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US: Iran Removed Unexploded Mine From Oil Tanker

June 14, 2019 by · Comments Off on US: Iran Removed Unexploded Mine From Oil Tanker 

VOA – The U.S. Navy has released video it says shows an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded limpet mine from the hull of one of two tankers carrying petroleum products that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman Thursday.One of the tankers is Norwegian-owned, and the other is owned by Japanese Kokuka Sangyo shipping company. Photographs also released by the U.S. military show the removed mine had been attached to the Japanese tanker, slightly forward of a mine that had exploded. The Norwegian tanker was set on fire and sent up smoke thick and black enough to be seen by satellites in space.

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US Carrier in Persian Gulf Region Seen as Clear Signal to Iran

June 9, 2019 by · Comments Off on US Carrier in Persian Gulf Region Seen as Clear Signal to Iran 

VOA – Under a starry sky, U.S. Navy fighter jets catapulted off the aircraft carrier’s deck and flew north over the darkened waters of the northern Arabian Sea, a unmistaken signal to Iran that the foremost symbol of the American military’s global reach is back in its neighborhood, perhaps to stay. The USS Abraham Lincoln, with its contingent of Navy destroyers and cruisers and a fighting force of about 70 aircraft, is the centerpiece of the Pentagon’s response to what it calls Iranian threats to attack U.S. forces or commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf region. In recent years, there has been no regular U.S. aircraft carrier presence in the Middle East.

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US Commander Says Mideast Buildup Prompted Iran ‘Step Back’

June 7, 2019 by · Comments Off on US Commander Says Mideast Buildup Prompted Iran ‘Step Back’ 

VOA – The top commander of U.S. forces in the Mideast says Iran appears to have decided to “step back and recalculate” in response to a U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf area. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie says it’s too early to conclude Iran has abandoned plans for potential attacks against American interests that prompted the buildup last month. McKenzie told reporters Thursday that he is assessing Iran’s stance. He says he would not rule out requesting more forces to bolster American defenses.

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Iran Honors Iraqi Shiite Paramilitary Group That US Labels Terrorists

June 5, 2019 by · Comments Off on Iran Honors Iraqi Shiite Paramilitary Group That US Labels Terrorists 

VOA – In an apparent effort to sway Iran’s public opinion in favor of the regime’s involvement in Middle East conflicts, the Iranian government’s television channels are airing a video that glorifies a key anti-American Iraqi Shiite group. The music video, titled “The Noble Ones,” has been shown several times on state TV channels. It praises Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, an Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group that was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States earlier this year. The video, over five minutes with Persian and Arabic lyrics, depicts a fighter of the Iraqi Shiite group who joins the fight against the Islamic State and loses his life in the battle. It shows the man’s lone young son vowing to continue the group’s path. The song ends with lyrics describing how the next mission of Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba after the defeat of IS will be targeting Israel.

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Attorney, Rights Defender Sentenced to 30 Years, Flogging in Iran

June 4, 2019 by · Comments Off on Attorney, Rights Defender Sentenced to 30 Years, Flogging in Iran 

VOA – An Iranian lawyer has been jailed for 30 years after setting up a channel on the popular social media platform Telegram, highlighting human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic. Amir Salar Davoudi was convicted by a revolutionary court for “propaganda against the state” and “insulting officials” and is set to be flogged 111 times. According to his lawyer Vahid Farahani, Davoudi was also accused of “collaborating with an enemy state” after giving an interview to Voice of America Persian-language television. Speaking to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran in April, Farahani warned his client was accused of “forming a group to overthrow the state.”

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Pompeo: US Willing to Talk to Iran With ‘No Preconditions’

June 2, 2019 by · Comments Off on Pompeo: US Willing to Talk to Iran With ‘No Preconditions’ 

VOA – The United States is willing to hold unconditional talks with Iran to ease tensions between the two countries, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, but Tehran held out little hope for new negotiations. “We are prepared to engage in a conversation with no preconditions. We are ready to sit down with them,” Pompeo said at a news conference in Switzerland. But the top U.S. diplomat added that “the American effort to fundamentally reverse the malign activity of this Islamic Republic, this revolutionary force, is going to continue.” He said the U.S. is “certainly prepared to have that conversation when the Iranians can prove that they want to behave like a normal nation.”

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US Farmers Caught in ‘Perfect Storm’ of Trade, Weather

May 31, 2019 by · Comments Off on US Farmers Caught in ‘Perfect Storm’ of Trade, Weather 

VOA – The constant beat of rain upon the metal roof of Megan Dwyer’s barn on her rural Illinois farm is an all-too-familiar and unwelcome sound at this time of year. “We picked up another 8/10ths (2 cm) last night,” she told VOA, competing to be heard over the noise created by the constant downpour on the barn. “We’ve probably picked up another 3 or 4 this morning.” It has been one of the wettest planting seasons 30-year-old Dwyer has ever experienced. “Ideally we’d like to be done planted with corn and have a good chunk of our beans in, and we’re maybe 5% planted in total right now,” she said. And there’s no relief in sight.

Tensions Grow Between Russia, Iran in Syria

May 28, 2019 by · Comments Off on Tensions Grow Between Russia, Iran in Syria 

VOA – Russia military police last week reportedly carried out a raid against Iranian-backed militiamen stationed at Syria’s Aleppo international airport, local media reported. In the aftermath, several Iranian militia leaders were arrested in what was seen as the latest episode of tensions between Iranian and Russian forces in Syria.  Since the beginning of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Russia and Iran have built a strong military presence in the country in support of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.  Iran has since deployed thousands of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and allied Shiite militias to Syria, while Russia officially entered the Syrian conflict in September 2015 to help Assad’s regime. 

Iran Supreme Leader Criticizes Politicians Amid Tension With US

May 23, 2019 by · Comments Off on Iran Supreme Leader Criticizes Politicians Amid Tension With US 

VOA – Iran’s supreme leader publicly chastised the country’s moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they negotiated with world powers.   The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he’s criticized both politicians by name, came amid tensions with the United States a year after Washington’s withdrawal from the accord.  Khamenei has final say on all matters of state, and his assessment limits the influence of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who are relative moderates within Iran’s Shiite theocracy.  It also shows the growing power of hard-liners.  The White House this month sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region over a still-unexplained threat it had perceived from Iran. 

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US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

May 22, 2019 by · Comments Off on US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans 

VOA – Michael Bowman on Capitol Hill contributed to this report. – PENTAGON — Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said the steps taken to bolster the U.S. military presence in the Middle East have deterred Iran and “put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” even as Iran carried out other attacks. “It doesn’t mean that the threats that we previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given Iranians time to recalculate,” Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. “We talked about those threats, and there were attacks,” Shanahan said. Asked to clarify what attacks he was referring to, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino told VOA that U.S. intelligence points to Iran as “highly likely responsible” for the attack on four oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The secretary and other officials are scheduled to brief members of Congress in a closed-door session later Tuesday about the military threat the White House says Iran poses in the Middle East.

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