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by Amir Basiri | The devastating earthquake that struck the western regions of Iran last week has triggered a nationwide crisis, leaving hundreds dead and thousands wounded.

But while the victims are still reeling in aftermath of the disaster, apologists of the Tehran regime abroad, who have no regard for their plight, are trying to take advantage of the situation to further their political ends. No more than a couple of days following the earthquake, Trita Parsi, the president of National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a well-known lobby for the Iranian regime, took to the media to claim U.S. sanctions are hindering donations and humanitarian aid from reaching the affected people.

JEDDAH: Hezbollah’s domination of Lebanon at the behest of Iran is the cause of the country’s political crisis and his own resignation as prime minister, Saad Hariri said in a dramatic and emotional TV interview on Sunday night. “I am not against Hezbollah as a political party but it should not be the cause of the destruction of Lebanon,” Hariri said. He also said he would return to Lebanon “very soon,”

By Barry Rosen

In October, President Trump chose not to recertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, giving Congress 60 days to decide on the future of the agreement. As Congress weighs action and the administration consults with our European partners, policymakers must consider Iran’s history of holding Americans and dual-nationals hostage, including those held captive today.

 

With the recent decertifying of the Iranian regime by the U.S., thus stating that Iran is not in compliance with the JCPOA, current and former leaders throughout the country have come out in favor of the Trump administration’s action, as well as supporting the Iranian resistance, which is represented by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), led by President-elect Maryam Rajavi.

 As Trump winds down to the end of his first year in the US presidency, his performance regarding Iran policy in terms of fulfilled promises may be assessed. Trump campaigned on confronting the Iranian regime’s destabilizing meddling in the region.On October 13th, Trump appeared on live on TV and revealed America’s strategy for the Iranian regime. Trump’s Iran strategy focuses on four main areas:

 

JEDDAH: The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next week to discuss violations committed by Iran in the region, according to news agencies.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates supported the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, Agence France Presse reported, citing a document shown to it diplomats on Sunday.Reuters, quoting Egypt's MENA state news agency, said the "urgent meeting" of Arab League foreign ministers will be held in Cairo.

The Saudi-led military coalition has tightened its blockade in Yemen after Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi capital last weekend.As a result of the blockade, which was announced on Monday, many fuel stations hiked their petrol prices by as much as 50% causing the Houthis to close all stations in the capital, and aid groups warned that the humanitarian crisis will be exacerbated.

By: Shahriar Kia

The recent resignation of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri dealt a serious blow to the Lebanese Hezbollah and its Iranian masters.Hariri, who declared the decision in Riyadh last Saturday, cited Iranian influence across the region and threats to his life if he remained at the helm of the government. His resignation came on the heels on a thwarted assassination attempt against him in Beirut.Hariri’s father, Rafiq, was assassinated by the Hezbollah in 2005.

The Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister has said that his country would welcome sanctions on the Iranian Regime for its support of terrorism and violation on the United Nations resolution on the testing of ballistic missiles that enshrines the 2015 nuclear agreement.In an interview with CNBC, Adel al-Jubeir said that an effective strategy for dealing with the Regime would be to hold Iran accountable its support of terrorism

Bahrain said an explosion which caused a fire at its main oil pipeline on Friday was caused by "terrorist" sabotage, linking the unprecedented attack to its arch-foe Iran.A key Western ally and host to the US Fifth Fleet, Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain has for years grappled with protests and sporadic violence coming from its Shia majority."The incident was an act of sabotage and a dangerous act of terrorism aimed at harming the higher interests of the nation