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Iran vs. The World Part III(a) Sequence Code ZipZipZipZed

| July 29, 2019 | 6 Comments
Iran vs. The World Part III(a) Sequence Code ZipZipZipZed

HMS Duncan in the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping route in the Gulf  (Ministry of Defense photo) In the continuing story of Iran vs. The World, a second British Navy warship has arrived in the Persian Gulf to accompany British shipping through the Strait of Hormuz. And of course, Iran protests this as a […]

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US military aims to ensure safe passage of American commercial ships in Persian Gulf

| July 25, 2019 | 51 Comments
US military aims to ensure safe passage of American commercial ships in Persian Gulf

President Donald Trump looks to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) In a move reminiscent of Operation Earnest Will, where US forces protected Kuwaiti-owned tankers from Iranian attacks in 1987 and 1988, our military will provide protection […]

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Update: Iran and the Strait of Hormuz

| July 22, 2019 | 24 Comments
Update: Iran and the Strait of Hormuz

There may be a solution underway to get Iran’s grip on the Persian Gulf eliminated. The UK is proposing a UK-led mission that is meant to stop the harassment and seizure of non-Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. Per the article:  Briefing Parliament on the budding crisis, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Iran of […]

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Iran denies US destroyed an Iranian drone near Persian Gulf

| July 20, 2019 | 14 Comments
Iran denies US destroyed an Iranian drone near Persian Gulf

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer transits California’s San Diego Bay USS Boxer used electronic measures to take down a drone that was operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to Pentagon sources. The Navy says the drone was destroyed in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday after it came too close to the […]

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UK-flagged tanker seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Strait of Hormuz

| July 19, 2019 | 39 Comments
UK-flagged tanker seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Strait of Hormuz

Stena Impero Topping off a busy week in the Straights of Hormuz. First, three Iranian gunboats failed in an attempt to seize a British oil tanker on Wednesday. HMS Montrose was escorting the vessel and pointed its weapons on the IRGC gunboats. The next day an Iranian drone was downed by the amphibious assault ship […]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin

| July 17, 2019 | 13 Comments
Two Sides of the Same Coin

Iran’s cyber hackers are as dedicated to infiltrating US networks and stealing anything they can get as the Norks’ cyber-poaching group over in Norkiland. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/06/23/us-struck-iranian-military-computers-this-week/ From the June article:  In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted U.S. government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including finance, […]

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Chess or Poker?

| July 16, 2019 | 19 Comments
Chess or Poker?

  Two sides of the same coin, the coin being Iran: https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/07/15/eu-works-to-save-unraveling-nuclear-agreement-with-iran/ BRUSSELS — European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure. The 28 EU foreign ministers insisted that recent Iranian actions surpassing uranium enrichment thresholds set by the 2015 […]

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Iran, China and US

| July 9, 2019 | 7 Comments
Iran, China and US

Iran breaches nuclear enrichment deal, going to 4.5%, well above the 3.45% allowed, as of Monday. https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/07/08/reports-iran-enriching-uranium-to-45-breaking-deal-limit/ TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass U.S. sanctions amid heightened […]

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