Thursday, 23 May 2019

US back down on Iran but shifts its attention elsewhere


As the US is forced to back down in one theater it shifts its aggressive action elsewhere in a multi-front war



LINKS


IRAN


U.S. INTERCEPTED IRANIAN ORDERS TO HEZBOLLAH TO ATTACK AMERICANS – REPORT


Iran youth will witness demise of Israel, 'American civilization': Khamenei



Iran Allegedly Transfers S-300 to Persian Gulf Amid Tensions With US

The reports come just a few weeks after the United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf in what White House National Security Adviser John Bolton described as a "clear and unmistakable message" to Iran.

A video has emerged on social media allegedly showing Iranian vehicles transporting its S-300 air defence systems and other military equipment to the coastal city of Asaluyeh in the southern province of Bushehr — an area along the Persian Gulf.



SYRIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST


HERE WE GO AGAIN: US Says It Has Found Signs Of Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

https://www.fort-russ.com/2019/05/here-we-go-again-us-says-it-has-found-signs-of-use-of-chemical-weapons-in-syria/

ISIS 2.0. RISE IN CENTRAL ASIA AND RUSSIA




Missiles fired at Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria amid massive militant offensive – MoD


Breaking: Jihadists make new push to capture 2nd strategic town in northwestern Hama

The jihadist rebels launched a new wave of attacks in northwestern Hama on Wednesday, targeting the strategic town of Qal’at Al-Madiq near the Al-Ghaab Plain.

Led by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the jihadist rebels launched a heavy attack on the towns of Kurkat and Mustariyah in a bid to reach nearby Qal’at Al-Madiq. Intense clashes are now ongoing at these two towns.



US warns Syrian regime following allegations of chemical weapons use



US warns Syrian regime following allegations of chemical weapons use

The US State Department issued a warning to the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria on Tuesday, saying the US is closely watching the regime's military operations against a rebel enclave in northwest Syria and is looking into allegations that Assad's troops have used chemical weapons in recent days.

"Unfortunately we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.


Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport

Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The attack on the Saudi city of Najran came after Iran announced it has quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity, though still at a level far lower than needed for atomic weapons, a year after the U.S. withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.




VENEZUELA


Russia WARNS Maduro That He Should Prepare For Another US-Backed Coup Attempt



U.S. readies sanctions, charges over Venezuela food program: sources

The United States is preparing sanctions and criminal charges against Venezuelan officials and others suspected of using a military-run food aid program to launder money for President Nicolas Maduro’s government, according to people familiar with the matter.

These actions are expected to be taken within the next three months as part of the Trump administration’s push to curtail the cash flow to Maduro and his loyalists, two sources said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.




Hungry Venezuelans to starve as US sanctions food program

The US government has now sanctioned individuals involved with Venezuela’s food program which feeds more than six million families. Washington is now claiming that the program, called CLAP, is laundering money and “corroding” democracy, offering no evidence for that. RT’s Dan Cohen has the story.


Venezuela - After Opposition Support 'Deflated' - U.S. Targets Food Aid Supply


CHINA AND HUAWEI


US delays Huawei ban for 90 days



Google pushes back Huawei ban by 90 days



How Trump's Huawei Ban Could Blow Up Apple's China Business

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-22/how-trumps-huawei-ban-could-blow-apples-china-business?fbclid=IwAR06iRq68uTZcg7LRjsjQe85reufFj8OjWBE7eK3DMbEGxwkI5LVszFyliI


Rival phone brands Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo to benefit from Google’s suspension of services to Huawei



Report Names 3 More Chinese Firms That Could Be Targeted By Washington


P.S.  No sooner had I put the video and these articles appeared...



Iran’s TERRIFYING military strength REVEALED: Tehran tensions with US soar

IRAN has set alarm bells ringing in Washington and across Middle East as tensions continue to escalate between Tehran and its rivals.


Pentagon to present plan to send up to 10,000 troops to Middle East

U.S. officials say troops will defend from Iranian threat, but many in Congress remain skeptical

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