Unpacking some Untruths about Iran


by Peter Jenkins On October 21, 2016 the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a substantive assessment of Iran’s foreign and defense policies. For the most part this research meets the high standards of accuracy and objectivity that we have come… Continue Reading  

Revealed: The Lessons of Khobar Towers

	U.S. and Saudi law enforcement and military personnel lay parts of vehicles and debris on plastic sheets as they gather evidence and search for clues on June 29, 1996, leading to the identity of the terrorists who set off the explosion of a fuel truck outside the northern fence of the Khobar Towers complex near King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  The explosion at 2:55 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 25, 1996, killed 19 and injured over 260.  The building housed U.S. military personnel and served as the headquarters for the U.S. Air Force's 4404th Wing (Provisional), Southwest Asia.  DoD photo by Senior Airman Sean Worrell, U.S. Air Force.

by Paul R. Pillar Saudi Arabia reportedly has taken custody of Ahmed al-Mughassil, accused of being a central figure in the truck bombing at Khobar Towers in eastern Saudi Arabia in 1996 in which 19 American airmen died. The report… Continue Reading  

How Rotella Reported Another Dubious Iranian Bomb Plot


by Gareth Porter [While the terrible events in Egypt have delayed my plans to reply to ProPublica’s response to my critique of Sebastian Rotella’s report on the alleged build-up of Iran’s terrorist infrastructure in the Americas, Gareth Porter has written… Continue Reading  

Yet Another Neocon call to arms by Playing Victim and Avoiding Responsibility


The neoconservative hawk and deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens, has once again figured it all out. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been at war with the United States since 1979, and no US… Continue Reading