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Iranian Group Accused of Terror Plot in Jordan

Is Iran really friendly with other nations, plotting to attack them? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Is Iran really friendly with other nations, plotting to attack them? Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The region received another reminder this week of Iran’s long reach, as a would-be terrorist in an Iranian group was arrested in Jordan with 45 kilograms (99 pounds) of explosives. The incident was reported by Al Rai and republished by Al Arabiya, and a source was quoted in the article as saying the explosives uncovered made it the “most serious case in a decade.”

The official Jordanian Petra News Agency said the country’s State Security Court elected not to disclose much about the suspect. Said the Petra report, “The suspect faces charges of possessing large amount of explosives and planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the Kingdom.” Iran, not surprisingly, denied that the terrorist was linked to them, with a source claiming to the Fars News Agency instead that they respect the nations around them. However, that claim of Iranian regional respect has been proven wrong again even before the Jordanian incident. … Continue Reading

US: ‘Now Time to See Whether Or Not Able to Close’ on Iran Nuke Deal

July 5, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

With one deadline already passed and a new deadline rapidly approaching on July 7, the US is saying it’s unclear if a deal on Iran’s nuclear program will be reached or not. On Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in comments released by the State Department, “While I completely agree with [Iranian] Foreign Minister [Mohammad] Zarif that we have never been closer, at this point, this negotiation could go either way.”

The six major world powers—including the US—reached a preliminary deal with Iran early this year, but have struggled to pin down a final agreement that will exchange sanctions relief to Iran for supervision and restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program. As another deadline looms, Kerry repeated that the US is prepared to walk away if an acceptable deal can’t be reached. Israel, meanwhile, is concerned the US and its allies are making further concessions as the talks hit the eleventh hour. … Continue Reading

Israel Seeing World Powers ‘Retreat from Red Lines’ in Iran Nuke Talks

June 28, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Really moderate, or just for show? Iranian President Rouhani. Illustrative. FEMA/Marty Bahamonde.

Really moderate, or just for show? Iranian President Rouhani. Illustrative. FEMA/Marty Bahamonde.

The Iranian nuclear talks are not expected to meet their June 30 deadline according to the BBC, but that doesn’t seem to discourage the teams negotiating yet. Iran’s support for terrorism and its human rights abuses doesn’t seem to be impacting the world powers either in this all-important nuclear deal, and Israel’s leader is concerned the already “bad agreement” is “becoming worse by the day.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments released by his office, highlighted Iran’s dismal human rights record per the latest American report to slam the Islamic Republic, following the recent report showing their ongoing support for global terrorism. What’s worse, Netanyahu said that not only has that record not factored into the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, but the world powers are believed to be offering even more concessions to Iran than before. … Continue Reading

As Nuke Deal Deadline Looms, Iran Predicts ‘Intense Days’ of Talks

June 22, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The top Iranian negotiator expects “a very intense few days” coming up as his team seeks to finalize a nuclear deal with the major world powers ahead of a June 30 deadline, reported Iran’s Press TV. The sides developed the general outline of a deal earlier this year, setting the end of this month to reach a final arrangement that would provide Iran sanctions relief in exchange for concessions on their nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it may take a “few days” more than the deadline to achieve a deal, but sounded unexpectedly optimistic in saying that there is “a good possibility” it could be done in the next couple weeks. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu: Iran in ‘Unprecedented’ Arms Build-Up

Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Iran’s effort at developing nuclear weapons has long been the chief concern with the Islamic Republic, but in the meantime they are working hard to create an advanced military while shipping weapons to terrorists—which is a threat that cannot be ignored in the nuclear talks with Iran, according to Israel.

“Iran is also conducting an unprecedented, I would say, conventional arms build-up,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that were released by Israel, said on Sunday. “It’s developing a huge arms industry, which includes drones, rockets, precision guided missiles, submarines and satellites as well.” Making matters worse, Netanyahu said Iran “gives many of these weapons” to its terrorist allies Hamas and Hezbollah. … Continue Reading

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

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