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Iran Ordered to Pay $104.7 Million Over 1996 Truck Bomb Attack: U.S. Judge | Reuters

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Monday ordered Iran to pay $104.7 million to victims of a June 1996 truck bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. military personnel, though it is unclear when and how the plaintiffs might collect.

Premiums for Ships Loading from Iran to Rise As US Sanctions Loom | S&P Global

As the deadline for US sanctions on Iranian crude oil draws near, loadings are still going on from Iran and some shipping companies view it as an opportunity to get hefty premiums, market participants said late last week.

Turkey, Russia, Iran to Trade Using Local Currencies: Report | S&P Global

Turkey, Russia and Iran reached an agreement to conduct bilateral trade in their own currencies, and to avoid the use of US dollars, Turkey's state-owned Anatolia news agency reported.

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM

Iran Nuclear Chief Says Atomic Program Strong | Associated Press

Iran’s nuclear chief told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not..

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS

United States Issues Fresh Warning to Airlines about Using Iranian Airspace | Reuters

The United States has issued a fresh warning to airlines to exercise caution when operating in Iran’s airspace, citing concerns over military activity including an unnamed U.S. civil operator being intercepted by fighter jets in December 2017.

Tehran Careful to Frame Steps against Money Laundering As Independent Move | Al Monitor

Iran is moving cautiously forward on legislation to combat money laundering and terror financing, as the steps crucial to the health of Iran's economy must not be seen as concessions to outside pressure.

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS

U.N. Presses Iran to Free Princeton Scholar | New York Times

A United Nations rights panel has issued a strongly worded opinion calling on Iran to immediately release an American scholar imprisoned two years ago while doing historical research that the Iranian authorities had approved.

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS

This Is Where Iran Defeats the United States | Peter Galbraith for Foreign Policy

Iraq’s Kurdish kingmakers used to side with Washington. Now, Tehran seems like a more attractive partner.

Iraqi Anger at Iran Is an Opportunity for America | Benny Avni for New York Post

With Baghdad’s politics back in chaos, America needs to up the battle against Iran’s influence over Iraq.

MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE MATTERS & PROXY WARS

Iran Vows Strikes Outside Borders, ‘Beyond the Seas’ | Washington Free Beacon

A top Iranian military leader warned on Monday that Iran is plotting strikes outside of its own borders and will even go "beyond the seas" to carry out attacks on those it perceives as enemies, statements that further highlight Iran's clandestine operations inside the United States and in Europe.

Iran’s Military Propaganda: Failures and Successes | Firas Elias for the Washington Institute

While propaganda plays a major role in forming local and international public opinion, it may also be deployed as a tool of “soft deterrence,” designed to tilt the calculations and military strategies of other countries in another country’s favor. Iran’s financial investment in its media presence, with dozens of satellite channels broadcasting in a number of languages, demonstrates the seriousness with which the state takes this form of propaganda.

IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS

Rouhani Moves Closer to Khamenei Amid Bipartisan Backlash | Al Monitor

President Hassan Rouhani’s appearance before parliament to answer economic questions did not satisfy Principlists or Reformists. It did, however, please Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN.

U.S. Holds Talks with U.K., France on Possible Syria Strikes | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. is working with France and the U.K. on plans for a coordinated military strike in Syria if the regime uses chemical weapons in an expected offensive against the country’s last major rebel haven, President Trump’s national security adviser said. John Bolton warned Monday that a new attack by the Western allies would be much stronger than the two airstrikes launched in April 2017 and April 2018 after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons that killed scores of civilians in the past 17 months.

Diplomats from Iran, Russia, Turkey Meet UN Envoy on Syria | Associated Press

High-level diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey were meeting Tuesday with the U.N. envoy for Syria about creating a committee to revise the war-battered country’s constitution.

Hariri Murder Trial Enters Final Phase | Agence France-Presse

The trial of four Hezbollah suspects in the assassination of Lebanese ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri enters the final stretch Tuesday with closing arguments in the long-running case. Hariri's son Saad, Lebanon's premier-designate, is expected to attend the special UN-backed court in the Netherlands as prosecutors and defence lawyers make their final statements.

IRAQ & IRAN

Tensions Rise as Iraqi Shoppers Flood Iran | Radio Farda

A flood of Iraqi shoppers to Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province in the southwest has led to protests and tensions.