Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets

Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it.

#defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #quds-force, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

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A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle

A nuclear deal with Iran is central to President Biden’s foreign policy. So why did one of the United States’ closest allies apparently just try to blow it up?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran’s Push to Enrich Uranium Amid Nuclear Talks: What to Know

A highly purified form of uranium is needed to make an atomic bomb, but the main point of Tehran’s action may be to give it leverage in nuclear talks.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #uranium

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The Clock Is Ticking for Biden on Iran

The United States must quickly decide on lifting sanctions and come up with a credible road map for reviving the Iran nuclear deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Iran Talks Resume, Gingerly, After Attack on Nuclear Site

Another round of Vienna talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear accord is considered to be positive despite an apparent Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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Iran’s Top Leader Signals Nuclear Talks to Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

The declaration by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to put to rest any speculation that Iran would boycott or quit the Vienna talks aimed at saving the nuclear deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons

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Iran Vows to Increase Uranium Enrichment After Attack on Nuclear Site

Iran also attacked an Israeli cargo ship at sea, raising tensions but causing little or no damage.

#international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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Iran Vows Revenge for Alleged Israeli Attack on Nuclear Site

Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, threatened Israel after a blackout at a uranium enrichment plant over the weekend.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #iran, #israel, #mossad, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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Blackout Strikes Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iran Calls It Sabotage

The power failure comes at a delicate time, with talks underway in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.

#defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #united-states-international-relations

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‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed

A return to the nuclear deal is the first step out of the morass.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Nuclear Talks Start on Positive Note in Vienna

Working groups on sanctions and uranium enrichment are making progress, diplomats said. The indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington are set to resume next week.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states

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Israel-Iran Sea Skirmishes Escalate as Mine Damages Iranian Military Ship

The explosion came the same day as progress was reported in talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal, which Israel opposes.

#defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #israel, #red-sea, #ships-and-shipping

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Iran and U.S. Agree on Path Back to Nuclear Deal

In indirect talks in Vienna, the U.S. and Iran agreed to try to synchronize Washington’s lifting of sanctions and Iran’s limiting of uranium enrichment.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brussels-belgium, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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The Iran Nuclear Talks Explained

Talks in Vienna starting Tuesday will try to bring both the United States and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. It won’t be easy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-energy, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #rouhani-hassan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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U.S. and Iran Agree to Indirect Talks on Returning to Nuclear Deal

The two countries will negotiate through intermediaries next week in Vienna to try to bring both back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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US cuts trade ties to Myanmar, risking internet outages

The U.S. government has cut trade ties to Myanmar, two months after the country’s military staged a coup overthrowing the country’s president and also its de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and killed at least 200 protesters resulting from its offensive.

In a statement, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the trade suspension would be “effective immediately” and will remain in place “until the return of a democratically elected government.”

“The United States supports the people of Burma in their efforts to restore a democratically elected government, which has been the foundation of Burma’s economic growth and reform,” said Tai. “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese security forces’ brutal violence against civilians. The killing of peaceful protestors, students, workers, labor leaders, medics, and children has shocked the conscience of the international community. These actions are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the efforts of the Burmese people to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future,” the statement read.

Myanmar (also known as Burma) and the U.S. began trading in 2013 following the easing of U.S. sanctions a year earlier after elections saw Suu Kyi’s party win by a landslide.

The trade suspension is designed to target the ruling military junta, but leaves millions of internet users across Myanmar in uncertainty as U.S. cloud and internet companies wrangle with the U.S. government order, at a time where protesters are struggling to stay online amid government-ordered internet shutdowns across the country.

Myanmar already blocked Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram “until further notice.”

Sanctions are designed to prevent the shipping of goods, money and certain services to other countries. Companies operating in the U.S. have to follow U.S. sanctions or face heavy financial penalties. ZTE pleaded guilty in 2017 to violating U.S. sanctions against Iran by knowingly shipping products to the country, and agreed to pay a near-$1 billion fine.

But cloud companies fall into a gray area and have different interpretations of the rules. Quartz reported in 2016 that internet users across Syria, Cuba, and Iran — all subject to U.S. trade sanctions — couldn’t access sites hosted by IBM, because the U.S. cloud host blocked visitors from those countries from accessing its services. Rackspace and Linode, two other large cloud providers, do not block internet traffic to users in embargoed countries but instead prevented users from those countries from signing up for their service.

Myamnar has about 17 million internet users, some 30% of the wider population. A spokesperson for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative did not immediately return a request for comment.

#asia, #countries, #cuba, #government, #ibm, #internet, #internet-traffic, #iran, #linode, #myanmar, #president, #rackspace, #security, #spokesperson, #syria, #u-s-government, #united-states

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An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order.

As President Biden predicts a struggle between democracies and their opponents, Beijing is eager to champion the other side.

#china, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-parliament, #european-union, #international-relations, #iran, #middle-east, #saudi-arabia, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xinjiang-china

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How Sanctions Hurt Iranian Women

The decimation of the economy since the U.S. left the nuclear deal is crippling the people who have been working for reform.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #iranian-rial-currency, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Could Deepen Influence in Mideast

The countries signed a sweeping pact on Saturday that calls for heavy Chinese investments in Iran over 25 years in exchange for oil — a step that could ease Iran’s international isolation.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #united-states-international-relations

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Israel’s Shadow War With Iran Moves Out to Sea

Israel and Iran have fought a clandestine war across the Middle East for years, mainly by land and air. Now ships are under attack in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

#defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #mediterranean-sea, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #persian-gulf, #politics-and-government, #red-sea, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Putin Authorized Russian Interference in 2020 Election, Report Says

The assessment was the intelligence community’s most comprehensive look at foreign efforts to interfere in the election.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #iran, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Is Freed in Iran but Faces New Court Date

The British-Iranian woman has been detained in Tehran for five years on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, accusations that her family and supporters say are baseless.

#great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #iran, #political-prisoners, #sentences-criminal, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

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Israel, the U.A.E. and a New Middle East

We may be witnessing a major realignment of the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hamas, #hezbollah, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. Proposed by Europe

The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Iranian and Mexican Rice Pudding Meet at Nixta Taqueria in Austin

The owners of the genre-bending Texas restaurant took inspiration from similar childhood treats.

#austin-tex, #content-type-personal-profile, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #iran, #mardanbigi-sara, #mexican-food-cuisine, #nixta-taqueria-austin-tex-restaurant, #pudding, #restaurants, #rico-edgar-chef

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With Strikes in Syria, Biden Confronts Iran’s Militant Network

Using a carefully calibrated approach, the president hopes to restrain Iran’s regional militia allies without undercutting efforts to reach a new nuclear deal.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #kataib-hezbollah, #syria, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Orders Airstrike in Syria Targeting Iran-Backed Militias

President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #erbil-iraq, #iran, #iraq, #kataib-hezbollah, #kirby-john-f, #syria

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U.S. Airstrikes in Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias That Rocketed U.S. Troops in Iraq

President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #erbil-iraq, #iran, #iraq, #kataib-hezbollah, #kirby-john-f, #syria

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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq-war-2003-11, #iraqi-army, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #state-department, #stoltenberg-jens, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Administration Formally Offers to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran

President Biden campaigned on restoring an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program. It remains unclear if Tehran, which is demanding that sanctions be lifted, will accept the offer to talk.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #state-department, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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They Thought, ‘Why Not Iran,’ and the Decision Upended Their Lives

An Iranian-American couple’s relocation to Iran after their daughters went off to college in the United States was a mistake paid for in accusations of spying, murky prosecution and prison.

#evin-prison, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #political-prisoners, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden and Netanyahu Finally Talk, but No Details Are Revealed About What

Israel’s statement emphasized the personal relationship between the two leaders. The U.S. statement said they “discussed the importance of continued close consultation.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills a U.S. Military Contractor

Some saw the barrage of rockets aimed at an airport in the northern city of Erbil as a test of the new administration in Washington.

#civilian-casualties, #erbil-iraq, #iran, #iraq, #kurds, #military-bases-and-installations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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In a Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse, Iran Eyes New Targets in Africa

Fifteen people arrested in Ethiopia were part of what American and Israeli officials said was a foiled Iranian plot against diplomats from the United Arab Emirates.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #israel, #suleimani-qassim, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states

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A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.

#assad-bashar-al, #bahrain, #ben-ali-zine-el-abidine, #cairo-egypt, #iran, #iraq, #jordan, #lebanon, #middle-east, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #mubarak-hosni, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #muslims-and-islam, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #sudan, #syria, #tahrir-square-cairo, #trump-donald-j, #tunisia, #turkey, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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Exploding Fuel Tanker Ignites Enormous Fire on Afghanistan-Iran Border

Afghan officials say they do not know what caused the tanker to explode and set fire to more than 100 other nearby fuel tankers at a customs post on the border with Iran.

#afghanistan, #fires-and-firefighters, #herat-afghanistan, #iran

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Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Suggests It May Seek Nuclear Weapons, in New Escalation of Threats

An Iranian official says U.S. sanctions could force Iran to revoke its pledge to not seek a nuclear weapon. New intelligence suggests Iran is 2 years away from producing one.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Illegal Walkie-Talkies and Other ‘Crimes’ in Authoritarian Societies

The most obscure or innocuous-sounding offenses can take on new meaning in justice systems used by autocrats for their own ends.

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Assadollah Assadi, Iranian Envoy, Found Guilty in France Bomb Plot

A court in Belgium sentenced Assadollah Assadi, an envoy based in Vienna, to 20 years in prison for his role in a thwarted attack on a group that seeks to overthrow the Iranian leadership.

#assadi-assadollah, #belgium, #bombs-and-explosives, #decisions-and-verdicts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #iran, #mujahedeen-khalq, #rajavi-maryam, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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Declaring Democracy Won’t Be Subverted, Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #myanmar, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #north-korea, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #myanmar, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #north-korea, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Agrees to Free South Korean Ship’s Crew

In return, South Korea pledged speedy action to address Iran’s complaints about $7 billion impounded there as a result of U.S. sanctions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #persian-gulf, #ships-and-shipping, #south-korea

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U.S. Aircraft Carrier Returning Home After Long Sea Tour Watching Iran

The Pentagon had extended the deployment of the Nimitz in the Middle East after Iranian threats against President Donald J. Trump and U.S. troops in the region.

#aircraft-carriers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #iran, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uss-nimitz

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq

The joint operation with Iraqi forces was aimed at stemming the group’s resurgence, and illustrates Iraq’s continued reliance on the U.S. military.

#baghdad-iraq, #baghuz-syria, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #iran, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kirkuk-iraq, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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U.S. Names Iran Envoy in Battle of Wills With Tehran Over Nuclear Negotiations

Robert Malley, a former Middle East adviser to Democratic presidents and a conflict resolution analyst, had faced opposition from conservatives even before his appointment was announced.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Iran Presses Biden to Restore Nuclear Deal and Drop Sanctions

With a combination of threats, provocative acts and public appeals, Iran is jostling for attention from an administration preoccupied with spillover crises from the Trump years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #middle-east, #rouhani-hassan, #united-states-international-relations, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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Biden Wants to Return to the Iran Deal. He Can Start Here.

There is a window now to restore America’s credibility and bring more stability to the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #middle-east, #nuclear-weapons, #security-council-un, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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Turkey Offers Uncertain Refuge for Iranians Fleeing Persecution

An abduction and a murder have scared dissidents seeking shelter in Turkey into looking further afield for safety.

#asylum-right-of, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey

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Telegram, Pro-Democracy Tool, Struggles Over New Fans From Far Right

The app has helped fuel democracy movements in Iran and Belarus but now faces scrutiny as extremists and conspiracy theorists flock to it amid crackdowns by Facebook and Twitter on disinformation.

#belarus, #censorship, #durov-pavel-valeryevich-1984, #instant-messaging, #iran, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #telegram-llc, #vkontakte-ltd

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