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Geopolitics / Middle East

Kirkuk

Iraq’s Ambitious Oil Plan Faces One Major Problem

Jun 03, 2019 at 15:51 | Simon Watkins

The Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad moved swiftly when the U.S. re-imposed sanctions against Iran, ordering its Oil Ministry to breach part of the supply gap by increasing…

Pentagon

Pentagon Accuses Iran Of Tanker Sabotage

May 27, 2019 at 10:10 | Irina Slav

The Pentagon has accused Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of sabotaging four vessels at the Emirati port of Fujairah that media reported earlier this month, and the reports pushed oil prices…

West Qurna

The Threat In Iraq Is Being Overblown

May 21, 2019 at 10:16 | Nick Cunningham

ExxonMobil evacuated some staff from southern Iraq over fears of rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, although there is still little evidence to suggest any oil operations will be…

Iran Hormuz

War With Iran Could Send Oil To $250

May 20, 2019 at 16:40 | Vincent Lauerman

There has been much talk of an Iran War in recent weeks, but the likelihood of a war, whether intentional or accidental, is relatively small for the simple reason that…

Khamenei

On The Cusp Of War: Why Iran Won’t Fold

May 17, 2019 at 16:50 | Yossef Bodansky

iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on May 14, 2019 — a week after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had visited Baghdad and reportedly met with a senior…

Trump

Trump’s Dangerous Oil Price Game

May 06, 2019 at 17:24 | Nick Cunningham

Trump’s trade war may have depressed oil prices at the start of the week, but the U.S.’ decision to send warships to the Middle East is an ominous sign…

Levant

The Next Flashpoint In This Emerging Energy Hub

Apr 30, 2019 at 10:32 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Eastern Mediterranean is quickly turning into an energy hub due to the discovery of significant gas resources in recent years. Egypt, for example, has already started production at its…

Mid East from space

A New Middle East Mega-War Is Unfolding Right Before Our Eyes

Apr 24, 2019 at 14:44 | Yossef Bodansky

Iran is leading a new bloc, with Turkey and Qatar, intent on remaking the greater Middle East. The Iranian leadership recognizes that this drive might lead to a regional war…

Tanker Iran

Expect An Extension Of Iran Sanction Waivers

Apr 03, 2019 at 14:36 | Nick Cunningham

With Iran sanctions waivers set to expire in a few weeks, the Trump administration faces a difficult task. Oil prices are once again on the rise, just as they were…

Doha Qatar

New Middle East Alliance Shakes World Powers

Mar 28, 2019 at 18:10 | Yossef Bodansky

A new bloc is emerging in the greater Middle East with the declared objectives of dominating the entire Arab world, confronting and containing the US and its allies; and controlling…

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