Iran

Pre-Emptive Attack Iran Bill Active in US House

The bill specifically authorizes the president to launch a pre-emptive war on Iran at any time of his choosing and without any further Congressional oversight or input

British navy to lead Gulf ‘war games’ amid Iran tensions

British, American and French warships will engage in war games in the Persian Gulf next week simulating military confrontation with Iran

Brendon O'Connell:  "Iran Good Bye; I'm Not a Trained Seal"

Brendon O’Connell: “Iran Good Bye; I’m Not a Trained Seal”

O’Connell is too much of a live-wire for Iran to touch.

Trump will try to smash the China-Russia-Iran triangle … Here why he’ll fail

The hand of Henry Kissinger suggests US foreign policy will use a ‘divide and rule’ strategy with Beijing, Moscow and Tehran. But this could backfire, spectacularly …

Iran Says Not Worried, Has Options if Trump Axes Nuke Deal

Iran might need to use those “options”, because even before his inauguration pressure was mounting on Trump to take a tougher line

A collapsed building is seen in Tehran, Iran January 19, 2017. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Updated: Iran says 25 people still missing after building collapse

25 people were still unaccounted for more than 24 hours after the collapse of a 17-storey commercial building in Tehran killed to 20 firefighters

Iran shoots at a drone in central Tehran: military commander

Iran shoots at a drone in central Tehran: military commander

This is the second-time in recent months that a drone has been fired at over Tehran. Includes video

Iran to expand military spending, develop missiles

Iranian lawmakers have voted to increase in military spending, providing more funds to a long-range missile program that U.S. President-elect Trump has pledged to halt

Trump’s Foreign-Policy Appointees Are Set to Provoke War With Iran

Trump may try to avoid conflict with Moscow but with so many Iran hawks in his administration conflict that wont be so easy with Tehran. And if that happens Russia could still step in to assist its ally across the Caspian

Official: US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian boats

Official: US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian boats

U.S. navy destroyer fires warning shots near the Strait of Hormuz after it was harassed by a group of Iranian fast attack boats

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., named as new CIA chief. click to enlarge

Trump Picks Iran Hawks

Key appointments in the new administration don’t sit comfortably with Trump’s avowed intent to avoid military interventions overseas

Iran wraps up military exercise, flexes muscle with firing missiles

Iran wraps up military exercise, flexes muscle with firing missiles

More details emerge on Iran’s increasingly sophisticated air defences.

Sayyad-2 missile launch. Click to enlarge

Iran says it warns off US fighters, others in military drill

With ongoing air defence drills, Iran claims to have warned 12 aircraft from “trans-regional countries to stay away” from its airspace. Includes videos

Turkey’s Erdogan: ‘Confirmed evidence’ US-led coalition supports ISIS & other terrorists in Syria

Turkey had also covertly helped militants in Syria, but with these allegations Erdogan seems to shifting away from his former Western allies and realigning with an emerging Moscow-Tehran axis

Iran shoots down a filming drone in Tehran over security concerns

Iran shoots down a filming drone in Tehran over security concerns

The drone belonged to a documentary-making team that had permission to film but that had inadvertently strayed close to a “no-fly zone.”

Christmas celebrations at a church in Tehran. Click to enlarge

A Christian Christmas in Snowy Iran

A 2016 Trump era update of a wildly popular Christmas article first published on lewrockwell.com and antiwar.com in 2007

Head of U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran showing commitment to deal

Unlike the U.S. Senate which has just voted to extend sanctions on Iran for another decade

Iran Sanctions Renewal Passes Without Obama Signature

A bill extending U.S. sanctions against Iran for 10 years will become law without President Barack Obama’s signature

Rex Tillerson. Click to enlarge

Trump picked Tillerson for tough new Iran policy

Debkafile reports that the incoming administration is looking to revise the Iran nuclear deal. If Tehran refuses to accept the revised accord new sanction will follow

Iranian Leadership Trust in ‘Pragmatic’ Trump

An Iran expert who has just returned from a conference in Tehran says Iran’s leaders believe that they can deal with Trump — if he can ignore hawkish colleagues