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US blames Iran for FBI agent’s death
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The Trump administration for the first time on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) formally blamed Iran for the presumed death of retired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Robert Levinson, publicly identifying two Iranian intelligence officers believed responsible for his abduction and imposing sanctions against them.
 

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US defense officials divided over potential for Iranian attack on eve of grim anniversary



This is how it all starts...
 

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Tehran reveals underground missile base near Persian Gulf
Iran revealed a new subterranean missile base near the Persian Gulf today, in Tehran’s latest display of defiance amid pressure from the United States over its weapons program and regional influence.

Video aired by a state news outlet showed the Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, and IRGC navy commander Rear Adm. Ali Reza Tangsiri touring the underground facility yesterday.

The tunnels of the facility, said to be somewhere near the Persian Gulf, appeared to be filled with cruise and ballistic missiles.


Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/or...sile-base-underground-gulf.html#ixzz6iysv7VgQ

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Disenchanted Iranians are turning to other faiths

The spiritual gap between Iran’s Shia ayatollahs and the people they rule is widening. The strictures of the theocracy and the doctrine of Shia supremacy alienate many. So growing numbers of Iranians seem to be leaving religion or experimenting with alternatives to Shiism. Christians, Zoroastrians and Bahais all report soaring interest.


Iran back to its traditions..
unofficially...almost 40% or more of its population has moved away from islam.

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Iran rejects 'political mediation' over seized S.Korean tanker



Iran asks Indonesia to explain seizure of tanker accused of illegal oil transfer

DUBAI/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Iran has asked Indonesia to provide details about the seizure of an Iranian-flagged vessel, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday, a day after Jakarta said it had seized Iran and Panama-flagged tankers in its waters.


checkmate! for Iran
 

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They survived Genghis' Mongols, they survived the Caliphates, they survived the Ottomans.
Don't worry about the Farsi.
Now They are followers of desert cult Ruled by mullahs..dat wouldn't be survival in normal senses imao But yeah Farsis are alive
 

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US strategic bombers fly over Persian Gulf, first show of force under Biden
A pair of American B-52 bombers on Wednesday flew another 36-hour round-trip mission over the Persian Gulf from Louisiana in the latest show of force against Iran, the U.S. military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.

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Iran, N Korea resumed missile collaboration in 2020: UN

North Korea and Iran resumed cooperation on the development of long-range missiles in 2020, according to a UN report that also confirmed Pyongyang continues to violate various nuclear resolutions.

 

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Iran Can Develop Nuclear Bomb Within Two Years, IDF Assesses - I24news


The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) released a threats-assessment report the Jewish state will face in the next 12 months, concluding that Iran could develop a nuclear bomb within two years and that Hezbollah would not seek an all-out war.

 

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Israeli intelligence smuggled one-ton gun to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientist: Report

The Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated near Tehran in November 2020 was killed by a one-ton gun smuggled into Iran in pieces by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, reported The Jewish Chronicle on Wednesday. The media outlet cited its intelligence sources to claim that over 20 agents including Israeli and Irani nationals, carried out the ambush on scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh nearly after eight months of surveillance.

As per the Jewish Chronicle report, Iran has “secretly assessed that it will take six years” before a replacement for him is “fully operational” and added that Fakhrizadeh’s death had “extended the period of time it would take Iran to achieve a bomb from about three-and-a-half months to two years.” However, the world’s oldest Jewish newspaper did not give further details of its sourcing.


But it reported that Israeli intelligence agency Mossad mounted the automated gun on a Nissan pickup and the “the bespoke weapon, operated remotely by agents on the ground as they observed the target, was so heavy because it included a bomb that destroyed the evidence after the killing.” It also noted that the attack was orchestrated “by Israel alone, without American involvement” but American officials were notified in some form beforehand.

 

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Report Highlights Iran’s Worldwide Terrorist Modus Operandi



Amid rising regional tensions, Iran continues to seek ways to target Israel and the United States abroad.

Iran deployed several agents to collect intelligence on the diplomatic missions of Israel, the US, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an undisclosed East African country ahead of a potential attack, Israel’s Kan News reported last week, based on insight from Western intelligence sources. The attack was foiled last month.

The report claimed that Iran sought to target the embassies in response to the January 2020 US strike that killed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qassem Soleimani and November’s targeted assassination of senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which was widely attributed to Israel.

Iran has previously threatened the UAE directly, and condemned the Gulf state for normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel.

Several agents involved in the alleged Iranian plot were dual European and Iranian citizens. Some of the agents were arrested in the East African country, while others were detained elsewhere.

On Wednesday, Ethiopia announced that 15 people were arrested for planning to target the UAE embassy in Addis Ababa. Weapons and explosives were also seized when Ethiopian authorities foiled the plot. Another group of suspects plotting attacks against the UAE embassy in Sudan were also detained in that country, according to Ethiopia’s state news agency. It is not clear whether these arrests are connected to recent reports of Iranian-led terrorist plots in East Africa.

These developments come as Iran increasingly violates the 2015 nuclear deal by further enriching uranium and reportedly expands its advanced centrifuges required to develop nuclear weapons. Beyond seeking revenge for previous assassinations, Iran could be seeking to target US and Israeli embassies abroad in an effort to gain some leverage in future negotiations on its nuclear program and regional activities — including state sponsorship of Shia militant organizations.

Meanwhile, two unknown terrorist organizations, including one called SarAllah India Hezbollah, claimed responsibility for a rudimentary improvised explosive device attack outside Israel’s embassy in New Delhi recently. No one was injured. Authorities discovered a handwritten note from SarAllah India Hezbollah threatening the Israeli ambassador to India: “now get ready for a big and better revenge for our heros; martyr Qasem Soleimani, Martyr Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Dr. Mohsin Fakhrizadeh (sic),” the Long War Journal reports.

The Journal notes that while this claim of responsibility appears dubious, the organization’s name includes a common Shia moniker used by Iran-sponsored groups in Iraq and Bahrain. Indian authorities have not yet revealed whether the attack was carried out by an Iranian-affiliated organization or a local group seeking to make headlines.


Regardless of whether Iran was behind the New Delhi blast, there is significant evidence of Iran’s nefarious activities abroad. For example, Iran has been deploying terrorist operatives worldwide to conduct assassinations and other types of attacks against dissidents and Western interests for decades. In some cases, Iranian diplomats play a key role in facilitating terrorist plots.

A Vienna-based Iranian diplomat was convicted on Thursday of plotting a foiled terrorist attack targeting an Iranian dissident group in France in 2018. A Belgian court sentenced him to 20 years in jail, after refusing to accept claims of diplomatic immunity.

Iran’s efforts to target Western interests in recent years is also explored in a comprehensive study published last year focusing on the Islamic Republic and Hezbollah’s “pre-operational modus operandi in the West.” The publication is based on significant evidence, including court documents and reports detailing arrests of Iranian and Hezbollah agents abroad, showing how these actors develop sleeper networks in the United States and Europe for future attacks.

The authors, who led Iran and Hezbollah intelligence investigations for the NYPD, assess that “there is a high likelihood of a possible future attack on US interests abroad and the possibility of an attack in the homeland,” particularly in retaliation for the killing of General Soleimani.

Iran and Hezbollah are known to retaliate against its enemies abroad following high profile assassinations. The 2008 targeted killing of senior Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyah, who was responsible for planning attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets around the world, including in Azerbaijan, India, Cyprus, Thailand, and Turkey, offers a clear example.

Hezbollah responded by carrying out a bombing of a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria in 2012, killing five Israelis and a Bulgarian driver. In September, a Bulgarian court convicted a Lebanese-Australian and a Lebanese-Canadian in absentia for helping a Lebanese-French man carry out the attack.

Iran often recruits European and Western nationals from the Shia diaspora as operatives, and relies on business and diplomatic covers to conceal operational plans.
A similar approach appears at play in the latest report exposing Iranian terrorist plots in East Africa. Iran and its proxies often work to collect intelligence, conduct surveillance, and engage in logistical planning ahead of potential attacks.

Iran and its allies remain dedicated to targeting diplomatic and other soft targets — whether in North America, Africa, Asia, or Europe. Counter-terrorism authorities in numerous countries successfully foil most of Iran’s terrorist plots, sometimes with help from Israeli intelligence. But Iran appears willing to endure numerous failures in its quest to kill innocent civilians and representatives of its enemies worldwide.


 

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