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Washington Post - March 24, 2017- After more than a year of wrangling, senators announced a bipartisan bill Thursday to impose mandatory sanctions on Iran over its spate of ballistic missile tests and support for a group that President Trump may soon dub a terrorist organization.

The measure from top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee comes despite Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s repeated warnings that expanding sanctions against Iran would jeopardize the nuclear deal struck in 2015 – a deal that Trump promised to undo during his presidential campaign.

A bipartisan group of senators are moving to tighten sanctions against Iran. 

By Jordian Carney

 Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced legislation on Thursday that would expand sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile development, support for terrorism any transfer of weapons and human rights violations.  The senators said they believe the tougher sanctions will help take a hard line against Iran after bipartisan complaints that the Obama administration didn't push back hard enough against the country. 

REUTERS - Mar 24, 2017 - The United States has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program or for violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria, the State Department said on Friday.

Eleven companies or individuals from China, North Korea or the United Arab Emirates were sanctioned for technology transfers that could boost Tehran's ballistic missile program, the State Department said in a statement.

REUTERS - Mar 23, 2017 - Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators, echoing a harder line on Tehran espoused by Republican President Donald Trump.

The bill has seven Republican and seven Democratic sponsors, and aides said it has a good chance of eventually becoming law.

It would set mandatory sanctions for anyone involved with Iran's ballistic missile program.

by Heshmat Alavi

When Iran launches major missile tests, major protests from Western countries inevitably follow.

The international community is rightfully concerned about the dangers of Iran’s ballistic missile program, and as such, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 2231 in July 2015, banning Iran from testing ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload. More recently, after Iran tested missiles multiple times, the Trump administration slapped new sanctions on Tehran.

REUTERS - March 22, 2017 -  U.S. Navy commanders accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by "harassing" warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.

They spoke after the U.S. aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush confronted what one of the commanding officers described as two sets of Iranian Navy fast-attack boats that had approached a U.S.-led, five-vessel flotilla as it entered the Strait on Tuesday on a journey from the Indian Ocean into the Gulf.

Iran's role as a regional player will be among the key issues as Abadi meets Trump and other US officials in Washington

Al Jazeera -March 22, 2017 -  Security and economic challenges will be on the agenda as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sits down with US President Donald Trump and other top officials in Washington this week.

Analysts say that the visit, Abadi's first since Trump took office in January, could usher in a new era of relations between Iraq and the United States - a situation that has left some Iraqis nervous. The meeting comes as the new US administration works to redefine its goals and interests in Iraq and throughout the region.

Tehran continues to challenge the nuclear agreement and remains as anti-American as ever.

US News - March 21, 2017- Tehran's new threat to ignore a key plank of the U.S.-led global nuclear agreement offers a timely reminder that, no matter what happens with Iran's upcoming presidential election, the regime is, and will remain, just as dangerous as it's ever been. It also hammers another nail in the coffin of the idea – so cherished by the last administration – that the 2015 deal, with its hundreds of billions in sanctions relief for Iran, would moderate the regime and spur a broader rapprochement between the Islamic Republic and the West.

By Reza Shafiee

The Iranian regime has been and will be a source of instability in the region. Not a single day goes by without another indication of this insidious behavior. Aside from somewhat more evident and aggressive moves, such as Iran's chasing U.S. and U.K. battleships with speedboats in the volatile Strait of Hormuz – almost about a third of all oil exports pass through it every day - there are also less-noticeable and cannier moves planned and executed by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the area. One is the building of a missile factory for Lebanon's Hezbollah, according to a report in Al-Arabiya's Persian language website on March 11.

Daily Caller - March 20, 2017- In a statement made on Sunday, Iran’s National Women’s and Mother’s Day, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei explained the dangers associated with “gender equality.”

According to Khamenei, the idea of elevating women outside of the household is part of a “zionist plot” aimed at undermining Islamic society.

 “These aberrant and neglectful people humiliate the role of a housewife while a housewife is actually in charge of raising and educating the most valuable product,