Iran Executions Surge as Government Cracks Down

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Via WSJ: Iran Executions Surge as Government Cracks Down At least 142 people were executed in Iran in May, the highest monthly number since 2015, bringing the total to more than 300 in the first five months of this year, according to Oslo-based Iran Human Rights. Most executions in Iran are carried out in secret, usually by hanging.

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U.S. Approves Release of $2.76 Billion for Iran from Iraq

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A reminder, once again, that Blinken is no friend to Israel.  Via Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday approved a sanctions waiver that allows Iraq to pay a $2.76 billion gas and electricity debt to Iran that had been blocked by U.S. sanctions on Iran, a senior Iraqi foreign ministry official said. Iran has been unable to access billions of dollars in assets in several countries due to U.S. sanctions. U.S. Approves Release of $2.76 Billion for Iran from Iraq

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New Al Qaeda Leader is Based in Iran, Say UN and US

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Via The Algemeiner: Iran has provided the base for the new leader of the Al Qaeda Islamist terror organization, according to separate assessments released this week by the UN and the United States. A UN report issued on Wednesday described Seif al-Adel — a a former Egyptian intelligence officer with a $10 million bounty on his head — as the “uncontested” leader of Al Qaeda, whose influence since the September 11, 2001 atrocities in New York and Washington, DC, has waned as other terror groups such as ISIS have emerged in the Middle East.

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Iran Orders Islamic Jihad to Block Any Long-Term Calm for Gaza

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Via Ynet News: With the latest round of rocket fire, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is seeking to prevent any long-term agreement between Hamas and Israel. In addition to seeking to conduct a holy war to destroy Israel, PIJ is also motivated by its need for financial assistance from its Iranian sponsors. Tehran has instructed the PIJ and other Iranian proxies to increase their terror activity in the wake of the killing of Revolutionary Guards Gen. Qasem Soleimani by the U.S. in January. Hamas understands that Islamic Jihad is intent on disrupting any agreement that will lead to calm but is

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Photos reveal damage to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad following attack by supporters of Iran-backed militia

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Photos reveal damage to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad following attack by supporters of Iran-backed militia https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2020/01/02/photos-reveal-damage-to-us-embassy-in-baghdad-following-attack-by-supporters-of-iran-backed-militia/ Fire damage can be seen in a reception room of the U.S. embassy compound, that was burned by pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters had broken into the compound, trashing a reception area and smashing windows in one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory. (Qassim Abdul-Zahra/ AP Photo) Photos show extensive damage to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after it was attacked by supporters of an Iran-backed militia on

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Video: Houston Islamic Education Center Celebrates Iran’s Islamic Revolution

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Via MEMRI: The Islamic Education Center of Houston, Texas, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution on Feb. 17, 2019.  A video uploaded by the center shows the audience chanting: “Allah Akbar! Khamenei is our Leader!” In addition, young boys wearing green headbands sang: “You are our Leader….We are your soldiers.” Click to view:

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U.S. Accuses Iran of Failing to Declare Chemical Weapons

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Via Reuters: Iran has not declared all its chemical weapons capabilities to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, in violation of an international non-proliferation convention, U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward told the organization on Thursday. He said Iran had failed to report a production facility for the filling of aerial bombs and maintains a program to obtain banned toxic munitions. Ward cited the discovery of chemical-filled artillery projectiles, mortars and aerial bombs of Iranian origin as proof. “The United States is also concerned that Iran is also pursuing central nervous system-acting chemicals for offensive purposes,”

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Iran’s Rouhani calls Israel a ‘cancerous tumor’ established by West | The Times of Israel

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called Israel a “cancerous tumor” established by Western countries to advance their interests in the Middle East. Iran’s leaders frequently condemn Israel and predict its demise, but Rouhani, a relative moderate, rarely employs such rhetoric. Source: Iran’s Rouhani calls Israel a ‘cancerous tumor’ established by West | The Times of Israel

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