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Iran Rejects Biden’s Proposal to Partially Lift Sanctions Before Even Officially Offered

The proposal requires Iran to reverse its 20 percent uranium enrichment activity, as well as halt its use of advanced centrifuges.

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The Biden administration is preparing to “work” with Iran, but the regime is showing just who holds the cards with its reluctant response. While Biden’s team puts together a new proposal to partially lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for the regime to reverse some of its nuclear deal violations, Politico reports the regime rapidly rejected any potential offer.

The proposal requires Iran to reverse its 20 percent uranium enrichment activity, as well as halt its use of advanced centrifuges. Foreign Desk News notes this proposal diverges “from the Biden administration’s previous stance that the U.S. would not relieve any sanctions prior to the regime’s full compliance with the JCPOA.”

Former President Trump pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal in 2018 due to Iran’s noncompliance. Joe Biden touted entering back into the agreement during his presidential campaign. Even before Biden was elected, Iran’s Ayatollah publicly expressed disinterest in cooperating with Biden or the United States.

Iran “continues to remain firm in is demand that all sanctions be lifted prior to its reversal of any JCPOA violations.” A tweet by the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republican of Iran to the UN Tuesday stated, “no proposal is needed for the US to rejoin the JCPOA…it only requires a political decision by the US to fully and immediately implement all of its obligations under the accord and abide by UNSCR 2231.”

Media outlet Aljazeera reported a cabinet speech Wednesday by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, which “referenced President Biden’s stance on Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy asking, ‘Do you agree that Trump was a terrorist? If you don’t, then all your talk is invalid. If you do, then you shouldn’t continue his action for one more second.”

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Defense Department to Pay ‘Condolence Payments’ of Botched Drone Strike Killing Afghan Family

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Late Friday the Defense Department announced it will be offering “condolence payments” to relatives of the victims killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan. The horrific error killed 10 people in August, a response which was intended for terrorists responsible for the suicide attack at the Kabul airport killing 13 U.S. Servicemen and women, 169 Afghans, and injured dozens more.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement the Defense Department was working with the State Department to help relocate surviving family members to the United States. Kirby did not say how much money would be offered, but that under secretary of defense for policy, Dr. Colin Kahl, “reiterated Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s commitment to the families, including offering ex gratia condolence payments.”

On August 29, the U.S. Hellfire missile struck a car driven by Zemerai Ahmadi who had just driven up to the family compound. 10 family members total, including seven children, were killed in the strike.

The aftermath of the terror attack in Kabul while the U.S. military was attempting to make final evacuations further details how ill-equipped the Biden administration has been to handle the troop withdrawal.

“The U.S. military initially defended the strike” on the Ahmadi compound, “saying it had targeted an Islamic State group’s ‘facilitator’ and disrupted the militants’ ability to carry out attacks during the chaotic final stage of the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan” reports the Associated Press.

Additionally, “discrepancies between the military’s portrayal of the strike and findings on the ground quickly emerged. The Associated Press and other news organizations reported that the driver of the targeted vehicle was a longtime employee at a U.S. humanitarian organization. There were no signs of a large secondary blast, despite the Pentagon’s assertion that the vehicle contained explosives” adds the AP.

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Deadly Norway Attack Appears to be ‘Act or Terror’ by Man Converted to Islam

The suspect, armed with a bow and arrow, killed five people

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On Wednesday night, 37-year-old Danish citizen Espen Andersen Brathen went on a killing spree with a bow and arrow, murdering four women and one man in the southern town of Kongsberg. Brathen “had converted to Islam and there were fears he had been radicalized” reports the BBC.

Norwegian police sent out a press release on Thursday saying the suspect is due to appear in court on Friday at 09:00 local time. Residents have been deeply traumatized by the attack, and are flying at half-mast while flowers and other memorials are being placed in the town’s square.

Victims were all between the ages of 50 and 70, police told reporters of the attack which was first reported at 18:12 on Wednesday. “Police confronted the man six minutes later, but he shot several arrows at them and escaped. He was eventually caught about 30 minutes later” reports the BBC.

The police chief said the man killed his victims after escaping police and before his arrest roughly 30 minutes later. Police told Norwegian news agency NTB that the attacker also used other weapons, without giving more details.

Residents were ordered to stay indoors so authorities could process and examine what is being determined as a large area of ground that the attacker covered. Police searched surrounding gardens and garages with the help of sniffer dogs.

A police lawyer told the public broadcaster NRK that the suspect will be assessed by psychiatrists. Police officers “nationwide were ordered to carry firearms as an extra precaution, but there is ‘no indication so far that there is a change in the national threat level’ said the directorate’s statement.

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