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Iran could block Strait of Hormuz if US deploys troops: Iraq oil minister

Iran could block Strait of Hormuz if US deploys troops: Iraq oil minister

Rûdaw - 2019-05-25 21:45
Trump has agreed to deploy 1,500 more troops to the Middle East ...
Iran could block Strait of Hormuz if US deploys troops: Iraq oil minister - Rûdaw

US Envoy for Iran Heads to Middle East

BAS News - 2019-06-20 02:24
ERBIL - US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook has been scheduled to travel to the Middle East on Wednesday to discuss "Iran's regional aggression," with officials in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. The State Depa ...

New US Deployment to Middle East to Include Patriot Missiles

BAS News - 2019-06-20 01:08
ERBIL - The expected new US deployment of forces to the Middle East will include a Patriot Missile battalion, drones and manned surveillance aircraft, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Earlier the week on Monday, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan r ...

US to Deploy 1,000 More Troops to the Middle East: Pentagon

BAS News - 2019-06-18 10:06
ERBIL — Washington will send 1,000 more soldiers to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran in the Gulf, said Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. The announcement came after two oil tankers were attacked last Thursday in the Gulf of ...

US Forces on Alert in West of Iraq: Source

BAS News - 2019-05-30 10:22
ERBIL — US forces in Iraq’s western province of Anbar have been put on alert while the military bases were fortified, said a source from Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias. US Forces are stationed at the Ain al-Assad Airbase in Anbar province where ...

Iran could talk with US if sanctions lifted: Rouhani

Kurdiu - 2019-05-30 01:49

Iran Won't Negotiate Nuclear Deal with US: Khamenei

BAS News - 2019-05-30 01:09
ERBIL - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has made it clear that Tehran is not going to negotiate its nuclear deal with Washington, while both US President Donald Trump and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani have expressed hope the two sides w ...

Iran could talk with US if sanctions lifted: Rouhani

Waar Media - 2019-05-29 20:32
WAAR_DUHOK Iran could engage in talks with the U.S. if Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday. “The door of negotiations is not closed provided the U.S. lifts the sanctions and fulfills its commitments,” ...

No Prospect of Negotiations with US: Iran

BAS News - 2019-05-29 11:14
ERBIL — In contradiction to recent remarks by US President Donald Trump about the possibility of a new deal with Tehran, the Iranian government says it sees no prospect of negotiations with the United States. Earlier on Monday, Trump said that he believe ...

Iran Can Sink US Warships in the Gulf: Military Official

BAS News - 2019-05-25 15:13
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran has the military capacity to sink US warships deployed to the Gulf, said General Morteza Qorbani, an adviser to Iran’s military command, as reported by Mizan. He said his country can destroy the US aircraft carriers w ...

Former PM Warns US against Using Iraq to Attack Iran

BAS News - 2019-05-25 11:08
ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite politician and the former prime minister of the country, Nouri al-Maliki, has warned the US to avoid using Iraq as a launchpad for its war against Iran. Speaking during an event hosted by pro-Iranian militias of Badr Brigade, Maliki ...

US to Send 1,500 Additional Troops to Middle East: Trump

BAS News - 2019-05-24 23:43
ERBIL — US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will send an additional 1,500 soldiers to the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to escalate. He told reporters that the role of the new deployment is “defensive in nature”. The US presiden ...

Reuters.. US to send 5,000 troops to Middle East

Waar Media - 2019-05-24 12:58
WAAR_DUHOK (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Tehran and Washington ...

US Considering Deployment of 5,000 Troops to Middle East: Report

BAS News - 2019-05-23 14:09
ERBIL - Washington may deploy another 5,000 soldiers to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, officials revealed on Wednesday. CNN cited officials familiar with the issue as saying that the Pentagon officials and members of the White House national ...

Iran to Meet with "Great Force" If It Harms US' Interests: Trump

BAS News - 2019-05-21 20:08
ERBIL - US President Donald Trump has vowed to respond with "great force" if Iran attacks Washington's interests in the Middle East, while government sources revealed that the US strongly suspects pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias to be behind the rocket atta ...

Iran to quadruple production of enriched uranium

Rûdaw - 2019-05-21 10:17
Enrichment remains within limits of nuclear deal - but not the stockpile ...

Iranian Commander: US "Afraid" to Fight Iran

BAS News - 2019-05-20 00:33
ERBIL - The United States is "afraid” of going to war with Iran, said the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Major General Hossein Salami on Sunday, while US President Donald Trump has threatened to "officially" end Iran if Tehran wants a war with Washin ...

No Plan to Deploy 120,000 US Troops to Middle East: Trump

BAS News - 2019-05-14 23:28
ERBIL - US President Donald Trump has denied the reports claiming that officials had talks on a military plan to deploy some 120,000 soldiers to the Middle East to counter Iran or the nuclear weapons acceleration by Tehran. "I think it's fake news, OK? N ...

US to Send Patriot Missile System to Middle East

BAS News - 2019-05-11 10:55
ERBIL — The United States will send the Patriot missile system to the Middle East as tensions with Iran further escalate. US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan also authorized the deployment of a Navy amphibious transport dock ship to encounter Ir ...

US Unsafe in the Middle East for Its Unpopularity: Iranian FM

BAS News - 2019-05-07 15:58
ERBIL — Washington’s concerns over the safety of its forces and interests in the Middle East comes from its unpopularity in the region not from Iran, said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “If US and clients don’t feel safe, it’s because they’re des ...

‘Strait of Hormuz closure would be catastrophic’

Waar Media - 2019-04-29 14:29
WAAR_DUHOK Closing the Strait of Hormuz would be catastrophic for oil markets and tantamount to a doomsday scenario for global oil markets, but is very unlikely, Samantha Gross, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program’s Energy Secu ...