The Dow and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index are expected to record their largest percentage gains in November since 1928. Data from the Dow Jones Market Data Group show that the two indexes rose by 12.86% and 11.27%, respectively. The Nasdaq Composite Index is expected to rise 11.86%, the best November since 2001.
Iran is blaming the State of Israel for assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, their Chief of Staff in production of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Israel has in the past been accused of targeting killings. The second suspect for the assassination is the United States under the leadership of President Trump. The week before the assassination Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Saudi to meet Mike Pompeo and the Prince of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of their meeting the danger of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons to the stabilization of the Middle East which has already begun with the Abraham Accords.
The slaying of Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, has threatened to escalate tensions between the United States and Iran. According to reports by Iranian officials, the scientist was ambushed as he headed to his home in Absard. The scheme, which was meticulously planned, involved a squad of over 50 people.
“We regret that the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh lost his life as a result of an armed attack in Tehran. We condemn this heinous murder and extend our condolences to the government of Iran and the family of the deceased,” said Turkey’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Saturday accused Israel of the murder of it’s scientist,“sowing chaos” and acting as a “mercenary” of the United States. The murdered scientist was one of the top scientists in Iran working on the Iranian nuclear program. Iran has thus vowed retaliation over the murder.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry made a statement condemning the possibility of additional sanctions against China. The new sanctions could be implemented against four Chinese corporations that continue to have business dealings with Iran. The protest by China, stems from the virtual event in the Institute of Belarus that was held on November 25th.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Saudi to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the beginning of the week. The Prime Minister did not inform his partner in the government, Benny Gantz, that he was making this trip abroad.
A Twitter user with the handle “Reza_Mad” published an image of a production version of an Iranian tank on Sunday. The tank differs from the previously shown samples. Images of the first mass-produced main battle tank (MBT) of the Iranian production Karrar appeared on the social networks.
The US Central Command has announced that it will deploy B-52 fighter jets in the Middle East to increase its rapid response capability. The decision comes just days after announcing a reduction in US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gen. Greg Guillot, a U.S. Air Force commander, has said B-52 bombers will be deployed to counter possible attacks.
In response to a rocket attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon, the Israeli air force targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. Despite the Hamas-Israel agreement on the ceasefire, rocket attacks on Israel as well as Israeli airstrikes continue. The Israeli army issued a statement on Sunday announcing its air strikes on areas in the Gaza Strip.
Canada announced on Wednesday that China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are the main threats to its cyber security. This is the first time Canada has made such a declaration. In 2018, when the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE) released its first cybersecurity threat report, the agency only mentioned foreign-funded actors.
At least 3 soldiers died and another was wounded following an air attack by Israel against positions in Syria belonging to the Syrian army forces and the Iranian Quds Force on Tuesday night. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the death toll includes about 10 dead, including three Syrians and other soldiers of foreign origin, presumably Iranian.
On the anniversary of the crackdown on the November protests in Iran, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, two deputies of the Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled, and a number of individuals and entities close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Bahrain Foreign Minister Aldulallatif Al-Zayani arrived in Israel to meet with Netanyahu and Mike Pompeo to sign bi-lateral agreements during the visit. This is the first official delegation to Israel. Gabi Ashkenazi Israel foreign minister greeted the delegates from Bahrain at Ben Gurion airport as the two countries look to broaden cooperation after establishing formal ties in September.
Two months before the end of his term in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has been investigating an attack on an Iranian nuclear facility. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also spoke about this issue after the publication of the results related to the US presidential election.
Iran has rebuffed claims made by the New York Times alleging that a high ranking al-Qaeda member was recently assassinated by Israeli operatives in its capital. According to the Times story, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, who is believed to be the Number 2 in al-Qaeda’s top hierarchy, was killed alongside his daughter, Miriam on August 7.
Last week, US President Donald Trump asked his advisers about the possibilities of striking Iranian nuclear facilities. The Wall Street Journal published the information regarding Iran expanding its supply of low-enriched uranium. Trump has been hostile towards Iran since he took office.
The New York Times reported this week that Israeli operatives killed Abu Mohammed al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s #2 leader, in Iran in August. Al-Masri, who is accused of masterminding the bombing of two United States embassies in Africa, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle in the streets of Tehran.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a message posted on the State Department website that the United States would soon take action against those responsible for cracking down on the November protests. The US State Department issued a statement on the anniversary of the November 2019 nationwide protests.
Most of Israelis feel that President Trump stood up for the sovereignty of the nation of Israel. He took tremendous steps to strengthen the State of Israel the main representative of democracy state in the Middle East. Trump began his four-year term by cancelling the Nuclear Deal which was made by the Obama administration with Iran. Netanyahu continuously encourage Trump and other world leaders to recognize the danger of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
The International Civil Aviation Organization has called on Iran to speed up its investigation into the downing of a Ukrainian plane crash of Ukraine International Airport PS752.. The ICAO Council announced that Tehran has only two months to submit its final report. The outcome of the Tehran-Kyiv talks is unknown.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the Hezbollah terrorist group against attacking Israeli army positions. This is while on a visit to northern Israel, where the IDF Lethal Arrow drill is taking place. The annual exercise simulates attacks on terror groups that continue to threaten the nation.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on Friday evening (October 30th) accusing Iranian hackers of sending threatening emails to thousands of American voters. The emails were apparently sent to a pro-Donald Trump far-right group.
Satellite images showing increased activity at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility have emerged as the nation faces rising criticism about its nuclear program, particularly from the United States and Israel. The photos from Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based imaging firm, show that a new road leading to the facility has also been built.
According to Reuters, a Fars Air Qeshm plane, belonging to Mahan Iran, landed in Venezuela on Tuesday. The airline had started operating to transport cargo and personnel on the orders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The United States and Iran have not commented on the matter.
The Tree Day Summit of the Financial Action Task Force ended yesterday. The Financial Action Task Force announced that the Islamic Republic and North Korea would remain on the institution’s blacklist. A member of the Expediency Council says the passage of the bill would make it difficult to circumvent the sanctions.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is smuggling its crude oil through the waters of Iraq to circumvent US sanctions. It is said that Iranian oil is transferred to other tankers in the port of Faw and exported in the name of Iraqi oil. The Wall Street Journal in a special report revealed the smuggling of Iranian crude oil through Iraqi waters.
This week’s air defense exercises in Iran were the “premiere” of a new surface-to-air missile system (SAM). The first samples of the Bavar-373 SAM took part in exercises involving the air defense calculations of the Iranian Ground forces and the Islamic revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The creation of the Eurasian Economic Union has been predetermined by three historical aspects, which, within the framework of close cooperation, determine the direction of the economies of the member states. These three formats, which are interfaced to one degree or another, gave the prototype of the EAEU.
As of Sunday, all restrictions on the transfer of weapons, related activities and financial services have been lifted. “Automatically cease to operate” and all bans on entry into the country, as well as on transit through the territories of UN member States, which were previously imposed against a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, said Iranian Foreign Ministry.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the situation of activists and imprisoned lawyers in Iran, calling for their release amid the expansion of the coronavirus. Michelle Bachelet expressed concern about the situation of Nasrin Sotoudeh, in Tehran’s Evin prison.
Iran declared its intention to support Armenia and began transferring tanks and artillery. The Iranian defense Ministry has begun an emergency transfer of its artillery and heavy armored vehicles to the border with Azerbaijan, preparing to support Armenia if necessary. We know about the transfer of at least two dozen field howitzers and three dozen T-72 tanks to the borders of Azerbaijan.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has unveiled a new ballistic missile that has a range of approximately 700 kilometers. Dubbed Zolfaghar Basir, its range surpasses that of the nation’s other systems, which include the “Hormuz-2.” The “Hormuz-2” has a range of 300 kilometers.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has warned the international community against trusting Iran too much and helping it to overcome sanctions. Speaking during the United Nations annual meeting on Wednesday, he underlined that Tehran was dangerous and was only keen on projecting its power in the Middle East.
Iranian Major General Hossein Salami has denied claims about Iran targeting the US Ambassador to South Africa. The story, which was first reported by Politico, indicated that the Iranian leadership was looking to take out Ambassador Lana Marks in retaliation for the killing of Iranian major General Qasem Soleimani earlier this year.
On Saturday during the morning ceremony, the Iranian Lieutenant General Hussein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stated “The Islamic Republic will take revenge on all those who are indirectly or directly involved in the martyrdom of General Suleimani, and this is a very serious message.”
A new report published by Politico indicates that Iran is planning an assassination attack on the US ambassador to South Africa. It highlights that the move against Ambassador Lana Marks is being made in retaliation for the murder of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani earlier this year.
Iran has announced that it is building a new facility in the mountains located close to the Natanz nuclear site. According to the government statement, it will be a much bigger complex than Natanz and will be used in the production of nuclear centrifuges. A segment of the Natanz facility was destroyed in July following a suspected sabotage attempt.
Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis has left for Tehran to hold talks with officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has claimed that the issue is not about Iran-US relations. One of the topics of discussion is the Swiss financial solution. The first stop of Cassis’ travel was the city of Isfahan.
Last, week Haaretz published an opinion piece authored by Chuck Freilich titled “Can a Nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia Be Israel’s Partner for Peace?” The article was written by Charles Freilich, a former Israeli deputy national security adviser and long-time senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center.
Inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency have revealed that Iran has stockpiled over 10 times the maximum amount of enriched uranium allowed under the Iran nuclear deal. The latest revelation underlines the consequences of the nuclear talks’ breakdown after the Trump administration walked away from the pact in 2018.
Hassan Younesi, the lawyer of the Afkari brothers, said the convicts of the protests of August 2018, announced the transfer of all three brothers from Adelabad prison in Shiraz to unknown places and their families were unaware of them.. The news has raised concerns about the possible execution of Navid Afkari.
The beginning of the academic year in Iran due to the coronavirus outbreak was held in the virtual presence of Hassan Rouhani. This year, schools will start operating while there is still ambiguity about whether classes will be held in person or virtually. The students watched a video call to start off the year.
The United States has announced sanctions against 14 companies in Iran, China, and the United Arab Emirates for violating sanctions against Iran’s oil and petrochemical industries. The US Treasury Department has added a number of individuals and companies to its sanctions list as part of its “Maximum Pressure” policy.
Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis is scheduled to pay a three-day official visit to Tehran on Saturday at the head of a high-level delegation. According to the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the reason for this trip is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss diplomatic presence in Iran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to Iran Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks on Twitter about the UAE-Israel peace agreement. Pompeo also said he was waiting for Khamenei to respond to the killing of Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated his readiness to establish direct contact between US officials and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Direct negotiations between the two countries could be an important step in reaching an agreement. However, experts remain skeptical.