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Iran and Hezbollah Digging in On Israel's North

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4 Sep 2019 (All day)
Iran and Hezbollah Digging in On Israel's North
Reports emerged on Tuesday that Iran has begun construction of a large-scale military base near the Syrian-Iraqi border town of Al-Bukamal. The “Imam Ali” base is being built by and for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Analysts who reviewed satellite photos of the site estimated that it would become operational by early in 2020. The reports came the same day as the IDF released intelligence on a base to build precision missiles for the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Bekkaa Valley. “This facility is of superior importance to the Hezbollah precision-missile project, which is why Hezbollah, in fear of strikes, evacuated precious and unique equipment from the compound to civilian locations in Beirut,” the IDF said.

In related news, Iranian President Hassan Rohani addressed an open session of parliament on Tuesday, saying among other things that there will be no bilateral talks with the US, but adding that if sanctions on the clerical regime in Teheran were lifted it would be possible to hold multi-lateral talks with world powers. He spoke as Iranian diplomats were in Paris holding talks with their French counter-parts aimed at finding ways for Western European nations to facilitate Iranian demands for relief from US pressure.

However, in Washington, the US Treasury Department announced new sanctions on Iran's civilian space agency and two of its research institutes on the grounds that the Iranian space program is being used by the clerical regime as a cover to develop the ability to deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles that could threaten European cities and even the US homeland.

"These designations should serve as a warning to the international scientific community that collaborating with Iran’s space program could contribute to Tehran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon delivery system," said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Here is a video giving some analysis of the threats on Israel's northern and southern borders from two Israeli experts



Here is a video about Iran's support for Hezbollah



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“Our goal is to introduce a novel, yet proven, AI approach to the automotive industry, which will pave the way for a safer and more autonomous transportation,” said Cartica AI co-founder and CEO Igal Raichelgauz. “Our strategy is to build strong partnerships with leading automotive players in order to bring our solution to the high-volume automotive marketplace by the end of next year. Joining forces with these leading players is another substantial validation of our unique technology and business strategy.”

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