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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #20 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 10:43am
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Demos wrote on Apr 9th, 2019 at 3:59pm:
This is my concern, and I think it should be everyone's. Prior to this announcement, there was this:

Iran responsible for deaths of 608 American troops in Iraq

The drumbeats for war with Iran seem to be growing, and that's troubling.

I wish I believed that Bolton and Pompeo just wished to luck tough. I think they have another goal in mind.

That happened from 2003 to 2011.

That was when ISIS had control of much of Iraq.  We should not start a war over past events.
  

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Reply #21 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 3:00pm
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Iran announces joint border security force with Pakistan

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that a new joint security force with Pakistan will be formed to combat militants based along the two countries’ shared border.

Both Pakistan and Iran have said militant groups operate from the other country’s soil, occasionally carrying out deadly cross-border attacks...

Rouhani also said he’ll increase the volume of trade with Pakistan, which amounts to nearly $1.5 billion annually. He said Iran is poised for a ten-fold increase in electricity exports to Pakistan, currently at around 100 megawatts per hour.

He said the two countries were interested in a rail link between the port cities of Gwadar in Pakistan and Chabahar in Iran.

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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #22 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 3:04pm
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Demos wrote on Apr 22nd, 2019 at 3:00pm:


Can you imagine a scenario in which Iranian and Pakistani security leaders sit, tears of laughter running in to their beards, trying to work out how to make the CIA howl with impotent fury?
  

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Reply #23 - Apr 23rd, 2019 at 11:06am
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India to observe US sanctions on Iranian oil

NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Tuesday it will buy crude oil from other major oil producing countries in view of the United States’ decision this week to end waivers that allowed it to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions...

India bought 23.6 million tons of Iranian oil in the financial year ending in March 2019, said Y.K Baweja, India’s Petroleum Ministry spokesman. He did not give details of India’s plans after the U.S. waiver ends on May 2.

Iran was the third largest oil supplier for India after Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Imports account for more than 80% of India’s oil needs...

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Reply #24 - Apr 29th, 2019 at 11:28am
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WAIVERS FOR CIVIL NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH IRAN ARE A NO-BRAINER

The Trump administration is busy ratcheting up pressure on Iran: Last week, the president made clear he is going to try to use sanctions threats to force Iranian oil sales to zero. Earlier this month, he announced the designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. Now, members of the administration are debating whether to renew sanctions waivers for European, Chinese, and Russian cooperation with Iran on civil nuclear projects. These waivers allow international partners to work with Iran on non-military projects without fear of U.S. sanctions.

Failing to renew the waivers would be indefensible. The fact that there is even an internal debate is illuminating: At least some Trump advisors want a crisis with Iran, and the sooner the better...

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Reply #25 - Apr 30th, 2019 at 12:33pm
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Don’t Let Iraq Fall Victim to U.S.-Iran Rivalry

...The U.S.-Iran battle is now primarily over U.S. sanctions, which Washington is trying to apply throughout the world, including in Iraq, and which Iran in turn is trying to circumvent, especially in Iraq. Not seeking to harm its Iraqi ally, the Trump administration granted the country a 45-day waiver in November 2018, allowing Baghdad to continue paying for the electricity and natural gas it imports from Tehran. To Iraqis, the short length of this reprieve came as a shock, given their heavy dependence on these imports (which account for one-third of their electricity) and given that the administration had granted 180-day waivers to U.S. allies that are key importers of Iranian oil, such as Japan, South Korea, India, and Turkey.

After lengthy negotiations, Washington renewed the waivers twice (in December 2018 and March 2019) but at the last minute and for only 90-day increments. These grace periods have put the Iraqi government on tenterhooks, rendering its balancing act between its two key sponsors even more delicate.

U.S. officials know that it will take years for Iraq to gain energy independence, yet they are putting great pressure on the government to reduce their energy dependence on Iran in short order. Iraq would have to do so by importing electricity from countries other than Iran, such as Jordan and the Gulf monarchies; improving electricity distribution through infrastructure built by foreign companies; and signing contracts with foreign companies to capture its own gas, which is going to waste at present. Washington is also seeking financial benefit, pressing the government to sign contracts with U.S. companies such as General Electric to provide such services.

The Trump administration is not just seeking Iraqi compliance with sanctions but to marshal Iraq’s active support in the campaign against Iran and is using the threat of ending loans and withholding stabilization funds to this end.

As much as secondary U.S. sanctions might hurt Iraq, however, the notion that Iraq-Iran economic cooperation will therefore end is a chimera.Over the past 16 years, the Iranians have deliberately enmeshed the Iraqi economy with their own, and they are not about to give up their investment. Preliminary figures for March 2018-February 2019 suggest that Iran’s exports to Iraq reached $12 billion—a 45 percent increase compared with the previous year—and the two countries say they aim to raise bilateral trade to $20 billion within the next few years.

Given the intensity of these trade ties, U.S. pressure to sever them may even have the opposite effect; it could empower the very group that Washington is trying to weaken: the IRGC. The more Washington threatens Iran, the more it deepens Tehran’s fear that the motive is not behavior but regime change, and the more the IRGC will invest in Iraq, which is providing Iran with strategic depth. In the same vein, the more Washington blocks formal trade channels, the richer the IRGC will become, given its hold on the black market and smuggling routes. An Iraqi official said: “Sanctions are strengthening, not weakening, Iran in Iraq. … A number of Iranian companies have already moved their headquarters to Iraq in order to circumvent sanctions..."

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Reply #26 - May 1st, 2019 at 2:00pm
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Iran’s Changing of the Guards

On April 21, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) got a new leader: Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, who replaces Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari. The change of personnel was unexpected; Jafari’s tenure, which started in 2007, had just been extended by three years in 2017. He will now preside over the Hazrat Baqiatollah al-Azam Cultural and Social Headquarters, an office for countering the so-called Western soft war against Iran. Salami, meanwhile, will take over the IRGC at a time when Iran is facing many external and internal challenges to the stability of the Islamic regime...

For now, it is too early to say how the change at the top of the IRGC will affect Iran’s strategy, especially toward the United States. Yet one thing is clear: Now that Iran’s leaders have shown a readiness to reshuffle the corps’ top ranks, the IRGC will have less appetite for regional adventures and might even be more risk-averse in challenging the United States’ terrorist designation, since organizations under new management tend to take time to stabilize themselves. In other words, a step that was probably meant to increase Iran’s deterrence against Washington will actually force Iran to hold its horses for the short term.

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Reply #28 - May 3rd, 2019 at 10:42am
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Iran: Central Bank Governor Proposes 6-Point Plan to Counter U.S. Sanctions

What Happened: The governor of Iran's Central Bank has laid out a six-point plan to counter U.S. sanctions, including open-market operations, improving the efficiency of hard currency transactions and boosting non-oil exports through a new foreign exchange policy, among others, IRNA reported May 3.

Why It Matters: Iran is reeling from increased U.S. sanctions and is attempting to implement a multifaceted approach to weather its economic crisis, including banking sector reforms and measures to support its rural population.

Background: Iran has already implemented several measures to bolster its currency, including the introduction of open-market operations earlier this year, all of which have somewhat stabilized the black market value of its national currency.

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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #29 - May 3rd, 2019 at 10:44am
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Demos wrote on Apr 8th, 2019 at 10:36am:
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Related thread: Iran Seeks Iraq's Help Defying US Sanctions


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