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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

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

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

No deal is better than this deal with Iran. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Can Iran be trusted? Or is it talk now, fight later? Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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 picture in which the world leaders have obtained today’s peace in exchange for tomorrow’s warfare. And it could prove to be worse than ever.

Hailed by the world powers as “historic”, the Iran nuke deal instead recalls a historic mistake—the Versailles treaty that ended World War I. The leader of the Allied Armies, Ferdinand Foch—according to About.com—believed the treaty didn’t properly prevent Germany from starting a new war. He famously said of the deal, “This is not peace. It is an armistice for 20 years.” World War II started almost exactly 20 years later.

And so it is for this Iran agreement if it is finalized as it appears today—it’s not peace, it’s a 15-year ceasefire at best. Here’s why. … Continue Reading

Iran Nuke Deal in Place that Would ‘Threaten Israel’s Survival’

April 2, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The major world powers achieved a framework nuclear agreement with Iran that will roll back Iran’s nuclear program for at least 10 years, but that could also put Israel at serious risk. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his phone call with US President Barack Obama after the deal was announced, said in comments released by his office, “A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel… This deal would legitimize Iran’s nuclear program, bolster Iran’s economy, and increase Iran’s aggression and terror throughout the Middle East and beyond.”

The agreement, which still must be fleshed out into a comprehensive deal by the end of June, requires that Iran temporarily cut down its stockpile and production capabilities of nuclear fuel, in exchange for sanctions relief. The plan, released by the White House, claims it will push back Iran’s timeframe for developing a nuclear weapon—known as a ‘breakout’—from the current two-to-three months to 1 year or more for at least the next decade. Notably, the plan did not say what Iran’s breakout time would be after the 10 years of extensive restrictions on Iran expire. … Continue Reading

Obama Vows to Veto Bill Allowing Congress to Review Iran Nuke Deal

Obama threatens to say 'No' to Congress on Iran. US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

Obama threatens to say ‘No’ to Congress over Iran. US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

The administration of US President Barack Obama is working with major world powers to formulate a negotiated settlement on Iran’s nuclear program, but there’s one party the President doesn’t want at the table: the US Congress. Members of the American legislature, which passed a number of sanctions on Iran over the latter’s illegal nuclear program that would be eventually removed in a deal, proposed a bill last week that would require President Obama to submit an agreement with Iran to Congressional review before rolling back sanctions.

But The Hill reported that on Saturday a spokesperson for Obama’s administration made it clear such a bill, which received public backing from multiple members of Obama’s own political party, would be vetoed by the President. A key reason given is that the negotiations are in their final stretch, and such a Congressional bill would be a “complicating” factor in the talks. But an originator of the bill pointed out that without Congressional input, Obama alone will decide America’s decision on Iran. … Continue Reading

Think Tank: Iran Nuclear Work ‘Poses A Challenge’ to Negotiated Safeguard

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

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Iran is researching technology that could enable them to partly reverse a process used to convert medium-grade nuclear fuel into peaceful medical use, according to a new report from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog. In light of the above, a think tank is recommending questions be answered about this move to determine if it’s undermining the agreement in place to prevent Iran from expanding it’s nuclear capabilities. That arrangement, the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), was put in place while a long-term nuclear deal is being negotiated with major world powers.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) released a report on their website analyzing the latest review on Iran’s nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The review noted that while Iran had made one step to reduce concerns they are working around the JPA, a new effort could help them recover research-grade nuclear material that was supposed to be cut down as part of the plan. … Continue Reading

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