The Islamic Republic of Iran seems to be working overtime to increase its influence in the Gaza Strip on Israel’s southern border and in Syria and Lebanon in the north.
It’s not as if much has changed; rather, the rabid hatred of the Jewish state by Islamists appears to be reshaping what has been brewing below the surface for decades.
The passage of the Iranian nuclear deal in July 2015, supported and promoted by former U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration, provided Iran with a financial windfall that has benefitted the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime in Syria and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip…. read more
Debkafile: Surveillance spotters saw them moving around 2 km from the Golan border, the closest hostile Iranian and Hizballah troops have ever come to Israel’s border with Syria.
They were brought over from their base at Khan Arnaba, 6km east of the Golan. Our sources report that the “administration center” is a military-civil body established by the Russians for managing the Quneitra de-escalation zone, one of four President Donald Trump and Putin agreed to establish in Syria …
Russian officers in civvies were seen driving Iranian and Hizballah officers, also in civilian garb, into the town of Quneitra and settling them in the building that houses the “administration center.”… read more
Turkish energy company Unit International, Russia’s Zarubezhneft, and Iran’s non-governmental firm Ghadir Investment Company have pledged to invest a combined US$7 billion to drill at three oil fields and one natural gas field in Iran, the Turkish company said on Tuesday.
The investment commitment comes just a week after Ghadir Investment signed a deal with Zarubezhneft and Unit International to finance and develop oil and gas projects in and outside Iran.
The three companies agreed to set up joint ventures to fund oil and gas development projects, with Ghadir Exploration and Production Company leading the consortium in which each company would have equal share of the financing.
According to Unit International, as cited by Reuters, the total reserves at the three oil fields are estimated at 10 billion barrels, and the fields would be able to pump 100,000 bpd… read more
Iranian lawmakers reportedly shout “Death to America” following vote on increasing funds for missile program and Quds Forces; Iran’s Deputy FM: Bill designed wisely to not violate nuclear deal; Rouhani threatens to restart nuclear program
Iran’s parliament approved a new bill that will direct $260 million to Iran’s missile program.
The new legislation is in retaliation for the United States placing additional sanctions on the Islamic Republic, or as reported by Iranian media to “counter America’s terrorist and adventurist actions”… read more
read more …. US intelligence also estimates from recent tests that North Korea is likely to be able to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles by next year So America now faces is a ruthless, unpredictable dictator who will soon be capable of of launching a nuclear attack on its mainland. This threat confronts President Trump with a scary test..
But while all eyes were fixed on the burly dictator in Pyongyang, hardly anyone noticed that North Korea and Iran this week signed a series of new military accords which are no less dangerous to world peace.
Parliament Speaker Kim Yong Nam, who is rated No. 2 in the Kim regime, ended a 10-day visit to Tehran on Monday, Aug. 7 by inking the new agreements. His official errand in Tehran was to represent Pyongyang at the swearing-in ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani and inaugurate the new North Korean embassy building in the Iranian capital. But he came with a large delegation of North Korean military officers who spent hours in conference with the heads of Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, as well as the leaders of the powerful Revolutionary Guards.
The precise details of Pyongyang’s continued contribution to the upgrade of Iran’s technology in those areas under close wraps. But for Kim, the important thing is Iran’s multibillion dollar investment in the partnership in return in return for allowing Iranian engineers and scientists to work alongside North Korean experts in the two fields.
The irony is that, while the Security Council unanimouslyy approved tough economic sanctions estimated to cost North Korea an estimated $1bn in state revenue – for which President Trump praised the world powers – Kim has managed to lay his hands on enough cash from Tehran to keep his nuclear and missile programs moving apace. Some of that cash comes from the sanction relief the Americans and Europeans granted Iran for signing its 2015 nuclear deal.
A Cyclone-class patrol craft warded off an Iranian patrol boat that was approaching a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser on Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, a Navy official told USNI News.
USS Thunderbolt (PC-12) fired “multiple warning shots” after an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy Nassar-class patrol boat came within 150 yards of the patrol craft and one nautical mile of nearby cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72). The incident occurred at about 10:20 A.M. local time, or about 3:20 A.M. EST, according to video of the encounter obtained by USNI News.
“We are operating in the Northern Arabian Gulf,” said a watch stander on the cruiser.
“We have zero one IRGCN Nassar WOP one nautical mile off our stern bearing one eight zero degrees relative. [General Quarters] one has been set.”
Thunderbolt was operating with two Coast Guard cutters and a U.S. Army logistics vessel in a screen around Vella Gulf as part of a U.S.-only exercise when the formation was approached by the Iranian PC, the official said…. read more
Authorities in Iran are increasingly targeting Christian converts with arrests and imprisonments, according to the New York-based Center for Human Rights In Iran.
“In less than two months, since June 2017, Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran has issued long prison sentences to at least 11 Christian converts and the former leader of the Assyrian Pentecostal Church in Iran,” CHRI said in a report.
“Christians are recognized as an official religious minority in Iran’s Constitution, but the state continues to persecute members of the faith, especially converts,” said CHRI’s executive director Hadi Ghaemi. “The state must respect its own laws and international obligations and allow Christians and all religious minorities full freedom of worship.”… read more
PM and Macron meet in Paris, participate in ceremony for 75th anniversary of French Jewish deportation to concentration camps; Netanyahu addressed US-Russia ceasefire, Temple Mount security; Macron focuses on two-state solution
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Sunday as part of his tour to France and Hungary this week.
Their meeting centered on bilateral relations, security and economic cooperation with both leaders addressing the press.<!–more–>