Iran says its third underground missile factory is up and running

IMG_0364Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, a Iranian semi-official news agency reported on Thursday. ‘Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years … We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully,’ Fars news agency, quoted the head of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution airspace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, as saying……Read More

Donald Trump says concerns about Iran ‘regional threat’ driving Israel, Arab states closer together

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver remarks before a dinner at Netanyahu’s residence in JerusalemSpeaking in Jerusalem after talks with Israeli leaders on the first day of his two-day visit, Mr Trump doubled-down on Iran, pledging he would never let Tehran acquire nuclear arms and demanding Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of “terrorists and militias”. “What’s happened with Iran has brought many of the parts of the Middle East toward Israel,” Mr Trump said at a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin. In his comments to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump mentioned a growing Iranian influence in conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, where it either backs Shiite fighters or has sent its own forces……Read More

Donald Trump says common threat of Iran may bring Israel and its Arab neighbours together


israel-iranThe Iranians have just deployed their S-300 missile system to military bases located on their borders.  The S-300 system has the capability of taking down short and medium-range ballistic missiles and engaging upon 6 different targets with 12 missiles.  The effective range of the S-300 is approximately 130 miles (200 km).  They are also planning on upgrading their defenses with the S-400 missile system.  Is this noteworthy?  Perhaps it is when examined on the heels of this quote from the Israeli Minister of Housing today, as such, reported in Sputnik News on May 16:

“The reality whereby Syria executes people, intentionally uses chemical weapons to hurt them and, now, in the most recent move of extremism, is burning their bodies – this has not been seen in the world in 70 years,” said Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant, as cited by Haaretz.  “We are crossing a red line and, in my view, the time has come to assassinate Assad,” he continued.  “And when we finish with the tail of the serpent, we will reach the head of the serpent, which can be found in Tehran, and we will deal with it, too,” he said………Read More

WW3 boiling: China lodges formal complaint with USA over Iran ballistic missile tests

has complained repeatedly to the about unilateral sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies linked to either Iran or North Korea’s nuclear or missile programmes . US President Donald Trump extended wide sanctions relief for Iran called for under a 2015 international nuclear deal even as he imposed the new penalties. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China followed local rules and regulations and closely adhered to its responsibilities to the international community. She told a daily news briefing: “China is opposed to the blind use of unilateral sanctions particularly when it damages the interests of third parties.  …..Read More

Why Rouhani will likely win second term

Iranian President Rouhani inspects honour guard during welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Vnukovo International Airport in MoscowOn April 20, Iran’s Guardian Council announced the slate of six candidates who will compete in the May 19 presidential elections. In recent months, as the vote has approached, the conventional wisdom among political observers has been that the election is incumbent President Hassan Rouhani’s to lose. But a series of surprises have cast doubt on this expert consensus: Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put in a surprise bid for candidacy on April 12, against the stated wishes of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, while recent polls of voter preferences for prospective candidates show a tighter race than anticipated. This increased competition is a crucial component of elections in Iran…….Read More


Iran ‘conducts failed missile test from submarine’ in Strait of Hormuz

IMG_0245The Iranian military conducted a failed missile test from a submarine in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, US officials told Fox News on Wednesday. The cable news channel cites two unnamed US officials who say that Iran launched a missile from a Ghadir-class ‘midget’ submarine. The submarine is based on the Yono-class miniature submarines that are manufactured by North Korea. Iran and North Korea are the only two nations to operate this type of vessel, according to Fox News. The reported test comes just days after a US warship was forced to change course and fire warning flares by an Iranian attack boat that raced towards it with its weapons manned……Read More

Analysis: Ahmadinejad, Iran’s Greatest Foil, Is Back In The Spotlight

IMG_0131He’s back. The white polyester shirt that glistens in the light; the salesman’s shark-toothed grin; the restless arms, always waving and throwing victory signs: Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s combative and polarizing former president, has reentered the political spotlight. His decision to register to run in the presidential election slated for May 19 followed weeks of speculation over what the former president was doing behind the scenes — and still came as a complete surprise. Following his controversy-marred presidency — he served two terms, from 2005 to 2013 — Ahmadinejad had fallen from favor with the clerical establishment, lost his role as a mouthpiece for fiery hard-line rhetoric, and retreated into obscurity. He was not expected to enter frontline politics again……Read More