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Protesters In Iran Set Fire To Saudi Embassy After Execution of Shia Cleric Al-Nimr

ZERO HEDGE Earlier today, Saudi Arabia announced it had staged its largest mass execution in 25 ; 43 al-Qaeda conspirators were killed along with 4 Shiites accused of shooting policemen in the anti-government protests which broke out during the Arab Spring. Among the Shiites killed: prominent cleric Nimr al-Nimr. His…
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INTERNATIONAL

Israel unaware killed Iranian general was in Hezbollah convoy in Syria

Guardian Israel was apparently unaware an Iranian general was travelling in a Hezbollah convoy it targeted with an air strike in Syria on Sunday, killing the general as well as a senior Hezbollah commander. The claim – made by an unnamed senior Israeli security source in an interview with Reuters…
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The Disintegration of the Saudi Empire and the new Iranian Axis

New Eastern Outlook by Catherine Shakdam If many have mocked Ali Reza Zakani’s comments on Saudi Arabia’s imminent fall and what he described as the “disintegration of Al Saud tribe” last September, branding his boasting of Iran’s political successes in the region as overblown and groundless, others would argue that…
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Iran: Suspected spies arrested near Bushehr nuclear plant

Jerusalem Post ANKARA - Iranian security services have arrested several suspected spies in the southern province of Bushehr where the country's first nuclear power plant is located, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday. Iran has repeatedly cited signs of what it calls foreign plots to sabotage its nuclear…
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Covert War

Did Israel Bomb Iran’s Parchin Nuclear Facility?

Area circled in red was site of alleged Parchin explosion (Israel Defense) Richard Silverstein There is circumstantial evidence that points to another Israeli covert attack on a major Iranian nuclear facility, this one in ; Local reports say a major fire and explosion broke out: But the enormous orange flash that illuminated Tehran around…
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Covert War

Explosion at Iran nuclear facility where IAEA inspections denied, windows shattered miles away

| WTF News | An explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility has killed at least two people, amid conflicting casualty reports. The massive blast is said to have shattered windows up to 15 kilometers away. Reports on the Parchin nuclear facility vary from a non-military site to a location of…
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India, Pakistan Intensify Shooting Across Border; Iran Downs Israel Drone; ISIS Seizes Military Airport

Zero Hedge Since in the New Normal no geopolitical events appear to have any adverse impact on risk and asset prices (because the central banks are always there to protect investors should the market "plunge" by say 5%) with general newsflow completely irrelevant on what has been a straight line…
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Cold War

GCC: US and Gulf states plan missile defence system to counter Iran

Guardian A senior US official on Sunday signalled optimism about a possible resolution of the Iranian nuclear dispute, but said Washington remained concerned that Iran’s ballistic missiles threatened Gulf Arab states. Frank Rose, US deputy assistant secretary of state for space and defence policy, said Washington was “acutely” aware of Gulf…
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White House denies visa to Iran’s pick for UN ambassador

RT Hamid Aboutalebi (Photo from Twitter/@NegarMortazavi) The Iranian diplomat picked to be the Islamic republic’s ambassador to the United Nations will not be allowed to enter the United States where the UN is headquartered, Reuters has reported. White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed to the newswire on Friday afternoon…
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Economic Warfare

What About The Dollar: Russia, Iran Announce $20 Billion Oil-For-Goods Deal

Spot what is missing in the just blasted headline from Bloomberg: IRAN, RUSSIA SAID TO SEAL $20B OIL-FOR-GOODS DEAL: REUTERS If you said the complete absence of US Dollars anywhere in the funds flow you are correct. Which is precisely what we have been warning would happen the more the…
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Cheney endorses Iran strike to laughter, applause

A gathering of Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls, funders and activists in the Las Vegas hotel owned by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, drew several big names in American politics this weekend – among them former US vice president Dick Cheney, who took the…
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Cold War

Israel budgets $3 bn for strike on Iran – report

Israel’s 2014 military budget includes at least 10 billion shekels devoted to preparations for war with Iran, Haaretz newspaper reports. Top Jerusalem officials recently said that Israel may strike Tehran’s nuclear sites even without US help. The Tel Aviv daily cited three parliamentarians who had been present at joint committee…
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Netanyahu Orders Israel Army To Prepare For Possible Military Strike Against Iran In 2014

Zero Hedge Back in 2013 it was Syria where the world was gearing for imminent military action after a relentless series of false flag provocations by the United States (intent on securing a Qatar gas pipeline to Europe) which in the last minute was deftly diffused by Vladimir Putin. In…
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US investigates illegal military equipment shipments from Israel to Iran

Telegraph Israeli arms dealers twice tried to send spare parts for fighter planes to Iran, The Telegraph has established, flouting an international arms embargo and openly contradicting the bitter enmity between the Jewish state and the Islamic regime. The illegal shipments are now being investigated by the US Homeland Security…
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Iran Says “Number of” Warships to Sail Near U.S.

The New American by Warren Mass Iran’s semi-official news agency, Fars, quoted a statement from Iranian Naval spokesman Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad on February 8 announcing that Iran is sending “a number of” warships to sail near the Atlantic Coast. “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders,…
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Iran says warships headed close to US maritime borders

Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday. The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, said the vessels have already entered the Atlantic Ocean…
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State Dept Assures Israel: War Likely if Iran Talks Fail

AntiWar by Jason Ditz While you never really know when an Obama Administration official is talking to the Israeli press if they’re making statements of policy or just saying what they figure Israeli hawks want to hear, the latest Jerusalem Post interview with State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf very much…
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The Barriers to Iranian – American Rapprochement: Israel and Saudi Arabia (II)

Strategic Culture by Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA Part I Among US clients and allies in the Middle East there are fears that the security of their regimes had been compromised or that the US has secretly sold them off during its bilateral and multilateral negotiations with Iran. The Saudi-controlled media and…
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The Barriers to Iranian – American Rapprochement: Within Iran and the US (I)

Strategic Culture by Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA Relations between Iran and the United States appear to be thawing. Within the Iranian political establishment, President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet were endorsed as negotiators and individuals with a history of negotiating with the Americans on behalf of Tehran. Rouhani himself had negotiated…
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New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says

LA Times WASHINGTON – Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday. Abbas Araqchi disclosed the existence of the document in a Persian-language interview with the…
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Iran Says Saudi Intelligence Ordered Embassy Bombing in Lebanon

InfoWars by Kurt Nimmo Lebanese sources claim Saudi intelligence runs al-Qaeda affiliates Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdualaziz al Saud. Photo: Zamanalsamt Iran insists that the deadly terrorist bombing of its embassy on November 19 was ordered by Saudi intelligence boss Prince Bandar bin Sultan. The Iranian news channel, Alalam,…
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Details Settled on Iran Nuclear Deal: Implementation in Late January

AntiWar by Jason Ditz Iranian officials have confirmed that a mutual understanding on the implementation of the interim P5+1 deal has been reached, and that the implementation of the pact will begin between 1/20 and 1/30. Western officials didn’t dispute this, but tried to portray it in a much less…
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Don’t Let Other Countries Declare War For America

Reason by Sheldon Richman The American people should know that pending right now in Congress is a bipartisan bill that would virtually commit the United States to go to war against Iran if Israel attacks the Islamic Republic. “The bill outsources any decision about resort to military action to the…
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Iran FM: Talks Will Continue Despite US Sanctions

AntiWar by Jason Ditz In a posting made today via Facebook, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif confirmed that the ongoing P5+1 talks with Iran would resume, despite recent US sanctions which halted the talks on Friday. The US announced the sanctions late last week, targeting companies trading with Iran. The…
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Iran Quits Nuclear Talks After US Expands Blacklist Sanctions

Zero Hedge "We are evaluating the situation and will make the appropriate response," is how Iran's lead negotiator Abbas Araqchi reacted after accusing Washington on Friday of going against the spirit of a landmark agreement reached last month by expanding its sanctions blacklist. As AFP reports, Iranian negotiators quit the…
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Rep. Duncan Hunter Wants Nukes Used If U.S. Bombs Iran

The New American by Jack Kenny The United States should use tactical nuclear weapons if a preemptive strike is necessary to prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.; shown) said in an interview on C-Span Wednesday. Any strike should be a "massive aerial bombing campaign,"…
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Is Iran Being Lured to Shore up US Hegemony in Middle East?

Strategic Culture by Finian CUNNINGHAM It sounds like an incredible question, but is Iran being lured in order to stabilize US hegemony in the geo-strategically vital Middle East? Yes, that’s right: is Iran being co-opted to, effectively, collaborate with the US in securing Western imperialist interests? These interests include an…
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Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not “Breakthrough”

Land Destroyer Report by Tony Cartalucci "...any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international context—both to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize…
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Iran Attacks Obama Spin on “Historic Deal”; Critics Express Alarm

The New American by Bob Adelmann President Obama’s brain trust, no doubt, expected that the “historic deal” Secretary of State John Kerry had struck with Iran would be greeted with widespread approval and would offer a welcome diversion of public attention from the non-stop cascade of negatives that have plagued…
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Iran Announces Development of Ballistic Missile Technology

Washington Free Beacon by Adam Kredo A top Iranian military leader announced late Tuesday that Iran has developed “indigenous” ballistic missile technology, which could eventually allow it to fire a nuclear payload over great distances. Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),…
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Iran MP says U.S. release of $8 bn in frozen assets false

Al Arabiya Iranian Member of Parliament Hamid Rasaei said reports that the United States has released about $8 billion of the Islamic republic’s frozen assets are “lies.” A supporter of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rasaei cited a private conversation with a government spokesperson as the basis of his statement. “Media…
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Coincidence? Israel Launches Largest Ever Air Force “Exercise” The Day After Iran Deal

ZeroHedge We are sure it was all planned a long time ago but the irony is not lost on us. A day after the US pisses the Israelis off with a sorta kinda deal with Iran, for the first time in Israel’s history, the Israel Air Force launched the “Blue…
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Israel vows ‘whatever is necessary’ to stop Iran

WND Israel will do “whatever is necessary” to stop Iran from going nuclear, declared Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon in a radio interview Sunday. Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Danon warned all options are on the table after Iran and six world powers…
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Nuclear Agreement May Result in Israel and Saudi Arabia Attacking Iran

InfoWars by Kurt Nimmo Mossad worked closely with Saudi royals on war preparations Israel and Saudi Arabia may cooperate in an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities following the announcement of a six-month interim agreement between the P5+1 and Iran on Sunday in Geneva. Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, characterized the…
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A Confused World Reacts To The Iran Nuclear Deal

ZeroHedge The following statement was made by British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, on September 30, 1938 in front of #10 Downing Street, London, after his arrival home from the notorious Munich Conference of 1938. We, the German Fuhrer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting…
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White House Releases Iran Deal Fact Sheet

ZeroHedge The White House has released their (lengthy) fact "During the six-month initial phase, the P5+1 will negotiate the contours of a comprehensive Over the next six months, we will determine whether there is a solution that gives us sufficient confidence that the Iranian program is peaceful. If Iran cannot…
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American Sanctions against Iran: A Two-Edged Sword

Strategic Culture by Valentin KATASONOV The , in the opinion of many American politicians and economists, has gotten too carried away with using such a foreign policy tool as economic sanctions. Washington's sanctions are a two-edged sword. They negatively affect both the object of the sanctions (the country against which…
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Iran Unveils Attack Drone With ‘2,000-Kilometer’ Range

Defense News Iran on Monday unveiled a missile-equipped drone with a range of 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers), the official IRNA news agency reported. “The Fotros drone has an operational range of 2,000 kilometres and can fly at an altitude of 25,000 feet, with a flight time of 16 to 30…
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Israel Working With Saudi Arabia On Iran “Contingency” Attack

ZeroHedge When last week's Iran nuclear talks were blocked by France, it provided a useful glimpse into just who it was that would benefit politically from a continuation of the regional confrontation. But while the French sabotage was an amusing distraction, it revealed a curious shift in middle-east alliances, namely…
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Report: Israel, Saudi Arabia cooperating on possible attack on Iran

YNET News The Mossad is currently working with Saudi Arabian officials on contingency plans for a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, the Sunday Times reported. According to the paper, both Iran and world powers and are working together on a possible attack plan should such an agreement actualize but…
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