from Iraq citing threats from Iran. Tensions between the US and Iran have been high since Washington withdrew last year from

Katyusha rocket crashes into Baghdad Green Zone; no casualties | The Times of Israel

Rocket fired at Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified district, which houses US Embassy, days after State Department ordered evacuation of all non-essential staff

On The Cusp Of War: Why Iran Won’t Fold |

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has laid out a framework for his nation to move forward as the Islamic Republic sees itself threatened by U.S. sanctions

On Iran, Donald Trump replaces Barack Obama’s mirage with containment

Containment does not seek war with Iran but will not shrink if provoked. Nor does it seek regime change, writes Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute.

Opinion | Is War Coming With Iran? We’re Already in One – The New York Times

And Yemenis are paying the price.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: War with Iran would make Iraq War ‘look like a cakewalk’ – YouTube

Fox News Published on May 17, 2019 The devastation and the cost of a conflict with Iran would be far greater than anything we’ve experienced so far in Iraq, says Democratic presidential candidate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Trump’s hardline advisers are weakening his position – CNNPolitics

“The President has made his position eminently clear, and in the next weeks and months, we shall see what we shall see,” said John Bolton.

President Trump needs to learn how to pick his battles (opinion) – CNN

Samantha Vinograd writes that President Donald Trump’s warmongering may have fatal consequences — particularly since his national security team seems ill-equipped to prioritize and develop coherent strategies.

Take It From an Iraq War Supporter—War With Iran Would Be a Disaster – Defense One

It would mean repeating a mistake, only on a much bigger scale: without allies, without justification, and without any plan at all.

MICHAEL BURLEIGH: How Trump’s warmonger in chief is trying to drag the US into conflict with Iran | Daily Mail Online

MICHAEL BURLEIGH: If anyone still doubts just how dangerous war with Iran would be, they should listen to yesterday’s warning from former CIA head General David Petraeus.

The Iran Crisis And Washington Strategic Miscalculation – Analysis – Eurasia Review

UAWire – Israel strikes Iranian and Hezbollah bases in Syria

Violent explosions rocked the areas near Damascus on the evening of May 17. According to the reports, the Israeli Air Forces conducted air raid against Iranian and Hezbollah bases in Syria. Earlier, the Syrian news agency SANA reported that the Syrian Army’s air defense systems managed to down several missiles fired from the direction of the Quneitra province and the Golan Heights. Al Mayadeen TV Channel belonging to Hezbollah reported that Israel had also attacked targets south of Damascus. SOHR, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported three explosions in Al Kisweh area, south-west of the Syrian capital. According to SOHR, Israeli air forces attacked the area where Hezbollah bases and pro-Iranian militants were located. Moscow has condemned the Israeli attack. According to RIA Novosti, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov called the Israeli blows “illegitimate and unfounded”. Israel has not commented on these reports in the media.

Elite Iranian force raids modeling agencies for ‘promoting vulgarity’ – Reuters

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards force has raided three underground modeling agencies, accusing the companies and their aspiring models of flouting strict Islamic dress codes for women, Iranian news agencies reported on Saturday.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards raid modelling agencies for ‘promoting vulgarity’ | The Independent

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards force has raided three modelling agencies, accusing the companies and their aspiring models of breaking strict Islamic dress codes for women. General Mohsen Karimi, a commander in the city of Arak, said staff at the underground agencies had been arrested for “promoting vulgarity”, according to the semi-official Iranian news service Fars.

Report: Iran detains members of 3 modeling networks – ABC News

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Women Banned From Cycling In Bike-Friendly Iranian City

Iranian authorities in the city of Isfahan have banned women from riding bicycles in public, an act they consider “haram.”