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  • Eye on Iran: Iran to Seek Investor Bids in October With New Oil Contracts

    August 30, 2016
    Top Stories Bloomberg: "Iran will invite international oil companies to submit bids in October under the long-awaited new contract model for energy investors, as the OPEC producer seeks billions of dollars to boost output after years of international sanctions. The government will invite companies to bid to develop the South Azadegan field on Iran’s southwestern border with Iraq during the week of Oct. 14-20, said Ali Kardor, managing director of the National Iranian Oil Co.,...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Deploys Russian-Made S-300 Missiles at Its Fordow Nuclear Site

    August 29, 2016
    Top Stories Reuters: "Iran has deployed the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system around its Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility, Iranian state media reported on Monday. Iranian state TV on Sunday aired footage of deployment of the recently delivered missile system to the nuclear site in the central Iran. 'Our main priority is to protect Iran's nuclear facilities under any circumstances,' Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) air defense...
  • Eye on Iran: US Warship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boats

    August 26, 2016
    Top Stories AP: "A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an escalation of encounters in the region this week. According to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban, the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of the USS Tempest and ignored several bridge-to-bridge radio calls and warning flares. It finally turned...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Vessels Harassed U.S. Destroyer Near Persian Gulf, Navy Says

    August 25, 2016
    Top Stories WSJ: "Four ships from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps harassed a U.S. destroyer near the Persian Gulf in what the U.S. Navy called an 'unsafe and unprofessional' interaction. The USS Nitze, an Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer, was transiting international waters near the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday when the four Iranian vessels approached at high speed and failed to respond to 12 separate radio communications, according to Cdr. William Urban, a spokesman for the...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran to Sign First Oil Deals in 2017

    August 24, 2016
    Top Stories Bloomberg: "Iran is set to sign major oil and gas deals with foreign companies in the second half of next year, its first such contracts since international sanctions were lifted in January, according to Wood Mackenzie Ltd. The first oil under the agreements will flow in 2020, Homayoun Falakshahi, a research analyst at the consulting firm, said Tuesday in an interview in London. Iran has worked on the terms of the Iran Petroleum...
  • Eye on Iran: Iran Says Will Open New Chapter in Relations with Cuba

    August 23, 2016
    Top Stories Reuters: "Kicking off a six-day tour of Latin America, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday in Havana his visit would open a new chapter in the Islamic Republic's relations with Communist-ruled Cuba. Iran, which has long been friendly with Cuba, is on a drive to improve foreign commerce after the removal in January of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic. 'We will start a new chapter in the bilateral relations...
  • Eye on Iran: Russian Raids from Iran Airbase 'Over for Now': Tehran

    August 22, 2016
    Top Stories AFP: "Iran said Monday that Russian raids on jihadists in Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, after accusing Moscow of 'showing off' when it revealed the bombing runs. 'It was a specific, authorised mission and it's over for now. They conducted it and they are gone now,' foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in Tehran. He left open the possibility of future Russian combat flights from the Islamic...
  • Eye on Iran: U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment to Iran Was Delayed as Prisoner ‘Leverage’

    August 19, 2016
    Top Stories NYT: "The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January 'to retain maximum leverage' and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day. For months the Obama administration had maintained that the payment was part of a settlement over an old dispute and did not amount to a 'ransom' for the release of the Americans....
  • Eye on Iran: U.S. Held Cash Until Iran Freed Prisoners

    August 18, 2016
    Top Stories WSJ: "New details of the $400 million U.S. payment to Iran earlier this year depict a tightly scripted exchange specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran. The picture emerged from accounts of U.S. officials and others briefed on the operation: U.S. officials wouldn’t let Iranians take control of the money until a Swiss Air Force plane carrying three freed Americans departed from Tehran on Jan. 17 . Once...
  • Eye on Iran: US Officials: Up to 100,000 Iran-backed Fighters Now in Iraq

    August 17, 2016
    Top Stories Fox News: "As many as 100,000 Iranian-backed Shiite militia are now fighting on the ground in Iraq, according to U.S. military officials -- raising concerns that should the Islamic State be defeated, it may only be replaced by another anti-American force that fuels further sectarian violence in the region. The ranks have swelled inside a network of Shiite militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Since the rise of Sunni-dominated ISIS fighters inside...