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Mockup of American Carrier to be Used as Target in Iranian Exercise

Mockup of American Carrier to be Used as Target in Iranian Exercise

A commercial satellite image of the Nimitz-class carrier mockup under construction in Iran. Digital Globe Photo

A commercial satellite image of the Nimitz-class carrier mockup under construction in Iran. Digital Globe Photo

This post was updated from a previous version to include additional quotes from U.S. 5th Fleet.

A mock-up of an American aircraft carrier will be used as a target by Iranian naval forces in an upcoming exercise, the head of the naval branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Sunday in local press reports. Read More

Opinion: Iran's Atlantic Adventure Little Threat to U.S.

Opinion: Iran’s Atlantic Adventure Little Threat to U.S.

Iranian Frigate Sabalan (F-73)

Iranian Frigate Sabalan (F-73)

The Iranian “fleet” reportedly heading for America’s “maritime borders” consists of two ships, the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) frigate Sabalan and the supply ship Kharg. An examination of some of the media hype and a few of the facts will reveal that this voyage is low in threat and rich in symbolism. Read More

Opinion: Why Saudi Arabia and Israel Have Teamed Up Against Iran

Opinion: Why Saudi Arabia and Israel Have Teamed Up Against Iran

Saudi-Arabia-IsraelAs negotiators in Geneva, Switzerland work out the final details for an agreement that will allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to Iran’s nuclear facilities in return for relief of some of the economic sanctions on Iran, hawks in Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh have come together in opposition to the proposed deal. The P5+1 diplomatic initiative (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) reached an initial agreement with Iran in November. Read More

Document: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses to Iran

Document: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses to Iran

From the Nov. 4, 2013 Congressional Research Service report, Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses.

A priority of Obama Administration policy has been to reduce the perceived threat posed by Iran to a broad range of U.S. interests. Well before Iran’s nuclear issue rose to the forefront of U.S. concerns about Iran in 2003, the United States had seen Iran’s support for regional militant groups, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, as efforts to undermine U.S. interests and allies. Read More

Opinion: Israel, Iran and the 'Deal of the Century'

Opinion: Israel, Iran and the ‘Deal of the Century’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011. DOD Photo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011. DOD Photo

In advance of the third round of six-party talks with Iran in Geneva this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is spending a great deal of time flooding the information sphere with dire warnings that the United States and five other nations are ready to give Iran what he calls the “deal of the century.” Netanyahu contends that “the sanctions are just beginning to work” and the proposed interim agreement with Iran does not go far enough in ensuring that Iran does not have the ability to build a nuclear weapon. Read More