Wednesday May 24, 2017

Trump: "Iran Will Never Have Nuclear Weapons"

When Mr. Trump arrived in Israel after his visit in Saudi Arabia, he called for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. It’s unclear what form this deal would take, and Trump said he prefers to leave it to both sides to decide between themselves.  

Trump said Iran had negotiated a "fantastic deal" with his predecessor, winning "a lifeline and prosperity”, when he spoke in Jerusalem. He continued, ”…instead of saying thank you", the Iranians were backing terrorism.”  On Monday, he accused Iran of "deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias".


The Stakes Are High in Iraq, as Iran Plays for Keeps

Some say that after the liberation of Mosul from ISIL control that the American military must stay, however our presence is defined. They ask why we intervened, if we are to leave Iran free to dominate Iraq?

Iran is playing for keeps in Iraq,” says Brian J. Dunn in his article for Track Persia, a Platform run by dedicated analysts who spend much of their time researching the Middle East,looking for indications of growing expansionary ambitions on the part of Iran in the MENA region and the wider Islamic world.


Trump, Senator McCain, Rex Tillerson All Send Strong Messages to Iran Regime

On Sunday, United States Senator John McCain said that President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia this weekend has sent a message to the Iranian regime, the Washington Examiner reported, that the U.S. and its allies are ready to block Tehran's efforts to destabilize the region. 

On Fox News Sunday the Republican Senator said, "There's no doubt that if we're going to impede the Iranian's continued efforts to exert, certainly, significant strength in the region that this is an important step forward.”


What Rouhani’s Re-election means for Iran’s relations with the Arab world

On Friday, May 19th, Iran’s incumbent President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected to a second term. Still, The Telegraph said, “The re-election of President Hassan Rouhani changes nothing. Iran remains an impoverished dictatorship governed by a theocratic elite.” This demonstrates the belief that Tehran will continue defying domestic demands and international calls for a changed approach.

In contrast to the concessions made by the former US administration, just hours after the announcement of Rouhani obtaining a second term, US President Donald Trump arrived in the region for discussions with Saudi leaders, regarding a mission to launch a Middle East initiative aimed at establishing an unprecedented coalition.


Iran Deports Undocumented Afghan Refugees Contradictory to Memorandum of Understanding

With the resurgent Taliban holding more than 40 percent of the rural territory in Afghanistan, some 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees are heading toward an uncertain future after having been forced to flee Iran by the government.

Each day, hundreds more are expelled from Iran, who plans to  send 600,000 back to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Refugees and Returnees, Hafiz Ahmad Miakhel, said last week, “7,695 Afghan refugees returned from Iran, 60-65 percent of whom were deported involuntarily. The majority of them were young individuals, but some were families, including women and children.”