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Latest explosion rocks Iranian capital

At least one person was killed and several injured in an explosion at a shop in an area near Iran’s capital Tehran, Iranian state TV reported on Friday, adding that at least 30 buildings were damaged by the blast. “An explosion on Tohid Street, south of Nasimshahr, took place in …

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Edward Snowden may earn presidential pardon

President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor – now living in Russia – whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013. The Republican president’s comments followed an interview (here) Trump gave to the New …

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Iran foils CIA plot, executes agent

Iran has executed a former defence ministry employee who sold information to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Islamic Republic’s judiciary said on Tuesday. Reza Asgari had linked up with the CIA during his last years in the ministry and sold the agency information about Iran’s missile programme, judiciary spokesman …

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Turkey indicts Saudi suspects in Khashoggi assassination

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Istanbul prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday it had prepared an indictment against 20 suspects over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s general intelligence and a former royal adviser. Khashoggi’s killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 caused a …

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Ponpeo thinking about how to help Turkey

The United States is reviewing options to assist Turkey after an attack by Russian-backed Syrian government forces killed 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib province, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. “The United States is engaging with our Turkish Allies and reviewing options to assist Turkey against …

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Iran foils CIA plot, caputres 17 spies

Iran has captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday. State television quoted the Intelligence Ministry as saying it had broken up a CIA spying ring and captured 17 suspects. A ministry official said some …

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Iran foils US cyber attacks on key facilities

U.S. cyber attacks against Iranian targets have not been successful, Iran’s telecoms minister said on Monday, within days of reports that the Pentagon had launched a long-planned cyber attack to disable his country’s rocket launch systems. Tension is running high between longtime foes Iran and the United States after U.S. …

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Pompeo also not keen on Iran war

While it is “unmistakable” that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two tankers last week, the United States does not want to go to war with Tehran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday”, Pompeo said, “President Trump has done …

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Claims made that CIA knew of plot to ‘silence’ Khashoggi all along

A Turkish newspaper reported on Thursday CIA director Gina Haspel signaled to Turkish officials last month that the agency had a recording of a call in which Saudi Arabia’s crown prince gave instructions to “silence” Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Asked about the report, a Turkish official told Reuters he had no information about such a recording. Saudi Arabia has said …

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The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

By Graham E. Fuller — The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of this single sensational case have far greater impact on …

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The Pigeon Hole of Peace: Taking Down Israel’s ‘Angel’ on the Silver Screen

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD*   Just watched The Angel (2018), the so-called Ashraf Marwan story (President Abdel Nasser’s son-in-law), purely out of curiosity. And I’m glad to say I did not like it. That’s not just on account of my personal and political biases. Marwan Kenzari, playing the aforementioned son …

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My New Novel, BEAR

by Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com), 2 April 2018   I am happy to announce to interested readers the publication of my new novel, BEAR. Some may recall from my blog a few years back the publication of my first novel: “Breaking Faith: a novel of espionage and an American’s crisis …

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Tough questions await new Trump nominees as Senate gears up for hearings

President Donald Trump’s two new cabinet nominees are expected to be greeted with tough questions about the administration’s posture toward Russia, the possibility of an unprecedented summit with North Korea, the Iranian nuclear deal and torture when they face the U.S. Senate in coming weeks. The president’s abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday …

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Turkey slams US court ruling on banker as ‘unjust, unfortunate’

Ankara has slammed a US court ruling that convicted a Turkish banker for allegedly helping Iran evade Washington’s sanctions as “unjust and unfortunate,” saying the trial amounted to unprecedented interference in Turkey’s internal affairs. “It is an unjust and unfortunate development that Halkbank Deputy General Manager Mehmet Hakan Atilla was …

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