Powerful forces in France along with the US administration don’t want a nuclear deal with Iran; they have an interest in tension with it, says Seyed Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran. They are supported by Saudis and Israel as well, he added.
Israel is hoping to receive $4.2-$4.5 billion a year in military aid from the United States for ten years, to counter the threat from Iran and oil-rich Middle East states that have been re-arming rapidly, a senior Israeli source has told Defense News
It’s been a bad time for foes of ISIS. Islamic State scored a neat hat-trick by invading strategic Ramadi in Iraq’s mainly Sunni Anbar province, occupying Syria’s historic gem Palmyra, and taking over Al-Tanf, the last remaining border crossing with Iraq.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has once again beaten the drums of potential danger stemming from the nuclear deal with Iran, claiming that a nuclear-armed Iran is a “thousand times” more dangerous and destructive than ISIS.
Russia has given the green light for six Iranian companies to export food to Russia, the country’s food inspector Rosselkhoznadzor has said. Additional conditions guaranteeing complete safety are yet to be signed.
The Iranian armed forces have held military drills in the central province of Isfahan, in which they test-fired missiles and shot down mock-enemy drones over the Arak nuclear facilities. Part of the exercise was to train for unpredictable scenarios.
Speaking to lawmakers, retired Army officers and think tank officials who engineered the 2006 US “surge” in Iraq advocated a return of US ground troops to the region, lamenting the fall of Ramadi as a strategic setback in the war on Islamic State.