IAEA: Iran Has Accelerated Enrichment of Uranium; ISIS Expands Reach in Afghanistan; Russia`s Drills in Crimea

PANAGYURISHTE, (BulgarianMilitary.com)Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension, Reuters reports.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, whose agency is responsible for monitoring Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, said Iran was now producing more enriched uranium than before, but it was not clear when it might reach stockpile limits set in the pact.

“Yes, (the) production rate is increasing,” he told a news conference when asked if enriched uranium production had accelerated since the agency’s last quarterly report, which found Iran compliant with the nuclear deal as of May 20. He declined to say how much it had increased by.

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

A U.S. intelligence official based in Afghanistan told that a recent wave of attacks in the capital, Kabul, is “practice runs” for even bigger attacks in Europe and the United States, AP reports.

“This group is the most near-term threat to our homelands from Afghanistan,” the official said on condition of anonymity to preserve his operational security. “The IS core mandate is: You will conduct external attacks” in the U.S. and Europe. “That is their goal. It’s just a matter of time,” he said. “It is very scary.”

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet coastal defense troops holding live-fire drills in Crimea

The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s coastal defense troops are holding live-fire drills at Crimean practice ranges with the use of the armor, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday, according TASS.

“Units of a marine infantry brigade and a separate coastal defense brigade of the Black Sea Fleet’s army corps are conducting field exercises at Crimean combat training ranges. In field conditions, the personnel are practicing gunnery exercises and the skills of driving T-72B3 tanks and BTR-82A armored personnel carriers and also other combat training measures with the delivery of live-fire from small arms and military hardware,” the press office said.

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Source: TASS, AP, Reuters