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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #150 - Jul 18th, 2019 at 1:48pm
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Mystery surrounds Iran's seizure of oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Mystery surrounds the apparent seizure by Iran of a small tanker in the Persian Gulf, after Revolutionary Guards claimed it had towed a foreign oil tanker for “smuggling fuel”.

The vessel, a 1,899 dwt tanker, was reported to have been intercepted south of Iran's Larak Island in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Sunday and its 12 crew members arrested...

However, the circumstances surrounding the incident were murky.

No country is yet to claim ownership of the Panama-flagged MT Riah, which went missing over the weekend. She appears to have changed management several times in the last few months. The last known company, KBR Petrochem, could not be reached for comment...

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Reply #151 - Jul 18th, 2019 at 1:49pm
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U.S. to Send About 500 More Troops to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — The United States is sending hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia in what is intended as the latest show of force toward Iran, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

The roughly 500 troops are part of a broader tranche of forces sent to the region over the past two months after tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated...

CNN first reported the plans to deploy more troops on Wednesday night. Defense Department officials confirmed the plans, speaking only on the condition of anonymity because they were not yet public...

The Trump administration has sent 2,000 troops to the region specifically to deter Iran. They are meant mainly to scrutinize Iranian activities and protect American troops already stationed in the Middle East. Some combat aircraft and surface-to-air missile systems were also deployed. At one point, the Pentagon had considered sending up to 6,000 additional troops...

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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #152 - Jul 18th, 2019 at 3:46pm
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I know debating who is more racist is incredibly important, but...

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Trump says U.S. ship destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said the USS Boxer destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday after the aircraft threatened the ship by flying to within 1,000 yards of it.

He called on other countries to condemn Iran and protect their own ships.

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Trump says US Navy shot down Iranian drone

President Donald Trump on Thursday said a U.S. Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone in a defensive action.

Trump said the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, fired on the drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, destroying the aircraft.

The Boxer is part of a group of Navy ships that only just entered the strait on Thursday as part of an increased U.S. military presence in the region.

The incident came four weeks after Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone flying over international airspace the same area, in what American officials at the time called an “unprovoked attack...”

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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #153 - Jul 18th, 2019 at 5:17pm
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This is getting dangerous and accomplishing what, exactly?
  

If you are more fortunate than others, build a longer table, not a taller fence.

Oh noes! Virtue Signaling!!
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Reply #154 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 10:58am
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Iraqi militias bombed by unmanned aircraft, one killed: security sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shi’ite paramilitary groups in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least one person, the army and paramilitary sources said.

The Iraqi military said in a statement a drone had dropped a grenade onto the base in northern Salahuddin province, wounding at least two people, but gave no further details...

There was no immediate claim of responsibility...

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Reply #155 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 1:35pm
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Hawk’s guide to Iranian behavior:

Passivity: they’re scared & on the brink of collapse. Maximum pressure is working.

More aggressiveness: they’re desperate & lashing out. Maximum pressure is working.

Offer to talk: it’s a trap! But also proof that maximum pressure is working.

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Reply #156 - Jul 22nd, 2019 at 3:49pm
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U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, on British tanker incident in Iran, says it falls to the United Kingdom to take care of their ships - Fox News via @Reuters

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UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the waterway last week.

Briefing Parliament on the budding crisis, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Iran of “an act of state piracy” that must be met with a coordinated international reaction...

Hunt announced precious few details of the proposed protection mission, but said Britain’s European allies will play a major role in keeping shipping lanes open. One-fifth of all global crude exports passes through the narrow strait between Iran and Oman.

The foreign secretary said Iran must understand that its actions will only lead to a bigger Western military footprint in the region...

He also sought to put distance between Britain and its closest international ally, the United States...

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Reply #157 - Jul 23rd, 2019 at 2:33pm
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Couple of items...

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Iran says to meet nuclear deal parties on Sunday

Iran said it will attend a meeting in Vienna on Sunday of diplomats from countries still party to the 2015 nuclear deal, as they try to salvage the landmark agreement.

The hard-won deal has been threatened with collapse since the United States withdrew from it last year and reimposed biting sanctions against Iran as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign...

It was requested by the European parties to discuss the "new situation", the statement added, referring to Iran's reduced nuclear commitments under the deal in response to the US withdrawal...

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U.S. Punishes Chinese Company Over Iranian Oil

The Trump administration is imposing economic sanctions on a Chinese state-owned oil trading company and its top executive for buying Iranian oil in violation of an American ban, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

Mr. Pompeo said in a foreign policy speech at a veterans’ convention in Florida that the company, Zhuhai Zhenrong, and its chief executive, Li Youmin, were “violating U.S. restrictions on Iran’s oil sector.” It is the first time the Trump administration has  penalized a Chinese company and executive for defying recent United States sanctions on Iranian oil exports...

The Treasury Department, which enforces sanctions, added the Chinese names announced by Mr. Pompeo to a list of Iran-related designations on Monday...

Tankers have been unloading millions of barrels of Iranian oil at Chinese ports, where the oil is being kept in what is called “bonded storage,” Bloomberg News reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the actions...

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Reply #158 - Jul 26th, 2019 at 1:03pm
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A take on Iran's recent actions...

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Iran’s threats are an attempt to negotiate

...Seven years later, that agreement is on life support. The Trump administration pulled out in May 2018, and Iran has recently begun breaching the deal’s restrictions on its nuclear activities. Tensions are high in the Persian Gulf, with Iran seizing a British ship and announcing plans to execute a ring of supposed CIA spies. Fears are mounting that the two countries are on a collision course, headed toward a wider and far more destabilizing military conflict.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the breakdown: Iranian officials now appear to be negotiating—and rather than using back-channels, they’re doing it in plain sight.

Iranian officials, most notably the foreign minister, have been angling for diplomacy with Washington. And Tehran’s provocations in the Gulf, if you look past the breathless headlines, can be seen as a crucial part of their good cop-bad cop negotiating strategy—one that reinforces persuasion with intimidation. Taken together, the signals suggest that Iranians are setting the table for talks, and if President Donald Trump is serious about wanting to “make Iran great again,” he should make the most of this opportunity before tensions spiral out of control...

Zarif, a polished chief diplomat with an outsized Washington Rolodex, has made two high-profile visits to New York in recent months, meeting with representatives from the media, academia, and Capitol Hill—a kind of public relations tour underscoring that the Islamic Republic is testing the waters with the Trump administration.

In typical Iranian fashion, this campaign is happening at the same time Iran’s leaders are sending strong signals against doing any such thing...

The one-two punch from Tehran reflects the harsh reality of the regime’s current predicament. Iranian officials insist that they can cope under American pressure, but the concerted campaign to ramp up the threat level even as they flirt with diplomatic overtures betrays an awareness within the theocracy’s highest levels that the country cannot afford an indefinite American economic siege.

Zarif’s media appearances and private meetings here, accordingly, have conveyed a flexible, even cordial message...

Longtime observers of Iran find it no surprise that Zarif was dispatched to New York even as tensions are rising in the Persian Gulf, with a string of attacks on oil tankers, an oil pipeline, and various U.S.-linked facilities in Iraq, the drone downing, and the latest provocation—Iran’s seizure of a British tanker as it transited the Gulf. The Islamic Republic has made an art form of pairing diplomacy with force, exploiting Zarif’s unctuous charm alongside a punch in the face from the Revolutionary Guard...

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Reply #159 - Jul 29th, 2019 at 4:02pm
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Talks held in Vienna to salvage Iran nuclear deal

...The aim of the emergency talks was to ease recent tensions, and keep the 2015 agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), alive.

Earlier this month, the UK, French and German leaders had issued a joint statement saying they were "deeply troubled" by events in the Gulf, and said it was "time to act responsibly and seek a path to stop the escalation of tensions and resume dialogue".

Arriving at the meeting, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said he considered the seizing of its oil tanker in breach of the JCPOA, and Iran also described as "provocative" British proposals for a European-led mission to escort tankers through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital international shipping route.

Mr Araghchi said after the meeting: "The atmosphere was constructive. Discussions were good. I cannot say that we resolved everything, I can say there are lots of commitments."

China's representative Fu Cong said all parties had "expressed their commitment to safeguard the JCPOA and... expressed their strong opposition against the US unilateral imposition of sanctions..."

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Talks with U.S. possible if they led to tangible results - Iran foreign ministry spokesman

GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks between Iran and the United States would be possible if based on an agenda that could lead to tangible results, but Washington is not seeking dialogue, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he would be willing to hold talks with the Islamic Republic.

“Dialogue and negotiation can be held when we have a certain agenda in place and when we could get some tangible and practical results out of it,” Mousavi said in a news conference broadcast live on Press TV.

He added: “They are not for talks. They are not seeking dialogue.”

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