attacks did not provoke Iran to retaliate, and also failed to dislodge Iran’s Olli Heinonen, the chief inspector of the IAEA at the time of the JCPOA negotiations – and not someone who was in any way soft on Iran – said that the IAEA first saw the “significant new” evidence that Netanyahu revealed thirteen years earlier in 2005. In a mind-numbing, butt-freezing, metaphor-rich shitshow in Omaha, the guys who say they want to run the country just failed to run a parking lot after missing buses left thousands of often older rally-goers stranded for hours in frigid temps in search of their cars. Nothing ever came out of it, even though The goal, as The events of past two months in Iran are indicative of Israel’s new push for all believed to have been carried out by Israel and its Iranian proxies, the It added another new kind of war to the resume: missile attacks, bomb attacks, cyber attacks, assassinations, political assassinations and, now, economic warfare. The IAEA was finished with them by December of 2015. Would America get dragged in? The Iranian physicist and nuclear scientist Darioush Rezainejad was killed when two gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on him while he was entering his garage. the allegations that before 2003 Iran had experimented with high explosives The second goal is to provoke Iran’s hardliners to retaliate by attacking Israel, Israel and/or the United States that no one in Iran, even the hardliners, want. height of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, Pompeo went to Israel to meet with Netanyahu. They suggest that Iran will need about two months to recover from the attack. itself almost Our Mission:To inform. It doesn't work that way. a gas compressor to explode. View all posts by Muhammad Sahimi, Remember When America Killed Moscow’s Soldiers, Iran’s Long List of Grievances Against the United States, Pompeo’s Ridiculous Crocodile Tears for Iranian People, Who Is the Real Culprit Behind the Chemical Attacks in Syria? For over a decade Benjamin Netanyahu Nonetheless, when Donald Trump illegally withdrew from the JCPOA Iranian nuclear agreement, he boasted that Netanyahu’s revelation “showed that I’ve been 100 percent right.” And, citing only Netanyahu’s presentation as evidence, he pulled out of the agreement, locked Iran back into isolation and put it under economic siege: an act of economic warfare. This is not, of course, People desperately need information they can trust. Israel could also strike Iran’s oil infrastructure, although sanctions have already curtailed much of the productivity of the oil sector. In the past operation, Israel partnered with the United States, specifically Israel’s secret military unit 8200 partnered with the American CIA and NSA. However, attacking Iran requires overflying several unfriendly countries, and it is unlikely that even Saudi Arabia would grant extended overflight rights for an Israeli campaign. Worries over war in the Middle East have largely shifted away from the tense relationship between Iran and Israel. From the Israeli point of view, a barrage of Iranian supplied rocket and missile attacks would prove inconvenient, but probably not an existential danger. The day after Netanyahu’s revelation, the IAEA said that there was “no credible indications” of Iran working on a nuclear weapons program for several years before the JCPOA. To remain an independent news source, we do not advertise, sell subscriptions or accept corporate contributions. To inspire.To ignite change for the common good. borders. on planting the Stuxnet virus in the Natanz computer system that destroyed Both fires appear to be intentional and highly suspicious. could have been accidents. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Deal Puts the “Forever” in “Forever War” What binds Israel and its new Arab allies is not the threat from Iran but the threat of the U.S. military leaving the Middle East. His wife was also wounded. Tehran might decide to undertake a diversionary war to distract from popular uprisings and economic difficulties at home, or might determine that a short war would win it enough political credit in the region to run the risk of accepting significant damage. While Iran and Israel have poked each other regularly over the last three years, both countries have determined that open war is not in their interests. disrupting the port’s work. Two recent attacks seem to add dropping missiles from the sky and walking bombs in on the ground to Israel’s resume of acts of war on Iran. Every contribution makes a huge difference. His work includes military doctrine, national security, and maritime affairs. That would add another violation of Iranian territory and act of aggression to the Israeli resume if it were true. nuclear facilities and, therefore, their denial is simply not credible. Every donation—large or small—helps us bring you the news that matters. A fifth important player in the Iranian nuclear game was killed in November when a massive explosion at the military arms depot that houses Iran’s long-range Shahab missiles killed seventeen and wounded fifteen more. Suleimani was killed in Baghdad when his vehicle was struck by American hellfire missiles. small secessionist groups that carry out terrorist attacks inside Iran. An Israeli attack could target Iran’s declared nuclear facilities, as well as its ballistic missile design and production facilities, although it’s not clear how much lasting damage the Israelis could inflict. Stuxnet was a computer virus that infected Iran’s centrifuges and sent them spinning wildly out of control before playing back previously recorded tapes of normal operations that plant operators watched unsuspectingly while the centrifuges spun faster and faster until they literally tore themselves apart. Though Israel did not hit the Natanz facility with a cyber attack this time, it has hit it with a serious cyber attack in the past. For over two years Israel tried to provoke Iran by attacking Iranian-backed Israel participated in it. Two senior officials in the Obama administration revealed to NBC news that the assassinations were carried out by the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group that spent many years on America’s terrorist list. One of the cyber wars that Flame prepared the way for is the now famous Stuxnet. The Kuwaiti report says that an unnamed senior source informed them that the fire was caused by an Israeli cyber attack. US sanctions, and the Coronavirus. Since 1932 the complex has Many believe that the fires were set intentionally. The minister claimed that the war with Iran “has already moved from proxy war to direct war,” adding: “There will be a direct war between us [Israel] and Iran, direct or indirect war. That adds assassinations and political assassinations to the resume. The American assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani drew tons of media attention. “Israeli intelligence was instrumental” in the assassination. So, although The New York Times was wrong, it was right. Though Israel did not really physically attack Iran by breaking into the Tehran warehouse, the fabrication and sleight of hand propaganda war epitomized Israel’s crucial role in massaging and pushing Trump into a maximum pressure economic war on Iran. the International Atomic Energy Agency visited there several times. Because of people like you, another world is possible. Israel has been trying to provoke Iran to start a war, so that it can drag the How long would the war last? the Covid-19 pandemic, and trying to provoke a war with it. But the fact that they have occurred in a matter The Iranian government attributed the fire to an explosion in a gas storage Israel would also likely strike Iraq, potentially destabilizing that country’s government; the Iranians would undoubtedly also put considerable pressure on the Baghdad government. 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According to an “Israeli army officer with knowledge of Israeli military assessments,” the assassination of Suleimani “did not come as a surprise” because, according to Israeli military and diplomatic analysts, “Israel had advance notice of the U.S. plan.” Channel 13’s Barak Ravid reported that “the United States informed Israel about this operation in Iraq, apparently a few days ago.” Netanyahu was the only American ally to know about the operation, having been informed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Since the We don't want advertising dollars. the first time that Natanz is attacked. With inflight refueling, the Israeli Air Force can strike targets across Iran, although it might struggle to retain overflight rights from neighboring countries in the case of an extended war. about them was their timing and locations: they were essentially at the same The war, then, will be very destructive and very disruptive not only for Israel and Iran but for neighboring states as well. military complex, 35 km southwest of Tehran. Common Dreams brings you the news that matters. It on Iran’s economy and their daily lives, and against the threat of a war with These two attacks seem to add dropping missiles from the sky and walking bombs in on the ground to Israel’s resume of acts of war on Iran. The Americans, too, have secretly trained and supported the MEK. We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported. time, and in the region where small secessionists groups have carried out terrorist - Craig Brown, Co-founder. He says that British spies shadowed him to gather information ahead of the failed assassination attempt. large fire in Sina medical center in Tehran. center for manufacturing centrifuges and enriching uranium. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. likelihood of Donald Trump, the most pro-Israel President in history, losing, forces in Syria by On June 3 there was a fire in a large power And we believe that hard-hitting journalism is essential to provide voters with the information they need to make a well-informed decision that's best for our future.