Qatar Airways says it is expanding operations in Iran, despite US sanctions on the Islamic Republic and a diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia over accusations that it had approached Tehran too closely.
The carrier announced in a statement on Monday that it would begin twice-weekly flights to Isfahan in February 2019 and increase existing services to Shiraz and Tehran in January 2019.
“These latest launches are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ commitment to Iran,” said Akbar al-Baker, the airline’s group chief executive.
Last month, Baker said services to Iran would continue despite a tightening economic and political squeeze on the Islamic republic by Washington.
“Aviation is not a sanctioned industry, Qatar Airways will continue to operate into the cities we are currently operating in Iran,” he said.
He added, “Our flights to Iran will not be affected.”
Earlier this month, the US said it would impose sanctions on any American or foreign company that continues to do business with Iran, prompting some major airlines, including Air France, KLM and British Airways, to stop flights to Iran.
A first tranche of US punitive measures were introduced in August after Washington withdrew earlier this year from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
Qatar is under scrutiny from regional powers over its relationship with Iran.
Since last June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed a sweeping diplomatic and economic embargo on Qatar.
The four countries accuse Doha of seeking closer ties with Iran, as well as supporting radical Islamist groups.
Qatar, which shares the world’s largest natural gas field with Iran, denies the charges, saying its former allies are seeking regime change.
The United States has granted fewer visas to Iranian students over the past months, a trend that is blamed on President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on Iran and several other Muslim nations.
When Trump’s ban was eventually enacted after facing legal barriers, American officials said Iranian students were going to be exempt from the travel ban, which besides citizens of Iran, also denies entry to people from Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen as well as a small number of Venezuelans.
According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), which tracks foreign students in the US, there are around 12,800 Iranians studying in the country, the highest in decades. However, there are signs the figure is taking a nosedive.
US State Department data shows that 355 fewer F1 student visas were granted to Iranians between March and October compared with the same period last year, marking a 23 percent drop.
This represents a huge drop compared with an overall five percent drop for foreign students, Reuters reported Monday.
There has also been a steep fall in the total number of incorporating visas for Iranian students and their dependents over the past three school years, the report added.
The State Department does not publish the annual number of visa applications, making it impossible to find out how much of the drop in the number of visas is due to rejections and how much is because of decline in applications.
Historical data tracking the wider F category visas issued to students and their dependents show that visa issuances started to fall in the late 2015 after rising for several years. In the two following years, the number fell by 17 percent and 16 percent respectively.
Reuters also found that many Iranian student visa requests were faced with delays. Asked about the reason, a State Department official cited security concerns.
No less than 12 Iranians studying various courses in US universities told Reuters that their visa applications were “under administrative processing” for extended periods, a term that generally means extensive background checks.
A State Department official at the Bureau of Consular Affairs told Reuters that national security was the highest priority when adjudicating visa applications from Iran and other countries.
“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes and to support legitimate travel and immigration to the United States while protecting US citizens,” said the unnamed official.
This is while European universities have been accepting growing numbers of Iranian students over the same period.
According to data from educational non-profit group Nuffic show Dutch universities admitted 82 more Iranian students in 2017.
Germany’s Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich said it had admitted 20 more students from Iran. Humboldt University of Berlin and Eberhard Karls University of Tübinge in Germany also confirmed that numbers had risen.
Sweden’s Uppsala University said it had received 135 more Iranian applications in 2018 compared with 2016.
Washington has placed restrictions on Iranian students. A 2012 law signed by former President Barack Obama bans granting visas to Iranian students in fields that can help Iran’s energy sector, nuclear science, or nuclear engineering.
Remember 9-11 students from Saudi Arabia?
US deserve Saudi students:-).
Israel´s, Saudi Arabia´s and USA´s Planned Road to Upcoming WW3: Netanyahu´s Declaration of War on Iran follows that of Trump in Spite of Putin´s Plea
Mainstream media time and again keep referring to WW3. This final war war has been vividly predicted in Bible prophecies (e.g Jeremia 25, Isaiah 33, 34), by Jesus Christ (Luke 21, Matth. 24), in Illuminati Albert Pike/William Carr planning of 3 world wars.
Today, Syria is a confusion of dangerous fronts between US/Russian proxies – and between the US and Russia!
AFTER TRUMP, NETANYAHU DECLARES WAR ON RUSSIA´S ALLY, IRAN
DEBKAfile 18 Febr. 2018: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Munich security conference on Sunday: “We will act if necessary not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself, if needed.”
Holding aloft a piece of the Iranian drone which Israel captured over its air space, he stressed that Tehran was the world’s greatest threat and “Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around its neck.” Taunting Iran’s’ foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the audience, he asked,” Do you recognize this? You should. It’s yours,” he said. “You can take a message back to Iran. Do not test Israel’s resolve.” This drone violated Israel’s sovereignty and posed a threat to our security, he said “We destroyed it and its control center in Syria.”
Tehran wants to dominate Syria and move its bases and army into Israel’s back yard, acquire Mediterranean naval bases, and transfer tens of thousands of Shiite fighters to Syria. “I said we would not let this happen and have backed up words with deeds,” he said. “Israel will continue to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria and would continue to prevent it from crossing red lines,” he continued.
DEBKAfile’s military sources add that Netanyahu had in mind the Iraqi Shiite army that Iran is preparing to send into Syria in two months’ time. The prime minister did not refer to Russia’s complicity in Iran’s plans.
After delivering his remarks, the prime minister was asked about the chances of a military escalation in light of the drone incident. “It’s up to Iran. Iran is changing the ground rules. The unfortunate thing is that as ISIS compresses, Iran moves in.”
Netanyahu keeps repeating this although Putin PLEADS Netanyahu not to go to war against Iran
In Munich on 17 Febr. 2018, Netanyahu called for jointly combating terrorism!
Above he deplores ISIS /Israeli Special Intelligence Secret being defeated. Netanyahu does not fight Terrorism – he promotes it, trains, funds ISIS.
Listen to what Jewish convertite to Orthodox Russian Church priesthood has to say about Israel´s choise today between real politik or risking war with Russia:
Maybe, the most uncanny part of this is that the the real rulers of the world, the Jewish Pharisee Chabad Lubavitch Doomsday sect, is using Bible prophecy as its working program towards the fulfilment of exactly this war as a prerequisite for the coming of their Messiah, ben David, a politician who is to make Israel the master of the world – as described in Rothschild´s, Rockefeller´s ,Warburg´s (p. xviii) terrible Protocols of the wise Elders of Zion.
Wolfgang Eggert tells about the Chabad Lubavitch Doomsday sect of Pharisees – the rulers of the world´s rulers – having just one aim: To let their messiah, ben David, come as soon as possible. They use the Bible as their working manual: So they know the coming of their (Antichristisn) messiah must take place in a worldwide bloodbath (“Armageddon”).
But before ben David comes, the Chabad Lubavich must stage the attack of Gog from the land of Magog (Russia): Israels demise in the last days (Ezekiel 39,39) – to take place when Damascus ceases to be a city forever (Isaiah 17).
It seems that Benjamin Netanyahu was given the Task of ben Yosef by Rebbe Schneerson (who by the Chbadniks is seen as ben David to rise from the dead). Ben Yosef is to lead Israel into the Armageddon bloodbath that will cause ben David´s coming.
Now how long has the Chabad Lubavich come in bringing enmity between Russia (Land of Magog) and Israel?
Some think Gog and Magog are Turks – probably for political reasons. Texe Marrs thinks its´the Khazars – the Azhkenazi Jews, the Rothschilds! Which means that the Rothschids would destroy their own property: Israel! (Rothschild bought Jerusalem already in 1829). Just one problem: The Rothschilds and other Azhkenazy Jews are genetically NOT Khazars – They are Jewish-European mongrels!).
Here is what the Jewish Encyclopedia 1906 has to say: “Magog is mentioned (Gen. x. 2; I Chron. i. 5) as the second son of Japheth (son of Noah), between Gomer and Madai. Gomer representing the Cimmerians and Madai the Medes, Magog must be a people located east of the Cimmerians and west of the Medes.
But in the list of nations (Gen. x.) the term connotes rather the complex of barbarian peoples dwelling at the extreme north and northeast of the geographical survey covered by the chapter. Josephus (Flavius) (“Ant.” ii. 6, § 1)identifies them with the “Scythians,” a name which among classical writers stands for a number of unknown ferocious tribes. According to Jerome, Magog was situated beyond the Caucasus, near the Caspian Sea. In Ezek. xxxviii. 2 “Magog” occurs as the name of a country (with the definite article); in Ezek. xxxix. 6 as that of a northern people, the leader of whom is Gog.
ARE THERE SIGNS OF AN UPCOMING CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND IRAN/IRAN´S PROXIES?
JUST HAVE A LOOK.
The commentator, Jake Morphonios, has been incredibly accurate with predictions of events in the Middle East (Griffin´Need to Know 15 Febr. 2018).
He is saying the aggressive foreign policy of Israel, the Saudis, and the US acting together is designed to escalate into a full-blown World War that will involve Russia, China, and much of the rest of the world.
This video is about how World War Three will serve the agenda of world government. It’s all about profit from control of the world’s oil reserves, power over people, and the fusion of corporations and governments. Be prepared, also, for the theory that President Trump may actually support this plan.
On the other hand, the tensions between these 2 gentlemen: Putin and Netanyahu, is unimportant: Both have their Illuminati-assigned roles in the planned Albert Pike/Biblical end time scenario. And they will not act until given orders from the London City/Chabad Lubavitch.
DEBKAfile Feb 13, 2018: In the first military clash between US and Russian forces in Syria, more than 200 Russian “mercenaries” are reported killed,scores more injured. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, declined to comment.
US forces posted in eastern Syria repelled a Syrian-pro-Iranian attack led by T-72 and T-55 tanks on a base held by American and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces east of the Euphrates River near the oil town of Tabiye.
The strike force was fighting under the command of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers. It included Russian mercenaries.orces to fight for Assad alongside the pro-Iranian and Russian combatants.
Against that fighting strength, the Americans used F-22 Raptors, F-15 Strike Eagles, Air Force AC-130 gunships, Marine artillery and Army Apache attack helicopters, as well as Special Operations forces, which stopped the multiple assault in its tracks.
Haaretz 3 Febr. 2018: A delegation of Russian officials that arrived in Israel this week did so in an attempt to prevent a planned Israeli attack on Iranian missile factories in southern Lebanon and Syria, the Saudi daily ASharq Al-Awsat reported on Saturday.
Netanyahu tells Putin: Iranian missile factories in Lebanon are already in progress, we won’t accept this threat
DEBKAfile 1.Febr. 2018: Contrary to Moscow’s promises, the Russian military is not pulling out of Syria, but adding four more air bases (one shared with Iran) and 6,000 more troops.
Russia Today 1 Febr. 2018: Tel Aviv is ready for an all-out ground invasion of Lebanon in the event of a military conflict with Beirut, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.
Lieberman said that, in a worst-case scenario, Israel would conduct the operation at “full strength.” We will move forward as fast as possible,” adding that Israel’s past experience has shown that “all the conflicts in the Middle East” do not “come to an end” without “soldiers on the ground.”
“If in Israel they sit in shelters, then in the next fighting all of Beirut will be in shelters,” Lieberman add
The minister’s comments come amid Israel’s concerns over the Lebanese Hezbollah armed group, which allegedly plans to arm itself with locally-produced precision-guided missiles.
Lieberman also said that he sees no difference between Hezbollah and the rest of Lebanon. “They are part of Hezbollah and they will all pay the full price” for any large-scale attack on Israel.
In late November, the Lebanese Army asked the military to be at “full readiness” to face “the Israeli enemy” on the southern border.
The Guardin 28 Aug. 2017: At the start of a meeting in Jerusalem with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into a “base of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel.”
“It is also building sites to produce precision-guided missiles towards that end, in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the U.N. should not accept,” Netanyahu said.
Now comes a dispute between Israel and Lebanon on oil and gas reserves in the Mediterranean. Israel has declined Secr. of State Tillerson´s compromise on dividing the field.
There is more to this story: Netanyahu and the Jewish mind is madly obsessed with AMALEK – the eternal enemy of Israel who ambushed the Israelites on their journey in the Desert of Sinai on their way from Egypt to invade Kannaan.
Erich Follath Spiegel online 22 June 2009: When American author and Israel expert Jeffrey Goldberg recently asked a Netanyahu confidant to explain this fixation, he simply replied: “Think Amalek.” This is the Jewish concept that forms a potentially disastrous parallel to the Islamic Haqqani school — a pair of mirror-image concepts that could spell war. In a biblical context, Amalek was a descendant of Esau who, with his tribal warriors from Canaan, launched a treacherous and unprovoked attack on the Hebrews as they were traveling to the Holy Land, Eretz Israel. In a broader sense, the term Amalek refers to the existential threat to Judaism at all times, under all circumstances and by all enemies. The Torah, Devarim 25, Fifth Book of Moses, reads: “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt–how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear.”