Opinion: Iran Nuke Deal at Best A 15-Year Ceasefire

The framework agreement reached last week between the major world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program has been hailed by US President Barack Obama as preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. To some degree, he is correct—for now. But key fine-print in the deal unfortunately paints a …

Israel Builds A Modern Highway and Finds an Ancient Village

Highway expansions can result in traffic jams, and in Israel it can turn into archaeology as well. That’s what happened to a recent project, after an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspector found pottery shards during the Highway 1 project, a discovery that has since led to the uncovering of an …

Iranian Ground Forces Threaten Military Response to Regional Troubles

The latest Iranian threats against enemies in the Middle East have implied the nation is prepared for a ground assault in neighboring countries—and that could include fighting groups backed by the US. A Fars News Agency report said that Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told reporters that …

Israel Thanks US for Stopping Anti-Israel Nuclear Resolution

While the leaderships in Israel and the United States haven’t seen eye-to-eye lately on Iran’s nuclear program, that didn’t prevent the traditional allies from taking a joint approach against singling out Israel at a United Nations nuclear conference. Over the weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally thanked the Americans …

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Iranian Ground Forces Threaten Military Response to Regional Troubles

Regional fight? The battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran is across the Middle East and growing hotter. Middle East educational sign post showing distance between major locations. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Regional fight? The battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran is across the Middle East and growing hotter. Middle East educational sign post showing distance between major locations. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The latest Iranian threats against enemies in the Middle East have implied the nation is prepared for a ground assault in neighboring countries—and that could include fighting groups backed by the US. A Fars News Agency report said that Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan told reporters that “entering the proxy wars and confronting the terrorist grouplets’ threats” is one of the Army’s current “missions.” He also said that “the Army’s Ground Force prepares itself proportionate to those threats.”

Iranian security forces and even their military are believed to be involved in regional fights such as the Syrian civil war and the fight against ISIS (ISIL) in Iraq. Iran also supports the rebels in the Yemeni civil war. However, with proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, a threat by the Iranian ground forces to intervene could be an effort by Iran to raise the stakes. At the same time, Iran is known for its bluster and empty threats. … Continue Reading

Israel Thanks US for Stopping Anti-Israel Nuclear Resolution

May 25, 2015 News
Netanyahu thanked Kerry for US nuclear support. Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Netanyahu thanked Kerry for US nuclear support. Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

While the leaderships in Israel and the United States haven’t seen eye-to-eye lately on Iran’s nuclear program, that didn’t prevent the traditional allies from taking a joint approach against singling out Israel at a United Nations nuclear conference. Over the weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally thanked the Americans in a call with US Secretary of State John Kerry for backing them.

“The United States kept its commitment to Israel by preventing a Middle East resolution that would single out Israel and ignore its security interests and the threats posed to it by an increasingly turbulent Middle East,” said a readout of the call released by Netanyahu’s office. The BBC reported that an Egyptian proposal for a regional conference on a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East was considered by analysts to potentially force Israel to state if they have nuclear weapons. However, thanks to US, UK and Canadian efforts, this was prevented. … Continue Reading

ISIS Has Conquered Half of Syria Says Rights Monitoring Group

May 21, 2015 News
ISIS is gaining ground in Syria. Photo: Signpost showing distance between Israel, Syria. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

ISIS is gaining ground in Syria. Photo: Signpost showing distance between Israel, Syria. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The radical terror group ISIS (also known as ISIL) has conquered half of the country of Syria, albeit mostly more rural areas with limited numbers of residents, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The monitoring group, cited in a report by The Daily Star, also noted along with ISIS pro-media that the terrorist organization had captured two of the three border crossings between Syria and Iraq.

ISIS aims to build a new Islamic empire, or caliphate, and has mostly take regions in Syria and Iraq. The Daily Star noted that while ISIS has taken plenty of territory in Syria, they have only captured one major city from the Syrian regime—Palmyra—which ISIS took on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the United States, leading the coalition fight against Syria, disagreed with the overall assessment of ISIS control of Syria. … Continue Reading

Iran Accuses UN of Compromising Killed Scientists in Rhetoric Opposing Nuclear Inspections

May 19, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The Iranians stepped up their rejection of inspections by the United Nations of military sites suspected of conducting tests used for nuclear weapons, accusing the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of compromising Iranian scientists that were later assassinated. The claim, from IRGC Deputy Commander Brigadier General Rasoul Sanayee Rad in a report by the Fars News Agency, supports the Iranian refusal to trust the IAEA with inspecting their military sites.

“The reality is that the record we have from the IAEA in our mind … makes us feel lack of trust in the UN body,” said Sanayee Rad, further saying the IAEA leaked information that eventually reached assassins who killed the Iranian nuclear scientists. The accusation is perhaps the strongest sign yet that Iran will reject the inspections of their sites, considered part of the process to verify whether or not Iran has worked on a nuclear weapons program. … Continue Reading

US Special Ops Ground Forces Strike ISIS Oil Business in Syria, Kill Senior Leader

May 17, 2015 Peace and Conflict
ISIS has lost a key part of their oil business, thanks to US special ops. Oil Tanker. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy. Photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer

ISIS has lost a key part of their oil business, thanks to US special ops. Oil Tanker. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Navy. Photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer

The US has officially taken the fight against ISIS inside Syria from the air to the ground and in the process took down a key player in ISIS’ financial efforts. American special forces last week targeted and ultimately killed ISIS senior leader Abu Sayyaf, who was involved in both military operations and “helped direct the terrorist organization’s illicit oil, gas, and financial operations,” according to a statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter posted Saturday on the Pentagon website.

Sayyaf was killed in the operation after he attacked US forces, but the Americans did not suffer any casualties or injuries. Sayyaf’s wife, Umm—herself a suspected of “playing an important role” in ISIS’ terrorism—was captured. CNN reported that a US official said the oil and gas funds are a “key source of revenue” for ISIS, also known as ISIL. … Continue Reading

Iran Threatens US, Saudis against Intercepting ‘Aid’ Ship to Yemen

May 13, 2015 Peace and Conflict

 

Could the US end up battling Iran at sea? US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch/Released.

Could the US end up battling Iran at sea? US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch/Released.

The Iranians—well known for smuggling weaponry to various parts of the Middle East—issued a threat to the US and Saudi Arabia if an Iranian ship claiming to carry aid is intercepted on its way to Yemen. The Iranian Defense Ministry, in a statement carried by the Fars News Agency, said that there would be consequences for “provocative moves” against the ship.

“The US and Saudi Arabia will be responsible for the consequences of any provocative moves,” Fars quoted the Iranian Defense Ministry statement as saying. Yemen is the site of a regional war, with Iran backing Houthi rebels bent on taking over and the Saudis leading a coalition supporting the recognized government. The US has repeatedly called for the Iranians to deliver their aid to the United Nations team in the nearby nation of Djibouti, rather than going directly to Yemen. Weapons smuggling is just one concern held by the Americans. … Continue Reading

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