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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  sepheronx on Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:43 pm

    No pics of this tank?
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    Post  Militarov on Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:52 pm

    sepheronx wrote:No pics of this tank?

    Still nothing. Just some claims and articles, but i dont expect much. It will be just further improved Zulf 3.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:42 am

    I suspect they want to licence produce the T-90SM...


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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  Militarov on Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:17 am

    GarryB wrote:I suspect they want to licence produce the T-90SM...

    They were apparently interested in it just a month and half ago, now suddenly this: "Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said Iran is no longer interested in buying T-90 main battle tanks from Russia. According to him, Iran has enough capacity and techological know-how to produce new generation battle tanks similar of Russian T-90 and advanced military hardware, so it makes no sense to purchase them from elsewhere. "We were once interested in buying the Russian tanks. But since we can manufacture similar models within the country and we plan to do so in the near future, the deal is now off," Pourdastan said on Tuesday.".

    They probably now have deal with someone to supply them missing components to improve Zulf 3, maybe Slovenia, France, Italy, UK... As sanctions were lifted you can mask sales of thermal imagers or laser rangefinders as equipment used for search and rescue, firefighting and similar actoins as they are used there too. Engines too, they can state engines are for escavators, diggers, trains.... trucks...
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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  OminousSpudd on Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:03 am

    Militarov wrote:
    GarryB wrote:I suspect they want to licence produce the T-90SM...

    They were apparently interested in it just a month and half ago, now suddenly this: "Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said Iran is no longer interested in buying T-90 main battle tanks from Russia. According to him, Iran has enough capacity and techological know-how to produce new generation battle tanks similar of Russian T-90 and advanced military hardware, so it makes no sense to purchase them from elsewhere. "We were once interested in buying the Russian tanks. But since we can manufacture similar models within the country and we plan to do so in the near future, the deal is now off," Pourdastan said on Tuesday.".

    They probably now have deal with someone to supply them missing components to improve Zulf 3, maybe Slovenia, France, Italy, UK... As sanctions were lifted you can mask sales of thermal imagers or laser rangefinders as equipment used for search and rescue, firefighting and similar actoins as they are used there too. Engines too, they can state engines are for escavators, diggers, trains.... trucks...

    Good on them, but I hope they sourced those parts through Russia.
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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  Solncepek on Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:31 am

    Coming Simorgh Launch?


    It seems Iran is going to launch a satellite into orbit soon, but the question is when.

    As I noted recently, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told the Majlis that Iran would conduct a space launch during the festivities to mark Iran’s revolution, which should run from 1-11 February.

    Other Iranian officials, however, have suggested that Iran would merely show off new toys during the festivities, holding off the launch until after Nowruz aka the Iranian new year (March 20).

    On 3 February, National Space Day, Iran’s President marked a number of achievements and showed off a new 50 kilogram satellite. That mass is interesting.

    Next up is, according , the display of a Simorgh tomorrow on 11 February. We’ve seen the Simorgh before — most recently in August — but perhaps we might be surprised. The Simorgh is designed to put a small payload, usually listed as 60 kg, in a 500 km orbit. In other words, perfect to launch Friendship.

    So when will the thing actually launch?

    While the most recent statement indicates a launch sometime after Nowruz, Iran has now issued a pair of Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) for the Imam Khomeini Space Center near Semnan for 16-18 February. (Iran is also maintaining a NOTAM over the pads near Shahroud, but these don’t look like a launch.)

    Will Iran actually launch during this window? Who knows!
    But, on balance, it looks like Iran is moving toward using the Simorgh to launch a friendship satellite, possibly between 16-18 February.

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    Post  Solncepek on Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:35 pm

    Iran Launch Forthcoming

    Iran is preparing to launch a rocket from the Imam Khomeini Space Center. We anticipate that Iran will attempt the launch between 1-2 March 2016.


    Launch Preparations? All I see are buildings. But those buildings tell a story. First, the new image reveals that Iran has completed construction at the site, which we call Launch Complex 2. That’s news. Second, the launch gantry, which moves along rails, is now positioned over the launch bucket. That suggests Iran is stacking up and fueling the rocket inside. (If you want to see a similar launch operation, this video from India is a good model.) Third, there are a lot of vehicles on site. That means personnel are there working. This is pretty much what preparing to launch looks like.

    Why 1-2 March? Iran has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) closing the airspace over the launch pad for 1-2 March. Iran typically issues a NOTAM before a launch, although a previous NOTAM for 16-18 February expired with no launch and Iranian officials floated different launch dates. And, of course, space launches can be delayed. Still, here is the NOTAM:


    Feb 22 #Iran #NOTAM list: OID90 activated March 1-2, Z4 and R794 airways closed pic.twitter.com/sV4EEW180C

    What kind of rocket will Iran use? Iranian officials have indicated that Iran will launch a Simorgh, which has a first stage similar to the one in the rocket North Korea recently launched, the Taepodong-2. Iran has launched its smaller rocket at a different launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center. Last year, President Rouhani gave a press conference in front of a Simorgh. Iran displayed a mockup of the Simorgh launcher on 11 February during celebrations to mark the Iranian revolution. We’re going to release a model of the rocket soon.
    What kind of satellite? President Rouhani celebrated National Space Day on 3 February by unveiling a satellite called Friendship Testing Satellite. The Simorgh is designed to put a 100 kg payload into a 500 km orbit.

    Friendship? Are you sure this isn’t an ICBM? The first stage of the Simorgh is very similar to North Korea’s Taepodong-2. There are differences, but the Simorgh demonstrates two essential technologies for an ICBM — clustered engines and staging. That said, the Simorgh itself is not an ICBM. What the US intelligence community says is: “This technology could be used for an ICBM-class vehicle.”
    Wasn’t there some false alarm about a rocket at Semnan before? Yep, Israeli TV did a bad job of analyzing a satellite image in January 2015. We wrote a post called “It’s Not A Rocket.” This is different: The launch site is finished, the gantry is in the proper location, and there are vehicles on site. Also, Iranian officials have said they will conduct a launch and issued a NOTAM closing the airspace for 1-2 March. Something might still cause Iran to delay or scrub the launch, but this is different.



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    Iran was ordered by a U.S. judge to pay more than $10.5 billion in damages to families of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to a group of insurers.

    Post  Erk on Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:12 pm

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-10/iran-told-to-pay-10-5-billion-to-sept-11-kin-insurers

    Iran was ordered by a U.S. judge to pay more than $10.5 billion in damages to families of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to a group of insurers.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in New York issued a default judgment Wednesday against Iran for $7.5 billion to the estates and families of people who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It includes $2 million to each estate for the victims’ pain and suffering plus $6.88 million in punitive damages.

    What's that all about? Some bogus smear campaign against Iran?

    Meanwhile Russia is looking at Iran increasing it's military purchases.



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    Post  short_fuze on Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:42 pm

    Erk wrote:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-10/iran-told-to-pay-10-5-billion-to-sept-11-kin-insurers

    Iran was ordered by a U.S. judge to pay more than $10.5 billion in damages to families of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to a group of insurers.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in New York issued a default judgment Wednesday against Iran for $7.5 billion to the estates and families of people who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It includes $2 million to each estate for the victims’ pain and suffering plus $6.88 million in punitive damages.

    What's that all about? Some bogus smear campaign against Iran?

    Meanwhile Russia is looking at Iran increasing it's military purchases.



    This is a reflection on the 'creative quirks' of the US legal system, especially the default judgement.

    i) anyone can sue anyone for anything irrespective of merit.
    ii) lawyers frequently offer 'no win, no fee' deals as encouragement for frivolous cases.
    iii) if the defendent doesn't turn up to court then a default judgement is given.

    So, pick on a foreign boogie man who you are sure won't turn up at the trial. That may be because they may not even have been served papers about the trial, can't afford to go to the US to defend themslves, or are ignorant of the US legal system. Hey presto, default judgement, mucho wonga for the lawyers (possibly 50%) - all assuming the penalty can be recovered.
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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  Erk on Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:19 am

    short_fuze wrote:
    Erk wrote:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-10/iran-told-to-pay-10-5-billion-to-sept-11-kin-insurers

    Iran was ordered by a U.S. judge to pay more than $10.5 billion in damages to families of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to a group of insurers.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in New York issued a default judgment Wednesday against Iran for $7.5 billion to the estates and families of people who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It includes $2 million to each estate for the victims’ pain and suffering plus $6.88 million in punitive damages.

    What's that all about? Some bogus smear campaign against Iran?

    Meanwhile Russia is looking at Iran increasing it's military purchases.



    This is a reflection on the 'creative quirks' of the US legal system, especially the default judgement.

    i) anyone can sue anyone for anything irrespective of merit.
    ii) lawyers frequently offer 'no win, no fee' deals as encouragement for frivolous cases.
    iii) if the defendent doesn't turn up to court then a default judgement is given.

    So, pick on a foreign boogie man who you are sure won't turn up at the trial. That may be because they may not even have been served papers about the trial, can't afford to go to the US to defend themslves, or are ignorant of the US legal system. Hey presto, default judgement, mucho wonga for the lawyers (possibly 50%) - all assuming the penalty can be recovered.

    Sounds corrupt, hopefully other countries wont follow.
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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  Militarov on Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:14 am



    "A US judge ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families of victims who died on September 11, 2001 – even though there is no evidence of Tehran’s direct connection to the attack. The same judge earlier cleared Saudi Arabia from culpability. The default judgement was issued by US District Judge George Daniels in New York on Wednesday. Under the ruling, Tehran was ordered to pay $7.5 billion to 9/11 victims’ families, including $2 million to each victim’s estate for pain and suffering, and another $6.88 million in punitive damages. Insurers who paid for property damage and claimed their businesses were interrupted were awarded an additional $3 billion in the ruling.

    The ruling is noteworthy particularly since none of the 19 hijackers on September 11 were Iranian citizens. Fifteen were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates, and one each from Egypt and Lebanon. Saudi Arabia was legally cleared from paying billions in damages to families of 9/11 victims last year, after Judge Daniels dismissed claims that the country provided material support to the terrorists and ruled that Riyadh had sovereign immunity. Saudi attorneys argued in court that there was no evidence directly linking the country to 9/11. In response to the latest ruling, Hossein Sheikholeslam, a senior aide to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, called the decision “absurd and ridiculous.” “I never heard about this ruling and I’m very much surprised because the judge had no reason whatsoever to issue such a ruling… Iran never took part in any court hearings related to the events of September 11, 2001,” he told Sputnik. “Even if such an absurd and ridiculous decision has been made, the charges simply hold no water because Iran has never been mentioned at any stage of the investigation and the trials that followed.”

    While Sheikholeslam argued that Iran didn’t take part in related hearings, that lack of participation may have contributed to the decision. A default judgment is typically issued when one of the parties involved in a case does not respond to court summons or appear in court to make their case. Judge Daniels found that Iran failed to defend itself against claims that it played a role in 9/11. Iran believes the lawsuit is unnecessary because it says it did not participate in the attack. In the US, Tehran’s role in 9/11 has been debated heavily over the years. The 9/11 Commission Report stated that some hijackers moved through Iran and did not have their passports stamped. It also stated that Hezbollah, which the US designates as a terrorist organization supported by Iran, provided “advice and training” to Al-Qaeda members.

    In a court document filed in 2011 regarding the latest case, plaintiffs claimed Hezbollah “provided material support” to Al-Qaeda, such as facilitating travel, plus “direct support” for the 9/11 attacks. As a result, the plaintiffs argued Iran was liable. However, the commission report itself found no evidence to suggest Iran was aware of the 9/11 plot, and suggested the possibility that if Hezbollah was tracking the movements of Al-Qaeda members, it may not have been eyeing those who became hijackers on 9/11. While the report suggested further investigation into the issue, President George W. Bush has said, “There was no direct connection between Iran and the attacks of September 11.” Iran, inhabited mostly by Shia Muslims, has also denied any connection to Al-Qaeda – a militant Sunni group – and cooperation between the two has been questioned due to religious differences. Al-Qaeda views the Shia as heretics, for example.

    “The people who committed those terrorist attacks were neither friends nor allies of Iran,” Iran Press Editor-in-Chief Emad Abshenas told Sputnik. “They were our sworn enemies, members of Al-Qaeda, which considers Iran as their enemy. Fifteen out of the 19 terrorists were Saudi citizens, which happens to be America’s best friend. The remaining four terrorists lived in Saudi Arabia and enjoyed Saudi support. Therefore the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with Iran.” How the case moves forward after Daniels’ ruling is unclear. According to Bloomberg, it can be very hard to obtain damages from another country, but plaintiffs might try to do so by targeting Iranian funds frozen by the US."


    Worst part is that US can simply remove money from Iranian frozen accounts, as they did before with Yugoslavia post WW2 for an example, claiming that they just "took what is theirs".

    Source: https://www.rt.com/usa/335174-iran-damages-september-911-victims/
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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  GarryB on Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:09 am

    So the Iranian government should start a case in Iran against the US and all the American people the US government represents.

    The case could be based on interference of democracy with the Shah installed in power illegally by the CIA, and follow that up with a claim regarding the financial hardship created by US sanctions and of course the US Navy shoot down of an Iranian Airbus from Iranian waters.

    I reckon 500 Trillion would be a starting figure.

    BTW I have read about the US court system... the lawyers tend to file cases out in the sticks where big companies are not popular and likely to lose.

    The critical thing is that it is the jury that decides the level of damages... if the lawyer can make the company on trial seem heartless and "an international bully" they can get huge payouts for trivial things... I remember reading about a guy who got a BMW that had a scratch in transit. He claimed he was expecting perfection from such a brand and got awarded several million dollars for something that could have been fixed with a few grands worth of paint.

    Only the lawyers thrive in such environments...


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    Post  GarryB on Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:20 am

    I am wondering if their might have been a problem with licence production in Iran... saying they are no longer interested because a domestic model is better reminds me of some of the comments from Iran when Medvedev stopped the S-300 sale.

    Didn't some Iranian officials claim domestic or Chinese systems would be better and would be obtained instead?


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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  Militarov on Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:31 am

    GarryB wrote:I am wondering if their might have been a problem with licence production in Iran... saying they are no longer interested because a domestic model is better reminds me of some of the comments from Iran when Medvedev stopped the S-300 sale.

    Didn't some Iranian officials claim domestic or Chinese systems would be better and would be obtained instead?

    You are refering to Bavar 373 i assume. "Long range strategic SAM" ment to fill the gap instead of S300PMU when delivery was halted. However i dont think it entered service.










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    Post  short_fuze on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:39 pm

    GarryB wrote:So the Iranian government should start a case in Iran against the US and all the American people the US government represents.

    The case could be based on interference of democracy with the Shah installed in power illegally by the CIA, and follow that up with a claim regarding the financial hardship created by US sanctions and of course the US Navy shoot down of an Iranian Airbus from Iranian waters.

    I reckon 500 Trillion would be a starting figure.

    BTW I have read about the US court system... the lawyers tend to file cases out in the sticks where big companies are not popular and likely to lose.

    The critical thing is that it is the jury that decides the level of damages... if the lawyer can make the company on trial seem heartless and "an international bully" they can get huge payouts for trivial things... I remember reading about a guy who got a BMW that had a scratch in transit. He claimed he was expecting perfection from such a brand and got awarded several million dollars for something that could have been fixed with a few grands worth of paint.

    Only the lawyers thrive in such environments...

    The decision against Iran is laughable and tragic. It relies on the ignorance of the average US citizen. Firstly, al Qaeda is Sunni, Iran is Shia so the idea that Iran supporting al Qaeda is about as likely as an honest politician becoming US President. Secondly, Iran actually captured al Qaeda figures escaping from Afghanistan around the time the US invaded. Thirdly, Iran along with most Muslim countries, expressed their condolences to the US for their loss after 911.

    F*ck the US.
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    Post  Hannibal Barca on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:57 pm

    Well according to the same cycles Assad is supporting ISIS. Don't pay attention to those suckers, actions are louder than words.
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    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:09 pm

    Militarov wrote:

    "A US judge ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families of victims who died on September 11, 2001 – even though there is no evidence of Tehran’s direct connection to the attack. The same judge earlier cleared Saudi Arabia from culpability. The default judgement was issued by US District Judge George Daniels in New York on Wednesday. Under the ruling, Tehran was ordered to pay $7.5 billion to 9/11 victims’ families, including $2 million to each victim’s estate for pain and suffering, and another $6.88 million in punitive damages. Insurers who paid for property damage and claimed their businesses were interrupted were awarded an additional $3 billion in the ruling.

    The ruling is noteworthy particularly since none of the 19 hijackers on September 11 were Iranian citizens. Fifteen were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates, and one each from Egypt and Lebanon. Saudi Arabia was legally cleared from paying billions in damages to families of 9/11 victims last year, after Judge Daniels dismissed claims that the country provided material support to the terrorists and ruled that Riyadh had sovereign immunity. Saudi attorneys argued in court that there was no evidence directly linking the country to 9/11. In response to the latest ruling, Hossein Sheikholeslam, a senior aide to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, called the decision “absurd and ridiculous.” “I never heard about this ruling and I’m very much surprised because the judge had no reason whatsoever to issue such a ruling… Iran never took part in any court hearings related to the events of September 11, 2001,” he told Sputnik. “Even if such an absurd and ridiculous decision has been made, the charges simply hold no water because Iran has never been mentioned at any stage of the investigation and the trials that followed.”

    While Sheikholeslam argued that Iran didn’t take part in related hearings, that lack of participation may have contributed to the decision. A default judgment is typically issued when one of the parties involved in a case does not respond to court summons or appear in court to make their case. Judge Daniels found that Iran failed to defend itself against claims that it played a role in 9/11. Iran believes the lawsuit is unnecessary because it says it did not participate in the attack. In the US, Tehran’s role in 9/11 has been debated heavily over the years. The 9/11 Commission Report stated that some hijackers moved through Iran and did not have their passports stamped. It also stated that Hezbollah, which the US designates as a terrorist organization supported by Iran, provided “advice and training” to Al-Qaeda members.

    In a court document filed in 2011 regarding the latest case, plaintiffs claimed Hezbollah “provided material support” to Al-Qaeda, such as facilitating travel, plus “direct support” for the 9/11 attacks. As a result, the plaintiffs argued Iran was liable. However, the commission report itself found no evidence to suggest Iran was aware of the 9/11 plot, and suggested the possibility that if Hezbollah was tracking the movements of Al-Qaeda members, it may not have been eyeing those who became hijackers on 9/11. While the report suggested further investigation into the issue, President George W. Bush has said, “There was no direct connection between Iran and the attacks of September 11.” Iran, inhabited mostly by Shia Muslims, has also denied any connection to Al-Qaeda – a militant Sunni group – and cooperation between the two has been questioned due to religious differences. Al-Qaeda views the Shia as heretics, for example.

    “The people who committed those terrorist attacks were neither friends nor allies of Iran,” Iran Press Editor-in-Chief Emad Abshenas told Sputnik. “They were our sworn enemies, members of Al-Qaeda, which considers Iran as their enemy. Fifteen out of the 19 terrorists were Saudi citizens, which happens to be America’s best friend. The remaining four terrorists lived in Saudi Arabia and enjoyed Saudi support. Therefore the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with Iran.” How the case moves forward after Daniels’ ruling is unclear. According to Bloomberg, it can be very hard to obtain damages from another country, but plaintiffs might try to do so by targeting Iranian funds frozen by the US."


    Worst part is that US can simply remove money from Iranian frozen accounts, as they did before with Yugoslavia post WW2 for an example, claiming that they just "took what is theirs".

    Source: https://www.rt.com/usa/335174-iran-damages-september-911-victims/

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    Post  short_fuze on Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:15 pm

    Hannibal Barca wrote:Well according to the same cycles Assad is supporting ISIS. Don't pay attention to those suckers, actions are louder than words.

    "Actions speak louder than words"

    The judge involved, District Court Judge George B. Daniels, declared that Saudi Arabia (also listed as a defendent) had sovereign immunity, so was excluded from the case. This judge also declared that Iran didn't prove it wasn't involved in the 2011 attack. The case, which has been running from 2011 if not before, has a clear and explicit underlying political driving force.

    In short, in the US, Saudi Arabia has sovereign immunity from involvement in 911 and Iran is guilty because it didn't prove it wasn't involved.

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/u-s-judge-orders-iran-pay-10-billion-fine-didnt-prove-wasnt-behind-911-attacks/214672/
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    Post  Werewolf on Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:21 pm

    short_fuze wrote:
    Hannibal Barca wrote:Well according to the same cycles Assad is supporting ISIS. Don't pay attention to those suckers, actions are louder than words.

    "Actions speak louder than words"

    The judge involved, District Court Judge George B. Daniels, declared that Saudi Arabia (also listed as a defendent) had sovereign immunity, so was excluded from the case. This judge also declared that Iran didn't prove it wasn't involved in the 2011 attack. The case, which has been running from 2011 if not before, has a clear and explicit underlying political driving force.

    In short, in the US, Saudi Arabia has sovereign immunity from involvement in 911 and Iran is guilty because it didn't prove it wasn't involved.

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/u-s-judge-orders-iran-pay-10-billion-fine-didnt-prove-wasnt-behind-911-attacks/214672/

    The US must proof it wasn't involved in 911 it is and will always be the suspect, most educated would right away know who it was. The US exposes itself for what it is a terrorist nation without any rationality. "Proof that you were not involved" what kind of horse shit is that can only come from scum regime that is a result of incestous relationship that has become the most irrational being and incapable of existince due to its mongrelization of beasts without any morality, intelligence or any naturality. A true monster psychopaths amongst humans have bred.
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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  GarryB on Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:10 am

    You are refering to Bavar 373 i assume. "Long range strategic SAM" ment to fill the gap instead of S300PMU when delivery was halted. However i dont think it entered service.

    Exactly... when there was a problem delivering S-300 the Iranians said they didn't care because they don't need them anyway... the product XYZ they produce is already hundreds of times better than S-300 so they will just make XYZ instead. A little while later they tried to sue Russia for not delivering S-300s.

    Put into the current situation, will they put their own new tank into production or will they try a different tack and create a joint venture to upgrade their existing production tanks using technology th T-90MS uses to improve its performance?

    Personally I would prefer if they could licence produce T-90MSs as that will likely turn out cheaper for them and would be in service faster...


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    Post  max steel on Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:17 am

    Q: Is Iran honoring the agreement?

    A: Yes, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear-monitoring arm of the United Nations. The agency reported Feb. 26, in its first assessment since the deal took effect, that Iran is complying with the terms that are meant to block pathways to a nuclear weapon.

    Q: How do we know Iran is not cheating?

    The agency has a detailed accounting of Iran's sharply reduced supply of nuclear fuel, working centrifuges and other equipment, and is empowered to monitor them.

    "The agency's job is to make sure there is no backsliding," said Daryl G. Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based nonproliferation advocacy group.

    Q: Are the missile tests prohibited under the nuclear agreement?

    A: No. Such launchings are considered a separate issue.

    Q: Are critics correct that Iran has violated provisions of a Security Council resolution banning missile launchings?

    A: That depends on your interpretation of the resolution, 2231, adopted in July, that put the nuclear agreement into effect. That measure terminated all other resolutions that had penalized Iran for its nuclear program, but it called on the country to refrain from engaging in ballistic missile activity "designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapon". Iran contends that the wording does not prohibit launchings and that since it has no nuclear weapons, there is no violation.

    Q:How does Iran justify the missile tests?

    A: Iran says it is a peaceful nation surrounded by hostile powers. The US Navy's 5th Fleet patrols the Persian Gulf. US forces are deployed in Iraq to the east, Afghanistan to the west, and in other regional neighbors including Turkey, Bahrain and Qatar. Iran has especially poor relations with Saudi Arabia, its biggest regional rival. And Iran regards Israel, which possesses nuclear weapons, as its most intractable enemy.

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    Post  Militarov on Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:11 pm

    Iranian TV claims that Iran has retrieved thousands of pages of info from devices used by US Navy sailors. Information filling about 13,000 pages was retrieved from laptops, GPS devices and maps.
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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  Solncepek on Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:44 pm

    Top U.S. official: U.S. would block sale of Russian Su-30 aircraft to Iran

    WASHINGTON Thomas Shannon, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said on Tuesday the United States would use its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block any sale of Su-30 fighter aircraft to Iran.

    "We would block the approval of fighter aircraft," he told a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, noting that any such sale would have to be approved by the Security Council.

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    Post  Azi on Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:30 pm

    Solncepek wrote:Top U.S. official: U.S. would block sale of Russian Su-30 aircraft to Iran

    WASHINGTON Thomas Shannon, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said on Tuesday the United States would use its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block any sale of Su-30 fighter aircraft to Iran.

    "We would block the approval of fighter aircraft," he told a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, noting that any such sale would have to be approved by the Security Council.

    Bullshit from war-(shing)-torn DC! They are no more sanctions against Iran, the dispute was settled out with the atomic deal. Russia can sell whatever they want to Iran, Su-30, S-300, T-90 etc. Russia need not the approval of the security council.
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    Re: IRAN: Latest and Breaking News

    Post  Werewolf on Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:49 pm

    Azi wrote:
    Solncepek wrote:Top U.S. official: U.S. would block sale of Russian Su-30 aircraft to Iran

    WASHINGTON Thomas Shannon, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said on Tuesday the United States would use its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block any sale of Su-30 fighter aircraft to Iran.

    "We would block the approval of fighter aircraft," he told a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, noting that any such sale would have to be approved by the Security Council.

    Bullshit from war-(shing)-torn DC! They are no more sanctions against Iran, the dispute was settled out with the atomic deal. Russia can sell whatever they want to Iran, Su-30, S-300, T-90 etc. Russia need not the approval of the security council.

    Actually russia and any other non "civilized world" member could sell whenever they wanted. Those sanctions are illegal and one-sided and i still do not understand why such big players and defacto super powers like Russia and China give a fucking crap about such Washington sanctions.

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