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  • Four-Star General: Trump Ending Iran Appeasement Could End Regime

    09/20/2020 4:53:50 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 20,2020 | PENNY STARR
    Keane said that, in addition to enforcing sanctions and ending the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Trump’s brokering the restoration of diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is a game change dramatically against the mullahs,” Keane said. “This is not just a historical event. It’s a geopolitical paradigm shift.” “I think the steps the United States took this week – and that is, we are finally going to put together a political, economic and military alliance with the countries in the Middle East to confront Iran,” Keane told Breitbart News. “That I think is the most significant political...
  • HELL IN PARADISE ISIS take over stunning islands where Daniel Craig and Bono holiday burning down luxury hotels and imposing Sharia Law

    09/19/2020 3:43:40 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 57 replies ^ | 17 Sep 2020, 19:48 | Claudia Aoraha
    ISIS militants have taken over paradise islands in the Indian Ocean, burning down hotels and imposing Sharia Law. Luxury islands off the coast of Mozambique, where A-list celebrities spend their holidays, have been overrun by insurgents linked to Islamic State. Luxury hotels, wildlife, and homes have been torched and "reduced to ashes" in the militant attacks. The ISIS insurgents have ordered residents to abandon the islands of Vamizi and Mecungo - where celebrities like Daniel Craig, Bono and Prince Albert of Monaco have holidayed in luxury. Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and political leader Nelson Mandela have also been known to have...
  • Turkey and Iran are engaging in new operations in Africa - reports

    09/18/2020 3:30:29 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 9 replies
    jpost ^ | 9/18/20 | Seth Frantzman
    Call it a new 'Great Game' or war for hearts and minds, or just influence peddling, but Iran and Turkey are now engaged in greater efforts to expand their role in Africa. This comes as Russia and China are also extending networks on the continent. It is important to understand that this is in the context of the US generally reducing its global role and comes around 60 years after European colonialism was rolled back. The increasing footprint of Iran and Turkey have caused concern for other states that view their role as belligerent. That means that Gulf media is...
  • Department of Justice and Partner Departments and Agencies Conduct Coordinated Actions to Disrupt and Deter Iranian Malicious Cyber Activities Targeting the United States and the Broader International Community

    09/18/2020 7:36:54 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies ^ | September 17, 2020 | Department of Justice
    Unsealing of Indictments, Sanctions Designations, and Technical Indicator Releases Have Occurred Throughout the Week Starting on Sept. 14, 2020 and continuing through today, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Treasury have engaged in a coordinated effort to disrupt and deter malicious cyber activities by actors associated with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (Iran) Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as well as other Iran-based individuals.  These malicious cyber actors targeted victims in Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and...
  • Why Trump Deserves Credit For Brokering Mideast Peace Deals

    09/17/2020 7:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 17, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    For decades, foreign policy experts—the blob—assumed much about the Middle East that has turned out to be completely wrong. It’s been remarkable to watch the mainstream press and official Washington try to downplay the significance of the peace deal the Trump administration brokered between Israel and two Arab states this week.The signing of the Abraham Accords on Tuesday between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain at the White House, which for the first time normalized relations between Israel and the two Persian Gulf states, is by any measure historic. It’s been 26 years since any Arab state recognized Israel,...
  • FLASHBACK: Experts Predicted Jerusalem Embassy Move Would Kill Middle East Peace

    09/15/2020 8:12:11 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 12 replies
    freebeacon ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 | David Rutz
    With Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain signing a historic treaty at the White House on Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon looks back on predictions of Middle East turmoil when the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2018. Although critics such as former secretary of state John Kerry proclaimed at the time that the rejection of Palestinian claims to the city would stymie peace efforts in the Middle East or lead to violence, the UAE and Bahrain announced they would formally recognize Israel and establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. President Donald Trump and Israeli prime...
  • Report from Iran: Christianity proliferating, Islam diminishing

    09/14/2020 12:18:03 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    One news ^ | 10 September 2020 | Matthew F Haverluck
    "Oftentimes, Christian pastors will be arrested and given long prison sentences for 'crimes against the national security,'" reports. "If you open up your doors to a house church in Iran, then your home could be frequently raided and monitored; and if you do happen to go to prison, the prison situation there is appalling." Yet Christianity in the hotbed of Islamic terrorism is quickly approaching the seven-digit mark. "[The number of Christians in Iran is] without doubt in the order of magnitude of several hundreds of thousands and growing beyond a million," the Netherlands-based GAMAAN research group reports from...
  • Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

    09/14/2020 12:14:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    The conversation ^ | 10 September 2020 | BST
    Iran is becoming more secular Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s mass mobilisation of Islam showed that modernisation by no means implies a linear process of religious decline. Reliable large-scale data on Iranians’ post-revolutionary religious beliefs, however, has always been lacking. Over the years, research and waves of protests and crackdowns indicated massive disappointment among Iranians with their political system. This steadily turned into a deeply felt disillusionment with institutional religion. In June 2020, our research institute, the Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes...
  • Report: Iran considering plot to assassinate US ambassador to South Africa

    09/13/2020 11:03:31 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 13 2020 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Iran is allegedly mulling over an attempt to assassinate the United States’ ambassador to South Africa as retaliation for the American drone attack earlier this year that killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force. The news of Tehran’s purported plans was first reported by Politico, who spoke with one official familiar with the issue and another official who has seen the intelligence. If Iran does attempt to carry out the assassination, it would severely ratchet up the already tense relations between Washington and Tehran, along with giving the Trump administration impetus to retaliate.
  • Protesters Storm Bahrain Embassy in Baghdad, Burn US-Israeli Flags

    06/27/2019 1:58:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 23:38 27.06.2019
    23:05 27.06.2019(updated 23:38 27.06.2019) According to Iraqi security officials, the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad was stormed Thursday by protesters who disapprove of Bahrain's hosting of a US-led peace conference aimed at securing an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Images on Facebook show protesters in and around the Gulf island nation's diplomatic compound in Baghdad Thursday evening, carrying Palestinian flags and burning US and Israeli flags. They were reportedly particularly angry at the Bahraini foreign minister's interview with an Israeli television station about the conference. Video filmed on a cellphone outside the embassy showed protesters waving large Palestinian flags atop the...
  • Bahrain Sides With Israel Against Iran (This Arab Country Does Not Even Recognize Israel)

    05/11/2018 9:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/11/2018 | Tyler O' Neil
    Iran launched dozens of rockets at Israel yesterday, causing little damage thanks to Israel's missile defense system. In retaliation, Israel targeted Iran's ability to operate in Syria. While this military confrontation is huge news, a Twitter message from an Arab diplomat may prove comparably important.On Thursday, Bahrain diplomat Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa declared that the state of Israel has a right to defend itself against the Islamic Republic of Iran. "As long as Iran has breached the status quo in the region and has evacuated its troops and missiles, any state in the region, including Israel, is entitled...
  • ‘Israel Is Entitled to Defend Itself’: Bahrain Foreign Minister’s

    05/10/2018 5:40:38 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Dramatic Break With Arab Precedent Follows Iranian Missile Assault Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa (far right) with fellow Arab foreign ministers in Cairo in July 2017. Photo: Reuters / Khaled Elfiqi. The foreign minister of Bahrain on Thursday issued an unusually forthright defense of Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself, hours after Iranian forces in Syria aimed a barrage of missiles at the Jewish state, inviting a wave of Israeli air strikes in response. “As long as Iran has breached the status quo in the region and invaded countries with its forces and missiles, any state in the...
  • Retaliation: Israel pounds “most of” Iran’s military assets in Syria after attack; Bahrain, US(T)

    05/10/2018 10:22:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 5/10/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Iran launched dozens of rockets at Israel yesterday, causing little damage thanks to the “Iron Dome” system Israel employs for just such occasions. In retaliation, Israel launched a wide-ranging military strike on Iranian assets in Syria. It might have looked proportional at first, but it has now become apparent that Israel has decided to reduce Iran’s ability to operate effectively in Syria at all:
  • Bahrain Government Links Pipeline Explosion To Iran

    11/11/2017 12:38:22 PM PST · by JP1201 · 9 replies
    Bahrain said on Nov. 11 that an explosion which caused a fire at its main oil pipeline on Nov. 10 was caused by "terrorist" sabotage, linking the unprecedented attack to Iran, Reuters reported. A key Western ally and host to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain has for years grappled with protests and sporadic violence coming from its Shiite majority. Iran denies any role in the Gulf island kingdom's unrest.
  • Bahrain Oil Pipeline Explodes, Bursts Into Giant Flames

    11/10/2017 3:22:55 PM PST · by JP1201 · 16 replies
    An oil pipeline in Bahrain exploded, and burst into giant fireball, as numerous videos posted on social media showed. According to the Saudi Gazette, an explosion caused a fire in an oil pipeline near Buri village. It adds that no injuries have been reported, and that civil defense teams are extinguishing the fire.
  • Iran general warns Bahrain after Shia cleric stripped of citizenship

    06/21/2016 6:15:06 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 June 2016 | BBC
    The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards overseas operation arm has warned there could be armed resistance in Bahrain after the Sunni-ruled kingdom stripped a top Shia cleric of his citizenship. Bahrain accused the cleric of using his position to "serve foreign interests", promoting "sectarianism and violence". .."The al-Khalifa [rulers of Bahrain] surely know their aggression against Sheikh Isa Qassim is a red line and that crossing it would set Bahrain and the whole region on fire, and it would leave no choice for people but to resort to armed resistance," Gen Soleimani said in a statement released by the semi-official...
  • Bahrain recalls ambassador from Iran after bomb-factory find

    10/01/2015 4:32:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies ^ | 10/1/15
    CAIRO - Bahrain said on Thursday it had recalled its ambassador to Iran, a day after it said security forces had discovered a large bomb-making factory and arrested a number of suspects linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Bahrain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had also declared the Iranian charge d'affaires in Bahrain a "persona non grata" and gave him 72 hours to leave the country. In a statement on its website, the ministry said the decision to recall its ambassador had come "in light of continued Iranian meddling in the affairs of the kingdom of Bahrain ... in order...
  • Beirut port ablaze, weeks after massive blast

    09/10/2020 5:59:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | September 10, 2020 | Ghazi Balkiz, Tamara Qiblawi, and Eliza Mackintosh
    A huge blaze broke out in Beirut's port on Thursday, just weeks after a massive blast at the same site laid waste to the capital city, killing nearly 200 people. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but the Lebanese army said in a statement that it began at a warehouse where oil and tires are kept in the port's duty-free market. Videos taken at the scene showed a warehouse engulfed in flames and a large plume of black smoke rising into the sky. Many Beirut residents sharing clips on social media expressed their dismay that yet another...
  • Donald Trump pulls two thousand troops out of Iraq and plans drawdown in Afghanistan in days amid bust-up with top commanders he accused of going to war to enrich defense contractors

    09/09/2020 11:59:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Trump administration announced Wednesday that more than 2,000 troops will be withdrawn from Iraq and the administration is looking to announce a drawdown in Afghanistan in coming days. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said the reduction will go from about 5,200 troops in Iraq to 3,000 and happen this month, which he said will 'allow us to continue advising and assisting our Iraqi partners in rooting out the final remnants of ISIS in Iraq,' according to CNN. Reporters first caught wind of the president's plan when a senior administration official discussed it with the press pool on...
  • Iran: Kurdish independence to ‘create another Israel’ – Ayatollah Jannati

    09/20/2017 7:55:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Hardline conservative Chairman of Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati asserted that Kurdistan’s bid for independence from Iraq is an attempt to “disintegrate” and “create another Israel” in the region, speaking at a session of the Assembly of Experts of Leadership in Tehran, Tuesday. Jannati stressed that “today’s important issue about Kurdistan is the climate that they want to disintegrate there and create another Israel in this region.” He went on to call on the Assembly of Experts to “strongly stand up against them because this situation is the demand of the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel,” which he said...