Cherry-picking Toward War with Iran

U.S. officials are engaged in the same kind of distorted intelligence that led to the catastrophic Iraq invasion, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

France, Germany want Iran to reverse ballistic missile program

It isn’t going to happen and if the German and French foreign ministers paid attention they’d know that their calls would be roundly rejected. As they have been

Mike Pompeo, CIA Director. Click to enlarge

CIA chief: Saudi, Israel may set up ‘joint military headquarters’

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has suggested that Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. could set up a “joint military headquarters” to better confront challenges in the region

With reported airstrike, Israel puts Syria, and Iran, on notice

Unconfirmed reports of an Israeli missile strike on an Iranian military base being constructed in Syria. The installation, which is not operational yet, was unmanned

Misusing Intelligence to Sell Conflict with Iran

Although it’s uncertain where Donald Trump’s campaign of seeking confrontation with Iran will end, his administration has already provided disconcerting parallels with the techniques used by an earlier U.S. administration to sell the Iraq War

Kerry: Israel, Egypt, Saudis pushed US to bomb Iran before nuke deal

Former Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel, Egypt and the Saudis had all secretly pushed the US to strike Iran in 2011 before the nuclear deal was brokered

Putin Is Mediating A Secret Deal Between Assad And Netanyahu, Bombshell Report Reveals

What appears to be an ultimatum by Netanyahu could be the catalyst that finally pushes the Levant either toward broader war, or in the direction of de-escalation and regional stability. Tyler Durden explains

What U.S. Enmity has Wrought in Iran

U.S. hostility toward Iran has only strengthened Iranian hardliners. Confirming their views even among more liberal-minded Iranians. According to a theatre director in Tehran: “We need to understand that the U.S. has been playing with us all along…”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe's BBC payslip. Click to enlarge

Iran broadcasts pictures it says show jailed British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe trained journalists

To exert more pressure on the UK government to reimburse Iran £450 million it paid for tanks that were never delivered?

Netanyahu said to warn Assad: We’ll strike if you let Iran set up bases in Syria

One wonders why Netanyahu believes that Assad will be swayed by his warning that Israel depart from its policy of “non-intervention”? Especially as it already covertly supports militants and periodically launches air strikes on Syria

Iran warns it would increase missile range if threatened by Europe

Following French President Macron’s calls for “dialogue” over Iran’s missile program — separate from the nuclear accord

Pentagon likely to announce US has 2,000 troops in Syria, not 500 – officials

With ISIS defeated — largely with Russian and Iranian support — what are 2,000 U.S. troops doing in Syria? It’s a question the Guardian fails to address but we do

Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria. Click to enlarge

No more ‘fighting ISIS?’ US to stay in Syria to prevent ‘win’ for Assad and Iran – report

Despite ISIS’s defeat Washington reportedly plans long-term deployment in Syria. In the words of one observer: “The conditions are there for the counter-ISIS campaign to morph into a counter-Iran campaign,”

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2017. Click to enlarge

Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader ‘new Hitler': NYT

This is rich. Coming from the man who just rounded-up domestic political opponents and hung some upside down, while his jets launch strikes on civilians in Yemen

Imam Khomeini Street in central Tehran, Iran.

Translated Doc Debunks Narrative of Al Qaeda-Iran “Alliance”

Iran did indeed once view Al Qaeda as an ally. That was during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when the CIA was supporting bin Laden

Here’s why Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US are not going to invade Iran

Adam Garrie on why the Arab League’s statement on Iran was almost identical to those from Tel Aviv and Washington and why they all ring hollow

Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together

Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together

With the US withdrawal from the region, as is evident from Trump’s reluctance to embark on a Middle East conflict, Israel and Saudi Arabia are increasingly desperate

Eyeing Iran in Syria, Liberman requests NIS 4.8 billion boost for army

Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman has called for a massive increase in defence spending; as recent as the consolidation of Iranian gains in Syria has dramatically altered the regional balance of power

Israel rejects the Russian-US Peace Agreement

Israel rejects the Russian-US Peace Agreement

Israeli options in dealing with Tehran appears to be shrinking, as Iran sets up a military base little more than 30 miles from the occupied Golan Heights

Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions for War with Hezbollah

Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions for War with Hezbollah

You would have to be crazy to attack Iran, writes the Saker. The problem is that the Saudis and the Israelis are crazy and they have proved that many times over.