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Well knowing the Iranian Regime, I dont expect them to be honest, but if you do, best of luck!
It is not about being emotional it is about facts and objectivity, and this has been widely debunked on Iranian twitter/telegram channels by people regardless of what they expect from the Iranian regime.
 

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It is not about being emotional it is about facts and objectivity, and this has been widely debunked on Iranian twitter/telegram channels by people regardless of what they expect from the Iranian regime.
My friend, media reported 1, I'm telling you 5.
 

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My friend, media reported 1, I'm telling you 5.
The 1 the media reported was widely debunked and it turns out it was spread by an Israeli PR organisation dedicated to spreading anti-Iran propaganda... But if you have evidence for the other 4 I will be the first to listen with open ears
 

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The 1 the media reported was widely debunked and it turns out it was spread by an Israeli PR organisation dedicated to spreading anti-Iran propaganda... But if you have evidence for the other 4 I will be the first to listen with open ears
We are not going to reveal our sources to soothe your ego. Believe what you want to.
 

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We are not going to reveal our sources to soothe your ego. Believe what you want to.
That's fine, but don't think so low of me to think I will believe claims (no matter from who) with no evidence. Especially when part of the story was already debunked extensively and linked to Israeli anti-Iran PR agency!
 

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That's fine, but don't think so low of me to think I will believe claims (no matter from who) with no evidence. Especially when part of the story was already debunked extensively and linked to Israeli anti-Iran PR agency!
Doesn't matter what you believe. What matters is, what the world believes.
 

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French Report: US Sanctions Choke Off Iran’s Aid to Hezbollah
Friday, 24 May, 2019


Hezbollah fighters stand atop a truck mounted with mock rockets as supporters cheer during a rally in 2015. (Mohammed Zaatari/AP)

London - Asharq Al-Awsat

A French newspaper has found that crippling US sanctions on Iran have choked off Tehran’s financial support to Hezbollah, one of the country’s most important proxies in the Middle East.

Le Figaro’s report entitled, “Hezbollah put on diet due to the fall of Iranian aid”, emphasized that Iran has cut its transfers to the Lebanese group by half, reducing the salaries of party members.

The report quoted a Hezbollah media worker as saying that the salaries were cut by two thirds, and that the party had to reduce compensation to the families of “martyrs.”

According to the report, wages paid to Hezbollah fighters returning from Syria (formerly ranging between $600 and $1,200) have fallen by 50 percent, while salaries of soldiers fully dedicated to the fighting will be also reduced.

A well-informed diplomatic source quoted by Le Figaro said that Hezbollah, “which has long benefited from its relations with Iran, has been subjected to austerity measures and no longer enjoys any benefits.”

“Six months ago, cash transfers from Tehran to Beirut airport through Iranian airlines were estimated at $70-80 million per month, according to US and French figures; but these payments have now dropped by around 50 percent,” according to the French source.

The report also pointed to US restrictions on bank transfers. It noted that banking supervision “severely affects Lebanese merchants abroad, as well as fundraising and service stations located in the Hezbollah stronghold, in southern Lebanon.”



 

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Russia Rebuffs Iranian Request to Buy S-400 Missiles
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Russian servicemen drive S-400 missile air defense systems during the Victory Day parade at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2018. (Reuters)

London - Asharq Al-Awsat

Russia has rejected an Iranian request to buy the S-400 missile defense systems, concerned that the sale would stoke more tension in the Middle East, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, revealed Bloomberg.

The request was rebuffed by President Vladimir Putin, the people said on condition of anonymity.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had visited Moscow May 7, yet it is not clear whether he made the request then.

Mohsen Rezaei, Expediency Council secretary and former chief of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, refused to be drawn on the missile request when questioned at an event in Tehran.

Iran was capable of defending itself “whether or not Russia helps us,” he said.

Bloomberg’s report coincided with US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would deploy more US forces to the region to deter Iranian threats.

Evidence that Iran has been behind recent attacks on oil tankers and pipelines in the Gulf is likely to be presented to the UN Security Council as early as next week, said US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Thursday.

Russia had completed the delivery of the S-300 air defense missile system to Iran in July 2016, concluding a USD800 million deal signed between the two states in 2007.

However, Russian suspended the agreement, drawing protest from Iran, which filed a USD4 billion lawsuit before the International Criminal Court. The lawsuit was, however, waived after Moscow approved selling the system to Tehran.

Moreover, Iran was disappointed with Russia’s rejection to use the veto against Security Council resolution 1929 that bans weapons sales to Iran. But the resolution has been lifted by virtue of resolution 2231 in July 2015.

Starting from the summer of 2020, the restrictions are expected to be lifted. This is considered one of the main gains of the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers, according to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s government.

 

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Good shot. No spare parts yet still flying.
Excerpt only, details in link below:

Tehran turned to the black market, paying huge sums to shady middlemen to sneak F-14 parts into Iran. American authorities became aware of the illicit trade as early as 1998. In March of that year, federal agents arrested Iranian-born Parviz Lavi at his home in Long Island, charging him with violating U.S. export law by attempting to buy up spare parts for the F-14’s TF-30 engine and ship them to Iran via The Netherlands. Lavi got five years in prison plus a $125,000 fine.

The arrests came in a steady drumbeat. In 1998, an aircraft parts vendor in San Diego told U.S. customs officials that Multicore Ltd. in California had requested price information for air intake seals used only on the F-14. Agents arrested Multicore’s Saeed Homayouni, a naturalized Canadian from Iran, and Yew Leng Fung, a Malaysian citizen.

“Bank records subpoenaed by the Customs Service showed that Multicore Ltd. had made 399 payments totaling $2.26 million to military parts brokers since 1995 and had received deposits of $2.21 million,” The Washington Post reported. The company shipped parts mostly through Singapore.
The feds began investigating 18 companies that had supplied airplane components to Multicore.

In September 2003, U.S. authorities nabbed Iranian Serzhik Avasappian in a South Florida hotel as part of a sting operation. Agents had shown Avasappian several F-14 parts worth $800,000 and arrested him after he offered to buy the components.
“While these components may appear relatively innocuous to the untrained eye, they are tightly controlled for good reason,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement interim agent Jesus Torres said in a statement. “In the wrong hands, they pose a potential threat to Americans at home and abroad.”

Even with U.S. authorities tamping down on the illicit trade in F-14 parts, Iran persisted. After shutting down Multicore, the feds confiscated the firm’s Tomcat components and sent them to the Defense Department’s surplus-parts office. In 2005, a company — allegedly Iranian — bought the very same parts from the military.

The parts war escalated after the U.S. Navy retired its last F-14s in 2006, leaving Iran as the type’s only operator. In 2007, U.S. agents even seized four intact ex-U.S. Navy F-14s in California — three at museums and one belonging to a producer on the military-themed T.V. show JAG — charging that the F-14s had not been properly stripped of useful parts that could wind up in Iranian hands.

Even so, the underground trade in Tomcat parts continues, with shady companies scouring the planet for leftover components. In early 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigated Israeli arms dealers that it said had twice tried to send F-14 spares to Iran.

 

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