As many as 188 Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been delivered to the naval force of the country’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). The delivery was made in a ceremony attended by IRGC Chief-Commander Major General Hossein Salami, who, in a speech, reiterated that Iran has grown stronger day by day and reached self-sufficiency in the production of various pieces of equipment and military hardware. “We have become more and more powerful day by day,” he said. “The effects and signs of the influence of the [1979 Iran’s Islamic] Revolution … have generated power in areas as far as the East Mediterranean and North Africa,” he noted.“Our enemies are unable to make any move amid this eruption of power of Jihad (war for the sake of God) in Islamic countries,” the top commander said. “The means an end to the United States and Britain and their allies’ traditional domination over the Muslim world,” he said. The top general also touched upon the wrong policies adopted by the US, saying many nations in the region as well around the world hate the United States for its domineering approach. “All nations are against them (the US),” he said. He added the Iranian nation has stood up to US pressure, and will remain steadfast in the face of psychological warfare. He also said Iran’s growing influence in the region has angered the US and its allies. The Iranian general said his country has inflicted direct damage on its enemies, stressing that any aggression against Iran is doomed to failure. Subscribe
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Russia has launched the Kavkaz (or Caucasus) 2020 joint military drills with neighboring countries in its Southern Military District and in the Black and Caspian Seas. The joint military exercises, which started on September 21 and will run through September 26 involve about 80,000 personnel, including officers of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and the Russian Guard, as well as up troops from Iran, Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar and Pakistan. In addition, more representatives from the armed forces of Iran, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka will participate as observers of the military drills. About 12,900 military personnel from the participating countries are going to take part in activities covered by the 2011 Vienna Document of the Negotiations on Confidence-and Security-Building Measures. Most of the action on the ground will be taking place in the Southern Military District. Up to 250 tanks, 450 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers and 200 artillery and missile systems will participate. Ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian flotilla will join the action, too, enjoying the company of the Iranian Navy vessels. About 60 Ilyushin Il-76 military transport planes have been moved to operational airfields as part of the military drills. The distance of the flights was up to 2,000 km, according to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry. Russia’s Armed Forces will pay particular attention to combating cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles during the exercise, the Ministry stated. “The Kavkaz-2020 drills will particularly focus on combating cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as on fire and electronic warfare activities against entire enemy formations, on training airborne troops’ vertical envelopment capability and ways to rapidly shift between military activities,” the statement read. The event is led by Chief of the General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov. Subscribe
Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic’s resistance against the Iraqi war imposed on the country in the 1980s proved that it is “very costly” to invade Iran. The Leader made the remarks on Monday in a virtual address to an event held for commemoration of the veterans of the country’s 1980-88 Sacred Defence against the Iraqi war. “When a nation shows that it has the diligence and power to defend itself and delivers a crushing response to invaders, invaders would then think twice before perpetrating any incursion against this country and its people, and realize that such an act of aggression would be very costly for them,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments came in an apparent reaction to the recent threats by US President Donald Trump to take military action against the Islamic Republic of Iran.The Leader highlighted the rewards of Iran’s defence against the Iraqi invaders, and said successful engagement in the war awarded Iran its current level of security. He said the resistance shown by Iranian people also equipped them with a sense of self-belief in their ability to fend for themselves and put it on a course of technological and scientific development because it had to wade into many new areas to be able to buttress its defensive activities. The war taught Iran that “some things that appear to be impossible are actually possible,” Ayatollah Khamenei added. The Leader’s comments came on the anniversary of the day when Iraqi invading forces took on Iran with untrammeled foreign support, just one year after the victory of its Islamic Revolution. The war lasted until 1988, leaving a treasure trove of memories of self-sacrifice and spiritual conviction in ultimate divine victory. Subscribe
A senior Iranian military commander says the country is capable of setting fire to all US interests in the region. Speaking in a televised interview on Saturday night, Major General Hossein Salami underlined the Iranian military is strong enough to confront the US. “We have thousands of military brigades on the ground which, if they move, will wreck all US interests,” said General Salami, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). “We are capable of capturing and sweeping all US bases simultaneously,” he noted. “The Iranian nation shouldn’t worry about Trump’s bluffs [about waging a war against Iran],” the top general underlined. “We won’t trigger wars, but we have developed the capability to chase and destroy the enemy both under the ground and in the skies,” he added. He then noted that the US political system should pay the price for Washington’s assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, and Iran will definitely take revenge. Subscribe
IRGC chief commander says Iran is serious in its promise to avenge the US assassination of top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and will hit anyone involved. Major General Hossein Salami said on Saturday, “Our promise to take revenge for the assassination of General Soleimani is final, serious and real.” “Mr. Trump! Don’t doubt about our [vow to take] revenge because it is final and serious,” said General Salami, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). Major General Salami then touched upon a report by the American news website Politico which, citing US officials, had accused Iran of plotting to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa. “Do you think we will hit a female ambassador in South Africa in revenge for the murder of General Soleimani,” General Salami asked rhetorically. “We only target those who were directly or indirectly involved in the assassination of top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani,” said the commander. “The Americans should know that we will strike anyone who contributed to the cowardly assassination of General Soleimani, and this is a serious message.” he noted. Addressing US President Donald Trump, General Salami said “If you harm a hair of an Iranian’s head,” the Iranian military will give a crushing response. Subscribe
Over the last few months, everyone was glued to their phones as they waited for updates regarding the ban of TikTok – an app that has dramatically changed digital culture. After President Trump’s executive order in August forcing ByteDance to sell TikTok, the fate of our favorite creators and videos seemed uncertain. However, they will not be going anywhere because TikTok has agreed to partner with Oracle. But will the US government approve this deal? Background When India banned the video-sharing app in June, American TikTok users worried that the app would be banned in the US after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in early July that they are looking into banning TikTok due to national security concerns. BIG: After India, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including #TikTok. ‘Download the App only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese’, Pompeo warns. pic.twitter.com/gtbQ9tjlCd — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) July 7, 2020 Because TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, it is under the control of the Chinese Communist government. This raises concerns all over the world because there were allegations that TikTok is sharing private information with the Chinese government – although TikTok denied these accusations. TikTok felt that the Trump Administration was ignoring their explanations and denials of their connections to China leading to TikTok’s lawsuit against the administration. Due to President Trump’s distrust of China as he believes they are a huge economic competitor and responsible for the current world pandemic, President Trump did not want to take any national security risks when it comes to China. Despite Gen Z’s retaliation, President Trump set a hard deadline on ByteDance to sell TikTok to a US owned company by September 20 or it will be banned in the US by September 29. Over the last month, TikTok has been presented with many potential buyers including Microsoft and Walmart, but people thought Microsoft would be TikTok’s new owner. @charlesthegr8 #sponsored I might have to cop that new #xbox now #microsoft #fyp #foryou #funny ♬ Cousin Stizz – Perfect Ft. City Girls – jgonz860 Oracle Outbids Microsoft However, yesterday, Microsoft announced that ByteDance rejected their offer to buy TikTok. Today, Oracle officially confirmed that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “trusted technology provider.” However, it is hard to tell exactly what this means. Oracle is a software company that sells software and cloud services to companies to help them manage and improve their businesses. As a “technology partner,” Oracle may be allowing TikTok to utilize its cloud infrastructure, which would attract more businesses to become Oracle clients and improve TikTok’s data security. Since the announcement of Oracle’s deal with TikTok, Oracle’s stock has increased almost 6% as TikTok is a huge platform with over 2 billion downloads worldwide. With TikTok, Oracle’s revenue is sure to increase exponentially as they will be in control of one of the world’s most popular social media networks. “Are you buying Oracle stock today?” pic.twitter.com/lL7JTuuIl0 — Douglas A. Boneparth (@dougboneparth) September 14, 2020 Is This a Good Deal? However, some are skeptical of this deal as many are bothered by President Trump’s connection to the company. Larry Ellison is a former CEO of Oracle and currently serves as executive chairman of the board and chief technology officer. In February, Ellison hosted a fundraiser at his Coachella Valley home for Donald Trump, but was not physically present. Also, the current CEO Safra Catz was a part of President Trump’s transition team. Oracle won the bid for TikTok. I wonder why… 🤔https://t.co/Ehd0u25QvB — Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) September 14, 2020 Oracle appears to get TikTok. Its chairman, Larry Ellison, is a big Trump donor. Competitor Microsoft is not. Crony capitalism is the norm. Hope it becomes the next MySpace pronto. — Michael Glassman (@MHGtweet) September 14, 2020 Maybe it’s just a coincidence that Oracle, which has zero expertise in consumer technology (as opposed to Microsoft), and is headed by Larry Ellison and Safra Catz, two of Trump’s biggest (and only) supporters in Silicon Valley, gets to buy TiKTok. https://t.co/chvNLfcQ7v — andy serwer (@serwer) September 14, 2020 Despite this, most people are ecstatic about TikTok being saved, but the deal still needs to be approved by the White House. Within the last few weeks, there have been rumors that China will prohibit ByteDance from selling its algorithm to the US; however, to prevent a ban, ByteDance must sell 100% of the company – including its algorithm. The algorithm is TikTok’s most valuable feature as its ‘For You’ page gives each user an individualized experience based on their engagement as well as allowing anyone to go viral, no matter their following. my “for you page” is too accurate on tiktok wtf — yanisbeth🐙 (@yanisbishh) September 12, 2020 From Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s statement, it is unclear if TikTok agreed to sell its algorithm to Oracle. According to Secretary Mnuchin’s statement to CNBC, they received ByteDance’s proposal over the weekend and will review the deal this week. Mnuchin said he will be talking with Oracle over the next few days to ensure American data and phones are secure with this deal. Even though the details of Oracle’s deal with TikTok have not been released, TikTok fans are jumping with joy as they will not have to say goodbye to their favorite videos and creators. @elianaghen BREAKING NEWS!!! Thank you Tiktok! I am so grateful! #greenscreen #tiktoksold #oracle #BoostYourMood #fyp ♬ Whole Lotta Choppas – Sada Baby Do you think the White House will approve this deal? Will TikTok sell its algorithm? Why do you think TikTok picked Oracle over Microsoft?
Your future (modern survival) will increasingly demand more personal and home security.How’s that? Well, think about it… Most of the young, and many middle-age adults have been successfully indoctrinated. They are sympathetic towards, or in complete alignment with the ideological “woke” way of thinking. They’re convinced that we’re broken — needing “fundamental change” as a society. And (domestic terrorist) groups such as ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter – aligned with the “new left” democrat party – will lead them to a new (Marxist) utopia. The notion of “social injustice” is front and center, and is presently HIGHLY PROMOTED via Mainstream Media, Big Tech, the Democrat Party, Professional Sports, and Big Business. You might say that a powerful chunk of their message is essentially anti-police. With that said, those sympathetic towards all this will be increasingly sitting on jury pools. Are you starting to get the picture? Jury Influenced By Indoctrination Here’s a short story from “Dennis” here on the blog: Back early in my career, still a patrol officer, my partner and I were on our way to the central jail with a prisoner.Just as we were entering the downtown area, we passed by a closed business with the front plate glass window shattered and shards laying on the sidewalk, burglar walking towards the rear of the building inside. Cover was close, together we capture the burglar.Trial comes up, defendant spins a yarn of how he was walking down the street, bothering no one, when officers driving by slam on their brakes, get out of squad car, calls him the n-word, and throw him bodily through the plate glass window, laughing and telling him “now we got you for burglarizing n—er”.Ended up with a hung jury. One holding out for not guilty. One young, naïve, white female SMU student. Said she just didn’t know who to believe, she had been told so often how police hated black people. The Jury Ultimately Decides Their bias (we all have bias) will affect outcomes, even though they’re “supposed to” only look at “the facts”. Sure, the lawyers on both sides have a jury selection process. But as the jury pool fills with more people having anti-police philosophies and those convinced of “social injustice” — well, what do you think is going to happen? Answer: More criminals on the street. Less “law and order”. More lawlessness. What does that mean for YOU? Increasing personal and home security risks. Higher likelihood of encounter with the criminal element. What can you do about it? Well, that’s up to you. I’m just bringing it to your attention as a likelihood. Our future is uncertain. However it’s fairly easy to see where we’re going at this time. We are reaping what we’ve sowed. It’s a multi-generational result of many things. There is immense power and backing as this tide rolls in. Rather than trying to stop the tide rushing in (good luck with that), you might instead focus on the consequences of all that water. Get in your boat, or get inland…
The Iranian defence minister says the country seeks to increase its missile capability. Brigadier General Amir Hatami made the comment while elaborating on the latest achievements as well as priorities of the nation’s defence industry. “Missile capability and preparedness has always been among the important priorities of the country and the Defence Ministry, and we have always focused on the strengthening and development of this domain,” said the defence chief. “We have achieved considerable and extraordinary progress in terms of missile capability in recent years,” he added. The top general underlined that significant developments have taken place in the missile domain in terms of both quality and quantity. He added the range of some missiles will be increased three-fold compared to their previous generation. “This capability is very important to us,” he noted. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.
President Trump has announced that he will not be extending the deadline for the sale of TikTok to an American company. The United States government has stated that they will officially not be extending the deadline of September 20th. This decision has caused both panic and anger for TikTok users and influencers on social media. It also creates urgency for companies to make negotiations faster in order to stop the app from being banned in the U.S. If they ban @TikTok_us, I’ll stop paying taxes. — Step Ma (@shumythemoney) September 11, 2020 As a result of this announcement, social media users are already discovering and sharing a hack to keep the app even if it were to be “banned.” As long as users have the app deleted and updated to its latest version prior to it being banned, Youtubers are trying to expose tricks and a hack for keeping the platform. [embedded content] Before Trump boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, he said: “We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it.” BREAKING REPORT: Trump say's There'll be NO EXTENSION of the TikTok deadline… "We'll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons or it'll be sold… — Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) September 11, 2020 Due to the sale’s complexity, this deadline is a bit rushed for companies to purchase it. Some analysts previously predicted that the deadline would most likely be extended in order for a successful transaction to occur. However, Trump’s administration has made it clear that the consequences of keeping it any longer outweigh the app’s benefits. In an executive order shared in August, Trump stated that ByteDance, the company that currently owns TikTok, may cause damage that would impact “the national security of the United States.” The President originally announced that he was going to ban the app back in July of this year. Since then, it has been amongst his main priorities for the country before the November election. This has caused some anger and backlash due to the importance of keeping the current global pandemic under control seemingly taking a back-burner. Isn’t tiktok supposed to be banned on the 15th?? Idk if it’ll actually happen bc trump lies a LOT but still what — ✰ ella ✰ (@hollyolly23) September 11, 2020 WATCH: 'I am not extending deadlines,' says President Trump on a sale of TikTok's U.S. assets https://t.co/wqWyLAppvC pic.twitter.com/o92rJvnYQO — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) September 11, 2020 TikTok has sued the Trump administration for what it said was a “heavily politicized” executive order. In a post announcing the case, TikTok said: “We far prefer constructive dialogue over litigation. But with the Executive Order threatening to bring a ban on our US operations — eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection, and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic — we simply have no choice.” Microsoft is a potential buyer for the platform. However, it is unclear whether or not the two companies will be able to reach a deal by this closely approaching deadline. hurry up and buy tiktok — Kristi ✰ (@kristimathura) September 11, 2020 TikTok continues to grow in popularity and the idea of it going away is difficult for a lot of influencers and users. Many have taken to other apps such as Twitter to complain and express their hope for it to remain in The United States. TikTok is so good, and I’ll be sad if Trump really does ban it / if they have to sell to someone who will screw it up 🙁 — Zain (@calizoned) September 9, 2020 During the first few months of this year, the app was downloaded 315 million times. It currently has over 2 billion downloads around the world. Many have already referenced it as a “cultural phenomenon.” @tiktok_us please don't go, we need you😭😭😭 #savetiktok — Decarol (@itsbabydiva) September 11, 2020 The app being a “threat” to national security has caused major debate online. However, cybersecurity experts said its risk is “highly theoretical.” Also, they confirmed, according to CNN, that there is “no evidence to suggest that the app’s user data has been compromised by Chinese intelligence.” @tiktok_us For the record, if Trump’s stupid ban takes place you’re staying on my phone, and there’s nothing that orange man can do about it #savetiktok — Chris Green (@ChrisGreenJ) September 11, 2020 According to CNBC, Microsoft and Walmart have officially teamed up for a potential deal. However, a third company, Oracle, has also made bids on the application. We now have 4 days for Microsoft to buy TikTok again. Thanks Trump! You really do know how to put the D**k in dictator! #saveusmicrosoft #savetiktok — WholesomeWeeaboo (@SarahFye9001) September 11, 2020 @Microsoft BUY TIKTOK PLEASE IM BEGGING pic.twitter.com/UobQkowfA2 — ًr (@locatiqn) September 11, 2020 In a recent emailed statement by a TikTok spokesperson, it stated that the app and company is “committed to continuing to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform for many years to come.” Hey @tiktok_us should we be worried? If Tiktok gets banned, will all of our content disappear?!? Thank you! 😳😳😳@TikTokSupport #savetiktok #TikTok — Rob Flaska (Robs 🐜) (@RobFlaska) September 11, 2020 It seems as though yet another social media platform has been political. The deadline, however, may be able to be pushed back by the courts. This decision will only be able to be made after they consider ByteDance’s arguments that the executive orders regarding TikTok are illegal. Will you miss TikTok if it gets banned? The popular social media platform seems to have an unpredictable future when it comes to its future status in The United States. A deadline extension may be the only way for it to continue its existence.
Iran’s military says it has intercepted three US aircraft that had intruded into the country’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in violation of rules that regulate large-scale naval exercises. In a statement on Friday, the military said the aircraft, including P-8 Poseidon and MQ-9 and RQ-4 drones, were intercepted by a domestically-manufactured Karrar turbojet-powered drone. On the second day of the exercises, dubbed Zolfaqar-99, the three aircraft entered the ADIZ while they had already been monitored by the Iranian integrated air defense network from kilometers away, the statement said. It noted that the intruding aircraft were intercepted after they ignored warnings to stay away from the drills area. The Iranian military said the aircraft veered away and left the drills area after the Karrar drone was launched. The three-day exercises kicked off on Thursday under the command of the Army’s Zolfaqar base, with observers from the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base in attendance. The drills cover an area of two million square kilometers in the eastern waters of the Strait of Hormuz near the Persian Gulf, Makran coast, the Sea of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean up to 10 degrees north. On the second day of the maneuvers, the Army’s coastline missile sites fired the Qader anti-ship cruise missile, successfully destroying a mock enemy vessel more than 200 kilometers from the coast. The Nasr anti-ship cruise missile was also fired from Iran’s Najm missile boat, destroying its designated target in the country’s southern waters. The Kaman-12 drone, which is the Iranian Army’s first combat drone, also conducted surveillance operations within the perimeter of the maneuvers. With a pin-point attack capability, the Karrar is a strategic combat drone which can deliver payloads comparable to manned aircraft. Prior to the drills, American and all other extra-regional military aircraft were warned to avoid the exercise zone, resulting in a noticeable shift in behavior of the American UAVs operating in the area. Subscribe