US Treasury Secretary to visit Middle East over Iran threats

Saturday, 21 October 2017

US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin will be visiting the Middle East this week to discuss the Terrorist Financing Target Center (TFTC) partnership and other matters on Iran. Accompanying Mnuchin is Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker. The visit is set to take place from October 25 through to October 30. The US representatives will be stopping in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar. Discussions will also touch upon national security initiatives against ...

Between opposing Kurdish separation and sidelining the Kurds

Saturday, 21 October 2017

It was inevitable for Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani to try out his citizens’ luck, the Iraqi Kurds, in fulfilling a long time dream of theirs – separation and running an independent state. Most arrows were pointing to failure, so why did Barzani do it? Perhaps if he didn’t, fingers would be pointing at him in the future accused of failing his people. This is critical because Barzani assumed joint effort with Baghdad’s government both militarily and politically over the ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

French defense minister: Iran engaged in destabilizing ballistic and regional activities

Friday, 20 October 2017

France wants to take action to tackle Iran’s missile program and “destabilizing” behavior, but believes scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal would help hardliners and be a step towards future war, France's defense minister said on Friday. “We need the JCPOA. Scrapping it would be a gift to Iran’s hardiners, and a first step towards future wars,” Florence Parly said in a speech at a Washington think tank, referring to the nuclear deal known as the Joint ...

Gargash: Doha seeking the satisfaction of Washington, Iran

Friday, 20 October 2017

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday that Doha’s opportunism is out in the open, and that Qatar is floundering in its own contradictions, appealing to Washington’s satisfaction and strengthening ties with Iran.He tweeted on his official Twitter account: “Doha is once again floundering in its contradictions, seeking the satisfaction of Washington and Tehran, the turmoil will not be covered by the pricey media attacking its neighbors, opportunism ...

Quds Force’ extensive record of assassinations, bombings

Friday, 20 October 2017

The Quds Force (QF) is the most secretive unit within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, tasked with the export of the Iranian regime’s own unique brand of Islamic revolution and fundamentalism, which it spreads through its proxies across the globe. Over the years, the QF has perfected the art of terrorism, a tactic it brought into the world in the 1980s, which was then adopted by al-Qaeda in the mid-1990s to carry out “martyrdom operations”. Terrorism and other subversive ...

CIA to publish documents revealing Iran's relations with al-Qaeda

Friday, 20 October 2017

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that the CIA will soon publish documents revealing Iran’s work with al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Pompeo described the connection between Iran and al-Qaeda as an “open secret”. “It’s an open secret and not classified information that there have been relationships, there are connections,” Pompeo said during an event held by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on Thursday in Washington DC. “There have been ...

Houthis slam Saleh over threats to end alliance

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Houthi militias responded to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s threats by ending their partnership with him and accused him of obstructing work signifying that disputes between them have reached their peak following months of escalation. Saleh al-Sammad, who heads the Houthi-led Supreme Political Council, slammed the unrecognized government which the rebels formed after staging the coup and asked: “What partnership do you speak of when you are the ones obstructing the role of the political ...

Iran’s Guards say missile programme will accelerate despite pressure

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that the country’s ballistic missile programme would accelerate despite pressure from the United States and European Union to suspend it, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. In a major US policy shift, President Donald Trump last Friday refused to certify Tehran’s compliance with a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, signalling he would take a more aggressive approach to Iran over its ballistic missile programme. ...

Oil rises on expected fall in US inventories, geopolitical tensions

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Oil prices rose on Wednesday as weekly US crude inventories are expected to have fallen steeply and geopolitical tensions around oil-rich Iraq and Iran raised risk premiums. International benchmark Brent crude futures were trading 41 cents higher at $58.29 a barrel at 1002 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures traded at $52.03 a barrel, up 15 cents on the day. Weekly US crude inventories fell by 7.1 million barrels in the week to Oct. 13 to ...

Are Iranian people aligned with US national interests?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Following a week of political roller coaster, doubts and strategic calculations, the US foreign policy team unveiled its new policy on Iran and measures to address the catastrophic nuclear deal, better known as the JCPOA.During a 20-minute speech on 13 October, President Trump laid out the major points of this new policy, which include the decertification of the JCPOA and designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order (E.O.) ...

Hamid Bahrami

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