Irish Pastor James McConnell to be Prosecuted Under UK Hate Speech Laws

“Anti-Islam” Sermon Lands Cleric in Star Chamber

June 29, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On May 18, 2014 Pastor James McConnell delivered what has come to be seen in some quarters as a controversial 30 minute sermon devoted to the proposition that, “There is but one God.” His homily referenced 1 Corinthians 8:6, “yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him.”

The event took place in Ireland at the “Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Belfast” church, from which McConnell retired, at the age of 78, last year.

The majority of the sermon was devoted to an explication of traditional Protestant theology, the centerpiece of which resounded with the theme, “for there is one God,” but early into the delivery the pastor entered a space where few public figures go, defining Islam as a heathen cult.

McConnell intoned before a church filled to overflowing, that [paraphrasing], the God we worship tonight is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…the Father, He is not Allah.

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Islamic Terror Update - Huge Increase in Threat Level

June 22, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – According to government statistics, jihadist activities pertaining to the West have dramatically increased recently.

1. There have been 24 ISIS-linked plots or attacks against Western targets in the first half of 2015, up from 19 in all of last year.

2. The number of homegrown terror plots since 9/11 has reached 116, tripling in just the past five years.

4. Foreign fighters continue to flow into Syria and Iraq. There has been an 80 percent increase in fighters traveling to the conflict zone since ISIS declared its “caliphate” one year ago.

5. More than 200 Americans are believed to have traveled - or attempted to travel - to fight in Syria, a 33 percent increase overall since the beginning of this year.

This portrait, certainly not all inclusive, nonetheless indicates that jihadist movements are rapidly growing in numbers, complexity and confidence.

 

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English Summary of Important New Book On ISIS

By EMERSON VERMAAT

June 22, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Emerson Vermaat is a gifted Dutch researcher and author who has, over a long period of many years written a dozen books about the threat posed by the ideology of Islamic jihadism as well as providing analysis of topics dealing with the Third Reich.

We consider ourselves lucky to serve as the publisher of his English language, feature journalism.

Mr. Vermaat recently wrote a book on ISIS entitled, "Hatred Must Not Spill Over Into Our Streets-The Terror Threat Posed By Islamic State."

What follows is a brief summary of the book [which as of this writing is only available in Dutch].

I first saw Osama bin Laden’s name in the Spring of 1996:

Back in 1996 the foreign editor of a current affairs program on Dutch TV directed me to make a shortened version of the British TV documentary Sudan – Are They Training Terrorists? This 40-minutes documentary, dated April 15, 1996, had been made by Journeyman Pictures in London. It was in this documentary that I came across Osama bin Laden’s name for the first time. The wealthy Saudi terrorist, described in Journeyman’s documentary as ‘a banker for jihad,’ was still in Sudan at the time, but Journeyman had been unable to interview him there.

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Iran Supporting 100 Shia Terrorist Groups

June 22, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – A recent article published by the Clarion Project [see, 'Iran Supporting More than 100 Shiite Terror Groups'] provides details gleaned from Egypt’s Al-Hayat newspaper, generally considered authoritative within an Arabic context, which believably alleges that Iran is engaged in a massive campaign of support of Shia terrorist groups.

Iran has the deserved reputation of being the world’s leading source of terror funding, but this is the first time to our knowledge that a respected Middle East news source has provided this level of detail.

We were recently party to a briefing by ex Director of Central Intelligence, in which Mr. Woolsey drew the same conclusion, however he expanded the indictment against the Ayatollocracy, mentioning that Iran is not only funding Islamic terror on a world-wide basis but that it already has effective control of 4 state capitols outside of its own borders. [see, James Woolsey’s Frontal Assault on Iranian Regime ].

“They are clearly imperial, they control four international capitals counting Baghdad which they effectively control…they are reaching to be more and more imperial, to extend their influence against Saudi Arabia down the Arabian peninsula [and] Houthi Iranian instrumentalities essentially control Yemen now.”

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Team Ass Clown – Obama’s JCS/DOD

June 18, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – General Martin Dempsey, Chair of O’s JCS appears to be the reincarnation of George B. McClellan, one of many Union generals who was always able to find an excuse not to fight, hence his being relieved from command by president Lincoln.

Dempsey drove that point home yesterday in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee where his demoralizing message was:

"I would not recommend that we put U.S. forces in harm's way simply to stiffen the spine of local forces. If their spine is not stiffened by the threat of ISIL or their way of life, nothing we do is going to stiffen their spine."

Dempsey even inferentially referring to “spine” or moral courage makes one retch.

Carter Ham, who runs DOD, had much the same message, but we are inclined to give him a pass since he’s primarily a policy wonk and does what he’s told. If the generals and the CIC don’t want to kill people and break things then it would be silly to expect him to contradict those running the failed ME military strategy.

Another bit of wisdom from Dempsey, who thankfully will be retiring soon:

"Enduring stability cannot be imposed from the outside in. Stability must be cultivated from the inside out."

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James Woolsey’s Frontal Assault on Iranian Regime

June 16, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – We were recently honored to attend a briefing on the Iranian crisis delivered by R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence [1993-1995] and current Chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

The forum was provided by the Clarion Project,  a think-tank dedicated to “exposing the dangers of Islamic extremism while providing a platform for the voices of moderation and promoting grassroots activism.”

Never one to waste words or pull punches, Mr. Woolsey was quick to propose that the discussion begin with an understanding of the nature of the Iranian regime which he characterized as “theocratic, totalitarian, genocidal, imperial liars.”

Fleshing out and justifying the use of such harsh rhetoric:

Theocratic: Iran is a one party state led by a ruthless Shia religious figure [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] with unlimited executive power and operating under a fundamentalist interpretation of the Shari’a.

Totalitarian: “Very much like the pigs in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, they wish to manage every aspect of the lives of those they are over.”

Genocidal: “They threaten genocide against the United States and Israel all the time, it’s no longer even considered newsworthy, it’s brutal, ugly [and] it’s Hitlerian.”

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Part II - Why Is Anyone Still Listening to Maajid Nawaz?

By WILLIAM MAYER

June 15, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Maajid Nawaz - a British citizen - calls himself a Muslim reformer despite having had a very long history of Islamist activities, some of which were so serious that he was jailed for years in Egypt due to his recruiting efforts for a terrorist group.

A flurry of activity a number of years ago first brought him to our attention. In the following period of time he became less publicly visible. Now, however he’s in the news again, having run [Liberal Democrat party] and lost a campaign for Parliament to represent North London.

His candidacy made him a saleable commodity once more and his recently tweeted comment calling it a “bit insane” to compare ISIS to Israel - though certainly a non-controversial position to take - was nonetheless seized on by the “find moderate Islam at any cost” crowd as evidence of his bona fides as a “reformer.”

We first became aware of Mr. Nawaz and his MO a number of years ago, so let’s turn back the clock a few years.

In a 2008 article Why Is Anyone Listening To Maajid Nawaz?, we characterized him rather harshly as an Islamist pretending to be moderate so he could cash in on the gravy train associated with the halal rubber-chicken lecture circuit which has grown up around the idea of promoting questionably “transformed” radical Muslims as spokesmen on behalf of “a kinder, gentler” Islam.

That such activity also served to further cloak Nawaz’ Islamism wasn’t coincidental.

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Fate of Key Syrian City of Hasakeh Unresolved

June 13, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – With the historically significant and strategically important Syrian city of Palmyra firmly in its grasp, ISIS has turned its efforts in the country towards taking Hasakeh, also considered vital to the regime.

For two weeks now the city has been pounded by jihadist forces, elements of the Syrian army along with a few air strikes by the U.S.

Despite claims made a week ago that the Syrian army had retaken the city, the evidence we have seen demonstrates that the area continues to be contested.

We never accepted the Syrian assertion that Hasakeh was in any way under its control, as we wrote on June 5:

“Under assault for almost a week, the strategic Syrian city of Al Hasakeh is in danger of falling to ISIS. The two most recent reports we have suggest that Assad’s troops are fleeing as ISIS fighters continue their push.

Adam Pletts of News24 France states, “The Islamic state group has been able to enter the southern side of the city,” adding that residents are evacuating towards the north which is controlled by the YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units] which has made the decision not to formally engaged ISIS until it closes on their sector.” [source, Syrian Troops Flee As ISIS Enters Key City Of Hasakeh , PipeLineNews.org]

The International Red Cross/Red Crescent is currently attempting to assist over 10,000 refugees which continue to flee the fighting in the area:

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HAMAS Linked Group – CAIR - Attacks Ted Cruz

June 10, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The Tennessee based, Times Free Press, published a hit piece yesterday directed at Republican candidate for president, Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX]. It was written by one of the organization’s staff writers, Andy Sher, for whom we left two voice-mails, neither of which were returned as we go to press.

The text of the article infers that Mr. Cruz is an “Islamophobe” because he hired Kevin Kookogey as his Tennessee presidential campaign chair, whom the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] claims is anti-Muslim as well as being “Islamophobic.”

“…Ted Cruz has named former Williamson County GOP chairman Kevin Kookogey, a critic of Sharia law, as his Tennessee chairman. Now, the U.S. senator is drawing fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations which on Tuesday urged Cruz to drop Kookogey because of what the group called "his longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes." [source, Andy Sher, Update: Ted Cruz's pick for Tennessee chairman draws fire from Islamic activists , Times Free Press]

CAIR is a known quantity, and as we recently wrote in a feature piece - Islamic Jihad, Cultural Marxism and the West - closely associated with the Arab terrorist group HAMAS according to Federal Court documents.

“Our analysis begins with one of the most consequential [though little known] legal cases of this era, the landmark federal terror prosecution, "United States of America v. Holy Land Foundation For Relief And Development, et al," Case No. 3:04-CR-240-G, November 30, 2005. Also see 2004 DOJ announcement Holy Land Foundation Leaders, Accused of Providing Material Support to Hamas Terrorist Organization .

It was a long and complex undertaking, uncovering the funding structure established in the United States which channeled at least $12 million directly to the "Palestinian"1. terrorist group, HAMAS. After being unable to render a verdict in the first trial, a streamlined case was prepared for the second prosecution. The result of which found all of the defendants guilty on a combined total of 108 charges. Of note, one of those convicted was Ghassan Elashi. Elashi had helped found the Texas chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and was already serving a long prison term, having been convicted in another terror-related case, U.S. v. InfoCom, when the Holy Land decision was handed down.

The sheer volume of evidence submitted by the government at trial was overwhelming to the point of being intimidating, but for terror researchers and national security professionals it was a treasure trove of critical new information. For the first time it became possible to understand the dimensions of a paradigm shifting new player in the game, a process whereby the jihad could be carried on without a shot being fired.


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ISIS Using Sophisticated U.S. Heavy Weapons

June 9, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The Iranian website Alalam is reporting today that ISIS as well as other jihadist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra are using sophisticated American heavy weapons in the effort to establish a genuine Islamic caliphate headquartered in Iraq and Syria.

“[the] latest propaganda video of ISIS published today and shows ISIS using U.S. TOW anti-tank missiles [lead image] during the capture of the Syrian town of Palmyra last month..ISIS has also obtained 40 M1A1 tanks, 74,000 machine guns, and 52 M198 Howitzer mobile gun systems.”

How ISIS came to be in possession of these weapons is subject to debate.

We absolutely know that Team Barry trans-shipped weapons from Benghazi, Libya directly to Syria and also through an intermediary country, Turkey to be delivered to this administration “moderate rebels” in Syria. Many of these were of Russian origin [man portable anti-aircraft missile defense weapons, MANPADS] testifying to Gaddafi’s long relationship with the Soviet Union. Others, of U.S. origin such as Stinger missiles were also part of this transfer process, since serial numbers have been matched against GI issue hardware.

Regarding the heavy weapons; thought some might possibly have been shipped directly to Syria’s jihadists by the U.S., who then handed them over to ISIS, it's more likely that M198 howitzers and Abrams tanks were probably obtained directly by ISIS in any of the group’s numerous battlefield successes, left behind by fleeing Iraqi army troops.

Alalam is a state controlled news source, owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

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Islamic Jihad, Cultural Marxism and the West

By WILLIAM MAYER

June 9, 2015 – San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – While the danger posed by jihadist groups such as ISIS naturally comes to mind when thinking about keeping the American homeland secure, the universe of threats isn't limited to organizations which wage kinetic, irregular warfare against the Western democracies.

Our enemies – both foreign and domestic – are resourceful. Fully realizing that they would be overmatched in a direct, military confrontation with Uncle Sam or for that matter Britain’s John Bull, those who seek to destroy us have adopted a strategy which has, to a greater degree than many realize, already proven successful.

The question being examined here is elemental, just how secure is the entity we call Western Civilization itself?

Understanding the gravity of the issue, our analysis begins with one of the most consequential [though little known] legal cases of this era, the landmark federal terror prosecution, "United States of America v. Holy Land Foundation For Relief And Development, et al," Case No. 3:04-CR-240-G, November 30, 2005. Also see 2004 DOJ announcement Holy Land Foundation Leaders, Accused of Providing Material Support to Hamas Terrorist Organization.

It was a long and complex undertaking, uncovering the funding structure established in the United States which channeled at least $12 million directly to the "Palestinian"1. terrorist group, HAMAS. After being unable to render a verdict in the first trial, a streamlined case was prepared for the second prosecution. The result of which found all of the defendants guilty on a combined total of 108 charges. Of note, one of those convicted was Ghassan Elashi. Elashi had helped found the Texas chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and was already serving a long prison term, having been convicted in another terror-related case, U.S. v. InfoCom, when the Holy Land decision was handed down.

The sheer volume of evidence submitted by the government at trial was overwhelming to the point of being intimidating, but for terror researchers and national security professionals it was a treasure trove of critical new information. For the first time it became possible to understand the dimensions of a paradigm shifting new player in the game, a process whereby the jihad could be carried on without a shot being fired.

Two exhibits in particular, showed how all-encompassing this strategy is and how many domestic Muslim Brotherhood/HAMAS linked organizations are involved in an effort to subvert the United States.

A. The first of these was a government filing [see, List of Unindicted Co-conspirators and/or Joint Venturers, PipeLineNews.org] naming dozens of these terror friendly domestic Muslim groups, including the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] and the North American Islamic Trust [NAIT, an Islamic waqf] which holds the deed to many radical American mosques.




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Islamist Hate Clerics And Suicide Bombers From Holland

By EMERSON VERMAAT

June 8, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org - On June 4, 2015, Jason Walters said, “I just got word that my brother Jermaine had died in a bombardment.” Jermaine Walters is the brother of convicted Hofstadgroup member Jason Walters. (American father, Dutch mother.) The Hofstadgroup was a terrorist organization in the Netherlands. It was in prison that Jason gradually began to distance himself from the group. Jermaine himself was never sentenced to jail. Defense lawyers argued that he was a moderate Muslim. I never believed this. In September 2005 he said he would not be against blowing up the Dutch parliament with a bomb.

At the end of August 2014, Jermaine, his wife Meryam and their three young children left the city of Amersfoort and traveled to Raqqa, the so-called capital of Syria’s most dangerous terror group ISIS. There, he was known as Abu Luqman Al-Muhajir. He repeatedly issued threats against his brother Jason because the latter broke completely with his former Hofstadgroup friends.

Before he joined ISIS in Syria, Jermaine Walters was the chairman of a foundation for the promotion of Arab language and culture in Huizen, a former Christian fishing village not very far from Amersfoort. The founder of this foundation was Abu Hafs, an anti-Semitic hate cleric from the media city of Hilversum. Glorifying jihadists who die as martyrs, Abu Hafs said: “We love death, and they love life.” Those who love life are the non-Muslims, the atheists, the Christians and the Jews. He also justifies “sex slavery.”

The glorification of death is typical of radical Muslims, hate clerics and suicide bombers. It does not make any difference whether they belong to Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra or ISIS. And this diabolical death cult is not something new. In his study The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness social psychologist Erich Fromm wrote back in 1973: “They want to destroy everything and everybody, often even themselves; their enemy is life itself.”

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Syrian Troops Flee As ISIS Enters Key City Of Hasakeh

June 5, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Under assault for almost a week, the strategic Syrian city of Al Hasakeh, is in danger of falling to ISIS. The two most recent reports we have suggest that Assad’s troops are fleeing as ISIS fighters continue their push.

Adam Pletts of News24 France states, “The Islamic state group has been able to enter the southern side of the city,” adding that residents are evacuating towards the north which is controlled by the YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units] which has made the decision not to formally engaged ISIS until it closes on their sector.

DebkaFile is claiming that the battle for Hasakeh has turned critical:

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ISIS Takes Two Strategic Iraqi Dams

June 4, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Drawing upon information provided in the latest sitrep by the Institute for the Study of War , and other sources, over the last 48 hours, ISIS has once more proven its resourcefulness, this time capturing control of the Warrar and Fallujah dams.

The closure of the Warrar dam is probably of most concern in that it has deprived the towns to the west of Ramadi – Habaniya, Khalidiya, Jazeera, Albu Hazim and Madiq - which generally oppose ISIS - of access to the Euphrates river

“The reduced flow through an insurgent-held dam on the Euphrates River will threaten irrigation systems and water treatment plants in nearby areas controlled by troops and tribes opposed to the extremist group, provincial council member Taha Abdul-Ghani told The Associated Press..” [source, ISIS uses Iraq dam to reduce water supplied to government-held areas , AP via Fox News]

Though the Iraqi government has announced that nearly a thousand of its “elite” fighters are being reassigned to deal with the crisis, the locals don’t seem all that impressed.

“But residents of the towns of Habbaniya, Husaybah and Khalidiyah continue to flee, fearing an ISIS assault, according to officials and residents. Two residents said 300 families had fled as far north as Irbil, in the Kurdish-controlled area of Iraq.” [source, ISIS cuts water to loyalist towns, officials say, WMUR 9 ABC News]

Despite yesterday’s attempt by Team O to put a happy-face on the conflict, claiming without any means of verification, that the “coalition” air war has killed 10,000 members of ISIS, the above noted developments speak to the contrary, that rather than growing progressively weaker, ISIS continues to make wide inroads as it pushes the battle south east towards Baghdad against only limited resistance.

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The Supreme Court As Shari’a Enforcer

June 3, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – We find the U.S. Supreme Court’s 8-1 recent decision [ U.S. EEOC vs. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc.], to be very troubling.

1. It seeks to speak authoritatively based upon facts not in evidence, specifically regarding what constitute a “religious” obligation for Muslims.

2. It negligently expands employment discrimination law to the point where retailers have now apparently lost the ability to present the type of cohesive, positive corporate image the public has come to expect from high end merchandisers. It incorrectly applies the relevant legislative language regarding the matter and leaves retailers at increased risk for Islamist blackmail in the form of lawfare.

As stated in the decision’s syllabus, the plaintiff sued alleging religious discrimination, “…because the headscarf that she wore pursuant to her religious obligations conflicted with Abercrombie’s employee dress policy.”

However, there is no Qur’anic basis upon which to base a claim that wearing hijab is a religious requirement for Muslim women. The most relevant passage simply stresses a need for women to dress modestly.

“Tell thy wives and thy daughters, as well as all [other] believing women, that they should draw over themselves some of their outer garments [when in public] this will be more conducive to their being recognized [as decent women]…” [source, Qur’an, Al Ahzab,/Sura 33:59]

Thus wearing of hijab is at best a cultural affectation and can hardly be considered a requirement consistent with being a devout Muslim. Therefore Abercrombie appears to simply have been enforcing its “neutral look” policy which is religiously neutral in its reading and practice.

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Center For Security Policy Polling Data: 75% Of Americans Oppose Obama’s Iranian Nuke Deal

June 1, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The Center for Security Policy recently commissioned an opinion survey to be undertaken regarding American attitudes on matters pertaining to national security. The first release of these findings showed that a huge majority of the public opposes the proposed nuclear deal currently being negotiated between Team O and the world’s largest funder of terrorism, Iran.

“This opinion research was performed by The Polling Company and established that a majority of Americans (54%) are very or somewhat “familiar with this diplomatic initiative.” Even more impressive is the finding that they overwhelmingly oppose it – by a margin of 75 to 16 percent (with 9% saying they don’t know or cannot judge). Of that supermajority, 60% say they strongly oppose Obama’s deal. The poll also found that by a better than two-thirds majority, those polled want Congress to be able to reject this deal. This is a particularly important finding because federal legislators did recently agree to give themselves a chance to vote on it. Unfortunately, in so doing, they accepted arrangements as part of the so-called Corker-Cardin bill that will make it exceedingly difficult to defeat whatever the President negotiates…” [source, The American People Overwhelmingly Oppose Obama’s Iran Deal Legislators Rubber Stamp It At Their Own Peril , Center for Security Policy]

We find it a hopeful sign that more than half the population considers itself reasonably informed about the matter given its apparent indifference to much of what is coming out of the DC Beltway.

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Vlad Putin Building New Iranian Reactors

June 1, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Russian technicians have started construction on two new 1000MW nuke plants according to a report by Fars News.

"’We have entered the executive phase of the construction of these two nuclear power plants based on the contract signed between Tehran and Moscow in March to construct the plants,’ Kamalvandi said.” [source, Rosatom: Construction of Iran's Second N. Power Plant to Start in 2015]

Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation is the government owned entity which will construct the reactors located in the Southern Iranian province of Bushehr.

Work is slated to begin this fall according to Rosatom’s director, Sergey Kirienko

“The new units will have two reactors of the improved water-water (VVER) design. The reactors will produce 1,000 megawatts each, tripling Iran's nuclear power production capacity…” [source, Construction to Begin at Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Plant in Fall – Rosatom , Sputnik News Svc.]

In addition to further solidifying the troubling nuclear relationship between Russia and Iran, the projects will generate over $10B in revenue for the cash strapped Russian economy.

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