April 22, 2015                            
Dossier: Iran's Strategic Options

Iran called likely cheater on strategic issues, potential
cyber threat

Compiled by Miles Yu

The backstory to Russia's S-300 missile sale to Iran, defying bans

At the most critical juncture of the difficult 6-party talk with Iran on ending Tehran's nuclear program, the Kremlin announced it was lifting the ban on exporting to Iran an advanced missile defense system known as S-300.

The sale of S-300 missile defense system to Iran is particular troubling because it is a blatant violation of the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 1929 which was passed in 2010 to ban exports of any offensive weapons to Iran.

Russia's S-300 system.

Russia voted in favor of the resolution at the time and banned export of the S-300 system to Iran in September 2010 to comply with the UN resolution.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the order to lift the ban on April 13, arguing that the 6-party talk with Iran had already reached a framework agreement and therefore the action was in compliance with the newly-reached deal. But Putin appeared to be playing loose with the facts, which are that the framework is just a preliminary step of the talks with Iran, the final step of which will not come until June.

Report: Saddam Hussein intel officer wrote detailed ISIL 'blueprint'
The quasi-religious head of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was installed as part of a "blueprint" for the PR-savvy terror group by an intelligence officer for the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Former Col. Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi, known as Haji Bakr was "secretly pulling the strings at [ISIL] for years," according to a new report. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was selected to head ISIL to provide religious authority.
Focus on Persian Gulf States
Report: ISIL takes aim at new Saudi king already in face off with Iran

"ISIL has an ambitious set of goals that include challenging Saudi Arabia."

ISIL posted a 'Wanted' photo on Twitter of Saudi fighter jet pilots.  

Middle East Report
Strains with U.S. lead Israel to nurture blossoming Chinese ties
Technology Wars
F-35 could be Israel's trump card against Iran's made-in-Russia S-300
Focus on Iran
Report: Iran got high-tech speedboat called threat to U.S. warships
Northeast Asia Report
Report: Saddam Hussein intel officer wrote detailed 'blueprint' for ISIL
Russia, China competing for most frequent near violations of Japan air space

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