Under the Tree of 'Maximum Pressure'

Sanctions are used as a means to force compliance. There is no debate about that.  Where it gets a bit foggy is in the perception of this weapon.  It is viewed by some as an alternative to war, as a peaceful means to achieve the same ends as a physical…

BREAKING: Protest In Iran Banks Set on Fire 93% Internet Outage This is the Goal of Trump’s Maximum Pressure Campaign

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Iraq Protest: November 8th to the 14th

If you missed November 1-7, click this link. The Protest in Iraq continued on over the last week with more violent crack downs from the State while everyone from the UN to local religious leaders called for an end to the violence.  It appears that Mahdi was not bluffing when…

Israel, Islamic Jihad Agree to Gaza Ceasefire

Authored by Jason Ditz , first published by Antiwar.com Fighting in the Gaza Strip came to a halt at 10:30 pm EST on Wednesday evening (3:30 GMT),with an Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Islamic Jihad and Israel going into effect. Islamic Jihad had been talking up its interest in…

Pompeo condemns 'deplorable' killings of Iraqi protesters

Authored by BY LAURA KELLY, First Published by The Hill Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly condemned Iraq’s crackdown on anti-government protesters, including kidnappings and civilian deaths in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi on Tuesday. More than 300 Iraqis have been killed and more…

Protesters say Tahrir Square is everything Iraq is not

The square at the heart of Iraq's uprising has become a microcosm of the nation many demonstrating Iraqis long for…

Sadr to US: Interfere in early elections and you’ll be kicked out of Iraq

Authored by Mohammed Rwanduzy, First Published by Rudaw.net ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Monday warned “occupying America” against intervening in Iraqi affairs, including their supervision of the potential early elections to meet some anti-government protester demands. Sadr vowed to end US presence in Iraq if…

'YOU? Really?': Iran's Zarif scorns EU warning over nuclear deal

First Published by Reuters DUBAI (Reuters) - Europeans have failed to fulfil their own commitments to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday, in response to a warning by the EU that urged Tehran to stick to the pact or face consequences. European countries…

Oman urges dialogue with Iran, stays neutral in regional tensions

First Published by Reuters ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Oman’s oil minister called on Monday for dialogue with Iran, saying his country had been campaigning for talks and would remain neutral towards regional tensions. “Oman has always maintained that, yes, we are always neutral as neutrality suits us and suits…

UAE calls for Iran talks with world powers, region

First Published by Reuters ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Iran should come to the negotiating table with world powers and Gulf countries to seek a new deal that would deescalate regional tensions and revive its economy, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Sunday. Tensions in the Gulf have risen…

Iran says oil field found with 53 bln barrels of crude

First Published by Yahoo News Tehran (AFP) - Iran has discovered a new oil field containing 53 billion barrels of crude, President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday, a find that would increase Iran's proven reserves by over a third. The field covers 2,400 square kilometres (926 square miles) and is…

Europe should consider renewed sanctions on Iran, Germany suggests

First Published by Reuters BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany, Britain and France should be ready to consider starting moves to reinstate international sanctions on Iran over breaches of its 2015 nuclear deal, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday. Europe’s position is vital as the United States has withdrawn from…

Iran sees lifting of U.N. arms embargo in 2020 as "huge political goal"

First Published by Reuters DUBAI (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday Iran would regain access to the international arms market later next year if it stuck to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and this would prove “a huge political success”. However, while a United Nations-imposed arms…

Iraq Protest: November 1st to the 7th

With the protest reignited in Iraq and the amount of causalities and wounded rapidly rising, it may be hard to keep up with the whirlwind of reports and articles coming out.  In this article I attempt to roundup all of the major events over the last week from the 1st…

Pentagon: Revenue From Syrian Oil Will Go to Kurdish SDF, Not US

Authored by Jason Ditz, first published by AntiWar.com Still no sign any US companies are willing to extract the oil Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on Thursday that while the US continues to expand its presence in and around east Syria with an aim of protecting and controlling…

UK lowers security level for its ships in Strait of Hormuz

First Published By Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Britain lowered its security risk level for UK-flagged ships travelling through the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, more than a month after one of its tankers was finally released from detention by Iran. The Stena Impero was seized in July by Iran’s…

UN inspector set off explosives test: Iran

Originally published as UN inspector set off explosives test: Iran Iran has alleged that the UN inspector it blocked from a nuclear site last week tested positive for suspected traces of explosive nitrates. The allegation came as Iran injected uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordo complex on Thursday,…

Iran Reportedly Shoots Down "Foreign Drone" Over Southern Port City Of Mahshahr

First Published by Zero Hedge Moments ago, local Iranian news outlets confirmed the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have shot down a drone from a "foreign country." IRANIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS DOWNING OF A DRONE BY ARMY, SAYS IT BELONGS TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY - YOUNG JOURNALISTS CLUBCOMMANDER…

'Only the flag in my hand': Riot police torch sit-in tents in Basra as protests continue

Authored By Azhar Al-Rubaie, first published by The Middle East Eye Activists in Basra have remained vigilant in the face of state repression, determined to continue protests which have spread across the country like wildfire. Hundreds of protesters gathered on Tuesday in central Basra in front of the governorate building,…

Iraq Daily Roundup: 11 Killed; Mass Arrests of Activists

by Margaret Griffis First Published by Antiwar.com A number of activists have been detained by authorities in several cities and provinces including Baghdad, Basra, Dhi Qar, Karbala, and Maysan. Security forces reportedly undertook the mass arrests without having proper warrants. There are also fears that militias are intimidating the…

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges

By Raya Jalabi, Ahmed Aboulenein, first published by Reuters BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one person, as the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades spread out across the capital. The…

Iraq denies split of ambassadors and diplomats in support of protests

First Published by The Middle East Monitor Iraq’s Foreign Ministry denied on Monday media reports indicating that ambassadors and diplomats had split in support of widespread protests, which have been taking place for ten days. Local and Arab media reported that two ambassadors, including Iraq’s ambassador to Turkey,…

Iraq announces return of over 45,000 people to military service

First published by the Middle East Monitor The Iraqi defence ministry yesterday announced the return of more than 45,000 soldiers into the national military service as the government attempts to curb unemployment and respond to protesters’ demands. “A total of 45,049 soldiers have been returned to the national…

Iraqi Troops Open Fire, Killing Public Protesters in Baghdad, Karbala

Authored by Jason Dtiz, first Published by Antiwar.com Iraq PM says special forces 'dealt with' protesters Major protests continue nationwide in Iraq, with thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets in all major cities, and even some smaller cities. With Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi ordering security forces to…