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Dr. Galen A. Etemad: Iran’s Mr. Apollo

January 18, 2020 by · Comments Off on Dr. Galen A. Etemad: Iran’s Mr. Apollo 

Dr. Galen A. Etemad: – Iran’s Mr. Apollo – By Nakissa Etemad

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Iran’s State TV Airs Apparent Prank Call to C-SPAN to Back False Claims of US Casualties

January 18, 2020 by · Comments Off on Iran’s State TV Airs Apparent Prank Call to C-SPAN to Back False Claims of US Casualties 

VOA – Iranian state TV has broadcast what appears to be a prank call to a U.S. television network to try to support false Iranian claims of heavy U.S. casualties in an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi base last week. Several Iranian diaspora journalists tweeted a video clip of Thursday’s broadcast by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) TV channel, whose presenter, Ali Zohourian, introduced a segment about Washington’s purported “cover-up of heavy losses” from Iran’s January 8 strike on the al-Asad base that houses U.S. and Iraqi forces.  No U.S. or Iraqi forces were killed in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) missile attack, which caused some damage to the base. Iran had given advance notice of the strike to Iraqi authorities, enabling the troops at the base to take cover.  In the IRIB news segment, Zohourian said: “Eight days after the IRGC’s missile slap on the (face of) the United States war machine, a father of a terrorist soldier of America admits in a telephone interview with (C-SPAN’s) Washington Journal (program) that he has no information about his son’s whereabouts since last week, and says his numerous pursuits of U.S. Defense Department officials bore no fruit.”

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Is European Unity on Iran Nuclear Deal Starting to Crack?

January 18, 2020 by · Comments Off on Is European Unity on Iran Nuclear Deal Starting to Crack? 

VOA – LONDON – There are signs that cracks are beginning to appear in European unity over its backing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, or JCPOA, as allies come under growing pressure from the United States to abandon the agreement in the wake of Tehran’s downing of a passenger jet January 8. The 2015 deal, signed by Iran, the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, lifted most sanctions on Iran in return for strict limits on nuclear fuel enrichment. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, citing concerns about Iran’s missile program. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that the nuclear agreement could be replaced with what he called “the Trump deal.”

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