Decisive Storm stopped Iranian expansionism, say analysts

Updated 05 April 2015

Decisive Storm stopped Iranian expansionism, say analysts

Iran remains the major cause of instability and sedition in the region, political analysts and strategists told local media.
According to them, Iran has been actively exporting its revolution since 1979. It has created proxies in different fields in every Islamic country.
In spite of attempts and efforts by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to coexist with Iran, the latter continued to wage overt and covert war and constantly meddled in the internal affairs of Arab countries, such as Yemen, Iraq and Syria.
Iran dreams of becoming a superpower but its narrow outlook and sectarian agenda will not help it achieve that goal, they said.
“Since Khomeini came to power, Iran has planned to export the (Iranian-style) revolution by forming militias in Arab and Islamic countries with a view to reinstating the lost Persian Empire,” said Anwar Ishqi, head of the Jeddah-based Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies.
“The Iranians believe that this plan is not attainable unless they reach the Mediterranean Coast and have control of the Bab Al-Mandab Strait,” he said.
“They have tried to destabilize the situation in the Middle East and practically succeeded in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq,” he said. “However, Iranian expansionism has been put in check by the strict policies adopted by countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and other GCC states.”
Abdullah Al-Luhaidan, professor of political science at King Saud University, said there is no doubt about Iran’s involvement in the current instability in the region.
“The Iranians managed to create proxies in every Islamic country through the provision of funds and media support for the spread of Shiism, followed by political activity when they have enough number,” he said. “Iran creates allies in a certain country and then cultivates journalists to advance their nefarious cause. This was clearly seen in Lebanon, through Hezbollah, and in Iraq.”

US court orders Iran to pay $879 million to 1996 Khobar bombing survivors

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US court orders Iran to pay $879 million to 1996 Khobar bombing survivors

  • The court ruled that the Iranian government directed and provided material for the attack
  • The Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia were housing US forces when it was bombed in 1996

DUBAI: A United States federal court held Iran responsible for the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia where US forces were housed, and ordered Tehran to pay $879 million to survivors. 

The Khobar Towers was a housing complex in the eastern city of Khobar, near the Abdulaziz Air Base and Saudi Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran, that housed American servicemen working on Operation Southern Watch.

A truck bomb was detonated on June 25, 1996, near an eight-story building of the housing complex, which killed 19 US Air Force personnel and a Saudi national and wounded 498 others.

The court ruled that the Iranian government directed and provided material support to Hezbollah who detonated the 5,000-pound truck bomb, a Chicago law firm press release said. The attackers reportedly smuggled the explosives used in the attack from Lebanon. 

The lawsuit was brought under the terrorism exception of the US Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act by the 14 injured US airmen and 21 of their immediate family members.

The defendants in the case were listed as the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

“We will continue to seek to hold the Government of Iran accountable for this terrorist attack as long as is necessary,” said Adora Sauer, the lead attorney of MM LAW LLC.

US District Judge Beryl A. Howell found the defendants liable and awarded the plaintiffs $132 million for pain and suffering, as well as prejudgment interest, for a total compensatory damage award of $747 million and $132 million for punitive damages.

The court also said the plaintiffs are eligible for partial payments from the US Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, which compensates American victims of acts of international terrorism with funds obtained from fines and forfeitures levied against companies caught illegally laundering money for sanctioned countries and persons. 


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The attorneys also intend to pursue enforcement of the judgments through litigation intended to seize Iranian assets.

“The physical and psychological toll on our families has been extremely high, but this judgment is welcome news. More than 20 years on, we want the world to remember the evil that Iran did at the Khobar Towers. Through the work of our attorneys, we intend to do just that,” said Glenn Christie, a retired Air Force staff sergeant crew chief who was severely injured in the bombing.

“The massive explosion took so much from their minds and bodies on the day of the attack in 1996 and every day and night since then. They can now live with that balance justice provides,” according to John Urquhart of the Urquhart Law Firm, who also represents the bombing victims.