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Small comment about Russia apparently jamming US aircraft targeting Iran as well as Israel.  It appears it is a side effect of Russian jamming operations in Syria.  Is Russia happy it’s also jamming the US and Israel?  Perhaps.  This is what any adversary of Russia can expect, however, and it would be deliberate. Lessons learned?  

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US rejects Tehran’s spy ring claims. More bombast from Tehran. UK SECSTATE Hunt addresses Commons on tanker hijacking, labelling it “an act of state piracy”.  It appears the US and UK are forming a coalition to patrol the Gulf and protect shipping – Germany declines invitation.

US sanctions Chinese company over Iranian oil, reports millions of BBLs of oil being place in bonded storage in China to avoid sanctions. More on Russian GPS navwar effort.


Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!” / Twitter

‘MORE LIES’ Trump blasts Iran’s ‘totally false’ claim to have sentenced CIA spies to death

It comes after an Iranian intelligence ministry official appeared in a state TV documentary which brags about capturing CIA spies and sentencing them to death.

Trump claims it’s getting harder for him to want to make a deal with Iran because they ‘lie a lot’ | Daily Mail Online

President Trump said Monday it’s getting harder for him to want to make a deal with Iran because they ‘lie a lot’ but he’s prepared for the ‘absolute worst.’

Pompeo dismisses Iran announcement of CIA spy arrests – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

“The Iranian regime has a long history of lying … I would take with a significant grain of salt any Iranian assertion about actions that they’ve taken.” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday dismissed Iran’s announcement it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and sentenced some to death. Iran made the announcement in state media, saying the alleged spies had been arrested in the 12 months to March 2019. Such announcements are not unusual in Iran, but the timing has raised concerns that Tehran is hardening its position in its standoff with Western powers. “The Iranian regime has a long history of lying … I would take with a significant grain of salt any Iranian assertion about actions that they’ve taken,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News Channel. Pompeo declined to comment about any specific cases, but added: “There’s a long list of Americans that we are working to get home from the Islamic Republic of Iran.” In recent weeks, the United States has blamed Iran for a string of incidents in the Strait of Hormuz, an important shipping alley in the oil trade bordering one coast of Iran. Iran has denied the accusations.

Different countries to participate in patrolling Strait of Hormuz — Pompeo – World – TASS

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo noted that the United States does not want war with Iran

Iran has required resolve, power to answer any threat: Hatami – Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) – Seizure of the British-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf proved that Iran has the necessary determination and power to respond to any sort of threat, said Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.

Security Chief Examines Combat Readiness Of Iranian Forces; Cobra Meeting In London

Governments in both Iran and the United Kingdom appear to be scrambling with developments in the Persian Gulf region following the detention of a British-flagged oil tanker by Iran’s revolutionar…

Iran warns West against starting conflict, says not looking for confrontation – Reuters

Iran’s foreign minister warned the West on Monday against “starting a conflict,” saying it was not seeking confrontation after its military seized the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz last week.

Hunt: Seizing British-flagged tanker ‘state piracy’ – BBC News

The foreign secretary gives a statement on Iranian actions over the the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero.

Iran tanker seizure: Hunt seeks European help on Gulf shipping – BBC News

The foreign secretary wants to set up an international mission to respond to Iranian “piracy”.

Jeremy Hunt under pressure to back plan for Gulf force as Iran digs in | Politics | The Guardian

Tehran signals it will not release British-flagged tanker until UK frees one of its vessels

Iran tanker crisis: Jeremy Hunt announces joint European task force to protect British ships | The Independent

The UK will seek to organise a European-led naval contingent for the Gulf to escort ships following an “act of state piracy” by Iran in seizing a British tanker. Jeremy Hunt told the Commons that discussions have taken place with a number of allied states in the last 48 hours on the forming of a protection force with further talks to be held later this week.

Hunt: Iran’s seizure of British-flagged tanker is ‘state piracy’ | World News | Sky News

Jeremy Hunt condemns Iran’s seizure of the oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

Five things you need to know today: May and Hunt prepare retaliation against Iran

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Hunt: Iran seizure of Stena Impero an act of ‘state piracy’ [Video]

Jeremy Hunt has described the capture of the UK-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero by Iran as “an act of state piracy”. In a statement to the House of Commons the Foreign Secretary announced the formation of a European-led maritime security mission focussed on protecting shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.

Deborah Haynes on Twitter: “. @Jeremy_Hunt Iran tanker statement live now in @UKParliament” / Twitter

Grateful for support over Iran, Hunt wishes it had come a little sooner | Politics | The Guardian

Foreign secretary happy to accept accolades over Iran tanker seizure even if Tory leadership game is up

After tanker seizure, UK says planning European-led protection force in Gulf | The Times of Israel

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Germany says it won’t join US max-pressure campaign on Iran | The Times of Israel

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Russia Is Jamming the Air Force’s F-35s and F-22s near Iran | The National Interest

Why is Moscow helping Tehran?

Iran Plans to Execute 17 Accused of Being CIA-Trained Spies | Time

Iran has handed down death sentences to several nationals accused of being part of a CIA-trained spy network uncovered earlier this year.

Iran Claims to Have Arrested and Executed U.S. Spies – The New York Times

Tehran often makes similar unverified claims, but the latest announcement comes at a time of rare peril in relations with Washington.

Iran CIA arrests: Iran claims it’s nabbed 17 spies working for CIA and sentenced some to death today — live updates – CBS News

Tehran says the Iranian nationals were working at sensitive nuclear and military sites in Iran

Iran says it dismantled CIA spy ring, arrests 17, sentences some to death: report | Fox News

Iran on Monday trumpeted the issuing of death sentences to several members of what it claims is a CIA spy ring that had been embedded in “sensitive” departments nationwide, a development that threatened to further inflame an already precarious staredown between the Islamic Republic and the United States.

Iran alleges arrest of 17 CIA spies

Iran claims its authorities arrested 17 spies recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the Middle East nation’s nuclear and military sites.

Iran: 17 citizens accused of spying for CIA detained – CNN

Iran has detained 17 Iranian citizens accused of acting as spies for the United States Central Intelligence Agency, according to the country’s Ministry of Intelligence.

Iran claims it arrested 17 citizens accused of spying for US

Iran claimed Monday it had arrested 17 Iranian citizens, alleging they had spied on behalf of the U.S., and some of them have already been executed.

Iran news: Navy sends nuclear submarine to Gulf after Tehran seizes British oil tanker | World | News | Express.co.uk

BRITAIN is to send a nuclear-powered attack submarine to the Gulf after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker.

First pic inside Brit oil tanker seized by Iran shows terrified crew huddled on floor – The Sun

THE first pictures have emerged from inside the British oil tanker captured on Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. One image shows the crew of the Stena Imperio, currently held captive in the Persian Gulf, huddled on the floor and surrounded by makeshift bedding.

US moves forward on operation to counter Iran, begins sending troops to Saudi Arabia | TheHill

The Pentagon on Friday laid out its plans to mount a multination maritime campaign in the Middle East and send additional troops to the region as tensions with Iran continue to rise.

Iran squirrels millions of oil barrels in China, avoids US sanctions – INSIDER

Iran is squirreling away millions of barrels of oil in storage tanks at Chinese ports, avoiding a breach of US sanctions while providing its biggest buyer with a ready supply of crude. The oil has been placed in “bonded storage,” Bloomberg said, meaning it hasn’t cleared customs so isn’t subject to sanctions. China received about 12 million barrels of Iranian oil from January through May, but only 10 million barrels cleared customs.

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on Chinese Company for Transporting Iranian Oil – WSJ

The U.S. is imposing new sanctions against a Chinese company for transporting Iranian crude, a move that widens the U.S. campaign of pressure on the Islamic republic.

US sanctions Chinese oil trader for importing Iranian crude | The Times of Israel

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Why Trump Won’t Bomb Iran | The National Interest

The president should look at how Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama responded to similar standoffs with the Middle East country and re-examine his strategy for Tehran.

A Tanker For A Tanker: What Is Iran’s Endgame As It Seizes British Ship?

The seizure of a British tanker by Iran in the Persian Gulf is the latest incident contributing to escalating tensions between Iran and the United States, a crisis that has now spilled into the str…

Tensions Continue Rising In Persian Gulf Between Iran And United States – YouTube

CBS Miami Published on Jul 22, 2019 Iran says it has detained seventeen of its citizens for being United States spies, the allegation coming days after a British oil tanker was seized while passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran’s waiting game in the Gulf

Analysis: Tehran

Iran sanctions not cutting it – www.israelhayom.com

Military Mistake With Iran May Lead to Serious Conflict, Kimmitt Says – YouTube

Bloomberg Markets and Finance Published on Jul 22, 2019 Jul.22 — Retired U.S. Brigadier General Richard Kimmitt discusses the U.K. and U.S. reaction to Iran’s seizure of a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. He speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas.”

The Ayatollah and Trump: The odd couple (Opinion) – CNN

Samantha Vinograd writes that just like in the United States, there is one true commander in chief in Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, and if Trump is intent on a near-term tensions truce and a longer-term nuclear negotiation, he must convince the Supreme Leader that taking a chance on the US isn’t a fool’s errand.

Moscow Denies Russian Warplanes Killed 23 Civilians In Syria Air Strikes

Russia’s Defense Ministry is denying reports that Russian warplanes carried out air strikes that hit a market in the rebel-held Syrian city of Maarat al-Numan, killing at least 23 civilians and wou…

Iran thanks Saudi Arabia for release of its oil tanker Happiness 1: Fars – Reuters

Iran said on Sunday it appreciated Saudi Arabia’s efforts in the return of an Iranian ship that had docked at Jeddah port because of technical problems in May, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.

Air force pilot said to have mistakenly fired missile into Syria | The Times of Israel

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