Iran Imposes its Rule of Engagement: “An Eye for an Eye”

Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalraiIran has meticulously selected its political steps and military targets in recent months, both in the Gulf and the international arena. Its partial and gradual withdrawal – tactical yet lawful -from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the nuclear deal, is following a determined path. Its clear objective is…

Khamenei’s Three Directives

Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai The Middle East is heading for “maximum danger” following the “maximum pressure” imposed on Iran by US President Donald Trump who, unilaterally and unlawfully, withdrew over a year ago from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the nuclear agreement, and imposed harsh sanctions on Iran that Tehran considers a declaration…

Senior Iraqi MP Warns of US Plot to Assassinate Hashd Al-Shaabi Commanders

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee revealed the US plot to assassinate top commanders of Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) in collaboration with the former Ba’ath party officers. Karim al-Aliwi told the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news agency on Thursday that in addition to the Ba’ath party officers, the US has…

Iran Declares War on the USA’s Covert Influence in Iraq

Elijah J. Magnier When US officials visited Baghdad and met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, they had two requests: first, to close all commerce and financial exchanges with Iran to strangle the Iranian economy and bring it to its knees. The second was to neutralise the Iraqi groups (known as Hashd al-Shaabi)…

Iran and the EU: Divorce Proceedings Underway

Elijah J. Magnier As promised, Iran is partially pulling out of the JCPOA nuclear deal. This can be called a “phase one withdrawal” since other phases are expected to follow in the coming months. The basis for this act is not limited to the actions of US President Donald Trump – who shredded the JCPOA…

Iran, Iraq, Syria Agree to Broaden Trilateral Transportation Projects

TEHRAN (FNA)- Officials from Iran, Iraq and Syria signed an agreement to further increase the joint projects of the trio for developing trilateral transportation infrastructures through a set of measures, including linking their rail networks from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea. Iran, Iraq and Syria on Wednesday signed minutes for cooperation in the…

Trump Imagines a Quick US War with Iran with No Plan B

Elijah J. Magnier In another of his characteristic messages via Twitter, US President Donald Trump declared his army’s capacity to use “obliteration” fire power against Iran if necessary and in case of war between the two countries. Further, Trump claims that such a war won’t last “very long”. Both statements suggest that the US administration…

Iran has Warned it Will Target Arab Countries in Case of War

Elijah J. Magnier Iran has summoned  the United Arab Emirates’ chargé d’affaires in Tehran to protest that the UAE allowed the US to use its Al-Dhafra base in UAE to launch the Global Hawk surveillance drone (worth some $130 million) that was downed on the 20thof June by the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) air defence missile system. The…

Russian Security Council: Downed US Drone Violated Iranian Airspace

Sputnik-Middle East Tensions between Iran and the US have intensified since Tehran downed an American drone, which as Iran said, had violated the country’s borders. Washington, meanwhile, has accused Tehran of allegedly attacking oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, something that the Islamic Republic denies doing. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in…