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US Envoy for Iran Heads to Middle East

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 ...
US Envoy for Iran Heads to Middle East - BAS News

Saudi Arabia airports attacked by drones, nine wounded

ANF - 2019-07-02 09:28
Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia was attacked by drones in an action by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement ...

Trump: US demands for Iran are no nuclear weapons, no terror funding | The Times of Israel

Timesofisrael - 2019-06-24 16:10

Pompeo heads to Saudi, UAE for Iran crisis talks

Rûdaw - 2019-06-23 22:29
The US Secretary of State called Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates "great allies in the challenge that Iran presents." ...

US unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan

Waar Media - 2019-06-23 14:00
WAAR_DUHOK The White House on Saturday unveiled the economic portion of its Middle East peace plan, calling for $50 billion dollars in investments for Palestine and neighboring Arab states. The plan, which has been long-promised and faced a number of del ...

British Minister to Visit Tehran Amid Iran-US Tensions

BAS News - 2019-06-22 14:22
ERBIL — UK Minister of State for the Middle East and International Development, Andrew Murrison, will visit Tehran on Sunday amid heightening tensions between Iran and US. The Foreign Office said Murrison will conduct “frank and constructive” talks with ...

Iran Vows to Respond to Any US Threat

BAS News - 2019-06-22 12:21
ERBIL — Iranian forces will respond firmly to any threat posed by the US against Iran, said a spokesperson for Iranian Foreign Ministry. “We will not allow any violation against Iran’s borders. Iran will firmly confront any aggression or threat by Americ ...

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 sends more forces to Middle East, amid tensions with Iran

Kurdistan24 - 2019-06-19 23:27

US to send 1,000 additional troops to Middle East

Waar Media - 2019-06-18 11:28
WAAR_DUHOK The U.S. will send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East for “defensive purposes,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday. The decision came in response to a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and with the advi ...

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 ...

Pope Calls for Restraint after Tanker Attacks in the Gulf of Oman

BAS News - 2019-06-16 16:39
ERBIL — Pope Francis has called for de-escalation of the situation in the Middle East after the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman raised tensions between Iran and the US. “I invite everyone to use the instruments of diplomacy to resolve the ...

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: US video shows 'Iran removing mine'

BBC - 2019-06-15 02:39
The BBC's Frank Gardner looks at the evidence the US says proves Iran's involvement in Thursday's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. ...

U.S. delegation holds talks with Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-06-13 15:30
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— A US delegation visited Syria’s Kurdish areas on Wednesday discussed the country’s support for the people in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), the northern and eastern Syria, Hawar News Agency ANHA reported. The delegation headed by ...

Iraqi Hezbollah Blames Saudi Arabia for Resurgence of Terrorism

BAS News - 2019-06-13 12:57
ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite militia of Hezbollah accuses Saudi Arabia for the violence and continued terror across Iraq. The group released a statement to lay the blame on Saudi Arabia for recently increasing terrorist attacks in northern and western Iraq, inc ...

Are Saudi Arabia and Iran in an ‘arms race’ or is the contest more complex: Notes and sources

Seth Frantzman - 2019-06-09 01:46
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN A version of this article appeared in ‘The Jerusalem Post,’ this one has links and charts. In May 2017 US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia inked […] ...

Iraq rejects anti-Iran stance of leaders at summit in Saudi Arabia

Rûdaw - 2019-05-31 15:53
Salih: Security and stability of a neighboring Islamic country is in our interests ...

US’ Bolton says Iran behind attacks on oil tankers

Waar Media - 2019-05-30 17:41
WAAR_DUHOK US National Security Adviser John Bolton on Wednesday accused Iran of being behind attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) early this month. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, Bolton said the attacks took pl ...

Citing Iran, Trump bypasses Congress to sell arms to Saudis, UAE

Rûdaw - 2019-05-25 14:56
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration would circumvent the required review by Congress to approve 22 arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. ...

US blames Iran for tanker bombings in UAE, Saudi attack

Waar Media - 2019-05-25 13:07
WAAR_DUHOK The Pentagon on Friday blamed Iran and its proxy forces for recent tanker bombings in the United Arab Emirates and an attack on a pipeline in Saudi Arabia. This determination came the same day U.S. President Donald Trump announced the deployme ...

Iraqi Parliament to Discuss Compensation from Israel for 1981 Strike

BAS News - 2019-05-22 16:43
ERBIL — A bill has been submitted to the Iraqi parliament for discussions over demanding compensation from Israel for the strike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981. The proposed bill, if passed, would oblige the Iraqi government to officially demand a com ...