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U.S. aircraft carrier deploys to Gulf, Navy says unrelated to 'specific threats'

 

U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was deployed to the Gulf this week, days before the killing of Iran's top nuclear scientist, although the U.S. Navy said on Saturday the deployment was not related to any specific threat.


"There were no specific threats that triggered the return of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group," Commander Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an emailed statement after the carrier deployed on Wednesday.

 

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So he was a nuclear scientist, but he had zero common sense...

 

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The Fars News report said Fakhrizadeh was traveling with his wife in a bulletproof car, alongside three security personnel vehicles, when he heard what sounded like bullets hitting a vehicle, and he exited the car to determine what had happened.


When he got out, a remote-controlled machine gun opened fire from a Nissan stopped about 150 meters (164 yards) from Fakhrizadeh's car, the agency said.

 

Assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist shot with remote-controlled machine gun, news agency says

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Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions

 

Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the US over its atomic program.


The development was confirmed by satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press.


Iran has not publicly acknowledged any new construction at Fordo, whose discovery by the West in 2009 came in an earlier round of brinkmanship before world powers struck the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.


While the purpose of the building remains unclear, any work at Fordo likely will trigger new concern in the waning days of the Trump administration before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Already, Iran is building at its Natanz nuclear facility after a mysterious explosion in July there that Tehran described as a sabotage attack.

 

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Iran fears Trump preparing attack in final weeks in office

 

Iran fears that Donald Trump is preparing to order a military attack on its regional interests in the final three weeks of his administration and has warned it would retaliate against US bases in the Middle East.

 

Concerns have increased in Tehran over the past week that the US president could authorise a strike against Iranian proxy groups operating in Iraq, or a more extensive attack against Iran, a foe his government has attempted to break through nearly four years of economic sanctions and military muscle.

 

The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday accused Trump of constructing a pretext to attack as the clock winds down on his sole term in office. Zarif’s remarks followed the presence of two US B-52 bombers in the region earlier this week, and an aircraft carrier redeployed to the Indian Ocean.

 

“Instead of fighting Covid in US, @realDonaldTrump & cohorts waste billions to fly B52s & send armadas to OUR region,” Zarif said in a tweet. “Intelligence from Iraq indicate plot to FABRICATE pretext for war. Iran doesn’t seek war but will OPENLY & DIRECTLY defend its people, security & vital interests.”

 

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Iran issues Interpol notice for 48 US officials including Trump

 

Second Interpol arrest request for US President Donald Trump comes two weeks before he has to leave the White House.

 

US President Donald Trump has had a “red notice” request for his arrest issued through Interpol by Iran.

 

Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced during a press conference on Tuesday that Iran has requested the international police organisation to arrest Trump and 47 other American officials identified as playing a role in the assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani last year.

 

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Iran issues Interpol notice for 48 US officials including Trump

 

Second Interpol arrest request for US President Donald Trump comes two weeks before he has to leave the White House.

 

US President Donald Trump has had a “red notice” request for his arrest issued through Interpol by Iran.

 

Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced during a press conference on Tuesday that Iran has requested the international police organisation to arrest Trump and 47 other American officials identified as playing a role in the assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani last year.

 

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If we hand him over, do we get the nuke deal back?  

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Iran denies seized Korean ship and crew are being held as hostages

 

SEOUL (Reuters) - Iran denied on Tuesday it was using a South Korean ship and its crew as hostages, a day after it seized the tanker in the Gulf while pressing a demand for Seoul to release $7 billion in funds frozen under U.S. sanctions.

 

The seizure of the MT Hankuk Chemi and its 20-member crew near the strategic Strait of Hormuz has been seen as an attempt by Tehran to assert its demands, just two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office in the United States.

 

Iran wants Biden to lift sanctions imposed by outgoing President Donald Trump. Tehran’s critics have long accused it of capturing ships and foreigners as a method of gaining leverage in negotiations.

 

“We’ve become used to such allegations,” Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference. “But if there is any hostage-taking, it is Korea’s government that is holding $7 billion, which belongs to us, hostage on baseless grounds.”

 

South Korea summoned the Iranian ambassador, called for the ship to be released and said it was dispatching a delegation to Iran to discuss it. Iran says the ship was held over environmental violations.

 

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Diary shows how quest for love landed Navy vet in Iran jail

 

Michael White’s long-anticipated trip to Iran was already a disappointment. The love interest he’d gone to visit had stopped seeing him and he’d idled away hours in his hotel room by himself.

 

Then it got much worse.

 

On his final day, the car he and his tour guide were in was abruptly cut off by another vehicle with a passenger frantically waving his hands at them. He recalls three men getting out, one with a video camera, forcing him into their car and driving him to an office for questioning. From there, it was on to jail, where orange-tinted water spewed from the sink and shower and prison-issued dirty sandals proved useful in shoving sewer roaches in the bathroom into the toilet.

 

A handwritten journal he wrote behind bars — a copy of which was provided exclusively to The Associated Press — offers new details about his ordeal in Iran, which ended last June when the State Department secured the Navy veteran’s release. In it, he catalogues physical abuse from his jailers and taunts from fellow inmates while held on dubious allegations. He writes tenderly of the woman he visited even while likening himself to a mouse lured into a trap. And he brands himself a “political hostage,” held on pretextual charges to secure concessions from the U.S.

 

Seven months after his release, White is trying to reassemble his life in Mexico, unsure what comes next but eager to share his story.

 

“I don’t want the government of Iran to think that, ‘Oh, Mike White’s out of here, he’s going away, he’s going to be quiet,’” he said in a recent interview. “That’s not going to happen. Believe me, if only you understood the fear and anger inside of me as a result of what they did.”

 

The peculiar saga began in July 2018 when White flew to Iran to visit a woman he’d met years earlier in a Yahoo chat room and with whom he hoped to rekindle an on-off relationship that included two prior visits to the country. But the bond turned sour on the most recent trip when the woman stopped seeing him and encouraged him to return home earlier than he’d planned.

 

His 156-page manuscript is told from his own perspective with details that are vivid though sometimes difficult to corroborate. Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment. But according to the document, the men who arrested him pulled him into their car and drove him, blindfolded and handcuffed, to a building for questioning. His interrogator asked about his relationship with the woman, seeming to know details of her family, and telling White, vaguely, that some in Iran were concerned about his intentions there.

He was taken to what he calls the “intel jail,” where he says he was given no food for days, nor blanket or pillow even as the vent blew frigid air. The conditions were compounded, he says, by his cancer diagnosis that had resulted in chemotherapy treatment and hospital stays in the months before he left for Iran.

 

He was repeatedly interrogated over several months about why he’d come to Iran, as officials suspicious that he may be a spy handed him questionnaires focused on his military background and any intelligence service connections. At one point, he writes, he fabricated a tale about being tasked to gather intelligence by an acquaintance he said was with the National Security Agency, figuring that interrogators wanted to hear something like that before setting him free.

 

“I was just saying something out of desperation, doing whatever to hopefully get them to just cut me loose,” he said in the interview. ”It turned out it wasn’t really helpful at all.”

 

The truth was more mundane, he says, albeit more difficult to comprehend: He was a “dumb American” pursuing love.

 

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3 hours ago, CousinsCowgirl84 said:


Iran doesn’t need Al Qaeda.... they have their own terrorist networks...

Iran's networks are regional shiite militias like Hezbollah or Al Quds. By contrast, the US ally Saudi Arabia has financed Al Quaeda, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen and Bahrain, and continues to finance re-branded Al Quaeda networks in Syria. They establish madrasas all iver the world to promote their intolerant militant version of salafist Islam.

The Northern Alliance that the US used for fighting in Afghanistan was a coalition formed by Iran to resist the Taliban...which was getting tens of millions in aid from the US right up until 911.

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