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Extremism

Investigation into weapon’s origins yields clues, but no smoking gun.

By: Colum Lynch - FP - December 8, 2017 - On Nov. 4, Yemen’s tribal insurgents launched a short-range ballistic missile from a remote valley in the northwestern governorate of Amran over 1,000 miles to the outskirts of Saudi Arabia’s capital, its warhead exploding on the edge of the King Khalid International Airport.

The brazen strike appears to have claimed no victims, but the missile debris left in its wake provided an evidentiary trail for U.N. investigators struggling to test claims by Washington and Riyadh that the Yemeni Houthis’ increasingly advanced missile program is being supplied by Iran.

 Asharq Al-Awsat - Paris -  1 December, 2017 - There is no prospect signaling that the French-Iranian relations could see possible breakthroughs following tension that erupted in the past few days due to the strong reactions expressed by Iranian officials, including Iranian Supreme Leader's senior advisor for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati and commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Mohammad Ali Jafari, concerning Paris’ position from several disputed files with Tehran, such as the Nuclear Deal, the Iranian ballistic missile and Tehran’s policies in the region.

By: Heshmat Alavi -24 November 2017- They say a news event has a three-day lifespan. The regime in Tehran is counting on such a theory to have the international community move on after the recent earthquake that shook western Iran. Each passing day further reveals the scope of this vast catastrophe.

“More than 1,000 people have lost their lives,” Iranian MP Ahmad Safari said to the official ILNA news agency 72 hours after the quake. “I went to a village where they said they pulled 20 corpses from under the rubble. They were not even counted in the death toll. 70 people died just in one alley of the town of Sarpol-e Zahab. Another 250 were killed in the Mehr housing complex.”

 British MPs have a “blind spot” when analysing Iran’s growing military powers and destabilising influence through it support for terrorism in the Middle East, a senior Conservative politician has warned.

Writing for The Telegraph, Robert Jenrick, the parliamentary private secretary to Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, claims politicians may have to take a tougher approach with the Islamic state.

On Tuesday, Iraq’s top Sunni leader said that the growing influence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias is his nation’s most important security threat, and requested U.S. military aid to Sunni forces.

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi is in Washington this week for talks with Trump administration officials and congressional leaders. He hopes that the administration will make good on promises to counter Iran’s influence inside Iraq, as well as across the Middle East.

 In the latest escalation of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Houthi rebels backed by Iran made threats to attack airports and ports in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and in Saudi Arabia. The crown prince has since said that Iran’s aggression via the Houthi rebels is unacceptable and that it must be held accountable for shipping missiles to them. He added that this should be regarded as “an act of war”.

NCRI - Donald Trump notified Congress, on Monday, November 6, that he would be extending the National Emergency with Respect to Iran that has been ongoing since the 1979 hostage crisis.In the formal notice, Trump wrote: “Our relations with Iran have not yet normalized, and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated January 19, 1981, is ongoing.

BY  Diana Moukalled 

The resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is a clear indication that Lebanon is at the heart of a period of exceptional confrontation in the region, and will not escape its repercussions.There is no doubt that the power balance in Lebanon favors the Iranian empire; its proxy, Hezbollah, has a strong presence because of its weapons, power and control over political and security decisions,

BY ADELLE NAZARIAN

The Supreme Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday that the United States is, “in the real sense of the word,” the number one enemy of the Islamic Republic.“The US is, in the real sense of the word, the main evil enemy,” Khamenei said while speaking to a group of Iranian students ahead of the November 4 ceremonies marking the “National Day of Fight against Global Arrogance,

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

 Arab News, 25 October 2017 - Although the US Treasury Department has been instructed by President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) because of its support for terrorism, the Iranian regime shows no signs of backing down from its violations of international laws and interventionist policies in the region, particularly in Arab nations.In fact, Tehran is ratcheting up breaches of international law, military adventurism, and expansionist policies.