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Post by Pyperkub » Mon May 21, 2018 8:35 pm

That's a pretty good article, though I don't think the Saudis and UAE will sit on the sidelines necessarily, and could well side with Israel as they'll be in a very tough position.

I've long felt that Syria was indeed Russia's problem to solve, but per that article, I may have to rethink that.

However, I still feel strongly that if we want peace in the Middle East, and the cessation of Islamic Terror abroad, the ultimate solution is to wean ourselves off of Middle Eastern fossil fuels, and make it so that everyone doesn't need them. If the reserves were worth less than nothing, they money for all of this war (and terrorism) would dry up, IMHO.

Unfortunately, war seems more likely (and may be inevitable anyways, even if the money dries up, because as it does, there will be unification fights over the shrinking scraps...).
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Post by Holman » Mon May 21, 2018 9:06 pm

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However, I still feel strongly that if we want peace in the Middle East, and the cessation of Islamic Terror abroad, the ultimate solution is to wean ourselves off of Middle Eastern fossil fuels, and make it so that everyone doesn't need them. If the reserves were worth less than nothing, they money for all of this war (and terrorism) would dry up, IMHO.
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Post by Defiant » Thu May 24, 2018 8:31 pm

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in Vienna, in its first report since the U.S. withdrawal, that Iran continues to stay below the maximum level to which it can enrich uranium and appears to be fulfilling other obligations.

However, the agency criticizes in the report that Iran is slow when it comes to “complementary access” inspections, which are part of the deal.
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Post by Pyperkub » Thu May 24, 2018 9:01 pm

Holman wrote:
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However, I still feel strongly that if we want peace in the Middle East, and the cessation of Islamic Terror abroad, the ultimate solution is to wean ourselves off of Middle Eastern fossil fuels, and make it so that everyone doesn't need them. If the reserves were worth less than nothing, they money for all of this war (and terrorism) would dry up, IMHO.
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"Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen."
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Post by Defiant » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:39 am

For anyone interested in that treasure trove of intelligence on Iran's nuclear program that was revealed a few months ago, here is an article that discusses some of it, as well as how the operation was carried out.

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Post by Daehawk » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:56 am

Im so glad this was all the post was about. I fear anything new in the world happening because Trump will make anything worse. He has 2 more years at the least to fuck us up more.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:00 pm

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It didn't take long to get the email from the Treasury notifying us that the sanctions were snapping back into place.
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The Trump administration on Monday moved to reimpose the first round of Iranian trade sanctions that had been suspended under the 2015 nuclear agreement, distancing itself from every other country that signed the agreement and putting the accord’s future in jeopardy.

U.S. officials said the sanctions that have been waived for the past two and a half years will be snapped back officially on Tuesday morning at one minute past midnight.

From that moment on, Iran will be prohibited from using U.S. dollars, the primary currency for international financial transactions and oil purchases. Trade in metals and sales of Iranian-made cars will be banned. Permits allowing the import of Iranian carpets and food, such as pistachios, will be revoked. So will licenses that have allowed Tehran to buy U.S. and European aircraft and parts — a restriction that comes just days after Iran completed the acquisition of five new commercial planes from Europe.

Those who don’t comply could be subject to “severe consequences,” President Trump said in a statement. That was directed at European governments that expressed regret over the U.S. sanctions, and vowed to protect their own companies from legal reprisals by the U.S. government.
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Post by Kraken » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:08 pm

My crystal ball foresees a little bump in oil prices (which Republicans always like) and more trade tensions with Europe (whom Trumpsters don't like). I wish that the rest of the world would simply bypass and isolate the US for a few years, but that's not realistic.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:48 pm

It's sanctions all the way down
European firms that stop doing business with Iran because of reimposed U.S. sanctions could in turn be sanctioned by the E.U., a special adviser to the 28-country bloc's top diplomat has warned.

“If E.U. companies abide by U.S. secondary sanctions they will, in turn, be sanctioned by the E.U.," Nathalie Tocci, an aide to E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, told Britain’s BBC Radio 4 on Monday night.

She characterized the measures as an attempt to "protect European companies.”

Tocci said the move was "necessary in order to signal, diplomatically, to the Iranians that Europeans are serious" about trying to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.
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Post by El Guapo » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:35 pm

Isgrimnur wrote:
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It's sanctions all the way down
European firms that stop doing business with Iran because of reimposed U.S. sanctions could in turn be sanctioned by the E.U., a special adviser to the 28-country bloc's top diplomat has warned.

“If E.U. companies abide by U.S. secondary sanctions they will, in turn, be sanctioned by the E.U.," Nathalie Tocci, an aide to E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, told Britain’s BBC Radio 4 on Monday night.

She characterized the measures as an attempt to "protect European companies.”

Tocci said the move was "necessary in order to signal, diplomatically, to the Iranians that Europeans are serious" about trying to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump's definitely going to be able to get a way better deal this way. It's going to be so easy.

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Post by Max Peck » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:22 am

Iran nuclear deal: Plan put forward to dodge US sanctions
The remaining members in the Iranian nuclear deal say they will set up a new payment system to maintain business with Iran and bypass US sanctions.

The system would facilitate oil companies and businesses to continue trading, without relying on the US-led global market and dollar.

Exactly how the system would work is still being determined.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump pulled the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of action, as the nuclear deal is officially known, was negotiated during the US presidency of Barack Obama.

It saw Iran limit its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced the plan after talks at the UN with the remaining members of the accord - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia.

A statement said they were determined to "protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business with Iran".
This should make for some good drama when Trump takes up the gavel at the Security Council. If nothing else, it seems like it shifts the narrative a little from his prescripted message of "The world is watching you, Iran" to "The world is watching you, America."
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Post by Defiant » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:03 pm

Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli TV report said Wednesday.

The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:54 pm

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Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday rejected a plan floated by President Trump that calls for keeping U.S. forces in Iraq to “watch” neighboring Iran, saying the United States should not burden Iraq with its own “policy priorities.”
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Speaking at a forum in Baghdad on Monday, Salih said Washington has never sought permission to use Iraq-based forces to monitor Iran and expressed surprise at the idea.

“We will not allow this,” he said, adding that American forces are in Iraq only to assist in the fight against terrorism. “Iraq does not want to be a party or axis to any conflict between multiple countries.”
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Post by Max Peck » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:40 pm

Former Air Force Intelligence Agent Charged With Spying for Iran
A former United States Air Force counterintelligence agent was charged with espionage after she defected to Iran and helped it target her former colleagues, the authorities said.

In an extraordinarily detailed indictment made public on Wednesday, prosecutors disclosed that Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, gave the Iranians the code name and mission of a secret Pentagon program involving American intelligence operations.

According to the indictment, she was working with members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The elite paramilitary group is known to carry out terrorist operations around the globe and has been sanctioned by the American government.

Prosecutors described how Ms. Witt provided a copy of her biography and job history in August 2013 to a person with ties to Iran’s intelligence services. That same month, she moved to Iran and, while living there, officials provided her with housing and computer equipment. Prosecutors said that she searched Facebook accounts for Americans and created “target packages” for Iran against American counterintelligence officials.

Prosecutors said that she worked for the Air Force from 1997 until 2008 and then worked as a contractor. As a counterintelligence officer, she was deployed to locations in the Middle East.

She had access to ongoing counterintelligence operations and the true names of intelligence assets and the identities of American officials involved in their recruitment.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:59 am

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The United States moved Monday to list Iran’s elite military Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization as the Trump administration looks for new ways to increase economic and political pressure on the Islamic regime in Tehran.

The designation marks the first time Washington has branded a foreign government entity a terrorist group and came despite warnings from U.S. military and intelligence officials that other nations could use the designation as a precedent against U.S. action abroad.
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“This action sends a clear message to Tehran that its support for terrorism has serious consequences,” President Trump said in a statement. “We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support of terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw behavior.”

The terrorist designation, which takes effect April 16, will allow the Trump administration to seek criminal penalties against elements of the military agency and foreign officials deemed to be aiding it.

Designating the IRGC, as the sprawling agency is known, a terrorist organization will also allow Washington to ban travel to the United States for individuals associated with the IRGC.
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