Weekly Update by Mark Armstrong – 19 July 2019

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Greetings from Tyler, A war of words has broken out over the report that an American warship shot down an Iranian drone over the Straits of Hormuz.  “Drone?  What drone?  We didn’t lose any drone!” say the leaders of the … Read More

On the ship that downed a military drone, one small mistake could cause a war with Iran

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Onboard, the USS Boxer (CNN)With short incendiary shrieks Harrier jump jets race across the USS Boxer’s deck and are soon gray dots in the sky. Seahawk and Super Stallion helicopters leap and land like gigantic insects, feeding on the mother … Read More

Iran Declares War on the US’s Covert Influence in Iraq

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When US officials visited Baghdad and met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, they had two requests: first, to close all commerce and financial exchanges with Iran to strangle the Iranian economy and bring it to its knees. … Read More

Iran: Ballistic missile program not up for negotiation

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Iran denies Pompeo’s assertion that it is willing to negotiate over its ballistic missile program. Iranian ballistic missile – Reuters Iran denied on Tuesday that it was willing to negotiate over its ballistic missile program after Secretary of State Mike … Read More

US proceeding with plan for coalition to counter Iran threats

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Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff says he hopes other nations will soon sign up to join the effort to protect commercial traffic in Persian Gulf area Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford testifies during a … Read More

The US is pushing for a new military coalition to safeguard the waters off of Iran and Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, the top … Read More

Yemen cholera outbreak 2019: More cases than all of last year

Cholera cases have picked up dramatically in Yemen in 2019, in fact, during the first six months of this year, the total cholera cases are more than all of 2018. According to official data, Yemen saw 371,326 cholera cases, including … Read More

Iran warns EU to avoid escalation over breach of uranium enrichment cap

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Iranian technicians work at the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facilities (UCF), 420 kms south of Tehran, 03 February 2007. [AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI / Getty] Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has warned European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal to avoid escalations in … Read More

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