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Saturday March 25, 2017

Arab Quartet to Form a NATO Against the Iranian 'Warsaw Pact'?

The history of the region for roughly the past 100 years is made up of changing camps and shifting alliances, so and the rhetoric about the idea of proposing an Arab quartet NATO will be a normal reaction against Iran’s active tripartite alliance.

Discussions about the Arab military alliance allege that it resembles the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), established in the wake of Soviet expansion. NATO was the western military power that confronted the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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Iran Under Fire at the Munich Security Conference

Much news is coming from the Munich Security Conference, including demands by Saudi Arabia that Iran be punished.  They call for justice over allegations that Iran was propping up the Syrian government, developing ballistic missiles and funding separatists in Yemen.

On Sunday, the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, told delegates at the conference that Iran is the main sponsor of global ‘terrorism’ and a destabilizing force in the Middle East. "Iran remains the single main sponsor of terrorism in the world,” he said, "It's determined to upend the order in the Middle East ... [and] until and unless Iran changes its behavior, it would be very difficult to deal with a country like this."

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Iran: New Political Unrest in the Oil Fields

Shocking the country, there’s an new disruptive potential inside Iran in its main oil field province, Khuzestan. "The Strikes" that occurred in this province by tens of thousands of oil workers, paralyzing the state thirty-eight years ago, and paved the way for the Shah’s downfall, are now happening again. Historically Iran’s oil supplies are the regime’s lifeline. 

Khuzestan province borders Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Its capital is Ahvaz. It's the country's oldest province, and produces 35 percent of the Iran’s water and electricity. More importantly, its oil fields and gas supply provides 90% of Iran’s national revenue.

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Iran's Fighter-Jets Are Not New

Although Tehran wants to produce its own jet fighters,  designing and manufacturing advanced combat jets poses formidable challenges, Still, the Iranian air force has showcased its development of several domestic fighter jets since the turn of the century, most notably the HESA Saeqeh (“Thunderbolt”), which Iranian media have claimed to be superior to the F-18 Hornet.

However, performance specifications and technical details for these aircraft remain vague or perhaps, nonexistent. This may be because additional details would likely be unimpressive, as the Saeqeh is a reverse-engineered American F-5 Freedom Fighter with a new tail and upgraded avionics.

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Why Iran is threatening the US regarding Iran nuclear deal

The head of Iran’s parliamentary Commission on Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, threatened the Trump administration regarding the release of documents related to the Iran nuclear deal. He said that if President Trump’s administration released any of the documents to the public it would constitute a violation. 

He said: “If Trump wants to publish confidential documents exchanged between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, it will in fact constitute a violation of the agency’s obligations, because the agency has been committed not to make Iran’s confidential nuclear information and documents available to any country, including the US.”

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