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Coalition being formed to protect tanker shipping from the IRGC. Another barrage of threats from Tehran. Europe attempts to talk sense into Tehran (wish them luck). Gen Keane correctly notes the regime is risking its survival.

US sanctions Hezbollah. Three IRGC killed by insurgents, suspected to be Kurdish. Analyses and OpEds.  TC backgrounds Rouhani, TNI backgrounds Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The regime appears to be on track for a collision with reality. That they are following a similar pattern to the Nazis in 1939 should not come as a surprise – the founder of the regime Khomeini was said to be influenced by
Qutb, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, funded by the Abwehr and later Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS. The IRGC appears obsessed with emulating the Waffen-SS. Pity they do not read history ….


Islamofascism and anti-fascism in the Arab world during World War II.
The Invention of “Islamofascism”. Nazi Propaganda to the Arab World and Perceptions from Palestine on JSTOR
Britain and US to expand protection for tankers under threat from Iran | World | The Times

Britain and the United States are looking to expand naval patrols in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship was deployed to protect a tanker from Iranian threats to impound vessels. HMS Montrose, a Type-23 frigate, has moved to “shadow” the oil tanker Pacific Voyager, Japanese-owned but registered to the Isle of Man, as it moved towards and passed through the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf of Oman. The escort is expected to end once the tanker leaves the strait’s immediate threat zone but it is unclear how far that is deemed to extend. Concerns arose about Pacific Voyager after it appeared to drift off the coast of Iran on Saturday, a day after Tehran issued the threat against British vessels. The threat was…

U.S. plans coalition to counter alleged Iranian sabotage in the Gulf

Washington and some of its allies blame Tehran for a string of sabotage incidents on ships in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denies any involvement.

Dunford: US Will Provide Intel, Not Escorts, In Strait Of Hormuz – Defense One

The Trump administration wants to put together an international coalition to prevent tanker attacks from Iran.

U.S. wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen – Reuters

The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, the top U.S. general said on Tuesday.

US wants military coalition to patrol waters off Iran, Yemen | Iran News | Al Jazeera

The move comes after the Trump administration blamed Tehran and its proxies for attacks on tankers in Gulf region.

In confronting Iran, Persian Gulf allies and the Trump administration differ on how best to proceed – The Washington Post

A sharp increase in tensions has exposed differences between Washington and its Arab allies over the best approach.

Iran Threatens Retaliation Over British Seizure of Its Tanker – WSJ

Iran’s military warned it would retaliate in response to the seizure of one of its tankers by British forces in Gibraltar last week, while several European foreign ministers urged Tehran to return immediately to full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran warns US its missiles can sink US carriers and destroy US bases – Daily Star

IRAN has threatened to sink US warships and destroy military bases with a missile salvo amid fears of a new war in the Middle East.

Iran threatens to destroy US military bases and aircraft carriers in the Gulf as tensions rise | Daily Mail Online

A commander in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Nejat, said on Tuesday the U.S. regional bases are in range of Iranian missiles, the Tasnim news agency reported.

Iran latest: Commander in chilling threat to sink US ships and destroy army bases | World | News | Express.co.uk

IRAN could sink US ships and target US military bases, claimed a Revolutionary Guards commander.

Iran news: US troops at risk as Tehran ‘considers’ using proxies for attack | World | News | Express.co.uk

THE United States was forced to ramp up its military presence in the Middle East last month after revealing Tehran were “considering” urging its proxies in the region to go after US troops – but one Washington politician has warned any attack on US troops would not end well for Iran.

Iran Threatens to Extend Nuclear Breaches – WSJ

Iran warned it will take further steps to breach the 2015 nuclear accord in early September if it doesn’t receive long-sought relief from U.S. economic sanctions, as it began enriching uranium above limits set out in the deal.

UN Nuclear Watchdog Confirms: Iran Violated Deal – Breaking Israel News | Latest News. Biblical Perspective.

The United Nations nuclear watchdog confirmed on Monday that Iran had indeed surpassed the uranium-enrichment limit set as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, from which the United States withdrew in May 2018. International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Yukiya Amano “has informed the IAEA Board of Governors that Agency inspectors on July 8 verified that Iran is enriching uranium above 3.67 percent U-235,” an IAEA spokesman said, as reported by Reuters. According to a report to IAEA member states, the agency verified the enrichment level using online enrichment monitors, and that samples had been taken on Monday for analysis. Based on the IAEA report, the agency said the enrichment level was about 4.5 percent. Earlier on Monday, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said that the Islamic Republic had surpassed the uranium-enrichment cap set by the nuclear deal. “Twenty percent is not needed now, but if we want, we will produce it. When we’ve put aside 3.67 percent enrichment, we have no obstacle or problem with this action,” said Kamalvandi.

Iran’s Zarif hints US, Israeli demands for zero enrichment will backfire | The Times of Israel

Tehran warns that the last time pair tried to stamp out country’s uranium enrichment program, it only increased ‘100-fold’

The world knows Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapon: Guards chief – Reuters

The world knows that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapon, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said on Monday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

Iran says Israel and its allies tricked Trump into killing 2015 nuclear deal

Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out on the so-called

Iran: “Trump’s not looking for a war” – YouTube

FRANCE 24 English Published on Jul 9, 2019 ‘None of them are looking to be in a photo with president Trump or to get that kind of legitimacy for their domestic purposes.’ Negar Mortazavi speaking about Iranian leaders and how they respond to president Trump’s maximum pressure strategy.

U.S. and Iran set to clash at U.N. nuclear watchdog – Reuters

The United States will use an emergency meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s board on Wednesday to raise pressure on Iran over breaches of its nuclear deal, but diplomats expect no concrete action as parties to the deal consider their next move.

European Leaders Plan Meeting to Discuss Iran Nuclear Power | Time

European parties to a nuclear deal with Iran say they have ‘deep concern’ that Iran is not meeting commitments agreed upon in the 2015 deal.

Europeans call for urgent meeting of Iran nuclear deal parties – Reuters

European powers accused Iran on Tuesday of “pursuing activities inconsistent with its commitments” under a 2015 nuclear deal and called for an urgent meeting of the parties to the agreement to discuss Tehran’s compliance.

European foreign ministers call for ‘urgent’ meeting over Iran nuke deal breach – Iran – Haaretz.com

Signatories call on Tehran to ‘reverse its nuclear activities,’ while Netanyahu doubles down on threats, saying Israeli air force ‘can reach anywhere in the Middle East’

EU ‘urges’ Iran to end enrichment and uphold nuclear deal – Israel National News

After Iran announces breach of nuclear deal limits on uranium enrichment, European Union urges Iran to end violations of nuclear deal.

Caught between US and Iran, Europe struggles with diplomacy

BERLIN (AP) — France on Tuesday sent a top diplomat to Tehran to urge Iran to scale back its recently increased uranium enrichment activities, a mission underscored by a call from Europe for the…

Europeans take first step to punish Iran over breaches of nuclear pact – Newspaper – DAWN.COM

BERLIN: European powers took their first step on Tuesday towards punishing Iran for breaking its nuclear agreement, triggering the deal’s mechanism to resolve breaches. The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, plus the foreign affairs chief of the European Union, said in a statement that Iran was “pursuing activities inconsistent with its commitments” under the deal, known as the JCPoA. “These compliance issues must be addressed within the framework of the JCPoA, and a Joint Commission should be convened urgently,” they said. The three European powers are the remaining Western signatories to Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement, which was abandoned by the United States last year. Convening a joint commission of signatories — the Europeans plus Russia and China — is the first step in a process foreseen in the agreement that could eventually lead to a “snapback”, bringing back the international sanctions lifted by the deal. “Iran has stated that it wants to remain within the JCPoA. It must act accordingly by reversing these activities and returning to full JCPoA compliance without delay,” the European countries said. The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers offered Iran access to world trade in return for agreeing to curbs on its nuclear programme. The future of the pact has been in doubt since last year when the United States pulled out of it and reimposed unilateral sanctions. Iran has said it wants to continue to abide by the agreement but cannot do so indefinitely if US sanctions prevent it from receiving any of the promised economic benefits. The deal’s fate has come to a head in the past 10 days, after Iran announced steps that were in violation of its central commitments — it announced that it had amassed more enriched uranium than allowed under the agreement and said it had refined uranium to a higher purity. Tehran argues that its steps are permitted under the deal as a response to US non-compliance. It has said it could take new steps in 60 days, including restarting dismantled centrifuges and purfiying uranium to a sharply higher threshold.

France sends top diplomat to Iran as Europe urges uranium enrichment cutback | Fox News

France dispatched a top diplomat to Iran Tuesday while joining Germany and Britain in calling for the Tehran regime to scale back its recent uranium enrichment activities “without delay.”

Israel’s clarion call on nuclear Iran

Analysis: With Trump pulling out of the 2015 deal, European leaders are unable to demand complete Iranian compliance and consider Tehran

Netanyahu warns Iran it is within range of Israeli airstrikes | TheHill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Tuesday that it would be within range of Israeli airstrikes.

Pompeo to Iran After Nuclear Deal Violation: ‘We Are Not Done’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the U.S. is “not done” with its pressure campaign against Iran’s nuclearization efforts.

Trump tells Iran to be ‘very careful’ after nuclear deal breach – The National

It came a day after UN inspectors confirmed Tehran had exceeded a uranium enrichment cap set by the agreement

Iran latest: Regime risks destroying itself if they get nuclear weapons – ex-US official | World | News | Express.co.uk

IF IRAN actively pursues getting hold of a nuclear device the Tehran regime will be toppled by the United States and Israel, according to the former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army.

Fearing Iran, Qatar Continues Building its Missile Defenses – Defense One

The Middle Eastern nation told the White House it would buy NASAMS and add to its Patriot batteries.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Hezbollah Officials Accused of Supporting Iran – The New York Times

The sanctions were the first to directly target members of Lebanon’s Parliament and underscored the White House’s intention to ratchet up pressure on Iran by punishing groups tied to its government.

US puts Hezbollah MPs in Lebanon on sanctions list for first time | USA News | Al Jazeera

US Treasury announces sanctions on three Hezbollah figures, including two members of Lebanon’s Parliament.

Hillary Clinton slams Trump administration after Iran exceeds enrichment limits | TheHill

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed the Trump administration in a series of tweets Tuesday over Iran’s enrichment of uranium.

Three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot dead: Tasnim – Reuters

Three members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards were shot dead in the western city of Piranshahr on Tuesday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, citing a Guards statement.

Exclusive: Iran’s release of Lebanese prisoner was failed overture to U.S. – Reuters

Iran’s release last month of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman with U.S. permanent residency, after four years in prison was meant as an opening for U.S.-Iranian talks, according to three Western sources familiar with the issue.

Iran’s ‘goodwill gesture’ failed to open talks with Washington: report | Fox News

Iran’s release of a Lebanese businessman with U.S. permanent residency last month was meant as a “good will gesture” in an effort to open up talks between the U.S. and Iran, three Western sources told Reuters.

Iran’s leader is losing his grasp on power. Does this mean diplomacy is doomed?

Iran’s announcement last Sunday that it would break the limit on uranium enrichment agreed to in the nuclear deal with world powers was not a surprise. It came hot on the heels of another breach only a few days earlier on the 300-kilogram limit agreed to in the deal on stockpiles of low-enriched uranium. Iran had warned Europe that it would start dismantling the nuclear accord if the promised economic benefits of the agreement did not materialise. A year after the US withdrew from the nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, and imposed very strict sanctions on Iran, the Iranian leadership appears ready to give up on finding a diplomatic solution to this deadlock. This bodes ill for the future of President Hassan Rouhani and regional security. A weakened Rouhani will find it difficult to fend off his hard-line critics in Iran and keep the nuclear deal alive. With every step away from diplomacy, the hard-liners have taken a step forward and appear to be now setting the political agenda in Iran.

Is Iran’s Nuclear Program Back for Good? | Council on Foreign Relations

The demise of the Iran nuclear deal does not make Tehran an immediate threat, but it opens the door to nuclear escalation.

Iran news: How Iran is ‘terrifyingly close’ to developing nuclear weapons | World | News | Express.co.uk

IRAN put the US on high alert when officials announced they would withdraw from key parts of the nuclear deal agreed in 2015 – meaning Tehran is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon.

The US Protects the Global Commons. Others Can Police Its Choke Points – Defense One

Trump\’s not wrong when he says European, Mideast, and Asian nations should do more to protect Gulf shipping.

Iran vs US war: How long could Tehran’s navy survive against new US laser system? | World | News | Express.co.uk

IRAN was put on high alert after the US announced it was attaching powerful hi-tech lasers to its warships, leading to questions over whether Tehran could survive a US naval onslaught.

The Iran Hawks Are Circling – The Atlantic

In the escalation in the Middle East, some U.S. lawmakers see an opportunity to kill the Obama-era nuclear deal once and for all. KATHY GILSINAN JUL 9, 2019

Iran has already proven the nuclear agreement’s uselessness

Here’s a question: If the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement is so good at stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, how on Earth has Iran been able to move past the deal toward nukes so easily and quickly?

The State Of The Deal: How The Numbers On Iran’s Nuclear Program Stack Up

Uranium-235. 3.67-percent enrichment. A 300-kilogram cap. Paragraph 36 of UN Resolution 2231. There are a lot of numbers flying around when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program, but what do they say …

Asia Times | Trump’s Iran policy: heads I win, tails you lose | Opinion

Even more disheartening than US bullying is the failure of the other signatories to the JCPOA to push back in any meaningful way

The Godfather of the Islamic Republic of Iran | The National Interest

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s thirty-year reign at the helm of Iran reveals a dual Machiavellian modus-operandi as supreme leader—puppeteer for the elected and patron for the unelected—and explains the current power dynamic in Tehran.

Getting Iran Out of Syria Is No Easy Task – WSJ

Israeli air power isn’t enough. And it’s not clear the Russians could do it even if they were willing.

Reining in Iraq’s Paramilitaries Will Just Make Them Stronger – Foreign Policy

How the Popular Mobilization Forces are taking over the Iraqi state from within.