Iran

Further Escalating Tensions, Trump Administration Seizes Alleged Iranian Fuel Bound for Venezuela

In an escalation of President Donald Trump’s sanction regimes against Iran and Venezuela, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the U.S. has for the first time confiscated cargo from four ships that federal prosecutors allege were transporting 1.1 million barrels of Iranian gasoline to the South American country. The seizure, confirmed Friday by the …

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Trump Blasted for Naming ‘War Criminal’ and Iran-Contra Convict Elliott Abrams as Iran Envoy

Following the resignation Thursday of State Department Iran envoy Brian Hook, President Donald Trump named as his replacement current special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, a notorious warmonger and supporter of Latin American death squads who was convicted in 1991 of withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal. “Like most Trump appointees, he is …

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‘Lawlessness Upon Lawlessness’: Iran Foreign Minister Condemns US for Dangerous Mid-Air Harassment of Civilian Plane

In yet another display of the heightened tension between Iran and the United States under President Donald Trump, several passengers on an Iranian commercial plane were reportedly injured Thursday when the aircraft swiftly dropped altitude after being approached by at least one U.S. military fighter jet over Syrian airspace. Iranian media reported Thursday that two …

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Iran Issues ‘Murder and Terrorism’ Arrest Warrant for Trump Over Soleimani Assassination

The Iranian government on Monday issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and recommended that he face “murder and terrorism charges” over the January assassination of Gen. Qasem Soleimani that brought the two nations to the brink of all-out war. “The 36 individuals who were involved in the assassination of Qassem Soleimani have …

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Iran Warns US Not to Interfere with Venezuelan Oil Flotilla

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday warned the United States not to interfere with a shipment of oil bound for Venezuela after the South American nation said it would provide an armed escort for the tankers. In a statement posted on his website, Rouhani said the United States had created “unacceptable conditions” in different parts …

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‘Mother of All Distractions’: Amid Covid-19 Failures, Trump Threatens War With Order to ‘Shoot Down’ Iranian Boats

This is a developing story… Check back for possible updates… President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he has instructed the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian vessels that “harass” American warships in the Persian Gulf. Critics slammed the threat as an effort to distract from the president’s abysmal response to the …

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Despite Calls for Global Ceasefire, Trump Threatens War With Iran Amid COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on world economies, claims tens of thousands of lives, and cripples healthcare systems worldwide, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to threaten to attack Iran and make the country “pay a very heavy price” for any “attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq.” Upon information and belief, …

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‘Pandemics Know No Borders’: Democrats Call on Trump Admin to Suspend Sanctions on Iran During Coronavirus Outbreak

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage Iran, U.S. lawmakers Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to immediately relax crushing sanctions which are making it harder for people in the Persian nation to obtain vital medicines, medical equipment, and protective gear for healthcare workers. In a joint letter (pdf) spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), …

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