Iran and World
Sunday July 23, 2017

Iran: Another Dangerous Encounter with the US Navy

US Navy faced anther incident with Iranian naval patrol boats, when Iran conducted an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter in international waters. 

The Iranian ship has been identified as a Houdong-class by the US Naval institute. It was within 800 yards of the USS Bataan helicopter carrier, the USS Cole guided-missile destroyer, and the USNS Washington Chambers cargo ship, when it "trained a laser on a CH-53E helicopter that accompanied the formation," according to Commander Bill Urban, spokesman for the Navy's fifth fleet.

Indian Plans for Iranian Port Development Affected Due to Western Pressure for Sanctions

Indian officials have said that manufacturers in the West are reluctant to supply equipment for work that is being carried out by India on an Iranian port. They say that the Western companies are worried that the United States will impose more sanctions on Iran. 

This is greatly impacting India’s plans in the region. It wants to create a transport corridor that will allow it to bypass regional adversary India, and Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman is essential to these plans. India has been pursuing this for over ten years.

Iran and US Confrontation?

Combat power has been boosted by the United States in Southern Syria and there are rumours that Syria will be the launch site in a confrontation between the US and Iran. 

US President Donald Trump has been increasing rhetoric against the Islamic Republic of Iran, slamming it for its violations of the 2015 nuclear deal and its treatment of people at home, as well as the war-mongering it is carrying out across the Middle East.

US Showdown With Syria and Iran at Tanf Crossing

U.S. aircraft dropped a series of leaflets warning pro-Syrian regime militia to avoid the deconfliction zone around a small base near the Tanf border crossing, which lies between Syria and Iraq, this past weekend, as pro-regime forces are reportedly conducting armed patrols in the vicinity of Tanf, say officials at the Pentagon. 

U.S. Central Command officials say that the facility is being used by U.S. and British Special Forces to train Syrian opposition forces for the fight against ISIS. A 55-kilometer radius around the base is designated as the deconfliction zone.

U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee: Deal Assertively with Iran

A hearing was recently held by the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss Iran’s influence and strategies, as well as their regional and global impact. Ilan Berman, Senior Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council; Ray Takeyh, Ph.D., Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies Council on Foreign Relations; and Daniel L. Byman, Ph.D., Senior Fellow of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, all authorities on Iran, were called as witnesses by the subcommittee.

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