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Iran expects to receive war compensation from Iraq

Iran expects to receive war compensation from Iraq

The Head of Islamic Consultative Assembly Commission on Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran has stressed that receiving war compensation is an irrefutable commitment of Iraq towards Iran, saying: “Iraq is capable of paying war damages to Iran and we expect this to be implemented.”

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Darius the Great pavilion new attraction in Pasargadae

Darius the Great pavilion new attraction in Pasargadae

The pavilion used by Darius the Great as a place to rest still remains from Achaemenid times in Fars Province, southern Iran. It dates back to 2500 years ago near the Pasargadae Unesco World Heritage Site, yet has remained in the dark until now.

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Reasons why Iran won't talk with Trump

Reasons why Iran won't talk with Trump

Mehdi Shaddel writes in The National Interest that the recent exchange of barbs between Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump has given rise to speculations about a potential North Korea-style rapprochement between Iran and the United States following the latter’s unilateral withdrawal in May from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Such speculations partly stem from the fact that Trump and several high-ranking members of his administration, most recently Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have underscored America’s readiness for a new round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme and its regional behavior.

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Pompeo's new Iran Action Group

Pompeo's new Iran Action Group

Caitlin Oprysko writes in Politico that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday unveiled a new team to coordinate the Trump administration’s post-nuclear deal approach to Iran and bolster support for the strategy abroad.

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US plans new ways of weakening Iran

US plans new ways of weakening Iran

Krishnadev Calamur writes in The Atlantic that sixty-five years ago this week, a CIA-backed coup toppled Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran’s democratically elected prime minister. The goal of the coup was to strengthen the hand of the West’s ally Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of a new Iran Action Group to coordinate U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear accord with Iran.

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Iran regime change advocates haven't learned from coup

Iran regime change advocates haven't learned from coup

Paul Pillar, nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, writes in the Atlantic Council that he Trump administration’s policy toward Iran aims for regime change. Possibly US President Donald Trump dreams of reaching some bold deal with the current leadership of Iran, but he has not laid out any feasible route to one. The administration’s dominant hope instead seems to be that stepped-up economic pressure will somehow lead disaffected Iranians to rise up against their rulers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s most recent speech on Iran was essentially a call to do just that. 

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  Iraq between Iran and a hard place

Iraq between Iran and a hard place

Ishaan Tharoor writes in the Wahington Post as we reported this week, a dispute over Turkey’s continued detention of an American clergyman has spiraled into the worst crisis between the two countries in more than four decades. President Trump has exultantly slapped tariffs on Turkish imports, an act that sent the country’s currency into a tailspin over the weekend. Now Turkey has retaliated, announcing on Wednesday that it would levy its own tariffs on a slate of U.S. products.

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