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Israel faces uphill battle with Iran in Syria

Israel faces uphill battle with Iran in Syria

The ski slopes on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights open for a brief period every winter. On January 20, an Israeli enjoying an afternoon ski was shocked to see a rocket launched by an Iron Dome air defense battery. It was one of two that streaked across the sky aimed at stopping an Iranian surface-to-surface missile fired from Syria at Israel. The recent flare-up in Israeli-Iranian tensions in Syria comes amid the planned U.S. withdrawal and the winding down of the war on ISIS. It threatens to spark a new conflict. On January 23, Russia warned Israel again about airstrikes in Syria. Yet Jerusalem insists, with Washington’s backing, that it can reduce Iran’s presence in Syria as well as degrade Iran’s weapons transfers to Hezbollah.

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Zarif: A picture is worth a thousand words

Zarif: A picture is worth a thousand words

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has reacted to a picture showing the US national security adviser wearing VR goggles reportedly reconstructing the past on a tour in the Israeli-occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds, reports Mehr News.

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The EU must come to terms with the JCPOA

The EU must come to terms with the JCPOA

Former Iranian ambassador to Paris said on Sunday that if Europe continues to use technical issues as an excuse to delay implementation of its trade mechanism with Iran, Tehran will see no reason to remain in the nuclear deal.

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US Administration examines Iran oil waivers

US Administration examines Iran oil waivers

The Trump administration is open to allowing some countries to continue importing Iranian oil, despite promises to tighten the screws on Tehran and any country that continues doing business with the Islamic Republic, according to U.S. officials who confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that some nations may get a temporary pass from a cadre of new sanctions set to be imposed next month.

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US losing battle with Iran over Iraq?

US losing battle with Iran over Iraq?

More than two weeks after the Trump administration announced it would keep its current force of between 7,000 and 9,000 US soldiers in Iraq and dispatched Brett McGurk, the presidential envoy for the global coalition against ISIS to Baghdad in order to prevent an Iranian takeover of the country, it is becoming increasingly clear the US is losing Iraq.

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Why Trump's strategy for Iran is likely to lead to war

Why Trump's strategy for Iran is likely to lead to war

The Nation has published an article by Trita Parsi on 23 May 2018 which you can read here. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech on May 21 only reinforced what was already known about Donald Trump's strategy for Iran: Either the president is ratcheting up the pressure on Tehran to get a "better deal," which is the official story and the gist of Pompeo's message, or he is merely pretending to be interested in new negotiations, while putting into place the building blocks for a military assault on Iran. Yet even if Trump genuinely seeks new negotiations, he is more likely to end up in a war, because the very premise of Pompeo's speech is false. That's because more pressure on Iran would not have secured a better nuclear deal in 2015—it would only have led to war, or to a nuclear Iran.  

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