Thousands of Iranian-backed fighters are battling their way through the Middle East in a bid to secure a corridor from Tehran through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean. If secured, the route would be the biggest prize yet for Iran in its involvement in Syria's six-year-old civil war and would provide unhindered land access to its allies in Syria and Lebanon for the first time. Click to enlarge

Iran extends reach with fight for land link to Mediterranean

Iran in the process of establishing a direct physical link with allies in Syria and Lebanon, which will enable it to deploy its forces directly on Israel’s borders

Iran Says Can Produce Highly Enriched Uranium in Days if U.S. Quits Deal

Iran warned last week that it could abandon the nuclear agreement “within hours” if the U.S. imposes any more new sanctions.

Report: Satellite Images Reveal Iran Building Missile Factory in Syria

Report: Satellite Images Reveal Iran Building Missile Factory in Syria

Earlier this week an Israeli TV Channel showed satellite photos it claimed were of an Iranian built missile factory in northwest Syria

Iran could quit nuclear deal in ‘hours’ if US imposes new sanctions: Rouhani

Of course this is exactly what Washington’s warmongers want

Iran to boost spending on missiles and Revolutionary Guards, citing ‘hostile’ U.S. sanctions

In response to new sanctions, Iran to increase spending on missile development and foreign operations of the IRGC. Includes video

A scene from “Dr. Strangelove,” in which the bomber pilot (played by actor Slim Pickens) rides a nuclear bomb to its target in the Soviet Union. Click to enlarge

Neocons Leverage Trump-Hate for More Wars

The drive for new sanctions against Russia and Iran – with virtually unanimous support in Congress – shows the warmongering neocons have not gone away

McMaster solidifies power at NSC — and supports Iran deal, sees Israel as occupier

Philip Weiss observes a powerful faction in the current administration with a far more realistic grasp of foreign policy than the president

Europe and USA on a collision course over Iran nuclear deal

In six consecutive reports, the International Atomic Energy Agency has certified that Iran is upholding its end of the deal. Now it seems Trump wants to derail it

David S. Cohen. click to enlarge

Trump ‘politicizing intelligence’ to quit Iran nuclear deal: Ex-CIA official

U.S. Intelligence reports on Iran’s nuclear program are now being tailored to fit Donald Trump’s political objectives, claims a former CIA deputy director

When U.S. Sanctions Backfire: Russia And Iran Partner Up In $2.5B Deal

The imposers of sanctions essentially take themselves right out of the game and leave everything on the table for their rivals. Russia knows this. Putin probably owes the U.S. congress a thank you

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Reuters Suggests But Can Not Find “Iran’s new route to Yemen”

The fake-news item from Reuters claims that Iran is supplying arms to Yemen. It comes with a map headlined “Iran’s new route to Yemen” that shows no route at all.

USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. Click to enlarge

Iran says US Navy fires warning shots near its vessels

In the latest close encounter in the gulf, Iran says the USS Nimitz fired warning shots at Iranian vessels

West hardens tone on Iran

Because the Trump administration is looking for grounds to declare the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran null and void

The Iranian Simorgh rocket was launched Thursday. Click to enlarge

U.S. calls Iranian satellite launch ‘provocative’

The U.S. State Department claims Thursday’s launch may be in breach of United Nations Security Council resolution

Iran in ‘successful’ test of satellite-launch rocket

Iran has launched four other locally produced satellites since 2009, sparking concern in the West as the technology could be used in ballistic missiles.

House votes overwhelmingly to approve new sanctions on Russia

U.S. House of Representatives votes 419-3 for new sanctions on Russia and Iran. Both Moscow and Tehran warn that they will retaliate if sanctions are approved

Iran's Military Capability: Anti-Aircraft Defense Systems - S-300 - Sayyad 2 - 9K330 Tor - S-200

Iran’s Military Capability: Anti-Aircraft Defense Systems – S-300 – Sayyad 2 – 9K330 Tor – S-200

Iran now has a powerful air defence capability. That’s why the US is hesitant to strike — it may deny them vital air supremacy

US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

In the latest such close encounter a US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots into the waters around an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel

For China’s Global Ambitions, ‘Iran Is at the Center of Everything’

Iran was once home to the ‘silk road’ linking east with West. Now China plans to revive that as it builds bridges and high speed rail lines

Rouhani to Trump: Iran will not be intimidated

Rouhani to Trump: Iran will not be intimidated

Iran’s Supreme Leaders advisor on international affairs tells Al Jazeera that “Washington does not dare to carry out its military threats against Iran”