After the heavy blow received by the United States with the fall of Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban, the terrorist group Hezbollah announced the first shipment of an Iranian oil tanker to Lebanon, to be followed by others. 

This shipment implies a challenge to the bans imposed by the United States and the international community on the marketing of Iranian oil, reported The Jerusalem Post of Aug. 22. 

The announcement was made by Hezbollah’s secretary general in Lebanon, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who also said that other tankers would set sail on the same trajectory a few days later. 

In addition, Nasrallah warned Israel and the United States that “from the moment the Iranian ship sails, [Hezbollah] will consider it Lebanese territory” and that they should not challenge his organization on this matter.

The first ship, he said, would carry diesel fuel, as that is currently the main priority.

Serious clashes have previously ensued between Israel and Iran, with both countries carrying out attacks on their opponent’s oil tankers. 

On the other hand, after the strong pressure applied by the Trump administration on Iran, the Democrat-backed Biden administration is showing a rapprochement with Iran.

This is how the lifting of sanctions imposed on the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist group in Yemen is interpreted.  

“After a comprehensive review, we can confirm that [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] intends to revoke the Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist designations of Ansarallah,” the State Department announced Feb. 5.

Additionally, Blinken highlighted President Joe Biden’s intentions to return to the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but said Iran should also fully comply with the agreement.

Former President Trump has argued since the 2016 campaign that Iran was hiding some of its actions and failing in its international commitments. Indeed this is why Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the nuclear deal. 

Iran publicly admitted to having breached the agreement in 2019, proving that Trump’s previous warnings were true. In 2018, the former president had already withdrawn from the agreement and re-imposed U.S. economic sanctions.

In addition to enriching uranium beyond permitted limits that could involve nuclear bombs, Iran extensively funds terrorist groups. 

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan could have other serious geopolitical repercussions, tending to strengthen terrorist groups, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda, all the more so given links to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

In this context, columnist, lawyer and China expert Gordon Chang wrote a piece arguing that the CCP has been aiding the Taliban terrorist group for decades by selling them weapons.

After the political and humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, Beijing is now trying to present a positive image of the terrorists.

Even though the CCP has been providing weapons and logistics that the Taliban used to kill Americans, one president after another, including George Bush who ordered the invasion of Afghanistan after the World Trade Center bombing, has turned a blind eye, Chang wrote.

“China’s embassy in Kabul has remained open in recent days, a sign Beijing worked out an arrangement with the Taliban during the swift failure of the Afghan government,” the columnist notes as further evidence that the CCP has maintained contact with the terrorists prior to the takeover.