Tag: Iran

Obama’s Mideast ‘free fall’

Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran.   The meltdown has Obama officials defending their […]

Analysis: Sunni-Shi’ite wars going global

Feeling that its back was against the wall as Iranian-backed Shi’ite Houthi forces moved to take over neighboring Yemen, Saudi Arabia has lashed out with its own Sunni coalition, threatening to take the sectarian conflict to a new level.   Reports that the Pakistanis and Egyptians are sending troops and that the Turks are also […]

Travel Schedules Suggest Iran ‘Deal’ to be Staged Sunday

Omri Ceren, press director at The Israel Project, told reporters via email from Switzerland: “Rumors are swirling about a deal as early as Sunday the 29th: Lavrov is slated to fly in for the 27th-29th, Kerry is supposed to be in Boston on the 30th, and the Iranians are talking about where they want to […]

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.   U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced […]

Turkey’s Erdogan says can’t tolerate Iran bidding to dominate Middle East

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Iran has been trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.   “It is really not possible to tolerate this. Iran has to understand,” Erdogan told a press conference, adding that Tehran should […]

Iran ramps up sea power while negotiating nukes with West

While the U.S. haggles with Iran over nuclear weapons, the Islamic Republic is aggressively building up a navy — a move that has regional neighbors concerned.   The focus on Tehran’s nuclear weapons capabilities could be a mistake, if it comes at the exclusion of addressing the seafaring capabilities of the rogue regime, not to […]

Iran Refuses to Sign Written Nuclear Deal

The Obama administration and Congress have clashed over bills to impose new sanctions on Iran or to require Senate ratification of any nuclear deal. However, the Iranians appear to have treated the March 31 date as merely an opportunity to drag talks out further–this time, until a deadline of July 1.   When the extension […]

U.S.-led coalition, Iraqis pound Islamic State in Tikrit

Yemeni intelligence files containing information about U.S.-supported counterterrorism operations and the names of informants have been looted by Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.   The newspaper, citing U.S. officials, said the information was taken when the Houthi fighters seized the office of Yemen’s National Security Bureau, which had worked with […]

Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program.   With the deadline nearing for international talks on constraining Iran’s nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said […]

Former Top US Officials Say One-Year Not Enough Time to Stop Iran Nuclear Breakout

Former top US officials have said that one year would provide insufficient warning-time to detect an Iranian reversal on a nuclear agreement and take action against the violations. The assessment contradicts the Obama Administration’s official position.   This estimation, put forward by former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Director-General for Safeguards at the IAEA […]