Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on shipping S-300 air defense missile systems to the Islamic Republic of Iran on Monday morning. Moscow will also begin importing Iranian oil in exchange for other goods.
Former CIA Director, Secretary of Defense, decorated First Lieutenant, and decades-long veteran of the federal government Leon Panetta was candid in an interview with Foreign Policy. He criticized the gridlock in Washington, said America should engage with Iran, and revealed that he wished President Obama had gone through with the strike on Assad's regime in Syria.
In Washington DC, panelists at the Middle East Institute’s annual conference clashed on the topic of a US-Iran rapprochement. Dr. Mohsen Milani of the University of South Florida remarked that a US-Iran rapprochement would more profoundly influence the Middle East in the future than either the Syrian conflict or sectarianism, but Dr. F. Gregory Gause of the Brookings Doha Center countered that Dr. Milani and others were “getting ahead of themselves.”
A bill attempting to authorize the use of America's full military force against Iran is being introduced to Congress on Thursday by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who is currently seeking a co-sponsor.
President Obama tells reporters he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about nuclear arms via phone.
Saeed Abedini is an American citizen jailed in Iran for his Christian faith. September 26 marks the one year anniversary of his imprisonment in “Evin University,” a prison infamous for psychical and psychological torture.
Iran’s pursuit of chemical weapons will be a primary focus of American diplomacy in the coming term, President Barack Obama notified the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.
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