U.S. Evolving Middle East Operations of Carrier Strike Group as ISIS Loses Ground, Iranian Drones Make Daily Appearances

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An F-18 lands aboard carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during flight operations in the Persian Gulf on March 10, 2018. USNI News photo. ABOARD CARRIER USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, IN THE PERSIAN GULF — The rollback of ISIS forces in Iraq … Read More

Pentagon braces for emboldened Iran after Syria gains

ARTICLE SUMMARY The Pentagon’s top commander in the Middle East told lawmakers today that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s gains in the yearslong civil war will bolster Iran’s ability to frustrate US aims in the region.  REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki A Syrian army … Read More

Women in Iran are pulling off their headscarves — and hoping for a ‘turning point’

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Vida Movahed takes off her headscarf and holds on a stick in Tehran in late December, protesting Iran’s hijab rules. (Abaca Press/SalamPix/Sipa USA/AP) ISTANBUL — Iranian women have been raising a new challenge to their Islamic government, breaking one of its … Read More

atch: Netanyahu tells AIPAC . . . ‘We must stop Iran, we will stop Iran’

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When you’re the prime minister of Israel, you really value your friends in the world, because there aren’t that many real ones. In his speech yesterday to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, Netanyahu was effusive in his gratitude toward … Read More

Israeli Occupation of Palestine Nearing Its End: Iran’s FM

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Zionist regime of Israel’s occupation of Palestine “will not last long”. “Despite Netanyahu’s claims, the fact is that illegal occupation lies at the heart of most of the … Read More

Russia replaces America as the power player in the Middle East

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© Getty Images The sorry position of the United States in the Middle East today ought to be sending President Trump a powerful message. The region bristles with American air and naval bases and major deployments in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the … Read More

Iran Bans US Dollar in Trade Activities to Beat Sanctions

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Mehdi Kasraeipour, the Central Bank of Iran’s director of foreign exchange rules and policies, said the move is unlikely to meet with resistance. Iran has banned the use of the U.S. dollar in all trade transactions, prohibiting businesses from registering import orders using the currency. … Read More

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