The Next Middle East War? Hezbollah May Risk Everything in All-Out Fight With Israel

“Everybody is going to fight. Women and children will pick up knives.”

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7/3/17 – (Sulome Anderson; Newsweek) A tall, husky man with a large machine gun stands next to a missile in a field just south of Damascus, Syria. It’s a warm morning in May, and pale yellow butterflies flutter around him. Continue reading “The Next Middle East War? Hezbollah May Risk Everything in All-Out Fight With Israel”

Flashback: Iran strengthens missile program; claims no threat to “friendly nations”

“Israel should understand what it means.” – Ataollah Salei, head of army of Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talks to journalists after he registered for February's election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, at Interior Ministry in Tehran

8/22/16 – (TruNews)  On 2/4/16 the Fars news agency reported the head of Iran’s army, Ataollah Salei, as claiming the country’s missile program will be strengthening. Continue reading “Flashback: Iran strengthens missile program; claims no threat to “friendly nations””

Israel demands punishment for Iran missile tests

Kerry said the missile launches “could invite additional sanctions as we put them in place … as a result of the prior tests.”

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3/14/16 – (AP/Yahoo)  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on world powers to punish Iran after the country test-fired two ballistic missiles emblazoned with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” in Hebrew. Continue reading “Israel demands punishment for Iran missile tests”

Eurasia alliance grows: Iran in talks with Russia for $8bn military make over

Expanded cooperation with Russia including purchasing jets, missiles, tanks

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2/17/16 – (TruNews)  These potential acquisitions were discussed by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Deghan, who concluded his official visit to Moscow yesterday. During his two day visit, Deghan spoke with Sergei Shogiu, his Russian counterpart, Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin and presidential aide Vladimir Kozhin, to discuss global security, the war on terrorism, Syria and the Middle East, and military and technical cooperation between Tehran and Moscow.

Continue reading “Eurasia alliance grows: Iran in talks with Russia for $8bn military make over”

Bye-bye petro-dollar? Iran wants payment in euros for new and outstanding oil sales

U.S. dollar could be headed for the furnace

General view shows a unit of South Pars Gas field in Asalouyeh Seaport, north of Persian Gulf

2/7/16 – Reuters reports that Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month’s sanctions relief. Continue reading “Bye-bye petro-dollar? Iran wants payment in euros for new and outstanding oil sales”

10 U.S. sailors in Iranian custody

Two small U.S. naval craft apparently briefly entered Iranian territorial waters

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1/12/16 –  CNN Reports:  Ten American sailors are in Iranian custody after two small U.S. naval craft apparently briefly entered Iranian territorial waters, a U.S. senior defense official said Tuesday. Continue reading “10 U.S. sailors in Iranian custody”