The wars that really are about the oil

Source: Spectator UK Excerpt: Americans who hope that ‘energy independence’ can reduce US involvement in the Middle East similarly fail to understand the post-Cold War strategy of their own country. Thanks to the...

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Iran Sends Tanks to Iraq to Fight ISIS

Source: War is Boring [...] On Aug. 21, Kurdish social media activists published pictures that appear to depict elements of the Iranian 81st Armored Division entering southern Kurdistan via Khaneghein, north of Jalawla....

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Pentagon keeps wary eye on Iran activities around Strait of Hormuz

Source: Chicago Tribune While Iran’s military has toned down its rhetoric about military capabilities and exercises, it continues a low-profile buildup of weapons in and near the Strait of Hormuz, according to a...

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Vladimir Putin signs historic $20bn oil deal with Iran to bypass Western sanctions

Source: Farsnews Under the terms of a five-year accord, Russia would help Iran organise oil sales as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods...

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MIDDLE EAST MILITARY BUILD-UP: Is the U.S. Prepping for war?

Source: Kimberly Dvorak San Diego 6 News After more than 14 years of continuous war in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention supporting insurgencies in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria, the U.S. departs in...

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Iranian commanders on front line of Iraq’s fight

Source: Navy Times A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq’s fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country’s Revolutionary Guard to direct...

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Maliki Compromised CIA Spies in Iraq for Years

  Source: Newsweek U.S. military advisors arriving in Iraq better be careful who they talk to and where they go: Their Iraq ‘allies’ will almost certainly be spying on them. According to three...

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Pakistan, Iran, and… USA? New heatmap shows where NSA hacks

Source: Ars Technica A screenshot from the National Security Agency’s Boundless Informant visualization tool shows that the NSA was heavily focusing its network hacking efforts in 2013 on Iran and Pakistan. All the...

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Iran Deploys Two battalions of the Quds Forces to Fight ISIS Militants in Iraq

Source: WSJ Iran deployed Revolutionary Guard forces to fight in Iraq, helping government troops there wrest back control of most of the city of Tikrit from militants, Iranian security sources said. Two battalions...

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Pipeline Politics: South Caucasus bracing up for new Russia-West energy war

Source: Armenia Now Aspirations for the revival of a transnational energy project on the part of the European Union on one side and Russia’s likely attempts to draw Azerbaijan into its sphere of...

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3 Shadow Wars You Might Not Even Know About

  Source: Popular Mechanics China vs Vietnam In a disputed patch of the Pacific Ocean, the appearance of an oil rig has sparked an international crisis—and a rash of ships ramming one other....

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How US Policy on Iran Came to Be Based on Fabricated Documents-and was likely produced by Israel.

Source: Nation [...] The insistence that Iran must not be allowed to have the enrichment facilities that would support a civilian nuclear program is the logical consequence of a false narrative about Iran—namely,...

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Sudan rejected Iranian offers for building air defense system on Red Sea coast

Source: Sudan Tribune The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti disclosed that his government turned down several offers by Iran by which it would have installed air defense systems on the Red Sea coast....

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Iran: Senior IRGC commander: 130,000 trained Basij forces waiting to enter Syria

Source: NCR IRAN In a rare acknowledgement by a senior commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on the Iranian regime’s military intervention in Syria, Major General Hossein Hamedani, said: “Today, 130,000 trained Basij...

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US and Gulf states plan missile defence system to counter Iran

            Source: Guardian A senior US official on Sunday signalled optimism about a possible resolution of the Iranian nuclear dispute, but said Washington remained concerned that Iran’s ballistic missiles...

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Syrian insurgents acquire TOW missiles

            Source: IHS Jane’s 360 Syrian insurgents have released the first videos showing them using US-made M220-series TOW heavy anti-tank weapon systems, indicating that a state sponsor is...

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Obama’s Redline, Erdoğan’s False Flag and the Rat Line Channel Highway into Syria

            Source: London Review of Books Seymour M. Hersh [...] The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in...

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