The Twitter account of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone, vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone attack.
In a new video that was shared on YouTube and social media this week, the Iranian Armed Forces showcased their drone strength in a series of attacks on targets during their military drills along the southern coast.
Britain, France, and Germany, who are the three European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, sent out a joint statement on Saturday to express their concerns over Iran’s latest violations of the deal and threats to go further unless the world agrees to meet its demands.
India hopes it could diversify its oil suppliers under the new U.S. Administration that could relax restrictions on oil exports from Iran and Venezuela, India’s Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Bloomberg TV in an interview.
North Sea-focused Serica Energy has avoided a potential geopolitical complication amid efforts to boost output from a bumper gas field that is part-owned by Iran as it underlined its appetite for acquisitions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the Persian Gulf Bid Boland Gas Refinery in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
On Wednesday, January 13, the US Treasury announced the imposition of new sanctions on three individuals and 16 entities in Iran, and among those listed was the name of the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Fadak Al-Mohammadawi.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement last week, ahead of the departure of the Trump administration, that Iran has become al-Qaeda’s new headquarters, implies that al-Qaeda may be the joker of Iran’s deck of terror instruments vis-a-vis its cluster of rivals, and specifically against Israel, for its revenge for the alleged Israeli attacks in Tehran in August and November of last year.
Iranian forces and affiliated militias in Deir ez-Zor province redeployed after their military sites and barracks were hit last week by airstrikes attributed to Israel, the Al-Monitor website reported. The forces evacuated the sites that were hit, emptied the weapons depots and moved their weapons and personnel to hidden locations in populated areas in the cities of Deir ez-Zor, Abu Kamal and Mayadeen.
These days, the drop in Iran’s stock index has intensified people’s anger at the government’s economic mismanagement, a phenomenon that continues despite political rivalries.
Iran has held a series of military drills in recent weeks, involving homegrown missiles, drones, helicopters, submarines, military ships, and UAVs.