Two Impulsive Leaders Fan the Middle East’s Flames
The Middle East. Could there be a more perilous place on Earth, including North Korea?  Not likely. The planet’s two leading nuclear armed powers backing battling proxies amply supplied with conventional weapons; terror groups splitting and spreading; religious-sectarian wars threatening amid a plethora of ongoing armed hostilities stretching from... Read more
Este fusil de pinta extraña es el Heidar, el fusil de sniper calibre .50 de Irán
Irán suele darle mucho bombo y platillo a su tecnología militar, y en algunos casos presenta falso armamento y equipo con fines propagandísticos. Además la industria militar iraní resulta muy ingeniosa y fabrica armas interesantes que posteriormente la república islámica se encarga de desplegar en conflictos muy reales. El... Read more
The Race for the Fertile Crescent
Events of historic consequence are occurring in Syria’s eastern desert and the Euphrates valley. Out of the countless events of the Syrian war so far, the present moment may be the most important one in deciding the near geopolitical future of the Fertile Crescent. Daesh—the so-called Islamic State—is falling. Chances are, it... Read more
Grounding the Ayatollah’s Tomcats
On April 9, 1972, Iraq and the Soviet Union signed an historic agreement. The USSR committed to arming the Arab republic with the latest weaponry. In return for sending Baghdad guns, tanks and jet fighters, Moscow got just one thing — influence … in a region that held most of the world’s... Read more
The Heidar Is Iran’s Weird-Looking .50-Caliber Sniper Rifle
Iran regularly over-hypes its military technology, and in some cases, shows off bogus equipment for propaganda purposes. Iran’s military industry is also resourceful and produces interesting weapons which the Islamic republic then proliferates into very real conflicts. As a latter example, Iran in April 2017 revealed the .50-caliber, semi-automatic... Read more
In Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Fight, Iran Is the Real Winner
While most Americans focused on domestic issues in the past month, the Middle East somehow grew more dangerous. Thanks in part to a hack allegedly carried out by Russian intelligence, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are close to war. The Saudi kingdom has blockaded Qatar and several Gulf states have... Read more
A U.S. Military Contractor Allegedly Laundered Money From Iran
The chairman of a key U.S. military contractor in the Middle East was recently charged with multiple felonies in a major fraud, money laundering and public corruption scheme. According to court papers in Kuwait, where the charges were filed, misappropriated investor money so far totals more than $160 million,... Read more
America’s Iran Hysteria
“Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on a mid-April 2017 visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I must admit that when I stumbled across that quote it brought up uncomfortable personal memories. East Baghdad, Jan. 25,... Read more
Kick In Some London Embassy Windows in ‘6 Days’
Icon Films just released the teaser trailer for 6 Days, a film dramatization of the Iranian embassy siege in London 37 years ago. In the summer of 1980, Iranian separatists held hostage 26 people inside Iran’s embassy in London. British Special Air Service commandos stormed the building after six days.... Read more
Iran’s Weird, Faux ‘Stealth Fighter’ … Can Actually Move!
Footage and photographs depicting a new prototype of Iran’s infamous Qaher F-313 “stealth fighter” have just emerged, at around the same time that Pres. Hassan Rouhani was participating in an April 15, 2017 exhibition celebrating the achievements of Defense Ministry Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan. The “upgraded version” of the “stealth... Read more
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