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Iranian Presidential Election May Be Referendum on Nuclear Deal

Iranian Presidential Election May Be Referendum on Nuclear Deal

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Voting in Iran on May 19, 2017. IRNA Photo

On Friday, many of the 56 million eligible voters in Iran will cast their votes a tight contest between the current reformist president Hassan Rouhani, and the conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi. The Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei cast his ballot early Friday morning and encouraged all eligible voters to head to the polls. Khamenei said that “the country’s fate is determined by the people.” Al Jazeera, and other international news sources are reporting long lines at the polls. Voting is scheduled to end this evening, and the results are normally computed within 24 hours. Read More

The Attack on USS Stark at 30

The Attack on USS Stark at 30

USS Stark (FFG-31) on May 18, 1987. US Navy

On May 17, 1987, the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Stark (FFG-31) was on patrol when it was struck by two Iraqi Exocet missiles in the midst of the Iran-Iraq War. Read More

Officer Punished for 2016 Farsi Island Incident Allowed to Stay in Navy

Officer Punished for 2016 Farsi Island Incident Allowed to Stay in Navy

Riverine Command Boat (RCB) 802’s boat captain, Lt. David Nartker, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.7, checks his boat’s communications system operating in the Persian Gulf in 2015. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include a staetment from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

The officer in charge of 10 U.S. Navy sailors captured by Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf last year will be allowed to stay in the service, his attorney said. Read More

Panel: Russia and China Practicing More Hybrid, Information Warfare

Panel: Russia and China Practicing More Hybrid, Information Warfare

So-called ‘little green men’ in Crimea in 2014. Reuters Photo

Russia and China are effectively using tools as old as propaganda and as current as viral social media messaging to sow distrust abroad and split alliances to gain their way, three expert witnesses in a new age of conflict told the House Armed Services Committee. Read More

U.S. Navy Surveillance Ship Harassed by Iranian Attack Boat

U.S. Navy Surveillance Ship Harassed by Iranian Attack Boat

Sailors in a rigid-hull inflatable boat approach the Military Sealift Command missile range instrumentation ship USNS Invincible (T-AGM-24) in 2012. US Navy Photo

A U.S. Navy surveillance ship was harassed by an Iranian fast attack craft while entering the Persian Gulf on Saturday, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. Read More